22 Ratings
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Score 7.9 out of 100
8 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • CA Workload Automation ranks higher in 1 feature set: Workload Automation

Workload Automation

7.1

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

71%
9.4

CA Workload Automation

94%
CA Workload Automation ranks higher in 5/6 features

Multi-platform scheduling

5.9
59%
9 Ratings
9.7
97%
4 Ratings

Central monitoring

6.8
68%
11 Ratings
9.6
96%
4 Ratings

Logging

8.0
80%
10 Ratings
9.7
97%
4 Ratings

Alerts and notifications

6.8
68%
11 Ratings
9.7
97%
4 Ratings

Analysis and visualization

8.9
89%
10 Ratings
8.8
88%
4 Ratings

Application integration

5.9
59%
10 Ratings
8.9
89%
4 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • CA Workload Automation is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

6.8

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

68%
11 Ratings
8.8

CA Workload Automation

88%
4 Ratings

Usability

8.1

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

81%
3 Ratings
9.0

CA Workload Automation

90%
1 Rating

Support Rating

4.0

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

40%
2 Ratings
9.5

CA Workload Automation

95%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Redwood Software

I can only speak for our environment, but it has allowed us to get away from the unfriendly Informatica PowerCenter workflow schedule. And coordination of Informatica/Tableau/ICEDQ has been a BIG help to us. We have not tried to drill down to the Informatica session-level of detail, just stayed with running workflows. The session-level logic seemed complicated.
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Broadcom

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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Pros

Redwood Software

  • File management - moving, archiving, and folder cleanup are a drag-and-drop breeze. The visual representation of file management steps includes date/time filtering, file/folder/both specification, and recursion all in an easy and intuitive unit.
  • FTP/SFTP/FTPS - while one must still write the FTP scripts, the interface simplifies much of the infrastructure, allowing the developer to encapsulate the script text in a graphical package that is easy and intuitive.
  • PowerShell integration - for anything that isn't easy in ActiveBatch's GUI, simply drop in a PowerShell step and write the task in PoSh - anything returned from PoSh can then be used by the following steps.
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Broadcom

  • All batch jobs can be monitored from one dashboard.
  • Provides detailed error logs.
  • We have developed packages to invoke OIC integrations through Autosys.
  • Notifications is a good feature when job fails or runs beyond cutoff time.
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Cons

Redwood Software

  • While I like being able to reuse scheduling objects and the like, more work needs to be done to help one not reinvent the same scheduling object without realizing it and to then find scheduling objects that have similar schedules even if they are worded slightly differently than what I'm expecting. It needs to be "smarter". It was easy to accumulate a pool of scheduling objects that while named differently, had exactly the same schedule. It was also hard to sift through to find the little differences between similarly named scheduling objects.
  • The logger had a clean enough interface but it could be more legible and offer contextual help to describe the messages one is reading. I remember trying to read black text on a medium gray background with Courier size 10-11 font. Not so easy to read quickly and to parse through the relevant parts. I think some selective color coding would be good and links to message definitions or any form of further information would be nice. Maybe the ability to export the log file to various formats would also be helpful.
  • I don't remember a dashboard that at a glance on the top level would highlight what jobs failed completely and which jobs might have warnings or non-critical errors. I got emails because I defined to get them. Maybe again if there was a way to color-code the type of error would be good nice-to-have.
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Broadcom

  • Monitoring of front-end websites.
  • More utilization insights if possible.
  • Customer service via chat in the future if possible.
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Pricing Details

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

ActiveBatch Workload Automation editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    CA Workload Automation

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    CA Workload Automation editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Usability

      Redwood Software

      ActiveBatch's usability is where it shines. It is pretty straight-forward to learn and administer. Our engineers like it because you can use a GUI to manage it or leverage the command line & api's. You can also create templates or clone existing "jobs" so you don't have to recreate the wheel. It is easy to chain jobs together to make them run in a specific sequence as well.
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      Broadcom

      Very happy!
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      Support Rating

      Redwood Software

      We have been pretty happy with ActiveBatch support so far. Luckily, we have not had any major issues with it - so we haven't logged a lot of support tickets. The response time to tickets is about average and the level of expertise of the support engineers seems about average as well. Our sales team has been helpful in getting faster responses when necessary as well.
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      Broadcom

      It would be great if customer chat experience is also readily available.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Redwood Software

      We looked at several other workload automation solutions and hands down we all looked at each other after seeing the demo and we all understood the genius of the application. To be honest we were all stunned and talked about it for weeks afterward. It didn't even compare to the other platforms we had demos of. We knew instinctively that this was the one.
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      Broadcom

      We selected CA Workload Automation for the ease of integration and less time to setup. It has less overhead to manage the application and is a very robust application.
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      Return on Investment

      Redwood Software

      • ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] has increased our nightly processing stability exponentially. Our prior automation software was unreliable and often failed without explanation. Since moving to ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] we have had incredible stability, and any nightly processing errors that happen now are attributed to a cause other than automation. It's the most reliable software we currently use at our company.
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      Broadcom

      • 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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