Compuware Reviews

Real User
Mainframe Architect at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Dec 19 2018

What is most valuable?

It's pretty much a purpose-built application for source control and change management. That's what we use it for.

How has it helped my organization?

It has provided us with a number of improvements. The biggest improvement is its deployment facility. It does our CICS NEWCOPYs and our Db2 binds for us, whereas before… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

I like the seat-based licensing much more than MSU-based licensing, and that the cost has been competitive.

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

We used Serena/Micro Focus ChangeMan for this functionality and we switched for cost and functionality reasons. There is a lot more functionality with ISPW and there is… more»

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»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had plans to implement Endevor but in evaluating Compuware ISPW vs CA Endevor, there was never any traction from the change group. The people who admin-ed ChangeMan… more»
Christian R
Real User
Support for Development Teams on Mainframe at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 30 2018

What is most valuable?

* The plugin ISPW integrated into Eclipse is a really valuable functionality for developers who already use it. It helps to have quick access to the components, to see versions, life cycle, and to do generation and deployment in the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* It helps us with the changing of SCM and ALM products, and also to change the life cycle including two branches. Of course, it's still a recent migration, so we are still in progress to improve our organization and use of the product.

What needs improvement?

* The ISPW plugin could be improved to add some functionality which is already in ISPF panels and not in the plugin. * It could also be improved to better help the developer manage merging versions in the life cycle (even if he can already… more»

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

We used LCM: Life Cycle Manager (ASG: Allen Software Group). We changed production because the support and evolution of the product were in risk and because it was not available in Eclipse IDE.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had a quick presentation of Endevor (CA) and ChangeMan (ex Serena Software), and we did a proof of concept using Dimensions CM with Serena Software (now Micro Focus).
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»
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
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.
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