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Score 5.7 out of 100
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Score 9.4 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

I can only speak for our environment, but it has allowed us to get away from the unfriendly Informatica PowerCenter workflow schedule. And coordination of Informatica/Tableau/ICEDQ has been a BIG help to us. We have not tried to drill down to the Informatica session-level of detail, just stayed with running workflows. The session-level logic seemed complicated.
Michael Scocca | TrustRadius Reviewer

Control-M

The use of Control-M is recommended for the following circumstances:
  • Workload and batch processing automation.
  • Backend automation based processes
  • Silent execution of processes and no human intervention
  • Execution of workflows that are too complex for a human to handle
  • Massive operations on massive amounts of data
  • Invasive, with access to the data layer and business logic
  • Processes with focus on security, efficiency and reliability
  • When you want to predict the duration of each job and of the complete flow
  • In critical path management
  • For proactive alerting of deviations and possible job failures.
  • For workload simulation
  • Capability for resource automation
Raciel Hernández Barroso | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.9
Control-M
9.2
Multi-platform scheduling
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.1
Control-M
9.0
Central monitoring
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.1
Control-M
10.0
Logging
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
7.1
Control-M
9.0
Alerts and notifications
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.1
Control-M
8.0
Analysis and visualization
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
8.0
Control-M
9.0
Application integration
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
5.1
Control-M
10.0

Pros

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

  • File management - moving, archiving, and folder cleanup are a drag-and-drop breeze. The visual representation of file management steps includes date/time filtering, file/folder/both specification, and recursion all in an easy and intuitive unit.
  • FTP/SFTP/FTPS - while one must still write the FTP scripts, the interface simplifies much of the infrastructure, allowing the developer to encapsulate the script text in a graphical package that is easy and intuitive.
  • PowerShell integration - for anything that isn't easy in ActiveBatch's GUI, simply drop in a PowerShell step and write the task in PoSh - anything returned from PoSh can then be used by the following steps.
Grady Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Control-M

  • Control-M provides an easy-to-use and easy-to-interpret interface for users, with most of the screen options and field names being self-explanatory. The on-screen options provide for a full range of functionality for automating batch production requirements, with multiple options and flexibility.
  • The vendor provides Control-M a wide range of utilities for extracting information from the dataset and providing with a minimal amount of training required for use.
  • As the systems programmer for Control-M on the mainframe, the ease of installation is one of the nicest features. The installation is panel driven and can be used by a relatively inexperienced technician to install successfully in a matter of several hours.
  • Again, as the systems programmer, I appreciate the level of expertise of the technical support personnel. Over the past 20+ years, I have come to know them well and find them to be knowledgeable and willing to provide assistance for any and all queries.
  • The developers have always been willing to listen to requests for new functionality and enhancements to existing functionality and are working to have the same type of functionality across all platforms.
  • We are a large mainframe shop, still heavily dependent on mainframes to support and develop new software for the mainframe.
  • We have worked closely with BMC to participate in the beta testing program and have had the opportunity to have an impact on software development.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

  • While I like being able to reuse scheduling objects and the like, more work needs to be done to help one not reinvent the same scheduling object without realizing it and to then find scheduling objects that have similar schedules even if they are worded slightly differently than what I'm expecting. It needs to be "smarter". It was easy to accumulate a pool of scheduling objects that while named differently, had exactly the same schedule. It was also hard to sift through to find the little differences between similarly named scheduling objects.
  • The logger had a clean enough interface but it could be more legible and offer contextual help to describe the messages one is reading. I remember trying to read black text on a medium gray background with Courier size 10-11 font. Not so easy to read quickly and to parse through the relevant parts. I think some selective color coding would be good and links to message definitions or any form of further information would be nice. Maybe the ability to export the log file to various formats would also be helpful.
  • I don't remember a dashboard that at a glance on the top level would highlight what jobs failed completely and which jobs might have warnings or non-critical errors. I got emails because I defined to get them. Maybe again if there was a way to color-code the type of error would be good nice-to-have.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Control-M

  • The reporting provided with Control-M could have more functionality, Many users end up creating their own reporting based on the Control-M DB. I believe BMC are addressing this.
  • Within the Advanced File Transfer (AFT) it would be useful to have an integrated FT server and not rely on the underlying SSH.
  • All batch schedulers have issues with fully automating tasks in a Windows environment and Control-M is no exception. Userids and profiles are harder concepts to deal with in the Windows world but BMC are doing their best to address this and Control-M would be better at handling these scenarios than the alternative products.
Mark Francome | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

No score
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Control-M

Control-M 8.6
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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

ActiveBatch Workload Automation 6.3
Based on 3 answers
ActiveBatch's usability is where it shines. It is pretty straight-forward to learn and administer. Our engineers like it because you can use a GUI to manage it or leverage the command line & api's. You can also create templates or clone existing "jobs" so you don't have to recreate the wheel. It is easy to chain jobs together to make them run in a specific sequence as well.
Mark McCully | TrustRadius Reviewer

Control-M

Control-M 8.1
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

ActiveBatch Workload Automation 4.0
Based on 2 answers
We have been pretty happy with ActiveBatch support so far. Luckily, we have not had any major issues with it - so we haven't logged a lot of support tickets. The response time to tickets is about average and the level of expertise of the support engineers seems about average as well. Our sales team has been helpful in getting faster responses when necessary as well.
Mark McCully | TrustRadius Reviewer

Control-M

Control-M 8.0
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

No score
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Control-M

Control-M 7.9
Based on 3 answers
Plan ahead, communicate to stakeholders, involve stakeholders, do a thorough test drive and have a contingency plan.
Shiv Shivakumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

We looked at several other workload automation solutions and hands down we all looked at each other after seeing the demo and we all understood the genius of the application. To be honest we were all stunned and talked about it for weeks afterward. It didn't even compare to the other platforms we had demos of. We knew instinctively that this was the one.
Steve Schneider | TrustRadius Reviewer

Control-M

I have been using this product for so long and it works so well we have not had the need to evaluate other job schedulers. I have occasionally looked to see what was out there but I have seen anything so far that would require me to go so far as to evaluate the products.
Dave Campbell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

  • ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] has increased our nightly processing stability exponentially. Our prior automation software was unreliable and often failed without explanation. Since moving to ActiveBatch [Workload Automation] we have had incredible stability, and any nightly processing errors that happen now are attributed to a cause other than automation. It's the most reliable software we currently use at our company.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Control-M

  • While I cannot share specific numbers I can say that Control-M has provided a level of scheduling and integration over the system it replaced that has increased productivity and increased reliably in our system. It has reduced the number of hours spent on monitoring and troubleshooting jobs, on a per job basis.
Eugene LaRoche | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

General

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

Control-M

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
4.6
Control-M
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
Control-M
8.6

Usability

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
6.3
Control-M
8.1

Support Rating

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
4.0
Control-M
8.0

Implementation Rating

ActiveBatch Workload Automation
Control-M
7.9

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