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Pros
"It seems like it would scale well.""Having the jobs laid out while attaching dependencies is a nice addition to the program.""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.""For us, the most valuable feature of the solution is the file transfer piece and being able to automate the moving of files around between our various vendors. It reduces the time involved versus somebody having to individually move the files around.""File Watcher can run jobs when files are made available in a folder.""With a simple click of a button in self-service, the department or the user can complete his/her job.""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.""The whole product is valuable to us because of the integrations that it has with the MCP and the Windows environments. You have to have the agent on each one of them that you want to monitor. The integrations that we have created are along the lines of extracting files and sending them through SFTP to another vendor. Those are the things that were taking a lot of time away from my staff."

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"Scheduling is a good feature."

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"Stonebranch performs well, and the graphical representation is excellent. Overall, it requires more technical effort from our teams, but the solution is intuitive, so anybody can use it.""I like the dashboard and the various workflows.""The features are upgraded, and every six months they're releasing patches.""The interface is very user-friendly and easy to navigate."

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Cons
"We are still in the early stages of our implementation, so at this point, I cannot see any needed improvements or features.""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.""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.""I would like to see OpCon being accessible using a mobile app.""More functionality within self-service would be greatly appreciated.""Enterprise Manager is a little clunky which I know they're addressing in the solution's manager.""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.""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."

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"Reporting, forecasting and intelligence could be improved."

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"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.""I would rate Stonebranch somewhere in the middle for ease of setup. It wasn't too straightforward for us because our infrastructure is complex.""It's not available on the cloud, so they should take that due to safety, security, and scalability.""It can't handle negative written codes."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing is very reasonable."
  • "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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  • "Stonebranch is cheaper than Control-M, so many companies are using Stonebranch."
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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:@PhilippeLLORET, All worked out fine in the end. We had demos for all three products, and it was decided that… more »
    Top Answer:Stonebranch performs well, and the graphical representation is excellent. Overall, it requires more technical effort… more »
    Top Answer:We use Stonebranch to manage and migrate automated tasks.
    Top Answer:I'll rate Stonebranch Universal Automation Center eight out of 10.
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    Also Known As
    CA Automic Applications Manager
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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.

    AppWorx Workload Automation automates your Ellucian’s Banner or Fiserv DNA processing. This innovative, best-in-class task scheduling solution accelerates your processing, provides visibility and control over business processes, and mitigates risk in both environments.

    AppWorx Workload Automation Can:

    • Automate banner processes without writing scripts
    • Automate testing
    • Document process flows and procedures
    • Maintain a history and audit trail of production runs
    • Automate migration from development to test to production environments
    • Reduce training
    • Eliminate human errors associated with manual tasks

    Benefits of AppWorx Workload Automation For Your Ellucian’s Banner

    • Automate recurring business processes, such as administration and record-keeping, while complying with state and federal reporting requirements.
    • Batch jobs are processed accurately.
    • If there are any inconsistencies or job failures, Automic for Banner immediately sends email notifications to the appropriate personnel.
    • Significantly improve your return on investment.
    • Automating batch processing and report generation.
    • Eliminating server overload by using a combination of features (AppWorx provides queues to control the number of jobs that can be submitted to a server at any given time, can spot duplicate runs of the same reports, and can delay impromptu reports submitted by individuals until all regularly scheduled reports are processed, etc.).
    • Eliminates the need for developers to write shell, PERL, or batch scripts to automate scheduling.
    • Automatically keeps a history of every job run, the parameters that were used, and the output generated at each step. These records are readily available for viewing online and can be printed for reference.
    • Export and import utilities make migration an error-free, repeatable process. Database logins, printers, and libraries can be mapped when you are moving process flows to a new environment. Mapping eliminates potentially erroneous code changes.

    Benefits of AppWorx Workload Automation For Your Fiserv DNA Processing

    • Run DNA jobs directly, eliminating the need to copy and release queues for each batch cycle.
    • Automatically run DNA jobs at the optimum time using sophisticated scheduling.
    • Run multiple DNA jobs at the same time in parallel from one batch station.
    • Eliminate potential data entry errors by automatically retrieving parameters from your enterprise databases.
    • Automatically check the results from one step to ensure data integrity before continuing to the next step.
    • Alert production analysts to problems the instant they occur.
    • Coordinate processing steps across all software applications.
    • Automatically distribute output files to vendors.
    • Perform all operations from one GUI client.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “The most valuable feature for me is the scheduling,” says an enterprise application architect at a retailer who has been using the solution for close to 10 years.

    A manager at a tech services company adds that “The interface is good. The compliance-related features are very good.”


    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.

    Learn more about AppWorx Workload Automation
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    Sample Customers
    LOHR, Carnival Cruise Lines, Herbalife, Digital Federal Credit Union, Synergent, Frandsen Bank & Trust
    Sandvik, Hanwha Life
    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 Company24%
    Financial Services Firm23%
    Insurance Company10%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    University9%
    Real Estate/Law Firm8%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm39%
    Insurance Company13%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Retailer9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Insurance Company11%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise43%
    Large Enterprise31%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise76%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise71%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business4%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise73%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Buyer's Guide
    Workload Automation
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about BMC, SMA Technologies, HelpSystems and others in Workload Automation. Updated: June 2022.
    609,272 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    AppWorx Workload Automation is ranked 15th in Workload Automation with 1 review while Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is ranked 11th in Workload Automation with 4 reviews. AppWorx Workload Automation is rated 6.0, while Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of AppWorx Workload Automation writes "Good scheduling feature; reporting, forecasting, and intelligence could all be improved". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Stonebranch Universal Automation Center writes "Allows you to schedule jobs on applications like Informatica and SAP". AppWorx Workload Automation is most compared with Automic Workload Automation, Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation and ActiveBatch Workload Automation, whereas Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is most compared with Control-M, IBM Workload Automation, CA Workload Automation ESP, AutoSys Workload Automation and ActiveBatch Workload Automation.

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