>I have a client that is looking into System Management tools. Currently,
>the VP of IS is swinging towards CA-Unicenter. He would like to know of
>any comments you would like to share, good or bad.
What I learned is that _nothing_ matches a trial period evaluation. If
you evaluate several products, you can play one vendor against the
other. If you have a RFP document you can submit to a group of vendors
with specific product requirements, this is even better. To many
times, I've seen companys buy what someone "who's no longer with the
company" was sold. If you take the time to buy something that works
the way you want, you'll be much happier. Just the process of getting
requirements together will help solidify the problem. If more than one
person provides requirements, more than one person will be happy with
what's evenually purchased.
Get a 60-day demo version and install that on a system that will be
responcible for doing the managment and have a single person use the
product for that time.
If this client already wants to buy CA Unicenter without going through
this process, are they hiring you to put a stamp of approval on it?
Such decisions are usually political rather than technical.
"His code never ran fast enough"
"He thought my pocket protector was *"
"Fantasy is the art of not being so picky"
"Queens never make Bargains!"--Lewis Carroll
"Click me, drag me, drop me...Treat me like an object"
..............from the confessions of a High-tech Queen