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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 8.4 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Workload Automation

    8.8

    Control-M

    88%

    Jenkins

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Control-M ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Multi-platform scheduling

    8.6
    86%
    51 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Central monitoring

    10.0
    100%
    49 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Logging

    7.4
    74%
    50 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Alerts and notifications

    8.4
    84%
    51 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Analysis and visualization

    8.6
    86%
    48 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application integration

    9.6
    96%
    48 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Control-M is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Support Rating
    • Jenkins is rated higher in 1 area: Performance

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.6

    Control-M

    96%
    51 Ratings
    8.4

    Jenkins

    84%
    55 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.2

    Control-M

    82%
    6 Ratings

    Jenkins

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Usability

    9.1

    Control-M

    91%
    6 Ratings
    5.0

    Jenkins

    50%
    3 Ratings

    Availability

    6.4

    Control-M

    64%
    1 Rating

    Jenkins

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    7.3

    Control-M

    73%
    1 Rating
    8.9

    Jenkins

    89%
    12 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.1

    Control-M

    91%
    15 Ratings
    6.6

    Jenkins

    66%
    12 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    8.2

    Control-M

    82%
    8 Ratings

    Jenkins

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Configurability

    7.3

    Control-M

    73%
    1 Rating

    Jenkins

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    7.3

    Control-M

    73%
    1 Rating

    Jenkins

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    7.3

    Control-M

    73%
    1 Rating

    Jenkins

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    7.3

    Control-M

    73%
    1 Rating

    Jenkins

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    7.3

    Control-M

    73%
    1 Rating

    Jenkins

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    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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    Open Source

    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.
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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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    Open Source

    • 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.
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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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    Open Source

    • 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.
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    Pricing 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

      Jenkins

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Jenkins editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        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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        Open Source

        No answers on this topic

        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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        Open Source

        While the day to day use is very easy, the configuration and setting up of the system or new projects can be cumbersome.
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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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        Open Source

        No answers on this topic

        Performance

        BMC Software Inc.

        I've never seen a performance issue with Control-M.
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        Open Source

        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.
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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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        Open Source

        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.
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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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        Open Source

        No answers on this topic

        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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        Open Source

        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.
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        Scalability

        BMC Software Inc.

        Control-M doesn't really use that many resources
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        Open Source

        No answers on this topic

        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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        Open Source

        • 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.
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