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BMC Compuware Xpediter is #1 ranked solution in best Mainframe Testing Tools and #2 ranked solution in top Mainframe Application Development tools. PeerSpot users give BMC Compuware Xpediter an average rating of 8.0 out of 10. BMC Compuware Xpediter is most commonly compared to IBM Debug Tool: BMC Compuware Xpediter vs IBM Debug Tool. BMC Compuware Xpediter is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 73% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 23% of all views.
What is BMC Compuware Xpediter?

Xpediter is Compuware’s mainframe application interactive debugging tool. It also offers code coverage for mainframe application analysis.

Xpediter enables developers to get into an interactive test session with minimal effort and quickly move applications into production with greater confidence.

With Xpediter, developers can:

  • See and control source code execution line by line
  • Fully understand what each individual instruction is doing
  • See and control all data variables within a test session
  • Resolve production abends without impacting program logic or risking data corruption
  • Monitor and control execution with added flexibility
  • Use Code Coverage to view documented proof that code has been executed
  • Trap transactions initiated by a remote source or a non-terminal task
  • Gain full control of testing
  • Create conditions during test to ensure execution of all code in a program
  • Work alongside other developers who are debugging application code in the same or different logical IMS systems through Xpediter’s integration with COPE IMS virtualization technology

BMC Compuware Xpediter Customers

Credit Union, IMT, Chunghwa Telecom, Pitney Bowes, Helvetia

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IT Mainframe Lead Developer at a consumer goods company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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From a development perspective, it allowed me to validate every line of my logic if necessary, most times in one pass.

What is most valuable?

  • The ability to step through code line by line.
  • The ability to see and change variables - The ability to skip past lines of code that were already certified.
  • The freedom to NOT have to load databases in order to do your testing.
  • The ability to intercept all modules in a call chain, if necessary.

How has it helped my organization?

From a development perspective, it allowed me to validate every line of my logic if necessary, most times in one pass. In other words, Xpediter allowed me to churn out quality code more quickly than I would have been able to without it. Better quality means less rework, so reduced support costs. Being able to deploy code faster means I could get more projects done, which translated in to an increase in revenue.

From a support perspective, Xpediter helps you to figure out where things are going awry without having to be an expert in the business function that is being performed.

What needs improvement?

Initial setup can be tricky in some cases. Also, there are some space limits that we would hit every now and then while processing internal tables, so we would have to decrease occurs clauses and re-test. These situations could have been related to how the shop installed Xpediter ... it might not be an issue with the tool itself.

For how long have I used the solution?

I used Xpediter for about two-and-a-half years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

I wasn’t involved in the deployment or installation of the product, I just used it to troubleshoot programs.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not encountered any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encountered any scalability issues.

How are customer service and support?

Customer Service:

I never had to contact customer service.

Technical Support:

I never had to contact technical support.

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

The previous solution was to add displays to programs and see what they told me. I went away from that method and went to Xpediter as I found myself making multiple passes to figure out what was going on. In other words, I’d add displays just to find out that I had to add displays to more code, not a good cycle to be caught up in.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup for a user was pretty straightforward, and that was without documentation. The biggest issue always revolved around the size and attributes of the DDIO file.

What about the implementation team?

The product was already installed when I started working there, so I don’t have any insight on this.

What was our ROI?

I don’t have any solid numbers on this, but I can tell you that three people were able to write a financial accounting, posting, interest and service charging system in three months and it had VERY few technical errors from the mainframe perspective. My guess is this would have taken twice as long, or we would have had many more issues without using Xpediter.

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

I would say that if you are still caught up in an iterative troubleshooting mode, the value of the product is WELL worth the money, especially in complex environments. When I think about how much time is wasted in those iterative efforts (and from multiple people, testers, QA, project management, change management along with programming), I would say our missed opportunity cost would offset the annual cost of the product in about three months.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, we evaluated other products but I will not mention which ones.

What other advice do I have?

Don’t discount the value of the product, even if you feel your build cycles and support are ‘good’. There’s no reason to NOT see what Xpediter can do for your programming staff and projects.

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