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2018-07-08T08:03:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering Control-M?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Control-M, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 20Consultant

My advice for anybody who is looking to use Control-M is to have a lot of money. It is a good solution but it is expensive compared to others. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

2021-09-02T21:06:00Z
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Real User

My advice for anybody who is considering Control-M is that I recommend it. Although it's not perfect, it is relatively easy to use and maintain. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2021-08-18T20:28:00Z
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It just works. Control-M is very good. You only need to look at something else when an application gives you problems. However, in our environment, it is stable and just works. We haven't even bothered looking at anything else. I can highly recommend it. It is very easy to learn. It is very stable. It has multiple interfaces, e.g., you can use it on your desktop, access it via the web interface, or access it on a mobile. The support that you get is actually quite good. It is a tool that I highly recommend. For what we require it to do, it does exactly that and more. We have a system administrator, a chief scheduler, who is my supervisor, and two operators, including me. The four of us are power users who have scheduling capabilities in Control-M. We have different people on our BI team. Overall, 10 people have various levels of access. We have tried Control-M as part of your DevOps automation toolchains. We are only getting into DevOps now as a company. We are still playing around with it. Currently, we are still fairly separate as far as DevOps is concerned. My department is basically the middleman between dev and operations. Whatever dev wants, we will create those jobs and test them. Once they want to send them into production, they let us know, and it then goes to operations. We are the center for those types of things. Because we went into lockdown and the financial impact of the lockdown, projects were placed on hold. This year, they were& still on hold. Probably sometime next year, we will be starting on those projects again. I would rate Control-M as eight out of 10 because the reporting needs improvement.

2021-08-02T20:50:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I have been working with Control-M for 30 years. So, I have seen other products. It is very easy to automate our daily manual jobs. It is not at all complex to set up the product. It is also very easy to teach to another person. It is not complex like other schedulers. It is a very easy tool. So far, we have only been using its Windows client. We have now started to use its web interface. We are also starting to use the DevOps technology with Control-M. We have migrated from Control-M 9.18 a month ago. We will start using centralized profiles. We will also start to work with Manage File Transfers (MFT) B2B. It is a new feature that we will start using to improve our customer delivery processes. I would rate Control-M a 10 out of 10.

2021-08-02T08:45:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Make sure that you spend enough time to design and build your environment, both high availability and failover are critical to overall success. Because we rely on Control-M so heavily, it needs to always be available. Control-M is critical to the success of our business, we cannot accept downtime. We do everything we can to keep the system running 24/7, 365. For example, we have invested additional time and resources to fully automate our monthly server patching. Now we can patch our environment with zero impact to jobs. Another piece of advice, use BMC as a partner for professional services, especially when doing your initial implementation. It is a big endeavor and BMC can help you be successful. Lastly, spend time training your staff on how to use and administer the product. Control-M is a powerful but complex application. It requires skilled and knowledgeable operators and admins to keep the system working well.

2021-07-31T00:53:00Z
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Top 10Real User

My advice would be to try and utilize as many features as you can. Don't get overly creative with things because that can just confuse other people. If there are other users getting in there, you want to definitely have a standard workflow on how jobs should be created, organized, and make sure that you keep track of what's being changed so that if something were to fail it's easily trackable. It's a very robust application and there is a lot that can be sent to it and sent out of it and you do not want it to get into the wrong hands because you can do quite a bit with it. I would rate Control-M an eight out of ten.

2021-07-25T13:58:00Z
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Top 20Integrator

Control-M is very critical for anyone who is using it.

2021-07-24T07:11:00Z
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Top 10Consultant

I definitely recommend Control-M. It is quite stable, scalable, and the ease of administration is good as well. We are running jobs on some organization-level applications. In the future, we could integrate with more applications. We are still looking at streamlining our data and analytics projects with Control-M. I would rate Control-M as an eight out of 10.

2021-07-23T10:30:00Z
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Top 10Real User

Always make sure that you have at least double checked everything, because Control-M does everything you tell it to do and exactly as you tell it. Therefore, make sure you are giving the right orders. Working with Control-M has been pretty complex, but that has been mainly due to our corporate policies since we are located in Finland and in the banking sector. So, there are hundreds of things that we had to consider. While it has been a complex process, it has been more because of our corporate policies rather than Control-M. Once we decided everything, and everything was approved, just taking Control-M into use has been a pretty straightforward process. Definitely take the scheduler course provided by BMC. That was hugely helpful for all of us. Trying to learn Control-M on your own will be a tough path to walk. We have Control-M on the mainframe. As the mainframe will be taken down in a few years time, we have to replace the mainframe scheduling agent with something else. That will be Control-M. Our dev teams are running their own fields. Once they are ready, they go through systems to store into production, then we can automate it. However, during DevOps and other testing phases, we may not use Control-M at all. I would rate Control-M as a nine out of 10.

2021-07-23T00:15:00Z
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Top 10Real User

DevOps automation toolchains are in our roadmap for next year. We want to use Centralized Connection Profiles in the future. I would rate it as nine out of 10.

2021-07-21T16:41:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Control-M helps us to proactively monitor things and see what is coming up and what is happening. Based on that, we can take steps for resolution. But I don't think Control-M itself has the ability to proactively fix issues. Overall, it's a good automation tool. And it gives us a single view of the customer. I would advise going with something like it. I'm not going to advise about any particular solution. All these tools are very powerful and give you a single view.

2021-07-20T19:32:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I think that every single company should have Control-M installed, because it is really important and useful for everyone. I would rate this solution as a 10 out of 10.

2021-07-19T10:02:00Z
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Top 10Real User

We're customers and end-users. We're using the latest version of the solution. By far, BMC, from what I have seen, is the industry leader and they are the Cadillac of scheduling. I've worked with a lot of different scheduling systems over the years. When I first got into IT, years and years and years ago, as a JCL programmer, basically you had access to the scheduling system and you took care of the jobs. When jobs failed, you would do the restarts on them, do whatever fix needed to be done, and get them restarted, and get them to rerun. That was on a mainframe. I've used Cron, and I've worked with a number of different schedulers. In the Windows world, other than AT scheduler and Control-M, that's about all I've ever used. I did review five different products back when we put this in. Having worked with so many products, and with this one for so long, I can advise that new uses should follow the installation instructions and notes. They're very simple, very straightforward. I would advise others to not get scared off by the price as, initially, the pricing seems rather steep, compared to some of the others. However, they all have their pricing quirks, and they're all making money in one way or another. The way they make their money is based on the way they license it. The per-job style actually works out very well. I'd rate the product at a perfect ten out of ten. It has been one of the most stable products that I have supported, and I have supported a lot of different products. I've had fewer problems with it than I have with just about anything else I've supported.

2021-06-18T21:31:00Z
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Top 10Consultant

I would highly recommend this product. Its setup is complex, but once the setup is done, it hides away all the complexity. The end-user will have a very clear and intuitive interface to define the workflows. It is very easy to use. I would rate Control-M an eight out of ten.

2021-03-02T12:54:17Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We are a customer and end-user. We use the latest version of the solution. We try to stay on the most advanced option. It is deployed both on-premises and on the cloud. We also use various clouds, including public and private. IBM Workload Scheduler and Control-M are far superior to any of the other products on the market. In general, I'd recommend TWS or IBM Workload Scheduler to other organizations. I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. It's a top-of-the-line product.

2021-02-17T14:21:40Z
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Top 20Real User

I would recommend it. Control-M is the complete package to manage a work environment. I would rate Control-M an eight out of ten.

2020-11-23T17:14:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would recommend this solution. It has good stability and integration capabilities. It is also easy to use and easy to implement. I would rate Control-M a ten out of ten.

2020-11-22T17:27:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We're BMC partners. We have a business relationship with the solution. While we typically handle on-premises deployments, we also deal with the cloud. I would recommend the solution. My recommendation is based on the stability, the constant evolution, and the capabilities of the integration with other software. The implementation is easy. It's easy to use and easy to implement then it's worth the expenditure. Overall, I would rate the solution ten out of ten. We've been very happy with it.

2020-11-20T10:39:00Z
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Top 10Reseller

I would recommend this solution. I would rate Control-M a nine out of ten.

2020-11-09T23:10:44Z
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Real User

My rating for this solution is five out of ten. It's not bad, but it's not good either. There's a lot of room for improvement and I think it can be more user-friendly. In the next version I would like to see something with integrated mobile device management so that I can keep track of software and devices, having it all in one software for our help desk. I think it would be very useful.

2019-09-03T06:46:00Z
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Top 10Real User

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 take for a spin.

2019-08-21T01:50:00Z
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Real User

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

2019-08-15T09:48:00Z
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Real User

My advice would be to go ahead with Control-M. Get a lot of input from their technicians. Work with them. They're very good, and very helpful. I've learned a lot because I came from the mainframe area, personally, where now I'm working with all this Windows and agent technology I never knew before. We do not have Managed File Transfer yet, but we do want to get to it. We like what it offers, above advanced file transfer. We're looking forward to implementing that. I'm going to give it an eight, only because I don't have anything else to compare it with.

2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
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Real User

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 will keep growing and cover any needs that we have. This product can do everything I need and can help me do anything I need to do to schedule for real time information, supplying things, and batch jobs at night. We are automating more things. I sometimes hear an application team say, "We are running this manually, and we want to make it automated." I will make a few jobs to save them from doing what they are doing manually and automate it. I am always looking for more things to automate. The people who are in development of this product seem like they are very forward thinking, and always thinking, "What can we do next?" I think that is great.

2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
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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 do is ask. Feel free to ask others. The people who I have dealt with have always been forthcoming with information. They will tell you what they see as a plus or minus. It has helped us streamline some things in IT operations, which is probably a slight improvement. We haven't seen any negative impacts. I've used it in different forms and versions for about 20 years now. I'm pretty familiar with it from an operations standpoint. The tool itself is a ten, and the customer service behind it has made that even more so. It's worked pretty well. I haven't been able to take a lot of advantage of some of the new features, so I haven't been able to expand on those. For what we do now, it chugs along pretty well.

2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
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Real User

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 scale - everything. We don't choose to use it all. But from another prospective, it's a real positive that they have this scope, that they can handle everything a corporation could throw at it. I would like to see us use more things such as Helix. From that perspective, I would recommend it because of all the product offerings and because a lot of the approved vendors, which work directly through BMC, really make the experience a lot better. We learn things every day about the product and the availabilities. We work in an IT environment with inquisitive people. There are millions of options available, parameter-wise, within the system and I learn something new every day, by working around smart people and intuitive people. In terms of how the solution affects business modernization initiatives, this is all somewhat new for us. We're starting to go into a little bit of the DevOps and the Workload Change Manager, and the cloud chat-box. We're just starting to get into things like that with BMC Control-M. I would rate the solution at eight out of ten. We've had massive growth in the last year to two years because of company acquisitions. We've added a lot of big-data processing and a lot of other processing and it's handled it quite well. We really haven't had any serious outages in quite a long time, even through the large growth we've had. We've doubled the work and it's handled it seamlessly. It's just that the reporting aspects are poor, because management always wants to know things. It's hard to get at tangible numbers without doing a lot of additional work outside of the system.

2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
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Real User

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. It is well-supported, especially compared to a lot of other options out there. We have had massive growth in the last year to two because of company acquisitions. We have added a lot of big data aspect processing and a lot of other processing. It has handled this quite well. We are just starting to go into a bit of the DevOps, Workload Change Manager, and Helix Chatbox. Even though we don't chose to use their wide scope of products, it is one of the things that is a real positive about BMC. They can handle everything a corporation could throw at it, which makes the experience of working with them a lot better. We learn things everyday about the product and its available features. We work in an IT environment with inquisitive people. There are millions of options available, parameter-wise, within the system. I learn something new everyday by working around smart, intuitive people.

2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
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Real User

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 tool would work successfully for them, because it's been so successful for us. Because we've had it for so long, and it's been such a stable product, some of our folks on the distributed side of things need to learn how to use Control-M effectively in regards to output when tasks or jobs fail. They need to give us smarter outputs, so we can resolve things more quickly.

2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
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We are not yet using the solution's application workflow orchestration. We are not using it for business modernization initiatives yet. We don't use any other BMC products. We're not fully entrenched in Control-M yet.

2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
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We use Control-M with two administrators on average, sometimes three. With self-service, it's about 15 people who use the self-service option of it for end users, if not more. I would like to suggest that Control-M implement a more modern way of using new tools. They should look at what they implement to determine if it is a legacy type or a batch type, then it would work better. If they intend on moving to more modernized tools, then this approach might not be best for them. Control-M is really good for legacy, corporate enterprise but less optimal for modern, open source environments. Overall, the main great improvements needed in Control-M is for better self-service. Give it more functionality for this self-service. The tool itself needs better out of the box connectivity to additional standard market tools. I would rate Control-M at a seven or eight out of ten because it fits legacy stuff but once you're stepping into modern environments then you find yourself struggling. Control-M is a workhorse, but it's not 100% perfect.

2019-05-20T07:59:00Z
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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 use it extensively. If not, they should think twice about it. If they are thinking of implementing, though, they should analyze the business and check which controller modules will really help them enhance their work and ultimately transform their work into an automated solution, which in turn will reduce their cost. I would really suggest someone who is planning to use Control-M or wants to deploy is first to check which modules are really required and also what kind of licensing makes sense for their business. If its a very large enterprise then it would be great to use a premium based license. If not, it's better to use a job count based license. So that is a point which they should check before implementing.

2019-05-15T05:16:00Z
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Your process, standards, and control libraries: It's really important to have an advanced strategy around how development is going to take place. If each team is doing their own thing, it's hard to manage it. My most important criteria when selecting a vendor, in this case, since it's a mature product, would be ease of migration and, obviously, reduction in cost. I rate it a nine out of 10. What would make it a 10 would be a reduction in the cost and, even more so, the intelligent automation. The ability to do some machine learning and dynamically reduce the amount of time that the automation is taking is more important than cost at this point.

2018-08-09T07:01:00Z
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If you can afford it, it's good. If you do have an unlimited budget, or budget is not the main concern, and you want stability then I would say go for this. It's easy to use, it's easy to install, it's easy to run, it's easy to operate. I have a student assistant who had six hours of e-learning and she can run the system. That's good. Yes, you need the right student assistant but she doesn't have any IT background. It's very easy to use but also an expensive product. In terms of criteria when selecting a vendor, if I am to decide the vendor, it would be the biggest bang for the buck and then it would be quality, stability, and support. That is my job as manager of the IT department and therefore I have to ensure that we are getting the most value for the money. The only reason I am rating it eight out of 10 is simply the cost. From a technical point of view, we could actually make the same jobs run from the DOS prompt, with the same stability. I think that we are paying a lot for having self-service, for having nice monitoring. I think we're paying a lot for that.

2018-07-08T08:03:00Z
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