your experience in working with it. Is it flexiblity to deploy application, install software , configure the datasource etc? Did you have to change the script evreytime a new version of websphere is available in the market.
Its very flexible to do installs/deployments and config. Its a framework that contains all the tasks needed for installing/patching and for deploying/configuring. If you need something outside of these tasks you can add a new repeatable task (ant target). WICA includes targets for WAS 5.x and 6.x and I'm sure when v7 comes out there will be targets added for that.
I've done complete builds of Portal for DEV/QA/TEST and Prod in a matter of weeks. I would setup the environments I needed which might take half hour to an hour. I would then kick off the scripts and come in the next day with a fully functional clustered,database transferred,ldap configured 2 node portal environment.
This is a very powerful framework and it is very easy to add ant targets to make it do what you want.
Here is a link to the site with more wica info....
Full disclosure: I work for a company that competes with WICA (and others) called Phurnace Software. We make a competitive offering, so please take that into account with my post.
I've talked to a bunch of people who use/evaluate WICA, and just a bit of a word of caution. WICA was originally designed to be a framework for Ascendant to sell consulting hours. It's not packaged software, its a promise of a services engagement. As you rev your products, you will have to rev your WICA infrastructure as well. WICA still is very much a promise to keep scripting.
Phurnace is a packaged software solution that requires no scripting or professional services. Our customers are up and running in days, not weeks.
We are looking for a tool which will help us build environment without any problem. For Example, we build the dev environment, with this, we can also build the
AIT/PROD in no time with the dev environemt as an template. Is there such a tool? We have many projects and environmet. Some environment are shared while others are project based.