CA Workload Automation Room for Improvement

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. 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 full-featured than any thick clients that might be compatible with the new version. I would hate to see the thick client be left behind. I would really like to see that thick client come along. I would really like to see a feature where if you have a variable object and you reference it anywhere, in any object or script, that you could somehow click on it and resolve the value and display it. This is one thing I would really like to see in a new release of it. I have no idea if that has already been implemented or not, because we do not have the latest version, but I would really like to see something like that. View full review »
Applicat26ef
Applications Developer
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 been any issues with it. I'm probably not the right one to ask about features for upcoming versions mostly because we are using an old version of this product. However, if I had to, I'd probably say that it would be really nice if it had the ability to see, on a more top-level scale, what's going on inside of the system. Right now it is very granular. You do have to get very deep into the system to see what jobs are happening, when they're happening, how they're happening, if anything's failed. If they could have a more high-level view of that, that would be really nice. I gave it an eight out of 10 because we are using an older version right now. I'm sure the newer version that they have is really great. The thing that's preventing us from upgrading to the latest version is personnel resources. We don't have enough staff. I think after this conference (CA World) we're probably going to be setting up new servers to go ahead and update. With that, we have a lot of financial related things on our version, so shifting everything over to the new version is going to take a lot of time. We don't know exactly how it's going to be different. View full review »
Greg Wade
Senior IT Developer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 solution that we want in place would not apply to other companies. From what we heard, the features we want are being included with the next couple of releases. One is to be able to work and create automatic ticketing solutions that are not necessarily CA products. It is just the automation around getting jobs to work correctly. If something fails, what do we do then. I would like to be able to see the product grow into something that is going to be more reliable and better. The new purchase of Automic should help. View full review »
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. View full review »
Directora7fb
Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
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. View full review »
it_user558510
Db2 Says Programer at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 request is the fourth... We're "in the hole," we're not even on deck. So it's going to come out to DEs, then it will come to us. That would be a big improvement, an option that we'd like to see. View full review »
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. View full review »
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. View full review »
ITSystem280e
IT System Analyst Senior at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It's hard to tell what needs to be improved. That's kind of why I'm here at the CA World conference, to see what options are out there that may help our developers fulfill their needs in the future. I'm trying to get a feel for what other tool sets may be available to help them do their jobs better. I can see the analysis piece and the web client being critical parts, going into the future. Especially with the aging population, the baby boomers going out. We're very top heavy at this point within the company. As those people age out and retire, they're taking a lot of business knowledge with them. View full review »
RaymondFordham
CA Seven Workload Automation Admin at Home Depot
I would like to see iDASH be a packaged part of Workload Automation as opposed of being two separate packages. I would like to see iDASH be incorporated with the release of CA Workload Automation. For it to be all a complete package instead of two separate packages that I would install to enhance one another. So, we use iDASH for the recording purposes of the batch jobs that CA7 actually runs. I would like to see iDASH and CA7 become one product instead of two separate products, too. The agent is also a different installation as well as the scheduling packages. To see all of that incorporated under one umbrella would be ideal. View full review »
Philippe Thérond
Enterprise IT Management Consultant with 51-200 employees
Despite the commitment of the development team to improve the UI since version 11.3, the WCC module still lacks true quality. There are still too many screens and the use cases need to be handled in a more "compact" way. View full review »
ScottPeters
Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
* 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 through personal contact via phone or WebEx. View full review »
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; the web based GUI is in beta mode at this time. View full review »
SystemsEd624
Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
In the next release I would like to see the Service Orchestrator, a B2B product, and maybe a process audit. View full review »
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. View full review »
Donna Conley
Autosys Admin at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I do not have any features that I need to see, but there is a lot of stuff coming out and the tools that attach to AutoSys. That will be very helpful in making it easier for our customers to view and see how their jobs are performing. View full review »
ITProces0b08
IT Process Automation Engineer
We see improvement possibilities in the processing provision of predefined evaluations or individual objects, or in the Self Service portal, which can be used by any user to monitor objects or start objects. View full review »
it_user345702
Systems Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
I can't think of anything at the moment. View full review »
LeadOpsA91a3
Lead Ops Analyst at Total System Services, Inc.
We're looking at distributed AutoSys to integrate with CA 7. And iDASH is another product that we're looking, at and we need the two to be able to talk to each other and be able to view the dependencies across the platforms. If they can integrate the distributive side with the mainframe side, and a better view to both sides of that, that would be good. View full review »
Mike Woods
Senior Director Mainframe Services at Blue Hill Data Services
I am more interested in converting more schedulers over to this particular solution, so the ease of the conversion tools. View full review »
ITSupporb50e
IT Support at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
With requirements, they have "always" and "skip" on them. That would be nice, for them to have it on triggers also. So, if a customer says, "I want to demand this output, only these certain triggers," the scheduler could shut it off. View full review »
Angel Alanis
Senior Software Programmer at American International Group
We are not ready to go to the newest release (12.0). View full review »
Reviewer7208
System Architect at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
The installation process is complex, and is pretty archaic. The people who developed this had very little concern with GUI interface and it is all command line. Everything is K-space, and if you misspell a task by uppercase, lower case, etc. you just completely think that the task is different. View full review »
Len Mack
IT Senior System Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Better documentation with fully explained examples for some of the job types. View full review »
Workload626f
Workload Automation Scheduler at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Because this product only computes processing days, it is hard when things need to be scheduled according to non-processing days. Some of the reports are either a bit hard to understand or don’t give you what you might expect to see. View full review »
SeniorSy6fa7
Senior Systems Programmer at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
The cross-platform arena, where you can run work on multiple platforms, needs improvement. View full review »
Sagar Mehta
Technical Consultant at Atgen Software Solutions LLP
This product needs to improve its graphical user interface. View full review »
Infrastrb6c0
Infrastracture Team Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The scalability could be improved upon. According to the roadmap, this should be addressed in upcoming features. The emailing feature that we have, when there is a figure, you fill it in. This should be an emailing feature that is enabled. View full review »
StaffSys83e6
Staff Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Reduce the number of operational files. This would make the job of a system programmer supporting ESP easier. In the present design, there are too many operational files to maintain. View full review »
Gabor Huszar
Senior Technology Specialist at TELUS Corporation
I honestly don't know I can't think of anything to improve. View full review »
Lowell Fultz
Enterprise Automation Engineer with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sunset CA-7 and stop leading people on with it. ESP, Dseries, and now Automic are CA's strategic vision. Not much engineering being done with CA-7 any longer. As a "batch scheduler", it is and always has been a workhorse. As we all know, batch scheduling is antiquated. Workload Automation is the future and changing the product name to CA Workload Automation, CA-7 Edition does not make it a modern WLA Platform. View full review »
Teresa Johnson
Senior Operations Analyst at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Documentation and cross-application externals. View full review »
Chandra Mohan Suruliappan
Lead Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* It needs improvement in the high-availability side. * It needs improvement in WCC console and EEM console to make it user-friendly. View full review »
reviewer826599
Consultant with 1-10 employees
* Managing agents centrally (installing, changing configuration, starting and stopping, and upgrading). * The WCC could be improved. View full review »
Dave Jannetty
Technology Director at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Performance improvements in the UI would be appreciated. It lacks support and integration with cloud computing platforms. View full review »

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