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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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Stonebranch enhanced the digital transformation at our company, through the dashboard. We run a customized dashboard for… 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… 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… 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… 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… more»
Anonymous User
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… 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… more»

What needs improvement?

There is a component called the OMS, which is the message broker. We rely on infrastructure, resiliency, and availability… 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… more»

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… more»
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Anonymous User
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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

* We migrated multiple scheduling applications to UAC for less costs and more efficient management. * Scripting is also… more»

What needs improvement?

* Virtual resource priorities could be better. * Maybe in the future, the use of queues. * Promoting objects to multiple… more»

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… more»

What other advice do I have?

No additional comments.
Anonymous User
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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Made the job of automating tasks easier, especially tasks that cross application boundaries. Since we have applications… 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… 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… 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.
Anonymous User
Real User
User at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Oct 23 2018

What is most valuable?

Workflow editor and the ability to visually see how a particular job or set or jobs will run together, when and under what conditions.

How has it helped my organization?

UAC has improved our organization by exposing many dependencies between our batch jobs that would not be visible before. This helped us improve our… more»

What needs improvement?

REST API can be improved by exposing more information about running instances. For example, the failed error message of a Stored procedure task… more»

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

No.

What other advice do I have?

Keep up the great work and awesome support!
Anonymous User
Real User
User
Nov 21 2018

What is most valuable?

* The layout of the UI is solid. * It has really helped scale automation efforts. * I also like the existing templates.

How has it helped my organization?

The organization supports an application which impacts multiple platforms. This has helped a great deal with the initial setup and ongoing… more»

What needs improvement?

* FTP tasks have been an issue. * It has also been challenging to support PGP encryption which is a fairly standard encryption method.

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

Found it to be reasonable and worth the investment.

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

At other organizations, I have used CA Unicenter. It was OK, but on working with UAC, I prefer this tool.
Anonymous User
Real User
BI - BO Data Services Architect with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 20 2018

What is most valuable?

* Ready-to-use standard API or interfaces available, and flexible scheduling. * The beautiful part of scheduling is you… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It really helped with the heavy lifting of the integration and scheduling gaps within our MDM solution and other systems… more»

What needs improvement?

For me, Stonebranch can do more than integration and scheduling, like real-time interfacing services and point-to-point to… more»

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

I'm very much pleased with the setup process or installation process, and licensing.

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

We didn't have one enterprise scheduling to automation tool before Stonebranch. With Stonebranch, we are able to bring all… more»

What other advice do I have?

No.
Anonymous User
Real User
User at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Oct 23 2018

What is most valuable?

From a Product Owner perspective, I can say that for me, the most valuable features are: web interface, business services allowing to segregate users, reporting capabilities.

How has it helped my organization?

It provides good automation capabilities, our company decided that UAC will be a group standard. It provides great value to our business.

What needs improvement?

In my opinion, training materials and FAQ/support should be improved. For people who start using UAC in a DevOps model, it's hard to understand configuration and how UAC works, how to… more»

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

No.
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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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