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"Auto-scheduling is the most valuable feature. We have the ability to schedule [batch jobs on our Unisys mainframes] seven days in advance, so we know exactly how we're running every night.""The most valuable feature is the self-service because it has made it possible to provide simple and quick solutions in the handling of certain tasks.""Previously, we would receive a file from a vendor, then we would have to go through and make changes to individual accounts in our core system. There are probably between 10 to 20 accounts any given week. It probably took around five minutes for it to run through the report and make all the changes, and that was if there was nothing complicated with all very straightforward changes. Now, that is done in 30 seconds.""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.""It has also helped to streamline our operations. We contract out our collection department so they are no longer housed on our system. They're housed on another platform. OpCon is able to not only pull in our data, but it also, on a daily basis, updates that third-party.""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.""One of the advantages of OpCon is the ability to use the API and web services. We couldn't do that with our previous solution. We have been able to change our procedure for ticketing. When a job is down, we can immediately create a ticket from OpCon in our ticketing solution, which is ServiceNow, using the web services.""I have been pleased with the support that we can get from the European partners. I think they are very good. All the time, when we have a question, they have an answer. It is very reassuring to have that support every day. Then, you can concentrate on your job and OpCon is just there to work. For us, it's perfect."

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"The stability of the solution is good. We haven't experienced any bugs or glitches and we haven't had any crashes that I can recall."

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"Technical support from IBM is very good.""The technical support is great, the product is easy-to-use, and it is stable.""The most important feature is the creation of folders. It's a really great feature because you can organize the process with naming conventions.""The whole product is valuable because it is a tool for batch automation."

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Cons
"Do your first install, your first upgrade, with SMA. It's simple, it's as per the manual, as per the training, but you need that little bit of confidence.""The ability to retrieve information from logs in variables to display relevant information would be helpful.""What can get complicated is if you're doing anything more than just the built-in jobs. If you're using the more advanced features, troubleshooting becomes extremely complicated.""The calendar interface and the frequency interface is a very powerful, yet complex, section of OpCon in which all our staff have made mistakes. They have implemented what they believed was logically correct and then afterward discovered that their logic was flawed because OpCon did it a different way. That part, which is incredibly useful, is also incredibly dangerous. The interface or the ability to directly do more functions within the frequency definitely has room for expansion. As good as it is, it can be a lot better.""Usage is a little complex. It's not like you can bring somebody in and they can just use it. They have to be trained... As far as complexity goes, it's right up there.""There is some difficulty with the ease of use when I don't have some of the templates that were already created. More templates would be great. Non-core featured templates are my biggest struggle.""I would like to see them improve the Solution Manager for the web application. It's the future for us. Our customers need a lot of functionality, but there isn't that functionality within Solution Manager. So they have to develop and improve it.""It was hard to automate in the beginning because there were a lot of concepts. I had to learn a lot of things, as I never used such a software before. I learned a lot of the concepts and ideas behind it in the beginning."

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"The technical support could be improved by removing delays in response times. They should be able to get back to clients faster."

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"It would be helpful to have a mobile app that could be used to follow the job schedule.""It is missing some features and can improve in areas where the competition is somewhat better like linking job dependencies.""It should support other schedulers that aren't IBM products.""There should be more custom documentation, specifically around Java APIs. There should also be more training. In terms of features, we are currently using only 50% of its features. We don't use all features that are available, but there is always room for improvement in all of the tools."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This solution is certainly not the cheapest, but we win in time.""Yearly, it's around $30,000.""Our licensing is on a yearly basis.""Our license is for 1000 jobs. Including support, the license and upgrades are 2000 euros a month.""Yearly, we're paying about $62,000. OpCon has an all-inclusive feature and module license, but you pay per task.""Our annual maintenance costs are $45,000. The initial cost is separate.""On a yearly basis our cost is between $25,000 and $30,000.""Annually, we pay $29,000. This is for a blanket policy that covers everything, like licensing and support."

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"It is about one-third of the cost of a controller."

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Also Known As
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler, IBM TWS
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Overview

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.

CA Workload Automation iDash (iDash) ensures that you consistently deliver on service level guarantees by applying advanced workload analytics to create finely tuned workload automation environments. iDash performs real-time forecasts based on the current status of the system, generate alerts when thresholds are at risk of being missed, and even executes automated recovery actions for CA Workload Automation AE and CA Workload Automation CA 7 Edition environments.

IBM Workload Automation is a complete solution for batch and real-time workload management, available for distributed mainframe or hosted in the cloud. Use it to drive business and IT workloads on hosted servers, with virtually no cost of ownership for your central server. Increase your productivity with powerful plan- and event-driven scheduling, and run and monitor your workloads wherever you are. This includes interfaces dedicated to application developers and operators, providing them both autonomy and precise governance.
Offer
Accel­er­ate dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion through work­load automation

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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Sample Customers
LOHR, Carnival Cruise Lines, Herbalife, Digital Federal Credit Union, Synergent, Frandsen Bank & Trust
COTA
Standard Life Group, Banca Popolare di Milano, A*STAR, ArcelorMittal Gent
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm78%
Insurance Company8%
Government4%
Manufacturing Company2%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Financial Services Firm18%
Insurance Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Financial Services Firm27%
Computer Software Company24%
Insurance Company14%
Comms Service Provider8%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm33%
Manufacturing Company20%
University7%
Media Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Financial Services Firm16%
Comms Service Provider10%
Insurance Company7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise43%
Large Enterprise32%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise24%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise4%
Large Enterprise88%
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CA Workload Automation iDash is ranked 14th in Workload Automation with 1 review while IBM Workload Automation is ranked 9th in Workload Automation with 4 reviews. CA Workload Automation iDash is rated 8.0, while IBM Workload Automation is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of CA Workload Automation iDash writes "An easy initial setup with scalability capabilities and good stability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Workload Automation writes "Workload automation that helps track productivity and progress across platforms". CA Workload Automation iDash is most compared with AutoSys Workload Automation, ASG-Zeke and Control-M, whereas IBM Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, HCL Workload Automation, Tidal Automation and ASG-Zena.

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