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Real User
Technical Analyst with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sep 09 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the features that I like is that I can open up and move tabs outside the eclipse window to different screens in a multi-screen environment, and I'm able to expand it to see a larger amount of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The smart editor helps because it includes code completion technology, cutting down keyboard strokes. The flexibility of having a window longer than the ISPF max lines on a screen allows more lines to… more»

What needs improvement?

At this time I do not know of additional improvements from my perspective. Over the last year, Compuware has made major improvements to the JES Explorer, which used to be the biggest negative. There… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We've just been using ISPF. The decision to bring Workbench to our organization came about because we had the Compuware products, File-Aid and Xpediter, and they provided a free version of Topaz that… more»

What other advice do I have?

Look at it very closely. If you don't have anything, Topaz is great to start with, especially if you're a Compuware shop, since it is free for Compuware clients. I've been using it more often because… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We've looked at some competitors. The only potential competitor might be IBM, with their IDz product. It has an integrated compiler with it. Topaz does not.
Jason Shewbert
Real User
Lead Mainframe Systems Programming Analyst at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 14 2018

What is most valuable?

The most important features are the file editing and browsing features. They are essential to an application developer; those are functions they have to be able to do… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's helping onboard application developers who might be new to the mainframe environment. Whether they're interns or global development resources, they might be new to… more»

What needs improvement?

The area for improvement is related to the testing tools that are available for unit testing or acceptance testing. I know they have some out there that we are not… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Topaz Workbench is included in our Enterprise Agreement. They've been great as far as letting us deploy it to as many users as we want. The only thing I would mention… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Topaz is the only Eclipse-based developer solution that we've had at UPS.

What other advice do I have?

Pay attention to the installation of those back-end products. Topaz leverages the features and functions of a lot of mainframe-based products, so you really have to make… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't evaluate other products before choosing this product. The product was included in an Enterprise Agreement. When it was included in our agreement, we were not… more»
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Jerry Edgington
Real User
Senior Assistant Analyst at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 04 2018

What is most valuable?

From a development point of view, we use it to log documentation and edit steps. The documentation is easy to read and our developers can add information into documents simultaneously. We are also… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The byproduct of setting our Eclipse up for cybersecurity should allow newer developers to work, who are used to this type of environment. It helps our staff work by speeding up their documentation… more»

What needs improvement?

I would look for more cooperation between the vendors and using Eclipse the way Eclipse is meant to be used. Topaz Workbench often doesn't play well with other plugins in the environment. It would be… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In general, Compuware tools are very competitive. As far as features, I want it to have all the nice features, like the automative testing and all the different components, but we didn't pay for them.

What other advice do I have?

The Topaz Workbench is easy to use with good plugins. I would recommend people use it, but I would install it as a solution, not as a standalone. Get a single pane of glass for all your developers. We… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are using a competitive product to obtain intelligent insights.
Torrie McLaughlin
Real User
Mainframe Systems Programmer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Aug 22 2018

What is most valuable?

From a user perspective, the GUIs make it easier for people to see and interact with files on the mainframe. That's probably one of the most useful. It makes the mainframe a little bit easier to handle for new users.

How has it helped my organization?

It speeds up processes, makes things easier, more efficient. From a mainframe perspective, the way the mainframe is utilized has become that much easier.

What needs improvement?

I'm always looking for improvement in things like the documentation, to make things a little bit easier and simpler to understand, a place where people can go to troubleshoot issues. From an installation perspective, the simpler the installation of the product, the better. I always feel like there… more»

What other advice do I have?

As always, with any product, I compare * the ease of use * how easy it is to install * the usefulness to the user * how simple is it for them to understand While we install the product, we don't necessarily use it. However, we have to provide support to the user who is using it. Our group supports… more»
Real User
Lead Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Topaz is Xpediter. It's more flexible than Xpediter through MVS.

What needs improvement?

The ability to edit source code that has special characters is limited. The ability to incorporate or convert REXX into macros that are usable under the Topaz software is not there. And the REXX macros that I have developed over 40 years of work are useless, so I have a toolbox I can't use or deploy… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We switched to Topaz because our management deemed it was a tool that might benefit us in the future. Our mainframe programmer is retiring and leaving the company.

What other advice do I have?

It might be of benefit if there were training for, and incorporation of, millennials and new people coming in to work on the mainframe through an Eclipse environment. But as far as people who are already familiar with the mainframe, this solution has some big drawbacks.
Real User
Systems Programmer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Nov 01 2018

What is most valuable?

* Modernized development portal * Helps reduce the learning curve for younger people coming in to work on the platform

How has it helped my organization?

It has been an optional feature. It hasn't been very heavily used, so I don't really have a concrete example of how it has improved our organization. We are trying to ramp it up as we get more DevOps initiatives in the company.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In terms of pricing, there isn't an extra charge for the parts of it we use. It comes with the licenses we purchased for other products, so no complaints there. The licensing is built in with the other products that you purchase from… more»

What other advice do I have?

Focus a lot on user training, anything you can do to enhance the user learning and utilization of it. It is a switch from traditional mainframe tools, so it does take time to work on the training. Overall, I give it a nine out of ten. It's… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Although I haven't evaluated the IBM option or the CA option, those ones have extra licensing fees, unlike the Compuware solution.
Real User
Advanced Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 28 2019

What do you think of Compuware Topaz Workbench?

What is our primary use case?

Our use case is debugging using Xpediter.

What is most valuable?

The debugging is really the most important feature, enabling us to be able to step through.

What needs improvement?

Part of it is just getting used to using it. It's completely different from what I'm used to, going from a TSO interface to a GUI. I find it more cumbersome to use Topaz.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I think some of the issues we've had may have been the way it was installed. We did have some issues but it seems to be working now.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, I really haven't dealt with it at that level. It's pretty much been…

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What is Compuware Topaz Workbench?

Topaz Workbench provides an intuitive interface that enables developers of all experience levels to initiate Compuware’s industry-leading developer tools, Abend-AID, File-AID, HiperstationXpediter and Strobe, as well as non-Compuware products and distributed solutions in the same environment.

Through Topaz Workbench, mainframe teams can:

  • Access Compuware development tools, providing the ability to visualize complex application logic and data relationships, make changes to code, test and debug, and performance tune
  • Leverage existing Eclipse frameworks and integrations with popular open-system tools
  • Manage source code and promote artifacts through the development lifecycle via integration with ISPW
  • Leverage a multi-language, multi-platform source code editor
  • Use JES functions like job submission, review, print and purge
  • Use Host Explorer for z/OS navigation, including dataset management (i.e., allocation, recall, deletion); build mainframe projects to isolate and quickly access files associated with a unit of work
  • Copy files from one LPAR to another with a simple drag and drop or right click; data is compressed and the processing is zIIP enabled for optimal performance
  • Leverage integrations with other industry-leading tools
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