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VisualCron is #5 ranked solution in top Managed File Transfer (MFT) tools, #6 ranked solution in top Workload Automation tools, and #8 ranked solution in best RPA tools. IT Central Station users give VisualCron an average rating of 10 out of 10. VisualCron is most commonly compared to Microsoft Power Automate:VisualCron vs Microsoft Power Automate. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 26% of all views.
What is VisualCron?

VisualCron combines many features into one product. Through scheduling you can set your Jobs to run on a specific time or event. The Tasks in each Job automate scripts and eliminate human errors. Through various Tasks you can integrate different systems through file transfer and conversion.

VisualCron Buyer's Guide

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VisualCron Customers

7 Eleven, ABB Sécheron SA, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Amazon Europe Core, Apple, Assa Abloy, Aston Martin, Banco Santander, BMW (Australia)

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about VisualCron pricing:
  • "The pricing is extremely fair, and because of that I recommend purchasing multiple instances to split out the processing load across multiple application servers."
  • "We are fine with a rather cheap setup. Licensing with VisualCron is fair. You have a simple one-year licence in different sizes. There isn't a licensing jungle with hundreds of options and opt-ins."
  • "ROI is one month."
  • "ROI is 95 percent."

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reviewer1365099
Director of IT at a recruiting/HR firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
Has made us more efficient, eliminating manual processes that free up our employees to take on more of their prioritized projects on a daily basis

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "VisualCron seems to operate like an efficient machine when it comes to improvements and enhancements and new features. I always appreciate the quick response I get when bringing up an issue or coming up with suggestions. I've mentioned before that it would be great to see a move away from SQLCE and XML configuration files."

What is our primary use case?

We use this product for practically everything when it comes to data management and much more. We've been able to automate a great number of processes that make us more efficient, eliminating manual processes that free up our employees to take on more of their prioritized projects on a daily basis. It also greatly helps with communication, whether it be for error reporting or status reporting. It's hard to come up with a primary use case when we've been able to improve so many different processes.

How has it helped my organization?

VisualCron has helped us with regular processing and simple tasks, but a key advantage to using it is the ability to automate practically any process. There are so many different task types, it would be difficult to find a problem that a VisualCron job couldn't solve. 

We were on a proprietary platform that handled all of our data management needs, but the implementation of VisualCron has rendered that platform almost obsolete. The only thing we use it for now is configuration. 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.

What is most valuable?

The Database, Process and File tasks are probably the most used task types for our operation. A lot of these powerful tasks are used in a single job, taking on a workflow that formerly required multiple systems, third party components, and/or software programs to assemble a complete process. VisualCronv is currently handling so many different critical processes for our company, it's become a key factor in our livelihood and success. This tool has also sparked a lot of innovation from our analysts and developers.

What needs improvement?

VisualCron seems to operate like an efficient machine when it comes to improvements and enhancements and new features. I always appreciate the quick response I get when bringing up an issue or coming up with suggestions. I've mentioned before that it would be great to see a move away from SQLCE and XML configuration files.

VisualCron support was lightning quick starting a response to this suggestion by allowing configuration of the location of log data, so I'm sure a move to persist everything to any version of SQL Server is close.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using VisualCron for 4+ years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've yet to experience a situation where this platform has become unstable, and the logging/communication features provide a high level of comfort for any IT professional.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The ability to host separate instances on different servers leads me to believe that there shouldn't be a user out there with a bad impression. There are certain task types that can be used to perform operations that could put a significant load on a server, but these tasks are only as stable as the responsible developer using them. That said, there are plenty of debugging and logging configurations and features to help make any task stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

VisualCron technical support has been second to none. The turnaround on bug fixes, enhancements, and new features in the release cycle is very impressive. I deal with many third parties and I've never seen anything like it.

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

We were stuck using SSIS and a proprietary portal/service, which involved a lot of from-the-ground-up development, working with several third-party components that had to be maintained and supported. After experiencing the power of this product, it was very easy to make the switch.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very straightforward, as easy as installation and basic configuration.

What about the implementation team?

The setup of VisualCron is so straightforward, only one IT professional was required to get it up and running. Once live, I recommend enforcing best practices and the use of variables to prevent hard-coding key values that could change during the lifetime of the software.

What was our ROI?

Our ROI is incalculable. This tool has prevented the need for an uncountable number of development projects and has eliminated countless manual tasks that have sprung up in the daily activities brought on by the whirlwind nature of the business we're in.

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

The pricing is extremely fair, and because of that, I recommend purchasing multiple instances to split out the processing load across multiple application servers.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We found VisualCron on the web very early in the process, which stopped our research dead in its tracks.

What other advice do I have?

It's been a lifesaver.

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.
reviewer1360629
Sr. IT ERP Specialist at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Sends error alerts on job failure to appropriate IT and/or business contacts

Pros and Cons

  • "'ve only had a few cases where I've had to request support in the past 12 years of use, but the support response time and resolution were was extremely quick."
  • "I would like for VisualCron to expand audit log to show who changed job variables that are initialized per job run."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for automating encryption and transfer of files between our internal systems and systems of our business partners.        

How has it helped my organization?

We were using custom-coded solutions for encryption and sFTPing files, which required developer time and maintenance. VisualCron enabled us to create these types of jobs very easily without developer time. By renewing our maintenance agreement, we stay on top of security requirement changes.

What is most valuable?

  • Post-sales support: I've only had a few cases where I've had to request support in the past 12 years of use, but the support response time and resolution were was extremely quick.

  • Ability to use job variables within a job. This allows us to make reusable job templates for similar activities and just update the job variables associated with the new instance.

  • Branching logic and conditional execution of tasks within a job.
  • Logging and ability to send error alerts on job failure to appropriate IT and/or business contacts.

What needs improvement?

I would like for VisualCron to expand audit log to show who changed job variables that are initialized per job run.

Add additional security to control visibility and/or modification of jobs to different roles or persons. This would allow the shared use of a common server while avoiding accidental changes to jobs by persons who shouldn't be able to maintain them.        

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using VisualCron for 12 years (since 2008).

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's been very solid.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I've seen no performance issues as we increased usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've very rarely had to reach out to support, but the response time and resolution was very quick in the few incidents I needed to reach out.

They also have an active user community forum which is helpful for learning.

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

We used "homegrown" code along with other vendor libraries. VisualCron is easier to maintain and can be done by non-developers, allowing us use our developer resources more efficiently.

How was the initial setup?

Easy setup.

What about the implementation team?

We had an in-house setup.

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

VisualCron is easy to set up and use with good documentation.

I suggest having two licenses, one for production and another for development/testing.
(jobs / settings can be exported from one system to the other allowing easy migration after test validation). Having two environments will allow you to test server upgrades and/or VisualCron upgrades without impacting your production environment).

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not; this was a good fit and reasonably priced.

What other advice do I have?

VisualCron has enabled us to efficiently automate and maintain many tasks with minimal effort from our internal IT resources.  I strongly recommend it.

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.
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reviewer1349754
Product Owner Insight & Analytics Platform at Otto (GmbH & Co KG)
Real User
Top 10
Internal customers are able to perform their tasks without the IT department's assistance

Pros and Cons

  • "It has improved our organization with more automation within the business departments and less administration and development in the IT department. Usually, as the IT department, we are the bottleneck for many requirements within the business. With this tool, the business departments are able to perform many task themselves."
  • "Our suggestion to make it better and more manageable in terms of GDPR: Implement it in a very partnership way."

What is our primary use case?

It is quick and easy to use scheduling and some simple SQL jobs. We have some tools to automate our stuff, including CI/CD stuff (like Jenkins) and building pipelines. For the every day business user, this is way too complicated. It breaks a fly on the wheel for these sort of requirements. VisualCron is a handy tool that we (the IT department) provide for the business departments to obtain easy access when automating and scheduling. We absolutely love this nifty piece of software.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our organization with more automation within the business departments and less administration and development in the IT department. Usually, as the IT department, we are the bottleneck for many requirements within the business. With this tool, the business departments are able to perform many task themselves.

What is most valuable?

Simplicity is the most valuable feature. You just use the tool. Some preferences and permissions are not quite self-explanatory, but those are rather advanced features. Our internal customers are able to perform their tasks without our assistance.

What needs improvement?

The guys work very hard and that amazes us with every major release. Our suggestion to make it better and more manageable in terms of GDPR: Implement it in a very partnership way. 

For how long have I used the solution?

Over five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has worked like a charm for five years. We have had more problems with the Windows Server beneath it than with VisualCron.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability seems possible, but currently we are using a small setup without the need to scale.

How are customer service and technical support?

Those guys are amazing. Their support answers quickly. 

Michael and Henrik are always friendly and competent. I love them. 

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

We still use other software for similar tasks, but those are with DevOps in mind. Those are way too complicated for business users. If you're looking for a GUI tool, VisualCron is the best that we have found so far

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

In-house: It was a simple setup.

What was our ROI?

Don't know the number, but very high. 

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

We are fine with a rather cheap setup. Licensing with VisualCron is fair. You have a simple one-year licence in different sizes. There isn't a licensing jungle with hundreds of options and opt-ins.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

OpenStudio, Airflow, and Talend.

What other advice do I have?

I absolutely love these guys. We have had web sessions, mails, and forum support. There are always friendly and very quick regarding understanding problems and answering.

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.
reviewer1356075
ICT at Bouw Logistic Services
Real User
Top 20
Automates different steps in your business processes

Pros and Cons

  • "VisualCron is a very powerful program to automate different steps in your business processes. We use it to automate replacing files and inform departments about the replacement."
  • "There are some conditions in the mail trigger, but you can only use them as an "AND" condition, not as an "OR" condition. This is an improvement that could be useful. For example, some people put "invoice" in the subject and others put "invoice" in the body. If I want to make a trigger for everybody whose sending invoices, I have to make two jobs for this now."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for replacing files from our FTP server to our network work folders or as an email selector for invoices. We receive invoices into a certain mailbox depending on the sender address where we make mail triggers. In the trigger, we can manage what to do with the attachments:

  1. We put the invoice into a process folder. 
  2. We put the attachments into a subfolder where we merge the invoice with attachments. 
  3. Once you make the job/trigger in every mail, it is processed automatically.

How has it helped my organization?

VisualCron is a very powerful program to automate different steps in your business processes. We use it to automate replacing files and inform departments about the replacement.

What is most valuable?

Mail trigger: When a mail is delivered into a specific inbox, you can fire off your task depending on this.

Event trigger: When a file is placed in a certain folder, you fire off your task depending on this.

There are a lot of tasks that you can use for all kinds of stuff. 

It's very useful to use variables which help you to specify some jobs.

The forum is very useful.

What needs improvement?

There are some conditions in the mail trigger, but you can only use them as an "AND" condition, not as an "OR" condition. This is an improvement that could be useful. For example, some people put "invoice" in the subject and others put "invoice" in the body. If I want to make a trigger for everybody whose sending invoices, I have to make two jobs for this now.

For how long have I used the solution?

Seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Very good.

How are customer service and technical support?

Michael and Henrik from support are very kind, helpful, and almost always available for questions when there is something wrong with a job (you have made), but is not working anymore. The have helped me often with different things. 

The forum is very useful for solutions on things you want to change or problems you are struggling with.

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

No.

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward with the help of support.

What about the implementation team?

In-house.

What was our ROI?

One month.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
reviewer1346658
Senior Sitecore Developer at XCentium
Real User
Top 20
Helped us reduce manual steps

What is our primary use case?

We set up nightly sync tasks in which it is making different requests.

How has it helped my organization?

Helped us reduce manual steps.

What is most valuable?

Nightly sync tasks.

What needs improvement?

The error timeout and info could be better. When making web request calls, it will time out sometimes and we won't get any useful info out of the error response.

For how long have I used the solution?

Since 2017.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Nine out of 10.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Eight out of 10

How are customer service and technical support?

Support is AAA+, fast, and very detailed. 

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

Yes, but VisualCron was…

What is our primary use case?

We set up nightly sync tasks in which it is making different requests.

How has it helped my organization?

Helped us reduce manual steps.

What is most valuable?

Nightly sync tasks.

What needs improvement?

The error timeout and info could be better. When making web request calls, it will time out sometimes and we won't get any useful info out of the error response.

For how long have I used the solution?

Since 2017.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Nine out of 10.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Eight out of 10

How are customer service and technical support?

Support is AAA+, fast, and very detailed. 

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

Yes, but VisualCron was chosen by our client. 

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

In-house.

What was our ROI?

ROI is 95 percent.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am not be aware of what our clients evaluated as other tools.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

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