Control-M Review

Most of the batch processing is now centralized into a single scheduling platform.

What is most valuable?

There are no specific features that I could say are more valuable than others. The whole product is valuable to us.

How has it helped my organization?

  • Ninety percent or more of the batch processing is now centralized into a single scheduling platform. This helps the support teams so that they only need to go to one group for scheduling and monitoring the batch processing
  • The operations support staff only has one platform where they can monitor almost all of our batch processing.

What needs improvement?

There aren’t any improvements that I’ve come across with the most recent release. If I had to note one improvement, it would be that jobs already in the system for a given day could be updated en masse. This could be the same on the database where the job definitions reside.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used the product for sixteen years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I did not encounter any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I did not encounter any scalability issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

The level of support from BMC has been very good.

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

We already evaluated CA’s offering at the time because we were already using CA-7 on the mainframe.

How was the initial setup?

Other than creating the jobs in Control-M once it was set up, I was not involved.

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

It is task based pricing. It is based on the number of jobs brought into the system daily and any that remain in the system from prior days.

For example, if you have 2000 new jobs that come in in for a new day, and you still have 500 left from previous days, you will need to have 2500 task licenses to cover them. This is the case, even if those 500 jobs are daily jobs that came in during the prior day and have not yet been completed.

What other advice do I have?

We use BMC’s Control-M software for our open systems and SAP batch processing. We will be looking at converting the batch we are running via the solution to the same.

I’ve never used the mainframe version of Control-M before, so I don’t have any opinions about it.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

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