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Score 7.8 out of 100
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Score 8.4 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

Chef, from Progress

Our organization uses Chef to deploy new code in an automated fashion and it excels in this aspect. It is also well suited to updating existing configurations and push those changes in an automated fashion to large groups of servers. Having the ability to deploy simple or full system changes out to a large group of servers with little human interaction has cut down on time lost spinning up individual servers and allowed our teams to focus on other, operational problems and made us more efficient in dealing with problems with impact customers as opposed to building servers. Chef has enabled us to deploy at scale and helped grow our infrastructure as our company grows.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

Control-M
7.5
Chef, from Progress
Multi-platform scheduling
Control-M
9.0
Chef, from Progress
Central monitoring
Control-M
8.4
Chef, from Progress
Logging
Control-M
6.6
Chef, from Progress
Alerts and notifications
Control-M
8.1
Chef, from Progress
Analysis and visualization
Control-M
7.5
Chef, from Progress
Application integration
Control-M
5.4
Chef, from Progress

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

Chef, from Progress

  • Chef is very easy to learn. Written in ruby, Chef code is high enough level for non-ruby coders to get a general idea of what the script is doing.
  • Chef can be a one stop shop for writing code, testing infrastructure, and deployment of applications.
  • The Chef support team is very helpful in their auto manager support as well as active support in their Slack channels from development engineers & architects.
Anonymous | 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

Chef, from Progress

  • One main concern with Chef is the maintainability of Chef master.
  • The Chef-client should be installed on every node we want to do any automation.
  • It is mostly Ruby and there's a learning curve. Need to understand the fundamentals of Chef very throughly to play around with attributes, templates etc etc.
  • The Chef-client agent needs to be run on the nodes frequently to update the details of it state to master. And also to index the nodes based on tags.
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

Chef, from Progress

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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

Chef, from Progress

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Control-M

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Chef, from Progress

Chef, from Progress 9.2
Based on 10 answers
It loads quick enough for basically all our systems. Because we have this for local dev environments, speed isn't really a big issue here. Yes, depending on the system, sometimes it does take a relatively long time, but it's not an issue for me. One thing that is annoying is that if I want to make a small change to a cookbook and re-run the Chef client, I can't just make the change in the cache and run it. I have to do the whole process of updating the server.
Christopher Maggiulli | 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

Chef, from Progress

Chef, from Progress 6.9
Based on 5 answers
Support for Chef is easily available for fee or through the open source community as most the issues you will face will have been addressed through the Chef developer community forums. The documentation for Chef is moderate to great and easily readable.
Anonymous | 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

Chef, from Progress

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

Chef, from Progress

I really found that Chef to be much friendlier and innovative than Puppet. There is an opinion in the DevOps community that says that Chef is friendlier to programmers whereas Puppet is friendlier to system administrators. This might be true, as I do come from development background and felt right at home with Chef.
Aiman Najjar | 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

Chef, from Progress

  • Speed of deployment. If new environments are needed, Chef can speed that process up.
  • Reliability of environments. Since Chef keeps things consistent, you know you're repeating your setup properly.
  • Reduce long term devops effort. It may take an initial investment to setup, however long term it pays off in saving time once the scripts are written.
Kevin Van Heusen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Control-M

General

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

Chef, from Progress

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
Chef, from Progress
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Control-M
8.6
Chef, from Progress

Usability

Control-M
8.1
Chef, from Progress

Performance

Control-M
Chef, from Progress
9.2

Support Rating

Control-M
8.0
Chef, from Progress
6.9

Implementation Rating

Control-M
7.9
Chef, from Progress

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