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Georgy N Joseph
Consultant
Consultant at Ericsson
May 22 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...
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Manish A. Parikh
Real User
ESM Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Aug 29 2018

What is most valuable?

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

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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»
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Jaideep Singh Sra
Consultant
Consultant at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 05 2017

What is most valuable?

Presently we are making maximum use of this product for IBM Websphere monitoring with agents monitoring the MQ's. We are also using the java and .net agents for monitoring the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In our organization, the critical applications are being monitored with thresholds set for any malfunctioning through APM. Also, we have configured Dashboards which display any... more»

What needs improvement?

Based on my experience with the product, I found two areas which can be improved on in future. Firstly, the APM upgrade procedure is a bit complicated with compatibility issues... more»

What other advice do I have?

It's a detailed product which suits maximum client requirements.
T Macul
Real User
Pre-Sales/System Architect at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 06 2017

What is most valuable?

The most important part is the user experience. CA Service Desk Manager provides a great and helpful experience. It's a tool with constant... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I've been implementing the solution for more than a decade, in different companies of different sizes and in different industries. It's... more»

What needs improvement?

The solution could include in your own license other products to help your own customers embrace more disciplines to their needs. With a small... more»

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

No comment. Ask me privately.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I previously used other solutions, but they were not as powerful. I'm working as a single MSP and work with different solutions.
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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»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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»
Giri Rao
Real User
Senior Manager Quality Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Dec 07 2017

What is most valuable?

* Automated build * Quick Edit option * Utilities for continuous integration

How has it helped my organization?

On a day to day basis, it's all about managing my operations without any downtime. The tool has done a good job of want I want it to do, and it's a very stable tool. I think it's... more»

What needs improvement?

I think the main focus should be the continuous delivery aspects. How can I have a single view of the distributed core and the mainframe core, coming together in one wholesome,... more»

What other advice do I have?

I give it an eight out of 10, and the reason I am cutting the two points is that I want it to be a little more lightweight in terms of continuous delivery. If you're looking for a... more»
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VpPurcimc92b
Real User
VP Purcimilor Operations
Jan 01 2018

What is most valuable?

It's the ability to take software that's installed in our entire environment, and normalize the data, and then compare the information to what's... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's the ability to make sure that the software that you have installed in your environment is software that you're licensed to have installed.... more»

What needs improvement?

Keeping the catalog updated and having more titles in the catalog is helpful, because the more items that are in the catalog, your process goes... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We tried to manage the software with a manual process. It's just too time consuming, and it's very difficult because software is complex. This... more»

What other advice do I have?

What's most important when selecting a vendor is making sure that you find someone who will be a partner, and not just a vendor. You want to... more»
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Yasar Sulaiman
Real User
QA Director at Sogeti UK
Jan 07 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Portal that comes with the tool. That helps make it look much more user-friendly for the users. Also its ease of use - even for developers it's not... more»

What needs improvement?

* Addition of more data sources. * Make the Portal a little more user-friendly, make it even easier to configure things directly from the Portal.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are partners with CA, so this was one of the strategic directions my company also wanted to take. And CA had the near-perfect solution, which we thought we should invest in,... more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor the important criteria are * ease of use * responsiveness of the technical support * forward-looking products. By that I mean, do they have a plan for the... more»
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Sam Bachman
Real User
Owner at Clarity Iq Inc
Jan 04 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it enables me to present data in the format that the client wants to consume it. That client might be a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are rapid development and deployment of APIs, which means that your information, your ability to handle information, to receive it... more»

What needs improvement?

The latest version that just came out at the first of October really was a powerful move in the right direction. I was very, very pleased with... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

You look where your pain is. If you can perceive pain, you know what you need to do. Where does it hurt? That's what you need to work on. A... more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, there are a couple of things that you have to look at. One is: Are they going to be around? That's always a concern... more»
Carrie Strickland
Real User
QA Group Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 12 2017

What is most valuable?

* Now, we get automated test cases, where before we did not. It cuts out the construction time of testing, about 75%, is what we found. * It is... more»

What needs improvement?

The only thing CA does not have today is a testing engine. So they have got the requirements piece, SDLC lifecycle with Rally (or whatever it is... more»

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

The cost of the tool was well worth the benefit that we saw on the back-end. We were able to scale down some resources to basically self-fund... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was involved in the initial acquisition so I came to CA World two years ago and found the product and brought it back and then we piloted and... more»

What other advice do I have?

Start small. If you want to pilot the solution, because everybody starts with a pilot, pick something that is low complexity and low change,... more»
SeniorITb049
Real User
Senior IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 07 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us is the automatic creation of the test cases, based on the models. And the impact analyzer that shows you where... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There are three major benefits. The first one is there is a time savings. It's much faster to create the model than it is to generate test... more»

What needs improvement?

We're actually participating with CA to provide some enhancement requests on new features we'd like to see. I can't think of any specific ones... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

My CA representative and I were talking about a problem I was having and he described to me how this tool could help with it. This was a problem... more»

What other advice do I have?

When looking for a vendor, there are a few key things. * The features of the tool - do we already have something that exists that has that... more»
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Randall Hinds
Real User
Program Manager - Enterprise Command Center at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 08 2018

What is most valuable?

Easy navigation from initial alerts to a full topology and detail on the Network infrastructure and it relationships is the most valuable feature

How has it helped my organization?

This tool provides excellent Fault Domain isolation when properly instrumented and configured, allowing quick action on links/routers/switches/etc.

What needs improvement?

The configurations are still XML-based and require a good deal of coding to setup each object for monitoring. Alerting is yet more coding, and relationships are more coding... In a drag-and-drop world, this tool is in need of a bit more than... more»
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Delbert Larsen
Real User
Senior Admin at Northwestern Mutual
Dec 31 2017

What is most valuable?

Some of the dynamic representation of the application layer. Some of the things that are starting to be interesting is being able to pull in and merge the infrastructure and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

In our organization, there is a bit of a learning curve of how to leverage the tool appropriately.

What needs improvement?

In order for the tool to be successful, at least in our organization, it will need to have more self-serve features for implementation, instrumentation, and then modification of... more»

What other advice do I have?

Depends on what they are implementing. If it is Java, I think it is a pretty good opportunity to use the product. If it is a .NET, it is not where it needs to be. At least, as far... more»
Enterpri549c
Real User
Enterprise Application Administer
Jan 01 2018

What is most valuable?

I would say change management and request management, as well as CMDB.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped us to organize a lot of our assets, so we have configuration items to attach to our change management. We can have tickets for... more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to see them revamp, or rework, a lot of their configuration management database structures. We hear that is on the horizon. We are... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Usually, we look for a new solution because most of the group does not like a product, and they go after a different product. It is not usually... more»

What other advice do I have?

Engage with consultants from the vendor at the very beginning. Learn the product, then train yourself to work on it. It is something you can... more»
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ProgramMa975
Consultant
Program Management at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 02 2018

What is most valuable?

Transparency and just having the ability to procure information that is pertinent. Not just the execution of programs in a more systemic way,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is about bringing about that transparency. Once you bring about that transparency, what happens is, you can use data to encourage people to... more»

What needs improvement?

* I would really like a modern UI. I do not want to get on a user interface and feel like I am in the 1990's. Today, at least prior to 15.3,... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not have anything before. We did not have a PPM software at all, let alone a process behind it. F5 is a pretty young company. We have... more»

What other advice do I have?

Look at the needs of your organization first. If you can meet that need with a scalpel, do not go with the sledgehammer. CA's outlook has a... more»
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Solutiona356
Real User
Solution Architect
Dec 03 2017

What is most valuable?

Security. We get a lot of class actions, payloads, which have real security requirements, like personal identification information. So we need... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It really benefits us a lot because, since we are maintaining financial information, personal identification information, we need to protect the... more»

What needs improvement?

We're integrating the cloud. I would like some more integration of cloud capabilities.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were using an IBM product. We switched because we had some constraints, technical issues, support issues, and some other issues like use cases.

What other advice do I have?

In general when we are picking vendors, the most important criterion is support. When they can really help us we feel more confident. I give it... more»
Jeff Vielle
Real User
Regional IT Coordinator at Novus International
Jan 14 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability to keep track. The work is tracked. Provides ease of customer interaction. Gives the customer a general sense that they're being... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Sending an email, that's the old way of doing things. This system is still relatively new. People still use email, but using the ticket system... more»

What needs improvement?

The interface is pretty straightforward, but I think for some end-users a little more simplified user interface would help, perhaps. It's gotten... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our servers were upgraded and over time we were noticing that there might be some issues with it because the older system had a few bugs and it... more»

What other advice do I have?

We especially like the look of xFlow. That looks very personal, so they can keep track of how things are going with their ticket, if it has been... more»
Ray Oliver
Real User
Director Of QA with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 05 2017

What is most valuable?

* The co-monitorial modeling. It lets us reduce the amount of scripts that we need to execute to get complete coverage. That is really important... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has been pretty dramatic. We have rolled it out across many of our digital teams. In the first year, we saw about a 70% reduction in our... more»

What needs improvement?

* A better alignment to compliance-related requirements and being able to get visibility into those. It is really important for our industry. *... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are a large legacy company with a lot of legacy software. Converting to DevOps and agile, obviously, we had to get faster to the market. Our... more»

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: The tool capability is important, but we also assess the risk of the company. For example: *... more»
InfrSpc9365
Real User
Enterprise Systems Mgmt Admn at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 04 2017

What is most valuable?

The monitoring of the applications to let our business know when things are performing and that they're up and available.

How has it helped my organization?

We have less downtime. We have alerting to let us know when disks are filling up so that we get that taken care of before it becomes an issue... more»

What needs improvement?

In the UMP, certain devices will show up multiple times and they don't correlate correctly. That's one of the issues. Sometimes the probe, on... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We actually had UIM before it was UIM. It was Nimbus in 2004. Then it went to Nimsoft, then CA bought it and then rebranded it CA UIM. When it... more»

What other advice do I have?

When our company is looking to invest in a vendor, our criterion is that we will try to stay with a vendor that we have a relationship with... more»
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ITManaged83b
Real User
IT Manager at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 06 2017

What is most valuable?

Right now, it's the PPM piece of it, the scheduling, the Gantt, the task view. It gives that full visibility to the team. But we're wanting to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I think the biggest benefit right now is the reporting. It gives that quick visibility and it's consistent data; versus everybody just trying to... more»

What needs improvement?

We're looking at adding the Agile piece to it. I want to make sure that that integration is very smooth. And I'm here this week, at CA World, to... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Not in my current company. In my past life, we had been using a different PPM. And I was instrumental in doing the proof of concept. We... more»

What other advice do I have?

We're excited about the new UX. We're actually going to do the 15.3 upgrade in 2018. When looking for a new vendor, our criteria include... more»

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Hi Guys, I am Georgy N Joseph from India. I am working as a Clarity PPM Technical Consultant for the last 6 years. Would love to learn and share many things here in this forum. Looking forward to it.
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