"The most valuable features are stability and ease of use."
"One of the features that the developers like is that they can retrieve what they need with the tool. They don't have to go through some process or request something be done by another team. They can get the programs they need, compile them, retrieve the JCL and alter the JCL if they need to, and put these programs wherever they need to go for their testing."
"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."
"I would like to have better integration with other products."
"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."
"When you're setting up the parameters for how ISPW will work in your shop, there are a lot of questions that have to be answered... BMC Compuware should have more in-depth explanations about what the choices in each question mean. If you pick A, what does that mean has to happen? What does that impact? If you pick B, what does that mean? What does that impact?"
"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."
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A modern, end-to-end Agile source code management, release automation and deployment automation tool that enables mainframe application developers at all skill levels to fulfill business requirements, optimize code quality, and improve developer productivity through mainframe DevOps. With ISPW, developers can:
CA Endevor Software Change Manager is ranked 3rd in Software Configuration Management with 1 review while Compuware ISPW is ranked 4th in Software Configuration Management with 2 reviews. CA Endevor Software Change Manager is rated 9.0, while Compuware ISPW is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of CA Endevor Software Change Manager writes "Stable, easy to use, effective for source code management in a mainframe environment". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Compuware ISPW writes "Tracks code during the change process so that more than one group could have code checked out for change. ISPW provides this tracking info real time helping move toward a more Agile environment". CA Endevor Software Change Manager is most compared with Serena ChangeMan ZMF, IBM Engineering Workflow Management, CA Harvest Software Change Manager and IBM Rational ClearCase, whereas Compuware ISPW is most compared with Serena ChangeMan ZMF and IBM Engineering Workflow Management.
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