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2018-07-08T08:03:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Control-M?

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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

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Reseller

The annual licensing within BMC Control-M is on a per task basis. Three- and five-year contracts are also offered. The customer usually buys a bundle of tasks, e.g., 5,000 tasks, then my team configures Control-M for their usage.

2021-08-01T22:52:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The licensing and pricing are bundled together with our other BMC products. I don't know the specific cost of Control-M by itself. For us, it is based on how many jobs we run annually. We run roughly 9,000 jobs a year. If I had to guess, I would say it's in the neighborhood of about $250,000. Since it is based on a per-job run, if we increase the number of jobs that we run annually, the cost will increase accordingly. There are also additional operational costs, hardware for servers, databases, BMC maintenance, etc.

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

It is a little bit expensive. I believe that however we are set up, it might be per job that we load or the highest number of jobs that are loaded monthly and I believe it is quite expensive.

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

You must accept that BMC licensing can be very confusing. No one can easily understand how they calculate things, whether it is user-based, job-based, or server-based. The calculation is quite tough. How BMC calculates licensing is not easily available anywhere. It's a very tough part for the client at times. But BMC is a market leader, so users don't easily go for different vendors. If there's an option to go with Control-M, they will always choose BMC. But for people who find the licensing challenging, they will go with a different vendor. For us, the licensing part is managed by a team in the U.S. But what I deal with is that we have to manage our Control-M jobs to a maximum of 30,000, because we have 30,000 licenses. We have 20,000 with fraud detection and 10,000 in non-fraud. There is a BMC utility that can guide you and alert you if the forecast is for an increase beyond the licensing. It will notify us: "Hey, you have a license for 20,000 and the Control-M forecast shows you might need to increase that number in the coming days." So we do some cleanup, some internal housekeeping to remove things and remain under the threshold. Those are some of the things we do as administrators. We try to manage under whatever licensing we have. Through the BMC reporting tool, we can see our peak number of users in a month. BMC charges if you go over a certain peak. Control-M is very robust. There is no harm to the customer if you choose Control-M every time. But when it comes to licensing, it's very expensive, and sometimes users think twice.

2021-07-24T07:11:00Z
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Top 10Real User

BMC's price is based on the number of jobs.

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

Initially, our licensing model was based on the number of jobs per day. That caused some issues because we were restricted to a number. So at our renewal time we said, “We want to convert from number of jobs to number of endpoints.” That cost us extra money but it gave us additional capabilities, without worrying about the number of jobs. At first we had the standard edition and later on needed some additional features and we paid extra for those.

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

This is an area where it is a little difficult to work with BMC. They want to do licenses by job, which is what we have. For example, the simplest is to license by job, but they can also license by nodes. While the licensing is simple to use, it might not be the correct licensing model for the customer. It is okay because we want to license by job, which is something measurable. At the end of the day, licensing by job is the most important.

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

I can't speak to what our support costs are. That's out of my realm at this point. At one point, I had an idea, however, I couldn't even tell you what that is anymore. I know that our licensing is based on jobs. We buy licenses based on the number of jobs. Currently, we have about 2,500 licenses. We used to run more jobs than we do right now. We did not get rid of those licenses. It's basically $100 a job, give or take. They also don't charge us for items such as the plugins for MFTP, which we don't use, although we could. They wouldn't charge us for Oracle, SQL, or Informatica. It's a reporting product. There's no licensing for the server, there's no licensing for the EM server. All that stuff comes as part of the product. It's all-inclusive. From what I've seen and heard from the other company about Tidal, that's where they're making their money from - the plugins. Whereas Control-M doesn't charge us. The plugins are basically free for us. I'm sure there is a charge for support every year. I have no idea what that is. I don't get down into that level. I just tell them, "Yes, we need this" and then the purchasing staff takes care of the actual details.

2021-06-18T21:31:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The solution is quite expensive. The solution does charge for extra features. If you want an impact manager you pay for that. If you want forecasting you pay for it. If want any of the functions of scheduling, you pay for each component separately. You also pay for agents. They do not give that as part of the product, so they're add-ons, which costs money.

2021-02-17T14:21:40Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The solution offers good value for money.

2020-11-20T10:39:00Z
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Real User

Licensing costs are around $3000 a year.

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

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 light years ahead of the competition. Don't save a nickel to spend $20.

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

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.

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

It works on task-based licensing.

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

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

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

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.

2019-05-15T05:16:00Z
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Real User

The only thing we would object to are the license costs. 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.

2018-07-08T08:03:00Z
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