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Ludo van der Marel
Real User
Sr. Tivoli WLA admin at a logistics company with 10,001+ 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... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The tool made it possible to automate the technical workflow within complex business process models, within a... 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... more»

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

Make your TWS infrastructure auditable by IBM (or to its partners) to be able to benefit from sub-capacity PVU... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

We did not previously use a different solution. We started implementing a WLA infrastructure in 1996 and bought the... more»

What other advice do I have?

Just contact IBM sales and make the first implementation of the product at your site a joint effort between IBM Tivoli... more»
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... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... more»
it_user545040
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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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".
it_user426939
Real User
AVP, DevOps Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 23 2016

What is most valuable?

The features most valuable to us are the diverse array of scheduling options, including run and exclusion calendars... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Tivoli Workflow Scheduler provides a centralized tool for all scheduled jobs, including design, monitoring, and... more»

What needs improvement?

One area of improvement is the user interface. While it is extremely functional, it’s not very user friendly and it’s... more»

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

I have not dealt with pricing or licensing.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I have not used a previous solution. TWS was already in use when I started working here.

What other advice do I have?

Before purchasing Tivoli Workflow Scheduler, check out Automic One Scheduler. It’s much more expensive, but it does a... more»
Gayathiri S Muthukrishnan
Consultant
Project Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 01 2017

What is most valuable?

* Seamless integration with different applications like Oracle, SAP, Hadoop, JMS etc. * Web console with single sign on... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Improved migration/upgrade features helped us to reduce the time of upgrade.

What needs improvement?

TWS is evolving from V 8.3 to V9.3 on the features and no major changes on the architecture. The user experience side... more»

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

There is a general perception that pricing and license costs are too high with the conventional model, like per CPU... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

No

What other advice do I have?

Yes, IBM has to review the non-cloud low pricing models and invest in architecture based revolutions. Additional... more»
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... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The new servers automatically get monitored with the alerts going to the server administrator or application... 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.

Which solutions did we use previously?

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»
SrAnalyst396
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... 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,... 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... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

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... more»
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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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