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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 Workload Automation

CA Workload Automation is well suited for firms having to manage and monitor multiple applications operating in multiple environments. and having SLA requirements. CA Workload Automation is less appropriate and not cost-effective for non-critical applications and/or jobs. CA Workload Automation is ideal for companies that require reliable and stable Production support for their business critical jobs to finish on time.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

ActiveBatch
6.9
CA Workload Automation
8.5
Multi-platform scheduling
ActiveBatch
8.1
CA Workload Automation
9.0
Central monitoring
ActiveBatch
8.4
CA Workload Automation
9.0
Logging
ActiveBatch
5.0
CA Workload Automation
8.5
Alerts and notifications
ActiveBatch
7.0
CA Workload Automation
8.1
Analysis and visualization
ActiveBatch
5.4
CA Workload Automation
8.1
Application integration
ActiveBatch
7.6
CA Workload Automation
8.5

Pros

  • One good feature I already mentioned is that once you create a configuration object (such as a schedule object), you can reuse it as much as needed. This minimizes errors in scheduling because there's less opportunity to make a configuration error with future similar jobs that would follow the same schedule, makes it more efficient to schedule those new jobs, and makes it efficient to make scheduling changes--change the scheduling object once and all the related jobs' schedules are automatically changed.
  • Partial path execution is a good strength, especially for testing/debugging. I can have a decently sized tree of process nodes for a given job, but I can easily deactivate the nodes I do not want to include in my testing.
  • Being able to define test and production jobs in separate environments and easily change the settings of one without affecting the other is another strength. Often I would have a job set up in a test environment and after testing it, it would get ported to a very similar production environment with only having to change 3-4 parameter settings. And then I could easily deactivate the test job while still keeping it all set up in the event of needing it for future enhancement/troubleshooting.
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  • CA Workload Automation manages and customizes job scheduling very well.
  • CA Workload Automation is very easy to learn and start using. The GUI design is very simple and makes it easy for first time users to setup their jobs, parameters and conditions.
  • CA Workload Automation supports the major operating systems, Oracle applications and supports growing volume of workloads quite well.
  • CA Workload Automation reduces time to process workloads and flexible to support multiple environments which is critical for testing, maintenance and operations in for any Technology group.
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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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  • Even though the CA Workload Automation GUI is simple and easy to use, it looks outdated and has limited features such as customizing dashboards and saving particular user settings.
  • CA Workload Automation lacks performance and is often slow to edit jobs or to refresh screens and sometimes requires admin to restart service agents for background processes.
  • I would like to see CA Workload Automation in one screen with all the information the user wants to see and have this customized and saved for every user. Rather than having to build a view and search criteria for every new job that is added.
  • I would like a feature or configuration that you can setup different types of notifications for job failures such as text message with different levels of severity.
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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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CA Workload Automation stacks up very well compared to Cisco/Tidal, BMC and is far superior to crontab. CA Workload Automation has easy initial setup, efficient job management and scheduling, supports multiple applications and environments and improves business critical needs including SLA, increasing productivity while decreasing processing workload times and failures. CA Workload Automation also integrates well with Automation Change Control Expert or ACCE which is a nice migration tool to have if you're managing jobs in the thousands.
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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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  • CA Workload Automation has improved SLA by 50%.
  • CA Workload Automation has reduced job failures by 60%.
  • CA Workload Automation has improved staff productivity and problem resolution.
  • CA Workload Automation has improved application availability.
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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 Workload Automation

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