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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Workload Automation vs. Stonebranch Universal Automation Center and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"There are a lot of valuable features. The version that we're currently casting, Self Service, is going to be the most valuable to us. It is going to allow us to open up the doors, broaden our automation capability and help other business units to be able to automate a lot of the little things that they do from day to day. I'm really looking forward to being able to help other areas with their automation needs. Self Service is really key.""It allows us to have more information and more control than we previously had over the processes that are running in host systems.""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.""Thus far we have only had a few minor problems, all of which the vendor addressed quickly. We have not encountered any major problems. The product is very stable and reliable.""It allows batch work to run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.""There's also a self-service solution manager... that allows us to enable staff to run complex automation tasks by clicking a button and entering some information. They don't have to have access to the OpCon environment to kick off those kinds of events.""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.""It allows us to organize everything into a process flow throughout the day for our different tasks that we have to run. So, it keeps everything organized. It is easy to monitor and adjust, if we need to."

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"The technical support is great, the product is easy-to-use, and it is stable.""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.""Technical support from IBM is very good.""The most important feature is the creation of folders. It's a really great feature because you can organize the process with naming conventions."

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"The tasks are incredibly capable, and as long as you name them with a nice, uniform naming convention, they are very useful. You can create some interesting workflows through various machines, or you can just have it kick off single tasks. All in all, I really like the Universal Task. You can do some mutually exclusive stuff, such as an "A not B" kind of thing. It has a lot of capabilities behind the scenes.""The interface is very user-friendly and easy to navigate.""I like the dashboard and the various workflows."

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Cons
"There are some limitations in the actual jobs that are created and how you're able to rename files. Suppose you're bringing in, say, 10, 15, or 20 reports from a core system, and you're using an "asterisk character" to identify files. For example, if you're grabbing files that start with this, end with this, but the characters in between could be different, it has to retain that same name in the destination. It won't allow you to rename them with a date stamp or the like.""I have noticed lately that [tech support's] first answers tend to be, "Let's upgrade it to the latest and greatest first," without looking into anything. The last couple of times I've logged a ticket that's been the response, which is a little frustrating. We're not big on just upgrading on a whim. We do full testing.""Upgrading to newer versions remains complex.""I don't really think anything needs to be improved within the functionality. The only struggle I had, when I first started using it, is that it depends a lot on the command line and I didn't have that experience. So more built-in, basic commands or more education on commands would be good.""I would like to have an interface with PowerShell. PowerShell has a lot of functionality. We use it a lot because we're a Windows shop. Having a built-in tool or interface with PowerShell would go a long way.""There is some difficulty with the ease of use when I don't have some of the templates that were already created. More templates would be great. Non-core featured templates are my biggest struggle.""Some additional logging-information reporting would also help. They have all the information there but you still have to search around and look back. It's not right there for you, where you click and can get the reporting. You have to know the system and do some additional searches. So reporting is another area that they can build on by simplifying it.""Stability is an area for improvement. There are FTP agents that run on the MCP and they are there so that we can transfer a file from the MCP to the Windows environment or vice versa. Sometimes, and nobody has been able to figure out why, it just goes down, and all of my jobs that need it are hanging or failing... It would be very helpful if they could figure out what in the world is happening with that FTP client that's on the MCP."

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"The performance of the previous versions could be better.""It would be helpful to have a mobile app that could be used to follow the job schedule.""It should support other schedulers that aren't IBM products.""It is missing some features and can improve in areas where the competition is somewhat better like linking job dependencies.""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."

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"It can't handle negative written codes.""It would be ideal if they had the exact same features as the CA Workload Automation DE series. It would be helpful to have calendaring options.""There is room for improvement with its connectivity with the Microsoft SRS system. It is very weak. They keep telling us it works with it, and technically it does, but it does not provide a lot of visibility. We have lost a lot of visibility migrating to Stonebranch, compared with just running tasks on the SRS server. That's really about the only thing that is a sore point for us."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Yearly, it's around $30,000.""The total cost of ownership is about the same to our previous product. The costs are relatively similar.""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.""I believe our cost is about $150,000 annually.""This solution is slightly more expensive than our previous solution. Right now, we are paying about $40,000 a year. However, we think it's well worth the cost to keep things automated, reducing our staff.""Our annual maintenance costs are $45,000. The initial cost is separate.""Our license is for 1000 jobs. Including support, the license and upgrades are 2000 euros a month.""It's definitely worth the cost."

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"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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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Often times there are criteria that cannot be determined by the system, which allows a human to make the determination… more »
Top Answer: This tool, like any other quality product, fits the idea of "You get what you pay for." The SMA Technologies consultants… more »
Top Answer: The products are extremely powerful and capable. Anytime you have such capability, the programming/configuration that… more »
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… more »
Top Answer: The performance of the previous versions could be better. We encountered certain issues with the lower version of it… more »
Top Answer: The solution comes with a scheduler. It contains a file for receiving things from external sources. We trigger the file… more »
Top Answer: I like the dashboard and the various workflows.
Top Answer: It can't handle negative written codes. If a program was providing a negative value, it wouldn't be able to handle it… more »
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Also Known As
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler, IBM TWS
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Overview

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.

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.

The Stonebranch Workload Automation solution, part of our Universal Automation Center platform, helps organizations automate, manage, and orchestrate their IT processes - across hybrid IT environments. 


1. Workflow Orchestration and Automation: Holistically control scripts, jobs, tasks, and IT processes running across your on-prem, hybrid cloud, and/or multi-cloud environments.

2. Real-Time Automation: With our event-driven automation technology, it is now possible to achieve real-time automation across your entire hybrid IT environment.

3. Self-Service Automation: With a focus on ease-of-use, you can empower your workforce with self-service automation using member roles and permissions.

4. BI & Analytics: Centralize operational control and insight with proactive monitoring, reporting, and alerts

Product Features:

- Drag-and-drop Workflow Creation: You don’t have to be a developer to create automation. Custom scripting is a thing of the past. Easily create workflows with an intuitive drag-and-drop user interface.

- DevOps enabled: Align priorities between IT Ops and DevOps with Jobs-as-Code, Infrastructure-as-Code, and bundle-and-promote features.

- Limitless 3rd Party Integrations: Integrate into any platform or application from the mainframe to the cloud. Use pre-packaged integrations, build your own, or download integration blueprints from the community-driven opensource marketplace.

- Available on-premises or as a SaaS-based deployment, the UAC is a modern platform built to scale with your business.

Offer
Accel­er­ate dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion through work­load automation

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.

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Sample Customers
LOHR, Carnival Cruise Lines, Herbalife, Digital Federal Credit Union, Synergent, Frandsen Bank & Trust
Standard Life Group, Banca Popolare di Milano, A*STAR, ArcelorMittal Gent
Nissan, Coop, United Supermarkets, Groupon, CSC, Orbitz, Johnson & Johnson, BMW, Qantas.
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm78%
Insurance Company8%
Government4%
Manufacturing Company2%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Financial Services Firm18%
Insurance Company10%
Comms Service Provider9%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm31%
Manufacturing Company19%
University6%
Media Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Financial Services Firm16%
Comms Service Provider11%
Insurance Company8%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm47%
Insurance Company16%
Retailer11%
Computer Software Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Financial Services Firm18%
Comms Service Provider10%
Insurance Company10%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise43%
Large Enterprise31%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business56%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise23%
REVIEWERS
Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise4%
Large Enterprise88%
REVIEWERS
Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise75%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Workload Automation vs. Stonebranch Universal Automation Center and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,873 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Workload Automation is ranked 9th in Workload Automation with 5 reviews while Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is ranked 10th in Workload Automation with 4 reviews. IBM Workload Automation is rated 8.0, while Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is rated 9.0. 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 Stonebranch Universal Automation Center writes "Allows us to streamline the workflow so that the machines aren't sitting idle, and production is much quicker". IBM Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, HCL Workload Automation, Tidal Automation and CA Workload Automation CA 7, whereas Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, CA Workload Automation ESP, ActiveBatch Workload Automation and ASG-Zena. See our IBM Workload Automation vs. Stonebranch Universal Automation Center report.

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