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


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'RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. YOU CAN TOO.

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!