CA Workload Automation Pros and Cons

CA Workload Automation Pros

ProgramA2d79
Program Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We get better reports than we use to have.
We need to have things run in a very sequential order, so it is very useful that we can schedule the work flows.
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Applicat26ef
Applications Developer
We don't have to manually run things anymore. We can have the work that a team of 50 people would do, all inside of one platform.
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Greg Wade
Senior IT Developer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
​It scales very well. We can add jobs and remove jobs. We do not have problems maintaining the product across multiple environments and multiple servers.​
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Richard Cron
Supervisor For Support Operations at Hollister Incorporated
The actual scheduling of our jobs has helped us tremendously. Before it was all done manually, and we've totally automated the whole functionality, so there's no longer a case where somebody didn't run something.
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Clark Ammons
AutoSys Administrator/Engineer PS Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
CA Workload Automation AutoSys Edition is one of the most powerful schedulers that you have on the open systems, or going between Window servers; to be able to schedule and take advantage of the different powers that the automation has with it.
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Pete Wirfs
Programming Specialist at SAIF Corporation
It has allowed us to automate many of the functions of our operations staff. For instance, we had production control staff spending two hours a day entering date parms into our daily business processes. And now, CA Workload Automation does it for us.
It can run an object on our Windows systems or our Unix systems, and then send messages to the other system when they are complete.
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SrSystem3e20
Sr. Systems Programmer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The CA workload agent has gotten much better. For our organization it's important for us to communicate in a secure fashion between the host and the other platforms, and we are able to do that with our CA product
The capabilities of the product to schedule on multiple platforms, multiple operating systems.
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ScottPeters
Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The aggregator reporting utility which tells us our throughput in lag and latency.
It is stable, it works, and it does what it is supposed to.
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SrITInfr9969
Sr IT Infrastructure Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The customized views that each individual can create, and views that can be made free-form, makes this very popular with the programmers.
It gives us flexibility when doing releases. We can make changes for one day in a PDS member, since we stage our jobs by date, and the next day the normal job definitions are run.
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SystemsEd624
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
​It allows you to automate tasks, and reduce headcount, prevent errors, self-heal.
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CA Workload Automation Cons

ProgramA2d79
Program Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
There is a difference between a web interface and the thick client interface. We particularly like a thick client interface, and it has gone away.
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Applicat26ef
Applications Developer
The lack of documentation, that is an issue. When we do need to bring it down for maintenance, it is always a scary moment for us because we have never had it crash.
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Greg Wade
Senior IT Developer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have to escalate through channels to get to somebody who knows what's going on. It takes time that we do not necessarily have.​
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Richard Cron
Supervisor For Support Operations at Hollister Incorporated
More benefits with the agent upgrades, and that's about it. Other than that we have no complaints with it. It's been awesome.
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Clark Ammons
AutoSys Administrator/Engineer PS Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
To make it a lot more user-friendly, in order to make it so other people can use it without having to do much training with it; the more user-friendly it is, the easier it is to work with.
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Pete Wirfs
Programming Specialist at SAIF Corporation
I am looking forward to more of their dashboard features. I think it would be very valuable for us to have dashboard features that could be delivered to our customers in the form of a URL, and they could refresh that URL whenever they wanted to get up to date performance metrics out of our systems.
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ScottPeters
Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
​A better graphical user interface, because we have a lot of people using the client utility, and we want to get them away from that.​
Some support issues need to be addressed, but not through email, through personal contact via phone or WebEx.
Ease of implementation for upgrades.
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SrITInfr9969
Sr IT Infrastructure Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The GUI/Workstation is weak and needs to be improved. CA is working on this right now.
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SystemsEd624
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I would like to see the Service Orchestrator, a B2B product, and maybe a process audit.
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.
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Rafael Lubera
Technology Special Automation at CME Group Inc.
I would like to see two-factor authentication, since you see a lot of companies in the news for security breaches. That is a really big thing for us.
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