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"One of the most valuable features is the job templates. If we need to create an FTP job, we just drag over the FTP template and fill out the requirements using the variables that ActiveBatch uses. And that makes it reusable. We can create a job once but use it for many different clients.""The nice thing about ActiveBatch is once we have created a specific job that can be easily be replicated to another job, then minimal changes will have to be made. This makes things nice. Reduction of coding is substantial in a lot of cases. The replication of one job to another is just doing a few minor tweaks and rolling it into production. This decreases our development costs substantially.""One of the valuable features is the ability to trigger workflows, one after another, based on success, without having to worry about overlapping workflows. The ability to integrate our BI, analytics, and our data quality jobs is also valuable""What ActiveBatch allows you to do is develop a more efficient process. It gave me visibility into all my jobs so I could choose which jobs to run in parallel. This is much easier than when I have to try to do it through cron for Windows XP, where you really can't do things in parallel and know what is going on.""We use the main job-scheduling feature. It's the only thing we use in the tool. That's the reason we are using the tool: to reduce costs by replacing manual tasks with automated tasks and to perform regular, repetitive tasks in a more reliable way.""As far as centralization goes it's nice because we can see all these processes that are tied to this larger process. The commissions, FTP processing, the reporting, the file moves to the business users — all that is right there. It's very easy to read. It's easy to tie it together, visually, and see where each of these steps fits into the bigger picture.""The Jobs Library has been a tremendous asset. For the most, that's what we use. There are some outliers, but we pretty much integrate those Jobs Library steps throughout the process, whether it's REST calls, FTP processes, or file copies and moves... That has helped us to build end-to-end workflows.""From a scheduling point of view, it is pretty good."

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"We use this solution on a daily basis, and it is very stable.""Features like AFM, the gateway, and Global DNS are the coolest features that save work for us.""The most valuable features are load balancing and WAF.""The reporting feature is quite good.""The best aspect of the solution is that we can have everything integrated with a rather large capacity in order to personalize and configure specific rules.""The GUI is fine, at least from an engineer's perspective."

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"It does have a little bit of a learning curve because it is fairly complex. You have to learn how it does things. I don't know if it's any worse than any other tool would be, just because of the nature of what it does... the learning curve is the hardest part.""There is this back and forth, where ActiveBatch says, "Your Oracle people should be dealing with this," and Oracle people say, "No, we don't know anything about ActiveBatch." Then, it all falls back on me as to what happens. Nobody is taking responsibility. This is the biggest failing for ActiveBatch.""The thing I've noticed the most is the Help function. It's very difficult, at times, to find examples of how to do something. The Help function will explain what the tool does, but we're not a Windows shop at the data warehouse. Our data warehouse jobs actually run on Linux servers. Finding things for Linux-based solutions is not as easy as it is for Windows-based solutions. I would like to see more examples, and more non-Windows examples as well, in the Help.""I can't get the cleaning up of logs to work consistently. Right now, we are not setup correctly, and maybe it is something that I have not effectively communicated to them.""It could be easier to provide dashboards on how many jobs are running at the same time; more monitoring.""One thing I've noticed is that navigation can be difficult unless you are familiar with the structure that we have in place. If someone else had to look at our ActiveBatch console and find a job, they might not know where to find it.""The interface is not that user-friendly and is a little tough to navigate."

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"There are a lot of scripts available on the internet for people who know how to use them, but with a graphical interface, it would be easier for new users.""The shell, kernel, or Linux has something like a delay, especially with the Virtual Edition, when you are trying to implement it in the cloud and you want to access it remotely with web management. It would be great if they could improve their kernel. It was difficult for me, especially when I got started with BIG-IP. I was struggling to find which commands work with it. If you want to work with it, you have to be a Linux guy.""I had trouble with high availability deployment in my environment.""Integration with VAS is something that they need to work on.""The solution should improve pricing. It's expensive in comparison to other American solutions.""They could use YAML or JSON if they wanted to make it a little bit easier for us."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The price was fairly in line with other automation tools. I don't think it's exorbitantly expensive, relatively speaking.""I don't think we've ever had a problem with the pricing or licensing. Even the maintenance fees are very much in line. They are not excessive. I think for the support that you get, you get a good value for your money. It's the best value on the market.""It allows for lower operational overhead.""Currently, we are paying approximately $7,000 yearly, which includes support."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We use the main job-scheduling feature. It's the only thing we use in the tool. That's the reason we are using the tool: to reduce costs by replacing manual tasks with automated tasks and to perform… more »
Top Answer: The cost is outside the scope of my job responsibilities. Obviously we're using it, so it was worth the cost. I think it's a tremendous product. I don't know what the cost is compared to others, but… more »
Top Answer: It could be easier to provide dashboards on how many jobs are running at the same time; more monitoring.
Top Answer: The reporting feature is quite good.
Top Answer: Licensing fees are based on the number of devices.
Top Answer: Integration with VAS is something that they need to work on.
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Orchestrate your entire tech stack with ActiveBatch Workload Automation and Enterprise Job Scheduling. Build and centralize end-to-end workflows under a single pane of glass. Seamlessly manage systems, applications, and services across your organization. Eliminate manual workflows with ActiveBatch so you can focus on higher value activities that drive your company forward.

Limitless Endpoints: Use native integrations and our low-code REST API adapter to connect to any server, any application, any service.

Proactive Support Model: 24/7- US-based support and predictive diagnostics.

Low Code Drag-and-Drop GUI: Easily build reliable, customizable, end-to-end processes.

F5 BIG-IQ Centralized Management provides a central point of control for F5 physical and virtual devices and for the solutions that run on them. It simplifies management, helps ensure compliance, and gives you the tools you need to deliver your applications securely and effectively.
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Informatica, D&H, ACES, PrimeSource, Sub-Zero Group, SThree, Lamar Advertising, Subway, Xcel Energy, Ignite Technologies, Whataburger, Jyske Bank, Omaha Children's Hospital
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Find out what your peers are saying about ActiveBatch Workload Automation vs. F5 BIG-IQ and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
447,439 professionals have used our research since 2012.
ActiveBatch Workload Automation is ranked 7th in Process Automation with 7 reviews while F5 BIG-IQ is ranked 9th in Process Automation with 6 reviews. ActiveBatch Workload Automation is rated 9.2, while F5 BIG-IQ is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of ActiveBatch Workload Automation writes "Provides critical functionality in moving from our mainframe to a distributed environment". On the other hand, the top reviewer of F5 BIG-IQ writes "Easy to manage, saves time and offers good technical support". ActiveBatch Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, Automic Workload Automation, AutoSys Workload Automation, Stonebranch Universal Automation Center and Tidal Automation, whereas F5 BIG-IQ is most compared with ServiceNow Orchestration, IBM BPM and Operations Orchestration. See our ActiveBatch Workload Automation vs. F5 BIG-IQ report.

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