Last year CA updated scores of mainframe software products, and upgraded its Mainframe 2.0 initiative, which is meant to help CA users not hate having to deal with CA software so much. According to end users at the time, it was a step in the right direction, but there were still plenty of steps to go. Now CA has added another step.
The whole idea behind Mainframe 2.0 is automating mainframe software tasks that CA users used to do manually. Updates last year included a Web-like front-end look to entice new mainframers and reduce the headaches for those who have dealt with clunky mainframe software for decades.
Last year, Mainframe 2.0 focused on helping download and install the many products most CA users have. This year, its main product called Mainframe Software Manager is focused on deploying that software to mainframe LPARs. This is obviously a crucial step, as I doubt there is a mainframe out there that isn’t running LPARs.
Last year, CA put together a study group that included some mainframe experts, and some novices. Normally, installing a certain set of 10 CA products would take the experts six hours and the novices about 21 hours. According to CA, its Mainframe Software Manager cut that down to 51 minutes and 75 minutes, respectively.
Now, they haven’t put a stopwatch to the new LPAR deployment feature. And their effort is far from over. Dayton Semerjian, corporate senior VP and GM for CA’s mainframe business unit, said next year they’ll focus on configuration, which is one of the most — if not the most — time-consuming of the tasks.
That was something that Richard Resnick, the information services manager of systems and operations at the University Community Hospital in Tampa, Fla. told me last year.
“Then you have to customize it with user parameters and so forth,” Resnick said. “What I’ve seen from Mainframe 2.0, it handles the first part of that. It’s not handling all the customization yet. When it does that, then it will be complete.”