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BMC Compuware ISPW Pros

BM
Sr Consultant Project Manager with 10,001+ employees
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.
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RJ
Mainframe Architect at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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.
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BMC Compuware ISPW Cons

BM
Sr Consultant Project Manager with 10,001+ employees
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?
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RJ
Mainframe Architect at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
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.
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