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Richard Buchman
Real User
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 (eventor) ,app server (as_server) , database (event server), the... more»

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»

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... more»

What other advice do I have?

Based on my experience, make sure you ask a lot of questions and advocate for what your business needs are. When you get your solution, investigate it. Don't just say, like CA,... more»
Anonymous User
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... 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... 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... more»

What other advice do I have?

Look really hard at what your requirements are today. Know that you're going to have a solution that you're going to be able to stick with for as long as you care to stick with it;... more»
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Anonymous User
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... 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... 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... 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... more»
Anonymous User
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... 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... 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... more»
April Merritt
Real User
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... 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... 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... more»

What other advice do I have?

Do your homework. Talk to other workload automation people. Get their feel for it and find out what has worked for them and hasn't worked for them. I had to learn things the hard... more»
Anonymous User
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... 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.... more»

What other advice do I have?

We had so many NT schedulers, like cron jobs for Unix. We know this is not right. At that time, we luckily had a new CEO. When he came on board, he said the first thing we need to do is to have some enterprise scheduling. I was actually the... 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.... 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... more»
Specialist63b5
Real User
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... 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.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We knew it was time to invest in a new solution because we were having multiple abends every day. We were having like 5-10 abends every day, and... more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice to others depends on what they're looking for, too, in a tool. If they need something like we did to go across multiple platforms, I... more»
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