ActiveBatch Workload Automation vs. Stonebranch

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
Score 8.1 out of 10
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ActiveBatch from Advanced Systems Concepts in New Jersey is IT workload automation software.N/A
Stonebranch
Score 10.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Stonebranch provides efficient enterprise-wide workload automation software solutions that are designed to solve complex IT business processes in a simple way - from Amazon Web Services, Docker, OpenStack, Hadoop, Microsoft Azure to z/OS batch processes on the mainframe. Stonebranch’s Universal Automation Center (UAC) is a system of four enterprise workload automation products: Universal Controller Universal Agent Universal Data Mover Universal…N/A
Pricing
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Offerings
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ActiveBatch Workload AutomationStonebranch
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalOptional
Additional DetailsOur cost-efficient and flexible commercial models include Perpetual, Subscription & Usage-based and our clients can choose the model that best suits their business. Unlike other vendors, our software licence models allow for unlimited concurrent and named users and our Perpetual and Subscription models include unlimited job executions per day – no more licence upgrades because your tasks/day increases. Licences for a Disaster Recovery site are offered free of charge.
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Features
ActiveBatch Workload AutomationStonebranch
Workload Automation
Comparison of Workload Automation features of Product A and Product B
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
7.1
10 Ratings
Stonebranch
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Ratings
Multi-platform scheduling5.98 Ratings00 Ratings
Central monitoring6.810 Ratings00 Ratings
Logging8.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Alerts and notifications6.810 Ratings00 Ratings
Analysis and visualization9.09 Ratings00 Ratings
Application integration5.99 Ratings00 Ratings
User Ratings
ActiveBatch Workload AutomationStonebranch
Likelihood to Recommend
6.8
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Usability
8.2
(2 ratings)
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Support Rating
1.0
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User Testimonials
ActiveBatch Workload AutomationStonebranch
Likelihood to Recommend
Redwood Software
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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Pros
Redwood Software
  • 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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Cons
Redwood Software
  • 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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Usability
Redwood Software
Some of the scheduling elements were extremely counterintuitive at first. If I did not have examples of existing jobs, I'm not sure I could have made sense of it on my own.
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Support Rating
Redwood Software
My colleague contacted them directly, I only know hearsay on this but it was not good.
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Alternatives Considered
Redwood Software
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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Stonebranch
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Return on Investment
Redwood Software
  • 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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Stonebranch
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