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Real User
Program Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 07 2018

What is most valuable?

Its scheduling and its notification to us. We need to know when things are taking too long and when it fails, but we really need to schedule jobs to run. We need to have things run in a very sequential order, so it is very useful that we can schedule the work flows.

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to eliminate an overnight operator job, for one thing. He just left, but we did not replace him. We get better reports than we use to have. Basically it runs jobs on a schedule, but we already had the jobs. It also eliminates manual job starting.

What needs improvement?

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. I am finding that is disappointing to me. Now, it looks like the web interface is where all the development is going, which means it will become more… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Real User
Applications Developer
Nov 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is probably just the robustness of the platform itself, where you can go in and put any code inside of it and, as long as the server that you have it running on has the legs to be able to execute all that, it's good to go.

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

Again, 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. When we don't have any documentation, we don't really know what to expect if we do have to bring it down but there haven't really… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
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Greg Wade
Real User
Senior IT Developer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 07 2018

What is most valuable?

* Reliability * Stability * Expandability: It scales well.

How has it helped my organization?

We have ended up using it as a Tier 1 application supporting other Tier 1 applications. We schedule all jobs, everything from payroll to how to move oil around the country.

What needs improvement?

A lot of what we want is going to be based on our particular solution, not for something everybody else could use at the same time. Different companies use AutoSys differently. They have different standards and different methodologies. A… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The actual decision to install AutoSys was out of my hands, but it was recommended. It is one of the better products on the market.
Richard Cron
Real User
Supervisor For Support Operations at Hollister Incorporated
Nov 28 2017

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It cuts down on time, where actual people have to sit down and do things. We no longer have that issue, where we would have to bring in multiple people, or even hire multiple people, to come in to run… more»

What needs improvement?

More benefits with the agent upgrades, and that's about it. Other than that we have no complaints with it. It's been awesome.

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

Our old product that we had with SAP was more of a manual process, but our company is going to more automation-based products. That was our main need, to get rid of the manual labor and, instead, just… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There were three other vendors involved, which didn't meet our full needs because we're cross-platform. We have Windows, IBM iSeries, Oracle, SQL, all that. And this product tends to fit in more with… more»
Real User
Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Nov 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to * monitor your critical work * track the service levels * recover the work and predict the work, if it's late or not.

How has it helped my organization?

It hasn't really improved things because, before that, we had something similar. It hasn't not improved, but it's just necessary to use for the type of work we do. It's definitely helped us meet our… more»

What needs improvement?

Easier user options with the web browser part of it because it's not very friendly and you can't do as much as you can on the native software. They already know that.

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

We were using a similar product before 2008, BMC Control-M. We know that's the way we need to manage the work.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I think there was a list of different types of companies. I can't remember the names because, like I said, it's been a while.
User
Db2 Says Programer at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Nov 23 2017

What is most valuable?

We're able to monitor a complex workload, easily see where we're at in our batch flows, and take care of problems before they become bigger issues. We had a stuck file-watcher we weren't aware of, and… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I think just having visibility into it; our managers can see what's going on too. It's not just a single technician that's a bottleneck trying to find out where we are. So the visibility into the… more»

What needs improvement?

The main push is the web UI, to be able to give it to our business users. They don't want to have to log in to a mainframe to use the product. If we can get iDASH into ESP that would help. I know this… more»

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

Yes, CA Scheduler, at that time. I think they were dropping support for CA Scheduler.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At that time I wasn't high enough up. By the time it rolled out I was happy with how I was able to get up to speed in the product, and support what I needed to support. But I was not involved in… more»
Pete Wirfs
Real User
Programming Specialist at SAIF Corporation
Jan 01 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* It gives us higher accuracy rates and faster performance of our batch processes. * Higher reliability of our business processes. Reliability is a big one. When I go home at night I sleep well… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

Our old solution was losing its ability to scale. As our organization was changing, we needed a product that could change with us, and CA Workload Automation seems to be the right tool. We chose this… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other products, but it was several years ago.
Real User
Sr. Systems Programmer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 06 2018

What is most valuable?

* Flexibility * Ease of use * The capabilities of the product to schedule on multiple platforms, multiple operating systems. Also, over time the CA workload agent has gotten much better. For our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have worked with CA to better understand all of the security points, the ability to lock the product down so that it's not being abused or exploited in any fashion.

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

I don't really get involved in that part of it. The one thing I would say is that people need to pay attention to how they use their ESP agents on the distributed platform. That's where some of the… more»

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

Back in 2006, we were using CA-7 and we were looking for a product that would do better for scheduling off-platform. We found ESP, which was at that time owned by Cybermation, and we completed… more»

What other advice do I have?

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

At that time CA owned three schedulers and CA-7 was the one we were using. The other two did not necessarily apply to our environment. And there weren't too many others out there. I think we might… more»
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