OpCon Alternatives and Competitors

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reviewer1242072
User at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Dec 3, 2019
Self-service helps provide for the quick and simple handling of tasks

What is our primary use case?

We use OpCon to schedule three jobs, repeated ten times a day and five days a week. This solution gives us the ability to look at each job's output online and determine whether it is ok or not. It can restart failed jobs when they are fixed, and it maintains a log history for statistics.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the self-service because it has made it possible to provide simple and quick solutions in the handling of certain tasks."
  • "The ability to retrieve information from logs in variables to display relevant information would be helpful."

What other advice do I have?

OpCon is easy to access, very easy to use, very complete, and always active.
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MartinTargett
Director of Production Control and Operations at NYSDOT
Real User
Dec 17, 2019
Gives us the ability to schedule dependent jobs across different mainframes

What is our primary use case?

We chose OpCon to replace a scheduling package that was controlling approximately 10,000 batch jobs every day. So the main purpose of OpCon, for us, is to replace an aging homegrown solution with a more advanced scheduling product that has more bells and whistles. We use it for job control. We have Enterprise Manager on desktops communicating to agents that are on our mainframe computer. We haven't yet completed the conversion. We are about 30 percent converted right now. We still running 70 percent of the work through our old scheduling package. We have two main shops. One of them is an… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "There are three features which are valuable: the automated calendar functions; the notification process for failed jobs or unscheduled events occurring, via email and text messaging; and the ability for the scheduling package to communicate across multiple platforms."
  • "The calendar interface and the frequency interface is a very powerful, yet complex, section of OpCon in which all our staff have made mistakes. They have implemented what they believed was logically correct and then afterward discovered that their logic was flawed because OpCon did it a different way. That part, which is incredibly useful, is also incredibly dangerous. The interface or the ability to directly do more functions within the frequency definitely has room for expansion. As good as it is, it can be a lot better."

What other advice do I have?

I would highly recommend an onsite evaluation of OpCon that has already been deployed and seeing it fully in action, so that you could be better prepared to ask the right questions prior to getting it. All we saw was a remote demo and that, to me, was a big mistake on my people's part and probably SMA's part. We never got to see it in action so we didn't know all the right questions to ask. My biggest lesson in using OpCon is that I wish I'd been more involved at the beginning of the project, when they were estimating the need for support. We should have budgeted for a different type of…
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Adam-Watts
Unisys Infrastructure Support Specialist at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Dec 19, 2019
The product is always available and easy to use

What is our primary use case?

We use OpCon for scheduling batch jobs on the Unisys mainframe. It controls all of the batch work. Therefore, if we want to rerun a job or add a new job in, It is used for controlling this Unisys batch work.

Pros and Cons

  • "It allows batch work to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible."
  • "The way to view a schedule is called perch view, and that's not always the greatest. It can be quite slow."

What other advice do I have?

it's definitely an application worth considering and looking into. It is a pretty good tool. I don't really have too many issues with it. My biggest lesson since using it has been to learn how to upgrade it. This is part of the process, as I've gone from the scheduling side of it, where no one else scheduled jobs to the next step of learning how to upgrade it. I would rate it an eight (out of 10). The product is always available and easy to use. I like the overall general feel and view of it.
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reviewer1246431
Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Dec 22, 2019
Enabled us to significantly reduce manual touches in our system, but testing automations is difficult

What is our primary use case?

We're using it to automate our nightly processing work, such as transfers and the actual integrations into our core banking system. We do a lot of file transfers and complicated job processing. We have a lot of processes that have two jobs that have to run before other jobs can run, and based on the output of one job it may need to do one thing or another. OpCon allows us to build complicated workflows that handle all of that. It performs flawlessly. We were able to go live the first night with zero problems.

Pros and Cons

  • "The core system is the most valuable part: being able to view the processes that we've never really been able to view as a whole before. That is super-helpful, as is being alerted when issues arise."
  • "The process of getting automations done and the process of testing them is a little complicated."

What other advice do I have?

The biggest lesson I've learned from using it is plan really well. Line up your resources and don't be afraid to do a big cut-over to it. It's a stable system. But definitely be cognizant of the fact that there are agents involved, and whenever you have agents involved you need to make sure that the agents continue to be stable. Consider how well you understand the processes that you're looking to automate. This is going to work the best if you have more traditional types of automations that you need to do, like batches. Make sure that you've already detailed what those processes do, because…
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