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Real User
VP, Chief Technology & Digital officer
Aug 17 2017

What is most valuable?

It's very hard to transfer the feeling when you have a platform that came to handle infrastructure issues, but at the end of the day, they are making real changes and impacting our business level, which is amazing, because it's very uncommon.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We started this engagement with Automic working on basic scheduling. If you can just imagine an organization, which has around 10,000 written processes in Visual Basic or old code, and now we need to maintain these processes. They are very... more»

What needs improvement?

We are always talking about leveraging the power of big data by automation, and we have a gap, but we didn't really implement it yet (the automation), which they have a great solution for, so the business continues in the cloud. We are not... more»
Ca2
CA Technologies
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Real User
Sr. Analyst Developer at Dish Network

What is most valuable?

Over time we have found that if there are any issues with communication between the various components [ scheduler and has very little maintenance overhead.

How has it helped my organization?

We've just recently upgraded to the 11.3.6 Workload Automation platform. We're still implementing the pieces, but what we found is, there's a lot more reporting with it. It's a lot more stable. There are a lot more features available, that... more»

What needs improvement?

When we first went to 11.3.6, they didn't have their agent monitoring platform produced. As of this date, we haven't even installed their agent orchestrator yet. We're trying to work to get those in. I can't specify what I would like right... more»
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Real User
Sr. Tivoli WLA admin. + TOPdesk Saas Operations Manager at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

Workload automation (WLA) these days is no static business. It’s all about running the right workload sequence, at the right time, often triggered by a variety of possible (combination of) events. For instance, we use this principle for... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The tool made it possible to automate the technical workflow within complex business process models, within a heterogeneous network hierarchy, consisting of fault-tolerant distributed agents, managed by scheduling plan for a certain future... more»

What needs improvement?

Today, TWS (TWA) has evolved into version 9.x and the product is now also available as a cloud-provided service (the management parts, from IBM SmartCloud). I think that is a good and modern development, but the first v9.x releases (and maybe... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
DevOps Engineer at 84.51
Nov 28 2017

What is most valuable?

* The modulation of some of the things, like how the things are connected and disconnected. You have different login objects that you can quickly put to other different objects and other objects that you create, which makes transporting... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to free up developers' time from not having to set up environments, but actually using different environments. It allows us to have accountability and traceability of changes. It also allows us to be in the mainstream with what a... more»

What needs improvement?

There has to be a better way to visualize things in the application without having so many windows open. That is just an on its face type thing. If you get in deep into some of these processes, you may have 20 windows open, and there has to... more»
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Real User
Data Operations Lead at 84.51
Jan 02 2018

What is most valuable?

Number one, A+, is the scripting language, and the ability to go in, and take an already robust, consistent, strong tool, and turn it into an incredibly scalable, flexible tool, that you can literally do anything you want to with. Back in the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

For me the biggest one is flexibility. It allows you to do so many things on so many different platforms. We have an Oracle shop that runs off of Oracle packages that are executed from Linux boxes. With that, whatever platform it touches, it... more»

What needs improvement?

A problem we've had is where file transfers are being kicked-off from one server to another, without us doing it. It's something internal to Automic that's doing it. And it is costing a little bit of performance, and it's a time issue, on the... more»
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Real User
Systems Engineer - Senior Control M Admin at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

The features most valuable differ from client to client. One of our clients used Control-M to execute multiple scripts in distributed systems and mainframe environments, which in turn ensured proper functioning of equipment, updating data, BI... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Control-M helped automate workloads, which would have taken hours and hours of effort and resources. The tool increased the quality and efficiency of work performed with as minimum manual effort as possible. It also reduced cost to the... more»

What needs improvement?

Control-M as a tool has provided a really stable and effective platform to automate workloads. However, sometimes we do have to use different job types to achieve one task. For this scenario a welcome addition would be an application... more»
Ca2
CA Technologies
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Real User
Sr. Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

What we really like is that it's an enterprise solution and it really allows us to do the "normal work," the different operating systems and platforms, but it also allows us to manage and control our ERP systems, and things like Informatica... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The really nice thing is that, as the business grows, we're not seeing the infrastructure grow. Regardless of how much new business we keep on, the team is pretty stable. We have a dedicated team of eight people. We maintain today nine... more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to see good improvement on the historical reporting capabilities. It's always been, I think, a bit of a weak point. Currently, if you know a SQL programmer, he should become your best friend, but I'd like to see it get to the... more»
Ca2
CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Program Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 07 2018

What is most valuable?

Its scheduling and its notification to us. We need to know when things are taking too long and when it fails, but we really need to schedule jobs to run. We need to have things run in a very sequential order, so it is very useful that we can... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to eliminate an overnight operator job, for one thing. He just left, but we did not replace him. We get better reports than we use to have. Basically it runs jobs on a schedule, but we already had the jobs. It also eliminates... more»

What needs improvement?

There is a difference between a web interface and the thick client interface. We particularly like a thick client interface, and it has gone away. I am finding that is disappointing to me. Now, it looks like the web interface is where all the... more»
Ca2
CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Applications Developer
Nov 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is probably just the robustness of the platform itself, where you can go in and put any code inside of it and, as long as the server that you have it running on has the legs to be able to execute all that, it's good... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We don't have to manually run things anymore. We can have the work that a team of 50 people would do, all inside of one platform.

What needs improvement?

Again, lack of documentation, that is an issue. When we do need to bring it down for maintenance, it is always a scary moment for us because we have never had it crash. When we don't have any documentation, we don't really know what to expect... more»
Ca2
CA Technologies
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Real User
Subject Matter Expert (Application Administration and Automation) at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

In our use, I really enjoy things being in one spot. It's extremely easy to use. It's easy to set up. It's easy to upgrade. Most of the time, it's easy to teach people how to use it. My developers a lot of the times get in there really... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There are a lot of benefits. Automating things is the future. You get to be efficient. I'm in retail, so a lot of times, we do a lot of different jobs. You have one person doing what three people normally do. The only way you can really... more»

What needs improvement?

There has been preaching about cross-application critical pathing. It's extremely difficult for us to tell what is impacting what other items. I would absolutely love to be able to click one job and see all of its dependencies, regardless of... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Technical Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 07 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability to be able to automate more of our business processes: * It gives us a lot of leverage in terms of what we can do with the product. * The predictive analytics portion, which is the reporting capability, gives us a lot of useful data.

How has it helped my organization?

It has made everybody more efficient and productive. So, it eliminates a lot of the manual workaround processes, which enables our business to get more out of its people, which is always good.

What needs improvement?

Keep enhancing the analytics piece. We are just getting involved with that, so we have not had the reporting functionality previously in version 10. We have seen and heard a lot of good things about it. In talking with other customers as... more»
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Real User
Software Engineer at a media company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 02 2018

What is most valuable?

This product has really helped Comcast and the organization streamline a lot of independent jobs that we might have had. We can take something from crontab, something that's very nitty-gritty and low-level, and be able to put it into a nice... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have all of our payroll being done in the platform. There are a lot of different processes that need to be taken care of, and they all need to be linked together. When you put them into a workflow, and you know that you've built logic into... more»

What needs improvement?

I'll start by saying, one of the big features that they did implement, that a lot of people, us included, were asking for for a long time, is the ability to do zero downtime upgrades. They have introduced that. We haven't gotten to that... more»
Ca2
CA Technologies
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Real User
Vice President, Enterprise Applications at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

What is most valuable?

What I like about it is that we use it as our enterprise-level scheduling systems. We used to have scattered jobs scheduled. They all had problems every day. The troubleshooting made a huge mess for the whole company. After we started using CA Workload Automation, everything became one integrated system. It makes the troubleshooting and monitoring much easier.... more»

What needs improvement?

Like almost everyone else, we like to make it more web-available. Right now, it's a thick client so you need to have a desktop client do all the work and the monitoring. People like to just go to a browser, look for the jobs and monitor them. That is something we’d like to see. I think we're very happy with this system.
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Real User
Head of Batch Scheduling, Senior Vice President at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

* Support for multiplatform workload automation in a single solution * Versatility of plan-based and event-triggered scheduling in a single solution

How has it helped my organization?

Our firm supports batch processing across many platforms from mainframe to iSeries and open systems. TWS enables consolidation of disparate workloads in a single database, removing the need for engineered interfaces between platforms and... more»

What needs improvement?

Service-level management is a challenge using native TWS facilities. TWS lacks sophisticated predictive analytics capability. The limited analytics it does offer is predicated on user-defined variables such as job run duration estimates,... more»
Ca2
CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
Senior IT Developer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 07 2018

What is most valuable?

* Reliability * Stability * Expandability: It scales well.

How has it helped my organization?

We have ended up using it as a Tier 1 application supporting other Tier 1 applications. We schedule all jobs, everything from payroll to how to move oil around the country.

What needs improvement?

A lot of what we want is going to be based on our particular solution, not for something everybody else could use at the same time. Different companies use AutoSys differently. They have different standards and different methodologies. A... more»
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
System Engineer, Infrastructure at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

TWS has two command line interfaces to help manage items in the active plan and database. This allows you to create custom scripts to make mass updates to job definitions in the plan\database. You can even schedule these custom scripts to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Aside from basic scheduling features and Windows/Unix job types, this product gives us a lot of options to integrate with other systems: * Custom plug-ins * Database & integration job types * File transfer and remote command job types It... more»

What needs improvement?

The web UI is a bit cumbersome in terms of navigation, although it seems some improvements were made on the most recent release, v9.3. Also, scheduling is driven based off of a Symphony file, which is a flat file that outlines scheduled work... more»
Ca2
CA Technologies
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Real User
Batch Scheduling Specialist at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are helping to schedule jobs and helping to watch for data set triggers.

How has it helped my organization?

A benefit of the solution is scheduling multiple jobs. We run 5,000 jobs a day, so it helps us to keep all of that in order; keep all the dependencies, everything, flowing in the right direction; any kind of events, getting all those alerts... more»

What needs improvement?

* Maybe just new ways to schedule things * Maybe a little bit more options for scheduling * More keywords Things like that. That would help.
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
DevOps Engineer at 84.51
Feb 06 2018

What is most valuable?

How technology agnostic it is. It works with all the different legacy solutions we have and it allows us to look at things in one location, as opposed to going to a lot of different places.

How has it helped my organization?

The abstraction - I call it the "who, what, and where" of pieces of work that need to be done in the IT world. The who: the log-in, the credentials, all those things. The where: as far as the agents and those things. Then the what: the actual... more»

What needs improvement?

* More Hadoop native support for things such as Oozie jobs, Spark jobs. * Native support for messaging architecture like with your RabbitMQ, your Kafkas. More native support for - we talk about the software factory with services and that new... more»
Ca2
CA Technologies
Anonymous avatar x80
Real User
ESP Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

What is most valuable?

CA Workload Automation automates across multiple platforms. We're actually getting rid of our mainframe; so it's allowed us to use a distributive scheduling package. Getting rid of our mainframe is a big deal to my company. It enables you to tie into audit systems, gives you a lot of visibility as far as workload goes, and allows you to automate it as well.

What needs improvement?

On the mainframe version of ESP, there was a scheduling parameter called NOTWITH. If you placed this parameter on two jobs you didn’t want running at the same time, ESP would recognize that one was running and the other wouldn’t run, even if its scheduling requirements had been met. This allowed our company to combat contention issues without creating extra or... more»
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Consultant
Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 23 2017

What is most valuable?

The simplicity of the GUI is the most valuable feature for us.

How has it helped my organization?

My organization has automated a lot of tasks that were previously being done manually like processing of cheques from multiple banks. This was a three step process wherein a dedicated man resource used to scan the cheques individually,... more»

What needs improvement?

Out of the box reporting and provision for customization/integration with other products are the areas where this product can be improved.
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