About ActiveBatch

ActiveBatch is a cloud-based and on-premise workflow management solution designed on helping businesses implement low-code IT workflow automation. The time it takes to manage workflow and business processes is cut in half with event automation and job scheduling, resource optimization, security and audit management, analytics, and customizable alerts. 

With its modular design, ActiveBatch allows businesses to manage all systems and integrations from one point of control and customize their own ActiveBatch implementation for their organizational needs. Users are able to build and automate workflows with workflow management drag-and-drop functionality for easy implementation. Workflows can also automatically be created when certain events are triggere...


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Supported Operating System(s):

Windows 7, Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8, Windows 10

15 Reviews of ActiveBatch

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.53 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

4.5

Functionality

4.5

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April 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

April 2018

Active Batch Is One Of The Greatest Software Applications Ever Devised!

This application is the driving force at First Rate Inc. It flawlessly runs all of our overnight processing jobs and helps us to see performance trends. It help us to meet our SLA's wit our clients. Hands down one of the greatest software applications ever devised and keeps getting better!

Pros

If it's digital this application can probably create an automated task to do whatever you need, and do it extremely efficient. We have come up with some very complex plans/Jobs and I doubt we have even scratched the surface on what this application is capable of doing. I cannot stress enough how Active Batch can transform your company! The ROI on this application is astronomical. Once you see how powerful it is you will agree. I'm not being paid to say these things, I like and breath Active Batch almost every day and I always say, how did we stay in business before we started using Active Batch!

Cons

It's a complicated piece of software and we found it a little difficult to wrap our brains around the creating of jobs, and variables, however, ASCI support is the best in the business and they worked with us to get like the first 10 jobs working and from those 10 we were able to really branch out quickly.

June 2019

Lourens from Coronation

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Industry: Financial Services

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

June 2019

My experiences over the years in ActiveBatch

We have used ActiveBatch for the last 5 years and are we happy. So happy that we have moved all our Automation and scheduling to ActiveBatch and that shows the trust few have in the product

Pros

Previously we have used a few scheduling systems but in recent years we have moved all our automation and scheduling to ActiveBatch. Which shows the confidence we have in the product The central location of all our workflows and an operation to view running, failed and successful jobs make ActiveBatch an outstanding product. The execute agent and job scheduler is very stable. ActiveBatch scheduler is brilliant and the use of custom dates and calendars makes scheduling powerful. The PowerShell script option in AB makes scheduling of PowerShell scripts easy. Reuse and reference of scripts in workflows make development quicker. The use of variables on Jobs, schedulers, folders, triggers and task gives us a lot of variety and flexibility. The support team is very good and always eager to help. The only issues we have is the difference in time zones in response from the support team due to that. But it has imporved over the last few months.

Cons

What I found over the years is when a new version of AB has been released, jobs that were working in the previous release not working in the new version. The new GUI of v12 looks good but is a lot slower and crashes more often than the previous version. To do a simple task and using the internal steps like reading a from DB, loop through the records, setting values to a condition can be a confusing thing. Lately, we have been switching all our jobs that were using job steps to PowerShell scripts because we have more control and options in Powershell.

December 2019

bhasker from Flagship Credit Acceptance

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Industry: Financial Services

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

December 2019

Active Batch to orchestrate your workload

The product is well thought, well priced, offering lot of features, I can understand with such a lot of features it is hard to introduce a change without breaking other functionalities, but if they can tighten their testing before releasing it covering all scenarios, that will be great.

Pros

lots of features..flexibility on how to orchestrate your workload.

Cons

sometimes, the behaviors are unpredictable. not a major blow up so far. but it can get on your nerves as why certain things work the way it works and why would it not work for other cases given both are similar situations.

Reasons for Choosing ActiveBatch

Each of the software are scored against the following categories. The scores range from 1 to 10 with 10 being most favorable and 1 being least favorable. Total score High total score is favorable. Software \ Categories ease of use licensing cost maintainability Learning curve functionality Support Total score BMC - Control-M 9 4 8 9 8 8 46 Advanced Systems - Acive batch 7 7 7 6 9.5 8 44.5 Helps Systems - JAMS Scheduler 4 9 7 8 5 6 39 Red hat Ansible ( IBM ) 2 5 5 4 2 4 22

June 2019

Tyson from Ensign peak Advisors

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Financial Services

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

June 2019

Top Notch Automation Capability

Overall, ActiveBatch is a very solid and capable package that gives you almost everything you could ever want in automation.

Pros

ActiveBatch is the backbone of our automation operations. We use it to automate a wide variety of tasks from running our own custom data processing software to retrieving FTP to monitoring server status. * The scheduler has amazing variety and flexibility for automating tasks: jobs within plans, variables that change parameters dynamically, constraints on other tasks, triggers for other tasks. * Monitoring status of jobs and plans can be done in a variety of ways, through a UI, through email or other communication, even automated reporting. Almost however you want to look at status, ActiveBatch has you covered. * Great support for integration with other technologies and services. They have a number of packages for integration with third party systems. You can fairly easily integrate with command line tools, custom libraries or web APIs to create custom links. We've even used Powershell to automate ActiveBatch itself. * Their tech support has always been quick to respond and genuinely willing to dig deep to help solve the problem.

Cons

Only a couple cons come to mind. * With increased flexibility and capability come increased complexity. It's easy to get a couple jobs going, but there is a learning curve to use the full capability. There is no free training (like self-guided course), though perhaps that's changed since the last time I looked, and the documentation is difficult to wade through. * We do see quirky behavior indicative of small bugs that will manifest themselves after weeks of operation. Although I would consider it stable, every now and again something strange happens (weeks between occurrences) and it's time to restart the service. It's not the same thing every time and support has always helped us navigate unexpected behavior.

May 2019

Anthony from Exela

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

May 2019

All the tools you need under one roof

Biggest problems solved are scheduling and job dependency issues. ActiveBatch allows you to make sure jobs run in the order you need them to. Building a workflow on job step dependency where on job kicks off the next as expected. Or utilizing constraints to not run a job multiple times a day if it has already run. It also has a great feedback alert system. to send emails, text messages, etc to let you know when a job has succeeded or failed. New apps allow you to manage jobs from your phone.

Pros

It has tons of features, and options to integrate it's automation into many third party platforms for backups, email, sharepoint, tracking systems. The options for coding automation in your comfort zone is also great. Whether you script in ksh, bsh, cmd, bat, powershell, js, or vb; you can take existing workflows and start scheduling them into ActiveBatch seamlessly. Or do as I do; and integrate all those skills into a jobs library and create a custom ActiveBatch workflow.

Cons

Some of those third party integration point cost extra. Probably expected. There is some challenges with security tokens when migrating to new systems.