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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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

Jenkins

Jenkins helps the flow of build from the development team to the QA team. Can be really helpful in doing continuous builds, but when this feature is turned on the development team must have great communication otherwise the risk of broken builds become very high. In the long run, we found it made things easier when we just pushed the build manually and appointed a team member the build master.
Dodd Weisenberger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

Control-M
9.2
Jenkins
Multi-platform scheduling
Control-M
9.0
Jenkins
Central monitoring
Control-M
10.0
Jenkins
Logging
Control-M
9.0
Jenkins
Alerts and notifications
Control-M
8.0
Jenkins
Analysis and visualization
Control-M
9.0
Jenkins
Application integration
Control-M
10.0
Jenkins

Pros

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

Jenkins

  • Automatic jobs: there are infinite possibilities when it comes to Jenkins. You can run code against any testing suite you can imagine or conjure up. You can deploy applications at any time anywhere, automatically with no human intervention. If a certain stage fails, it will notify the team and your sysadmin of the issue so you can resolve it as quickly as possible
  • Automatic rollback: because of how Jenkins works, it can hold off publishing code and integrate locally to run QA procedures before pushing to deployment. This means that bugs are caught before your servers are updated and prevents a faulty program from affecting your downtime in the first place. Its a game changer for high availability.
Dylan Cauwels | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Jenkins

  • Once we organized a hackathon with our GitHub Storage. Jenkins was integrated at that time. We had a 20GB plan, but it oversized to 50GB. We had to bear a large sum of money which was unpredicted by our company. Being a startup we cannot bear such mistakes.
  • Jenkins cannot be easily studied and managed. We have to recruit personnel part-time for managing and servicing the server.
  • Though it is open source, there is no dedicated community driven forum or support. There are 3rd party discussion and support portals. Thus, we use Gitter always for debugging and solutions.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

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

Jenkins

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

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

Jenkins

Jenkins 5.0
Based on 3 answers
While the day to day use is very easy, the configuration and setting up of the system or new projects can be cumbersome.
Dodd Weisenberger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Control-M

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Jenkins

Jenkins 8.9
Based on 14 answers
Sometimes I feel like I am using software developed at the '90s. The Jenkins functioning is amazing. It fulfills its role, but when we are talking about the user interface, it is something painful sometimes, and unfortunately, I didn't see investment and/or improvement on this part over the past few years. Another thing I couldn't forget to mention is about the ecosystem around Jenkins, there are a bunch of plugins, but due to this flexibility, we caught ourselves struggling with broken plugins several times.
Erlon Sousa Pinheiro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

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

Jenkins

Jenkins 6.5
Based on 12 answers
There is a large development community - but it is shifting as people move towards other tools. A lot of companies still use Jenkins and will build propriety tools, which doesn't help any of the open-source community.Jenkins has a lot of help and support online, but other, more modern, alternatives will have better support for newer tech.
Richard Rout | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

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

Jenkins

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

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

Jenkins

We previously utilized Hudson - which was limited and did not have the extensive plugin abilities of Jenkins. We selected Jenkins for it's ease of use, beautiful interface, and stability. Other software such as Hudson and Bamboo didn't provide these abilities.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

Jenkins

  • Low investment: As the software is open source, there is no purchase required for on-premises installations, and there is a low barrier to entry for companies offering hosted solutions. This leads to competition on price, and therefore lower prices.
  • Saves time by automating manual tasks: There are often a lot of repetitive tasks that need to be done to prepare for a release, and Jenkins enables these tasks to be run easily and frequently (for example, running tasks on every pull request)
  • Near-immediate returns: Spend a day or two and easily automate most common tasks. Reports are visible so that managers and team leads can keep an eye on code quality.
Jonathan Yu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Control-M

General

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

Jenkins

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Control-M
10.0
Jenkins
7.6

Likelihood to Renew

Control-M
8.6
Jenkins

Usability

Control-M
8.1
Jenkins
5.0

Performance

Control-M
Jenkins
8.9

Support Rating

Control-M
8.0
Jenkins
6.5

Implementation Rating

Control-M
7.9
Jenkins

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