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Score 5.7 out of 100
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Score 7.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

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.
Michael Scocca | TrustRadius Reviewer

OpenText MBPM

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.9
OpenText MBPM
Multi-platform scheduling
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.1
OpenText MBPM
Central monitoring
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.1
OpenText MBPM
Logging
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
7.1
OpenText MBPM
Alerts and notifications
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.1
OpenText MBPM
Analysis and visualization
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
8.0
OpenText MBPM
Application integration
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.1
OpenText MBPM

Reporting & Analytics

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
7.0
Dashboards
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
7.9
Standard reports
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
9.0
Custom reports
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
4.0

Process Engine

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
7.3
Process designer
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
8.1
Process simulation
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
7.1
Business rules engine
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
9.0
SOA support
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
6.0
Process player
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
7.0
Support for modeling languages
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
8.0
Form builder
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
6.9
Model execution
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
6.1

Collaboration

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
7.6
Social collaboration tools
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
7.6

Content Management Capabilties

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
6.0
Content management
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
6.0

Pros

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

  • 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.
Grady Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

OpenText MBPM

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

OpenText MBPM

  • 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.
Eden Mack | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

OpenText MBPM

OpenText MBPM 8.0
Based on 4 answers
There are other products that seem to be a better fit for future initiatives.
Matt Temple | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

ActiveBatch Workload Automation 6.3
Based on 3 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

OpenText MBPM

OpenText MBPM 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Although it is intuitive to use it does require training
Harish Rajput | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

OpenText MBPM

OpenText MBPM 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Great customer service for an API support related query
Harish Rajput | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

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.
Steve Schneider | TrustRadius Reviewer

OpenText MBPM

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

  • 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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

OpenText MBPM

  • 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
Peter Green | 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

OpenText MBPM

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
4.6
OpenText MBPM
7.1

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
8.0

Usability

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
6.3
OpenText MBPM
9.0

Support Rating

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
4.0
OpenText MBPM
10.0

Implementation Rating

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
OpenText MBPM
10.0

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