Compuware ISPW Overview

Compuware ISPW is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Software Configuration Management tools. It is most often compared to CA Endevor Software Change Manager: Compuware ISPW vs CA Endevor Software Change Manager

What is Compuware ISPW?

A modern, end-to-end Agile source code management, release automation and deployment automation tool that enables mainframe application developers at all skill levels to fulfill business requirements, optimize code quality, and improve developer productivity through mainframe DevOps. With ISPW, developers can:

  • Easily perform concurrent development to support Agile Development practices
  • Leverage Jenkins plugins to manage code throughout the lifecycle
  • Use REST APIs to automatically connect mainframe applications into modern DevOps toolchains
  • Collaborate with other developers through features like alerts when another programmer has checked out code
  • See versions of a program at multiple points in the development cycle to prevent incorrect overlaying and ensure smooth code integration
  • Access an intuitive relationship visualization that guides users to failure points
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Compuware ISPW Customers

mBank, Standard Bank

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What users are saying about Compuware ISPW pricing:
  • "I like the seat-based licensing much more than MSU-based licensing, and that the cost has been competitive."

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Mainframfb71
Mainframe Architect at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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Top 20Leaderboard
Feb 20, 2021
Does our CICS NEWCOPYs and Db2 binds, reducing operations and DBA workloads

What is our primary use case?

We use it for change management and source control.

Pros and Cons

  • "It does our CICS NEWCOPYs and our Db2 binds for us, whereas before, that was a manual process. It takes a lot of the workload off of the operations folks and off the DBAs."
  • "We had parallel development before, but the way ISPW implements it is better. It has more control and oversight of the process, whereas before, it was like the Wild West. Everybody could have their own package with their own version of the component in it... ISPW is constantly aware of it. It notifies when someone else is using or has a different version of that component."
  • "One thing I would really like to see some improvement on is the promotion diagnostic messages. It invokes utilities "under the covers" to copy components, and it does not echo back any of the error messages from those utilities."
  • "There are some features that are not well documented, so documentation could use a little help, on things like setting up deployment and which structures in the database correspond to which tables."

What other advice do I have?

Take a longer implementation path than we did. Don't rush it. We were forced to rush it and we would incur a large cost from Serena. My advice is to plan longer and take more time to implement, which we had planned on doing. We were going to do a phased implementation. We just didn't have that luxury. To anyone who is considering moving from an alternative solution to this one, I would say, "Don't hesitate." I've told everyone I've talked to that this is a much better product. They'll be much happier with it. There was a lot of resistance early on but, the more people have used it, the moreā€¦
reviewer1142301
User at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Jul 17, 2019
Auto-deploy reduces development time for some of our applications

What is our primary use case?

Today, the mainframe is our foundation where our customer data lives. Interfacing with the mainframe is how our distributed systems provide services to our customers, regardless of the channel used (Mobile, User Interface, etc). Until an alternative cost-efficient technology is identified that has the processing power of the mainframe, our focus will remain on modernization. Our focus is to utilize tools and technology that allow for more automation, real-time services, and communication with our distributed products in a way that reduces cost and increases efficiency.

Pros and Cons

  • "The visual ability to see potential downstream impacts to changes being made assists our developers in understanding the impact associated with their change."
  • "Better discussions to identify inventory prior to the start of any migration would be helpful for potential clients that have applications with code that is not modified often."
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