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Real User
Sr. Tivoli WLA admin. + TOPdesk Saas Operations Manager at a logistics company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 19 2017

What is most valuable?

Workload automation (WLA) these days is no static business. It’s all about running the right workload sequence, at the right time, often triggered by a variety of possible (combination of) events. For instance, we use this principle for... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The tool made it possible to automate the technical workflow within complex business process models, within a heterogeneous network hierarchy, consisting of fault-tolerant distributed agents, managed by scheduling plan for a certain future... more»

What needs improvement?

Today, TWS (TWA) has evolved into version 9.x and the product is now also available as a cloud-provided service (the management parts, from IBM SmartCloud). I think that is a good and modern development, but the first v9.x releases (and maybe... more»
Real User
Head of Batch Scheduling, Senior Vice President at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

* Support for multiplatform workload automation in a single solution * Versatility of plan-based and event-triggered scheduling in a single solution

How has it helped my organization?

Our firm supports batch processing across many platforms from mainframe to iSeries and open systems. TWS enables consolidation of disparate workloads in a single database, removing the need for engineered interfaces between platforms and... more»

What needs improvement?

Service-level management is a challenge using native TWS facilities. TWS lacks sophisticated predictive analytics capability. The limited analytics it does offer is predicated on user-defined variables such as job run duration estimates,... more»
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Real User
System Engineer, Infrastructure at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 31 2016

What is most valuable?

TWS has two command line interfaces to help manage items in the active plan and database. This allows you to create custom scripts to make mass updates to job definitions in the plan\database. You can even schedule these custom scripts to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Aside from basic scheduling features and Windows/Unix job types, this product gives us a lot of options to integrate with other systems: * Custom plug-ins * Database & integration job types * File transfer and remote command job types It... more»

What needs improvement?

The web UI is a bit cumbersome in terms of navigation, although it seems some improvements were made on the most recent release, v9.3. Also, scheduling is driven based off of a Symphony file, which is a flat file that outlines scheduled work... more»
Consultant
Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 23 2017

What is most valuable?

The simplicity of the GUI is the most valuable feature for us.

How has it helped my organization?

My organization has automated a lot of tasks that were previously being done manually like processing of cheques from multiple banks. This was a three step process wherein a dedicated man resource used to scan the cheques individually,... more»

What needs improvement?

Out of the box reporting and provision for customization/integration with other products are the areas where this product can be improved.
Real User
Enterprise Automation Engineer with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 23 2018

What is most valuable?

The DWC, when configured correctly, is a great GUI tool to provide Self-Service Scheduling capabilities to the user community. The variety of agents available allows for an extremely flexible Enterprise WLA solution. The WAPL (formerly SOE)... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Provides a robust, full spectrum enterprise-wide WLA platform. I have practical experience with all of the major "Enterprise" WLA products. None of them have the functionality and ease of use of TWS.

What needs improvement?

This may not be the norm, but slow down on the releases a bit. I fully understand that IWA functionality is increasing at an amazing rate, but trying to keep up with the upgrades is rough. Figure out a way to speed up the DWC response a little.
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What is IBM Workload Automation?

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.
Also known as
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler, IBM TWS
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Standard Life Group, Banca Popolare di Milano, A*STAR, ArcelorMittal Gent
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