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IBM Workload Automation vs. OpCon
July 2022
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Pros
"The support from Cisco is very good. I was with them as a company for 40 years""The whole product is valuable because it is a tool for batch automation.""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.""This solution has a request feature where users can request the added features they need to have developed. Based on client voting for those features, these are developed and released."

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"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.""The end code response allows us to evaluate how a process finished, set the termination/end code appropriately, and then trigger further processing based on how it ended.""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.""It seems like it would scale well.""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.""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.""MAS is by far the best feature, although not a feature of the software specifically. MAS has more knowledge than our employees, so we have been able to develop schedules that are far beyond our own skillset.""With a simple click of a button in self-service, the department or the user can complete his/her job."

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Cons
"The performance of the previous versions could be better.""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.""The configuration of IBM Workload Automation has some challenges. We have a difficult time customizing it, but it is similar to other solutions.""This solution does have bugs and could be improved in this regard. However, these bugs are resolved relatively quickly."

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"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.""Upgrading to newer versions remains complex.""The products are extremely powerful and capable. Anytime you have such capability, the programming/configuration that goes into making it work can be complicated.""The only downside to OpCon is that its features can be complicated and really must be taught. Most of our users don't have training beyond the free Basic Training that SMA provides, so for fresh eyes, it is kind of difficult to understand some of the language used.""Licensing would be the first part I would overhaul. Each time a new licensing paradigm comes out, more features are removed and costs are added. They "add" features that are rarely used and increase charges for the number of jobs run. I'm sure someone in finance got a raise for their brilliance but the end-users won't thank them one bit. Expect price hikes and threats when you hold them to account at every opportunity.""We would like a display of the created date, created by, and last modified date, as well as modified by.""The initial setup is very complex, but that's not necessarily something that needs to be improved. I'm told that in the next version they're improving the upgrade process. So that's in the works already.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is about one-third of the cost of a controller."
  • "The contract is with the customer with whom we are working, so IBM is not directly involved in this."
  • "We transitioned from a server license to per job license, and that saved us a lot money."
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  • "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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:This solution has a request feature where users can request the added features they need to have developed. Based on client voting for those features, these are developed and released.
    Top Answer:This solution does have bugs and could be improved in this regard. However, these bugs are resolved relatively quickly.
    Top Answer:As a business we are slowly transitioning from legacy type apps and scripts jobs to web running jobs, via web services. IBM Workload Automation has supported us in making this transition.
    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 end up being more expensive. It depends on the scale of the business. It used 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 itself. For example, the FICS integration is a little bit clunky. We've had some… more »
    Ranking
    7th
    out of 30 in Workload Automation
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    4
    Average Words per Review
    325
    Rating
    8.0
    2nd
    out of 30 in Workload Automation
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    17
    Average Words per Review
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    Rating
    9.0
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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.

    Offer
    Learn more about IBM Workload Automation
    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.

    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 Firm29%
    Manufacturing Company18%
    University6%
    Real Estate/Law Firm6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Insurance Company7%
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    Financial Services Firm78%
    Insurance Company8%
    Government4%
    Manufacturing Company2%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm23%
    Insurance Company10%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Company Size
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    Small Business7%
    Midsize Enterprise4%
    Large Enterprise89%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise79%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise43%
    Large Enterprise31%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Workload Automation vs. OpCon
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Workload Automation vs. OpCon and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    610,229 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Workload Automation is ranked 7th in Workload Automation with 4 reviews while OpCon is ranked 2nd in Workload Automation with 17 reviews. IBM Workload Automation is rated 8.0, while OpCon is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of IBM Workload Automation writes "A stable solution ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OpCon writes "Four connectors work with KeyStone and allow us to automate every batch-processing task". IBM Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, HCL Workload Automation, Tidal Automation and ActiveBatch Workload Automation, whereas OpCon is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, VisualCron, Automic Workload Automation and HelpSystems AutoMate. See our IBM Workload Automation vs. OpCon report.

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