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

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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

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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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License Category: License
License Qty: 1 CPU
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Platform: Windows

Product Reviews
BMC Control-M Workload Automation for Advanced File Transfer - license is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Product is intuitive, you can start working with it and figure out the basics pretty quickly. Valuable Features:Product is intuitive, you can start working with it and figure out the basics pretty quickly. The built in modules (examples: File Transfer, Database, File Watcher etc.) help eliminate custom built scripts which accomplish the same thing.Improvements to My Organization:One big example I can think of is the availability of the Self Service plug-in. The non scheduling IT users or business users will actually be able to have insight into their automated job flows which is a feature that we never had before.Room for Improvement:Quicker adoption of the newest versions of the product by all would help work out the bugs sooner.Use of Solution:4 and a half years.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:Mostly on our end, as we grow learning how to properly increase resources of the distributed servers and spread out the workload.Customer Service:I've been happy not only with the customer service overall but also the speed with which I am contacted after submitting a case.Technical Support:The level of technical support for Control-M continues to meet my needs.Previous Solutions:CA Workload Scheduler, archaic, not intuitive, lack of features.Implementation Team:In house.Cost and Licensing Advice:Price is based on how many jobs come into the scheduler each day (not executions) across all your different environments.Other Solutions Considered:This evaluation was done a year or two before I started working with the product.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Facilitates process automation. Valuable Features:Facilitates process automation.Improvements to My Organization:The use of Control-M modules for automation is very important because you save script development time with various functions that the application already has.Most clients using Control-M did not enjoy the functionality of the tool as a whole and make use of it as a simple, scheduler script.Room for Improvement:I would like to see improvement in the integration of modules. As I worked with the modules, I saw the need for better integration several times.In the case of a web service module, it could have more facilities with the integration of SOA services when an asynchronous service is invoked. When used for this purpose, it generates a number of unnecessary alerts to the operator dashboard.Use of Solution:We have been using this solution for four years.Stability Issues:Most stability problems are network connected, i.e., communication goes down with servers where you have a client.Scalability Issues:I did not encounter any issues with scalability.Technical Support:Technical support is very good.Previous Solutions:I thought of using a different solution, but this solution is as simple as other alternatives.Initial Setup:The installation is very simple, without complexity.Cost and Licensing Advice:This is quite specific. It will depend on the number of processes that you need to automate.Other Solutions Considered:This is one of the best automation tools on the market.Other Advice:Seek qualified professionals to do the job.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Being able to view a history of jobs or tasks that have run helps with troubleshooting. Valuable Features:* The ability to view a history of jobs\tasks that have run: This makes troubleshooting a breeze.* The ability to proactively forecast the runtime of a workflow: Managing SLA expectations and proactively generate alerts when the SLA won’t be met.* Having a flow diagram of all workflows and the relationship between jobs\tasks: This is a visual representation of the entire workflow estate, which is updated in real time.* Control modules: These are add-ons that further integrate Control-M with other third-party products, eliminating the need to write any custom code. E.g., Control-M For File Transfers makes it effortless to SFTP files externally or within the organization.* Mass update: This feature allows for multiple fields of job definitions to be updated based on certain search criteria, with a very user-friendly interface.Improvements to My Organization:It has given the organization visibility into how various applications relate to and depend on one another. It has reduced scripting and coding time down to almost zero with the out-of-the-box plugins.Room for Improvement:There are many areas that have room for improvement in V7:* Specific to Control-M for Files Transfer: Have a broader list or custom pre & post commands when running a file transfer.* Customizable HTML shout emails, for a better user experience.* Out-of-the-box New Day Process per table\application (This can be done with a custom user daily but requires a job to run at the specified “New Day Time”).* Include some sort of label object (similar to a job, but only performs shouts and doesn’t have a cost), so you can categorize work flows.Control-M V9 improves on most, if not all, of the pain points in V7.Use of Solution:In my professional career, I’ve been using Control-M for 12 years.Stability Issues:No issues experienced with stability at all.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues. The way the product is tiered makes it easily scalable.Technical Support:I find the level of technical support (Blue Turtle Technologies) to be exceptional. Whether it is a small query or a large problem, you will always get a timeous response and often one of the support staff members will be present on-site.Previous Solutions:Control-M was here when I started at this organization, so I’m not sure if a different solution was previously used.Initial Setup:The initial setup was fairly simple. Once all the servers and DBs were set up, the installation of Control-M Enterprise Manager, Control-M Servers and Control-M Agents was painless.Cost and Licensing Advice:Task-based licensing (number of active jobs) can get very expensive. Bundle multiple functions within a batch\script file.Other Solutions Considered:I’ve tried and POCed many other workload automation ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/workload-automation )\batch scheduling tools out there; none of them come close to functionality and ease-of-use as Control-M.Other Advice:Decide on bulletproof naming standards\site standards. This will make implementation and promotion of workflows incredibly easy.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-10-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-09-30
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