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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

Control-M is a very flexible and scalable solution which should fit most every workload automation need. We use several of the control modules such as, Control-M for PeopleSoft, Control-M for Hadoop and Control-M for Databases, just to name a few. We [have been] extremely pleased with BMC's Control-M and their support for years.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

ActiveBatch
6.9
Control-M
7.5
Multi-platform scheduling
ActiveBatch
8.1
Control-M
9.1
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
5.4
Control-M
7.4
Application integration
ActiveBatch
7.6
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.
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  • Provides visibility and monitoring across all jobs/platforms.
  • The UI is user-friendly and requires very little training to obtain the status of key business processes.
  • Control-M for Hadoop enables Hadoop specific workflows to be developed, scheduled, managed and monitored along with other enterprise workloads, all in a single solution.
  • Control-M AFT allows us to schedule and track FTP transfers any other batch job. Provides the ability to transfer files securely either via SFTP or FTP with SSL and manage encrypted FTP credentials in a single centralized location.
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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.
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  • The upgrade process could use some improvement as it is somewhat complex.
  • The Reporting function can be improved.
  • Control-M AFT could have better diagnostic tools or messages to aid in troubleshooting connection errors.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Control-M8.6
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This has been our company standard.
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Usability

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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.
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Support

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Control-M8.1
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Support always responds very quickly. They are very knowledgeable and I can't remember a case where they didn't come up with a solution for me.
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Implementation

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Control-M7.9
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No. The implementation was 12 years ago.
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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.
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We still use them all depending on which datacenter you refer to. Little Rock is primarily an ASG (ZEKE) user but we also support CA (CA7). New Berlin used CA (ESP) but is in the process of converting over to Control-M as the data center is consolidated into the Milwaukee data center.
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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.
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  • Too soon to comment.
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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