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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

Ansible

Overall, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is very well suited for the use provisioning of application components and software. Configuration and deployments tend to be huge time sinks for the team, so with the implementation of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, we have significantly improved the lead time required to provision resources. Once the scripts have been prepared, it is very seamless to use this platform for implementing "infrastructure as code."
Jaren Lim | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

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

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

Ansible

  • Agentless. For our implementation, this is the single biggest factor. If we have to touch the machine and install an agent before we can start managing it, that's already too much effort and slows us down.
  • Re-entrant. This is not unique to Ansible, but certainly a huge improvement over custom scripts and such. Because it's such a huge effort to make scripts re-entrant, most of our scripts did not allow an elegant way to recover on failure. Manually cleaning up the half-attempt and re-trying is still too cumbersome, and being able to just re-run Ansible is a great improvement!
  • Infrastructure as code. This is new to Ansible, and there are still a few minor bugs with their AWS modules, but it's been a huge help being able to define our infrastructure in an Ansible playbook, commit it to source control, and use one tool for all our DevOps tasks.
John Grosjean | 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

Ansible

  • Ansible Tower is a paid service, which can be annoying at times. But that is understandable, as it requires an additional level of support from the Ansible team to develop.
  • There is a decently large learning curve for someone not familiar with setting up Unix environments. However, there is a very large support community with tons of documentation, so it's not a dealbreaker.
Dylan Cauwels | 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

Ansible

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

Ansible

Ansible 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I would say that a baseline of understanding about how to work with Kubernetes/OpenShift and YAML files is a prerequisite to using Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. Once those baselines are established, being able to use this platform is much simpler. Red Hat has done a great job in documentation and making Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform something useful for DevOps to quickly get pipelines and configurations up and running quickly.
Jaren Lim | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Control-M

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Ansible

Ansible 8.6
Based on 10 answers
Ansible is very friendly to start with. With just a few configurations, you have full management to your servers. You can configure it and implement it in seconds. You can also set up a cron job to make sure it gets implemented. It suits our need perfectly. Support can be a bit hard.
Anonymous | 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

Ansible

Ansible 8.4
Based on 5 answers
There is a lot of good documentation that Ansible and Red Hat provide which should help get someone started with making Ansible useful. But once you get to more complicated scenarios, you will benefit from learning from others. I have not used Red Hat support for work with Ansible, but many of the online resources are helpful.
Chris Saenz | 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

Ansible

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

Ansible

Ansible is a great product, which we really love as it is compatible running along side and with other DevOps tool. The integration features allows other teams to participate in our shared objective. Ansible is easy to use as many programmers are familiar with Python and RHEL. We selected Ansible because its easy barrier to entry and pricing model for new users with not many nodes to manage. We will continue to develop and on-board teams and monitor the scaling abilities of Ansible.
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

Ansible

  • We have been able to deploy solutions to client issues without impacting uptime.
  • Most system administration tasks have been automated so I am now free to work on architectural improvements or customer support.
  • Our customer support has improved thanks to Ansible as it has allowed me more time away from repetitive system activities so I may assist with customer questions and application testing.
James McCoy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Control-M

General

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

Ansible

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
Ansible
8.5

Likelihood to Renew

Control-M
8.6
Ansible

Usability

Control-M
8.1
Ansible
8.0

Performance

Control-M
Ansible
8.6

Support Rating

Control-M
8.0
Ansible
8.4

Implementation Rating

Control-M
7.9
Ansible

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