Control-M Review

The scheduler integrates with many applications to automate business cycles. It is expensive.


Valuable Features

There are many valuable features, including its ability to interface with so many applications and allowing complex scheduling to be done easily.

BMC provides control modules that interface with third-party applications such as SAP, DB, VMware, FileWatcher, AFT and many more. These are valuable features that allow jobs with those applications to be easily scheduled.

Improvements to My Organization

We are able to automate a lot of scheduling, and integrate the scheduler with many applications to automate business cycles.

Room for Improvement

Cost

Provide a little customisation based on needs; the capability for development at the user level should be available. The reporting facility is a GUI with some standard queries. I think the portal needs to allow us to do reports that reflect many possibilities, like selecting fields present in the DB schema and building our own reports using the reporting GUI, rather than using any of the standard templates it offers.

Also, I’d like to be able to build a custom module for some applications that cannot be interfaced, provided we give some standard variables to connect with the application. For example, we are currently using the Axway product for file transfer on a very, very large scale. We are not happy with Axway, and would want to see if BMC can provide us a remedy for it. Or, if we were able to do some customization on the AFT module to incorporate this requirement.

Use of Solution

I have used it for 10 years, starting with version 6.1.

Stability Issues

I have not encountered any stability issues.

Scalability Issues

I have not encountered any scalability issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

I rate technical support 10/10.

Previous Solutions

I did not previously use a different solution.

Initial Setup

Initial setup was complex. We have integrated Control-M with many applications using some complex scripts for meeting our business needs.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Pricing and license cost is high.

Other Solutions Considered

Before choosing this product, we evaluated Redwood, Autosys, and $U (Dollar Universe).

Other Advice

If you are willing to pay for it, the product is excellent.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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