Stonebranch Universal Automation Center Benefits

Brian
Sr. System Programmer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Stonebranch enhanced the digital transformation at our company, through the dashboard. We run a customized dashboard for our operations team, where we can quickly see the issues. We can see running task. We use a lot of started and finished, late finished, late started. We also have some gauges where we can see jobs that exceed their average runtime or estimated end-time. It's helped our operations team see issues ahead of time, instead of four hours later when we've already gone past the point of no return. In terms of our system operators, we're bringing guys off the street that pick this stuff up within two weeks, and they're flying with it. It just seems like it's so easy, once they get the baseline down. Then it's just boom, and they're off and running. There's some work to get that initial understanding, where to go to find what you want, and then these guys are flying with it. Our older people that have been here for a few years were the ones that struggled with the new technology. View full review »
Earl Diem
Manager Performance and Automation Engineering at PSCU Financial Services
Stonebranch Universal Task allows us to break up our workflows into tasks that are singular and focused and we're then able to string them together by drag-and-drop. What we did is we built up a group of tasks that are templates, so to speak. Once those task templates were built up, it allowed us to go in and build workflows relatively quickly, because all we had to do was fill in the particulars of what we needed that task to do, without building the task from scratch. One of the biggest issues with workflows is that the completion of a step. When a process ends, it needs to generate a completion through Standard Error or Standard Out, or it needs to generate a completion file so that the workflow knows that the step is done and that it can kick off the next workflow task. We've been able to impress upon our ETL developers that, when they're done, they need the process to drop a completion flag so that the workflow knows it's done and ran successfully. They really didn't deal with that before, because they were using disparate schedulers in disparate systems and simply setting the clock: The file gets here at two o'clock, we'll kick this job off in this scheduler at two-thirty. And then the other technology, downstream in the workflow, we'll set that one for three o'clock. But you end up with problems if the previous workflow step isn't complete when the next step kicks off. The job fails and blows up. Stonebranch eliminated those dependency gaps because we know for sure that the previous step was completed before we kick off the next step in the workflow. We've eliminated the vast majority of that kind of problem. Stonebranch has saved us money. From an operational standpoint, we're in a position now where we know when workflows fail and we're not missing SLAs as much. Very infrequently do we now miss an SLA because, if a workflow fails, we know it failed. That means the support teams have the ability to go in and address it before we miss an SLA. That's been the major cost savings. Had we stayed on Cisco Tidal, to do the caliber of work that we've done in Stonebranch, we would have had to hire additional people. I only had one person on Tidal and those resources would cost more than the resources I'm using now, because of the specialized skillsets you need to do the work in Cisco Tidal. On our automation team, we have one senior person. We took two guys out of our network operation center and put them with him. They're Linux administrators and they learned the Stonebranch product over the first year and got very proficient in it. We're doing automation but their cost to the company is a lot less than going out and hiring somebody with the skills in Cisco Tidal or Automic or one of those other platforms. So there is an HR resource savings as well. I would estimate we're saving about $20,000 a year per head-count. Stonebranch has also saved us man-hours during implementation and production. If I compare it to Cisco Tidal, to build a workflow in Stonebranch, beginning to end, is less time-consuming and less complicated than it was in Tidal. I'm sure it has saved us money. It has saved us about 20 to 25 percent per workflow. When you spread that over 400 workflows, it's a pretty significant number. View full review »
SeniorTe1d8f
Senior Technical Analyst at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Our biggest relief was the file-transfer piece, the way they do it securely and the way they do that handshake and the way they farm out that dependency to give to users - versus admins - the ability to control that little subsection within the environment. We probably would have needed a team of 20 people to centrally admin, manage, create schedules, do file transfers, and support all that stuff. Instead, we have a team of two. My biggest pain point was the agent. When it comes to the controller, it's one point of failure. You monitor it, it's just another application. You take a look at it. You know what items you need to keep an eye on: memory, log files, entries. You can be proactive because it's one important single point. When you look at all your endpoints, it becomes a management nightmare if you have to monitor every single one of them. Past experience has been that people want to run their batches. They don't want to care about the scheduler. They want to just set it and forget it. They tend to run the machines very hot. When the endpoints are resource-starved, because people's scripts are taking over all the capacity on the box, the agents fail and their workflow gets impacted and you take an SLA hit. We have yet to see that with any of the Stonebranch agents. Regarding digital transformation, we were already down that road before we even looked at Stonebranch. I wouldn't say that it was the reason why we did it. It does help in the journey, where you're looking at a mainframe scheduler and you think, "Oh my God, I don't think we're going to be able to use this." Going digital, everything is software-defined where you say, "Alright, APIs, plugin, off we go." This solution replaced an existing legacy system and the benefit was in the area of the support staff supporting those aging systems. We're no longer a bottleneck or a risk. We have a lot of those folks retiring right now, and it is tough to get that expertise on the market nowadays. Finally, it helped us save money, and that was one of the drivers for getting it in. What I can share with you is it did 90 percent more than whatever solutions we had. We ended up saving a considerable amount every year. We got more for less. It has also saved us a lot of man-hours in support and maintenance. We were able to go down by three FTEs by implementing the solution. We went from less to more with half the staff that we had. View full review »
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Frank Burkhardt
Application and Database Administrator at Blue Bird Corporation
It tells us when tasks fail in unexpected ways. Programmers test for common errors, such as when a job doesn't start. However, they may not be testing for when a DB deadlocks. This solution will monitor the return codes from all processes and alert us when something fails, whether or not a programmer has a test in the program to identify that problem. It has raised the visibility of these errors which we are working on to solve, making the code much more robust. It provides more visibility to developers. It has given us better visibility into failed tasks and jobs, so we're able to start working on solutions before production starts calling. This has saved us money. We are now able to be a lot more proactive instead of reactive. We are able to solve jobs without people screaming and staring at us while we're trying to solve the problem. View full review »
Mike Booher
Systems Programmer II at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Since we put in Stonebranch, compared to our older scheduler and systems, we've had better visibility, better alerting, better restart-ability, and better retry-ability. For instance, if a file transfer fails and it doesn't send, we can tell it to try 30 minutes later, and that reduces manual intervention for a once-and-done type of failure. The Stonebranch Marketplace has been helpful. We've obtained a few items from there and have started to implement them. In terms of our company's digital transformation, it's definitely become a central component of our processing and our workflows. It's allowed us to integrate disparate systems into this system, so we can monitor and schedule activities on those servers. We have also saved on the licensing cost, although I don't know how much compared to our old product. The way it runs our workflows has saved people-time. If something fails and we don't necessarily have to intervene, we can take another pass at it within the scheduler and do automation in that situation. It takes away from manual intervention which would take time. There's a soft benefit there. It has saved us about ten hours a week, depending upon who had to field the issue. View full review »
Doug Perseghetti
Consulting Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The resiliency of the agents helps us to process a lot of workload through them, reducing the latency between jobs. The solution has saved us money over other potential vendors. View full review »
reviewer952863
Application Manager at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
* We migrated multiple scheduling applications to UAC for less costs and more efficient management. * Scripting is also centralized in one library. * UAC has a lot of scheduling options for various tasks. View full review »
reviewer948096
User at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Made the job of automating tasks easier, especially tasks that cross application boundaries. Since we have applications that cross multiple platforms, this simplified where tasks get automated from several locations down to a single controller. View full review »
reviewer948099
User at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
UAC has improved our organization by exposing many dependencies between our batch jobs that would not be visible before. This helped us improve our job scheduling by managing dependencies and better scheduling of jobs. View full review »
reviewer958350
User
The organization supports an application which impacts multiple platforms. This has helped a great deal with the initial setup and ongoing maintenance, in terms of being able to do so in one place. View full review »
reviewer958347
BI - BO Data Services Architect with 1,001-5,000 employees
It really helped with the heavy lifting of the integration and scheduling gaps within our MDM solution and other systems. We have ETL solutions with native scheduling feature, but with Stonebranch we have improved our scheduling making it so autonomous and easy. View full review »
reviewer948108
User at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It provides good automation capabilities, our company decided that UAC will be a group standard. It provides great value to our business. View full review »
Charvi Sharma
Technology Analyst at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Earlier, it used to take us a lot of time for file transfers and creating a backup, but after this automation, the pain and time have been reduced a lot. View full review »
reviewer958344
User
Universal Agent and its infrastructure make it very easy to schedule jobs on every system using one scheduler. View full review »
dwalin
DevOps Engineer at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Our organization could enter the cloud at full speed. View full review »
reviewer951501
User
Provided us with a central overview of our Linux and Windows agents and the ability to monitor the exact software-versions of the installed agents. View full review »
reviewer948087
User at a financial services firm
UAC helped us to automate manual tasks and reduce the time for people to do manual tasks. View full review »
reviewer958341
Managing Director at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
This product will allow us a safer HA environment both in production as well as development /preproduction. View full review »
reviewer948102
User at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
My peers are often contacting the Stonebranch Universal Automation Center to get some help and they often get necessary feedback. View full review »
Kay L├╝tzel
System Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
It runs unbelievably good because when we installed it, it ran perfectly. It is really stable and just needs minimal maintenance. View full review »
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