Control-M Review

It helps my customers speed up daily batch processes and provides early warning if one or more processes are not running normally.

Valuable Features

Control-M Virtual Terminal (CTMVT) for AS400: Because most of my customers are in banking, where their core banking processes run on AS400, Control-M Virtual Terminal helps us automate the interactive process on AS400.

Improvements to My Organization

This product helps my customers speed up the daily batch processes and also provides early warning if one or more processes are not running normally. For example, before we started using Control-M, one application took three hours to complete its end-of-day processes because many processes were waiting for human interaction. Control-M cut out the time waiting for human interaction.

Room for Improvement

Improve the capability to analyse the process output by making it more flexible. Actually its current capability is strong enough and I have no problem with Control-M implementation, but it would be great if the output analysis could accommodate functions such as arithmetic operations or regular expressions. Current capability only supports string matching.

Let me explain more technical details for this. For example, I have a job/task that has output:

Jobname : Test A
Result : Completed
Numbers of errors : 0

Currently Control-M has ability analyzing job / task output only with string / pattern matching operation, for example when output has text "Result : Completed" do something. What i mean good for improvement is Control-M has ability to analyze the output with arithmetic operation, for example i want when Numbers of errors greater than 0 do something.

To avoid misunderstanding, this is only for output analyzing, because Control-M itself has function to analyze return code number from the job/task.

Use of Solution

I have used it for five years.

Stability Issues

I did not encounter any stability issues.

Scalability Issues

I did not encounter any scalability issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

The technical support is good. I've used them many times for technical issues. So far, their support has been good for resolving all the issues.

Initial Setup

The initial setup is very straightforward.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

The pricing is fair enough, considering its functionality.

Other Advice

I would recommend that others wanting to implement workload automation tools choose BMC Control-M as their solution.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

8 and 9
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My company is one of BMC’s partners in Indonesia.
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