Control-M Review

It supports a range of job types and integrates with other products such as Hadoop and SAS.

Valuable Features

The GUI interface is exceptional, beating any of the competitors’ products I have used. Also, the range of job types and integration with other products such as Hadoop, SAS, databases, etc. is very useful.

Improvements to My Organization

With the release of V9, we have been able to better use the features of the Hadoop product, allowing developers to use native Oozie workflows from within the product.

Room for Improvement

It is probably one of the most expensive solutions available and many of the extra functionality, such as Self-Service and BIM, are chargeable extras. It would be great if these were thrown in for free.

Use of Solution

I have used it for 18 years.

Stability Issues

Initially, we encountered stability issues with the V9 install, but this could be more to do with the VM infrastructure and networks than Control-M.

Scalability Issues

We did not really encounter any scalability issues; it is very scalable, especially with agentless technology.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Support has been very good in my experience.

Previous Solutions

I have used other products in other contracts, but the only experience I have of switching products was removing Control-M in favour of OPC, as it was a lot cheaper.

Initial Setup

It is a complex product but for the most part, setup is reasonably straightforward. Some add-ins such as the BPI module can be quite challenging.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

I have little experience with the licensing but I know it is expensive!

Other Solutions Considered

Before choosing this product, I did not evaluate other options. As a contractor who specialises in Control-M, I tend to work for companies who already use it.

Other Advice

Use it. It’s the best out there from my experience.

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