Per Bødtker-NæssEnterprise Architect at a financial services firm
Anonymous UserDirector of IT at a recruiting/HR firm
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable aspect is that it has good functionality."
"It's highly configurable, there is no need for standalone scripting."
"This product has been a leader in the field of secure file exchange."
"Very high functionality with the ability to plug in your own code."
"I have found almost all the features valuable."
"It helped us reduce manual steps."
"It has improved our organization with more automation within the business departments and less administration and development in the IT department. Usually, as the IT department, we are the bottleneck for many requirements within the business. With this tool, the business departments are able to perform many task themselves."
"'ve only had a few cases where I've had to request support in the past 12 years of use, but the support response time and resolution were was extremely quick."
"The ability to clone jobs to shorten the time it takes to implement a process has been invaluable, but its flexibility also gives us the ability to create a job that can handle a multifaceted process with a complex workflow."
"VisualCron is a very powerful program to automate different steps in your business processes. We use it to automate replacing files and inform departments about the replacement."
"Not a ten because it's a bit complex, not so simple. It's one product but there are many screens."
"I would like to see auto-deployment without service disruptions."
"The API capabilities could be expanded to make integration more versatile."
"Too many features; UI is not good."
"IBM is advising not to use the IT translate anymore but this is going to be an extra cost to the customer to use the alternative."
"The error timeout and info could be better. When making web request calls, it will time out sometimes and we won't get any useful info out of the error response."
"Our suggestion to make it better and more manageable in terms of GDPR: Implement it in a very partnership way."
"I would like for VisualCron to expand audit log to show who changed job variables that are initialized per job run."
"VisualCron seems to operate like an efficient machine when it comes to improvements and enhancements and new features. I always appreciate the quick response I get when bringing up an issue or coming up with suggestions. I've mentioned before that it would be great to see a move away from SQLCE and XML configuration files."
"There are some conditions in the mail trigger, but you can only use them as an "AND" condition, not as an "OR" condition. This is an improvement that could be useful. For example, some people put "invoice" in the subject and others put "invoice" in the body. If I want to make a trigger for everybody whose sending invoices, I have to make two jobs for this now."
"It's reasonably priced at $800,000."
"There are two types of customer licenses, an annual preview license, and an ELA-based license. I have found the solution is priced well. However, they need to review the pricing model because if you look at any other competitors, such as GlobalSCAPE, they do pricing based on the components and what you select. With this solution you have a monolithic application which you need to buy, there is no component level price discount."
"ROI is 95 percent."
"We are fine with a rather cheap setup. Licensing with VisualCron is fair. You have a simple one-year licence in different sizes. There isn't a licensing jungle with hundreds of options and opt-ins."
"The pricing is extremely fair, and because of that I recommend purchasing multiple instances to split out the processing load across multiple application servers."
"ROI is one month."
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Securely manage transfer files with authentication, encryption and audit trails while you retain administrative control of data using a library of templates.
Sterling File Gateway can help you increase secure and dependable file transfer with your trading partners. It consolidates disparate centers of file transfer activity and facilitates the security-rich exchange of file-based data over the Internet. It helps companies avoid the risk and operational issues that can result from using loosely controlled file-transfer servers.
VisualCron combines many features into one product. Through scheduling you can set your Jobs to run on a specific time or event. The Tasks in each Job automate scripts and eliminate human errors. Through various Tasks you can integrate different systems through file transfer and conversion.
IBM Sterling File Gateway is ranked 5th in Managed File Transfer (MFT) with 5 reviews while VisualCron is ranked 4th in Managed File Transfer (MFT) with 5 reviews. IBM Sterling File Gateway is rated 7.0, while VisualCron is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of IBM Sterling File Gateway writes "The industry leader in secure file transfer, broadly adopted for its excellent capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VisualCron writes "Has made us more efficient, eliminating manual processes that free up our employees to take on more of their prioritized projects on a daily basis". IBM Sterling File Gateway is most compared with Sterling Commerce Connect:Direct, AWS Transfer for SFTP, HelpSystems GoAnywhere MFT, Aspera Managed File Transfer and MOVEit, whereas VisualCron is most compared with WinAutomation by Softomotive, UiPath, OpCon, ActiveBatch Workload Automation and Microsoft Power Automate. See our IBM Sterling File Gateway vs. VisualCron report.
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