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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»
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.
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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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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»
Real User
Sr IT Infrastructure Analyst at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Jan 31 2018

What is most valuable?

Flexibility of scheduling jobs in PDS members, and not a database, gives you so many more options. ESP is a solid product and works extremely well, it's very reliable… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

The GUI/Workstation is weak and needs to be improved. CA is working on this right now; the web based GUI is in beta mode at this time.

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

CA pricing has been a problem, and not looked upon favorably here at all.

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

Allen Systems Zeke/Zebb had issues, and was being sold to different companies at the time. The product did not move forward.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

BMC Control-M, IBM TWS.
ScottPeters
Consultant
Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 01 2018

What is most valuable?

Probably WCC. The aggregator reporting utility which tells us our throughput in lag and latency.

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to process hundreds of thousands of jobs a month. It is pretty good. We have failover, so we maintain continuous uptime.

What needs improvement?

* A better graphical user interface. We have a lot of people using the client utility, and we want to get them away from that. It needs to be easier to use, quicker, and more user-friendly. * Ease of implementation for upgrades. * Some support issues need to be addressed. Not through email, but… more»

What other advice do I have?

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.
Real User
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Jan 10 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use * Scripting capabilities

How has it helped my organization?

It allows you to automate tasks, and reduce headcount, prevent errors, self-heal, self-service type technologies.

What needs improvement?

In the next release I would like to see the Service Orchestrator, a B2B product, and maybe a process audit.

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

It's a requirement for all large corporations to have some type of enterprise scheduler. We went with CA because they are a good partner, and they're pretty stable, and they acquire everybody else. They only have two main competitors, IBM… more»

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
Rafael Lubera
Real User
Technology Special Automation at CME Group Inc.
Dec 31 2017

What is most valuable?

Scheduling in general. Running anything in crontab, you need to put a lot of logic into it to make it work. With this product, you don't have to worry about it. You have the schedule object where you put all the dates or holidays in it, and it does it for you.

How has it helped my organization?

Automation in general. You need to do less manually.

What needs improvement?

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.

What other advice do I have?

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… more»
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​We run millions of jobs through it every day using it for financial transactions, banking, credit cards, PeopleSoft, payroll, etc.
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.
It works constantly and is pretty seamless. You do not have to open up many support tickets.
Inherit Dependencies feature reduces scheduling errors for holiday processing.
Running anything in crontab, you need to put a lot of logic into it to make it work. With this product, you don't have to worry about it. You have the schedule object where you put all the dates or holidays in it, and it does it for you.
It's very easy to work with. The learning curve is not that steep.
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.
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