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We performed a comparison between ActiveBatch Workload Automation and Automic Workload Automation based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Workload Automation solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed ActiveBatch Workload Automation vs. Automic Workload Automation Report (Updated: November 2022).
654,218 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"Last year, we added a second environment and the OpCon Deploy product. This has allowed us to build a testing environment. This has been a great addition for us as we can work through our workflows without disrupting our production environment.""With a simple click of a button in self-service, the department or the user can complete his/her job.""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.""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.""We're also starting to use its Self Service and Solution Manager. My team in the data center and some of the development team use the Self Service. Developers are using the Self Service for upon-request jobs for their testing. They used to have to go through us to schedule testing and now they can just go on and kick it off all they want. They have also really appreciated that they have access to view and/or submit jobs.""Having the jobs laid out while attaching dependencies is a nice addition to the program.""Reliability is always important, and the reliability of the system is outstanding.""It seems like it would scale well."

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"ActiveBatch's Self-Service Portal allows our business units to run and monitor their own workloads. They can simply run and review the logs, but they can't modify them. It increases their productivity because they are able to take care of things on their own. It saves us time from having to rerun the scripts, because the business units can just go ahead and log in and and rerun it themselves.""Easy to configure and simple to develop new features.""ActiveBatch can automate predictable, repeatable processes very well. There is no real trick to what ActiveBatch does. ActiveBatch does exactly what you would expect a scheduling piece of software to do. It does it in a timely manner and does it with very little outside interference and fanfare. It runs when it is supposed to, and I don't have to jump through a bunch of hoops to double check it.""I found ActiveBatch Workload Automation to be a very good scheduling tool. What I like best about it is that it has very less downtime when managing many complex scheduling workflows, so I'm very impressed with ActiveBatch Workload Automation.""The most valuable feature is its stability. We've only had very minor issues and generally they have happened because someone has applied a patch on a Windows operating system and it has caused some grief. We've actually been able to resolve those issues quite quickly with ActiveBatch. In all the time that I've had use of ActiveBatch, it hasn't failed completely once. Uptime is almost 100 percent.""We leverage the solution's native integrations regularly. We have to get files from a remote server outside the organization, and even send things outside the organization. We use a lot of its file manipulation and SFTP functionality for contacting remote servers.""One of the most valuable features of this solution is the versatility of the prebuilt jobs."

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"The feature that I have found most valuable is that we can control between a lot of operating systems and other products because we have a lot of old and new products in our environment. It helps us to control all of them together.""The most valuable features are the predefined templates for application-specific jobs and the access for different users.""The monitoring and troubleshooting features are rich and with the dashboards and other features, automation work is made easier.""Automic is 99 percent stable. We've never had a problem with stability.""The reason we went with Automic is very simple. We were using ESP, which was a Broadcom product. So, Automic happened to be a natural fit. It was a much easier transition from ESP to Automic. We had familiarity with the vendor and the product.""The most valuable features are its robustness, it's highly scalable, and it's easy to implement.""The solution includes many features and is scalable and stable.""Both the stability and the scalability of Automic Workload Automation are great."

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Cons
"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.""It would be great if you could create physically separate "clients," as I call them. I wish I could have a production client and a testing client and that they would be separate.""The FICS integration is a little bit clunky. We've had some tickets with their support team, and sometimes they couldn't figure it out, but that probably has more to do with FICS than with OpCon.""The logs are a little daunting to look at the first few times, however, as you begin to understand what you're looking at, it becomes easier.""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.""Enterprise Manager is a little clunky which I know they're addressing in the solution's manager.""We are still in the early stages of our implementation, so at this point, I cannot see any needed improvements or features.""More functionality within self-service would be greatly appreciated."

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"A cloud option is not provided as a free feature, making it a costly solution for smaller organizations.""Any product is going to have some room for improvement, no matter what. I see the company has already ventured into AWS and they're constantly trying to improve the managed file transfer which they have recently improvised. I think they bought a software called JSCAPE and they're trying to improve it, which is good. I am not sure if JSCAPE would be part of the base product but currently, you have to buy a separate license for it, which doesn't make sense. If it was Microsoft, ServiceNow, or integrating with other software vendors, I would understand but JSCAPE is now in-house and I'm not sure if they can justify having a separate license for JSCAPE. I would probably expect them to be packaging JSCAPE into the base product. They did switch over from a perpetual license model to a subscription model, which hurt the company a little bit. Nobody is offering the perpetual model anymore. As long as the transition is fair for both the companies, I think it should be fine and not burn us out.""Between version 10 and version 12 there was a change. In version 10, they had each object in its own folder. But on the back end, they saw it at the root level. So when we moved over to version 12, everything was in the same area mixed together. It was incredibly difficult and we actually had to create our own folders and move those objects—like schedules, jobs, user accounts—and manually put those into folders, whereas the previous version already had it.""An area for improvement in ActiveBatch Workload Automation is its interface or GUI. It could be a little better. There isn't any additional feature I'd like to see in the tool, except for the GUI, everything looks good.""The reporting needs improvement. There is a real need for the ability to generate audit reports on the fly. It needs to be a lot easier than what I can do right now. This is a major item for me.""They have some crucial design flaws within the console that still need to be worked out because it is not working exactly how we hoped to see it, e.g., just some minor things where when you hit the save button, then all of a sudden all your job's library items collapse. Then, in order to continue on with your testing, you have to open those back up. I have taken that to them, and they are like, "Yep. We know about it. We know we have some enhancements that need to be taken care of. We have more developers now." They are working towards taking the minor things that annoy us, resolving them, and getting them fixed.""A nice thing to have would be the ability to comfortably pass variables from one job to another. That was one of the things that I found difficult."

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"The web-based edition is missing a lot of the most important features available in Automic, we have absence. For example, when I'm scheduling a job, there is normally a flag that you can toggle to activate and deactivate the task, but that doesn't work properly in the web version. It's missing a lot of the calendar and scheduling features.""This solution's out-of-box automation sets could be improved. They could be industry standardized out-of-box, or even runbook automation processes could be useful—just some plug-and-play automation processes out-of-box. It has many integration capabilities, from APIs to databases, but if the customer sees some out-of-box automation processes in it, it could be useful.""In most of the packages available, it took time to study and gain knowledge of the features and resources due to poor documentation.""In terms of what can be improved, we are in Israel, so we work in Hebrew. Now they are starting to move it also from English to Hebrew and to support the language, but for us it has been very difficult because the Hebrew looks like gibberish. So there are language issues.""There are pain points, like anything else. Sometimes, things they say work, and sometimes, they don't work. You need to find out why they don't work and then go back and have them fixed.""The pricing has the potential to be high.""The manage file transfer area could be better. The file transfer area needs improvement. Other products like Control-M have some good features in this area.""There are some monitoring features that could be added."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "We currently renewed with one of their new technology bundles. It's around $36,000 annually. We run a query of our SQL in our SQL database to see how many jobs we run. They're charging us per usage and whatever add-ons you want to use with OpCon."
  • "It used to be per machine, so we had X number of devices licensed. Now it's not. If we had a lot of machines, the new license might've decreased the cost. Unfortunately, we didn't see the same gains."
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  • "The pricing was fair. There are additional costs for the plugins. We have the standard licensing fees for different pieces, then we have the plugins which were add-ons. However, we expected that."
  • "I like ActiveBatch Workload Automation's licensing model because they're not holding you down on an agentless model or agent model, where every server needs to have an agent. That's the main selling point of the solution and I hope they stay that way."
  • "If you compare ActiveBatch licensing to Control-M, you're looking at $50,000 as opposed to millions."
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  • "There are different licensing fees for cases where high availability is important."
  • "They have changed the pricing on their licensing, and it's cheaper than before."
  • "Its price is way up there with BMC. It is a little bit on the expensive side."
  • "This solution is pretty well-priced."
  • "I'm not sure about licensing costs, but I know the base price is about $3,000, and you can get some kind of discount per node."
  • "The pricing is based on the number of servers and agents."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the automation in general.
    Top Answer:The licensing and pricing model changed this last year, so we're getting used to that. I think it's ultimately going to… more »
    Top Answer:I'm sure there's plenty that could be improved, but some of the biggest pain points aren't necessarily a fault of OpCon… more »
    Top Answer:I found ActiveBatch Workload Automation to be a very good scheduling tool. What I like best about it is that it has very… more »
    Top Answer:I don't have information on the licensing costs of ActiveBatch Workload Automation because a different team handles… more »
    Top Answer:An area for improvement in ActiveBatch Workload Automation is its interface or GUI. It could be a little better. There… more »
    Top Answer:I use Automic Workload Automation for SAP-related use cases. They are primarily functional and nonfunctional job… more »
    Top Answer:I would tell potential customers that they must use third-party software like Control-M, Stonebranch, AutoSys, or Tidal… more »
    Top Answer:@PhilippeLLORET, All worked out fine in the end. We had demos for all three products, and it was decided that… more »
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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.

    Orchestrate your entire tech stack with ActiveBatch Workload Automation and Enterprise Job Scheduling. Build and centralize end-to-end workflows under a single pane of glass. Seamlessly manage systems, applications, and services across your organization. Eliminate manual workflows with ActiveBatch so you can focus on higher value activities that drive your company forward.

    Limitless Endpoints: Use native integrations and our low-code REST API adapter to connect to any server, any application, any service.

    Proactive Support Model: 24/7- US-based support and predictive diagnostics.

    Low Code Drag-and-Drop GUI: Easily build reliable, customizable, end-to-end processes.

    Deliver the fully agile enterprise using CA Automic Workload Automation 

    The modern enterprise needs to orchestrate a complex, diverse landscape of applications, platforms and technologies. Workload automation can prove a critical differentiator, but only if it provides intelligent automation driven by data analytics.

    The IT landscape is currently more complex than ever: Islands of automation are a barrier to scaling and standardizing your workload activities. Processing errors are common because of manual handoffs. And the lack of an end-to-end view of the business process make inefficiencies and problems difficult to resolve. In addition to this, you are operating 24x7 and cannot find maintenance windows to upgrade your infrastructure in order to innovate. 

    CA Automic Workload Automation gives you the agility, speed, visibility and scalability needed to respond to the constantly changing technology landscape. It centrally manages and automates the execution of business processes end-to-end; across mainframe, cloud and hybrid environments in a way that never stops—even when doing an upgrade to the next version.

    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
    Informatica, D&H, ACES, PrimeSource, Sub-Zero Group, SThree, Lamar Advertising, Subway, Xcel Energy, Ignite Technologies, Whataburger, Jyske Bank, Omaha Children's Hospital
    ING, Adidas, 84.51, ESB
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm78%
    Insurance Company8%
    Government4%
    Manufacturing Company2%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Insurance Company10%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Insurance Company38%
    Venture Capital & Private Equity Firm15%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Leisure / Travel Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Retailer7%
    Insurance Company7%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm32%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Insurance Company10%
    Retailer10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise41%
    Large Enterprise31%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise78%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise68%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise66%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Buyer's Guide
    ActiveBatch Workload Automation vs. Automic Workload Automation
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about ActiveBatch Workload Automation vs. Automic Workload Automation and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    ActiveBatch Workload Automation is ranked 6th in Workload Automation with 7 reviews while Automic Workload Automation is ranked 5th in Workload Automation with 9 reviews. ActiveBatch Workload Automation is rated 8.8, while Automic Workload Automation is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of ActiveBatch Workload Automation writes "We can automate just about anything". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Automic Workload Automation writes "It's a stable solution for scheduling finance-related tasks". ActiveBatch Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, VisualCron, JAMS and Fortra GoAnywhere MFT, whereas Automic Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, AppWorx Workload Automation, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and ASG-Zena. See our ActiveBatch Workload Automation vs. Automic Workload Automation report.

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