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»
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.
User
User
Feb 25 2019

What is most valuable?

Job binding services (JBS) is used by SAC, but also helps with our datas sharing environments. Any job can have multiple affinities (like SCHENV on steroids) associated to allow the job to run in a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Software access control (SAC) limits systems where some of our products are not licensed. Again, the automated capacity manager helps manage our workload and reduce priorities of discretionary work so… more»

What needs improvement?

There currently is a WUI that allows an operator a single pane of glass to see how TM is performing to meet service policies within a JESMAS environment. This is a new feature and multiple individuals… more»

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

The TM team was very helpful getting us started. They provided a detailed project plan as a guide to successful implementation. Installing the software is very easy, but the time is spent building you… more»

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

No, prior to data sharing and other initiatives we exploited a single affinity SCHENV and only scheduled batch processing was managed for standards.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No
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.
Real User
User at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 17 2019

What is most valuable?

The visual ability to see potential downstream impacts to code changes is a value add in helping our developers identify and understand the impact associated with their change. Utilization of the deploy feature in ISPW has also been a key functionality.

How has it helped my organization?

With the use of ISPW, we were able to reduce our deployment time for specific applications by utilizing the auto-deploy features. Using tools such as ISPW also increases our mainframe developer’s knowledge of Eclipse-based tools that the distributed products utilize. We’re also experimenting with being able to utilize distributed developers to see if they can utilize the ISPW analysis tool to… more»

What needs improvement?

My advice for new clients migrating to ISPW is to take the time needed to understand your current inventory of ASIs, code that is not executed/no longer required, and any unique situations that may need to be handled differently than the standard migration approach. This vendor is great in walking through different options and finding solutions for any special handling.
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