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Georgy N Joseph
Consultant
Consultant at Ericsson
Oct 25 2018

What do you think of CA PPM?

Hi All, If anyone is looking for a Project and Portfolio Management tool, then I highly recommend CA Clarity PPM. Of all the PPM tools we had tried, Clarity PPM (now called as CA PPM) is the most robust, multi-functional and reliable tool. The different modules in CA PPM include Resource Management, Project Management, Portfolio Management, Timesheet Management, Financial Management and Demand Management. The technical side of this tool asks from Clarity developers skills in the following areas: XML Open Gateway (XOG), GEL scripting and NSQL. The reporting platforms supported which can be integrated to this PPM tool are Jaspersoft and Business Objects. But CA has recently dropped Business Objects support from v14.2 version onwards and has only Jaspersoft now as the reporting tool.…
Manish A. Parikh
Real User
ESM Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 01 2019

What is most valuable?

Deep Dive and Transaction Analysis Triage capability. The AppMap feature is very very helpful in visualizing. Also ACC is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are introducing 10.1 in our dev environment and then prod down the road. APM is a new culture here so we are working… more»

What needs improvement?

User Experience is a BIG one. Integration of all of APM components into one swift deployment.

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

If you can get a SME to architect and install then definitely go that route vs the vendor itself. There are upside to… more»

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

There was no APM solution prior to the intro of APM. Thus, we are still in infancy from a culture perspective. They are… more»

What other advice do I have?

It’s a great product and provides a lot of in-depth data. Focus and leverage this product as a deep dive one and have… more»
Georgy N Joseph
Consultant
Consultant at Ericsson
Sep 24 2018

What is most valuable?

Time Entry, Resource Allocation, Interactive Dashboards, Risk Management, Integration with Jaspersoft reports.

How has it helped my organization?

The health report and all metrics of any project including KPIs are now available in a central location under the clarity project or project… more»

What needs improvement?

The application memory management and responsiveness of this JAVA product can be improved, especially in the peak usage times. A better way to… more»

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

No

What other advice do I have?

If anyone is looking for a Project and Portfolio Management tool, then I highly recommend CA Clarity PPM. Of all the PPM tools we had tried… more»
Anonymous User
Consultant
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Dec 30 2018

What is most valuable?

* Root Cause Analysis. For example, I have an application in my environment and it suddenly it goes down. I then need to find out which team to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It reduces the downtime of applications, and has, in fact, minimized it to approximately 5 percent, and possibly even less than that.

What needs improvement?

Automatic report generation needs work.

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

I used logs to study applications' behaviour, but that requires a separate team to properly handle it. There was dependency on their workflow. Now… more»

What other advice do I have?

You should only use a preferred partner of CA. Over the couple of years, since I first reviewed the product here, my rating of it hasn't changed. I… more»
Lana Rousakovski
Consultant
Senior Leader in Software Testing and Process Improvement at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The ability to create models/diagrams at multiple levels (nest/embed them) helps in taking models from high-level business… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Using the test modeling approach helped * get early alignment on requirements * prevent design and implementation defects… more»

What needs improvement?

Aligning models so they look clear and readable without having to move boxes around. Saving different subsets of test… more»

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

Recommendation is to go with concurrent licenses as oppose to seat license; this gives more flexibility.

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

We used another test modeling solution. ARD has better integration with automated test scripting and with test data… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is important to ensure that people first understand modeling concepts and the organization's defined modeling best… more»
Prabhakar Das
Consultant
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The combination of extract, mask, and load, along with synthetic data, is what is generally needed by any of our clients, and CA TDM has really good compatibility in both of these… more»

How has it helped my organization?

If you take DevOps as an example, suppose development has happened and the binary code has been deployed to a certain server. To do continuous testing or continuous integration, you… more»

What needs improvement?

There are multiple things which can be improved in CA TDM. It has a feature called TDM Portal, where testers can find test data by themselves, based on multiple models. They can… more»

What other advice do I have?

There are, let's say, five market-standard tools you can choose from. If you choose CA TDM, you need to bring out all your questions for your PoC journey. You have four weeks to get… more»
Joe Bigini
Real User
CA Endevor Administrator at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 19 2018

What is most valuable?

The biggest feature is that it protects the source and it associates the source with the executable. Endevor footprinting and ship are also big… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has ensured that we can prove that what someone put into production is exactly what's in there. It also puts all our source in one product. We… more»

What needs improvement?

One feature of Endevor is its Backout feature. If there is a problem, it can back out the executables. The only problem with that is that it will… more»

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

I've used other products in the past, but they weren't as feature-rich as Endevor. They didn't have all the advantages that Endevor has for source… more»

What other advice do I have?

Keep it as simple as possible. When you're implementing the product, any errors you make are only magnified as you go further down the line and… more»
Ali Imran
Real User
Head of Branchless Banking at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 01 2018

What is most valuable?

The best thing about the product is its agility. It is a complete solution: people, process, and technology.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, in IT Operations, this function was used to induct resources. It's a type of training platform for them to… more»

What needs improvement?

CA needs to add a few more products in this suite, because right now they have automation, DR switching, and the third one… more»

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

This is a support system for us, not our core business, so we purchased this product inexpensively. Later on, we came to a… more»

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

Automic has been a Greenfield project. We were the first implementation and a number of banks went with this solution… more»

What other advice do I have?

Anything that can be automated, should be automated. The world is changing and new things are coming out a daily basis… more»
Anuranjan Kumar
Consultant
Technical Consultant at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 11 2018

What is most valuable?

* Transaction traces * Dashboards * Email alerts * Team center * Average response time * Error and stall detection *… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use APM for application monitoring, which includes availability, performance of apps (stalls, errors, and response… more»

What needs improvement?

CEM needs to be simplified, because it causes too many interruptions in our daily work.

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

Setup costs are quite competitive relative to other solutions, and simpler.

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

I have used AppDynamics in the past, and its customization is not as simple as that of CA APM.

What other advice do I have?

Its presence is needed in our cloud solutions. Other solutions have been present from early on, but we use this solution… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Network Specialist
Jul 23 2018

What is most valuable?

The metrics that it's able to track and that it's able to trend, Keep in mind, because we have not updated, it's to the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the ways this product has improved things would be disk space. Since it is monitoring a lot of our infrastructure… more»

What needs improvement?

This may be available by now but for server space, when it comes to the disk file system, I'd like to see that graphically… more»

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

I believe the product's pricing is a good value at this point. We're currently trying to internally evaluate everything… more»

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

We did not have anything previously, except maybe something along the lines of the free MRTG. But previous to that, we… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would give Performance Management an eight out of 10, and I might even move that to a nine after I've had a chance to… more»
Bryan Nelson
Real User
Agile Coach at T-Mobile
Nov 16 2018

What is most valuable?

It really helps with getting the alignment between strategy and execution for the product teams, all the way down to the delivery teams.

How has it helped my organization?

* It really helped to connect the dots between what the overall vision was down to T-Mobile. * Having that view into features and roadmap from product to delivery teams, and where… more»

What needs improvement?

What I have learned is that a lot of features that I am looking for, in many cases, are part of a different tool set that CA offers. Really it is more learning about which features… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would give it about an eight and a half. The reason why it would not be higher is because some of the things we are looking for we had to get other tools to plug into. Whereas, some… more»
Jared Kessans
Real User
Lead Systems Administrator at Great American Insurance
Sep 26 2018

What is most valuable?

The usability of the user interface. It just makes sense and it is easy to see the flow of the processes. We have been slowly migrating to the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have a lot of jobs that have to run, and it's easy to see what the status is. We've been using it for around 15 years now. We're very… more»

What needs improvement?

In terms of additional features, it's probably stuff they already have available that we haven't started utilizing yet. I really like the idea of… more»

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

For the open system side, I don't believe we were using anything previously. Probably anything that they would have been using would have been… more»

What other advice do I have?

When our company is investing in a new vendor, our top criteria are * support * features * stability is probably the biggest. I don't have a whole… more»
Max Ehammer
Real User
Enterprise Architect at Spar BusIness Services
Jul 29 2018

What is most valuable?

What we like about the product is that it is more or less an umbrella system that allows us to integrate many different systems into our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us the advantage to release and deploy, so if there are packages of different systems within a release plan, we are able to control and… more»

What needs improvement?

It would be very beneficial for us to see integrations into cloud environments, especially into the Google Cloud environment because we are heading… more»

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

We were not using anything before. We were planning to do this solution by Automic at that time because the product was by Automic. They gave us a… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate the product as an eight out of 10.
Ravi Suvvari
Real User
Performance and Fault-tolerance Architect with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 30 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the end-user experience and transaction monitoring.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our transaction monitoring significantly.

What needs improvement?

The installation could be improved. Also, they need to concentrate more on the cloud for cloud monitoring.

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

We used HPE Diagnostics earlier. But since the client already had an existing license of CA APM, he wanted to leverage the existing toolset rather… more»

What other advice do I have?

Definitely a good product, worth going for. Since I first reviewed the product here, about two years ago, I would currently not change my rating of… more»

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