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"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.""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.""File Watcher can run jobs when files are made available in a folder.""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.""With a simple click of a button in self-service, the department or the user can complete his/her job.""We recently did a branch acquisition of another bank, though not a full bank. With that, we had to convert all of their ACH transactions. It was a very complicated product that we received from our core provider, Fiserv, for some translation programs. It was very cumbersome to run through the process, convert it out, get output files, etc. Without anyone touching it, I was able to automate the full process from pulling in the files from this other bank, converting everything needed, and posting it to our customer's account 24-hours throughout the day.""It seems like it would scale well.""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."

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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.""Technical support from IBM is very good.""The whole product is valuable because it is a tool for batch automation.""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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"It's very stable. If you ask me for the success rate metrics, it's more than 90% for both."

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"More functionality within self-service would be greatly appreciated.""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.""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.""Upgrading to newer versions remains complex.""There is room for improvement needed around setting up the calendars and frequencies. I would like more flexibility in what jobs run. Sometimes, with frequencies, I can't find what I want to without putting a little more labor into it.""The products are extremely powerful and capable. Anytime you have such capability, the programming/configuration that goes into making it work can be complicated.""Enterprise Manager is a little clunky which I know they're addressing in the solution's manager.""I would like to see OpCon being accessible using a mobile app."

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

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "The cost is based on the number of jobs. You pay for what you use. For us, the support cost is between €20,000 and €30,000 per year. It's too expensive."
  • "Cost depends on your environment. We are doing stuff now with failover and recovery, so we have boosted our costs."
  • "Compared to AutoSys and ISE, OpCon was a lot cheaper to put in. AutoSys is hundreds of thousands of dollars to just install it because they don't have an interface into our system. You have to teach them what your system does."
  • "There are different add-ons, like the Self Service or Vision model. It all depends on what agents you have in your environment. We have a mainframe and Windows, and while I think SQL is free, SAP or anything beyond that has different connectors that might need a license."
  • "SMA is big on free training. They do monthly training down at their headquarter office. As long as you own the product, the only thing you pay for is your employees' travel expenses. The training is free. They are willing to train people and give them the knowledge. That way, you are equipped to do what you need to do."
  • "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."
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  • "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."
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  • "The cost is very high compared to anything else available."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The most valuable feature is the automation in general.
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    The licensing and pricing model changed this last year, so we're getting used to that. I think it's ultimately going to… more »
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    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 »
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    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 »
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    The performance of the previous versions could be better. We encountered certain issues with the lower version of it… more »
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    The solution comes with a scheduler. It contains a file for receiving things from external sources. We trigger the file… more »
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    Also Known As
    IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler, IBM TWS
    Micro Focus Operations Orchestration, HPOO, HPE Operations Orchestration
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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.

    Micro Focus Operations Orchestration is the next-generation IT Process Automation solution for those businesses who want to automate their processes, operations, and IT tasks from the data center to the cloud. This solution allows IT to focus on innovation instead of on mundane tasks, and has many business benefits, which are discussed in detail below.

    Micro Focus Operations Orchestration supports multiple IT domains, such as Cloud, Virtualization, SAP Orchestration, Security Ops, and Dev/Ops.

    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
    Casablanca INT, Internet Initiative Japan, Railway Information Systems, Samsung SDS, and Turkcell.
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm78%
    Insurance Company8%
    Government4%
    Manufacturing Company2%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Insurance Company10%
    Comms Service Provider9%
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    Financial Services Firm31%
    Manufacturing Company19%
    University6%
    Media Company6%
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Insurance Company8%
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    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Engineering Company8%
    Computer Software Company8%
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    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise43%
    Large Enterprise31%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise22%
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    Small Business8%
    Midsize Enterprise4%
    Large Enterprise88%
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    Small Business17%
    Large Enterprise83%
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    IBM Workload Automation is ranked 9th in Workload Automation with 5 reviews while Operations Orchestration is ranked 11th in Process Automation with 1 review. IBM Workload Automation is rated 8.0, while Operations Orchestration is rated 8.0. 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 Operations Orchestration writes "Sustainable and easy to use with good stability". IBM Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, HCL Workload Automation, Tidal Automation and Redwood Business Process Automation - Workload Edition, whereas Operations Orchestration is most compared with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Control-M, Appian, AutoSys Workload Automation and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager.

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