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Score 7.9 out of 100
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Score 9.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Control-M ranks higher in 1 feature set: Workload Automation

Workload Automation

7.1

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

71%
8.7

Control-M

87%
Control-M ranks higher in 4/6 features

Multi-platform scheduling

5.9
59%
9 Ratings
8.6
86%
51 Ratings

Central monitoring

6.8
68%
11 Ratings
10.0
100%
49 Ratings

Logging

8.0
80%
10 Ratings
7.3
73%
50 Ratings

Alerts and notifications

6.8
68%
11 Ratings
8.4
84%
51 Ratings

Analysis and visualization

8.9
89%
10 Ratings
8.6
86%
48 Ratings

Application integration

5.9
59%
10 Ratings
9.6
96%
48 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Control-M is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

6.8

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

68%
11 Ratings
9.6

Control-M

96%
51 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Control-M

82%
6 Ratings

Usability

8.1

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

81%
3 Ratings
9.1

Control-M

91%
6 Ratings

Availability

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

N/A
0 Ratings
6.4

Control-M

64%
1 Rating

Performance

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

Control-M

73%
1 Rating

Support Rating

4.0

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

40%
2 Ratings
9.1

Control-M

91%
15 Ratings

Implementation Rating

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

N/A
0 Ratings
8.2

Control-M

82%
8 Ratings

Configurability

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

Control-M

73%
1 Rating

Ease of integration

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

Control-M

73%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

Control-M

73%
1 Rating

Vendor post-sale

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

Control-M

73%
1 Rating

Vendor pre-sale

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

N/A
0 Ratings
7.3

Control-M

73%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Redwood Software

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.
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BMC Software Inc.

Control-M is a reliable and well-developed product with excellent vendor support that updates and expands the software often and offers a cloud-based deployment choice. When there are many Batch processes in IT operations that need to be monitored and controlled to ensure IT services, Control-M is ideally suited for centralized workload automation and task management.
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Pros

Redwood Software

  • 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.
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BMC Software Inc.

  • Control-M provides a single, centralized interface for monitoring and managing all batch processes in the organization. Nothing is hidden or left unattended in a timely manner.
  • The proper use of the BIM component has allowed the change of paradigm in the operation, adopting a proactive management instead of the typical reactive management in the event of production failures.
  • The use of Forecast and production simulations allows you to identify bottlenecks and focus first on managing those failures that have the greatest impact on production SLAs.
  • Control-M/Change Manager has arrived to shorten development cycles from requirements gathering to production testing. It has been a utility that monetizes the development of Jobs meshes.
  • The GUI is capable of efficiently handling more than 80,000 jobs per day. This is certainly a challenge in designing a good user experience. I don't know if there is a reasonable limit to this. One of my clients runs more than 80,000 Jobs daily and the GUI remains smooth all the time.
  • Job-As-Code is a DevOps accelerator that has just begun to be adopted. Its implementation will make workload management even more cost-effective.
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Cons

Redwood Software

  • 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.
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BMC Software Inc.

  • As with most of the mainframe software products, documentation seems to be the weak link for the products - written by people and for people who already know what they need to do, not for people who are trying to figure how to use the product.
  • We are a large JES3 mainframe shop. As with all vendors who still provide software for mainframe systems, software is generally designed and developed for JES2 and is frequently not fully tested in a JES3 environment before being shipped out.
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Pricing Details

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

ActiveBatch Workload Automation editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    Optional

    Additional Details

    Control-M

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Control-M editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      Additional Details

      Likelihood to Renew

      Redwood Software

      No answers on this topic

      BMC Software Inc.

      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.
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      Usability

      Redwood Software

      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.
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      BMC Software Inc.

      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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      Reliability and Availability

      Redwood Software

      No answers on this topic

      BMC Software Inc.

      We've had issues with a server crashing. The latest issue has the option for high availability which should help with that.
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      Performance

      Redwood Software

      No answers on this topic

      BMC Software Inc.

      I've never seen a performance issue with Control-M.
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      Support Rating

      Redwood Software

      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.
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      BMC Software Inc.

      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.
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      Implementation Rating

      Redwood Software

      No answers on this topic

      BMC Software Inc.

      It is a good approach to define a distributed architecture when you have multiple control-m servers.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Redwood Software

      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.
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      BMC Software Inc.

      We last reviewed the market in 2001 (schedulers are long-term commitments!) and Control-M edged (by a very narrow margin) the Tivoli alternative, with Dollar Universe (now part of Automic) back in third place. We also tested the Tidal Software scheduler (now part of Cisco) but I cannot see that listed here. Control-M won out through reliability and cross-platform support. Since we made our choice it has become clear that Control-M has moved ahead of the alternatives.
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      Scalability

      Redwood Software

      No answers on this topic

      BMC Software Inc.

      Control-M doesn't really use that many resources
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      Return on Investment

      Redwood Software

      • 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.
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      BMC Software Inc.

      • I would expect this product to give a positive return on investment. Running jobs in cron for example would require a lot more scripting effort to ensure that the proper notifications are done on failures. With the built in functionality in Control-M the effort would be greatly reduced
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