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    The File Transfer component is quite valuable. The integration with products such as Informatica and SAP are very valuable to us as well. Rather than having to build our own interface into those products, we can use the ones that come out of the box. The integration with databases is valuable as well. We use database jobs quite a bit.
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    The end code response allows us to evaluate how a process finished, set the termination/end code appropriately, and then trigger further processing based on how it ended.
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  4. ActiveBatch can automate predictable, repeatable processes very well. There is no real trick to what ActiveBatch does. ActiveBatch does exactly what you would expect a scheduling piece of software to do. It does it in a timely manner and does it with very little outside interference and fanfare. It runs when it is supposed to, and I don't have to jump through a bunch of hoops to double check it.
  5. It has been super stable. There are no complaints on stability. We would not be using it if Tidal wasn't stable.We use the solution for cross-platform and cross-application workloads. That's one of the core reasons we chose it. It's one of a few things in the industry that can be used for cross-platform integration.
  6. The monitoring and troubleshooting features are rich and with the dashboards and other features, automation work is made easier.Both the stability and the scalability of Automic Workload Automation are great.
  7. The ability to clone jobs to shorten the time it takes to implement a process has been invaluable, but its flexibility also gives us the ability to create a job that can handle a multifaceted process with a complex workflow.
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  9. The features that I have found most valuable with AutoSys are that it is scalable, easy to use, fast, and always available. That's very important because if it's not steady then it's a real problem. So, at this point, we are satisfied with it.
  10. I like the dashboard and the various workflows. The interface is very user-friendly and easy to navigate.

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Hi,  There are so many processes and tasks that can be automated in a business using a workload automation solution. When a business first introduces workload automation, what would you suggest are the best process or tasks to begin automating?  Do you have any suggestions for how to plan what to automate and at what stage?
author avatarAlain Feyereisen
Real User

I would also start with jobs related to IT infrastructure like backups, cleanup jobs, etc as they are the easiest to setup and the most vital one's for your enterprise.
This helps you also to familiarize with the tool and get ideas. At this stage you should also set up the environments (dev,test,prod,...), the development standards and a naming convention. Afterwards its more difficult to change the habits.
Involve as much persons as possible at the beginning and offer them trainings in order to get them to use the tool.
Naturally I would than migrate whenever possible the system task related entries from existing tools like cron, Windows At, IBM iSeries Jobscde, etc
in order to have a central overview of all processes with its dependencies.
When it comes to the business processes, start with the core system (most important business application) and automate the existing processes.
Think also, which additional manual processes can be automated. Start there with the one's, which are important to responsible persons an which takes time for manual processing. It is most often used as showcase to prove it's real value (time and resource saving) and promote the tool across a company.
Finally you do the processes of the remaining (satellite) systems.

author avatarreviewer1240275 (Director of Core Application Services at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees)
Real User

Running reports through automation is a good place to start. 

The risk is low and your teams will gain useful knowledge for how to execute programs on other systems through a centralized WLA tool. For any reporting tools or systems your business uses, your first step will be to find out if they have Command-Line Interfaces (CLI) or APIs that allow you to execute processes remotely, then configure your WLA system to run those. 

Many WLA solutions already have built-in connectors for various systems. So, it's likely someone has done this before for the programs and systems in your shop. Ask your WLA vendor if they can help you get started.

author avatarJonFredrickson
Real User

Start simple. Create templates that can be re-used for similar tasks. Create documentation to help keep the setup consistent.  Don't try to handle the 800-pound gorilla on day one. 

Following these initial tasks will increase confidence in your automation tool. Both from the Business and your team.

author avatarPhilippeLLORET
Real User

If we refer to the scheduling part of application servers there are 2 types of processes. Technical and business. Some may be dependent and others completely independent. For the technical part, you should provide the technical schedules necessary for the operating and security of your application environments. Scheduling backups (server and database), Scheduling tehnical process of the database (index rebuild, etc.) ...
For the business part, it is up to the business teams to express their needs in terms of automation according to their business department. (account, flow, reporting (datawhare), banking, financial, marketing, etc.) There is no order of prioritization from a scheduling point of view. It is up to the business to set its own priorities. But above all it is imperative to define the standards of coding objects. Define and install the platforms scheduling engine. (development, training, integration, preproduction, production), define the different calendars. And validate the shedules plans with the business departements on the different environments before switching to production. And first off all don't forget to contact the operating team to find out their requirements.

author avatarJean Bernard HUROU

With my experience, the first step to automate your IT Production is back-up of your servers and common infrastrcture or exploitation tasks which can run the night. After that you can automate HR software and business specific application when your workers have got a good experience.

author avatarMark Francome (The Stamford Group (has now rebranded) More Follow Visit website)
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All good answers, backups and infrastructure housekeeping are definitely the initial areas to look at. To be more specific, database backups are a great exercise as you can leverage the "standardised approach" that automation gives you (e.g. variables, error handling, reruns, site standards, etc.).

In fact, the first "mini-batch" that you will create is for the scheduling system itself; housekeeping logs, conditions, backups, hot-backups, reports, etc.

author avatarJean Bernard HUROU

I think technical tasks and business application after.

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I am researching workload automation tools. What is the best workload automation tool for the retail industry? We require up to 3000 nodes and simultaneous data transfer.
author avatarRick Kane (Tidal)

There are a number of solid workload automation solutions for the retail industry. Tidal has many large retail clients that rely on our software. You will want to make sure that the retail applications in use are supported out of the box by your selected vendor. Feel free to reach out to sales@tidalsoftware.com if you would like additional information on our solution and how it can meet your specific needs.

author avatarit_user534384 (Technical Consultant at Atgen Software Solutions LLP)

I recommend you using Atgen A2 Automation(www.atgensoft.com)

as tool offers Agent Less WLA solutions for distributed systems with

Browser based GUI. An simple product to administer and easy to use.

author avatarBartłomiej Wlazłowski

There are several solid and reliable solutions. Please look at the EMA Radar WLA report from Q42019, this is the most comprehensive study within this area. Please reach us on sales@infinitedata.com, we can provide you complimentary copy of such. We are a provider of AutomateNOW! - most moderns and comprehensive WLA solutions, also present in the retail industry.

author avatarJean Bernard HUROU

It is interesting to know complementary information so that I can suggest to you a range of potential products like:

- Are the 3000 nodes are located around a few countries or in a unique site?

- Is the plan of production for each node similar?

- What tool do you use for data transfers?

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