Compuware Reviews

RJ
Mainframfb71
Mainframe Architect at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Feb 20, 2021
Does our CICS NEWCOPYs and Db2 binds, reducing operations and DBA workloads

What is our primary use case?

We use it for change management and source control.

Pros and Cons

  • "It does our CICS NEWCOPYs and our Db2 binds for us, whereas before, that was a manual process. It takes a lot of the workload off of the operations folks and off the DBAs."
  • "We had parallel development before, but the way ISPW implements it is better. It has more control and oversight of the process, whereas before, it was like the Wild West. Everybody could have their own package with their own version of the component in it... ISPW is constantly aware of it. It notifies when someone else is using or has a different version of that component."
  • "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."
  • "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."

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 time to implement, which we had planned on doing. We were going to do a phased implementation. We just didn't have that luxury. To anyone who is considering moving from an alternative solution to this one, I would say, "Don't hesitate." I've told everyone I've talked to that this is a much better product. They'll be much happier with it. There was a lot of resistance early on but, the more people have used it, the more…
JW
Jill Wilkey
Technical Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Mar 16, 2021
Replacing ISPF tasks with Topaz Workbench

What is our primary use case?

We are using the Topaz Workbench to replace file access, browsing, and editing activities currently done in ISPF. Also using XPEDITER in Topaz to debug programs.

Pros and Cons

  • "The smart editor helps because it will code-complete for me. I can see code working a lot faster and I'm able to get things coded in less time."
  • "We can develop in parallel today on ISPF, but it's giving us the advantage of the newer interface into the mainframe programming languages that younger programmers can use and are familiar with, rather than using the ISPF green screen."
  • "I'm waiting to see what 19.2 for Topaz looks like, but I have a problem with the JES Explorer right now. It limits you to a certain prefix for job names and there are some groups that have multiple prefixes that they'd like to see all at once in their job names, because of how they work in a group. And they can't see that in the JES Explorer."

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 we added an Eclipse plug-in for our source management system. Now, we can start really taking advantage of the Eclipse environment for our mainframe development. We don't have an automated testing solution, at least for unit testing. Any automated testing that's done is done more at the user-acceptance or QA-testing stages. That's been done mostly with Rational Functional Tester. We are probably…

Compuware Questions

Julia Frohwein
Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Dec 09 2020

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Compuware Xpediter, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Dec 09 2020

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

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Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Dec 09 2020

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Compuware Xpediter.

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Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Dec 09 2020

Hi Everyone,

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IT Central Station
Nov 10 2020

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Compuware Strobe, what would you say?

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Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Nov 10 2020

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

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Content and Social Media Manager
IT Central Station
Nov 10 2020

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Compuware Strobe.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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IT Central Station
Nov 10 2020

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Miriam Tover
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IT Central Station
Nov 10 2020

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