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ActiveBatch

7 Ratings
Score 8.6 out of 101

CA Scheduler Job Management

3 Ratings
Score 4.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveBatch

I used to work in a company that only used SQL Server Agent to handle imports and exports of ETL data. ActiveBatch is far more powerful and easy to use, so I definitely would recommend it. I would think of three questions: (1) Do you handle a large volume of exports and imports in a given week? (2) Do you need a lot of configurable options, such as with scheduling? (3) Do you utilize a variety of ETL processing tools (such as GlobalScape EFT and Microsoft SSIS) but want one tool to work with them all? If yes to those questions, then ActiveBatch would well fit the bill for you then.
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CA Scheduler Job Management

Job scheduling software for the IBM Mainframe is quite mature and most IBM Mainframe sites would already have one installed. It would appear to be very little reason to change from one scheduling package to another. If you were looking for a new scheduling package, CA Technologies is more likely to steer you towards their other product
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

ActiveBatch
6.9
CA Scheduler Job Management
8.0
Multi-platform scheduling
ActiveBatch
8.1
CA Scheduler Job Management
Central monitoring
ActiveBatch
8.5
CA Scheduler Job Management
Logging
ActiveBatch
5.0
CA Scheduler Job Management
8.0
Alerts and notifications
ActiveBatch
7.0
CA Scheduler Job Management
Analysis and visualization
ActiveBatch
5.4
CA Scheduler Job Management
8.0
Application integration
ActiveBatch
7.5
CA Scheduler Job Management

Pros

  • Easy to automate mundane tasks. Take all those batch files spread across your environment and put them in one application for management.
  • Good support site and knowledge base. If you run into issues, the support is quick to respond and assist with a resolution or advice.
  • Additional 'extensions' (plug-ins) are available, to aid ActiveBatch with interfacing with other platforms (AWS, Sharepoint, IBM and VMWare).
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  • Good reporting on completed schedules and jobs including highest return code of jobs.
  • ISPF interface can cope with non-standard screen sizes.
  • Easy to use ISPF interface
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Cons

  • The manual could provide more examples of how to create certain jobs, otherwise you will need to check the site or call support to aid with creation.
  • Dashboard presentation could be worked on, to help present an overview for management.
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  • Monitoring interface could make better use of screen colours
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Alternatives Considered

N/A - It was already in place when I was on the scene, but like I said earlier it is much more powerful than SQL Server Agent and probably anything we would've come up with from scratch using .Net. However if your needs are small and traffic is light, then maybe SQL Server Agent or something smaller and less powerful (and less expensive) than ActiveBatch would work just fine.
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All quite similar and as CA Scheduler had the smallest foot print across the agencies we support it is being decommmissioned
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Return on Investment

  • Saves employees time and sanity, from having to manually run tasks at certain times.
  • Cost is not overly expensive, considering the amount of platforms it integrates with "out of the box."
  • Takes control of sensitive processes, and runs them confidentially. Alerts management when completed.
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  • Being decommissioned due to software rationalisation.
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Pricing Details

ActiveBatch

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
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CA Scheduler Job Management

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details