BMC Control-M, your opportunity for greatness
Overall Satisfaction with Control-M
- Centralized view of workflows across the organization.
- Ability to expose workflows to the business in a user friendly interface called Control-M Self Service.
- Powerful administration tools, intuitive administration utilities, and fantastic customer support.
- I would have some areas of discussion here, but with version 9 out now, BMC has really focused on addressing many of the administration issues and has really produced an outstanding product with version 9.
- Increased efficiency of the Production Control staff
- Empowerment of end users via Control-M Self Service
- Buy in from various development and infrastructure teams that Control-M can solve their particular issues, and/or more fully automate their processes.
- TWS and Tidal
BMC Control-M has always been a leader in batch scheduling. I did support Tivoli Workload Automation for several years and I found it to be a good product as well. However I feel that BMC listens to the client community and betters the product based on their feedback. BMC's customer support is by far better than what IBM provided for TWS and what Tidal provided for their enterprise scheduler.
BMC's Control-M is expensive compared to other competitors, but the ease in which you can deliver results to the business and provide value to the developers makes it an easy decision.
Control-M Feature Ratings
- Centralize the management of all batch into a single console and stop using cron / Windows scheduled tasks.
- Workflow automation which involves complex multi platform batch dependencies.
- Exposing batch workflows to the end user and empowering those users to improve, automate, and reduce downtime of their applications.
- Allowed the business to run their batch processes when convenient to them, via Control-M Self Service.
- Automation. Everything from SQL Server refreshes to embedding complex shell scripts into a Control-M job. We automated hundreds of manual tasks.
- Reduction of 'wrapper scripts' used to communicate to other applications. We have implemented control modules for IBM Datastage, Informatica, and IBM Cognos all of which save the end user from learning and maintaining external programs.
- We are looking to automate more and more business and IT processes. We regularly attend meetings across the company to showcase and promote what the product can achieve.
- We may look to Control-M to perform file moves in the future.
Evaluating Control-M and Competitors
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
Like to use
Easy to use
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
Requires technical support
- Creation of simple and complex workflows. You can easily copy/paste jobs or folders to create new workflows. The drag and drop dependency creation is also very powerful and allows the user to specify dependency site standards
- Monitoring the batch cycles. There is an array of filters and viewpoints to create customized views of the batch environment which work harmoniously with integrated alerts and service monitors.
- Forecasting batch schedules in the future. We can easily get estimated run times based on different scenarios we can define.
- Reporting has never been that good. The reporting function is based on Crystal Reports and is very rigid and cumbersome to use. We do all of our reporting outside of this built in tool.
- Maintaining 'services' for Control-M Self Service. Certain types of services have to be manually updated and managed. I've always seen an opportunity there for improvement as updating large numbers of services can be very time consuming.
- Agent upgrades on a large scale are very cumbersome, but on a positive note Control-M v9 has a built in Agent upgrade deployment which works very nicely.