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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Workload Automation vs. Stonebranch Universal Automation Center and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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Pros
"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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"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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"The most valuable feature is the reliability of the agents, because we need them accessible and we need to run stuff. The agent technology and compatibility are top-notch.""The Universal Agent is the most valuable feature. Being agent-based and being able to go across multiple technology stacks, which is what our workflows do, Stonebranch gives us the ability to bridge those disparate technologies. It enables us to remove the dependency-gap with the agent so we know the status of the workflow at each step.""The tasks are incredibly capable, and as long as you name them with a nice, uniform naming convention, they are very useful. You can create some interesting workflows through various machines, or you can just have it kick off single tasks. All in all, I really like the Universal Task. You can do some mutually exclusive stuff, such as an "A not B" kind of thing. It has a lot of capabilities behind the scenes.""The interface is very user-friendly and easy to navigate.""I like the dashboard and the various workflows."

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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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"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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"The Universal Controller is decent for the money it costs... It needs some work to have full features, compared to other products that are out there, specifically IBM's Workload Scheduler.""Occasionally, we have an agent that doesn't come back up after patching. That doesn't happen very often... It's really just a restart of the agent and it comes back up. But that might be one thing that could be improved.""There is room for improvement with its connectivity with the Microsoft SRS system. It is very weak. They keep telling us it works with it, and technically it does, but it does not provide a lot of visibility. We have lost a lot of visibility migrating to Stonebranch, compared with just running tasks on the SRS server. That's really about the only thing that is a sore point for us.""It would be ideal if they had the exact same features as the CA Workload Automation DE series. It would be helpful to have calendaring options.""It can't handle negative written codes."

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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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"We're transaction-based, as far as our licensing goes. We have 50,000 transactions a month and our licensing cost is $55,000 a year..."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: We're also starting to use its Self Service and Solution Manager. My team in the data center and some of the development… more »
Top Answer: At the same time that I'm trying to keep it in our company, everybody thinks it's very expensive. We haven't looked at… more »
Top Answer: It's been a while since we've asked for tweaks. Because we're a little bit of a slower company, they have something out… more »
Top Answer: The whole product is valuable because it is a tool for batch automation.
Top Answer: There should be more custom documentation, specifically around Java APIs. There should also be more training. In terms… more »
Top Answer: I would rate IBM Workload Automation a seven out of ten.
Top Answer: I like the dashboard and the various workflows.
Top Answer: It can't handle negative written codes. If a program was providing a negative value, it wouldn't be able to handle it… more »
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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.

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.

The Stonebranch Workload Automation solution, part of our Universal Automation Center platform, helps organizations automate, manage, and orchestrate their IT processes - across hybrid IT environments. 


1. Workflow Orchestration and Automation: Holistically control scripts, jobs, tasks, and IT processes running across your on-prem, hybrid cloud, and/or multi-cloud environments.

2. Real-Time Automation: With our event-driven automation technology, it is now possible to achieve real-time automation across your entire hybrid IT environment.

3. Self-Service Automation: With a focus on ease-of-use, you can empower your workforce with self-service automation using member roles and permissions.

4. BI & Analytics: Centralize operational control and insight with proactive monitoring, reporting, and alerts

Product Features:

- Drag-and-drop Workflow Creation: You don’t have to be a developer to create automation. Custom scripting is a thing of the past. Easily create workflows with an intuitive drag-and-drop user interface.

- DevOps enabled: Align priorities between IT Ops and DevOps with Jobs-as-Code, Infrastructure-as-Code, and bundle-and-promote features.

- Limitless 3rd Party Integrations: Integrate into any platform or application from the mainframe to the cloud. Use pre-packaged integrations, build your own, or download integration blueprints from the community-driven opensource marketplace.

- Available on-premises or as a SaaS-based deployment, the UAC is a modern platform built to scale with your business.

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
Standard Life Group, Banca Popolare di Milano, A*STAR, ArcelorMittal Gent
Nissan, Coop, United Supermarkets, Groupon, CSC, Orbitz, Johnson & Johnson, BMW, Qantas.
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm76%
Government5%
Insurance Company5%
Manufacturing Company3%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Financial Services Firm17%
Insurance Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm33%
Manufacturing Company20%
University7%
Media Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Financial Services Firm16%
Comms Service Provider9%
Insurance Company8%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm47%
Insurance Company16%
Retailer11%
Computer Software Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Financial Services Firm15%
Comms Service Provider11%
Insurance Company9%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise44%
Large Enterprise37%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise27%
REVIEWERS
Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise4%
Large Enterprise88%
REVIEWERS
Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise75%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Workload Automation vs. Stonebranch Universal Automation Center and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
509,641 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Workload Automation is ranked 9th in Workload Automation with 4 reviews while Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is ranked 5th in Workload Automation with 6 reviews. IBM Workload Automation is rated 8.0, while Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of IBM Workload Automation writes "Workload automation that helps track productivity and progress across platforms". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Stonebranch Universal Automation Center writes "Allowed us to develop workflows without having to train and develop very specialized skillsets". IBM Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, Ansible, HCL Workload Automation and ActiveBatch Workload Automation, whereas Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is most compared with Control-M, ActiveBatch Workload Automation, AutoSys Workload Automation, Automic Workload Automation and CA Workload Automation ESP. See our IBM Workload Automation vs. Stonebranch Universal Automation Center report.

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