CA Workload Automation Other Advice

Program Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I would recommend it. Actually I do not even know another automation product. I would not know what else to recommend. I appreciate training and support from a vendor. They should come in, train us on the product, and be around for a while, or at least available, to help us with anything we should have learned or did not. Or, things we discover we need. Training and early on support are really important and we really would like to see, like the same person providing it. I would like to be able to contact him and say, "Hey, how do I do such and such? How do I attach this report to this thing? How do I filter this?" And he would reply with, "Here are some codes you might find useful." I know these would be available out in the community, but I should not have to look it up because I am still in training. That is just one thing I would like. View full review »
Applications Developer
When choosing a vendor, since we're a university, what is important is the cost, and then who does it benefit. Is it going to benefit the student body? If it does, perfect. It does benefit the employees, perfect. Other than that, are there any other people, any other companies that offer something similar, and what do they do. Outside of that, how hard is it going to be for us to bring them on and what does a company do with the data that we give them. That is a very important piece. If we have to give student data to that system, does that student data go anywhere? If it does, that violates federal laws, things like that. As far as advice, make sure that you document everything. As you're setting it up, work closely with other universities, figure out what best cases are going to be, best practices. Really just have a deep understanding of what you are wanting to do with it, what jobs that you want it to do, what processes are you wanting to map out. View full review »
Greg Wade
Senior IT Developer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Use this product. I have used the competitors' products. I have used AutoSys. If there is a comparison, I will give them my views as to what I think of all the products. My view right now, use AutoSys. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Service * Reliability * Support * If we are able to actually contact our sales reps and get solutions and answers from them. * If we are able to open tickets and get answers to some of the easier questions. * Are they willing to come in and sit with us, and make sure we are getting things done correctly the first time. View full review »
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Richard Cron
Supervisor For Support Operations at Hollister Incorporated
When we are selecting a vendor, what's important to us are * support, that's number one * price * maintenance which all seem to be reasonably well in hand right now. I gave it an eight out of 10 because of the support and the product; it is very easy to learn. It's pretty straightforward. We actually were just advising colleagues who asked us about this product. We said it is very easy to use, it's multi-platform based; those were the main reasons, I would think. They actually ended up buying the product as well, with our recommendation. View full review »
Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I would say the most important criteria to us when selecting a vendor are * usability * operational friendliness * cost, obviously * and scalability, because we have a global footprint around the world in different datacenters. And it needs to be something that's maintainable or the maintenance is robust. That's something with which we've had good luck, and a good experience, with CA. I would just say, based on your use case, to see what flavor of ESP you wanted, whether it's the mainframe, or distributed systems, and then understand what kind of functionality you want to achieve from it. Get users' suggestions, if they already have it set up, so you can get past some of those stumbling blocks at the beginning. View full review »
Db2 Says Programer at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
When choosing to work with a vendor, the most important criteria I look for are * a long-term relationship * a partnership * willing to grow * willing to listen to feedback * support * that they'll help us do our job. I've worked with CA Workload Automation so I'm happy. I would say they're a nine out of 10 because I don't know anyone else. It's all relative. They could be a 10. I'm happy with them. I don't have any complaints. They're responsive. Make sure you partner with them. Get buy-in from your business units before implementing. I think that's one of the biggest keys to success. If you don't feel comfortable let them explain their product. Get the buy-in first, then move forward so you don't have the resentment of, "Hey, you're forcing this product on us." It's been great. View full review »
Pete Wirfs
Programming Specialist at SAIF Corporation
When selecting a vendor it really centers around the product reliability for us, and we saw that in this product. I actually sat by several people today, here at the CA World conference, that were saying they were here just to evaluate this product. I mostly told them some of my personal success stories and shared with them, that it has been a wonderful tool for automating our business needs, and that they should really consider this product. View full review »
Sr. Systems Programmer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I believe CA had been actively developing it, enhancing it, and attempting to make it easier to use. I think it's been a good product for us, and I think others would find that to be true as well. View full review »
IT System Analyst Senior at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
For us, when considering vendors, a lot of it's going to depend on their * roadmap * ability to service and respond to customers needs * long term durability, are they going to be there a year from now, two years from now, 20 years from now? Vendors go out of business. You don't want to be in a situation where you're forced into doing a product migration to something else. Make sure you know what the requirements of your business are, and whether it's going to meet the needs of those that are going to be using and depending on the product. View full review »
CA Seven Workload Automation Admin at Home Depot
They do a really good job for us with their improvements and new releases, especially the agents. When you are looking for at this product, you are not looking just for at the product itself, you are looking at the total package: The support for the product, the durability of the product, and the scalability of the product. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: support. By far, CA has the best support. View full review »
Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It is stable, it works, and it does what it is supposed to. I would recommend this solution. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: support. Providing knowledge and giving us the ability to address any issues or problems of the software. View full review »
Sr IT Infrastructure Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Our most important criterion when selecting a vendor is the partnership. I give the solution an eight because it has a few quirks, but it's a pretty reliable system. They could do better supporting it. They have too many of the same type of products, so sometimes it doesn't get as much attention as it should. I would advise a colleague who is looking at similar solutions to stay informed with the technology, and engage with the CA reps. I would recommend it whole-heartedly. View full review »
Rafael Lubera
Technology Special Automation at CME Group Inc.
We've been using the product for 12, 13 years, so it's been a while. My most important criterion when selecting a vendor is stability. in general. We want to make sure our customers who use the system never have any downtime. Give it a try. Test it out. Set up a system, play around with it. It's very easy to work with. The learning curve is not that steep. View full review »
Donna Conley
Autosys Admin at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It has been my go-to tool for 28 something years, and it has not failed me yet. There are all kinds of schools of thought as to what is the best scheduler to choose. I am an AutoSys proponent. I prefer AutoSys over the other ones out there for ease of use, ease of understanding, and getting people to understand how the tool works. Other schedulers do things differently than AutoSys. So, it really depends on what it is you need your scheduler to do in order for you to be able to choose which one to use. View full review »
IT Process Automation Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consult onsite support for the first implementation. Errors made at the beginning can only be corrected with great effort afterwards. View full review »
Lead Ops Analyst at Total System Services, Inc.
When we are researching different products or vendors we do a pretty thorough evaluation of all the products. They have to meet our objectives of reducing the risk and cost. Those are the two most important: risk, cost. I would recommend CA 7. View full review »
Mike Woods
Senior Director Mainframe Services at Blue Hill Data Services
As far as I know, the product is just doing its job for us at this point. If researching this solution and on an existing scheduler, just make sure you can convert over to this particular solution without risk. Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: How we work together. I have to trust them. Also, their overall support. View full review »
IT Support at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The one that we actually support is the CA-7 Edition for the scheduling package. It's very, very stable, always has been. And we rarely have any problems with it, so that's great. The important criteria when selecting a vendor include * that it works with other products * stability, definitely * and that it works great in DR. If I were to advise someone who is looking at this kind of solution, I would say always look at multiple products, and decide from there. I would tell themabout the staple we've had with the CA-7 here, some people may say it's old, pre-historic, but it works great for us. View full review »
Angel Alanis
Senior Software Programmer at American International Group
It performs really well. View full review »
System Architect at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
I would not say this is for a large shop, but for a small shop it is overpriced. View full review »
Len Mack
IT Senior System Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
This product has allowed us to provide more business value to our company by automating more processes. View full review »
Workload Automation Scheduler at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Get on the community. Ask questions. View full review »
Senior Systems Programmer at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Evaluate whether it performs all the functions you need for batch processing. View full review »
Infrastracture Team Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
I would recommend this solution. View full review »
Staff Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Great tool, excellent technical support, stable product. View full review »
Gabor Huszar
Senior Technology Specialist at TELUS Corporation
The most important criteria when selecting a vendor are a good reputation and good technical support. I would suggest researching CA. It's good. View full review »
Teresa Johnson
Senior Operations Analyst at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
I recommend using the conversion services provided by CA. View full review »
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