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Sagar Mehta
Consultant
Technical Consultant at Atgen Software Solutions LLP
Aug 18 2017

What do you think of CA Workload Automation?

What is most valuable?

I find that it provides better agility in regards to job execution features.

How has it helped my organization?

The CA Autosys has assisted our organization by providing effective backend automation for enterprise application functionality.

What needs improvement?

This product needs to improve its graphical user interface.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this product for about 12 years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

Lot of automation required and need to be aligned with DevOps.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not encountered any issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have not encountered any issues with scalability.

How is

Clark Ammons
Consultant
AutoSys Administrator/Engineer PS Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 26 2017

What is most valuable?

CA Workload Automation AutoSys Edition is one of the most powerful schedulers that you have on the open systems, or going between Window servers; to be able to schedule and take advantage of the different powers that the automation has with it. I've taken advantage of not only the normal command… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefit of using this product is the fact that your return on investment is major. When you don't have to teach people how to script or how to write different codes because of the way they connect to stuff, you're saving money, because you're able to put stuff into a production environment in a… more»

What needs improvement?

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.

What other advice do I have?

I think it's one of the most powerful workload automation processes that are out there. It is able to reach across platforms. It's able to reach across appliances. It's able to update. It's a matter of your return on investment. It goes right back to that. How much do you want to spend, but how much… more»
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Philippe Thérond
Consultant
Enterprise IT Management Consultant with 51-200 employees
Jun 09 2017

What is most valuable?

Granular Security enables self-service role-based access. JIL language is always a big accelerator for creating/editing job flows efficiently. Great at handling timezones and daylight savings… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Self-Service has enabled the support team to move from being a bottleneck to being the go-to team for expertise and advice and to focus on maintaining the infrastructure.

What needs improvement?

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»

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

BMC Control-M was richer in functionality but overly complex and cumbersome. Also, it is worth noting that product failover incurs an immediate outage (as long or short as your failover technology… more»

What other advice do I have?

Get some specialist help if you don't have internal knowledge.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

control-M
Real User
ESP Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 18 2016

What is most valuable?

CA Workload Automation automates across multiple platforms. We're actually getting rid of our mainframe; so it's allowed us to use a distributive scheduling package. Getting rid of our mainframe is a big deal to my company. It enables you to tie into audit systems, gives you a lot of visibility as… more»

What needs improvement?

On the mainframe version of ESP, there was a scheduling parameter called NOTWITH. If you placed this parameter on two jobs you didn’t want running at the same time, ESP would recognize that one was running and the other wouldn’t run, even if its scheduling requirements had been met. This allowed our… more»

What other advice do I have?

It just depends on what they're coming from. If they're coming from the mainframe flavor, just know that they are similar, but there are still some very glaring differences that you have to accommodate to.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We compared CA Workload Automation with IBM, as well as BMC. We went with CA because we really like the interface, and the way it worked with our products that we already had in house. We did have a bunch of other CA products, and it seemed to tie in pretty well with those.

What is CA Workload Automation?

CA Workload Automation is an enterprise scheduling solution for the automation of IT processes in a heterogeneous environment. It automates and delivers millions of mission-essential services across thousands of companies worldwide. With the CA team and expert community, you get so much more than software. Work with us to get to mission-accomplished—every second of your business.

CA Workload Automation customers

Gaumont, Mercantil do Brasil, CCEE, Hanwha Life

Highlights
​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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