Control-M Pros and Cons

Control-M Pros

ANIRUDHRAMESH
Production Engineer at Alphaserve Technologies®
The feature we use most in Control-M is related to the file transfer module. It is quite advanced compared to the other tools like Automate, etc. The new version which has come of same MFT has a lot of advanced features which makes it very easy to work with. There is less need for written programs and more GUI-based stuff.
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SystemAd1832
System Admin and Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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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controlm6ba7
Control-M Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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FaisalSyed
Presales- BMC Software at TechAccess
It has multiple features. You can plan your execution in Control-M. It provides one single window where you can define workflows regardless of geographic boundaries and platforms. A batch process can be executed from this single window. It provides insights into your processes. Your business people will know what process they are running and what is the state of the process. Instead of knowing that they're not going to meet the SLA the next morning, the business people immediately know the changes in their process. Control-M is very easy. I can tell a non-technical person that this is how it works, and he would be able to easily understand it. Business people can understand the methodology of Control-M and the intuitive features that it has. It has a fantastic graphical user interface and is easy to understand. You just have to drag and drop but in a very intuitive way. Monitoring features are also good. It has different color coding schemes, which can help you to understand the status of your workflow. An operator who is not that technical and is just monitoring the status of the application can see by color-coding the status of a process. If anything goes wrong or a process is stuck, it gives you a hint. You can just right-click and see the logs and the output. Even if the system is not right there in the data center and is located somewhere else, you can monitor it right from there and see the workflows.
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Jim Perrone
E-Business Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Control-M has improved application reliability and the SLAs in our company by quite a bit. You can see if problems are coming. If we have an SLA in a couple of hours, we know well before that couple hours if processing is behind, and it allows us to take some preventative action.
It has absolutely saved us time. It has made us more efficient. As far as the processing between systems, we don't have as many people. They have been able to focus on other efforts, because we have been able to automate more stuff with Control-M.
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Bhanu Prakash Badiginchala
Application Automation Deveoper at iPSL
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.
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Paul Wayland
VP Control-M Scheduling at Northern Trust
The monitoring tool is very good. It's very easy for expert and entry-level users to use on short notice.
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Anthony Heilbronn
IT Specialist TWS at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup is largely straightforward.
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Robert-Stinnett
Automation Analyst at CARFAX
The Automation API has opened up a world of possibilities for us, including the ability to create workflows on-demand using traditional DevOps tools.
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ManagerD502d
Manager Digital Solutions at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Because it's a tool which allows us to do scheduled work, it allows for notifications when jobs aren't running within that scheduled time frame. This improves the opportunity to meet SLAs.
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Control-M Cons

ANIRUDHRAMESH
Production Engineer at Alphaserve Technologies®
One feature I would like to include is in the middle of the monitoring domain. In the monitoring domain, if I have to update a number of jobs, the only way to do it is by manually clicking on each job. I would like a feature that allows me to do a mass update in the jobs, which I feel is still lacking.
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SystemAd1832
System Admin and Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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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controlm6ba7
Control-M Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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FaisalSyed
Presales- BMC Software at TechAccess
A Control-M on-prem license is based on the number of jobs, which is the number of tasks a particular customer wants to have. These tasks have to be run within 24 hours window. For example, if you have a license for 100 jobs, you can run a maximum of 100 jobs in a 24-hour window. If your operations could not run 10 jobs, and they ran only 90 jobs, they just carry over to the next day, but the next day, they will have 110 jobs. Control-M asks you to buy those 10 more licenses because you were out of compliance in terms of the number of licenses. This is something that needs to be indicated in Control-M GUI so that customers know the number of licenses they're going to use in this time window. Their support and documentation should be improved. I am not that satisfied with their customer support. Sometimes, they don't have the answers. Their documentation is very poor. It is not well written, and it is not in a very logical manner. You can use it on Unix, Linux, Windows, and AIX, but it needs some improvement on iSeries. It needs a built-in mechanism inside the system to give you an option to restore from the last point of failure. If a process crashes, the Control-M needs to have a mechanism in iSeries where the process can be restored from the last point of failure.
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Jim Perrone
E-Business Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Sometimes, with technical support, they will take feedback, but you don't know where that feedback goes or if it proceeds along in the thought process.
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Bhanu Prakash Badiginchala
Application Automation Deveoper at iPSL
A developer sandbox could be very helpful to try out new features or experience them.
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Paul Wayland
VP Control-M Scheduling at Northern Trust
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.
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Anthony Heilbronn
IT Specialist TWS at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
You need to pay for extra features if you need them.
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Robert-Stinnett
Automation Analyst at CARFAX
The next major release needs to focus on the lightweight web client.
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ManagerD502d
Manager Digital Solutions at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
The company has been working with BMC on the MFT. There are still some things about MFT which don't work the way that we want with our needs. So, we would like to see that improved.
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