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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 errors occurring in the system.

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. Extended agents such as SAP, PeopleSoft, CA-7, etc do… more»

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

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

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at other solutions namely Skybot by HelpSystems, Tidal by Cisco, CA-7 from Computer Associates and Control-M by BMC.
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 most of the monitoring processes for new devices… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The new servers automatically get monitored with the alerts going to the server administrator or application developers, without the need for someone to submit a request… 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 reinvent the wheel. This will eliminate the need for… 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 solution did I use previously and why did I 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 what to watch out for.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other solutions.
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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 feature. * TWS as a tool has features that… 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 of the console is being improved in all these… 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 based prices. However, IBM is trying to use the per job… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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 integration to IBM Watson for analytics would be more… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No
Vendor
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 right time, often triggered by a variety of possible… 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… 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… 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 licencing when your networks use a considerably amount of… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not previously use a different solution. We started implementing a WLA infrastructure in 1996 and bought the Maestro 7 product from Unison. That product evolved… 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 L2 personnel from Rome and your WLA administrators.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered starting with Redwood Cronacle for WLA on SAP, but decided to stay with TWS because of the better integration between SAP and non-SAP workloads, and the… more»

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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