Control-M Review

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

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped 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.

What needs 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.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for 18 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

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.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

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

How are customer service and technical support?

Support has been very good in my experience.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

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.

How was the 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.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

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.

What other advice do I have?

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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