What users are saying about

ActiveBatch

7 Ratings

Control-M

85 Ratings

ActiveBatch

7 Ratings
Score 8.6 out of 101

Control-M

85 Ratings
Score 8.8 out of 101

Add comparison

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveBatch

It's great for basic tasks or tasks that need to run in a certain sequence. Especially import/export jobs, where the next step can only work when the previous job has completed. It does have some issues where a tasks may run into an error (file location not available) and may not always prevent itself from continuing to run the job.
Ron Zermeno profile photo

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.
No photo available

Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

ActiveBatch
6.9
Control-M
7.5
Multi-platform scheduling
ActiveBatch
8.1
Control-M
9.1
Central monitoring
ActiveBatch
8.5
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
5.4
Control-M
7.4
Application integration
ActiveBatch
7.5
Control-M
5.3

Pros

  • ActiveBatch does Microsoft SQL jobs well, providing centralized configurations.
  • The scheduling options and flexibility is very good in ActiveBatch.
  • The ability to restrict ActiveBatch users to specific areas of the application is easy to manage.
No photo available
  • The scheduler interface is extremely user friendly, even for users that are not familiar with other job scheduling tools. We were able to implement Control-M and do cross-training for a number of departments. Users from other departments were able to quickly learn the tools and see if their jobs had completed successfully in order make troubleshooting their issues more efficient.
  • The Gantt chart for when jobs are to run in the desktop is extremely helpful when planning for outages and downtime.
  • Documentation from BMC is excellent.
Erin Withers profile photo

Cons

  • The Oracle connectivity and error detection is challenging and doesn't always work for us.
  • The UI for administration is overwhelming as first and could be simplified.
No photo available
  • The reports seemed to be a bit clunky. I was never really able to build reports that pulled the data I was really looking for.
  • For jobs that are set to run on demand or that are waiting for a resource always look like they're running in the Gantt charts. It would be beneficial if there was a way to differentiate those jobs from jobs that are actually running.
  • We had issues more often that I'd have liked with not being able to see failure reasons. When looking at a failed job we would too often receive a message that the failure log could not be retrieved. This seemed to be a failure to write to the logs, not actually a failure to retrieve existing logs.
Erin Withers profile photo

Likelihood to Renew

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Control-M8.6
Based on 4 answers
It is a great product plain and simple. We've had Control-M for 20+ years and the support that BMC Software provides is really second to none. There is always a situation that someone can think of where I have to say, "No we can't do that", however I'm confident that we've been able to meet and most of the time exceed our end user expectations with what the product can offer them.
Zach Warren profile photo

Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Control-M8.1
Based on 5 answers
Control-M's overall usability is very good because it is simple to use. Control-M SelfService is an easy tool to give to some of the users who want to use a web interface. The training curve for most users is very short and most of the functions are very simple to figure out.
No photo available

Support

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Control-M8.1
Based on 7 answers
Although the product is very stable there have been a few incidents when I needed support. I have worked with technicians from all around the globe because of the rolling support. This gives me the quickest support when I need it most in those early hours of the morning. The technicians I have worked with have been very knowledgeable and if necessary got help when needed.
No photo available

Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Control-M7.9
Based on 3 answers
No. The implementation was 12 years ago.
No photo available

Alternatives Considered

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.
No photo available
Control-M has a much simpler interface and UI than ActiveBatch.
Scott Kelm profile photo

Return on Investment

  • I have not been involved in the purchase or contract negotiation of our Active Batch purchase, therefore am unable to comment on the ROI.
No photo available
  • Troubleshooting has improved with multiple groups as they are easily able to determine if data loss/job failure is the reason for a data issue.
  • Conversion took significantly longer than was originally estimated by BMC so we had to run two platforms for almost 9 months. This definitely slowed down efficiency as many users did not know which tool to utilize for data load trouble shooting for close to a year.
  • Being able to communicate with users across the globe in a universal language and time reference has vastly decreased data issues and greatly improved proficiency in getting new jobs implemented quickly and without problems.
Erin Withers profile photo

Pricing Details

ActiveBatch

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

Control-M

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