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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Enterprise Automation Engineer with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Provides a robust, full spectrum enterprise-wide WLA platform

What is our primary use case?

Product administration with minimal scheduling usage these days. Installing, configuring, and administering distributed agents and integration with multiple services and applications.

Pros and Cons

  • "Provides a robust, full spectrum enterprise-wide WLA platform."
  • "The DWC, when configured correctly, is a great GUI tool to provide Self-Service Scheduling capabilities to the user community."
  • "I have supported this product in literally 100s of different environments and its unmatched in its ability to scale to any size."
  • "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."

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 market today. * Control-M is a close second (even though there are rumors that BMC is shopping it around). * As for CA, at this point it's hard to tell what CA's Strategic Vision is going forward. They have ESP, Dseries, and now Automic, yet they are keeping the old dinosaur CA-7 alive because they can't figure out how to get all of the old legacy clients off it without major heartburn.
System Administrator, Data Center Operations Lead at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
Event notification allows for prompt and immediate notification in relation to any errors occurring in the system.

What other advice do I have?

Research your needs versus the cost and scalability of the product
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OPTUM Tivoli/TWS Technical Lead at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
Notifies us when a job does not complete successfully. It is complex to use.

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".
Tivoli Workload Scheduler Solution Architect at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
Dynamic scheduling helped us schedule jobs on servers with restricted access. It doesn’t have in-built monitors to capture and report READY/INTRO state jobs.

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.
Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
The new servers automatically get monitored with the alerts going to the server administrator or application developers.

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.
Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
The simplicity of the GUI is the most valuable feature for us.

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 operations and repetitive tasks running on them. The SAP plugin is outstanding and SAP process chains run a like a dream when scheduled using Tivoli. If you have an environment like the one I've just mentioned, this would unarguably be your best bet. The initial costs are steep but it pays off in the longer run as the product itself is very stable if configured correctly.
Senior Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
The FTA agents resolve local dependencies on the workstation.

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 maintenance and other patching activities, it is better to go with Linux. Scalability is not an issue with TWS. Make sure you have all the pre-requisites met before implementing it. It will work all fine.
Project Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
Integration with different applications like Oracle, SAP, Hadoop, and JMS.

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 helpful.
Sr. Tivoli WLA admin at a logistics company with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
With ERP (SAP) connectivity, we were able to fully integrate SAP workloads with non-SAP workloads.

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.
Senior TWS Administrator & production support engineer at a maritime company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Fault Tolerant Agents can run jobs without a network connection. POF is only one time a day.

What other advice do I have?

Spend time to define a robust architecture, and day-to-day operations with a specialist.
AVP, DevOps Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
It's array of scheduling options includes run and exclusion calendars (holidays).

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 lot more than just scheduling. If you are using TWS, make sure you provide training to your batch developers. Design a model for promoting jobs and schedules between environments. Utilize “composer” extracts and check your jobs and schedule definitions into a version control repository.
Production Control Specialist at a local government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
The Long-Term Plan feature identifies what will be running during closures. It's dependable.

What other advice do I have?

As with any new application/utility, make sure you have good training; if possible, request a trial version to become familiar with product; and ensure it meets your needs.
Operation Lead and Tivoli Workload scheduler consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
Includes support for other applications via connector, such as Oracle, SAP and data warehousing software.

What other advice do I have?

Go ahead and use the TWS solution. It is really a very good product.
Architect (Tech Lead BSM Infra Business Service Management-L4.2) at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
Its Dynamic Workload Console prevents additional code installs for the JSC.

What other advice do I have?

I would have to recommend installing the TWS Master/Backup Masters on a Linux platform, not Windows.
System Engineer, Infrastructure at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
It has two CLIs to help manage items in the active plan & database. This is useful for custom scripts automating certain tasks.

What other advice do I have?

This product is a great product overall, but can behave strangely if any environmental issues occur (hardware/network). A lot of the issues we face, however, are supposed to be resolved with the later version. I’ve seen some demos of the latest release and it seems like large improvements have been made in terms of functionality and user experience.
Head of Batch Scheduling, Senior Vice President at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
It enables consolidation of disparate workloads in a single database, removing the need for engineered interfaces between platforms. Service-level management is a challenge using its native facilities

What other advice do I have?

All workload automation solutions deliver on the basic idea of automating your batch processing. The right choice depends on your unique business requirements, such as the size of operations, mix and complexity of workloads, etc.
Operations Technician at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
MSP
Real-time database updating is less time consuming. The layout almost functions like an Excel sheet.

What other advice do I have?

It is very good scheduling software.
Tivoli Workload Scheduler (TWS) Admin Leader at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
Even more automation is possible using the CLI than by using the standard features.

What other advice do I have?

If cost is not an issue, I definitely recommend it.
Graduate Research Assistant at a university with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
Job monitoring and scheduling​ using the front end was easy.

What other advice do I have?

There are multiple factors that would influence my preference to this product. In purely ease of use, functionality etc, I would rate it 8/10. I am not considering the cost of license etc.
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