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Score 5.8 out of 100
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Score 7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HelpSystems Automate Plus

Anything where automation would be helpful, I'd recommend. If you're doing a task over and over again, Automate can likely work and do it for you. It helps to keep things running exactly the same so that when failures occur, they can easily be traced to their source.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.8
HelpSystems Automate Plus
Multi-platform scheduling
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.0
HelpSystems Automate Plus
Central monitoring
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.0
HelpSystems Automate Plus
Logging
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
7.0
HelpSystems Automate Plus
Alerts and notifications
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.0
HelpSystems Automate Plus
Analysis and visualization
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
8.0
HelpSystems Automate Plus
Application integration
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.0
HelpSystems Automate Plus

Pros

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

  • Everything in one place
  • Easily manage multiple machines and their scripts
  • Supposed to allow for more in-depth schedule 'chaining', e.g. when this job ends it kicks off another
Sean Ford | TrustRadius Reviewer

HelpSystems Automate Plus

  • Very detailed task builder. Easy to read step by step a task's operation even if you don't have much programming knowledge.
  • Scheduling for automation jobs is very flexible. Allows us to create all kinds of job schedules as needed.
  • Organization of jobs, tasks, conditions is done well. Allows us to easily manage our items.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

  • 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.
Ron Zermeno | TrustRadius Reviewer

HelpSystems Automate Plus

  • AutoMate's Windows interface can be quite buggy at times. We are using the latest and final build of AutoMate 10. It took many iterations to get this most stable build, but there are still many little issues that happen when building tasks. Copying and pasting too much causes GUI errors and can crash. Things don't indent properly, success/failure arrow lines in the Job window don't flow perfectly straight, etc. There is a newer version AutoMate 11, but it's so buggy we can't even use it properly.
  • Memory management is terrible on Aut 10 and 11. Just working in the program for a little bit building tasks has memory leaks that don't resolve until you close out of the program. You'll be using several GB of ram in no time.
  • Dashboard reporting could be better. We'd like a better way to track how jobs are running, when failures occur, etc. You can do that now, but the interface is cumbersome.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

ActiveBatch Workload Automation 5.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Mark McCully | TrustRadius Reviewer

HelpSystems Automate Plus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

ActiveBatch Workload Automation 4.0
Based on 2 answers
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.
Mark McCully | TrustRadius Reviewer

HelpSystems Automate Plus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HelpSystems Automate Plus

At an older job we used to use SSIS as kind of an automation tool as well as it could also be used to connect to FTP sources, read files, etc. AutoMate is simply centrally designed to be true automation software. It is much more robust, can work with a variety of software (including SSIS itself) and is much quicker to integrate and troubleshoot.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

  • I have not been involved in the purchase or contract negotiation of our Active Batch purchase, therefore am unable to comment on the ROI.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HelpSystems Automate Plus

  • It's been a net positive as AutoMate requires less eyes on specific tasks so that people can focus attention elsewhere and do more analysis.
  • Less manual work also decreases the chances of mistakes and/or missed jobs. Since Automate can schedule everything, send email notifications, etc., there is less time wasted.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

HelpSystems Automate Plus

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
4.5
HelpSystems Automate Plus
8.0

Usability

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.0
HelpSystems Automate Plus

Support Rating

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
4.0
HelpSystems Automate Plus

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