CA Workload Automation Review

Flexibility of scheduling jobs in PDS members, not a database, gives so many more options


What is our primary use case?

We needed to replace Allen Systems Zeke/Zebb back in 2000, since the product was not being updated anymore. ESP met our needs.

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us flexibility when doing releases. We can make changes for one day in a PDS member, since we stage our jobs by date, and the next day the normal job definitions are run.

What is most valuable?

Flexibility of scheduling jobs in PDS members, and not a database, gives you so many more options. ESP is a solid product and works extremely well, it's very reliable. Enhancements are always being added with new features.

You can add jobs/applications/agents in ESP very quickly; it just takes minutes to do.

What needs improvement?

The GUI/Workstation is weak and needs to be improved. CA is working on this right now; the web based GUI is in beta mode at this time.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

ESP is rock solid. It is as reliable as it gets.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues with scalability.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support, when it was Cybermation, was much more solid. Now that it's CA, at times the support is excellent and other times it’s not as good.

Which solutions did we use previously?

Allen Systems Zeke/Zebb had issues, and was being sold to different companies at the time. The product did not move forward.

How was the initial setup?

We had Cybermation come in-house to work with us, in doing the conversion back in 2001. It took about one year to convert all of our systems.

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

CA pricing has been a problem, and not looked upon favorably here at all.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

What other advice do I have?

CA ESP is a solid product and very easy to use. It allows you to be very creative in what you do. It is well liked here and is very easy to learn. The customized views that each individual can create, and ones that can be made free-form, makes this very popular with the programmers.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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