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Shaun Guthrie
Real User
Senior Operations Administrator at Illinois Mutual
Apr 08 2020

What is most valuable?

A lot of the built-in processes are among the most valuable features because when just starting out, although I went through the ActiveBatch Boot Camp — and I've got a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

ActiveBatch has allowed us to move forward quickly with our modernization effort, to get off of the mainframe and to move that data to a distributed environment. It has… more»

What needs improvement?

When our mainframe process ends each night it sends out an email to certain users that the system is up, so that they can log on and do work on the mainframe at that… more»

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

The cost is outside the scope of my job responsibilities. Obviously we're using it, so it was worth the cost. I think it's a tremendous product. I don't know what the cost… more»

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

We didn't have a previous solution. We were looking for a product that could handle a company-wide insurance systems modernization project. This project has been in the… more»

What other advice do I have?

Jump in. That's what we did and we're seeing the results. I can't stress enough how much it's allowed us to move forward with this modernization project. Overall, it… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Maybe at a higher level in our company there was some research into other solutions and came to ActiveBatch as the best solution. As far as I know, it has always been… more»
Real User
Client Service Manager/Programmer at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Apr 02 2020

What is most valuable?

We mostly use the fairly straightforward features of the solution: * copying and moving files from one location to another * FTP processes to send and receive files *… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The biggest example of the way it has improved things — and this is actually why we moved to ActiveBatch — is that most of our jobs are our processes that run overnight… more»

What needs improvement?

The only thing is that it does have a little bit of a learning curve because it is fairly complex. You have to learn how it does things. I don't know if it's any worse… more»

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

From what I recall, the price was fairly in line with other automation tools. I don't think it's exorbitantly expensive, relatively speaking. It's definitely been worth… more»

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

Our previous solution was AutoMate BPA. We switched because we needed stability. We also needed something that was easy to use where we could have certain functionality… more»

What other advice do I have?

Take the time to get a good feel for how it works. That's the biggest thing. Once you have that, start creating the jobs. I would expect that people will be very satisfied… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

One of our other technicians was the lead on finding a new automation tool. Along with ActiveBatch, he found three or four others that he thought might have good… more»
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Bob Olson
Real User
Supervisor IT Operations at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 02 2020

What is most valuable?

I find all the features valuable. A lot of our server monitoring has becoming more critical. We monitor CPU loads and disk space requirements. Those are becoming more… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have some things coded out to execute processes on systems internal to us, but nothing out of the cloud. We have web based products that are internal and made available… more»

What needs improvement?

It may require some weird programming of things. However, most of the time, we can solve the problem and set solutions in place, then it's carried forward to other jobs. I… more»

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

I don't think we've ever had a problem with the pricing or licensing. Even the maintenance fees are very much in line. They are not excessive. I think for the support that… more»

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

Everything was a manual effort before ActiveBatch.

What other advice do I have?

It is a great product. I can't speak enough about it. We haven't found anything that we can't overcome in ActiveBatch. When they put this product out, they thought it out… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other products before purchasing. We asked for a proof of concept on this solution that ActiveBatch provided. We looked at the scalability, integration… more»
Peter MacDonald
Real User
Senior IT Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Apr 05 2020

What is most valuable?

One of the great features that they have implemented is called Job Steps. It is a much more mechanical way to control processes. It allows us to connect to external providers. For example, we were a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We found that the solution created simplicity for us with our workflows and process automation. It gives me the folder and job name, then I'm done. I don't have to remember a plethora of things and… more»

What needs improvement?

I can't get the cleaning up of logs to work consistently. Right now, we are not setup correctly, and maybe it is something that I have not effectively communicated to them. This has been my challenge.

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

I buy features when I have need of them.

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

We first implemented this a number of years ago, it took our processes from several hours overnight, and not knowing if those jobs failed until we checked in the morning, to having an ActiveBatch team… more»

What other advice do I have?

Right now, we only use the Informatica AI and Informatica PowerCenter. We are looking at a ServiceNow integration. Some of the other ones, like Azure, we don't need right now as we continue to grow it… more»
Mike Scocca
Real User
Data Warehouse Operations Analyst at a leisure / travel company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 05 2020

What is most valuable?

One of the valuable features is the ability to trigger workflows, one after another, based on success, without having to worry about overlapping workflows. The ability to integrate our BI, analytics, and our data quality jobs is also… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Before we had ActiveBatch, we used the Informatica Workflow Scheduler, and we would have to start a downstream workflow, but have it wait for the completion of the first one by a trigger file. So "Workflow B" would be waiting for a control… more»

What needs improvement?

We also use an Oracle trigger, although we've had inconsistent performance with the Oracle trigger. It had to do with the timing of the Oracle logs. The Oracle trigger function wouldn't work because Oracle had a lock on the archive log… more»

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

Ninety-five percent of the warehouse jobs that we run that were Informatica jobs have been replaced with ActiveBatch. We have a couple of jobs with some specialized logic that we haven't taken the time to figure out how to do in ActiveBatch… more»

What other advice do I have?

The breakthrough for us was when we were able to take completely different software tools and integrate them into one long flow of data. We have our Informatica jobs which then trigger some PLC to SQL jobs in ActiveBatch, but they also… more»
Georg Johansen
Real User
Operations Manager at Statkraft AS
Apr 07 2020

What is most valuable?

We use the main job-scheduling feature. It's the only thing we use in the tool. That's the reason we are using the tool: to reduce costs by replacing manual tasks with automated tasks and to perform… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The automation has saved us many hours although I can't say exactly how many. We're able to create workflows without coding. I would imagine it has also resulted in an improvement in workflow… more»

What needs improvement?

It could be easier to provide dashboards on how many jobs are running at the same time; more monitoring.

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

Other than scheduling in Windows, I don't think our company had a previous solution.

What other advice do I have?

Start with a simple, small version and try some simple tasks to see how effective it is. Using ActiveBatch I have learned that the potential for reducing costs using an automation tool is huge, and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I also have experience with CA Workload Automation. It has been some years since I worked with it but it's the same concept and the same features but doing things in slightly different ways.

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What is ActiveBatch?

ActiveBatch® by Advanced Systems Concepts is redefining the way organizations approach IT Automation with an architectural strategy that minimizes the complexity and expense of developing and maintaining custom scripts. Analyst research states that most organizations have 3-8 scheduling and automation tools in place. ActiveBatch breaks down these silos of automation by providing one single, coordinated solution with integrations for key applications, platforms, and technologies, as well as automation capabilities for business processes, IT processes, cloud, big data, and more.

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