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ASG-Zena OverviewUNIXBusinessApplication

ASG-Zena is #11 ranked solution in top Workload Automation tools. IT Central Station users give ASG-Zena an average rating of 10 out of 10. ASG-Zena is most commonly compared to Control-M:ASG-Zena vs Control-M. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 31% of all views.
What is ASG-Zena?

ASG-Zena is a robust, enterprise-wide workload management solution for distributed operations environments that support “event-based” scheduling as well as traditional time and date-based scheduling methodologies.

ASG-Zena provides non-invasive integration of legacy applications, ERP, and newer, “message aware” environments such as .NET and J2EE that offer advanced IT process automation. From a single console, users can manage workloads and several scheduling points across multiple platforms, including Windows , as well as multiple UNIX and Linux operating environments and on the AS/400. ASG-Zena improves efficiency and reduces costs. It also offers exception-based management, a highly scalable component-based architecture, fault tolerance, role-based security, and graphical drag-and-drop workload definition. (https://www.asg.com/Smart-Catalog/ASG-Zena.aspx)

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WM
Enterprise Business Intelligence Administration and Management at a government with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 10
A stable and reliable product that provides quick visualizations to see where things are

Pros and Cons

  • "I have found the scheduling feature the most valuable. I can map dependencies by using ASG-Zena. It gives a nice, quick visualization as to where things are."
  • "The scheduling mapping is a little disjointed. There is no wizard-type approach. There are a lot of different things that you have to do in completely different areas. They could probably add the functionality for creating all components of a mapping or an OPA schedule. The component creation could be done collectively rather than through individual components."

What is our primary use case?

We use it across mainframe Linux and Windows environments for batch and full workflow dependency. We do a lot of ETLs, so there are a huge number of dependencies, such as, get the flat file from an SFTP or call a script to pull the data out of a data structure. If you don't have the data, then nothing else should run.

How has it helped my organization?

It has replaced every single Windows Task Manager or Task Scheduler. 

What is most valuable?

I have found the scheduling feature the most valuable. I can map dependencies by using ASG-Zena. It gives a nice, quick visualization as to where things are.

What needs improvement?

The scheduling mapping is a little disjointed. There is no wizard-type approach. There are a lot of different things that you have to do in completely different areas. 

They could probably add the functionality for creating all components of a mapping or an OPA schedule. The component creation could be done collectively rather than through individual components.

For how long have I used the solution?

It has been there in our organization for about five years. I have been using it for about a year and a half.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable and reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is a bit hard because we're using up more licensing than the agency that originally implemented it. It has an agent licensing model versus a core model, which is another reason why we're in the process of looking at a CA product. 

ASG-Zena is controlled through a sub-agency division and is actually managed by a third-party vendor. Anytime we want something changed or updated, we have to actually go through a long chain and so many people, which then impacts the midday running or overnight running of the processes. There's another agency that has just recently implemented a CA product, which only needs to do one schedule. They bought this big package, and all they need to do is one schedule. We're going to take over their product and its implementation. Next year, we're planning on migrating all of our around 300 schedules from ASG-Zena to CA, primarily because we will have direct control.

We currently have five users who are referred to as developer users. They monitor the systems and schedules, pick up on when something fails, and then make corrections to whatever they need to. There are three administrators, and only these administrators can restart a schedule.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't used their technical support.

What other advice do I have?

It is a very stable product, and it has a long-term history of reliability. However, in our organization, we're moving away from mainframes. They just do not fit with where we're going architecturally. My advice would be to not go for mainframe solutions because mainframes are dead. 

I would rate ASG-Zena an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
CS
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Helps keep the business running 24/7 and has good integration

Pros and Cons

  • "We haven't had any problems since we installed it. It runs as expected, we haven't had any critical problems. It helps keeps the business running 24/7."
  • "In the next release, I would like the user experience to be improved. The user interface should be more appealing to gen-z."

What is our primary use case?

We are looking to use Zena for automation on the mainframe but for now, we use it for scheduling batch jobs but only for Migos applications. We're looking to expand it for application planning on the mainframe.

We want it to mitigate human errors and do end to end batch processing. We only use it now for Linux and Windows. We want to use it for various platforms. Our IT Infrastructure is very diverse and we want Zena to replace human intervention. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using ASG-Zena for around ten years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's pretty stable. We want it to also work with another ASG product for file transfers. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's scalable. It works on various platforms which is important for us. We don't want a solution that only works on Windows. We have a complex IT infrastructure. 

We have around ten applications running on it.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have a good relationship with their local executives. Their support is good. 

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

We didn't previously use a different solution. ASG meets all of our requirements. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was pretty complex. We had big plans for it. We got the whole package but later on, the business realized they only needed a certain part. It's under-utilized in my company. 

What about the implementation team?

A partner did the installation for us. The deployment took around six months. 

The installation required four of my team members and six employees from the partner. Four employees currently do the maintenance. 

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

Our licensing costs have changed since we bought it. There are no additional costs to the standard licensing. 

What other advice do I have?

I would rate it a ten out of ten because we are happy with it. 

I would recommend using this solution on Linux or AIX because the performance is better. It's more secure and stable. 

We haven't had any problems since we installed it. It runs as expected, we haven't had any critical problems. It helps keep the business running 24/7. 

There is a lot to learn from it. Zena can be used in many applications.

In the next release, I would like the user experience to be improved. The user interface should be more appealing to gen-z. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.