Stop running on the endless workload systems treadmill

The results of a recent Forrester Total Economic Impact study show how a major retailer achieved 245% ROI over three years, saved millions in reduced productivity and operational costs after implementing CA Workload Automation.

When it comes to your company’s workload, do you sometimes get the feeling like you’re running on a non-stop treadmill? Scheduling multiple jobs for multiple applications with multiple views into how everything’s working?

Making the jump from homegrown systems to an enterprise-grade workload automation system can be a big leap for IT organizations. Executives are usually asked to build a business case that justifies the migration. To help make this easier, we commissioned Forrester Consulting to quantify the benefits that a customer using CA Workload Automation enjoys.

Swapping out the old for the new

At CA we’ve seen an increasing trend over the last two years for consolidating multiple workload systems and doing swap-outs from homegrown, legacy and competitive workload tools to CA Workload Automation. Drivers for this come from the need to consolidate multiple tools with a single one for simpler support and lower overhead costs.

In this blog post, we look at how a large retailer made the jump from a homegrown system to CA Workload Automation to improve productivity, save costs and realize significant ROI.

Benefits of Workload Automation

CA Technologies’ enterprise Workload Automation engine eliminates costly in-house business process development tools, increases visibility into application processing, provides greater control as to the execution and management of workloads and enhances your response to real time business events while providing you the ability to realize service-level objectives as they relate to mission-critical workloads.

Quantifying those benefits

Forrester Consulting conducted a Total Economic Impact (TEI) study examining the value that CA customers achieve by implementing Workload Automation (CA WLA). Forrester measured the financial impact over three years for organizations moving from a homegrown system to using the enterprise-grade capabilities in CA WLA.

To quantify the complete value of CA WLA, including collaboration and productivity benefits, they interviewed a current customer that migrated from internally-built workload systems to CA WLA. They then aggregated each piece of customer feedback develop of a Total Economic Impact model.

Here are a few highlights from the report:

245% return on investment (ROI)

Over three years, CA WLA generated a risk-adjusted $3.2 million in benefits, outweighing the total costs of just under $1 million and resulting in a risk-adjusted ROI of 245%.

$2.1 million in improved productivity

By implementing CA WLA, the organization changed the way that development teams handled workload management. Instead of sending requests to a central operations team, the company’s 50 development teams were able to directly manage their own job scheduling. The impact was that each development team saved one hour each business day, resulting in savings of a total of 13,000 hours per year.

$1.4 million in reduced costs from operational changes

After migrating to CA WLA, the organization was able to retire its legacy job scheduler and refocus a total of five employees. Two employees maintained the legacy application itself, and three additional employees centrally managed the scheduling activities.

$300,000 in savings from tool functionality integrated into CA WLA

Prior to using CA WLA, the organization purchased additional tools to help with workload management across the organization. The functionality of these tools was integrated into CA WLA, allowing it to discontinue licensing two third-party tools that it no longer required.

See for yourself

Though these findings are the result of in-depth analysis, we encourage any customer to conduct their own impact analysis to see what specific benefits they experience from using CA WLA.

You can read the full study, “The Total Economic Impact of CA Technologies Workload Automation,” here.

Lastly please join us on March 15, 2016 for a webinar featuring Forrester and a CA Workload Automation customer as they talk through the results of this TEI study and a use case of moving from a homegrown job scheduling solution to CA Workload Automation. Register or view the replay here.

Senior Vice President, Business Unit Executive, CA Technologies. As a Business Unit Executive leading the…



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