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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Score 7.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Control-M

For our purposes, it is well suited. The learning curve for new users to develop a basic level of competence is relatively easy to accomplish. While the vendor has introduced many nice features since we started using the product (BIM and Forecast to name two that I would like to see our users take more advantage of), the basic product has remained readily accessible for users.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BizTalk

BizTalk is well suited as middleware. Where you wish to translate an input file into an output file and send it to some endpoint. In our case, we used it to convert and send files to SAP. In many ways, it very flexible, and you can do almost anything you want with it. In many ways, it's a better solution than your SAP XI or PI as middleware, since it's much less expensive, and allows you do interface with non-SAP systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

Control-M
7.5
Microsoft BizTalk
Multi-platform scheduling
Control-M
9.0
Microsoft BizTalk
Central monitoring
Control-M
8.4
Microsoft BizTalk
Logging
Control-M
6.6
Microsoft BizTalk
Alerts and notifications
Control-M
8.1
Microsoft BizTalk
Analysis and visualization
Control-M
7.5
Microsoft BizTalk
Application integration
Control-M
5.4
Microsoft BizTalk

Pros

Control-M

  • Control-M Advanced File Transfer is a very useful add-on, allowing for a wide variety of file transfers to be configured "out of the box" and then used as part of the standard batch flow. This module is not included in the base price but is available at a relatively small additional cost.
  • Using Control-M's GUI (the Enterprise Manager) allows for efficient management of the enterprise and can tie up a lot of "loose ends". Often the first point of tracking problems is to check with the Control-M guys!
  • BMC is definitely moving the product forward, the new module "Application Integrator" is very helpful in building and deploying your own bespoke Control-M jobs and allows for closer and more secure integration.
  • Although Control-M does open up the enterprise in an operational sense, the security settings (should you choose to implement them) are robust.
Mark Francome | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BizTalk

  • It is very user friendly. Users can change rules during run time and change workflow.
  • Huge capacity for queueing messages. It supports all types of adapters like Oracle, Salesforce, SMTP, FTP, etc. Also users can built custom adaptors.
  • If users want to dynamically deploy their solution without any downtime, this is a perfect solution. BizTalk will be a good fit, especially for public-facing websites.
  • Well-proven in the market. I used it when developing a website for Virgin Trains, catering more than 800K user requests per day.
  • Helps in load balancing.
Viral Patel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Control-M

  • Single Major Action per job: this statement needs to be clarified. There are ways to do more than one action per job, and there are pre and post job commands available in most templates. Also some templates like FTP can have many instructions built in, like deleting source files after transfer (these are part of the positives). But basically you can only do one major action, like call one web service, or call one stored procedure per job. I believe this limitation is due to their licensing model, to ensure you will run as many jobs as possible.
  • The only other negative is a necessary corollary of a having a powerful product. The learning curve is not simple due to the power of the product. I would recommend dedicate training for the primary operators and users of the product.
Eugene LaRoche | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BizTalk

  • Microsoft BizTalk is over engineered for some situtations
  • Microsoft BizTalk can be frustrating to use as it forces you to use the GUI as opposed to code
  • Microsoft BizTalk is very resource intensive to create integrations
Kyle Kochtan | 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

Microsoft BizTalk

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

Microsoft BizTalk

Microsoft BizTalk 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Microsoft BizTalk is not an intuitive product. It requires many hours of looking through the settings to achieve what you need. Using 3rd party DLLs is a nightmare as you are forced to register them in the GAC of the server and this process is quite cumbersome just to use a DLL.
Kyle Kochtan | 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

Microsoft BizTalk

Microsoft BizTalk 9.1
Based on 2 answers
BizTalk Server has been supported for more than 15 years. It is well proven in the market. Microsoft has provided excellent support with technical issues.
Viral Patel | 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

Microsoft BizTalk

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

Microsoft BizTalk

BizTalk was selected here mainly because it is easy to integrate to a .NET application (most of them are Web Service, WCF SOAP, WCF REST and Web API) and many backend databases are Microsoft SQL Server. Another benefit is that the monitoring job is easy to set up and centralize with other .NET application monitoring jobs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Control-M

  • Troubleshooting has improved with multiple groups as they are easily able to determine if data loss/job failure is the reason for a data issue.
  • Conversion took significantly longer than was originally estimated by BMC so we had to run two platforms for almost 9 months. This definitely slowed down efficiency as many users did not know which tool to utilize for data load trouble shooting for close to a year.
  • Being able to communicate with users across the globe in a universal language and time reference has vastly decreased data issues and greatly improved proficiency in getting new jobs implemented quickly and without problems.
Erin Withers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft BizTalk

  • A positive impact has been the quicker turnaround time of a part request and that part showing up in SAP using Biztalk as middleware.
  • A somewhat negative impact has been the somewhat insufficient error logging/message capture settings that Biztalk provide. This has caused occasional delays when attempted to create parts for the business.
  • A somewhat negative impact has been the need to have a specialized developer who understands Biztalk to troubleshoot issues with the Biztalk and SAP interaction when creating parts, and when adding new fields to the parts.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Control-M

General

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

Microsoft BizTalk

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Control-M
8.0
Microsoft BizTalk
8.2

Likelihood to Renew

Control-M
8.6
Microsoft BizTalk

Usability

Control-M
8.1
Microsoft BizTalk
5.0

Support Rating

Control-M
8.0
Microsoft BizTalk
9.1

Implementation Rating

Control-M
7.9
Microsoft BizTalk

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