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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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inMotion

It's a flexible program that can be molded to fit most businesses. It's geared towards agencies but we've been able to use it successfully as an in-house solution. It's pretty intuitive for the most part and is easy for new hires or clients to get up and running pretty quickly.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

ActiveBatch
6.9
inMotion
Multi-platform scheduling
ActiveBatch
8.1
inMotion
Central monitoring
ActiveBatch
8.4
inMotion
Logging
ActiveBatch
5.0
inMotion
Alerts and notifications
ActiveBatch
7.0
inMotion
Analysis and visualization
ActiveBatch
5.3
inMotion
Application integration
ActiveBatch
7.6
inMotion

Project Management

ActiveBatch
inMotion
7.0
Task Management
ActiveBatch
inMotion
8.0
Resource Management
ActiveBatch
inMotion
8.0
Scheduling
ActiveBatch
inMotion
8.0
Workflow Automation
ActiveBatch
inMotion
7.0
Team Collaboration
ActiveBatch
inMotion
7.0
Mobile Access
ActiveBatch
inMotion
3.0
Timesheet Tracking
ActiveBatch
inMotion
7.0
Change request and Case Management
ActiveBatch
inMotion
8.0

Pros

ActiveBatch

  • 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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inMotion

  • Project requests - can be tailored to fit your exact needs
  • Project management - can assign tasks, track time, etc.
  • Proofing - robust proofing environment that's easy for clients to learn
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Cons

ActiveBatch

  • 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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inMotion

  • Some areas are rather clunky and repetitive when it comes to project management, like editing a template once applied.
  • Once a review is live, it's very difficult to edit the reviewers unless a current tier is active.
  • Pretty expensive compared to the competition.
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Alternatives Considered

ActiveBatch

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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inMotion

By consolidating the requests, project management, and proofing without features we didn't need like invoicing it was an easy fit for us. We were able to quickly develop a comprehensive workflow and the gains to efficiency were immediate. Pricing was competitive (at least at the time) and the implementation was very good as well.
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Return on Investment

ActiveBatch

  • 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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inMotion

  • Consolidation of project requests has been extremely helpful.
  • The improvement of campus-wide communication is hard to put a price on.
  • Our team knows what is due and when at all times. We're saving a lot of time previously spent in meetings.
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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
Additional Pricing Details

inMotion

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
No two teams are alike. So why offer “one size fits all” pricing plans? They just don’t work – teams are locked out of features they need while they get features they don’t need. We do things differently. We create individual pricing based on your team’s specific needs and budget.

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