Control-M vs Tidal Automation by Redwood comparison

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Updated on Jul 11, 2023

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

Features: Control-M offers a range of valuable features such as managed file transfer, secure storage for credentials, seamless integration capabilities, role-based administration, collaboration dashboards, efficient scheduling, easy configuration, and accurate forecasting. Tidal Automation also provides valuable features like a job scheduler, a unified and intuitive interface, flexibility in running jobs, effective error handling, role-based access control, and dynamic job scheduling.

Control-M can enhance its microservices and API integration, address bugs in the web interface, streamline the upgrade process, and integrate with third-party tools. Tidal Automation needs improvement in its graphical user interface, pricing model, cloud/hybrid solution, migration process, artificial intelligence capabilities, user interface intuitiveness, initial setup process, security features, and performance scalability.

Service and Support: Control-M's customer service elicits a range of opinions, with some customers commending the prompt and knowledgeable support staff, while others express reservations about slow response times and the desire for more proactive assistance. Tidal Automation's customer service receives widespread acclaim for its responsiveness, expertise, and willingness to assist. The support team is consistently described as experienced and well-versed in the product.

Ease of Deployment: Users found the initial setup for Control-M to be straightforward and easy, with a relatively short deployment time. Learning the system and implementing it was considered manageable. The initial setup for Tidal Automation was also described as straightforward and easy, however, with a longer deployment process. Learning how to use the system was relatively simple, with a slightly steeper learning curve for administrators.

Pricing: The cost of setting up Control-M has garnered diverse feedback, as some users find it costly due to hardware and licensing expenses for each job. Furthermore, pricing and licensing can be perplexing, particularly for smaller businesses. Users perceive the pricing of Tidal Automation as reasonable and predictable, with a transparent and easily comprehensible licensing model.

ROI: Control-M offers advantages such as reduced expenses, enhanced job setup, stability, and efficient data transfers. Tidal Automation delivers cost savings, improved efficiency, and better risk management.

Comparison Results: Control-M emerges as the favored choice compared to Tidal Automation. Users appreciate Control-M's user-friendly and effortless setup process, as well as its comprehensive guides and videos. They also value its capability to automate file transfers and provide a consolidated view for monitoring workflows.

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"The solution is innovative. Specifically for the overseas and time differences, you can feel the efficiency of Batch Impact Manager on jobs, batch processing, and impact management. It works the best on these kinds of issues. It saves us time and money, which is important. We save a lot using Control-M.""The web interface is handy. It's easy to use, and Control-M provides you with the necessary materials to understand the features and perform various tasks.""We can set up automated email notifications to the programmers or the whole team for a particular job. It helps save time because we're not consistently looking at the job to see if it has ended or failed.""It is simple to create, integrate, and automate data pipelines and to ingest data from different platforms. It integrates well between platforms.""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.""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.""The File Transfer component is quite valuable. The integration with products such as Informatica and SAP are very valuable to us as well. Rather than having to build our own interface into those products, we can use the ones that come out of the box. The integration with databases is valuable as well. We use database jobs quite a bit.""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."

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"Tidal Automation offers extensive monitoring and reporting features that let users keep track of the status of their workflows and quickly spot any problems.""By leveraging machine learning algorithms, Tidal Automation can use this data to optimize turbine settings and improve overall efficiency and performance.""With other tools, you do not have the ability to schedule jobs on their own. You need to create a group and then assign everything to that group. Only then will the job be able to execute. In Tidal, you can schedule a single job and there is no need to create a group. That's what I like the most.""The data management on offer was valuable.""The most valuable feature is the job scheduler, where you can schedule thousands of jobs to execute at specific times.""It's the most efficient tool in doing repetitive tasks and saves a lot of time with minimum possibility of error.""We use the solution for cross-platform, cross-application workloads. That's the biggest use for us and that's the biggest advantage.""It's easy to use and easy to administer, and it's very flexible."

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"Regarding product design and R&D, the DevOps pipeline could be improved with better capabilities and automation. API security and authentication is another area that could use improvement; users must have static credential passwords, which is a security concern.""I am unsure if Control-M is compliant with Microsoft Azure environment integrations. We have some clients in Azure environments. Specifically, in Canada, government agencies and nonprofits mostly use Microsoft Azure.""The history module only contains a maximum of 10 days, but we would like to have access to more. For example, it would be helpful to have 30 days or two months of history available.""The response time could be faster when you need a person to answer your questions. There are situations where availability becomes crucial.""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.""They can improve their interface.""The community and the networking that goes on within that community need improvement. We want to be able to reach out to an SME, and say, "Hey, we are doing it this way. Does that make sense?" Ideally, they come back. and say, "Yes, it does make sense to do it that way. However, if you want to do it this way, then it is a little more efficient." We understand that one solution framework doesn't fit everybody. Depending on the breadth of the data and how broad it is, you may have different models for one over the other.""They can give more predefined plug-ins so that we don't have to create them."

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"The solution needs more advanced reporting and data visualization capabilities to enable deeper analysis of job performance and trends.""The GUI, the graphical user interface, gets a little bit busy.""When we patch to the next version, there is often a little thing that breaks. It has rarely been a big deal, but I always seem to have to follow up on one tiny issue. It would help if they had some better QA testing of their patches.""To better fit their unique needs, the solution should give more customization options.""The current user interface of Tidal Software is functional. However, it can be improved to make it more intuitive and user-friendly.""The UI might have the potential to provide a more polished and user-centric encounter, promoting seamless engagements and simplifying the navigation process for individuals interacting with the software.""Setting up the initial product was a little hard.""Tidal Automation could be further integrated with other systems used in the operation of tidal energy systems, such as weather forecasting tools, energy management systems, or asset management software."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We are paying way more for Control-M than we've paid for any of our other scheduling tools."
  • "We have a license till 2024. We are good and satisfied with it."
  • "For the tooling that you get, the licensing is acceptable. It has competitive pricing, especially with all the value that you get out of it. There are additional costs with some of the additional modules, but they are all electives. Out of the box, you get the standard Control-M experience and the standard license. They're not forcing some of the modules on you. If you decide that you do need them, you can always purchase those separately."
  • "The price is right because of the licensing schema, which is based on nodes and processes. You purchase what you use, no more and no less, and you can grow with time."
  • "Cost-wise, it is good."
  • "Its pricing is a little bit high. They could provide an enterprise-level license for an unlimited number of jobs. Currently, it is based on the number of jobs, and if you exceed the number of jobs, there are charges. For example, if your license is for 3,000 jobs per day, but you run 3,050 jobs, you will have to pay for the extra 50 jobs. They charge $120 per job. So, it is too costly."
  • "The solution is not cheap, it comes with quite a hefty price tag. Control-M is the market leader, but we still want the price to be as friendly as possible."
  • "One of the restrictions that we had was with some of the licensing, and not having any insight on the financials part of the product. I don't know what the licensing on the product is, but we don't have an unlimited enterprise license. So, there might be a limitation on either the cost of the licensing or the number of seats."
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  • "Their pricing seems very fair. It is more than the other solutions, but the functionality and the support are very much there. You pay for the job scheduler, and then they have certain things that are built into it, such as the FTP processes. If you then want to do JD Edwards jobs, you need an adapter. If you want to do SQL jobs, there is another adapter. Similarly, if you want to do Oracle jobs, there is an adapter. It is like there is the base and then there are the adapters for the jobs that you want to do, but it seems that's also how they pay for each of those adapters and keep them up to date."
  • "We are satisfied with the pricing of Tidal. It's in the moderate range and it feels very achievable for us."
  • "They work with you on licensing. So, it has been great. Everybody has different licensing, but I've had good luck with the licensing. They've been very accommodating. You basically need to buy a license for each physical server, but then you're allowed an unlimited number of virtual servers."
  • "We've been able to purchase more adapters because the cost of the product has been very reasonable."
  • "We think the pricing is very fair. We have been happy with the pricing compared to some of the other solutions in the space."
  • "There have been pricing increases, but with the reduction that our company obtained from Tidal this year, the pricing has become very acceptable for this type of product."
  • "Tidal is a low-cost tool and not expensive in comparison to other tools."
  • "The price is reasonable in terms of the product’s functionality."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Control-M acts as a single, centralized interface for monitoring and managing all batch processes, which is helpful because nothing gets left unattended since it is all visible in one place, and… more »
    Top Answer:It is simple to create, integrate, and automate data pipelines and to ingest data from different platforms. It integrates well between platforms.
    Top Answer:The pricing is reasonable. It's not an exorbitant amount. The licensing is pretty reasonable for the number of jobs that we run. The plugins will be an additional cost.
    Top Answer:Tidal integrates with other third-party systems, which makes it easy to connect and exchange data.
    Top Answer:The price is reasonable in terms of the product’s functionality.
    Top Answer:Initially, it is complicated to understand the functionalities as there is limited product documentation. The setup and configuration of the software is a bit complicated. Providing the training… more »
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    Control M
    Tidal Workload Automation, Cisco Workload Automation, Tidal Enterprise Scheduler
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    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

    Tidal Software is a leading provider of enterprise workload automation solutions that orchestrate the execution of complex workflows across systems, applications and IT environments. With a comprehensive portfolio of products and services, Tidal optimizes mission-critical business processes, increases IT cost efficiencies and satisfies legal and regulatory compliance requirements. Hundreds of customers around the world count on Tidal for modernizing their workload automation and driving their digital transformation. Tidal Software is headquartered in Chicago with offices in Houston, London, Minsk, Belarus and Chennai, India. For more information, visit

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    CARFAX, Tampa General Hospital, Navistar, Amadeus, Raymond James, Railinc
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    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm33%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Healthcare Company7%
    Financial Services Firm29%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Insurance Company8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Manufacturing Company17%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Manufacturing Company21%
    Financial Services Firm21%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Insurance Company8%
    Company Size
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise80%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise76%
    Small Business4%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise83%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise77%
    Buyer's Guide
    Control-M vs. Tidal Automation by Redwood
    November 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about Control-M vs. Tidal Automation by Redwood and other solutions. Updated: November 2023.
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    Control-M is ranked 1st in Workload Automation with 19 reviews while Tidal Automation by Redwood is ranked 2nd in Workload Automation with 22 reviews. Control-M is rated 9.0, while Tidal Automation by Redwood is rated 9.4. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Tidal Automation by Redwood writes "Allows us to use one scheduler for multiple instances, helps us to recover from an issue much more effectively, and is extremely flexible". Control-M is most compared with AutoSys Workload Automation, IBM Workload Automation, ESP Workload Automation Intelligence, Automic Workload Automation and Stonebranch Universal Automation Center, whereas Tidal Automation by Redwood is most compared with AutoSys Workload Automation, ActiveBatch Workload Automation by Redwood, IBM Workload Automation, Redwood RunMyJobs and Rocket Zeke. See our Control-M vs. Tidal Automation by Redwood report.

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