IBM Workload Automation Overview

IBM Workload Automation is the #9 ranked solution in our list of top Workload Automation tools. It is most often compared to Control-M: IBM Workload Automation vs Control-M

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.

IBM Workload Automation is also known as IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler, IBM TWS.

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IBM Workload Automation Customers
Standard Life Group, Banca Popolare di Milano, A*STAR, ArcelorMittal Gent
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What users are saying about IBM Workload Automation pricing:
  • "It is about one-third of the cost of a controller."

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Salvador Reyna
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Workload automation that helps track productivity and progress across platforms

What is our primary use case?

The tool is managed from offshore by another company. The primary use for it in our company providing support to our main client who is a large beverage company that needs the product to manage operations. I just act as the support interface between the client and the offshore team starting at the time I took this position as a global manager for workload scaling. I found out about this product someplace and how we could put it to use. We have been running it ourselves and with our client for a long time. It is also a part of our company's application or solution set. The use cases for my… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The technical support is great, the product is easy-to-use, and it is stable."
  • "It is missing some features and can improve in areas where the competition is somewhat better like linking job dependencies."

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give to others considering using Workload Automation depends on the necessity and the reality of their requirements. It depends on the complexity of the jobs. Depending on that it may be interesting to use Tivoli because it is a good tool. It is a good application to use to run workload tracking. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this product between and eight and ten depending on who is using it and for what reason. I think it is quite good so I think it deserves a nine. Additional features I would like to see included in…
BS
Enterprise Architect at kosakya
Real User
Collects the resources within the IT system that reports the use of different resources, file system resources, storage resources, and so on

What is our primary use case?

We use it at the Bank for the portfolio management system. In 2001 and 2003 I created all these jobs for the portfolio management system for collecting data from the backend system. From 2015 I use it as the tool that collects the resources within the IT system that reports the use of different resources, file system resources, storage resources, and so on.

What is most valuable?

The most important feature is the creation of folders. It's a really great feature because you can organize the process with naming conventions. 

What needs improvement?

Other solutions like Control-M are better than this solution. IBM should have better integration with the cloud.  It should support other schedulers that aren't IBM products. 

For how long have I used

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FA
Manager Production Applicative at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
A stable solution with good technical support

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the job scheduler.

What needs improvement?

I would like to be able to access the return value or result from one job, in the following job. This is a feature that other solutions have and is very helpful. I had to create my own workaround for it because the capability is important for me. It would be helpful to have a mobile app that could be used to follow the job schedule. Most IT applications now have mobile app support.

For how long have I used the solution?

I worked on IBM Workload Automation for close to 10 years, although I have recently changed companies and no longer use it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We did…
Anthony Heilbronn
IT Specialist TWS at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Extremely scalable, very stable, and good for batch automation, but needs custom Java API documentation and more training

What is most valuable?

The whole product is valuable because it is a tool for batch automation.

What needs improvement?

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. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for 15 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is extremely scalable. We run more than 80,000 jobs a day across multiple platforms.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical…
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