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Vinit Choudahry
Consultant
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 03 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the one for SAP batch processing. It's not just ordinary job processing. There are certain other mid-level workload automation tools which can… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution has been here for the past ten years, there is a definite business value-add; the batch/shell scripts running in the environment can be controlled centrally… more»

What needs improvement?

We are currently at version 6.7.41. One improvement area that I can see would be a centralized licensing part. I've heard that has been already taken care of in the latest… more»

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

I understand that AWA is cheaper than Control-M, but I'm not certain about the numbers.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have been an admin on other tools as well. I was a contributor to and implemented BMC Control-M.

What other advice do I have?

It's the same for any end tool we implement: Be clear with the requirements. Apart from that, everything is pretty smooth and straightforward. You can look at the tool and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

What makes it stand out from the competitors I have seen is it has distributed architecture. If you look at BMC Control-M vs Automic Workload Automation, the brain is the… more»
Real User
Sr Production Control Analyst at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 26 2018

What is most valuable?

It's easy to use. When you schedule jobs, if you can speak English you can schedule them easily and correctly. There's a lot of flexibility because the product allows you… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We scheduled our database maintenance jobs through ASP and when we did this, we scheduled them in a certain defined way that we expected them to run. And when that was… more»

What needs improvement?

How they handle cross datacenter failover, because they have a really good High Availability solution that works well within a single sysplex, but in our environment… more»

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

I'm really the technical guy. Pricing is not something that I deal with so I can't answer that question.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

When I started, we were already on this product, but I do know that they were using a competing product before and they felt that this product had more of what they… more»

What other advice do I have?

No advice other than the normal stuff that you would do when looking at any product: Does it fit what you need? I would recommend doing a proof of concept before signing… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

That would have been 20 years ago, so the market is a little different than it was back then. There are solutions today that did not exist back then. Pretty much all of… more»
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Irvin Carney
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… 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»

What other advice do I have?

There are some things that could be more intuitive in the tool. There is a lot of functionality, but the presentation of it could probably be better. It is a very powerful tool which allows for portability of code through different… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I got brought in when they signed the contract.
Marc Massie
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 old days, I would think, "Okay, if I need a specific job… 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 can allow you to do so many different things. We can take… 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 zero client. But otherwise, it's not affecting the other… more»

What other advice do I have?

In terms of selecting tools, the important criteria are * the fit of the tool * cost of the tool * support of the tool. That's the one, two, three I think everybody would answer. Do the demo, and don't be scared of the Automic scripting language, because it's easy, if your team is technical at all… more»
Ruairi Brennan
Real User
IT Manager at ESB
Jun 27 2018

What is most valuable?

* Stability * Versatility * It is integrated across all our IT platforms in our infrastructure, which is a big plus.

How has it helped my organization?

We have about 40 million jobs and workflows go through our organization's Automic instance every year, from our Treasury functions to our SAP functions. We use it in… more»

What needs improvement?

* While the cost is competitive, there is always room for improvement. * It has a very complicated interface, which could be made to be more user-friendly.

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

We feel that we get a good deal with the price. We recently renewed our Automic contract last year. At renewal time, it is not about looking for an alternative product… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This was before my time. I suppose we had an operations function that was shift-based. We would have a team that worked around the clock, and they would be performing the… more»

What other advice do I have?

We are looking for use cases to utilize it within our organization. Basically, what we are looking to do now is to automate as much as we can within the organization. We… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have not found another product that can do what Automic can do.
Christine Bauder
Real User
Assistant Director of Production Services
Nov 27 2018

What is most valuable?

An important feature is the ability to modify PeopleSoft Run Controls at run-time. We run all of the batch processes for the Student Information Systems, Finance, and HCM… more»

How has it helped my organization?

In 2014, we saved over 9000 hours on an annualized basis when we removed the manual updating of Run Controls. Removing manual updating also improves efficiencies… more»

What needs improvement?

There are some scripting elements that could be added like being able to reset a task in a schedule through Automic scripting. Also, some of the things we don't use are… more»

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

Certain licenses can be a bit expensive. The PeopleSoft agents, in particular, are a bit pricey. We are using agent groups in our development environment which allows us… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We ran our Finance, HCM, and CIW processes through Unicenter. I don't believe that Unicenter was very user-friendly and they found it difficult to integrate with other… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is hands-down the best product out there. You might find others that are cheaper, you might find others that sound better and cost more, but in the end, the best… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I believe we looked at BMC and other CA products but chose Automic because of its ability to easily integrate with other applications and services, and because of how… more»
Marcel Specht
Real User
IT Automation Specialist at Dm- Drogerie Markt
Jul 10 2018

What is most valuable?

The very special feature that we use is the connection to ServiceNow.

How has it helped my organization?

We have worked about 20 years with this product. We have migrated for 20 years from CA to Automic. It is very interesting. Now, we are back to CA, because they have taken over the Automic company. The benefits also include the automation of… more»

What needs improvement?

It does not have the same functions as the old version, which makes our developers angry because because they must work with this tool. We going forward it may not be possible. CA has missed the product's focus. We have a lot of developers… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend using Automic.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

From the bad products, the Automic is the best. All products in the market are not good since they are simple workload scheduling. There are some things are missing in the Automic product, which our management does not see.
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… more»

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»

What other advice do I have?

We are very satisfied with the solution as a whole. There is a lot of new functionality that we are excited about. We have not had any real major problems systematically with the solution. Overall, with the product, we are very satisfied… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No. We just decided to stay with what we had because we have had really good luck with it and we are very satisfied with the product.
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Deliver the fully agile enterprise using CA Automic Workload Automation 

The modern enterprise needs to orchestrate a complex, diverse landscape of applications, platforms and technologies. Workload automation can prove a critical differentiator, but only if it provides intelligent automation driven by data analytics.

The IT landscape is currently more complex than ever: Islands of automation are a barrier to scaling and standardizing your workload activities. Processing errors are common because of manual handoffs. And the lack of an end-to-end view of the business process make inefficiencies and problems difficult to resolve. In addition to this, you are operating 24x7 and cannot find maintenance windows to upgrade your infrastructure in order to innovate. 

CA Automic Workload Automation gives you the agility, speed, visibility and scalability needed to respond to the constantly changing technology landscape. It centrally manages and automates the execution of business processes end-to-end; across mainframe, cloud and hybrid environments in a way that never stops—even when doing an upgrade to the next version.

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