A retired Schedulers review of Control-M (translation: no axe to grind)
Updated September 08, 2016

A retired Schedulers review of Control-M (translation: no axe to grind)

Mark Coons | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Control-M

My previous company uses Control-M to manage all of their batch processing on all platforms. They process 150,000 batch jobs daily and needed an automated process to handle them. The bulk of these jobs are MVS processed and the rest process on UNIX and Windows. A large number of these flows have processing than runs on multiple platforms.


  • Handling dependencies between platforms.
  • Handling miscellaneous dependencies (dependencies other than Job dependencies).


  • Learning curve is very steep. It takes way too long to get new employees up to speed.
  • There isn't any educational material provided to train new employees.
  • Our company had a long history of involving our business partners (non IT areas) in the scheduling process. Control-M did not have (and after 20 years) still does not have any sort of interface that our business partners could use. (So we created one ourselves.)
  • I'm not qualified to answer this.
We moved from an in-house product to Control-M. Obviously an in-house product is going to be easier to use that something off the shelf because it was written for our environment. The problem was a team of analysts had to be maintained to support it which the company was unable to do.

So the previous software was more efficient and easier to use. But that was not considered when the change was made.

If there were other products consider I would not know.
Control-M would be very good for small or medium size companies. Large companies (like the one I came from) not so much. Maintaining your schedules is a daunting task in large companies. It requires a fair number of people and a lot of documentation (about processing relationships). (BMC might want to look into the processing relationships documentation issue to see if they could help.)

Control-M's documentation on how to use the product is very thin.

Control-M Feature Ratings

Multi-platform scheduling
Alerts and notifications
Application integration

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