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We performed a comparison between IBM Workload Automation and Redwood Software - Workload Automation Edition based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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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 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.""File Watcher can run jobs when files are made available in a folder.""It seems like it would scale well.""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.""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.""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."

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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 solution is stable.""The whole product is valuable because it is a tool for batch automation.""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.""The support from Cisco is very good. I was with them as a company for 40 years"

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"It's a very powerful tool. It has a lot of flexibility for how you can define jobs and build them. There are different ways in which you can construct jobs depending on your specific needs and requirements."

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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.""We would like a display of the created date, created by, and last modified date, as well as modified by.""Upgrading to newer versions remains complex.""More functionality within self-service would be greatly appreciated.""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.""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.""A way to select multiple jobs in the UI for a quick change or to hold, release, et cetera, would be nice.""Enterprise Manager is a little clunky which I know they're addressing in the solution's manager."

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

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"It lacks some of the common reporting features. I'm a bit surprised that there aren't some standard reports to be able to extract any data on usage. They've described to us that customers have different reporting needs, so they let them develop those, but reporting is a common need. It would be helpful to have it as part of the solution."

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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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  • "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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  • "It initially surprised me because we went from an application that was priced by connection to agents/the number of agents to an application that was priced based on the number of job executions. At that time, many of the products we looked at were also priced on job execution. That seems to be more common in the business or in the vendors that provide solutions out there, but that was probably our biggest difference."
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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:This solution has a request feature where users can request the added features they need to have developed. Based on… more »
    Top Answer:We transitioned from a server license to per job license, and that saved us a lot money.
    Top Answer:This solution does have bugs and could be improved in this regard. However, these bugs are resolved relatively quickly.
    Top Answer:It's a very powerful tool. It has a lot of flexibility for how you can define jobs and build them. There are different… more »
    Top Answer:It initially surprised me because we went from an application that was priced by connection to agents/the number of… more »
    Top Answer:It lacks some of the common reporting features. I'm a bit surprised that there aren't some standard reports to be able… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler, IBM TWS
    Redwood Business Process Automation - Workload Edition, RunMyJobs
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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.

    Redwood Software was founded in 1993 with a singular goal – to free people from the effort associated with unnecessary manual activity. Redwood delivers automation solutions worldwide for workload and scheduling, finance, and report distribution. Its technology is built on modern, adaptable architecture that is uniquely designed to be delivered as-a-service for maximum benefit and scalability.

    Redwood’s RunMyJobs® is the only workload automation and job scheduling solution designed for and delivered via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). It transforms the digital enterprise with its easy scalability and simple integration with all technologies in the modern enterprise. RunMyJobs unifies workflows across on-premises, private, hybrid and public cloud environments. It bridges gaps in complex processes that function between mainframe, distributed, virtual and cloud resources. Clients use RunMyJobs to create intelligent process flows that support diverse IT processes for business including managed file transfer, hybrid cloud automation, complex data management, and DevOps. RunMyJobs enables people to focus on innovation instead of daily management of repeated processes.

    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
    AMD, American Home Shield, Avaya, Burberry, Centrica, City of Dallas, The Container Store, Core & Main, Daikin, Dart Containers, Deere, Energizer, Epson, Halliburton, Keen Foodware, National Gypsum, Rockport Group, Ryder, Technicolor, The University of Michigan, Virgin Money, Whitbread
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm78%
    Insurance Company8%
    Government4%
    Manufacturing Company2%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Insurance Company10%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Manufacturing Company18%
    University6%
    Real Estate/Law Firm6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm30%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Insurance Company7%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Insurance Company9%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise41%
    Large Enterprise31%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise78%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business7%
    Midsize Enterprise4%
    Large Enterprise89%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business10%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise83%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise80%
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    IBM Workload Automation is ranked 9th in Workload Automation with 4 reviews while Redwood Software - Workload Automation Edition is ranked 11th in Workload Automation with 1 review. IBM Workload Automation is rated 8.0, while Redwood Software - Workload Automation Edition is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of IBM Workload Automation writes "A stable solution ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Redwood Software - Workload Automation Edition writes "Provides a lot of flexibility for building jobs based on our needs and drastically cuts down planned downtime and maintenance effort". IBM Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, HCL Workload Automation, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and ActiveBatch Workload Automation, whereas Redwood Software - Workload Automation Edition is most compared with Control-M, Automic Automation Intelligence, ActiveBatch Workload Automation, Stonebranch Universal Automation Center and Axway Automator.

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