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BMC Control-M Workload Automation for Advanced File Transfer - license

Mfg. Part: LAO39.0.0.00 | CDW Part: 4142475 | UNSPSC: 43231507
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Old-school job scheduling no longer cuts it. Replace your multiple schedulers with one integrated solution: workload automation from BMC Control-M. No more islands of automation - just simple, powerful technology that's more proven than anything else on the market.

BMC Control-M is a best-of-breed workload automation solution that addresses business needs by focusing on applications, integration, and management. It integrates batch processes running on diverse platforms and applications into a unified business process, ensuring smooth operations. Since BMC Control-M triggers critical application jobs, its availability level must be extremely high - any downtime may affect major business processes that involve numerous other critical applications.

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Category: Office applications
Subcategory: Office applications - projects / process

Brand: BMC
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: BMC Software
Model: Workload Automation for Advanced File Transfer
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: BMC Control-M

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Platform: Windows

Product Reviews
Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 8reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by It supports a range of job types and integrates with other products such as Hadoop and SAS. Valuable Features:The GUI interface is exceptional, beating any of the competitors’ products I have used. Also, the range of job types and integration with other products such as Hadoop, SAS, databases, etc. is very useful.Improvements to My Organization:With the release of V9, we have been able to better use the features of the Hadoop product, allowing developers to use native Oozie workflows from within the product.Room for Improvement:It is probably one of the most expensive solutions available and many of the extra functionality, such as Self-Service and BIM, are chargeable extras. It would be great if these were thrown in for free.Use of Solution:I have used it for 18 years.Stability Issues:Initially, we encountered stability issues with the V9 install, but this could be more to do with the VM infrastructure and networks than Control-M.Scalability Issues:We did not really encounter any scalability issues; it is very scalable, especially with agentless technology.Technical Support:Support has been very good in my experience.Previous Solutions:I have used other products in other contracts, but the only experience I have of switching products was removing Control-M in favour of OPC, as it was a lot cheaper.Initial Setup:It is a complex product but for the most part, setup is reasonably straightforward. Some add-ins such as the BPI module can be quite challenging.Cost and Licensing Advice:I have little experience with the licensing but I know it is expensive!Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, I did not evaluate other options. As a contractor who specialises in Control-M, I tend to work for companies who already use it.Other Advice:Use it. It’s the best out there from my experience.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cross-platform support means your batch is managed by a single tool, allowing you to monitor your entire flow. Valuable Features:Control-M has a huge number of features and utilities that assist users in monitoring their schedules, and developers to build schedules that interface with many technologies. Here are some that stand out:* Cross-platform support. A Linux job can be dependent on a Windows job, which can be dependent on many other flavours of hardware/software. Your batch is therefore managed by a single tool, allowing you to monitor your entire flow.* Great GUI. Easy to navigate. Customisable. Status at a glance.* BIM (Batch Impact Manager). Proactively monitors a batch flow, against a pre-defined OLA/SLA and alerts as soon as an exception occurs that might threaten the target.* Automated error handling. Depending on the exit status of a process, automated actions can be defined that might circumvent the need to callout.* Forecast utility. Particularly useful after making changes to a batch flow, to see what impact those changes will have.* Reporting utility. Generate reports for the business to track batch performance, usage, and so on.* Mobile App. Business users can track the progress of their own batch flow, on the go.* Control Modules. These allow you to define jobs that interface with databases, SFTP, SAP, and so on, directly, via secure connection profiles.* Too many great features to list!Improvements to My Organization:Previous scheduling solutions were platform specific, so when the overnight batch processes crossed between technologies, manual intervention was required. This was time costly and meant that it was not possible to get an overall picture of the flow/progress.Room for Improvement:The ability to work offline would be an improvement. It is sometimes inconvenient that you cannot load and work on a schedule – unless you are connected to a Control-M Server. For example, when you are away from the office or on a train…When you launch the application, the first thing that you need to do is 'log in' to a valid Control-M server. It would be nice if there was an 'offline' mode that would enable you to launch the application and then work on a batch schedule that can be 'checked in' to the appropriate server when you are next connected. This would enable users to be productive in environments where there is not a reliable network connection.Use of Solution:I have been working with Control-M for 19 years, using many versions; three years with version 8.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:Technical support is sufficient. BMC have a group of specialists in Tel Aviv who will advise on the best solution to any issue. It can be a little painful, trying to send huge log files to the vendor, but they are very helpful.Previous Solutions:I have had limited experience with Windows Task Scheduler, Cron and Autosys ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/ca-workload-automation ). These are very basic scheduling tools that do not offer anywhere near the functionality of Control-M.Initial Setup:Out of the box, most clients will be fine installing Control-M with all default options. You have a choice of the packaged PostgreSQL database solution, or you can opt to use MS SQL. It is therefore a relatively simple setup.Cost and Licensing Advice:Control-M is expensive, but you get what you pay for. Talk to your account manager and discuss licensing options.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, I did not evaluate other options.Other Advice:Do it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 23, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by The scheduler integrates with many applications to automate business cycles. It is expensive. Valuable Features:There are many valuable features, including its ability to interface with so many applications and allowing complex scheduling to be done easily.BMC provides control modules that interface with third-party applications such as SAP, DB, VMware, FileWatcher, AFT and many more. These are valuable features that allow jobs with those applications to be easily scheduled.Improvements to My Organization:We are able to automate a lot of scheduling, and integrate the scheduler with many applications to automate business cycles.Room for Improvement:CostProvide a little customisation based on needs; the capability for development at the user level should be available. The reporting facility is a GUI with some standard queries. I think the portal needs to allow us to do reports that reflect many possibilities, like selecting fields present in the DB schema and building our own reports using the reporting GUI, rather than using any of the standard templates it offers.Also, I’d like to be able to build a custom module for some applications that cannot be interfaced, provided we give some standard variables to connect with the application. For example, we are currently using the Axway product for file transfer on a very, very large scale. We are not happy with Axway, and would want to see if BMC can provide us a remedy for it. Or, if we were able to do some customization on the AFT module to incorporate this requirement.Use of Solution:I have used it for 10 years, starting with version 6.1.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:I rate technical support 10/10.Previous Solutions:I did not previously use a different solution.Initial Setup:Initial setup was complex. We have integrated Control-M with many applications using some complex scripts for meeting our business needs.Cost and Licensing Advice:Pricing and license cost is high.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, we evaluated Redwood, Autosys, and $U (Dollar Universe).Other Advice:If you are willing to pay for it, the product is excellent.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 4, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by It automates batch run scheduling, and helps document the runs. Valuable Features:Scheduling of the workflows: We had to run a few thousand scripts on a daily, weekly, monthly, semiannual, and annual basis. Without this tool, scheduling would have been really difficult. This tool also helps in documenting the runs, which would further enable us to check for defects.Improvements to My Organization:It has made execution of workflows simple, especially batch runs.Room for Improvement:We had to migrate from an E2 to an E3 framework, where we manually had to change the name of more than 1,000 instances in a batch. This could have been easy if it was automated, such as searching for a keyword and replacing it with the desired name. In BMC Control-M, this facility is only available for the file path and connection.Use of Solution:I have used it for two years.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:Technical support is 7/10. I faced an issue in which the connection was lost in the middle of a run. It was a small batch, so I managed it by rerunning it. I contacted tech support on a weekend, because I had to run a weekly batch. I didn’t see much of an immediate response from them, but they were able to sort out the issue a little later.Previous Solutions:I have used this since I joined my current company.Initial Setup:Initial setup was straightforward.Cost and Licensing Advice:It is worth the price.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, I did not evaluate other options.Other Advice:It is definitely a good tool in the business intelligence domain, which can be used for small or big batch runs.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 3, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by It generates reports for all batch processes. Setup was easy. Valuable Features:Job processing and flows are great. Report functionality on all batch processes using Crystal Reports ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/sap-crystal-reports ) is excellent. The escalation process on jobs is awesome and that goes for the various modules and their functionality.Improvements to My Organization:We have minimum downtime now. We have a bigger online window for our users to work. We now have a central dashboard to monitor the entire companies processes that is running.Room for Improvement:V9 has now come out with some new features; it has just been launched, so I will have to review and see what's covered in the new release.Use of Solution:I have been using it for four years.Deployment Issues:The support from the vendor is superb.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues. We run on a Unix platform, so no issues. On Windows, we had issues using MySQL instead of Postgres as recommended by the vendor.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Customer Service:We receive excellent support from our service provider.Technical Support:Technical support is excellent.Previous Solutions:We previously used the IBM TWS ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/ibm-tivoli-workload-scheduler ) solution. Control-M has much more functionality.Initial Setup:Setup was easy and there is a migration tool available for most platforms.Cost and Licensing Advice:Pricing would be best to take the full suite and go with CPU licencing instead of TAS licencing.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, we only evaluated Control-M.Other Advice:It is the best in the market.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. October 2, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by We execute more than 30k jobs through a single window. Improvements to My Organization:It provides a single point of control for the entire organization’s batch processing, helping to shorten the batch processing window and achieve a “manage by exception” operation environment. At my current organization, our batch processing requirement is too technically diversified and has to be supported 24/7. With Control-M, we are able to handle the customer demand and execute 30k-plus jobs through a single window.Use of Solution:I have been using the solution for 10 years, including earlier versions.Stability Issues:I have encountered very few stability issues; it’s highly stable.Scalability Issues:Scalability is good.Technical Support:I find technical support to be knowledgeable and willing to provide assistance for any and all queries.Previous Solutions:I did not previously use a different solution at my current organization. However, I have experience working CA Autosys ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/ca-workload-automation ).Initial Setup:The installation is panel-driven and can be used by a relatively inexperienced technician to install it successfully.Cost and Licensing Advice:It’s well suited for anywhere and anyone, but it comes with a cost; it is quite pricey.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, I did not evaluate other options.Other Advice:Control-M is very stable. It is rare to have any issues with the application. Nonetheless, the bigger the workload, the more a tool like Control-M is needed or else it’s too pricey.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 29, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Efficient, effective and easy to use, some of the qualities that makes Control-M that much more desirable Valuable Features:The features most valuable differ from client to client. One of our clients used Control-M to execute multiple scripts in distributed systems and mainframe environments, which in turn ensured proper functioning of equipment, updating data, BI report, etc. over their multiple stores and distribution centre. Another client I worked with required mainly files to be transferred to third parties/vendors/internal businesses.In all cases, Control-M was able to deliver it flawlessly, and also with add-on security features such as SSH connections and PGP encryption.Improvements to My Organization:Control-M helped automate workloads, which would have taken hours and hours of effort and resources. The tool increased the quality and efficiency of work performed with as minimum manual effort as possible. It also reduced cost to the company by ensuring timely/effective/error-free delivery of tasks.Room for Improvement:Control-M as a tool has provided a really stable and effective platform to automate workloads. However, sometimes we do have to use different job types to achieve one task. For this scenario a welcome addition would be an application integrator tool that is part of the Control-M product and can be used to combine multiple/variety of job types into one, allowing us to achieve the same result in one job.Now, since this tool is something the users would have to define on their own, the pre-packaged or existing functionalities wouldn’t recognise the new template we would have designed, if you work on mass-updating a folder. So we end up having to individually pick out the AI jobs and update it. Understandably, as multiple users will have multiples ways of working with the tool, it would be difficult to pre-code something into the Control-M tool without knowing what will be developed by, say, a random coder in a different part of the world with a different business requirement.Another aspect that always bothered me, as an administrator, was the Old bug out-New bug in conundrum regarding compatibility of the tool when a new version/FixPack was installed. We would have to then install patches to ensure compatibility. Some of the Control-M modules would need their own patches on EM side/server side, etc.Use of Solution:I have used it for over eight years now.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues. Control-M, as a tool, has been pretty stable. We did come across some compatibility or connectivity issues at times, which usually were resolved really quickly, as BMC’s wonderful tech team would have released a patch beforehand.Scalability Issues:We did initially face some confusion with the GUI servers. What happens is, when you log in to the tool, it automatically picks up the last used GUI server and most of the users, who aren't schedulers or administrators, wouldn't have bothered to check that field or change it. So with more users logging in at the same time, we would have a huge load on the servers and the tool would hang or disconnect or wouldn't connect. We were able to fix it when we created multiple GUI servers to share the load, and some education for the users. :)I remember another instance during my initial experience with Control-M. There used to be a delay with the NDP (New Day Procedure) as the number of jobs were really high, and it took around 45 minutes to 1.5 hours some days. I haven't seen this issue again, though, and since I didn't get to work in-depth with Control-M back then, I am not sure if that was in fact the tool or our servers having hung processes.Another instance was when we accidentally had more jobs running at the same time (around 200K Control-M jobs) than what our servers could handle; it all came crashing down. I think it could have been something our servers weren't built to handle, as I did hear of some stories where the company ran 500K jobs at the same time (can't vouch for that story, or how it went for them though).But these were mostly situational issues, and we were able to learn from it and quickly resolve it, find workarounds/solutions or better server management. So, when we built any new environment, we took all of these into account.Technical Support:Technical support is excellent. They have a great support team. Also their AMIGO program is great, where you can engage BMC support for migration of your Control-M versions, if you need BMC expertise handy, and they do go through the complete process from start to finish, which is great.Previous Solutions:I hadn't had a chance to work with any other solutions.Initial Setup:The initial setup is pretty straightforward, with all the necessary details mentioned in their well-written guides. They have guides for utilities, parameters, installation, administration, etc., which makes it easier to adapt for anyone who is new to the tool (of course, prior understanding of OS/DBs/networks/etc. is expected for you to understand it. ;) )Cost and Licensing Advice:Control-M does come with a lot of features, but with those features comes the hefty price tag. :) It is reasonable comparatively to some tools that may only do, say, one type of the multiple tasks available in Control-M.Other Solutions Considered:Most of the places I worked already had the solution in place, hence I cannot comment on this.Other Advice:It is a great product and it will be worth it, if you plan to utilize it to its full potential and on a larger scale.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 28, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Automatic failover allows for active-passive high availability. You can upgrade or patch agents directly from the configuration manager.? Valuable Features:With version 9, there is out-of-the-box automatic failover (high availability), as well as the new agent deployment tool.Automatic failover allows for active-passive high availability. If the Control-M Application were to fail on one server, it would automatically start up and continue processing on the backup (failover) server.The agent deployment tool allows for upgrading or patching agents directly from the configuration manager (CCM) instead of logging into each agent one by one. A big time saver.Improvements to My Organization:N/A – We are a consulting company that implements this application for clients.Room for Improvement:I would like to see the Mainframe Control-M IN/OUT Condition feature of Relative ODAT added to the Distributed Control-M.Use of Solution:I have used it since 1996.Stability Issues:I have only encountered stability issues with the base installation; their product development team supplies fix packs for bugs.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues; the product is scalable.Technical Support:Technical support is 10 out of 10; support is available around the clock, 24/7.Previous Solutions:N/A – We replace different solutions for clients usually due to high costs, lack of support or functionality of the legacy product.Initial Setup:Initial setup is quite easy; a wizard-based installation process.Cost and Licensing Advice:I am on the technical services side and am not involved in pricing.Other Solutions Considered:N/A – We only work with Control-M.Other Advice:Do a proof of concept to see if it meets your needs.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are a BMC Premier Partner. September 25, 2016
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