TechValidate Research on CA Mainframe

Case Study: Global 500 Computer Services Co Lowers Cost of Ownership with Testing Tools


This case study of a Global 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.


  • Purchased CA Testing Tools for the following reasons:
    • Reduce high software costs
    • Improve testing of mainframe applications
    • Improve productivity of application developers
    • 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 SymDump® Batch
    • CA RC/Update® for DB2 for z/OS
  • Applying CA Testing Tools in the following ways:
    • To debug / step through Batch programs
    • To identify the root cause of a performance problem in test or production
    • To browse or update DB2 databases


  • Replaced the following vendors with CA Testing Tools:
    • Compuware
    • IBM
  • Their application developers are satisfied with the ease of use of the CA Testing Tools.
  • Saw improvement in the following areas since implementing CA Testing Tools:
    • Reduced costs: 40%-60%
    • Improved productivity: 40%-60%
    • Achieved a return on investment: 40%-60%
  • Rated the following CA Testing Tools capabilities in terms of how valuable they are to their organization:
    • Ease of use: valuable
    • Depth of functionality: valuable
    • Integration among the tools: valuable
    • Lower cost of ownership: extremely valuable

About This Data

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