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Executive Summary
Updated on April 4, 2022

We performed a comparison between Autosys Workload Automation and Control-M based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Autosys Workload Automation users tell us there is a slight learning curve to getting the deployment completed accurately, but nothing overly complex. Control-M users tell us if one has a basic understanding of how databases work, then deployment is quite simple and straightforward.
  • Features: Autosys Workload Automation users like that it is scalable, easy to use, fast, and always available. They tell us the solution is easy to configure and integrates well with SAP. Users are also very happy with batch processing and the real-time view that is available. Autosys Workload Automation reviewers feel that the lack of cloud integration option is problematic. Users would also like to see improvement to the job analysis, quick search features, and the GUI interface.

    Control-M users are very happy with the unified view, which helps orchestrate and observe all data pipeline and application workflows, saving a huge amount of time. Additionally, Control-M has multiple scheduling options, which give the flexibility to do what you want, when you want, however you want. Control-M users tell us cloud support is a bit slow and needs to be improved. The web interface can be a bit buggy and reviewers would like to see a reporting policy that is more robust and has the ability to produce reports that upper management can understand.
  • Pricing: Users tell us that both solutions offer pricing options that they feel are competitive and reasonable.
  • Service and Support: Reviewers tell us Autosys Workload Automation’s support is good, but on the decline due to recent company changes. Control-M users consistently tell us the support they receive is excellent and issues are resolved very quickly.

Comparison Results: In this comparison, Control-M finishes ahead of Autosys Workload Automation. With Control-M, all documentation is available online; many users feel this is a big win. The solution is very stable in most environments and the solution is very easy to use. The consistent excellent 24/7 support is a benefit that really rounds out this amazing solution.

To learn more, read our detailed AutoSys Workload Automation vs. Control-M report (Updated: July 2022).
Buyer's Guide
AutoSys Workload Automation vs. Control-M
July 2022
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Pros
"We're also starting to use its Self Service and Solution Manager. My team in the data center and some of the development team use the Self Service. Developers are using the Self Service for upon-request jobs for their testing. They used to have to go through us to schedule testing and now they can just go on and kick it off all they want. They have also really appreciated that they have access to view and/or submit jobs.""Last year, we added a second environment and the OpCon Deploy product. This has allowed us to build a testing environment. This has been a great addition for us as we can work through our workflows without disrupting our production environment.""The most valuable feature is the automation in general.""With a simple click of a button in self-service, the department or the user can complete his/her job.""There's also a self-service solution manager... that allows us to enable staff to run complex automation tasks by clicking a button and entering some information. They don't have to have access to the OpCon environment to kick off those kinds of events.""There are a lot of valuable features. The version that we're currently casting, Self Service, is going to be the most valuable to us. It is going to allow us to open up the doors, broaden our automation capability and help other business units to be able to automate a lot of the little things that they do from day to day. I'm really looking forward to being able to help other areas with their automation needs. Self Service is really key.""The end code response allows us to evaluate how a process finished, set the termination/end code appropriately, and then trigger further processing based on how it ended.""It seems like it would scale well."

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"It gives a real-time view of all the batch processing that we have. Monitoring-wise, it is really good.""The initial setup is easy.""It is very valuable for us when we are trying to arrange or orchestrate jobs into a system. It is helpful for triggering jobs for a scheduled task.""AutoSys Workload Automation is a stable solution.""The features that I have found most valuable with AutoSys are that it is scalable, easy to use, fast, and always available. That's very important because if it's not steady then it's a real problem. So, at this point, we are satisfied with it.""The most valuable features of AutoSys Workload Automation are the file transfer protocol and file watcher. The solution has a user-friendly user interface. It is very simple to use. You have a scope of all your jobs, jobs are what you call tasks that you will automate in the solution. It lets you monitor everything in these jobs.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the functions are easy to use.""This solution has made my clients' workplaces a lot less labor-intensive."

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"We use Control-M for maintenance on our Oracle and SQL Server databases. It automates maintenance on packages, including standard procedures on the databases themselves, snapshots, checking integrity, verifying the RDBMS of the databases, etc. It ensures they aren't clogged and that they are running smoothly and that there aren't any jobs stuck, eating up the performance of the server or any of the CPU cores.""The multiple scheduling options allow you to do anything you want, whenever you want, and however you want. You can easily be in control when things happen.""The scheduling feature and scheduling tool are the most valuable features. I like the scheduling services that we have in Control-M, which are very beneficial to our organization because they are automating things. There is also less manual work. We can schedule a task without any manual interruptions.""Control-M is excellent when it comes to building, scheduling, managing, and monitoring production workflows. Those workflows are of very high importance to our operations.""Control-M has helped to improve our data transfers because it allows us to monitor the execution of the process. With other technologies, we cannot do that.""The Control-M interface is good for creating, monitoring, and ensuring the delivery of files as part of our data pipeline. There's a wealth of information in both the full client, as well as the web interface that they have. Both are very easy to use and provide all the necessary material to understand how to do various tasks. The help feature is very useful and informative and everything is very easy to understand.""It is very easy to use. The HA feature is also very good.""The most valuable features are the Advanced File Transfer and the manage file transfer. They make transferring files securely seamless. It's very easy to set up, get deployed, and have it transferred to and from vendors. As long as we can get our firewall rules implemented at a decent time, it's very easy and seamless to get important files transferred in a secure manner."

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Cons
"The products are extremely powerful and capable. Anytime you have such capability, the programming/configuration that goes into making it work can be complicated.""We are still in the early stages of our implementation, so at this point, I cannot see any needed improvements or features.""Upgrading to newer versions remains complex.""The logs are a little daunting to look at the first few times, however, as you begin to understand what you're looking at, it becomes easier.""Enterprise Manager is a little clunky which I know they're addressing in the solution's manager.""I would like to see OpCon being accessible using a mobile app.""More functionality within self-service would be greatly appreciated.""There are some limitations in the actual jobs that are created and how you're able to rename files. Suppose you're bringing in, say, 10, 15, or 20 reports from a core system, and you're using an "asterisk character" to identify files. For example, if you're grabbing files that start with this, end with this, but the characters in between could be different, it has to retain that same name in the destination. It won't allow you to rename them with a date stamp or the like."

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"We are trying to see if we can use this from a cloud perspective with AWS, Azure, and other clouds, but it seems that there is no cloud integration in this product. We would like to see cloud integration. We are very pleased with this solution, but we are moving our application to the cloud, and we found out that it doesn't support any cloud features. So, we are trying to find a replacement.""In terms of what should be in the next release, I want integration and AI and so on. I'd like easy reporting where you can compare information, for example, "that job normally takes three minutes and last time it took six minutes or 10 minutes." Then you can get the information to the engineer of which job is taking more time than normal - understanding strange behavior compared to the baseline.""We had a few issues, however, the issues were more on the infrastructure rather than with the application itself.""I am not sure whether it is our limitation or a tool limitation because we haven't yet explored it, but whenever we look for different types of reporting, we have some limitations in getting those. It could be because of the way we have set it up internally in our enterprise, but it would be helpful if we can customize the reporting features and some of the alerts that can go out. When we connect enterprise systems, each one looks for a different use case, and if we can get different types of reporting, it will be helpful.""The solution could improve by having support for container environments.""AutoSys Workload Automation could improve in the Linux environment. The previous versions of the AutoSys Workload Automation let you take the profile of the user that you were using to run the tasks that you're going to automate, but in the latest versions, you can't do that, you need to make more definitions and it's a little bit difficult. It was easier in the previous versions.""The reporting system, currently, could be better.""The graphical interface can be improved."

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"The stability could be improved. I ran into an issue with a recent Control-M patch. The environment would become unstable if security ports were scanned. This is an area they need to improve on, but ultimately it's a relatively small improvement.""A lot of businesses are using ServiceNow, which is another tool. I would like there to be some integration with ServiceNow or other third-party tools as well as have easily available integrations. Right now, we need to write scripts. Apart from that, if there were some integrations with an ITSM tool, then that would be good. Because at the end of the day, most of our clients are using different ITSM tools. I know that BMC Remedy is easy to integrate with Control-M. However, if there was availability for Jira as well as other ITSM and DevOps tools, that would be a good improvement.""The performance could be better. Control-M Enterprise Manager tends to slow the system down even on a server with a six-core processor and 32 gigabytes RAM. The console is Java-based, so maybe OpenJDK 16 or 17 would be a performance improvement.""They really need to work on improving the web interface, as there are still a lot of bugs... In general, they need to do a lot of work on shoring up their testing and quality assurance. A lot of bugs seem to make it into the product.""I think it's slightly expensive but at the same time it's a good product.""Some of the features are not available. We were about to deploy the REST API, but we had some challenges. We had to use a third-party application. So, it should be improved in terms of integrating REST API jobs. That was something that was lacking. The customer was not that happy in terms of getting the desired output. So, we had to use a third-party application called Hangfire. We would like to have more videos on REST API integration, and we would like to have easy integration with the Control-M application through the REST API.""In general, it is a very good product, and we are very happy with it. It meets all of our expectations.""They can improve their interface."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing is very reasonable."
  • "OpCon cost us $80,000 in 2017 money, and that included everything: support, installation, onsite assistance during the conversion, etc. It's been a worthwhile investment by far."
  • "We currently renewed with one of their new technology bundles. It's around $36,000 annually. We run a query of our SQL in our SQL database to see how many jobs we run. They're charging us per usage and whatever add-ons you want to use with OpCon."
  • "It used to be per machine, so we had X number of devices licensed. Now it's not. If we had a lot of machines, the new license might've decreased the cost. Unfortunately, we didn't see the same gains."
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  • "The pricing needs to be improved. Some of my client's complained that it was too expensive."
  • "The price of this solution is reasonable and there is an annual license required."
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  • "The cost is basically $100 a job, give or take."
  • "This is an area where it is a little difficult to work with BMC. They want to do licenses by job, which is what we have. For example, the simplest is to license by job, but they can also license by nodes. While the licensing is simple to use, it might not be the correct licensing model for the customer. It is okay because we want to license by job, which is something measurable. At the end of the day, licensing by job is the most important."
  • "The cost of the hardware is high. Because you need to license each job, it is costly."
  • "You're going to spend a lot of money upfront, but the benefits you're going to get out of it are going to quickly pay for it."
  • "Initially, our licensing model was based on the number of jobs per day. That caused some issues because we were restricted to a number. So at our renewal time we said, 'We want to convert from number of jobs to number of endpoints.' That cost us extra money but it gave us additional capabilities, without worrying about the number of jobs."
  • "BMC's price is based on the number of jobs."
  • "You must accept that BMC licensing can be very confusing. No one can easily understand how they calculate things, whether it is user-based, job-based, or server-based. The calculation is quite tough. How BMC calculates licensing is not easily available anywhere."
  • "There are human costs in addition to the standard pricing and licensing of this solution."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the automation in general.
    Top Answer:The licensing and pricing model changed this last year, so we're getting used to that. I think it's ultimately going to… more »
    Top Answer:I'm sure there's plenty that could be improved, but some of the biggest pain points aren't necessarily a fault of OpCon… more »
    Top Answer:Control-M acts as a single, centralized interface for monitoring and managing all batch processes, which is helpful… more »
    Top Answer:AutoSys Workload Automation is a stable solution.
    Top Answer:The pricing needs to be improved. Some of my client's complained that it was too expensive.
    Top Answer:Hi! I don't know the "Oracle DAC Scheduler", but I can say that in most competitive solutions Control-m stands out in… more »
    Top Answer:The reporting is top-notch. I haven't found any other applications on the market that can replicate what Control-M… more »
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    Also Known As
    CA Workload Automation, CA Workload Automation AE
    Control M
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    Overview

    OpCon is a robust and flexible platform capable of scaling up to meet the needs of clients running 140,000+ daily jobs across multiple environments and operating systems. Our proven migration framework helps clients painlessly transition from outdated or cost inefficient platforms thanks to our deep organizational expertise, REST API, and extensive library of legacy connectors. We have a variety of consulting options available for clients and offer no-cost training for the life of the contract.

    AutoSys Workload Automation delivers end-to-end visibility of application workloads and dependencies across platforms, ERP systems, and the cloud. Business applications are ensured for availability thanks to event-based triggering, real-time alerting, and dynamic critical path management. By intelligently and effectively assigning workloads based on real-time information about the available computing resources and service level agreements, AutoSys Workload Automation scales to enterprise demands with ease. The solution permits businesses to swiftly provision and handle workloads in physical, virtualized, and cloud environments. The platform helps to reduce the cost and complexity of managing mission-critical business processes, ensuring consistent and reliable service delivery. AutoSys Workload Automation is a job control solution that allows you to manage workloads via a command-line interface (CLI) or graphical user interface (GUI).

    AutoSys Workload Automation Features

    AutoSys Workload Automation has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Multi-platform scheduling: Manage and visualize a process end to end across multiple platforms from a central point of control.
    • Extensive scalability: Provide production scalability without the need for multiple server instances.
    • Extensive app support: Manage workloads for business apps such as PeopleSoft, SAP, and Oracle E-Business. This results in lower operating costs and increased cross-enterprise visibility.
    • Built-in fault tolerance: Robust, lights-out operations with automated recovery that facilitates the availability of business systems by enabling jobs to be completed accurately and on time.
    • Self service: End-users have the ability to request and execute workload processing that is controlled by workload policy and governance processes. This gives businesses more control over their own services.
    • Security and compliance: Better meet regulatory compliance requirements by defining access permissions at any level. If there are problems, you can view what was changed, by whom, and at what time.

    AutoSys Workload Automation Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing AutoSys Workload Automation. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Job scheduling, monitoring, and reporting: Jobs can be scheduled across platforms. When a job enters different production schedule phases, keep track of it and give reports.
    • Create reports that ease regulatory compliance and improve control.
    • Forecasting is used to detect and comprehend the business impact of work within a job stream. You can send notifications for overdue tasks or bypass less critical jobs.
    • Managing resources: The solution assesses the resources that are available and schedules jobs to achieve a defined SLA, enhancing resource utilization.

    Reviews from Real Users

    AutoSys Workload Automation stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its file transfer protocol and its visibility for batch processing. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews:

    One PeerSpot reviewer, an IT consultant at a computer software company, writes, “The most valuable features of AutoSys Workload Automation are the file transfer protocol and file watcher. The solution has a user-friendly user interface. It is very simple to use. You have a scope of all your jobs, jobs are what you call tasks that you will automate in the solution. It lets you monitor everything in these jobs.

    Another PeerSpot reviewer, a head at an insurance company, notes, “It gives a real-time view of all the batch processing that we have. Monitoring-wise, it is really good. It also gives us the ability to connect different software processes.”

    Control-M simplifies application and data workflow orchestration on premises or as a service. It makes it easy to build, define, schedule, manage, and monitor production workflows, ensuring visibility, reliability, and improving SLAs.

    • Accelerate new business applications into production—by embedding workflow orchestration into your CI/CD pipeline
    • Scale Dev and Ops collaboration, with a Jobs-as-Code approach
    • Simplify workflows across hybrid and multi-cloud environments with AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform integrations
    • Deliver data-driven outcomes faster, managing big data workflows in a scalable way
    • Take control of your file transfer operations with integrated, intelligent file movement and visibility
    Offer
    Accel­er­ate dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion through work­load automation

    Automate repetitive tasks so you can focus on projects that drive your business forward. Find out how OpCon workload automation enables you to create repeatable, reliable workflows - all managed from a single platform.

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    Financial Services Firm78%
    Insurance Company8%
    Government4%
    Manufacturing Company2%
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    Computer Software Company23%
    Insurance Company10%
    Comms Service Provider7%
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    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    Healthcare Company7%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Insurance Company8%
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    Computer Software Company14%
    Retailer8%
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    Computer Software Company30%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Insurance Company8%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise43%
    Large Enterprise31%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise76%
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    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise84%
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    Large Enterprise81%
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    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise79%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Buyer's Guide
    AutoSys Workload Automation vs. Control-M
    July 2022
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    AutoSys Workload Automation is ranked 4th in Workload Automation with 10 reviews while Control-M is ranked 1st in Workload Automation with 48 reviews. AutoSys Workload Automation is rated 7.6, while Control-M is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of AutoSys Workload Automation writes "Mature, reliable, scalable, and helpful for orchestrating jobs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Control-M writes "Allows us to integrate file transfers more readily, resolve issues quickly, and orchestrate a diverse landscape of vendor products". AutoSys Workload Automation is most compared with IBM Workload Automation, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, CA Workload Automation ESP, Automic Workload Automation and BigFix, whereas Control-M is most compared with IBM Workload Automation, CA Workload Automation ESP, Automic Workload Automation, ActiveBatch Workload Automation and Redwood Software - Workload Automation Edition. See our AutoSys Workload Automation vs. Control-M report.

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