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IBM Workload Automation vs. Stonebranch Universal Automation Center
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Workload Automation vs. Stonebranch Universal Automation Center and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"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.""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.""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.""The most valuable feature is the automation in general.""Reliability is always important, and the reliability of the system is outstanding.""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.""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 whole product is valuable because it is a tool for batch automation.""The support from Cisco is very good. I was with them as a company for 40 years""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 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."

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"The interface is very user-friendly and easy to navigate.""The features are upgraded, and every six months they're releasing patches.""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."

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Cons
"Upgrading to newer versions remains complex.""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.""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.""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.""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 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.""A way to select multiple jobs in the UI for a quick change or to hold, release, et cetera, would be nice.""We would like a display of the created date, created by, and last modified date, as well as modified by."

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

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"It's not available on the cloud, so they should take that due to safety, security, and scalability.""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 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.""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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  • "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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  • "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:This solution has a request feature where users can request the added features they need to have developed. Based on… more »
    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… more »
    Top Answer:Stonebranch performs well, and the graphical representation is excellent. Overall, it requires more technical effort… more »
    Top Answer:Stonebranch is cheaper than Control-M, so many companies are using Stonebranch. The license is paid every year.
    Top Answer:It's not available on the cloud, so they should take that due to safety, security, and scalability.
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    Also Known As
    IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler, IBM TWS
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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.

    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.

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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
    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
    Financial Services Firm24%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Insurance Company10%
    Comms Service Provider7%
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    Financial Services Firm29%
    Manufacturing Company18%
    University6%
    Media Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm23%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Insurance Company7%
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    Financial Services Firm39%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Insurance Company13%
    Retailer9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Insurance Company11%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise43%
    Large Enterprise31%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise76%
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    Small Business7%
    Midsize Enterprise4%
    Large Enterprise89%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise80%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business4%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise73%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Workload Automation vs. Stonebranch Universal Automation Center
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Workload Automation vs. Stonebranch Universal Automation Center and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,319 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Workload Automation is ranked 8th in Workload Automation with 4 reviews while Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is ranked 11th in Workload Automation with 4 reviews. IBM Workload Automation is rated 8.0, while Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of IBM Workload Automation writes "A stable solution ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Stonebranch Universal Automation Center writes "Allows you to schedule jobs on applications like Informatica and SAP". IBM Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, HCL Workload Automation, Tidal Automation and CA Workload Automation ESP, whereas Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is most compared with Control-M, CA Workload Automation ESP, AutoSys Workload Automation, Automic Workload Automation and AppWorx Workload Automation. See our IBM Workload Automation vs. Stonebranch Universal Automation Center report.

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