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Question: Comparing Automic Workload Automation, Automic/Appworx Applications Manager, and OpCon
Answer: @PhilippeLLORET, All worked out fine in the end. We had demos for all three products, and it was decided that Automic Workload Manager was the best option for our needs. The vendor is now able to provide some support for the Automic Workload Automation product.
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Pros
"Both the stability and the scalability of Automic Workload Automation are great.""It integrates well with the CICD pipeline.""The monitoring and troubleshooting features are rich and with the dashboards and other features, automation work is made easier.""The Zero Upgrade feature is the most valuable.""It has its own object-oriented scripting language and you can reload your object in many different places."

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"It allows us to have more information and more control than we previously had over the processes that are running in host systems.""There are three features which are valuable: the automated calendar functions; the notification process for failed jobs or unscheduled events occurring, via email and text messaging; and the ability for the scheduling package to communicate across multiple platforms.""The stability of this solution is awesome. It's the only product I've ever seen that you can actually build to fix itself if it has a problem. You'll build something and, if you find an issue, you can say, 'Hey, if this happens again, do this to correct it.'""With a simple click of a button in self-service, the department or the user can complete his/her job.""The most valuable features are its integration into Windows, into VM, and into AIX, as well as SQL.""Having the jobs laid out while attaching dependencies is a nice addition to the program.""It's very scalable. Right now we're barely scratching the surface of what it can do. I've looked at Symitar's instance of OpCon and they're running something like 13,000 jobs a day with all the clients that they have. So it can go from small use cases like ours to enterprise-level.""Manual processing has been automated 99 percent by OpCon. With new processes, we give it at least two weeks manual so we can write down the details of how to do the steps, then we automate it. Within a month, it has been automated, then it's no longer a manual process."

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Cons
"In most of the packages available, it took time to study and gain knowledge of the features and resources due to poor documentation.""There are some monitoring features that could be added.""We would like a way to test our cloud-based automations on-premises, and then migrate them to the cloud after they have been tested, without needing an additional license.""Its dashboard can be improved. In version 12, they have already moved to a web-based interface from a UI. We are looking into this feature now. We are also looking for available APIs that we can use to interface the engine into our other systems. There should be a subservice facility that we can use to interface with Microsoft Teams and send out authorization on job executions. We have seen a feature like this in other products that we are looking into.""The vendor support is really bad and should be improved."

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"The process of getting automations done and the process of testing them is a little complicated.""We sometimes have a large number of jobs on the SQL Server and we can experience a very light lag in job starts. The lag can be a few seconds. It's never more than one minute, but sometimes we can experience some lags.""The initial setup was fairly complex.""I'd like to see the product include a view where you can see everything about a specific job on a single screen.""The only downside to OpCon is that its features can be complicated and really must be taught. Most of our users don't have training beyond the free Basic Training that SMA provides, so for fresh eyes, it is kind of difficult to understand some of the language used.""Upgrading to newer versions remains complex.""There are some limitations in the actual jobs that are created and how you're able to rename files. Suppose you're bringing in, say, 10, 15, or 20 reports from a core system, and you're using an "asterisk character" to identify files. For example, if you're grabbing files that start with this, end with this, but the characters in between could be different, it has to retain that same name in the destination. It won't allow you to rename them with a date stamp or the like.""It's not something you can just quickly grab, try, run, and play with. You have to get the knowledge and train yourself. It was easy for me, but I also took the time to throw myself into it. There is a learning curve to a certain extent. You have to learn the rules."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.""There are different licensing fees for cases where high availability is important.""It costs too much. That's why we are now looking at other products."

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"Annually, we pay $29,000. This is for a blanket policy that covers everything, like licensing and support.""If we choose to purchase consulting hours, that is an additional cost. However, we've been lucky enough that we've not used all of our allotted consulting hours. Therefore, that is not something that we have had to purchase a lot of. The last time that we purchased consulting hours was roughly two years ago. We purchased a block of 10 for $2,500. It was $250 per hour.""It's definitely worth the cost.""Compared to AutoSys and ISE, OpCon was a lot cheaper to put in. AutoSys is hundreds of thousands of dollars to just install it because they don't have an interface into our system. You have to teach them what your system does.""The purchasing price was in the $30,000 or $40,000 range, but I don't remember how much of that was licensing or installation and how it was broken out.""The total cost of ownership is about the same to our previous product. The costs are relatively similar.""Cost depends on your environment. We are doing stuff now with failover and recovery, so we have boosted our costs.""SMA is big on free training. They do monthly training down at their headquarter office. As long as you own the product, the only thing you pay for is your employees' travel expenses. The training is free. They are willing to train people and give them the knowledge. That way, you are equipped to do what you need to do."

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Answers from the Community
Rick Murray
author avatarPhilippeLLORET
Real User

Hello Rick, I couldn't help you with the Appwork applications manager. 


On the other hand, one thing that is certain that
we are satisfied to have migrated all our jobs processing under OpCon (120 000
jobs/days) since 2018. 


We have improved in terms
of service quality, we have made progress in the automation of our business
process and we benefit from more functionalities and reduces operating costs.


OpCon is a true
Enterprise Scheduler.


I hope this will help you in your
research.

author avatarRick Murray
User

Ian,

It isn't that AWA wont work. It comes down to support from another vendor. The vendor isn't currently familiar with AWA, so they are taking classes, and will be able to support it in the future

author avatarIanKnight
User

We are about to start to use AWA and was wondering why that platform will not work for you going forward?

author avatarAlbert Jurisic
Real User

I am sorry because cannot help you. We have no experience with Appworx Application Manager.

Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The monitoring and troubleshooting features are rich and with the dashboards and other features, automation work is made easier.
Top Answer: There are different licensing fees for cases where high availability is important. There is also a certain complexity in this type of installation.
Top Answer: We found that some Actions Packs and plugins do not have documentation, are incomplete, or are of poor quality. In most of the packages available, it took time to study and gain knowledge of the… more »
Top Answer: Often times there are criteria that cannot be determined by the system, which allows a human to make the determination and use the Self-Service Solution Manager to trigger a job.
Top Answer: This tool, like any other quality product, fits the idea of "You get what you pay for." The SMA Technologies consultants will help you get your money's worth of the products.
Top Answer: The products are extremely powerful and capable. Anytime you have such capability, the programming/configuration that goes into making it work can be complicated. Fortunately, the professionals at SMA… more »
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Deliver the fully agile enterprise using CA Automic Workload Automation 

The modern enterprise needs to orchestrate a complex, diverse landscape of applications, platforms and technologies. Workload automation can prove a critical differentiator, but only if it provides intelligent automation driven by data analytics.

The IT landscape is currently more complex than ever: Islands of automation are a barrier to scaling and standardizing your workload activities. Processing errors are common because of manual handoffs. And the lack of an end-to-end view of the business process make inefficiencies and problems difficult to resolve. In addition to this, you are operating 24x7 and cannot find maintenance windows to upgrade your infrastructure in order to innovate. 

CA Automic Workload Automation gives you the agility, speed, visibility and scalability needed to respond to the constantly changing technology landscape. It centrally manages and automates the execution of business processes end-to-end; across mainframe, cloud and hybrid environments in a way that never stops—even when doing an upgrade to the next version.

OpCon is a robust and flexible platform capable of scaling up to meet the needs of clients running 140,000+ daily jobs across multiple environments and operating systems. Our proven migration framework helps clients painlessly transition from outdated or cost inefficient platforms thanks to our deep organizational expertise, REST API, and extensive library of legacy connectors. We have a variety of consulting options available for clients and offer no-cost training for the life of the contract.

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Automate repetitive tasks so you can focus on projects that drive your business forward. Find out how OpCon workload automation enables you to create repeatable, reliable workflows - all managed from a single platform.

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ING, Adidas, 84.51, ESB
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Financial Services Firm34%
Manufacturing Company15%
Insurance Company9%
Retailer9%
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Financial Services Firm12%
Comms Service Provider11%
Insurance Company5%
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Financial Services Firm78%
Insurance Company8%
Government4%
Manufacturing Company2%
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Financial Services Firm18%
Insurance Company10%
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Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise66%
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Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise86%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise43%
Large Enterprise32%
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Small Business56%
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Large Enterprise23%
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Automic Workload Automation is ranked 5th in Workload Automation with 5 reviews while OpCon is ranked 2nd in Workload Automation with 47 reviews. Automic Workload Automation is rated 8.0, while OpCon is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of Automic Workload Automation writes "Good integration, responsive support, and a short learning curve". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OpCon writes "It streamlined our processes allowing full-time employees to be repurposed". Automic Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, AppWorx Workload Automation and MOVEit, whereas OpCon is most compared with Control-M, IBM Workload Automation, VisualCron, AutoSys Workload Automation and HelpSystems AutoMate. See our Automic Workload Automation vs. OpCon report.

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