Comparison of changeman and ISPW.

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Comparison of changeman and ISPW.

Post by Aarohi Saxena » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:11 pm


I used to work at a company using changeman but now have joined another company. These people are using ISPW. ISPW is very different than changeman. How can I get the differences in tehse two to learn things better?

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Re: Comparison of changeman and ISPW.

Post by zprogrammer » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:17 pm

My suggetion would be : Try to understand what is needed to perform the activity using ISPW rather finding out the differences.

Check out with your team mates/leads on what is essential and how to use and arrange for a knowledge transition session.


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Re: Comparison of changeman and ISPW.

Post by Aarohi Saxena » Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:22 am

That's what I'm doing. I thought getting a list of changes might help me to pick this all up faster.


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Re: Comparison of changeman and ISPW.

Post by Anuj Dhawan » Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:09 am

You'd need to a bit of labor to identify such a ready made list as I believe, apart from the vendors no one else would be readily ready to do such a study. Having said that, this sound like a good starting point for you - - please have a look:
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Increased functionality
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    A Version and Release Management tool for the Enterprise
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Reduced Software costs
With no MIPS-based upgrade fees, ISPW costs are low from the offset. CA-Endevor and ChangeMan ZMF customers can typically save 30% and often more.

Reduced admin costs
Typically ISPW requires 50% less human resource than the product it replaces. The need for external consulting can be eliminated while meetings and manual procedures are replaced with automation.

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    Written in Assembler, C and Java, with some Rexx.
    All security is handled outside of the product by RACF, ACF2 or Top Secret.
    Shipped with a pre-populated fully customisable set of 4 character alpha-numeric Component types , such as ASM for Assembler programs.
    4 character alpha-numeric Application codes are the acronym for an application or system.
    Change impacts are determined by the product and updated as components are added or changed
    Does not carry out "delta-ing", the complete component is stored each time.
    Executables can be created for any type of module, even Natural programs, CA-Telon code, third party software, and so on.
    The fully non-proprietaary compile routine reads each module’s specific compile parameters (e.g. compiler version, additional parameters), from the DB2 repository and builds and submits job. Typical customers have only 20-30 compile stubs which require almost no maintenance.
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