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Score 7.6 out of 100

IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation

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Score 8.9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Workload Automation

    7.0

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    70%

    IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    ActiveBatch Workload Automation ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Multi-platform scheduling

    5.9
    59%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Central monitoring

    6.7
    67%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Logging

    7.9
    79%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Alerts and notifications

    6.7
    67%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Analysis and visualization

    8.9
    89%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application integration

    5.9
    59%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

    Likelihood to Recommend

    6.6

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    66%
    11 Ratings
    8.9

    IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation

    89%
    22 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3

    IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation

    73%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    7.9

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    79%
    3 Ratings

    IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    4.0

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    40%
    2 Ratings

    IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

    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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    IBM

    Our clients were having a lot of troubles with procurement, ordering, and billing because it's never easy to scale without having the right tools. Especially these days for enterprises, it's essential to have Process Mining with Robotic Process Automation as a part of the digital transformation for a seamless AI-driven operation to get over the enterprise scaling challenges. However, we were able to separately assess purchasing, ordering, invoicing, and payment. Using IBM's Process Mining, after a long journey of troubles for our clients in their procurement, ordering, and billing processes. We succeed in getting them over these issues after implementing IBM Process Mining and the entire IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation. We're able now to provide them with a clear picture of the actual end-to-end P2P procedure. It is also assisting us by forecasting the reason that we may confront in the near future, therefore alerting us to take the appropriate measures.
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    Pros

    Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

    • 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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    IBM

    • With this software, it is easy to speed up the digital transformation process.
    • Data collection and analysis can be done more quickly and efficiently.
    • Cloud migration readiness is also easily enhanced by the IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation software
    • It makes it easy to control any company's consumables. For example, you can only pay for what you require at the time you require it.
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    Cons

    Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

    • 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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    IBM

    • For heavy load, the performance should be improved
    • The integration with the messaging system is a bit tricky and hence example documentation could be provided
    • It is a very nice and powerful tool however still not very known, marketing needs to be improved
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    Pricing Details

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      Additional Details

      IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      IBM Cloud Pak for Business 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

        Pricing Info

        Likelihood to Renew

        Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

        No answers on this topic

        IBM

        IBM Cloud Pak provides modernization in collecting, organizing and analyzing data. This product provides to unify market leading services such as data management, DataOps, governance, business analytics and automated AI. IBM Cloud Pak is best for resource and infrustructure optimization. IBM Cloud Pak is capable to accomodate our business automation needs.
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        Usability

        Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

        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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        IBM

        No answers on this topic

        Support Rating

        Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

        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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        IBM

        No answers on this topic

        Alternatives Considered

        Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

        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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        IBM

        We ended up going with a different solution. IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation felt like a nice addition to the IBM Cloud bundle, but we were not getting a positive ROI due to its lack of native connectors with non-IBM apps. The AI is definitely a strong point, and probably more advanced than the competition, but the reality is that most of our workflows were still essentially built on predefined rules - and we found that other products were offering a much simpler and transparent experience to do just that.
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        Return on Investment

        Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

        • 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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        IBM

        • We've increased our customer satisfaction score by 80% in less than a month.
        • we discovered and automated over +70 processes that used to be done manually
        • we easily discover automation opportunities through Process Mining
        • We are having a better decision making now thanks to AI and ML
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