Compuware ISPW Room for Improvement

Mainframe Architect at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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. So if we have an issue where, say, an old load module is missing an alias, it invokes IEBCOPY under the covers, and IEBCOPY returns a bad condition code. But there is nowhere that those messages are reported back to us. That's just a specific issue. In general, the logging and the message analysis, the output analysis, could be made easier to use. 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. The admin configuration of it are kind of arcane. It would be nice if the doc were brushed up and maybe there were some step-by-step guides on doing things. There are some out there, but there are some things, like propagation, that are simply not documented and we don't even know how to set it up. View full review »
User at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
My advice for new clients migrating to ISPW is to take the time needed to understand your current inventory of ASIs, code that is not executed/no longer required, and any unique situations that may need to be handled differently than the standard migration approach. This vendor is great in walking through different options and finding solutions for any special handling. View full review »
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