Stonebranch Universal Automation Center Review

It has the possibility to connect multiple tasks in a workflow across domains and operating systems

What is our primary use case?

Centralized scheduling and file transfers running on a couple of hundred agents (Windows/Unix/Linux).

How has it helped my organization?

  • We migrated multiple scheduling applications to UAC for less costs and more efficient management.
  • Scripting is also centralized in one library.
  • UAC has a lot of scheduling options for various tasks.

What is most valuable?

  • The possibility to connect multiple tasks in a workflow across domains and operating systems.
  • Also the UDM file transfers and the possibilities which can be achieved with UDM scripting.
  • The GUI is also easy to operate and does not need installation since it is web-based.

What needs improvement?

  • Virtual resource priorities could be better.
  • Maybe in the future, the use of queues.
  • Promoting objects to multiple environments at once.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability of UAC is good. When problems do arise, they can be quickly solved most times, so downtime is minimal. We are running a high-availability environment.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Its processes are easily scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Throughout the years we have been working with UAC, the experience we have had with support has been very good. Technical know-how is great and also second line support is very helpful.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used: 

  • IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler
  • Redwood CPS for scheduling SAP tasks
  • Redwood Cronacle
  • Opalis, also
  • AT scheduling on Windows, and
  • Crontab scheduling. 

We switched to UAC because we did not want all the other schedulers and corresponding teams. It is also more cost-efficient.

How was the initial setup?

Since we do have many security rules in our company, we needed to use some external scripting for setting permissions, etc. Without these, installing is a breeze.

What about the implementation team?

We hired an external business consultant who helped us with the installation. Also had a small vendor team (one person) to help us migrate one scheduling application to UAC.

What was our ROI?

No clue.

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

Choose an enterprise license to have unlimited agents, tasks, etc.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at UC4 (Automic Software), but after evaluation, UAC had more to offer.

What other advice do I have?

No additional comments.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

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