Learn How Bankia Improved Their Workload Automation

The IT operations team of Bankia, Spain's most profitable bank, was facing cross-platform difficulties and challenges in handling and managing processes with the IBM Tivoli agent technology as well as growing diverse environments including z/OS, AIX, Linux, Windows and Solaris platforms. Therefore the IT team decided to evaluate alternatives that enable cross-platform business processing and perform managed file transfer between all platforms.

Learn how Bankia improved their workload automation environment by replacing IBM Tivoli agent technology with Stonebranch's Universal Agent. Read this case study now.

Lucky's Market and Stonebranch

Lucky's Market was started in 2003 by two chefs, Trish and Bo Sharon, when they bought a convenience store in Boulder, CO. The Sharons shared a vision of creating a grocery store chain where food lovers like themselves would want to shop, with organic, natural and local foods sold at affordable prices with genuine personal service. Today, those goals remain the hallmarks of the Lucky's mission.

Chad Smith, Vice President of Information Technology at Lucky's Market, was faced with a challenge.

As a young, fast growing company, our job automation was quickly becoming disconnected and difficult to manage. Jobs were being scheduled across multiple servers and in various ways, primarily Windows Task Scheduler and SQL Server scheduling. Even with a relatively small number of jobs and stores, it was becoming too complex to manage and support. As we were quickly opening new stores, and increasing the number of applications and jobs, it became clear now was the time to get this under control.

This is where Stonebranch enters the picture. Stonebranch's Universal Automation Center™ offered Lucky's Market a single source of job scheduling, enabling better monitoring and greater support of their jobs, and a single dashboard allowing for optimal transparency and visibility.

In our opinion, after thoroughly evaluating our options, Stonebranch has the best-in-class job scheduling tools. The superior graphical interface along with tremendous ease-of-use and exceptional support stood out over the rest. In addition, Universal Automation Center™ came at a price point that was in line with a smaller business, but allowed for growth and scalability as our company grows.

Lucky's Market and Stonebranch are a match made in heaven. Read more here.

SECURA Insurance and Stonebranch

SECURA Insurance, headquartered in Wisconsin, is known for providing exceptional service to its agents and policyholders since 1900, and is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best for its excellent ability to meet policyholder obligations.

Mike Booher, Mainframe Systems Programmer II at SECURA Insurance, was faced with a challenge.

Our legacy mainframe-centric scheduler was showing its age, and with newer workflows being implemented outside of the mainframe, flexibility was lacking. Stonebranch's Universal Automation Center™ empowered us to connect workflows across platforms giving us total visibility and the ability to create actionable workflows and notifications wherever necessary. It was obvious from the start that Stonebranch stands behind their product with frequent and robust product enhancements and exceptional service.

Since implementing Stonebranch's Universal Automation Center™, SECURA Insurance has gained the ability to provide precise audit reporting, better alerting while experiencing tremendous gains in scheduling flexibility. The conversion was rapid and without issue.

The transition from our legacy scheduler to Universal Automation Center™ was extremely smooth. The Stonebranch Services team was excellent to work with and the entire process felt like a true partnership. I would recommend Universal Automation Center™ to any organization looking for an enterprise-class workload automation tool. The product is solid, flexible, scalable, and their attention to our specific needs extraordinary.

Read more about SECURA Insurance's partnership with Stonebranch here.


With the release of Universal Controller 6.4, Stonebranch is DevOps-ready!

Just ask Gregor Heinrich, Chief Technology Officer at Stonebranch.

This latest set of enhancements to our Universal Controller provides the building blocks needed to allow all of our customers to make a successful move into the DevOps and cloud orchestration world. Our focus in 6.4 has been to enable seamless integrations of any type and allow workload automation functions to be packaged as services that can be easily consumed and exchanged. It is another significant step on Stonebranch's path to an extensible IT automation platform that adapts to the requirements of our customers and partners without the need to change product code.

Universal Controller version 6.4 reduces the complexity of managing and automating enterprise-wide IT workload by providing the most modern and comprehensive automation capabilities spanning all IT platforms and cloud computing environments. Read more here.

Stonebranch Partners with Customer Achmea to Raise Money for Cancer Research

On June 2, 2016, more than 4,000 people gathered for an annual one-day Dutch cycling event Alpe d'HuZes. The ride is an important weapon in the fight against cancer and helps those battling the disease continue to lead a happy and healthy life. Alpe d'HuZes is not a competition or a tour ride. The goal of the event is to raise as much money as possible to fight cancer, by climbing the Alpe d'HuZes by bicycle or on foot (running/walking).

Stonebranch was thrilled to support our customer, Achmea, and the ten riders of their Care Bikers team for this year's race. The event is unique in that it is 100% dependent on volunteers- all costs are borne by the participants themselves. Each euro donated will be one euro donated to the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF) / Alpe d'HuZes fund. We are very proud of team Care Bikers!

The ride was personal for some members of the Care Bikers team, including a close friend of Stonebranch who inspired us to sponsor them. We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in such a great cause. Our part was easy- hats off to all the champions who rode hard under the motto "Never, ever quit!". We couldn't be more proud of this team and look forward to sponsoring them again next year. See them in action below!

Teradata PARTNERS Conference 2016: Data. Changes. Everything.

If you're at the Teradata PARTNERS Conference 2016 this week in Atlanta, drop by our booth #951 to learn more about how Stonebranch can easily automate, manage and track complex IT processes across the Enterprise from a single platform with Best-in-Class Return on Automation.

Event Alert: Stonebranch to Sponsor Teradata PARTNERS Conference September 11-15 in Atlanta

Stonebranch is thrilled to sponsor Teradata PARTNERS again this year, the world's preeminent data conference.

Demands on IT continue to grow. As the audience of business users need real-time access to enterprise data, IT must deliver improved data quality, faster and at a higher service level.

At the same time, demand for business intelligence analytics has places pressure on data warehouse and ETL solutions, requiring IT to provide solutions that orchestrate the availability of data. Faster and with fewer errors.

Stonebranch enables Teradata customers to automate data supply and processing beyond the data warehouse.

Visit us in booth 951 at the Teradata PARTNERS Conference at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, September 11th-15th. You'll learn about:

  • How to manage your most important asset
  • Tracking data as it travels through your enterprise
  • Data Supply Chain orchestration

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

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