Control-M vs. JAMS

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Control-M
Score 7.2 out of 10
N/A
Control-M from BMC is a platform for integrating, automating, and orchestrating application and data workflows in production across complex hybrid technology ecosystems. It provides deep operational capabilities, delivering speed, scale, security, and governance.N/A
JAMS
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
JAMS is a centralized workload automation and job scheduling solution that runs, monitors, and manages jobs and workflows. Reliably orchestrate the critical IT processes that run your business from a single pane of glass.N/A
Pricing
Control-MJAMS
Editions & Modules
On-Premise
Contact Sales
SaaS
Contact Sales
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Control-MJAMS
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Control-MJAMS
Considered Both Products
Control-M

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JAMS
Chose JAMS
For us, JAMS has a great balance of price and functionality.
Chose JAMS
So much cheaper and has a much better ROI.
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Features
Control-MJAMS
Workload Automation
Comparison of Workload Automation features of Product A and Product B
Control-M
8.8
51 Ratings
7% above category average
JAMS
7.9
37 Ratings
4% below category average
Multi-platform scheduling8.751 Ratings8.231 Ratings
Central monitoring10.049 Ratings8.135 Ratings
Logging7.850 Ratings7.735 Ratings
Alerts and notifications8.351 Ratings8.135 Ratings
Analysis and visualization8.748 Ratings7.433 Ratings
Application integration9.348 Ratings7.834 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Control-MJAMS
Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
Score 8.5 out of 10
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprises
Redwood RunMyJobs
Redwood RunMyJobs
Score 9.4 out of 10
Redwood RunMyJobs
Redwood RunMyJobs
Score 9.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Control-MJAMS
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(51 ratings)
8.0
(37 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.3
(6 ratings)
7.7
(7 ratings)
Usability
9.1
(6 ratings)
6.9
(6 ratings)
Availability
6.4
(1 ratings)
8.2
(3 ratings)
Performance
7.3
(1 ratings)
8.2
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(8 ratings)
8.2
(37 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.3
(5 ratings)
7.7
(5 ratings)
Configurability
7.3
(1 ratings)
6.8
(2 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.3
(1 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.3
(1 ratings)
8.0
(35 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.3
(1 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
7.3
(1 ratings)
8.2
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Control-MJAMS
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Fortra
JAMS is well suited for centralizing schedules. We have hundreds of databases, and JAMS has allowed us to centralize the scheduling of all of the individual jobs related to each individual database. This allows certain teams to follow the activity of specific jobs without having to access the individual servers on which the databases reside.
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Pros
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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Fortra
  • Watching for files
  • Running Power shell scripts
  • JOB notifications of failures to teams
  • Being able to interface / run other programs as either dos window, Power shell window, Python window through configurable execution methods
  • Purging JAMS history by Parameters, like dates and # of copies to keep of a job
  • Being able to configure a hot backup to take over in the event a Primary JAMS Server goes down, the backup automatically kicks in after 3 minutes. - High Availability mode
  • Being able to set up variables that can be used in JOBs / Sequences to hold login information (encrypted), date ranges or other Job Parameter values. And be able to programmatically updated by Power shell scripts to track progress between runs of the same job: count of orders processed, API Skip values when retrieving orders, when the API call only returns X amount per call and you need to get all available orders with multiple calls
  • JOB logs can be put anywhere on network for other users to access - IT allowing of course. With the high availability option, this is Great, since you don't have to check each of the JAMS Servers for a log when a fail over occures
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Cons
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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Fortra
  • Prior to JAMS I organized various batch job runs with a user friendly naming process (job, machine, date, etc). I had to jump through hoops to get JAMS to replicate by having a post-completion job rename and copy the log.
  • Natively support JAMS commands in Powershell7.
  • Failsafe guard to prevent runaway jobs that submit other JAMS jobs that were improperly coded. i.e. A throttle setting for new JOBS. I once had production go down when hundreds of jobs used up our daily license allocation in under a minute.
  • I have similar (but different) Execution Methods that would benefit from a shared template. Current setup is awkward to change.
  • I'd love my job Definitions to be natively linked to github for version control.
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Fortra
JAMS is an essential application within our organization. There is no chance that at any point in the foreseeable future we would migrate off of the platform or stop our maintenance contract. HelpSystems (now rebranded Forta) releases frequent updates which always add value to the product. The system's reliability and extensibility has earned our trust that it will scale with our organization.
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Usability
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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Fortra
At first its not 100% obvious what each item is meant for. When you look at the list for the first time there are a lot of objects, its taken some time to figure out what each one does. Once you figure out what each one does it makes more sense.
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Reliability and Availability
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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Fortra
JAMS has been super reliable in our implementation. The only reason it isn't a 10 is the web client isn't fully functional so the availability suffers very mildly there
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Performance
BMC Software Inc.
I've never seen a performance issue with Control-M.
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Fortra
JAMS performs well but the client some times take a little longer than normal to display logs and new views.
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Support Rating
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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Fortra
We had a very aggressive timeline to look for a new batch job processor that is compatible with our new server that could help us maintain and improve our current data processing procedure. The JAMS support team was there to address our inquiries promptly. On average, their response times have been within 24 hours, ensuring that we receive assistance when we need it
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Implementation Rating
BMC Software Inc.
It is a good approach to define a distributed architecture when you have multiple control-m servers.
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Fortra
I Was not part of the original Implementation, and the persons did that are no longer with the Organization. But I was part of the recent Upgrade process a year ago and I am the JAMS admin and was very pleased
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Alternatives Considered
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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Fortra
JAMS is easier to use, provides more features and was easier to manage form a central location. simple features in JAMS were missing from VisualCron such as a projected daily schedule. The install setup with a client and agents was better suited for us too
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
BMC Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Fortra
i didnt have any involvement in the sales process, however we purchased the product so it had to be decent.
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Scalability
BMC Software Inc.
Control-M doesn't really use that many resources
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Fortra
I can only speak in in regards to scalability in the volume of jobs we have created. Many of our jobs exist in multiple environments, with each environment having its own unique folder names, connection strings, etc. We incorporate parameters on the folder level that contain the unique environment information. The jobs reference these values from the folder they are contained in, so we can easily copy a job from DEV to TEST and the source is the same but the values passed from the parameters are not. This makes it very easy to create many new jobs and copy them across multiple environments and have them work
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Professional Services
BMC Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Fortra
i didnt have any involvement in the sales process, however we purchased the product so it had to be decent.
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Return on Investment
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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Fortra
  • JAMS was not the most cost-effective solution to the original program we were implementing at my Agency; but we were able to expand on the services we do provide using it's power and flexibility to enhance other program areas.
  • The cost-model from MVPSI has been great in allowing us to deploy a DEVELOPMENT, STAGING, then PRODUCTION scheduler integrating the platform into our SDLC.
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ScreenShots

JAMS Screenshots

Screenshot of Dashboard - Job HistoryScreenshot of Visual Job EditorScreenshot of Centralized Job RepositoryScreenshot of Job Monitor