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ActiveBatch Workload Automation

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ActiveBatch from Advanced Systems Concepts in New Jersey is IT workload automation software.

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What is ActiveBatch Workload Automation?

Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI) offers its Enterprise Job Scheduling and Workload Automation Solution, ActiveBatch.

ActiveBatch coordinates and consolidates silos of automation within a single framework. The goal is to give businesses the IT agility they need and reduce the time expended on managing and supporting multiple automation tools and silos. ActiveBatch provides users with advanced job scheduling and workload automation capabilities for reliable and adaptable integration with an array of applications, databases, platforms, and technologies. IT organizations can reduce their dependency on custom scripting with the ActiveBatch Integrated Jobs Library, which features hundreds of pre-built, proven, drag-and-drop integrations for commonly-scripted actions and functions in a multitude of different automation areas including workload, business and IT processes, managed file transfer, big data, and more.

ActiveBatch Workload Automation Features

Workload Automation Features

  • Supported: Multi-platform scheduling
  • Supported: Central monitoring
  • Supported: Logging
  • Supported: Alerts and notifications
  • Supported: Analysis and visualization
  • Supported: Application integration

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ActiveBatch Workload Automation Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac, UNIX, Mac OS, IBM z/OS, Hyper-V, VMware, and more
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Mobile Web

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ActiveBatch from Advanced Systems Concepts in New Jersey is IT workload automation software.

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The most common users of ActiveBatch Workload Automation are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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ActiveBatch Workload Automation is a versatile software that allows businesses to streamline their operations by automating various tasks and workflows. Users have reported that the software is particularly useful in scheduling and automating jobs, eliminating the need for manual monitoring and saving time. With its options for triggers, ActiveBatch reduces the use of boilerplate code and automates actions based on events, making it efficient for running workflows, reports, analytics jobs, and data quality checks.

The software's ability to schedule data refreshes for testing purposes has been highly praised by users as it aids in development and testing priorities. ActiveBatch is also effective in planning daily activities such as managing purchase orders, tracking supplier activities, generating reports, and planning customer orders. Its good display, extensive options, and excellent user interface make it easy for users to perform various activities.

Furthermore, ActiveBatch serves as a centralized platform for managing and automating IT activities like work scheduling, data processing, file transfers, and application integration. It has been successfully utilized across various sectors including IT, manufacturing, healthcare, finance, and banking. By automating complex workflows and business processes, ActiveBatch increases productivity while reducing errors and improving overall efficiency.

Users appreciate the software's flexibility in automating redundant tasks within multiple departments. It has helped organizations set standards, improve security measures, and provide web-based access to end-users. With its powerful scheduling and workflow automation abilities, ActiveBatch has proven to be an invaluable tool for streamlining more complex processes.

Overall, ActiveBatch Workload Automation offers a wide range of use cases across industries, addressing different business problems efficiently with minimal human intervention.

Automatic job scheduling functionality: Users highly appreciate ActiveBatch's automatic job scheduling functionality, as it eliminates the need for manual intervention and ensures that tasks are executed at the desired time. Several reviewers have mentioned that this feature has significantly improved their productivity by reducing the amount of time spent on managing schedules.

Streamlining of workflows: Many users have praised ActiveBatch for its ability to streamline workflows. They find it easy to design and modify processes using the graphical workflow builder, which allows them to visually construct and modify workflows by simply dragging and dropping elements. This feature has been particularly helpful in optimizing resource allocation and minimizing conflicts or bottlenecks in job execution.

Cross-platform compatibility: The cross-platform compatibility of ActiveBatch is highly valued by users who work with multiple systems and applications. They appreciate that the software supports various platforms, enabling seamless automation and management of processes across different environments. This flexibility has been mentioned as a key strength by several reviewers, allowing them to automate complex workflows involving various platforms without any issues.

Triggers Fail: Some users have reported that triggers sometimes fail, causing significant issues in their workflows. These failures can disrupt the automation process and hinder smooth operations, leading to delays or errors in task execution.

Lack of Proper Documentation: A common complaint from reviewers is the lack of proper documentation for new features. Users have expressed the need for more detailed and comprehensive documentation to understand and effectively utilize these features. The absence of clear instructions often results in confusion and difficulty when trying to implement new functionalities.

Confusing User Interface: Several users find the user interface to be confusing and overwhelming, especially for novice users. They believe that simplifying the interface would greatly enhance navigation and improve overall user experience. The complex layout, hidden menus, and multiple clicks required to access certain functions make it challenging to manage jobs and configure processes efficiently.

Users recommend the following for ActiveBatch: Take advantage of the training and support provided by following the academy videos and completing the ActiveBatch boot camp. Seek advice from senior engineers and find a community of users for support. Plan properly before setting up ActiveBatch and ensure you have a good Customer Support representative. Start small with ActiveBatch and gradually expand its use. Design jobs/plans properly to maximize the benefits of the tool. Consider the complexity of automation when choosing ActiveBatch and utilize AB Professional services for software configuration. Review 3rd party integration capabilities in advance and ensure compatibility with existing systems and processes. Use ActiveBatch to reduce manual intervention and automate operational necessities, such as generating and sending data files to vendor solutions.

Overall, users believe that ActiveBatch is a robust tool for IT scheduling needs, offering a wide range of features and excellent support. They emphasize the importance of training, planning, community support, gradual expansion, integration considerations, and automation efficiency when using ActiveBatch.

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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
ActiveBatch Workload Automation is a powerful, robust and efficient software which required minimal human intervention.
1.Very easy to use , good user interface, Not much pre-requisites needed.
2.Offers centralized platform for managing activities across many environments, applications etc.
3.Due to automation manual intervention is significantly reduced which has led to less manul errors. 4.Frequent job runs and load on server has reduced.
5. Analytics and visualization feature is greatly appreciated as it gives us in depth data.
6. Alerts and notification features helps in tracking of jobs easily.
  • Schedules jobs and manages workflow
  • Eliminates repetitive workflow, hence streamlining the process.
  • Highly secure
  • User interface need a lilttle update as some features are hidden and repetitive clicks are needed to access those.
  • Scalability can be increased to help working on larger work loads.
  • Event based triggers are not reliable at times.
1. ActiveBatch Workload Automation is a super robust application for Regular SQL tasks or other file maintenance which in-turn has helped us to free up our time which we used to spend on working on repetitive tasks.
2. Manual Errors are significantly lowered by automation, as manual intervention is reduced.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
ActiveBatch automation is one of the best automation tool in managing the workload of an organization. The best part is that It's directly connected to the heart of our system where we runs more than 10000 jobs on the daily basis. It helps us to save a lot of time by doing all the repetitive tasks very efficiently with no error. It serves as a centralized hub for overseeing, scheduling, and governing workflows, tasks, and jobs, encompassing functions such as task scheduling, data manipulation, and file transfers, among other capabilities.
  • The mechanics of alerting are at their peak performance, offering notifications for any job that experiences a failure, encounters extended processing time, or successfully reaches completion.
  • Triggering the jobs at selected frequencies
  • plug and play API features.
  • I feel sometime that UI could be more better
  • Training videos are not available for new users
  • sometimes It fails to triggers the jobs on time
Any large business or organisation that wants to manage their workload effectively and with the least amount of room for error might choose the ActiveBatch Automation tool. Being a consultant I feel that It aids in task automation and has the flexibility to change in response to varying company requirements. It helps to save huge time by doing all the repetitive tasks on daily basis. During the patching activity the schedulers can be stopped. It also help by alerting us if any system/job is down so that SLA can be saved. Overall ActiveBatch Automation stands as a dependable cornerstone for ensuring the seamless operation of our tasks.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Use of ActiveBatch Workload Automation software has significantly reduced the time my team and I spend on various repetitive tasks like running DB jobs and reducing load on DB servers.
By streamlining complex workflows, it has not only saved manual efforts but also provided accurate results. The number of manual hours has been reduced from ~20 Hours to ~5 Hours
The software is flexible in integration with various other applications and services.
With its powerful scheduling and workflow automation abilities the tool offers us various options to streamline more complex processes.
The software is altogether a most powerful, robust and efficient in the industry with minimal human intervention requirement and high accuracy (minimal errors)


  • Regular scan of endpoint security components
  • Scheduling Jobs and managing workflow
  • Transfer data between services (AWS)
  • Streamlining workflow, eliminating repetitive tasks
  • Improvement in Permission model
  • Trigger Option needs to be enhanced.
  • not at affordable price for smaller corporates
  • GUI can be improved
The software comes in more handy where the number of repetitive tasks are high specially when DB jobs are manually run at timely intervals, when there is a requirement to trigger to move to the next task and when there is a need to schedule tasks without human intervention like data transfer between various web services, etc...

Not preferred for smaller organizations due to the pricing and other automation softwares that are available in market at a lesser price.
the beginners may feel it is too complex,
August 06, 2023

Scheduling Made Easier

Shreyas K S | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Job Scheduling was something which used to take alot of time and also need an resource everytime to monitor them with the help of ActiveBatch Workload Automation we can schedule the jobs automatically to a particular time and we do not require any resource to run them. Active Batch also restarts itself when there is failure of jobs. Alerting, Monitoring has also become easy with ActiveBatch. it also provides the option of triggers we can eliminate or reduce the use of Boiler Plate code and we can automate triggers based on event/action. This was helping me alot.
  • Automatic Job Scheduling
  • jobs functioning automatically with the help off triggers.
  • Streamlining entire Workflow
  • Triggers fails at times causes a lot of trouble it has to looked
  • Proper Documentation of new features is required
  • UI should be Simplified
Whenever there is an requirement in a team where we need to monitor web based applications we need run jobs on regular basis based on particular event, It is difficult to schedule at particular time as manual scheduling is required. with the help of ActiveBatch workload automation we can automate the Job Scheduling and we do not need any resource to schedule it. With the help of triggers we can alo automate the next event which is very useful.
Haripriya Vasudevan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
ActiveBatch Workload Automation is software used in day-to-day activities to automate and manage IT processes across multiple platforms, applications, and technologies. It acts as a centralized platform for monitoring, scheduling, and controlling workflows, jobs, tasks like work scheduling, data processing, file transfers much more. Scheduling jobs and monitoring resources was a complex type where in ActiveBatch helps us to resolve such complexity by scheduling jobs and restarting itself when there is a failure of jobs. Alerting, Monitoring has also become easy with ActiveBatch.It also provides the option of triggers we can eliminate errors and we can automate triggers based on events/actions which helped in day-day activities.
  • Automatic scheduling and monitoring
  • Streamlining entire Workflow
  • Highly secure
  • Improving the UI
  • Supporting multiple cloud platforms (AWS, Azure)
  • Improved Reporting and Analytics
As a DevOps engineer, it made me difficult to manage such complex infrastructure for maintaining the applications end-end, but this software helped in automation of scripts and tasks and automatic monitoring and scheduling of workflows. On any given week the company would have literally hundreds of file import/export transactions that need to happen on a single day, every day, every month, or some complex combination of days at different hours of the day and night and consistently ActiveBatch delivered. It allowed for the efficient design and redesign of import/export jobs (such as being able to reuse schedule objects, allow for the partial execution of nodes for a particular job to help with testing, and effortlessly change parameters from testing to development deployments), logging of transaction errors, and ability to work with the wide variety of file processing tools that we would use internally (ETL, SSIS packages, .NET code, etc.)
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The pre built job function in ActiveBatch Workload Automation helped the team in accelerate the automation process by facilitating us to skip the steps required to create a job function, such as identifying the need, analyzing the requirements, optimizing the process, preparing the script and monitoring the automation progress. <br><br>The team also had a swift experience in learning to use the tool as it is super user friendly and has an easy user interface. Example the drag and drop function.<br><br>The ActiveBatch job scheduler is another feature to vouch for, which helped us create a agile environment for our automation process. This feature helped us allocate tasks to the teammates and sends regular reminder to complete the task within the said timelines, this at the same time helped us project any delays we may encounter. In case of deviation the tool also helps in change management.
  • Pre defined job steps
  • Job scheduler
  • Rest API adapter
  • Would like to see dedicated technical support, the AI enabled customer support is not useful useful all the time
  • Installation support and installation guide to help smooth installation of the process
There are number of pre built job steps which are ready to run from the huge library. This helped us save time by not starting from scratch and writing scripts. The tool also is compatible with most of the extensions and easy to connect without any hassle and does not require to set up enablers, thanks to the REST API adapter.
Mahesh Rao | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Active batch is very useful in planning your daily activities, providing the purchase order for raw materials, track the activities from supplier side, easily generate the reports as required and plan for customer orders.
Other features are good display, has enormous options to work, user interface is excellent, can do almost all activities
  • Excellent Business development software
  • Very good in planning customer orders
  • Very good software for all kind of tracking
  • Some customization features to be provided so that we can tweak a software a bit
  • Regular training to be provided
  • for new user it is bit difficult to adjust
Because there are so many alternatives, quick training is really necessary. Overall, using this programme, which offers practically everything you need for whatever organisation you work in (IT, manufacturing, aerospace, logistics, etc.), felt like a life-changing event.This application has made life so much simpler for us that we can quickly manage our supply, make decisions about future purchases, and fulfil customer requests while making plans accordingly. With an approved supplier list and tracking it, purchasing the necessary electrical goods became incredibly simple for IT professionals.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
A software application called Active Batch Workload Automation enables businesses to manage and automate intricate IT activities. Tasks like work scheduling, data processing, file transfers, and application integration fall under this category. The requirement to manage and automate a sizable number of dissimilar IT systems and processes is one of the main business issues that ACTIVE Batch addresses. If performed manually, this can be a time-consuming and error-prone process that can have an adverse effect on corporate operations through inefficiencies, delays, and mistakes. By offering a centralized platform for organizing and automating these procedures, Active Batch solves this issue. It enables businesses to automate repetitive procedures, combine workflows with other systems and apps, and track the effectiveness of these processes. Since Active Batch can be utilised in a variety of sectors and by businesses of all sizes, its use cases are diverse. It can be used, for instance, to manage system backups and software upgrades in IT, to automate supply chain management and production operations in manufacturing, to manage patient data and billing procedures in healthcare, and to handle patient data and reconciliation in finance and banking. By automating complex IT workflows and business processes, ActiveBatch Workload Automation can help organizations increase productivity, decrease errors, and enhance overall efficiency.
  • Businesses can use ActiveBatch to plan tasks based on parameters like frequency, dependencies, and the time of day. By automating typical actions like backups and data transfers, businesses can make sure that crucial operations go off without a hitch.
  • Multiple systems and apps can be used in complicated workflows that ActiveBatch can automate. For instance, it can automate a workflow for processing orders from beginning to end, from the customer order through inventory control and delivery through the processing of invoices and payments.
  • Files can be sent between many platforms and systems safely with ActiveBatch. Transfers to cloud-based storage systems like Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure are also included in this. SFTP and FTP transfers are also included.
  • The interface has received complaints from some users that it can be challenging to use, especially for novice users. Due to this, managing jobs and configuring processes may be difficult, which may hinder adoption and raise the possibility of mistakes.
  • Although ActiveBatch is quite adaptable and can be set up to handle a variety of use cases, some clients have complained that it can be difficult to modify workflows or create custom connections. This may reduce the platform's ability to accommodate particular business requirements.
  • Some users have complained that it can be hard to locate or find limited documentation for ActiveBatch. Because of this, it may be difficult for users to resolve problems or comprehend how to customise the platform for their unique requirements.
Healthcare organisations that need to manage intricate workflows involving numerous apps and systems will find ActiveBatch to be very useful. This involves duties including managing patient records, billing for medical services, and processing insurance claims. Financial services companies that need to manage intricate workflows involving numerous systems and apps may find ActiveBatch to be quite useful. This covers duties including payment processing, account reconciliation, and financial reporting. Manufacturing companies that need to handle intricate processes involving numerous systems and apps may find ActiveBatch to be very useful. This includes activities like quality control, supply chain management, and inventory management. Retail companies that need to handle intricate workflows involving numerous systems and applications will find ActiveBatch to be quite useful. This comprises activities including order processing, inventory management, and payment processing.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
By automating processes, managing resources, and delivering real-time visibility and control, ActiveBatch is a flexible and strong task automation tool that assists enterprises in addressing a wide range of business problems. Businesses may orchestrate complicated workflows across numerous systems and apps using ActiveBatch. This increases organisation productivity by ensuring that tasks are completed in the proper sequence and that dependencies are efficiently managed. The scope of use case is also very satisfactory. ActiveBatch can automate data processing and extract, transform, and load(ETL) processes, ensuring that data is processed accurately and efficiently.
  • ActiveBatch allows businesses to orchestrate complex workflows across multiple systems and applications, ensuring that tasks are completed in correct order and on time.
  • Businesses can monitor and manage activities and workflows more effectively with ActiveBatch's real-time visibility into their status.
  • Workflows are automated using ActiveBatch, which cuts down on time spent on completing activities and eliminates the need for manual involvement.
  • Although ActiveBatch comes with some fundamental cloud management features, I believe that this area might be strengthened to enable multi-cloud settings and optimise the use of cloud resources.
  • Integration with third-party tools and systems can be enhanced.
  • The documentation of the software can be more clear to helps users understand the features and customisation options.
For enterprises with complex IT infrastructure that need automation and orchestration across numerous systems and applications, ActiveBatch Workload Automation Software is best suited. This comprises businesses in the financial, medical, logistical, and manufacturing sectors. For companies that need to automate business operations across many platforms and environments, such as on-premises systems, cloud infrastructure, and virtual environments, ActiveBatch is the best option.
Harshitha Reddy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Using this software ActiveBatch Workload Automation, businesses may manage and automate their business procedures and IT operations. For managing activities and workflows across many applications, systems, and environments, it offers a centralized platform.<br>Businesses may improve their operations and lower human mistakes by using ActiveBatch to automate and schedule activities across several systems and apps.<br>Business operations like processing invoices, completing orders, and providing customer support may be automated using ActiveBatch, increasing productivity and cutting expenses.
  • A variety of platforms, including Windows, Unix, Linux, and cloud environments are supported by ActiveBatch, allowing businesses to automate and manage their processes across many systems and applications.
  • ActiveBatch software provides cross-platform capability that s especially useful for large enterprises with complex IT infrastructures that need to integrate and manage various applications and platforms
  • As ActiveBatch offers real-time monitoring and alerting features, users can proactively spot and fix problems before they impair system performance or create downtime
  • Particularly for those who are unfamiliar with automation and scheduling tools, the ActiveBatch learning curve might be challenging
  • Although the visual workflow designer is simple to use, certain of its more sophisticated features and functions call for more in-depth understanding and training.
  • In order to interact with particular platforms or apps, users would need bespoke scripting or programming.
Organizations with complex IT infrastructures that need cross-platform automation and interaction with a range of applications and systems may benefit from using ActiveBatch.Organizations in the financial or healthcare industries, for example, that have compliance and auditing needs, could consider ActiveBatch.Data integrity and regulatory compliance are ensured by the platform's extensive compliance and auditing tools.
ActiveBatch Workload Automation may be less appropriate for small businesses with simple workflows and limited IT infrastructures, as the platform may be more complex than what they need.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
ActiveBatch Workload Automation may be employed in a wide range of sectors and applications, including banking, healthcare, manufacturing, and information technology operations. It may be used to plan and make payments, track account balances, and produce audit and compliance reports. It is also useful for optimizing production lines, managing inventory levels, and coordinating shipping and logistics. The particular use cases for ActiveBatch will be determined by each organization's needs and requirements.
  • It offers graphical workflow builder that allows you to construct and change processes by dragging and dropping elements and utilizing predefined templates.
  • It offers intelligent queuing system that optimizes resource allocation and load balancing based on priority, availability, and dependencies.
  • It offers robust alerting and notification system that notifies you of any difficulties or failures in processes and offers remedy choices.
  • The user interface might be more straightforward and user-friendly, particularly for inexperienced or new users. Some functions are hidden behind menus or need many clicks to reach. More customization options, such as themes, layouts, and shortcuts, might further help the interface.
  • Integration with other programmes and systems might be smoother and more comprehensive. Manual configuration or scripting is required for some integrations, which can be time-consuming and error-prone. Some integrations, such as cloud services, databases, or online services, are also limited in functionality or compatibility.
  • To handle larger and more complicated workloads, performance and scalability could be increased. When working with large amounts of data or tasks, some users have encountered delayed loading times, crashes, or freezes. More optimisation options, such as load balancing, caching, or parallel processing, might potentially help the system.
When only basic or isolated tasks that do not require coordination or integration with other systems or applications must be performed. In this scenario, ActiveBatch may be overkill, and you may be able to fulfil your goals using simpler tools or scripts. When you have highly specialized or bespoke requirements that ActiveBatch does not cover out of the box or through its existing connectors. In this instance, you may need to create new scripts or extensions to make ActiveBatch function for your specific requirements, which may raise the complexity and maintenance expenses of your solution.
Mahesh Babu k s | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
ActiveBatch Workload Automation is used for multiple purposes such as SAP jobs, File transfer systems (FTP), and data warehouse loads. There are numerous functionalities the supports various types of workflows, including batch calls and service calls. The format of job scheduling is well organized and very similar to what we use in day-to-day life making it easier to use. It is able to control all the jobs (FTP, data warehouse) for multiple environments over and across different servers.
  • It has a low code WLA solution that supports way of approching to IT automation
  • Highly efficient across the technologies and organization
  • file transfer triggers and message transfer triggers are added advantages for powerful scheduling jobs
  • support for some of the bugs can be improved
  • sometimes its hard of set the permissions
ActiveBatch Workload Automation has reduced the work by providing automated workflows across the several different applications. Also some of the trigger options such as FTP file triggers, message queue triggers and many others runs the jobs sequentially making sure, it will be handled in reliable way. It sets up automated alerts for operational peace of mind. It also has custom business rules that we can apply on advanced date/time scheduling and fiscal calendar.
Khoa Nguyen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Active Batch handles all of our nightly batch jobs including but not limited to file transfers between SFTP sites, SSRS report generation, file encryption/decryption and much more. We have several use cases for using Active Batch but one of the main drivers was having a solution to house all of our Windows Task Scheduler jobs, while task scheduler is great, it was a pain to manage and support. With Active Batch, we now have a single solution where we can see which jobs are running, how long they are running for, if they failed, and when they would run next, etc. We currently have about 1000 jobs in different Active Batch environments.
  • Alerts on job conditions such as failed, long running, or aborted.
  • Allows easy organization by associating jobs with objects and containing them within folders and/or plans.
  • Treats all items as an object which allows for continuous reuse of common items such as schedules and account credentials.
  • Sometimes execution agents can crash under heavy job load.
  • Execution agents do not auto update on their own.
  • Event based triggers are not 100% reliable.
Active Batch can provide end to end automation where other tools cannot. For example, you can subscribe to a SSRS report to have it deliver the report via email or even save it somewhere but if you have Active Batch generate the report, you can do the same things but also upload it to a SFTP server or encrypt the files using PGP encryption.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use ActiveBatch Workload Automation for our IT processes and systems. Before we needed to make different complex scripts, eg powershell. Now thanks to ActiveBatch Workload Automation it is centralized in one software application.
  • schedule jobs
  • consolidation of the different object and processes
  • expand the base line of the different jobs
  • still need some scripting code
  • some objects could be better intuitive
  • learning scale
ActiveBatch Workload Automation is best in large IT landscapes with a lot of business processes but less so in smaller organisations I believe. I think it is too complex for IT department that uses less than 50 objects. Because then the profit doesn't weighed the learning time.
Steve Schneider | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
ActiveBatch Workload Automation runs all of our nightly processes, creates server reports, verifies services are up and restarts them if not. Monitors mission critical servers and SAN units for space issues, encrypts and FTP's files to clients, sends out strategic notifications to clients and monitors SLA's. We use ActiveBatch Workload Automation for almost everything we do. It's an incredible piece of software.
  • ActiveBatch Workload Automation executes our nightly processes and then monitors every process through all of the stages then notifies the client sending them technical information about the job run.
  • ActiveBatch Workload Automation monitors our SAN and mission critical servers for space issues. When we get an alert from ActiveBatch Workload Automation we know it's legitimate.
  • ActiveBatch Workload Automation logs everything! If a job fails we know that we will have all the information we will need to troubleshoot the issue.
  • We have some jobs with 100's of steps and it doesn't even phase our Job Scheduler. It is an amazing application.
  • There could be a more robust user community to share idea's. There is one but I think it could be much better.
  • It's a very complicated application so it's not super easy to pick right up and start using it. We made some mistakes in the beginning that we feel we should have had a better understanding before we started using it. That's our fault.
ActiveBatch Workload Automation is a super robust application, it is suitable for almost anything, it has so many extensions into different applications such as VMware, Amazon EC2, Azure, Power Shell and many others. If it's digital, ActiveBatch Workload Automation can probably create an automated process solution.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use ActiveBatch to run our DW Informatica workflows, daily tableau reports, analytics jobs, and ICEDQ rules. This allows us to minimize downtime/errors when coordinating data loads, reporting, data quality, and analysis jobs. We can also easily scheduled prod to test data refreshes which helps our team and others with development and testing priorities.
  • Makes scheduling easy to understand, follow, and rerun jobs when necessary.
  • Allows for cross-team coordination of scheduled tasks which reduces errors.
  • Makes stopping jobs easy when needed for server/database downtime.
  • Scripting enables us to easily change email addresses for failed job alerts.
  • Nested plans/jobs make creating and changing dependencies simple.
  • On RARE occasions, have seen scheduling properties changed that don't take effect.
  • Simpler to understand/more robust reporting options would be nice to have.
  • Maybe I'm missing something, but why doesn't the Instances view show completion time? Just execution time and duration.
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.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] jobs are developed by two departments, but those jobs are for (or affect) many departments across the whole organization.

We are consistently looking for repetitive tasks that are currently taking up employees time, but which can be automated. By building automation scripts, significant time savings are achieved, and employees are freed to work on tasks which are not repetitive - and thus scriptable.

ActiveBatch has been an excellent tool for this type of automation, as the job scripts are easy to develop quickly, and logging and alerting are strongly incorporated for when things don't go as expected.
  • 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.
  • String handling / parsing. I find myself using PowerShell to do a fair amount of text parsing (particularly if manipulations are needed) - not necessarily a bad thing, but certainly a place where ActiveBatch could be improved.
  • Debugging - or lack of it! With no stepping debugger, it can be a longer process than many other programming / scripting environments: rather than simply stepping through and observing state changes, I find myself inserting logging steps to excess, then having to clean them up once the error is found.
  • The perennial - Documentation! While a near-universal complaint for *any* software, ActiveBatch's developer documentation is somewhat spotty - just where I need detail, I find summary-level info. There is lots of documentation (as there should be for a tool with such a wide range of applications), but it is in mixed formats (some PDF, some CHM), and the descriptions of specific fields within job steps is often little more than I can get in a tool-tip in the GUI. Allowable ranges, expected formats for string data, and similar helpful details are inconsistent.
  • The KnowledgeBase at ASCI's web site often has examples which answer the questions I have, but not always - and not always under the search terms one would think to use.
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.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] is used by our department to fulfill company wide needs. The main use is to control and monitor overnight processing to ensure that all processes are run successfully without need of manual intervention. We also use ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] for internal system maintenance tasks and any other processes that originally required frequent, repetitive manual intervention.
  • 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.
  • ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] can be a little overwhelming for new users due to its many features and options.
ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] works great for any type of repeatable task, and has several methods of initiating jobs that can be applicable for any environment. In our experience we have yet to find a scenario that needed automation that could not be accomplished via ActiveBatch [Workload Automation]. However, if the number of automated job needs is small, or if they are very simple jobs then ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] might be overkill in those types of situations.
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We used ActiveBatch to manage many of our automated database reports. It was used system-wide, but for our department only my colleague and I used it. It was supposed to be a replacement for Windows task scheduler, but it barely worked as intended. We had to hack many of our scheduled jobs to use batch scripts since the built-in Powershell or command line options did not work.
  • Everything in one place
  • Easily manage multiple machines and their scripts
  • Supposed to allow for more in-depth schedule 'chaining', e.g. when this job ends it kicks off another
  • Almost none of the advertised functionality worked in any form
  • Hacks to get it to work included calling a batch script via a scheduled task instead of just saving the code directly in AB - running that way did nothing
  • Notifications of job activity either didn't work or just absolutely spammed you
  • User accounts didn't work, our team had to share the one that barely worked
If it did the things it says it can, it would be an incredibly powerful and essential tool. Being able to manage all of our scripts in one place, as well as which machines they run against and their schedules would have been amazing. The builder was also easy to use for setting things up; again if they actually did anything once set up.
Ron Zermeno | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
ActiveBatch is used by our organization to automate redundant tasks, both internally and externally. Many of our departments have 'jobs' they've created, to run processes that would normally occur during working hours. With ActiveBatch, these processes can now be set to 'trigger' at scheduled times throughout the day and throughout the night. This saves from having one person being assigned with running and managing the individual tasks. And since the jobs are scheduled, the processes can run during the weekends and holidays, saving employees time and the company money.
  • 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).
  • 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.
It's great for basic tasks or tasks that need to run in a certain sequence. Especially import/export jobs, where the next step can only work when the previous job has completed. It does have some issues where a tasks may run into an error (file location not available) and may not always prevent itself from continuing to run the job.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are using ActiveBatch across multiple departments. Our collections team is using it to gather customer payment history from a Microsoft SQL database. Our billing application runs through ActiveBatch and feeds the billing data to the data warehouse. Through ActiveBatch, our business unit's reports are made available, or they receive ActiveBatch alerts indicating an error occurred in the data generation and details about the error.
  • ActiveBatch does Microsoft SQL jobs well, providing centralized configurations.
  • The scheduling options and flexibility is very good in ActiveBatch.
  • The ability to restrict ActiveBatch users to specific areas of the application is easy to manage.
  • The Oracle connectivity and error detection is challenging and doesn't always work for us.
  • The UI for administration is overwhelming as first and could be simplified.
ActiveBatch is an excellent tool to distribute to multiple teams across the organization, allowing developers, application support, business units as well as mangers to create the tasks they need and maintain their configurations, without having to wait on a central point of support.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It was and still is being managed and integrated into other internal systems by the whole IT DevOps team, but forms a critical layer that services our entire organization in providing automated linkage between my former company's systems and those of their clients. On any given week the company would have literally hundreds of file import/export transactions that need to happen on a single day, every day, every month, or some complex combination of days at different hours of the day and night and consistently ActiveBatch delivered. It allowed for the efficient design and redesign of import/export jobs (such as being able to reuse schedule objects, allow for the partial execution of nodes for a particular job to help with testing, and effortlessly change parameters from testing to development deployments), logging of transaction errors, and ability to work with the wide variety of file processing tools that we would use internally (ETL, SSIS packages, .NET code, etc.) It's relatively intuitive design allows for it to be used and managed by people with even a bare minimum of IT experience, without sacrificing power and reliability.
  • One good feature I already mentioned is that once you create a configuration object (such as a schedule object), you can reuse it as much as needed. This minimizes errors in scheduling because there's less opportunity to make a configuration error with future similar jobs that would follow the same schedule, makes it more efficient to schedule those new jobs, and makes it efficient to make scheduling changes--change the scheduling object once and all the related jobs' schedules are automatically changed.
  • Partial path execution is a good strength, especially for testing/debugging. I can have a decently sized tree of process nodes for a given job, but I can easily deactivate the nodes I do not want to include in my testing.
  • Being able to define test and production jobs in separate environments and easily change the settings of one without affecting the other is another strength. Often I would have a job set up in a test environment and after testing it, it would get ported to a very similar production environment with only having to change 3-4 parameter settings. And then I could easily deactivate the test job while still keeping it all set up in the event of needing it for future enhancement/troubleshooting.
  • 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.
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.
Ruben Santiago | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
ActiveBatch usage in the company has expended extensively from its v4 days when it hosted just 6 jobs. Now, with over two thousand jobs and dozens of workflows, it touches and does processes for just about every department within the company; claims, sales, I.T., finance, H.R., and now the mainframe. It allowed us to set standards for how users write jobs and security of the systems. With the addition of the web server component, end-users can access the system via the web GUI instead of providing them server console access. In training the users, we set forth policies for how to write/use code/elements of the system so that others, not familiar with the system, can quickly identify where issues are and target their efforts in those jobs. After our security audit, use of the ActiveBatch increased since it hooks into our encryption software....well, it hooks into a lot of applications specific to our needs. With any workflow, comes a different set of requirements, and ActiveBatch has allowed us to meet or exceed every one of them.
  • Interaction with other third party software. Interacts with encryption software, various 'partner designated' sftp software, file manipulation software, etc.
  • Variety of options for users based on experience in accomplishing the same things as 'coders'. Someone like me wouldn't need to use the Jobs Library too much but users who are not comfortable with code can accomplish the same tasks using the drag/drop functionality of the pre-built jobs library.
  • Security. Allows the admins to secure every single element of the system; plans, jobs, accounts, etc.
  • Easy to use by the end-users.
  • Lack of continued development for the non-jobs step library items.
  • Updates sometimes 'break' previously working functionality; the email trigger comes to mind.
  • Lack of development of what can trigger jobs/processes.
I found it suited for just about anything. Currently ActiveBatch sits on a Windows environment, but it can hit the Linux servers by calling WinSCP or Putty to perform actions on the Linux servers.
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