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Review of SMA Technologies
Real User
User at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 03 2019

What is most valuable?

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. Self-service is easy… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It was the right solution to industrialize public data processing that was still manual. Time savings were crucial in this choice and automation. This also contributed to… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improvements with the graphical display during the execution of jobs with complex sequences, step-by-step, in self-service. A much finer level of… more»

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

This solution is certainly not the cheapest, but we win in time.

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

We did use another solution prior to this one, but we switched to OpCon because it's more user-friendly.

What other advice do I have?

OpCon is easy to access, very easy to use, very complete, and always active.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Prior to selecting OpCon, we evaluated UC4, Control-M, and APX.
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Review of SMA Technologies
MartinTargett
Real User
Director of Production Control and Operations at NYSDOT
Dec 17 2019

What is most valuable?

There are three features which are valuable: * automated calendar functions * the notification process for failed jobs or unscheduled events occurring, via email and text messaging * the ability for the scheduling package to communicate… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The part that jumps out is the notification process. The agent can now notify us, by email or text messages, when any jobs have failed or when any groups of jobs have finished successfully. Previously, it was a manual process where somebody… more»

What needs improvement?

There's a large learning curve which, for some of our less technical staff, has been an issue. It's still new to us. Every week we're finding new ways of doing things with the product. What we miss the most is having an in-house expert whom… more»

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Control-M from BMC. Both OpCon and Control-M were going to provide us with the solution that we were looking for. The decisions were then out of my hands because it was then left up to the money people. The final selling point… more»
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Review of SMA Technologies
Adam-Watts
Real User
Unisys Infrastructure Support Specialist at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Dec 19 2019

What is most valuable?

It is very simple and easy to use, but that might be because I've been using it for a long time. The things that we use most often are: * NIST view * Job Master * The quick search option.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows batch work to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. If we are talking about a one-off job, it takes roughly five minutes to set that up, which is very quick. Results are pretty much instantaneous. It depends what frequency… more»

What needs improvement?

The way to view a schedule is called perch view, and that's not always the greatest. It can be quite slow. Any issues we did have with earlier releases have since been addressed in later releases. We are looking at something called Solution… more»

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Compared to other solutions that we have in the organization, OpCon is a lot quicker to deploy. For example, Control-M takes almost double the time to deploy. We use OpCon for Unisys and Control M for more server-based jobs.
Real User
Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 22 2019

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We're able to complete our nightly processing about 10 percent faster. We've also been able to eliminate manual touches on our systems and we're down to five actual… more»

What needs improvement?

The process of getting automations done and the process of testing them is a little complicated. Anything with daily processing and nightly processing, which is something… more»

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

It's not cheap. It's a licensing system. It costs money to put it in and it's a subscription-based system. The managed service costs money on top.

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

I've used many automation tools in my career and the time to implement OpCon, compared to some of those other tools, is about the same. This is a specialized… more»

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked into a tool called Jantz, which is a competitor. They're great as well. But this made the most sense financially, considering our size.
CharlesMcClain
Real User
Application Support Analyst II at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 30 2019

What is most valuable?

All of the features are important. The best thing about it is the communication listing. There's a learning curve, but it's a fairly easy system to use. It doesn't require a lot of technical skill.

How has it helped my organization?

This isn't our first automated system, so it's hard to say how it's improved anything. The best thing is that the communication with our host system is better. It allows us to have more security. It allows us to have more information and… more»

What needs improvement?

The system needs better communication, better advanced warning, and better stability with SQL database systems. The latter is the only Achilles heel to the software. The SQL database connections are the only time that we've had issues with… more»

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

Before we got OpCon we did have another automated system, AutoMate. We switched due to OpCon's capabilities of communicating with the host system. And OpCon runs faster than the last one. There are some scenarios where it has been more… more»

What other advice do I have?

There's a lot to be said about using the embedded script systems and having good error handling. Hopefully, anybody who's doing development with scripts, writing code, is not a novice, because that part is really important. The biggest… more»
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