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We performed a comparison between OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence and SCOM based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Event Monitoring solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence vs. SCOM Report (Updated: May 2024).
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"If something breaks and it goes down when it's not supposed to, automation brings it right back up.""​The service has been wonderful. I like the people that I have had to deal with. The process is very straightforward. I call or use the website.""Once automatic IPL has been defined, anyone can perform an IPL with very little intervention. We know that all of the components will be started correctly.""Their technical support is incredible, immediately responsive, and even if it is not updated to Level 2 support sometimes, they chip in providing more detailed answers and options to fix the problem.""​The follow-up surprised me. Making sure that I am happy with what I have gone to them on. They will call after I have made changes and verify that I am happy with the changes that I did have to make. If it did not fix the complete problem, they go back over it until I am satisfied.​""OPS/REXX is valuable because it allows us almost unlimited flexibility in automating our system.""It's very flexible. You can customize what you need to, which is good. For example, you can do your own coding inside the tool, make your own scripting tooling.""It allows us to respond faster to issues. If there are issues that come out, we're able to capture a message and alert somebody about it."

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"It works better than other products I’ve used – namely SolarWinds, which is cumbersome and error prone for web app monitoring. SCOM is not.""I enjoy its integration with the Microsoft Active Directory functions, which means users, computers, or other group policies can connect with Windows Active Directory.""The product has helped our organization with in-depth monitoring.""We have found the scalability capabilities to be okay.""It has good graphs of what is going on within the operating system.​""This is a product that does more generally than any of the competing solutions.""SCOM's most valuable features are the network path feature, reporting, and integration with business intelligence.""We are able to do problem determination on runaway processes."

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"Scalability is zero. It cannot be scaled because of its age.""The reason sometimes it is not stable, we do not have the expertise to write the script.​""Some of the command sequences are too long.""Because of its age, it's a little bit difficult to modernize some of the integrations and some of the functions.""The interfaces to USS, CA UIM could be better. CA Common Services interfaces - namely Zdata Mover, Zmessage Service, Zdatacolletcor - are poorly documented.""One thing that comes to mind is the MQ interface. The last time we tried to use it, it seemed a little clunky.""The GUI interface could be improved, but that is coming. They are working on that.""It definitely needs more web-based interface, to be more mobile-open. More APIs, more open source to it."

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"The management of the servers could be better.""The solution’s initial setup is difficult.""The end-user components, including the dashboards, the administration console, and the web console, need to be improved.""System Center just provided upgrade and update features for Windows clients, and Windows systems, and did not support Linux, Android, or iOS, and other operating systems. They need to provide better integration with other operating systems if they don't already.""​I would like to better be able to monitor Oracle processes.​""The solution should be more user-friendly and offer a better user interface.""I would like to see better support for monitoring Unix-based systems.""The console feature is very poor, and it would be very good for us if this were improved."

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  • "The pricing and licensing are fair."
  • "Our licensing fees are approximately $30 per user, per month."
  • "If you have a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, then this is part of the agreement."
  • "It is more expensive than the competition."
  • "SCOM is part of the System Center suite and I am satisfied with the pricing."
  • "We have an enterprise agreement that includes this product as part of it."
  • "The pricing is good, and it's part of their system center suite."
  • "We have to pay for a license and the price is fine for us."
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    Top Answer:The most valuable features in SCOM are Azure monitoring and integration with Azure Monitor for monitoring Azure-hosted servers from SCOM on-premises.
    Top Answer:It is the cheapest product available in the market. I rate the pricing a one out of ten.
    Top Answer:In terms of improvement, direct integration with third-party tools, like ticketing systems, is lacking but would be beneficial.
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    Also Known As
    CA OPS MVS Event Management and Automation, CA OPS/MVS Event Management and Automation, Unicenter CA-OPS/MVS Event Management and Automation
    System Center Operations Manager, SCOM 2012
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    z/OS, its subsystems, databases, middleware, applications, and software generate thousands of event messages daily. IT professionals need a tool to filter, prioritize, and respond quickly to these events before they impact availability and threaten business processing and associated service level agreements. CA OPS/MVS EMA automates processes, enabling you to resolve problems as they arise. It also automates more routine tasks, simplifying IT management and operations.

    SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) is a cross-platform data center monitoring and reporting tool that checks the status of various objects defined within the environment, such as server hardware, system services, etc. The solution allows data center administrators to deploy, configure, manage, and monitor the operations, services, devices and applications of multiple enterprise IT systems via a single pane of glass. It is suitable for businesses of all sizes.

    SCOM Features

    SCOM has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Application monitoring
    • Database monitoring
    • Threshold alerts
    • IT Asset Discovery
    • Predictive capabilities
    • Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
    • Application performance management console
    • Server availability and performance monitoring
    • Collaboration tools
    • Virtualization monitoring
    • Patch management
    • Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
    • Application dependency mapping and thresholding

    SCOM Benefits

    There are several benefits to implementing SCOM. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Management and monitoring of Windows as well as Unix/Linux platforms
    • Remotely connect to Windows machines and perform administrative tasks from the console itself
    • Custom dashboard creation to help monitor the datacenter with ease
    • Agent based monitoring
    • Integrates well with other Microsoft products
    • Easy to use and reliable

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the SCOM solution.

    A Manager at a financial services firm says, “The feature I like most about SCOM is that it is easy-to-use. I find it very user-friendly. I also like the knowledge base which it has. You can find the resolution to questions or issues directly within the SCOM itself. It will alert you with a recommendation of what you need to do at the same time. This sort of self-diagnosis or prompting is one of the great values you get from SCOM compared to other solutions.”

    PeerSpot user Zahari Z., Information Technology Auditor at a financial services firm, mentions, “Availability monitoring is the feature I have found most valuable, as well as the capacity and ability to send notifications. There is a mechanism to set up a notification from the SCOM and whenever there is a drop in the availability the notification alerts not only for availability but for other issues as well. You can align thresholds according to the speed of your environment and you can have a threshold related notification, which is one of the useful features.”

    Bill W., Sr. Systems Engineer at Arapahoe County Government, comments, “ I like some of their newer features, such as maintenance schedules, because SCOM records SLA and SLO time. When we patch, things are automatically put into maintenance mode so that the numbers for our systems being down, do not count against us.”

    A Project Manager at a tech services company explains, “The feature I have found most valuable is the book feature. While we run the Sprint one we can add some setups for multiple sprints.”

    A Systems Engineer at an educational organization states, “Because it's Windows-based, it actually reports quite well. It reports everything you can think of on the Windows server and allows you to monitor anything. It's excellent for those in the Windows world as it's very good at it.”

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    Dialog Telekom
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm57%
    Healthcare Company10%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Insurance Company10%
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Logistics Company12%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Financial Services Firm21%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business4%
    Large Enterprise96%
    Small Business7%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise89%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Buyer's Guide
    OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence vs. SCOM
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    OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence is ranked 14th in Event Monitoring while SCOM is ranked 3rd in Event Monitoring with 78 reviews. OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence is rated 9.4, while SCOM is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence writes "The ability to use command rules is great when our operators have repetitive tasks, but we'd like to automate off of different highlighted messages without actually knowing what the message is". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SCOM writes "Has a good reporting engine, but its monitoring of the cloud-based environment could be improved". OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence is most compared with BMC MainView, BMC TrueSight Operations Management and IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON, whereas SCOM is most compared with Dynatrace, Zabbix, Datadog, Nagios XI and AppDynamics. See our OPS/MVS Automation Intelligence vs. SCOM report.

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