Leading Globally, Delivering Locally. Groupon Raises the Bar in Customer Experience

I am a Groupon customer. Chances are you may have purchased one of the more than one billion units they have sold to date. In 2015 alone, Groupon added 1.5 million new customers, 300,000 active deals and processes or more than 100 million mobile transactions. That's a lot of local commerce for small businesses across the globe. [1]

Groupon takes their business seriously and has a strong set of values. I was thrilled to see many of them consistent with ours! They start with the customer, refuse to accept mediocrity and build for the long-term. Perhaps that's why they selected Stonebranch when they expanded operations and their open-source job scheduling software became unstable.

Groupon now uses Stonebranch Universal Automation Center to automate, integrate and manage workflows from any web-enabled device and enjoys significant Return on Automation since the change.

Stonebranch makes workflows highly visual and easy to understand. With Universal Automation Center we are able to create workflows 10 times faster, and we can include everyone in the process. Coding or script experience is no longer needed, a huge advantage for us.

- Marco Caesar, Data Warehouse Manager, Groupon

Groupon and Stonebranch do differ on one significant point. Groupon wants to make life less boring. They say, "We infuse excitement, newness and unpredictability into everything we do." [2]

At Stonebranch we want to do just the opposite. Job scheduling is the backbone of enterprise IT and needs to be not only reliable, but predictable, secure and flexible. We focus solely on workload automation, delivering the right data to the right systems in the right format at the right point in time.

Learn more about Groupon's workload automation journey here.

Michelle Jones
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development
Stonebranch, Inc.

1. Groupon Q1 2016 Public Fact Sheet
2. https://www.groupon.com/press/about-groupon

Customer Perspectives: Simplifying Your Automation Landscape

Imagine an organization with almost 4,000 employees from Denmark to India. Then imagine this same organization operates more than 400 IT systems as one of Denmark’s leading IT software companies, serving public and private sector alike. Finally, imagine what impact increasing license costs and challenges finding and managing job output would have on this company.

Meet KMD. For more than 40 years, KMD has been improving citizen-facing services has played a key role in digitizing the Danish welfare state. For 8 of those years, KMD relied on Stonebranch Workload Automation technology alongside its mainframe IBM TWS Scheduler. However, they needed to update that environment to improve visibility, simplify their complex IT environment and address the rising license costs associated with their IBM technology.

KMD again chose Stonebranch.

We are thrilled to be KMD’s partner for Workload Automation. We win by having the privilege to continue serving our long-term customer. KMD wins with 12% faster processing time, a 36% reduction in agents, and the ability to better serve, support and develop Denmark.

Learn more - read the case study here.

TechEd 2016 Early Bird Discount in Effect Now!

Great news!

Registration is now open for Stonebranch TechEd 2016. And if you register before midnight on June 30, the cost is only $400 USD.

Stonebranch TechEd 2016 is the premier event for Stonebranch North America customers, partners and friends looking to maximize their learning, network with like-minded peers, and connect with Stonebranch Workload Automation experts and other top-rated technology vendors. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn practical how-to's, automation best practices and the latest trends in business solutions along with Stonebranch users from across North America!

Stonebranch TechEd 2016 takes place September 20-22 at at Eaglewood Resort & Spa near Chicago.

For more information, and to register now to save money, visit http://www.stonebranch.com/teched2016/.

MotoNovo Finance replaces Cron and Windows Scheduling Solution with Stonebranch Workload Automation

MotoNovo Finance, a division of South African First Rand Bank, is a rapidly expanding finance firm headquartered in Cardiff, Wales. Founded in the mid-1970s MotoNovo has enjoyed substantial growth in sales and reputation, both as business and employer, in recent years. The company offers a very simple and straightforward way to buy cars. Therefore, thousands of new customers each week rely on the products and services of MotoNovo to buy their next car.

MotoNovo now uses Stonebranch Universal Controller and Universal Agent as part of UAC to automate, integrate and manage all workflows and processes. "Right from the start our impression was very positive. Stonebranch's UAC and especially the Xpress Conversion Tool helped a lot while converting our very complex cron jobs and creating clear workflows in Universal Controller," says Etienne Roos.

"The migration was very easy and the software itself is very intuitive. The solution interacts with Windows, Linux and Solaris servers, as well as Oracle Databases. Even the online documentation is very clear. We made the right decision by selecting Stonebranch and we are expecting great value in the near future. Stonebranch Solutions enable a single view over the enterprise and agents can be added to new servers at a very competitive rate. A huge advantage for us as a rapidly-growing company," Etienne Roos adds finally.

Read the full MotoNovo Finance case study here.

2016 Tour de Cure Atlanta


We ride because we are proud to do our part to Stop Diabetes. This year is more special than ever because it's the 25th Anniversary of the Tour de Cure.

We are teaming up now to change the future and make a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes. We are committed to ride and raise money in this inspirational event not because 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because we personally know some of them, and want to do something about it.

If you can't join us, support us!

Stonebranch and REALTECH Announce Strategic Partnership for Real-Time Automation

Real-time automation.  It’s what you get when you combine innovative, modern workload automation technology with consulting expertise in IT and enterprise service management and comprehensive SAP know how.  It’s what you get with Stonebranch and REALTECH.

Today we announced our partnership that benefits customers, our most important asset, in many ways:

  • Optimization of IT processes and procedures
  • Proactive monitoring or preventive failure and outage management.
  • Resilience and robust auditable system components

REALTECH is the newest member of our expanding partner ecosystem- an ecosystem based on delivering value, competitive advantage and unmatched customer experience.   Stonebranch is always looking for ways to bolster the service orientation of our automation solutions.  Adding REALTECH’s real-time monitoring components to Universal Automation Center is an immediate value add, increasing levels of automation and reducing complexity out of the gate.

Enterprise Service Management (ESM), a core focus of REALTECH, is the perfect complement to workload automation.   ESM provides an integrated view of core service business processes, often in real-time, using common databases. ESM systems track business resource and the status of customer commitments.  Finally, ESM facilitates information flow between departments and coordinates activities with external resources involved in the service business process.1

Together, Stonebranch and REALTECH will enable companies to monitor all IT workload  d processes, workflows and infrastructure in real-time to as well as automate the initiation of preventive failure mechanisms.  We call that value!

To learn more visit www.stonebranch.com or www.realtech.comRead the full press release here.

1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterprise_service_management

Stonebranch Receives 5-Star Rating in CRN's 2016 Partner Program Guide

Today we proudly announced that Stonebranch has been awarded the 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating from CRN.  While this is great news for Stonebranch, it is even better news for our partners and customers, our most important assets.  The rating reinforces our commitment to our core values, the channel and to delivering the highest degree of Return on Automation.

Partner ProgramsThe 5-Star rating was given to technology vendors who offer the best partnering elements in their channel programs, and was based on program investments such as partner training, partner marketing and sales support.  We have spent the last twelve months building a solid platform based on these fundamentals and are thrilled to see it paying off.

The Stonebranch Partner Program was designed to deliver all the tools and resources partners need to be successful, a flexible business model and attractive partner incentives.   By providing partners direct access to the Company’s presales, services and support organizations, we shorten ramp time for new partners, and enables true collaboration in serving our mutual customers.  Everyone wins.

We invite you to read the full press release and visit our listing on the CRN 2016 Partner Programs Guide.  Stay tuned for more news from Stonebranch and our partners.

Bring Your Business Up To Speed with Application Modernization

As demands on IT and Business continue to grow, organizations across industries are striving to reach new markets and become more competitive. They are also looking for ways to streamline operations and reduce their operating costs. But since many of these companies are dependent on legacy systems they’re finding it harder to meet those challenges. Customers we work with have often cited that legacy systems are complex, costly and lack agility to meet their current and future business needs.

Application Modernization can help break the chains legacy systems have around your business and can shift the focus of IT from maintenance to innovation and from cost savings to business agility.  Application modernization can also help you gain a simplified environment, which in turn can help you adopt digital technologies and create a IT solid foundation for the future.

In our experience, customers are generally overwhelmed with the idea of modernization. They often see it as complex, time consuming and expensive. But it need not be so, especially if you have the right partner to guide you.

That partner is Stonebranch and Dell. Together, we bring more than 25 years of experience working with customers across industries and unique expertise in Workload Automation Solutions.

Stonebranch is a provider of modern Workload Automation Solutions. We have worked with many customers and have helped them gain agility by overcoming antiquated architectures and tool sprawl, and helped them cut operational costs due to their aging IT systems. Dell Application Modernization Services offer end-to-end solutions, including its own unique, patented IP that helps customers build and rationalize their modernization plan, and put it into action.  The company’s Application Re-hosting services moves existing business logic and data investments onto modern platforms.

For organizations running custom or homegrown applications --- and we see a lot of them ---, Dell’s Application Re-architecture is the solution. This proven methodology transforms applications onto modern platforms, while protecting intrinsic business logic and application assets. With a new, agile architecture, organizations can continue to grow, quickly adapt and respond to changes like cloud computing, mobile and virtualization.   

Find out how Stonebranch and Dell Application Modernization Services can help you simplify your IT environment and help you become future-ready.

Join us on April 6th for a free webinar, where Dell and Stonebranch will discuss Legacy Modernization for Workload Automation, share practical tips and real-world examples of customers we’ve helped.

Register today!

Visit the Dell Application Modernization Services website or contact Stonebranch.  We’ll be happy to provide more information to get you started on your modernization journey.