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CA Workload Automation ESP OverviewUNIXBusinessApplication

CA Workload Automation ESP is #12 ranked solution in top Workload Automation tools. IT Central Station users give CA Workload Automation ESP an average rating of 8 out of 10. CA Workload Automation ESP is most commonly compared to Control-M:CA Workload Automation ESP vs Control-M. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a financial services firm, accounting for 25% of all views.
What is CA Workload Automation ESP?

Hosted on z Systems™, CA Workload Automation ESP Edition (ESP) utilizes an object-oriented architecture to reduce and simplify scheduling definitions. Operations and application development teams can easily define schedules and calendars once and reuse them many times.

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Assistant Vice President at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
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Stable, connects with everything, and has great technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution can scale."
  • "The new version is going to have more web services where you could string together various web services so that you can create a workflow across multiple web services, which I don't think is there today."

What is our primary use case?

We use it pretty much for all of our scheduling needs across many of our business development groups.

What is most valuable?

Its ability just to connect to anything is its most valuable aspect. You can install it on any type of server, and you can run it and you're on a single point where you can interact with all of the enterprise systems.

The stability is good.

The solution can scale.

Technical support has been excellent.

What needs improvement?

The new version is going to have more web services where you could string together various web services so that you can create a workflow across multiple web services, which I don't think is there today. It's not easy to do today. You have to use other tools to accomplish things. However, if the functionality exists, we haven't tested that out yet.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for ten years at this point. It's been a decade or so. I've used it for a while.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is pretty good. Occasionally we run out of space. Mainly, its developer does something and it goes into a loop and causes problems. However, we have monitoring tools in place to watch for that. It's only occasionally that we hit limitations with it. However, it's nothing that we aren't able to work around or get a good response from Broadcom on.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable. We have it set up so we have agent servers. This product's installed on 20 or 40 servers right now. We could just add more if we wanted to. It's just the licensing fee. You pay per license per server, so you could put it on any number of them - which makes it very scalable.

We have 150 developers who are on it currently.

How are customer service and technical support?

There was a time where we had issues with technical support, however, as of late, they've been very responsive. We don't have any issues anymore. We're satisfied with their most recent level of service.

How was the initial setup?

We've had this solution for years now, and I wasn't a part of the original group that set it up. Therefore, I can't speak to how easy or difficult it is to implement.

We have a team of five or six people who can handle the maintenance aspect. We also have a couple of contractors.

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

My manager deals with procurement. Therefore, I don't really have visibility on the exact pricing. I'm not sure if it's comparable to other options on the market.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other solutions, however, we looked ten or so years ago. It's been a long time. We may have looked at AutoSys and Control-M.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers and end-users. 

We're on version 12.2, however, we're upgrading to 12.3. We did migrate it to the cloud, however, it still automates some of our on-prem servers. 

I would advise potential new users to just test it and try to find its stress points relative to your organization.

I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

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