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Shariq Nadeem
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… more»

What needs improvement?

Out of the box reporting and provision for customization/integration with other products are the areas where this product… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This would be one the expensive lines of product in IBM's portfolio, so initial costs can run high if someone is buying it… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have been consistently using Tivoli Workload Scheduler as a one stop solution for my various client's job scheduling and… more»

What other advice do I have?

It's a very good scheduling product if you have a combination of mainframe and distributed environments that have batch… more»
Lowell Fultz
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… 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… more»

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… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If you are running an IBM Mainframe, why would you want any other product as your z/OS based WLA "hub" ? To my knowledge… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I am currently supporting both IWA and CA-7 while my company decides on which direction to go forward.

What other advice do I have?

Having used all of the major WLA platforms, I believe: * IWA is the most user-friendly and feature-packed product on the… more»
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Anonymous User
Real User
OPTUM Tivoli/TWS Technical Lead at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 26 2017

What is most valuable?

* Alerting on ABENDS: When a job abnormally ends (ABENDS), the solution notifies us when the job did not complete successfully. This is a nice… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has over complicated things.

What needs improvement?

* It is complex to use * Lacks scalability * It is difficult to set up jobs to run * We need to be able to elevate privileges like Task Scheduler… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used Windows Task Scheduler. We switched because the new SSIS servers were going to be managed servers.

What other advice do I have?

Look into ALL options. Verify that you can run your application servers with UAC turned to "do not prompt when using an admin account".
Abdul Jaludi
Consultant
Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Feb 23 2017

What is most valuable?

The API is a valuable feature as it allowed us to integrate the inventory, change and ticketing systems to fully automate… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The new servers automatically get monitored with the alerts going to the server administrator or application developers… more»

What needs improvement?

A lot of the automation that we added to the product should come built into it, so that every customer doesn't have to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Talk to your IBM sales representative to see what they can offer you.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Initially, we were using a home-grown product that didn't scale as well and had no ability for cross-product automation.

What other advice do I have?

Talk to other customers using this product, who are similar in size and configuration, so as to get feedback, ideas and… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
Senior Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 23 2017

What is most valuable?

The FTA agents feature is most beneficial, as it easily resolves local dependencies on the workstation, even when there is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I belong to a part of the delivery module in our organization. We implement TWS in the customer’s environment. It has… more»

What needs improvement?

There is need to add any type of utility which can convert workload definitions of other syntax to the TWS syntax, during… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For licensing, you should proceed with the monthly job executions. Earlier, it also used to have the PVU (Processor Value… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I started out with implementing the TWS solution only.

What other advice do I have?

TWS is very much stable on the Linux platform but this doesn’t mean that it can’t go well with Windows. Looking at the OS… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
System Administrator, Data Center Operations Lead at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The event notification feature is beneficial since it allows for prompt and immediate notification in relation to any… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The IBM scheduler allows for easy and seamless execution of the automated tasks in order to ensure data processing.

What needs improvement?

The integration and monitoring within the extended agents such as SAP, PeopleSoft mainframe etc needs to be improved… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Research your needs versus the cost and scalability of the product.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have not used any other solution. Although, we've upgraded 3 times.

What other advice do I have?

Research your needs versus the cost and scalability of the product
Prabha Palanivelu
Real User
Tivoli Workload Scheduler Solution Architect at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 28 2017

What is most valuable?

Dynamic scheduling: This is one feature which helped us achieve some important business objectives without the need to install TWS on a server. Some of the servers in our organization have restricted access and dynamic scheduling helped us… more»

What needs improvement?

* Monitoring * Reporting TWS doesn’t have in-built monitors to capture and report READY/INTRO state jobs. In our environment, we use TWS to schedule jobs in SAP and without an in-built monitor to capture these, we use custom-built scripts to… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend other users to definitely consider TWS, as it has proven to be a powerful tool in our environment so far.

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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
IBM Workload Automation customers
Standard Life Group, Banca Popolare di Milano, A*STAR, ArcelorMittal Gent
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