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Score 8.6 out of 101
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Score 8.9 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveBatch

I used to work in a company that only used SQL Server Agent to handle imports and exports of ETL data. ActiveBatch is far more powerful and easy to use, so I definitely would recommend it. I would think of three questions: (1) Do you handle a large volume of exports and imports in a given week? (2) Do you need a lot of configurable options, such as with scheduling? (3) Do you utilize a variety of ETL processing tools (such as GlobalScape EFT and Microsoft SSIS) but want one tool to work with them all? If yes to those questions, then ActiveBatch would well fit the bill for you then.
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Control-M

For our purposes, it is well suited. The learning curve for new users to develop a basic level of competence is relatively easy to accomplish. While the vendor has introduced many nice features since we started using the product (BIM and Forecast to name two that I would like to see our users take more advantage of), the basic product has remained readily accessible for users.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

ActiveBatch
6.9
Control-M
7.5
Multi-platform scheduling
ActiveBatch
8.1
Control-M
9.0
Central monitoring
ActiveBatch
8.4
Control-M
8.4
Logging
ActiveBatch
5.0
Control-M
6.6
Alerts and notifications
ActiveBatch
7.0
Control-M
8.1
Analysis and visualization
ActiveBatch
5.3
Control-M
7.5
Application integration
ActiveBatch
7.6
Control-M
5.4

Pros

ActiveBatch

  • One good feature I already mentioned is that once you create a configuration object (such as a schedule object), you can reuse it as much as needed. This minimizes errors in scheduling because there's less opportunity to make a configuration error with future similar jobs that would follow the same schedule, makes it more efficient to schedule those new jobs, and makes it efficient to make scheduling changes--change the scheduling object once and all the related jobs' schedules are automatically changed.
  • Partial path execution is a good strength, especially for testing/debugging. I can have a decently sized tree of process nodes for a given job, but I can easily deactivate the nodes I do not want to include in my testing.
  • Being able to define test and production jobs in separate environments and easily change the settings of one without affecting the other is another strength. Often I would have a job set up in a test environment and after testing it, it would get ported to a very similar production environment with only having to change 3-4 parameter settings. And then I could easily deactivate the test job while still keeping it all set up in the event of needing it for future enhancement/troubleshooting.
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Control-M

  • Control-M enables us to automate our workload with ease.
  • Control-M helps us eliminates the needs for programmers to customize scripts to execute jobs according to sequence and dependencies accurately.
  • Control-M enables us to perform RCA (Root Cause Analysis) in a timely manner through the logs, sysout and playback of events.
  • Control-M provides us the flexibility to integrate our various used applications within the organization and connect other streams of jobs for continuity of processing.
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Cons

ActiveBatch

  • The manual could provide more examples of how to create certain jobs, otherwise you will need to check the site or call support to aid with creation.
  • Dashboard presentation could be worked on, to help present an overview for management.
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Control-M

  • Control-M could provide improved dynamic workload management based on physical server resources.
  • Control-M for File Transfer could provide better diagnostic tools for troubleshooting connection errors.
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Likelihood to Renew

ActiveBatch

No score
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Control-M

Control-M 8.6
Based on 4 answers
This has been our company standard.
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Usability

ActiveBatch

No score
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Control-M

Control-M 8.1
Based on 5 answers
Control-M is easy to use, does not require much training for regular users, and is fairly straightforward when it comes to job setup.
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Support

ActiveBatch

No score
No answers yet
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Control-M

Control-M 8.1
Based on 7 answers
Support is great, usually, but I have to go through a third party, which makes responce slower.
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Implementation

ActiveBatch

No score
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Control-M

Control-M 7.9
Based on 3 answers
No. The implementation was 12 years ago.
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Alternatives Considered

ActiveBatch

N/A - It was already in place when I was on the scene, but like I said earlier it is much more powerful than SQL Server Agent and probably anything we would've come up with from scratch using .Net. However if your needs are small and traffic is light, then maybe SQL Server Agent or something smaller and less powerful (and less expensive) than ActiveBatch would work just fine.
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Control-M

TWS was part of our initial proof of concept and product review. Control-M was able to do everything we asked. At the time TWS was unable to provide the interface that we needed. We chose Control-M and have been pleased ever since.
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Return on Investment

ActiveBatch

  • Saves employees time and sanity, from having to manually run tasks at certain times.
  • Cost is not overly expensive, considering the amount of platforms it integrates with "out of the box."
  • Takes control of sensitive processes, and runs them confidentially. Alerts management when completed.
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Control-M

  • We have been able to use our investments in Control-M to start on a project to replace our other 2 scheduling packages. The ROI for doing this is very favorable for our company.
  • The pricing model used by BMC (task based) has allowed us to role out this conversion on schedule by schedule basis, as opposed to a server by server conversion.
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Pricing Details

ActiveBatch

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
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Control-M

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details

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