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Score 7.6 out of 100
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Score 7.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Workload Automation

    7.0

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    70%

    OpenText MBPM

    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

    Reporting & Analytics

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.0

    OpenText MBPM

    70%
    OpenText MBPM ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Dashboards

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.9
    79%
    3 Ratings

    Standard reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    2 Ratings

    Custom reports

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    4.0
    40%
    3 Ratings

    Process Engine

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.3

    OpenText MBPM

    73%
    OpenText MBPM ranks higher in 8/8 features

    Process designer

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    3 Ratings

    Process simulation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.1
    71%
    3 Ratings

    Business rules engine

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    2 Ratings

    SOA support

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    2 Ratings

    Process player

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0
    70%
    2 Ratings

    Support for modeling languages

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Form builder

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9
    69%
    3 Ratings

    Model execution

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.1
    61%
    3 Ratings

    Collaboration

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.6

    OpenText MBPM

    76%
    OpenText MBPM ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Social collaboration tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    3 Ratings

    Content Management Capabilties

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    6.0

    OpenText MBPM

    60%
    OpenText MBPM ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Content management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    2 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • OpenText MBPM is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    6.6

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    66%
    11 Ratings
    7.1

    OpenText MBPM

    71%
    5 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0

    OpenText MBPM

    80%
    4 Ratings

    Usability

    7.8

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    78%
    3 Ratings
    9.0

    OpenText MBPM

    90%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    4.0

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    40%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    OpenText MBPM

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    ActiveBatch Workload Automation

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    OpenText MBPM

    100%
    2 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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    OpenText

    Metastorm is well-suited for scenarios in which internal stress testing an application is needed in a hurry before showcasing it to potential customers. It supports different views of the process from Swimlane perspective, so different methodologies can be handled. It is an Enterprise level tool and handles both small and large projects quite well, although smaller companies may be stressed out by the amount of time it takes to properly maintain the application.
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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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    OpenText

    • Complex routing of tasks based on calculated criteria
    • Linking between tasks and accessing relevant information
    • Organising, scheduling and prioritising
    • Different views for different people
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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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    OpenText

    • The Metastorm process engine is based on an older version of .NET. Updating to a newer version would resolve several known issues with .NET email functionality.
    • Metastorm builds web pages at run time. While the UI presented to the end user is fine, the Document Object Model is convoluted and subject to change with new releases. Providing a more simplified DOM or at very least a custom function to replace document.getElementById() would make client-side scripting a much more powerful tool.
    • One function that I've seen Metastorm competitors do well, is email wizards. Having a WYSIWYG email editor would be really nice.
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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

      OpenText MBPM

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      OpenText MBPM 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

        Likelihood to Renew

        Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.

        No answers on this topic

        OpenText

        There are other products that seem to be a better fit for future initiatives.
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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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        OpenText

        Although it is intuitive to use it does require training
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        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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        OpenText

        Great customer service for an API support related query
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        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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        OpenText

        We found that OpenText MBPM held its own quite well against IBM BPM. We ended up choosing OpenText MBPM due to the analytics, complex routing, and the ease of SOA service integration. Furthermore, the ability to quickly develop simple User interfaces make this tool a daily component of our most-used toolbox components.
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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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        OpenText

        • The development of the ticketing system has enabled us to greatly improve customer relationships
        • The scheduling and allocation of the tasks has reduced both the number of open tickets and the turnaround time to resolution
        • Management information from the system has improved decision making
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