CA Workload Automation Review

Offers the ability to code schedules to run jobs in both the mainframe and distributed environments.


What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ease of coding up schedules to run jobs in both the mainframe and distributed environments.

Prior to installing ESP, we had to use two products: one for mainframe and one for distributed.

How has it helped my organization?

It allowed us to consolidate our monitoring down to one particular console in one particular environment.

What needs improvement?

We need the ability to be able to have Windows user passwords changed periodically and automatically.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for 6 and 1/2 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

When we first installed ESP, we had a few issues with the ability of jobs to have their status reported across sysplexes.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not encountered any issues with scalability.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is 7 out of 10, with 10 being exceptional.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We previously had Maestro for scheduling the distributed environment and CA7 for scheduling the mainframe environment.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was not too terribly complex, but it did take some time to learn all the complexities of the product.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Well, the product is part of our ELA with CA, but we do have a specific number of licenses we can use for the distributed agents we deploy, so you have to be careful as to what limit you set for number of agents, so you have room to grow in your environment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we also evaluated BMC Control-M.

What other advice do I have?

Take the time to learn how to use the GUI and learn how to code the schedules. There are a lot of different ways to code schedules.

Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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