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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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TrueSight Orchestration

Well Suited if running other BMC productsNeed well trained Level 2 & Level 3 Administration for day to day tasks
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

ActiveBatch
6.9
TrueSight Orchestration
8.0
Multi-platform scheduling
ActiveBatch
8.1
TrueSight Orchestration
9.0
Central monitoring
ActiveBatch
8.4
TrueSight Orchestration
8.0
Logging
ActiveBatch
5.0
TrueSight Orchestration
8.0
Alerts and notifications
ActiveBatch
7.0
TrueSight Orchestration
8.0
Analysis and visualization
ActiveBatch
5.4
TrueSight Orchestration
7.0
Application integration
ActiveBatch
7.6
TrueSight Orchestration
8.0

Pros

  • 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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  • Ease of Integration with other BMC products like BMC BSA , BNA ,Remedy & ITSM
  • Technical Support is good
  • Good documentation & Community Support
  • Integration with third party apps is good
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Cons

  • 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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  • Complex initial setup
  • Integration with Cloud is missing
  • UI is old & traditional & not user friendly
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Alternatives Considered

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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We choose Atrium Orchestrator since we are using other BMC products in our environment & integration to those products is simple
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Return on Investment

  • I have not been involved in the purchase or contract negotiation of our Active Batch purchase, therefore am unable to comment on the ROI.
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  • Able to automate 50% of manual operations work
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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
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TrueSight Orchestration

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