Compare Control-M vs. IBM Workload Automation

Control-M is ranked 1st in Workload Automation with 22 reviews while IBM Workload Automation is ranked 5th in Workload Automation with 1 review. Control-M is rated 8.6, while IBM Workload Automation is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of Control-M writes "File transfer module is quite advanced, this version has less need for written programs and is more GUI-based". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Workload Automation writes "Provides a robust, full spectrum enterprise-wide WLA platform". Control-M is most compared with CA Workload Automation, IBM Workload Automation and Automic Workload Automation, whereas IBM Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, CA Workload Automation and Stonebranch Universal Automation Center.
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Pros
I find it very helpful to be able to keep track of all our help desk tickets.The Automation API has opened up a world of possibilities for us, including the ability to create workflows on-demand using traditional DevOps tools.Most of our tasks also deal with databases, and Control-M's purpose-built module for the databases comes in very handy when handling database components.BIM is a good tool to monitor SLAs, and being a financial organization, this is a very good feature for us.The most valuable features are the managing of file transfers and the product keeping up with technology.The monitoring tool is very good. It's very easy for expert and entry-level users to use on short notice.It can do anything that I need. We do real-time jobs. We also do jobs that have to run at certain times. I have not been presented with a scheduling need that I was not able to do. It is very flexible and dynamic.Monitoring is a valuable aspect of it. The monitoring tool is very good, and it is easy for expert and entry level users to use on a short notice.

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Provides a robust, full spectrum enterprise-wide WLA platform.The DWC, when configured correctly, is a great GUI tool to provide Self-Service Scheduling capabilities to the user community.I have supported this product in literally 100s of different environments and its unmatched in its ability to scale to any size.

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Cons
There's a lot of room for improvement and I think it can be more user-friendly.The next major release needs to focus on the lightweight web client.A developer sandbox could be very helpful to try out new features or experience them.The Control-M API does not support SQL database-type jobs, where a job has been configured to use the SQL catalog to locate SSIS.Their technicians should be more involved when we're applying new technology to Control-M, such as cloud. We're working with cloud right now, with AWS, and getting the attention of a technician, sometimes, can take some time. It would be nice if they had somebody assigned to it. Dedicated support.I would like not to have to reach out to a third-party application company to do automated notifications. Right now, we still have people manually calling people and emailing people. There's a company called xMatters - and there are others - that has an API through Control-M that can automate any aspect of failure management. I'd like to see it build right into the product. I'd like to see a better notification product.I'm not sure how the solution fits together with our business modernization initiatives, as there are things outside of my area, even though Control-M is the scheduling tool of the company. They may use other things, e.g., Big Data.The reporting tool still needs a lot of improvement. It was supposed to get better with the upgrade, and it really didn't get better. It needs help, because it's such a useful thing to have. It needs to be more powerful and easier to use.

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Slow down on the releases a bit. I fully understand that IWA functionality is increasing at an amazing rate, but trying to keep up with the upgrades is rough.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Licensing costs are around $3000 a year.Pricing can be steep, but you get what you pay for.It works on task-based licensing.This product saves hours in a day based on my experience working here versus other companies with manually operations.We have a five-year contract with task-based licensing.As we increase the number of tasks or jobs on the system, there are concerns about cost.We have account based licensing. There are two or three types of licensing. One of them is based on the number of jobs, so we a license close to 4,000 jobs per day. The cost is based on the different modules, which we buy from them. If we a buy a hardware module, which we are presently using and integrating, that is an additional cost, but I'm not sure of the amount. Each module comes with a different cost.we are more looking for a better cost/license/performance model because BMC, while we could say it's the best, is also the most expensive. That is what we are probably most annoyed with. We are paying something like €1,000,000 over three years for having 4,000 jobs running. That's expensive.

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To my knowledge, IWA is the only WLA product that will provide "parallel tracking" capability to assist in upgrading from one platform to IWA.

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Ranking
1st
out of 22 in Workload Automation
Views
25,407
Comparisons
11,265
Reviews
21
Average Words per Review
523
Avg. Rating
8.7
5th
out of 22 in Workload Automation
Views
6,390
Comparisons
4,181
Reviews
1
Average Words per Review
593
Avg. Rating
10.0
Top Comparisons
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Also Known As
Control-MIBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler, IBM TWS
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Overview

Control‑M is a digital enterprise management solution that simplifies and automates diverse batch application workloads while reducing failure rates, improving SLAs, and accelerating application deployment. 

Automate job scheduling and application deployment

  • Connect applications and workflow processes to quickly and reliably deliver business services
  • Realize the potential of big data while freeing IT for other tasks
  • Take control of your file transfer operations with secure scheduling, instant status visibility, and automated recovery
  • Accelerate application change and deployment cycle times with automated application workflow between test and production
  • Empower users to make decisions in real time and perform basic tasks in a view and language they understand
  • Deploy Control-M on-premises or on the cloud
IBM Workload Automation is a complete solution for batch and real-time workload management, available for distributed mainframe or hosted in the cloud. Use it to drive business and IT workloads on hosted servers, with virtually no cost of ownership for your central server. Increase your productivity with powerful plan- and event-driven scheduling, and run and monitor your workloads wherever you are. This includes interfaces dedicated to application developers and operators, providing them both autonomy and precise governance.
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Sample Customers
CARFAX, ChipRewards, Sun Chemical, University of California, UnumStandard Life Group, Banca Popolare di Milano, A*STAR, ArcelorMittal Gent
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm42%
Healthcare Company9%
Retailer9%
Insurance Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company31%
Financial Services Firm15%
Marketing Services Firm13%
Manufacturing Company7%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm25%
Manufacturing Company17%
Local Government8%
University8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company17%
Healthcare Company15%
Marketing Services Firm13%
Financial Services Firm11%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise78%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business1%
Midsize Enterprise1%
Large Enterprise97%
REVIEWERS
Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise5%
Large Enterprise90%
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