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Vinit Choudahry
Consultant
Technical Consultant at Wipro Technologies
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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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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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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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
IT Specialist Automation Service Coordinator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 28 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the automation. There is the possibility to understand its different components. It is very open, where you can run different scripts or program scripts in PowerShell or Bash. Thus, it is open for various… more»

How has it helped my organization?

For our organization, this was a very big project. The issue of automation is a hot topic now, and that is where workload automation fits in. It provides time savings on manual tasks. For example, imagine an operator is getting a task, but… more»

What needs improvement?

I do not think it is as valued as it should be because it is not user-friendly. There could be a better user interface for end users. They should make it more intuitive, not based on Java. They should also fix all the bugs.

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

We were previously doing manual work. There was an initiative coming from the senior management to automate more things, which is how this came about. When I joined the project, this product was already selected. I had no real say about the… more»

What other advice do I have?

I love it, and I am happy working with it. Though, it was hard to comprehend at the beginning. Do not be scared with the user interface. It is not that hard. If you like to script, this is the tool for you.
Mohamed Elazzouzi
Real User
Production Systems Engineer at Sofrecom
Jan 07 2019

What is most valuable?

I have found new methods for converting scripts from Dollar U to ONE Automation. For example, I take the dynamic library from Dollar U and put it in the dynamic binary library in ONE Automation. This enables us to use Dollar U scripts in… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have used ONE Automation to make a platform for one of our clients using two clustered Oracle Databases and web services, with an Automation Engine. We made another platform for backup using Data Guard and two web services with two… more»

What needs improvement?

There were many bugs in the last version. For example, we could only use capital letters for searching for agent names. Also, we had a problem with ONE Automation where we couldn't use the PGA and SGA in Oracle Databases for resolving RAM… more»

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

I used Dollar U. There are really big differences. Dollar U has decentralized methods and tools. ONE Automation has centralized tools. It is really strong and really easy to use ONE Automation. For example, for organizing, for creating… more»

What other advice do I have?

You should know configuration and scripting in Shell because Automic only gives binary, which you can adapt for your environment. You can the Automic with PostgreSQL, but it's not good. I prefer to use it with Oracle Database and to use… more»
Jared Kessans
Real User
Lead Systems Administrator at Great American Insurance
Sep 26 2018

What is most valuable?

The usability of the user interface. It just makes sense and it is easy to see the flow of the processes. We have been slowly migrating to the web-based user interface, which has some of the older… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have a lot of jobs that have to run, and it's easy to see what the status is. We've been using it for around 15 years now. We're very comfortable with it, that's probably the biggest thing. I've… more»

What needs improvement?

In terms of additional features, it's probably stuff they already have available that we haven't started utilizing yet. I really like the idea of the Zero Downtime Upgrade, but really excited to be… more»

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

For the open system side, I don't believe we were using anything previously. Probably anything that they would have been using would have been Microsoft Task Scheduler or a Unix cron. But we were not… more»

What other advice do I have?

When our company is investing in a new vendor, our top criteria are * support * features * stability is probably the biggest. I don't have a whole lot of experience with other automation systems… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am unsure as it was before I started administering the application.
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What is Automic Workload Automation?

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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