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"The project we worked on involved the running of nearly 24,000 job instances in a single day, so I would say that the solution is stable.""The whole product is valuable because it is a tool for batch automation.""The technical support is great, the product is easy-to-use, and it is stable.""The most important feature is the creation of folders. It's a really great feature because you can organize the process with naming conventions.""Technical support from IBM is very good."

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"The biggest example in which OpCon has improved my organization is that we have to download and process files from the federal reserve several times a day. If we don't do it in a certain timeframe, we can be penalized. It's the fact that we can download these files, process them, get our accounting teams the information they need to work the exceptions that is one of the most important roles.""The most valuable feature is being able to schedule tasks so that they reliably occur each day, each week, each month, or sometimes several times a day... The scheduler works as it should.""OpCon has also reduced our data processing times because of the way you can build out workflows. It can run things in sequence. It's not restricted to a linear process, so you can run multiple jobs at once, allowing for multi-threaded jobs.""The most valuable features are its integration into Windows, into VM, and into AIX, as well as SQL.""With a simple click of a button in self-service, the department or the user can complete his/her job.""The solution has freed up employees to do more meaningful work as a result of automation. They don't have to sit there and wait for files to download. They don't have to stare at the screen while a process is running. It all runs in the background, doing it for them.""We haven't freed up a full person's job using it, but there are a good handful of people for whom it has freed up about half of their time. And those employees love it. A lot of tasks are based on certain times, and they're no longer stuck doing those things at those times. We don't have to have anybody coming in early anymore. They can focus on the processing part of their jobs instead of the file moving and downloading.""The greatness of it is the flexibility of the scheduling and the integration of all platforms and processes. We have integrated it with everything from AIX to Microsoft Servers; with pretty much anything that we can."

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Cons
"The performance of the previous versions could be better.""It is missing some features and can improve in areas where the competition is somewhat better like linking job dependencies.""It would be helpful to have a mobile app that could be used to follow the job schedule.""There should be more custom documentation, specifically around Java APIs. There should also be more training. In terms of features, we are currently using only 50% of its features. We don't use all features that are available, but there is always room for improvement in all of the tools.""It should support other schedulers that aren't IBM products."

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"I would like to see OpCon being accessible using a mobile app.""Usage is a little complex. It's not like you can bring somebody in and they can just use it. They have to be trained... As far as complexity goes, it's right up there.""Upgrading to newer versions remains complex.""Of course they have a RESTful API within OpCon, but they have that new web services agent that we installed because we have some SOAP APIs and we had to interact with SMA to get things running. Our developers did do some tweaks, but we have now been able to get some test jobs running, and understand how the workflow goes back and forth.""I might like to see a little bit more of a seamless user interface. That would be good. They're moving towards a browser-type interface, rather than the Java application that we currently use. Also, a little bit more built-in self-service would be good, rather than a standalone product.""The solution has quite a learning curve for beginners. It's challenging. I wouldn't rate it as super-easy to automate processes. It's medium-weight. I've used more complex software, but I've used simpler software.""We have not explored the possibility, but one of the areas for improvement would be more integration into Active Directory, to where it could do the creation of user accounts and the additional work to integrate third-party systems into payroll systems.""I'd like to see the product include a view where you can see everything about a specific job on a single screen."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The contract is with the customer with whom we are working, so IBM is not directly involved in this.""It is about one-third of the cost of a controller."

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"If we choose to purchase consulting hours, that is an additional cost. However, we've been lucky enough that we've not used all of our allotted consulting hours. Therefore, that is not something that we have had to purchase a lot of. The last time that we purchased consulting hours was roughly two years ago. We purchased a block of 10 for $2,500. It was $250 per hour.""The total cost of ownership is about the same to our previous product. The costs are relatively similar.""Yearly, we're paying about $62,000. OpCon has an all-inclusive feature and module license, but you pay per task.""OpCon cost us $80,000 in 2017 money, and that included everything: support, installation, onsite assistance during the conversion, etc. It's been a worthwhile investment by far.""There are different add-ons, like the Self Service or Vision model. It all depends on what agents you have in your environment. We have a mainframe and Windows, and while I think SQL is free, SAP or anything beyond that has different connectors that might need a license.""The purchasing price was in the $30,000 or $40,000 range, but I don't remember how much of that was licensing or installation and how it was broken out.""The pricing is over $100,000 for our credit union and I believe it's $89,000 for our clients, in total, annually.""Compared to AutoSys and ISE, OpCon was a lot cheaper to put in. AutoSys is hundreds of thousands of dollars to just install it because they don't have an interface into our system. You have to teach them what your system does."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The project we worked on involved the running of nearly 24,000 job instances in a single day, so I would say that the solution is stable.
Top Answer: The performance of the previous versions could be better. We encountered certain issues with the lower version of it, the 9.2. Things have greatly stabilized since then. However, as with any IBM tool… more »
Top Answer: The solution comes with a scheduler. It contains a file for receiving things from external sources. We trigger the file, on which basis the subsequent business practices are kicked off, one after the… more »
Top Answer: Often times there are criteria that cannot be determined by the system, which allows a human to make the determination and use the Self-Service Solution Manager to trigger a job.
Top Answer: This tool, like any other quality product, fits the idea of "You get what you pay for." The SMA Technologies consultants will help you get your money's worth of the products.
Top Answer: The products are extremely powerful and capable. Anytime you have such capability, the programming/configuration that goes into making it work can be complicated. Fortunately, the professionals at SMA… more »
Ranking
9th
out of 30 in Workload Automation
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8.0
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out of 30 in Workload Automation
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9.1
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Also Known As
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler, IBM TWS
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Overview
IBM Workload Automation is a complete solution for batch and real-time workload management, available for distributed mainframe or hosted in the cloud. Use it to drive business and IT workloads on hosted servers, with virtually no cost of ownership for your central server. Increase your productivity with powerful plan- and event-driven scheduling, and run and monitor your workloads wherever you are. This includes interfaces dedicated to application developers and operators, providing them both autonomy and precise governance.

OpCon is a robust and flexible platform capable of scaling up to meet the needs of clients running 140,000+ daily jobs across multiple environments and operating systems. Our proven migration framework helps clients painlessly transition from outdated or cost inefficient platforms thanks to our deep organizational expertise, REST API, and extensive library of legacy connectors. We have a variety of consulting options available for clients and offer no-cost training for the life of the contract.

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Automate repetitive tasks so you can focus on projects that drive your business forward. Find out how OpCon workload automation enables you to create repeatable, reliable workflows - all managed from a single platform.

Sample Customers
Standard Life Group, Banca Popolare di Milano, A*STAR, ArcelorMittal Gent
LOHR, Carnival Cruise Lines, Herbalife, Digital Federal Credit Union, Synergent, Frandsen Bank & Trust
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm31%
Manufacturing Company19%
University6%
Computer Software Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Financial Services Firm16%
Comms Service Provider11%
Insurance Company8%
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Financial Services Firm78%
Insurance Company8%
Government4%
Manufacturing Company2%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Financial Services Firm18%
Insurance Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
Company Size
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Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise4%
Large Enterprise88%
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise43%
Large Enterprise31%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business56%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise23%
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IBM Workload Automation is ranked 9th in Workload Automation with 5 reviews while OpCon is ranked 2nd in Workload Automation with 46 reviews. IBM Workload Automation is rated 8.0, while OpCon is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of IBM Workload Automation writes "Workload automation that helps track productivity and progress across platforms". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OpCon writes "It streamlined our processes allowing full-time employees to be repurposed". IBM Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, HCL Workload Automation, Tidal Automation and ASG-Zena, whereas OpCon is most compared with Control-M, VisualCron, Automic Workload Automation, AutoSys Workload Automation and HelpSystems AutoMate. See our IBM Workload Automation vs. OpCon report.

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