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Brian
Real User
Sr. System Programmer at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 18 2019

What is most valuable?

Their agents are the simplest. They're easy to install, they're easy to get up and running. We do a particular kind of access on our servers for ubroker and then I have… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

One hiccup we've had is due to the fact that we have other internal scheduling tools. We're able to talk to them, but we have trouble with some of the networking between… more»

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

When we reviewed this solution against other vendors, Stonebranch blew everybody out of the water in terms of cost. There is a maintenance cost that is required every… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The Universal Controller is what I'm running. I like it for web interface. There were four or five products we were reviewing. We came from an ESP shop but we didn't like… more»

What other advice do I have?

If I were to go to another company, this would probably be the tool I would push for. It's a very sound product. I feel Stonebranch is on the technical edge. I've been to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated BMC and we looked at CA's products - we already had CA in house. Tivoli was another we looked at. There were four or five on the list, and we dropped it down… more»
Earl Diem
Real User
Manager Performance and Automation Engineering at PSCU Financial Services
Aug 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The Universal Agent is the most valuable feature. Being agent-based and being able to go across multiple technology stacks, which is what our workflows do, Stonebranch gives us the ability to bridge… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

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

We're transaction-based, as far as our licensing goes. We have 50,000 task a month and our licensing cost is $55,000 a year, if I remember correctly. There are no additional costs. Support is included… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had Cisco Tidal going before Stonebranch. It was an older product which was being retired. Cisco's core competency is not automation, it's networking. The product was somewhat clunky and difficult… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice applies to the implementation of any automation platform. Have a solid plan for what your approach is to automation and develop a common approach to workflows. That is what we did. We took a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In terms of Stonebranch’s agent technology and compatibility with other vendors, it's been very good. We migrated off of the SAP platform or BOE; we had an old instance of Data Integrator. There were… more»
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Real User
Senior Technical Analyst at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Apr 18 2019

What is most valuable?

It's very feature-rich, but our focus has been mostly around resolving the file transfer problem: We did not have a standard way of transferring files internally. That was… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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 -… more»

What needs improvement?

There is a component called the OMS, which is the message broker. We rely on infrastructure, resiliency, and availability for that piece. If that could change to be highly… more»

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

Outside of licensing fees, there aren't any other costs.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have many other solutions. I don't think I can mention those solutions as we do have NDAs with all our vendors on that side of the house.

What other advice do I have?

Look at also having the database solution be HA as well, because the product is highly available and you can stretch it to also be your BCP where you just fail over from… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate many other options.
Frank Burkhardt
Real User
Application and Database Administrator at Blue Bird Corporation
Aug 18 2019

What is most valuable?

We have created some workflows and find them very valuable. We are trying to move more of our tasks into workflows. Currently, we have about 850 tasks in it, and we are trying to move more of our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

While the resiliency is very good, it does have one point of failure that we are concerned about. We would like to run it in high availability in multiple clusters, but it has to read and write to one… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This would be the first solution of its type that we have used.

What other advice do I have?

It is a really great solution if you have your jobs and tasks well-defined and know what they are doing, It's a good solution for allowing you to shorten the windows between tasks. However, you need… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am pretty sure that we did not evaluate other companies beside Stonebranch.
Mike Booher
Real User
Systems Programmer II at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
May 29 2019

What is most valuable?

The ability to monitor tasks that are on the open-system side as well as our mainframe side gives us a one-window view of all our processes. I love the Universal… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

Usually, when there's something that I need from them, I put in a request for an enhancement. It typically takes a few months, but they deliver. For instance, I have a… more»

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

I don't have pricing information, but I do know it's cheaper than our old legacy system. Other than the standard licensing fees there are no additional costs.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used a product from ASG. It was their Beta 42 solution. It's something that they purchased and it was pretty old. It ran on the mainframe. It just didn't give us the… more»

What other advice do I have?

Try it out, get to know the product and see how it works. We have two system admins or schedulers, master schedulers, me and my co-worker. In our test and dev environment… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at a few automation schedulers. The long-term direction is that we're looking at a ten-to-15-year plan to migrate off the mainframe. It made sense to get an… more»
Doug Perseghetti
Real User
Consulting Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Jul 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the reliability of the agents, because we need them accessible and we need to run stuff. The agent technology and compatibility are top-notch… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

The Universal Controller is decent for the money it costs. We host it on-promise - some local virtual servers. It still doesn't have all the features and functionality of… more»

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

There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We are still also using the IBM scheduler. But we completely switched off of the IBM agents to Stonebranch agents. So Stonebranch replaced the existing legacy system as… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you're looking at this or a similar solution, get with a company that's done it before. We have consulted with other companies and helped out a number of them to go to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We price-lined options including Computer Associates, BMC, IBM's product, etc.
User
Application Manager at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Nov 13 2018

What is most valuable?

* The possibility to connect multiple tasks in a workflow across domains and operating systems. * Also the UDM file transfers and the possibilities which can be achieved… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* 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… more»

What needs improvement?

* Virtual resource priorities could be better. * Maybe in the future, the use of queues. * Promoting objects to multiple environments at once.

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

Choose an enterprise license to have unlimited agents, tasks, etc.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used: * IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler * Redwood CPS for scheduling SAP tasks * Redwood Cronacle * Opalis, also * AT scheduling on Windows, and * Crontab scheduling. We… more»

What other advice do I have?

No additional comments.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at UC4 (Automic Software), but after evaluation, UAC had more to offer.
Real User
User at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 23 2018

What is most valuable?

Workflows in general. It's great to automate across multiple servers through multiple applications. It is also useful to be able to use the universal templates to create… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Made the job of automating tasks easier, especially tasks that cross application boundaries. Since we have applications that cross multiple platforms, this simplified… more»

What needs improvement?

The FTP tasks. Ever since UAC changed to using cURL for FTP, we have had a lot of issues. 90% or more of our FTP tasks have been moved away from the UAC task type to our… more»

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

The pricing of this product, compared to competitors is great. There is a general ease of set up for agents on all systems (except the mainframe which can be a little… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

CA7/CA11 - switched due to cost.

What other advice do I have?

UAC is a wonderful product, and as an end user, I would fully suggest looking into this product.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was not there at the time of the switch.
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What is Stonebranch Universal Automation Center?

Stonebranch provides efficient enterprise-wide workload automation software solutions that solve complex IT business processes in a simple way - from Amazon Web Services, Docker, Openstack, Hadoop, Microsoft Azure to z/OS batch processes on the mainframe.

Go with Stonebranch and automate IT business processes to achieve:

  1. Single “pane of glass” so your IT team control the status of all scripts, jobs, tasks, workflows running across all servers and VM machines.
  2. Reduce manual IT effort and increase efficiency via automated scheduling and execution of all jobs. No IT engineers manually executing tasks or scheduling activities locally on each VM.
  3. Automatic notifications and alerts (email, ticket, SNMP, SMS) if a workflow condition is not satisfied.
  4. Central repository, auditing and configuration management of all workflow logic, script definitions, job executions.
  5. Universal Automation Center provides the full hands-on experience on Premise and Cloud, get your free trial here.


Universal Automation Center (UAC) is a system of four enterprise workload automation products:

Universal Controller is the UAC workload automation and job scheduling software. A central component of the Controller is the integrated drag-and-drop workflow definition tool. This feature allows you to define workflows that closely model your business processes.

Universal Agent is a vendor-independent scheduling agent that collaborates with existing job scheduler(s) on all major computing platforms, both legacy and distributed. All schedulers that run on: z/Series, i/Series, UNIX, Linux, Windows are supported. Universal Agent can be deployed on your job scheduler server and on each machine in your environment where you need to execute batch workloads. The Agent is scheduled as a local task within your scheduler and communicates across your network to control the execution of work. Status and output are reported back to the job scheduler server in real time.

Universal Data Mover provides for the managed file transfer of files between servers and applications. UDM is a centralized and self-managing solution that provides a unified strategy for moving large files between legacy and distributed applications.

Universal Data Mover Gateway automates, secures and simplifies your B2B file transfer processes.

Stonebranch Universal Automation Center customers

Nissan, Coop, United Supermarkets, Groupon, CSC, Orbitz, Johnson & Johnson, BMW, Qantas.

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