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CA Harvest Software Change Manager is #8 ranked solution in top Software Configuration Management tools. IT Central Station users give CA Harvest Software Change Manager an average rating of 8 out of 10. CA Harvest Software Change Manager is most commonly compared to CA Endevor Software Change Manager:CA Harvest Software Change Manager vs CA Endevor Software Change Manager. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 30% of all views.
What is CA Harvest Software Change Manager?
CA Harvest Software Change Manager (CA Harvest SCM) provides powerful, process-driven capabilities for managing development teams across your enterprise, encompassing multiple platforms and release management tools. This release management software enforces your IT governance policies and corporate compliance initiatives including those defined by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. It also can ensure adherence to your ITIL-based best practices. CA Harvest SCM can help your enterprise simplify the software release management process as well as the development and maintenance of business applications with streamlined workflows and automated source code versioning. This ITIL release management software can optimize your development resources by providing audit, protection and storage of your software assets, and standardized process management and defect tracking.

CA Harvest Software Change Manager is also known as CA Harvest SCM, CA Software Change Manager.

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  • "Once you purchase your licenses, there is maintenance support that is renewed every year."

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Sr. Configuration Analyst at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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Has helped us track the application flow across each of our environments, promotion from dev to our higher environments, to production.

How has it helped my organization?

It has helped us to integrate version control with change management. That has helped us track the application flow across each of our environments, promotion from dev to our higher environments, to production. The tracking aspect of the tool is one of the primary benefits, with security. That helps us keep tabs on all of the promotions, and we are able to manage write approvals before it goes into production.

What is most valuable?

CA Harvest has been one of our primary version control tools. It has helped us map all of our applications into a version control environment, where we are able to map them, and help the code promotion across each environment, and we are able to deploy them in a safe manner.

What needs improvement?

One feature that we are looking for is traceability, and also merging. That is a little cumbersome right now. We have provided our feedback to their representatives so they can provide us a good merging capability next time.

One thing that I would like to improve is making the tool a little more user friendly. It takes a little bit of time to adjust to the tool because it's a little different than other version control tools out there in the market. But, it has its own benefits and own security, but that user experience, if they're going to improve it, that would be really great.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has been a stable solution. We have more than 250 applications hosted, and it helps us keep them together in the same application. Because of the database involved, and because of the aspect of controlling the application, it has helped us keep the environment stable. Whenever we get a new patch, we are able to test it in our lower environment before we take it to production. So, Harvest has been a very stable tool for us.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have tested the scalability aspect, because we have grown from a small organization into such a large organization. We have onboarded applications which were not in Harvest before. We were using different version control tools before, like SVN and some other open-source tools. We were able to migrate those applications from those tools into Harvest, and scale all the applications in Harvest.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been really great. For all of our problems, we are able to reach out to them. The solutions have come back soon. They have been providing those solutions in patches so that we don't disrupt the entire application. We are able to test it and integrate it quickly. We have many challenges. We work with a lot of the teams. We are, of course, working together. It has been a one-team experience for us.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had been using multiple solutions across our organization, but we wanted to bring in an enterprise solution, which would be common across all our applications. We were working with Endevor for our mainframe applications, and that's how we brought Harvest in. And it has been a great advantage to consolidate all our tools into this one solution.

How was the initial setup?

I was not directly involved in the first-time set up, but I've been involved in a lot of migrations, taking applications from other version control tools into Harvest, and that has been a good experience.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had other vendors which we were looking at, but one advantage is that CA came to us with a solution rather than the tool. The solution helped us understand that the tool would be a good benefit for us if we bring it in, and because of the audit capability, etc., that was the primary thing that we were looking for.

One thing that we really look for when selecting a vendor is the interaction that would help problem solving; an interaction where we tell them our problem and they, not as sales, try to provide us a solution, rather than trying to sell the tool itself. So, that solution was what benefited us and we understood the solution well before we got the tool in.

What other advice do I have?

The auditing capability is one aspect that I would really recommend other colleagues to look into, because all the other version control tools out in the market provide speed, but the auditing capability is missing; the change management interaction; etc. I would say look at that aspect, so you are not really tracking, and you have better visibility and traceability of the code promotion.

It has been a really good solution, getting in all our applications together, and creating a change management kind of a workflow. I haven’t given it a perfect rating because I still want the user experience to be better; to improve; make it faster in terms of understanding the tool.

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GR
IT Specialist at First Rand Bank Ltd.
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Powerful UDP functionality with a user-friendly interface

Pros and Cons

  • "Using this solution, we were able to implement a full process for all of our lifecycles."
  • "Technical support for this solution is very good, although they can still use improvement in some regards."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for software configuration management. It's the whole lifecycle. It's the application, server application, deployment, and version control.

We use an on-premises deployment.

How has it helped my organization?

Using this solution, we were able to implement a full process for all of our lifecycles. 

What is most valuable?

While all of the features are valuable, we use a lot of the UDPs. They normally link to all of the purchases that are being used in a project.

They've got a lot of processes that come planned as part of the application, but with the UDPs, you can scale it, or build your own scripts and deployment mechanisms. It's really scalable from a functionality point of view. If there's an issue with functionality out of the box, then you can take care of that via the UDP processes.

The interface is very user-friendly. 

What needs improvement?

Technical support for this solution is very good, although they can still use improvement in some regards.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for about fifteen years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is really, really stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution, for sure. We have approximately one hundred and fifty people using it and plan on increasing our usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

Our experience with technical support has been very good. I would rate their support an eight out of ten.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use another solution prior to this one.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of this solution is straightforward. The deployment takes ten to fifteen minutes.

There are three of us in my team who manage and maintain this solution.

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI using this solution.

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

The licensing costs for this solution are very reasonable. Once you purchase your licenses, there is maintenance support that is renewed every year.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other solutions before choosing thing one, including a product from Compuware. It was not up to standard.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is implementing this solution is to read all of the documentation. Be sure to stick to the implementation and installation instructions as to how they are provided.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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