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Sr. Analyst Developer at Dish Network
Feb 13 2017

What is most valuable?

Over time we have found that if there are any issues with communication between the various components [ scheduler and has very little maintenance overhead.

How has it helped my organization?

We've just recently upgraded to the 11.3.6 Workload Automation platform. We're still implementing the pieces, but what we found is, there's a lot more reporting with it. It's a lot more stable. There are a lot more features available, that... more»

What needs improvement?

When we first went to 11.3.6, they didn't have their agent monitoring platform produced. As of this date, we haven't even installed their agent orchestrator yet. We're trying to work to get those in. I can't specify what I would like right... more»
Real User
Sr. Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Feb 13 2017

What is most valuable?

What we really like is that it's an enterprise solution and it really allows us to do the "normal work," the different operating systems and platforms, but it also allows us to manage and control our ERP systems, and things like Informatica... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The really nice thing is that, as the business grows, we're not seeing the infrastructure grow. Regardless of how much new business we keep on, the team is pretty stable. We have a dedicated team of eight people. We maintain today nine... more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to see good improvement on the historical reporting capabilities. It's always been, I think, a bit of a weak point. Currently, if you know a SQL programmer, he should become your best friend, but I'd like to see it get to the... more»
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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... more»

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... more»

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... 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... more»

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... more»
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Subject Matter Expert (Application Administration and Automation) at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jan 30 2017

What is most valuable?

In our use, I really enjoy things being in one spot. It's extremely easy to use. It's easy to set up. It's easy to upgrade. Most of the time, it's easy to teach people how to use it. My developers a lot of the times get in there really... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There are a lot of benefits. Automating things is the future. You get to be efficient. I'm in retail, so a lot of times, we do a lot of different jobs. You have one person doing what three people normally do. The only way you can really... more»

What needs improvement?

There has been preaching about cross-application critical pathing. It's extremely difficult for us to tell what is impacting what other items. I would absolutely love to be able to click one job and see all of its dependencies, regardless of... more»
Real User
Vice President, Enterprise Applications at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 24 2016

What is most valuable?

What I like about it is that we use it as our enterprise-level scheduling systems. We used to have scattered jobs scheduled. They all had problems every day. The troubleshooting made a huge mess for the whole company. After we started using CA Workload Automation, everything became one integrated system. It makes the troubleshooting and monitoring much easier.... more»

What needs improvement?

Like almost everyone else, we like to make it more web-available. Right now, it's a thick client so you need to have a desktop client do all the work and the monitoring. People like to just go to a browser, look for the jobs and monitor them. That is something we’d like to see. I think we're very happy with this system.
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»
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Batch Scheduling Specialist at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Feb 12 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are helping to schedule jobs and helping to watch for data set triggers.

How has it helped my organization?

A benefit of the solution is scheduling multiple jobs. We run 5,000 jobs a day, so it helps us to keep all of that in order; keep all the dependencies, everything, flowing in the right direction; any kind of events, getting all those alerts... more»

What needs improvement?

* Maybe just new ways to schedule things * Maybe a little bit more options for scheduling * More keywords Things like that. That would help.
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