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We performed a comparison between BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer and IBM Sterling File Gateway based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Managed File Transfer (MFT) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer vs. IBM Sterling File Gateway Report (Updated: May 2024).
772,127 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The GUI is good if I'm comparing it to other scheduling products.""The solution supports all file transfers.""The product works very well with the modules. If you have MFT, Managed File Transfer, or the old AFT, you can link that to processing jobs.""The most valuable thing is that it works as advertised. We don't take advantage of some of the features like we should because that's not our primary role and responsibility in the environment that we manage. We only want to make sure that a file gets to where it was supposed to go, or we pull in a file and it comes to us correctly.""The file transfer, database, and integration features are the most valuable.""It saves a lot of time for maintenance.""The scalability of this solution is very good. The current solution is used wide spread in my company, but I don't have any plans to expand.""Dashboard and recovery are the features I found most valuable in the solution."

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"It offers easy utilization of resources for smooth transfers.""This product has been a leader in the field of secure file exchange.""I have found almost all the features valuable.""The most valuable aspect is that it has good functionality.""It's highly configurable, there is no need for standalone scripting.""Very high functionality with the ability to plug in your own code."

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Cons
"I'd like to see MFT included as part of the overall product and not a cost add-on as AFT used to be included and they stopped supporting that and now have come up with MFT and you now have to pay for it separately.""An area for improvement in BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer is integration. It should be compatible with more solutions. It should have integrations with newer applications as well.""Their support can be improved. I would like them to provide support in Spanish and have more knowledge.""Before we transfer files we have to make the connection profile first for MFT. If we did not have to do this and send the transfer files directly, that would be useful.""The solution should improve the out-of-the box conversion tool for migrations so the percentage result isn't so low.""There are eight different kinds of dashboards in Workflow Insights, but there could be more because there is third party software that provides more dashboard styles.""The structure between the Control-M/Server and Control-M/Agent could possibly be improved.""Scalability is something that needs to be improved."

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"The admin console needs some work.""Not a ten because it's a bit complex, not so simple. It's one product but there are many screens.""IBM is advising not to use the IT translate anymore but this is going to be an extra cost to the customer to use the alternative.""The API capabilities could be expanded to make integration more versatile.""I would like to see auto-deployment without service disruptions.""Too many features; UI is not good."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Its cost is high for small companies."
  • "The licensing is a bit more expensive than other tools, so if a client is focused on the cost, that would be something to consider. The licensing should be cheaper."
  • "This solution is very expensive compared to others in the market. Previously it was the only solution in our country to offer this kind of functionality. However, technology has caught up and many competitors offer the same at a lower price."
  • "The license model is based on the number of tasks or jobs required. The price overall is expensive. In my country, we don't have any choice but to use them because no one can match their capability."
  • "BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer is expensive."
  • "I switched to this solution within the last year. I switched from the servers payment package to the job payment package, and it is very expensive."
  • "BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer has reasonable pricing. What you pay for is the task or job, and as it's a module, it's complimentary, so you save about twenty percent of the job cost."
  • "Apart from the standard license, if we avail any additional features, there's an extra cost. For example, Workload Archiving is an additional feature from the standard product, so we pay extra for that."
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  • "It's reasonably priced at $800,000."
  • "There are two types of customer licenses, an annual preview license, and an ELA-based license. I have found the solution is priced well. However, they need to review the pricing model because if you look at any other competitors, such as GlobalSCAPE, they do pricing based on the components and what you select. With this solution you have a monolithic application which you need to buy, there is no component level price discount."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It is a highly scalable solution...I rate the product's initial setup a nine on a scale of one to ten, where one is difficult, and ten is easy.
    Top Answer:I rate the solution's price a nine on a scale of one to ten, where one is low or really affordable, and ten is high or really expensive. It is a really expensive tool.
    Top Answer:I don't see any area where improvements are needed in the product since the tool has a lot of capabilities. One can opt for either a job-based license or a job execution-based license, which sometimes… more »
    Top Answer:It offers easy utilization of resources for smooth transfers.
    Top Answer:The admin console needs some work. There are old buttons and limitations when looking for logs. required the reason why has so old way of buttons and limitations for looking at logs.
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    Overview

    Control-M Managed File Transfer is a market leader in the field of building, scheduling, and managing internal and external file transfers. Users of this solution are able to automate whole portions of the transfer process. They can set up a dynamic scheduling feature, which will activate once a transfer operation has concluded. This automatically updates the schedule of activities that your system is supposed to perform. However, this feature does not stop with simply setting a schedule. After the schedule is updated, the system will set those activities in motion. The automation relieves you of the need to assign a team to write scripts or any kind of manual work. This will ensure that everything runs on schedule while at the same time reducing the amount of resources necessary to make that happen.

    Control-M Managed File Transfer has a simplified and unified dashboard. Users are able to view and access all of the system’s file transfer information. This platform provides a high level of visibility and intuitive use. It ensures that users will be able to view any stage of their file transfer operations at any time that they wish. Users can conduct a quick search with specific pre-set search options and find any piece of information they might require.

    Key Features

    Some of Control-M Managed File Transfer’s key features include:

    • The ability to view and search any and all information related to the transfer of your files from a single dashboard. Control-M Managed File Transfer’s operations dashboard enables users to track all aspects of their file transfer with ease.
    • The ability to set up a virtual hub with users and folders based in the cloud. Control-M Managed File Transfer allows you to involve partners in your business ventures. This program gives users the ability to create a virtual space in which to house the files related to your business partners. You will be able to grant them access to this space by establishing them within the system as the users of the space. This will enable them to manage their files in a space that is connected to your system.


    Reviews from Real Users

    Control-M Managed File Transfer stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are the robustness of the solution and its ability to integrate easily with other related programs. It is constantly being upgraded to meet the varied needs of its users.

    A software engineer at a computer software company notes the robust nature of this solution when he writes, “This solution has a vast amount of features, and with every new release, there are lots of new features introduced. The application has high availability - we have multiple customers and it's highly available. On an application level, if something goes down with the primary, then the application goes over to the secondary, so it's very, very easy to do disaster recovery.”

    Another PeerSpot user, who is an RPA-WLA BU director at a tech services company, takes note of how easy it is to use Control-M Managed File Transfer in conjunction with other products. They point out, “It is easy to use and integrate with different solutions. It is a good solution that is easy to implement and deliver.”

    Securely manage transfer files with authentication, encryption and audit trails while you retain administrative control of data using a library of templates.

    Sterling File Gateway can help you increase secure and dependable file transfer with your trading partners. It consolidates disparate centers of file transfer activity and facilitates the security-rich exchange of file-based data over the Internet. It helps companies avoid the risk and operational issues that can result from using loosely controlled file-transfer servers.

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    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company30%
    Recruiting/Hr Firm20%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Insurance Company10%
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    Financial Services Firm33%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Insurance Company6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Financial Services Firm36%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Insurance Company7%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise35%
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise73%
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    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise82%
    Buyer's Guide
    BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer vs. IBM Sterling File Gateway
    May 2024
    Find out what your peers are saying about BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer vs. IBM Sterling File Gateway and other solutions. Updated: May 2024.
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    BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer is ranked 4th in Managed File Transfer (MFT) with 21 reviews while IBM Sterling File Gateway is ranked 3rd in Managed File Transfer (MFT) with 6 reviews. BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer is rated 8.8, while IBM Sterling File Gateway is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer writes "Adaptable, useful file transfer, and has helpful technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Sterling File Gateway writes "Easy to use with good validation and monitoring of the file transfer". BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer is most compared with MOVEit, Axway AMPLIFY Managed File Transfer, Sterling Commerce Connect:Direct, Fortra's GoAnywhere MFT and CA XCOM Data Transport, whereas IBM Sterling File Gateway is most compared with MOVEit, Sterling Commerce Connect:Direct, Aspera Managed File Transfer, Fortra's GoAnywhere MFT and Axway AMPLIFY Managed File Transfer. See our BMC Control-M Managed File Transfer vs. IBM Sterling File Gateway report.

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