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ANIRUDHRAMESH
Real User
Production Engineer at Alphaserve Technologies®
May 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature we use most in Control-M is related to the file transfer module. It is quite advanced compared to other tools like Automate, etc. The new version which has… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have many feeds coming in from different companies which are used by the business for various reasons and we must collectively have a central point to gather the files… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

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

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

My main experience is with this as the central unit, but I have used other tools. The main reason I chose Control-M was firstly that it is user-friendly. Secondly, the… more»

What other advice do I have?

For those who want to implement, there are a few cons. Cost-wise it is not very simple for every business to implement it. So they should really plan if they are going to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have experience with alternates like IBM Tivoli and another software called JAMS. These are the ones that I have worked on and the features and user-friendliness of both… more»
Real User
System Admin and Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 23 2019

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped my organization?

The amount of work that gets done. We execute probably up to a million jobs a day. With Control-M, there is visibility into it. There are notifications when things go… more»

What needs improvement?

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. Its reporting aspects are poor, and… more»

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

We have a five-year contract with task-based licensing.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Oracle Database backup teams used to do this all themselves via cron. Now, they have automated cron to Control-M for a lot of our database backups where they used to do… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend it for the scalability and dependability. The software is constantly being improved and new add-ons are being created. It is a robust tool that's stable… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had another solution in-house because it came to us through an acquisition of some business. So, I dealt with a title scheduler for a couple of years. It was different… more»
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Real User
Control-M Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The whole Control-M scheduling package is valuable. The most important features are that it is easy to use and graphical, since I'm a graphical person. This allows me to see it on the screen. I've… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Everything that we schedule is run through Control-M. It supplies and provides what is needed, whether it is nighttime processing or cyclic job streams that are needed for the company to do what it… more»

What needs improvement?

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… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

When I got there, we had Robot Schedule. With this solution, I couldn't see the job connecting, which was sort of frustrating. It was like, "Hey, where does this one go?" I know Robot Schedule has… more»

What other advice do I have?

Do your due diligence. Look around at what is out there. However, I would 100 percent be behind Control-M. It's a great company. Their support is good. The product is great. It's a good investment. It… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have been exposed to a little bit looking online. We talked to someone through our rep. They were looking at Control-M and some other source scheduler. They went with the other scheduler for some… more»
Jim Perrone
Real User
E-Business Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 13 2019

What is most valuable?

* The ability to go from one system to another. * To be able to trigger something off of it, yet we are still on a mainframe for our batch processing. * To be able to trigger something from the batch, then distribute that back and forth. *… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are receiving files from another system, then we use the File Watch Utility (because we have no view into the other system and how it works). However, when files arrive on certain servers, we're able to pick them up and trigger further… more»

What needs improvement?

They have Workload Change Manager, and I would like to see a little more of that. Being in the business that we're in, there's a lot of hesitance. We are very hesitant to change things in the banking industry. It isn't bleeding edge by any… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

They did previously use CA-7 for the mainframe. They switched for the ability to use both distributed and mainframe from one central point.

What other advice do I have?

Do the trial demo. Reach out to others via the BMC community forums. I don't believe a license is required. It's just a sign on. There are multiple vendors who are resellers or BMC partners who will provide you with input. All you have to… more»
Bhanu Prakash Badiginchala
Real User
Application Automation Deveoper with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 22 2019

What is most valuable?

Integration capabilities, plugins, support communities, visibility, MFT, Reports, APIs. As mentioned earlier, all these features mean that we don't need to use multiple… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Control-M, with its huge integration capabilities, brought most of our scheduling activities under one roof. This adds to ease of use and support. To top that, the… more»

What needs improvement?

MFT needs some more polishing. We ran into problems a few times & struggled to get them sorted in time. But, BMC gave their full support to us at such times. APIs are not… more»

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

Pricing is a tricky area that I don't have much experience in. I can see it getting even trickier with more companies moving to a cloud-based infrastructure.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I had used Cron scheduler for a short time, but it can be considered almost zero experience. My understanding is that BMC Control-M is years ahead in terms of usability &amp… more»

What other advice do I have?

I like this solution, and my advice is to go for it :)

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options before choosing this solution.
Paul Wayland
Real User
VP Control-M Scheduling at Northern Trust
Jul 08 2019

What is most valuable?

Monitoring is a valuable aspect of it. The monitoring tool is very good. It's very easy for expert and entry-level users to use on short notice. Also, the usability is good.

How has it helped my organization?

I've never worked in a company where we weren't using it, so it's hard to say how it improves our organization. Our Oracle Database backup teams used to do this all themselves via cron. They've… more»

What needs improvement?

The reporting tool needs a major-league upgrade. I also 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… more»

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

It works on task-based licensing.

What other advice do I have?

You have to talk about it more in terms of how Control-M fits into the scale of other products which BMC offers for what you're doing. It's got Helix, cloud management, ITSM, etc. BMC offers the whole… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Procurement may have looked at other products. But from our perspective, they probably would have scared the living heck out of us if they had told us they were looking at other things.
Robert-Stinnett
Real User
Automation Analyst at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Automation API - Jobs as Code. This is the future of workload automation. It brings Control-M into the DevOps sphere, and they are… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The Single pane of glass view has helped us to see the big picture. The auditing and archiving capabilities have helped us maintain compliance and provide for a single… more»

What needs improvement?

The Web interface is coming along but still has some missing pieces. Today, you must still rely on the full GUI client to do everything you need. The next major release… more»

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

Pricing can be steep, but you get what you pay for. If you are just concerned about cost, you are going to miss the big picture because Control-M has features that are… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Prior to using this product, we used homemade solutions and we outgrew them.

What other advice do I have?

You can try it without buying it. I would suggest checking out the workbench at: https://jobsascode.io This is a free version of the Control-M package that is perfect to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product we looked at Computer Associates (CA Technologies) and Tivoli. Control-M is light years ahead of any competitor we have looked at.
Real User
Manager Digital Solutions at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Jun 15 2019

What is most valuable?

It creates an audit trail for jobs that we run off of it. With opportunity to run things through a repository, such as a scheduler, you have a better opportunity to ensure the information is where it needs to be when it needs to be there.

How has it helped my organization?

The opportunity to automate work so you have an audit trail, especially with governmental requirements in a regulated industry, such as the airline industry. It's really important that we have that audit trail. Because it's a tool which… more»

What needs improvement?

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. While the solution has affected the collaboration between… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We previously used CA products.

What other advice do I have?

Because we have been so pleased with this product, I would encourage others to look into this product with a view on what are their needs. Ask the right questions of either their sales rep or technical person from BMC to understand how this… more»
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What is Control-M?

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
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