IBM Tivoli, BMC and SMA Solutions Top Poll on IT Automation Software

The results are in for the eDiscoveryTimes poll that ran the past two weeks asking “Which IT Automation Software are you currently running or planning to run in the next 12 months?”.  Finishing first with 28% of the vote was IBM’s Tivoli Workload Scheduler.  Finishing second with 23% of the vote was BMC’s Control-M Workload Automation and Finishing third with 19% of the vote was SMA Solution’s OpCon.

IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler

IBMLogoAccording to IBM, Tivoli Workload Scheduler automates, monitors and controls workflow throughout the enterprise IT infrastructure. This leading software automation tool can manage hundreds of thousands of workloads a day—from a single point of control. It helps you better align IT with business objectives to improve performance and reduce costs.

According to IBM, Tivoli Workload Scheduler helps you establish an enterprise workload automation backbone by driving composite workloads according to business policies.

  • Delivers high scalability, availability and performance. This fault-tolerant software even executes workloads during unplanned incidences with built-in redundancies and recovery processes.
  • Supports both calendar based and event based workload automation. You gain greater flexibility and innovation when moving from a static, platform-based view of production workloads to a dynamic service-driven environment.
  • From a single point of control, you can view and manage composite workloads to fine-tune performance and handle exceptions. You can easily create production reports and generate alerts based on workload, application or system events.
  • Provides open, standards based application programming interfaces (APIs) to extend workload automation control to custom and legacy applications. You can easily build composite batch services, integrate batch services with online services, or fully automate all composite workloads including both batch and online services.
  • Leverages a service-oriented architecture based on IBM WebSphere components. You can control J2EE workloads and web services invocations, and manage dependencies between online and batch services. Also leverages IBM DB2 or allows for the use of Oracle Database.
  • Provides standards based integration with grid and cloud computing technologies. In addition, the software combines with IBM Tivoli products for monitoring workload automation events. It also integrates with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning to provide cloud-based elastic capabilities, helping you reserve or expand the Tivoli Workload Scheduler environment based on your changing business needs.

BMC Control-M Workload Automation

bmc logoAccording to BMC, BMC Control-M integrates the management of critical workload processes from
a single point of control. With cross-application and cross-platform scheduling capabilities, this powerful workload automation solution accelerates delivery of digital services and increases the quality of service delivered to your customers

According to BMC, with Control-M, you:

  • Gain a faster, cheaper way to manage workload with a unique architecture that supports growth and provides unmatched integration
  • Reduce the number of failure points and delays caused by manual processes with a single, unified scheduling interface — regardless of platform
  • Eliminate your reliance on multiple tool-sets and staff resources with automated scheduling processes that help you manage priorities according to business needs
  • Accelerate delivery of digital services by connecting Applications Development and IT Operations using a collaborative web application

According to BMC, by replacing your current scheduling solution(s) with the industry-leading BMC, Control-M, you will:

  • Reduce costs — Lower total cost of IT and business operations
  • Reduce risk — Minimize risk due to errors and delays
  • Increase business agility and service quality — Reduce time to deliver quality
  • services and products
  • Migrate with confidence — Minimize the risks and costs of implementation

SMA Solutions OpCon

smasolutions-tagAccording to SMA Solutions, OpCon is the only workload automation platform on the market that was developed from the ground up as a single solution with a single point of control across the entire enterprise with support for every major operating system from mainframes to Open Systems servers, application and ERP platforms.

Deployed for the first time in 1995, SMA Solutions states that OpCon is a widely proven, robust solution that reduces IT costs, complexity and risks by dynamically responding to changes in your environment. It enables our diverse client base to automate their high volume, on-demand information processing.

Full Results of the Poll

The full results of the poll that that ran the past two weeks asking “Which IT Automation Software are you currently running or planning to run in the next 12 months?” are as follows:


About Charles Skamser
Charles Skamser is an internationally recognized technology sales, marketing and product management leader with over 25 years of experience in Information Governance, eDiscovery, Machine Learning, Computer Assisted Analytics, Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics, IT Automation and ITOA. Charles is the founder and Senior Analyst for eDiscovery Solutions Group, a global provider of information management consulting, market intelligence and advisory services specializing in information governance, eDiscovery, Big Data analytics and cloud computing solutions. Previously, Charles served in various executive roles with disruptive technology start ups and well known industry technology providers. Charles is a prolific author and a regular speaker on the technology that the Global 2000 require to manage the accelerating increase in Electronically Stored Information (ESI). Charles holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Macalester College.