TechValidate Research on CA Mainframe

Case Study: Fortune 500 Computer Services Company Reduces Costs and Improves Testing


This case study of a Fortune 500 computer services company is based on a May 2013 survey of CA Technologies Testing Solutions customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service. The profiled company asked to have their name blinded to protect their confidentiality.

“CA Testing Tools have allowed us to reduce our costs, increase our testing coverage and deliver quality code.”

“We most benefit from the reduced cost of the tools and the partnership with CA Technologies.”


  • Purchased CA Testing Tools for the following reasons:
    • Reduce high software costs
    • Improve testing of mainframe applications
    • Produce applications that perform better in production
    • Reduce length of time it takes to update a mainframe application and move it to production
    • Quickly identify reasons why applications don’t perform as expected in production

Use Case

  • Using the following CA Testing Tools:
    • CA InterTest™ for CICS
    • CA InterTest™ Batch
    • CA SymDump® for CICS
    • CA SymDump® Batch
    • CA Verify®
  • Applying CA Testing Tools in the following ways:
    • To debug / step through CICS programs
    • To debug / step through Batch programs
    • To prevent abends or other failures in test or production
    • To identify the root cause of a performance problem in test or production
    • To perform automated regression testing


  • Their application developers are very satisfied with the ease of use of the CA Testing Tools.
  • Agrees that CA Testing Tools help to a significant degree with delivering well-tested mainframe applications that perform as expected in production.
  • Saw improvement in the following areas since implementing CA Testing Tools:
    • Reduced costs: 40%-60%
    • Improved productivity: 20%- 40%
    • Achieved a return on investment: 20%- 40%
  • Rated the following CA Testing Tools capabilities in terms of how valuable they are to their organization:
    • Ease of use: extremely valuable
    • Depth of functionality: very valuable
    • Integration among the tools: valuable
    • Lower cost of ownership: extremely valuable

About This Data

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