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Score 5.1 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

Any place one can find a task that is performed repeatedly - either on a schedule, or in response to a triggering state (i.e. a file being created in a specific folder) - that task is at least a good candidate for ActiveBatch [Workload] Automation to be used. Repeating FTP jobs, regular SQL tasks or maintenance, regular file system maintenance - all can likely be taken out of the hands of employees, freeing up time for less repetitive tasks.ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] is not appropriate for any task which requires flexible judgment - it isn't an AI engine. ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] also requires at least two servers - a manager ("Scheduler") and at least one worker ("Agent") - thus it is not a good choice for a very small company without those resources available. It is also somewhat costly - not in terms of value, but possibly beyond the reasonable budget of a small company or non-profit with thin profit margins where the investment may outweigh the return.
Grady Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

mPower

mPower is well suited in all the team management and tagging details. I can check my team members and their access details on mPower. I can check their employee codes and their current band. It is a complete help for all the tagging issues and changes with HR. Employee leaves and resignation can also be managed easily with mPower.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

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

Reporting & Analytics

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
7.3
Dashboards
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
7.0
Standard reports
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
7.0
Custom reports
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
8.0

Process Engine

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
7.4
Process designer
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
7.0
Process simulation
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
6.0
Business rules engine
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
8.0
SOA support
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
7.0
Process player
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
8.0
Support for modeling languages
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
8.0
Form builder
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
7.0
Model execution
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
8.0

Collaboration

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
8.0
Social collaboration tools
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
8.0

Content Management Capabilties

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
8.0
Content management
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
mPower
8.0

Pros

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

  • ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] is great for simplifying complex tasks so that users of multiple technical skill levels can create and monitor automated tasks.
  • The support team is amazing and will respond with solutions and answers to questions or issues very quickly.
  • ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] does a great job of adding new features and enhancements to the product based on customer feedback.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

mPower

  • User friendly interphase.
  • All the information is easily accessible.
  • Big font data makes it easier to understand and raise tickets.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

mPower

  • It is a bridge for other portals like Mynd.
  • MPower is not a complete solution and needs the support of other portals.
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

mPower

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

mPower

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

During initial selection, we compared ActiveBatch with simple schedulers like Task Manager and cron, as well as VisualCron and JAMS. ActiveBatch had the widest range of triggers and the best scheduler/calendar system, and the most comprehensive list of easily-available actions.We also were invited to use ASCI's normal tech support during a trial period - and having done a fair bit of tech support myself, I was very impressed! It was quick and easy to talk to an actual tech (minimal voice menu), and my questions were answered quickly and accurately, with a friendly tech who didn't sound as if I were an interruption to their game of solitaire (like I've gotten from plenty of other vendors). No other vendor we looked at invited us to evaluate their tech support so directly.
Grady Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

mPower

No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

  • 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.
Ron Zermeno | TrustRadius Reviewer

mPower

  • Employee engagement is made easy with mPower.
  • Easy access of employee information.
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

mPower

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
mPower
8.0

Usability

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.0
mPower

Support Rating

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
4.0
mPower

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