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We performed a comparison between Stonebranch Universal Automation Center and VisualCron based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Workload Automation solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Reliability is always important, and the reliability of the system is outstanding.""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.""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.""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.""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.""It seems like it would scale well.""There's also a self-service solution manager... that allows us to enable staff to run complex automation tasks by clicking a button and entering some information. They don't have to have access to the OpCon environment to kick off those kinds of events.""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."

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"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.""The support is good from Stonebranch Universal Automation Center.""I like the dashboard and the various workflows.""The interface is very user-friendly and easy to navigate."

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"We don't have to do any coding. We just plug and play and it works.""VisualCron is a very powerful program to automate different steps in your business processes. We use it to automate replacing files and inform departments about the replacement."

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Cons
"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.""There are some limitations in the actual jobs that are created and how you're able to rename files. Suppose you're bringing in, say, 10, 15, or 20 reports from a core system, and you're using an "asterisk character" to identify files. For example, if you're grabbing files that start with this, end with this, but the characters in between could be different, it has to retain that same name in the destination. It won't allow you to rename them with a date stamp or the like.""More functionality within self-service would be greatly appreciated.""I would like to see OpCon being accessible using a mobile app.""Enterprise Manager is a little clunky which I know they're addressing in the solution's manager.""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.""We would like a display of the created date, created by, and last modified date, as well as modified by.""A way to select multiple jobs in the UI for a quick change or to hold, release, et cetera, would be nice."

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"Stonebranch Universal Automation Center could improve the analytics.""It's not available on the cloud, so they should take that due to safety, security, and scalability.""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.""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 can't handle negative written codes."

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"There are some conditions in the mail trigger, but you can only use them as an "AND" condition, not as an "OR" condition. This is an improvement that could be useful. For example, some people put "invoice" in the subject and others put "invoice" in the body. If I want to make a trigger for everybody whose sending invoices, I have to make two jobs for this now.""The only problem I face when I use the tool is that it doesn't contain much documentation or it doesn't have many video tutorials on its features."

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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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  • "Stonebranch is cheaper than Control-M, so many companies are using Stonebranch."
  • "The price of the solution is at a medium level compared to the competition."
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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: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.
    Top Answer:The ability to clone jobs to shorten the time it takes to implement a process has been invaluable, but its flexibility… more »
    Top Answer:The pricing is extremely fair, and because of that, I recommend purchasing multiple instances to split out the… more »
    Top Answer:VisualCron seems to operate like an efficient machine when it comes to improvements and enhancements and new features. I… more »
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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.

    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.

    VisualCron combines many features into one product. Through scheduling you can set your Jobs to run on a specific time or event. The Tasks in each Job automate scripts and eliminate human errors. Through various Tasks you can integrate different systems through file transfer and conversion.

    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
    Nissan, Coop, United Supermarkets, Groupon, CSC, Orbitz, Johnson & Johnson, BMW, Qantas.
    7 Eleven, ABB Sécheron SA, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Amazon Europe Core, Apple, Assa Abloy, Aston Martin, Banco Santander, BMW (Australia)
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm78%
    Insurance Company8%
    Government4%
    Manufacturing Company2%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm27%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Insurance Company11%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm38%
    Insurance Company13%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Retailer8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm23%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Insurance Company12%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise43%
    Large Enterprise31%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise78%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business4%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise74%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise74%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Buyer's Guide
    Stonebranch Universal Automation Center vs. VisualCron
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Stonebranch Universal Automation Center vs. VisualCron and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is ranked 12th in Workload Automation with 5 reviews while VisualCron is ranked 9th in Workload Automation with 2 reviews. Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is rated 7.8, while VisualCron is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Stonebranch Universal Automation Center writes "Allows you to schedule jobs on applications like Informatica and SAP". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VisualCron writes "Has many features and plugins but it's not easy to set up". Stonebranch Universal Automation Center is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, IBM Workload Automation, CA Workload Automation ESP and AppWorx Workload Automation, whereas VisualCron is most compared with Microsoft Power Automate, Control-M, UiPath, WinAutomation by Softomotive and AutoSys Workload Automation. See our Stonebranch Universal Automation Center vs. VisualCron report.

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