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2018-07-08T08:03:00Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What do you like most about Control-M?

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What do you like most about Control-M?

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BK
Electrical Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2022-07-10T13:33:00Z
10 July 22

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.

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SS
IT - VP at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-06-28T21:37:00Z
28 June 22

We have a better picture of our auditability. When someone comes to us, and asks for sources, "How did the deltas occur?" We can provide answers quickly, or at least quicker than what we used to. We are actually sure of the information that we provide, where before it was like, "Hmm, I think it comes from over there. Let me double check, but it gets really convoluted over here and I think that is where it comes from." Now, if it is within the Control-M environment, it has a straightforward answer that we can provide with confidence.

Chris Wahl - PeerSpot reviewer
Operations Engineer at West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
Real User
Top 20
2022-06-27T00:29:00Z
27 June 22

The reporting is top-notch. I haven't found any other applications on the market that can replicate what Control-M offers. The alerting is very good, and I think their service monitoring is the best in the industry.

MG
Computer Production Support Tech at a government with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2022-06-26T14:52:00Z
26 June 22

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.

Robert-Stinnett - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Automation Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-06-26T05:35:00Z
26 June 22

It has certainly helped speed things up.

LP
SAP Solution Manager and Control-M Admin at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-06-23T04:31:00Z
23 June 22

It is an enterprise tool that integrates with all the applications in our organization. It has made our life easier because we don't need to wake up at midnight and do monitoring, etc. It does everything. It also sends precautionary alerts. If a job or activity is running for more than the specified time, it alerts the application team. So, our teams do not need to sit in front of a laptop or any open application to watch the jobs. They can do their other regular activities while Control-M takes care of all the jobs. It notifies them when there is job completion, delay, and error.

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JoseQuintero1 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Services Manager at a tech services company with self employed
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-06-21T16:58:00Z
21 June 22

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.

Shane Bailey - PeerSpot reviewer
Automation Engineer at CARFAX
Real User
Top 10
2022-06-21T10:38:00Z
21 June 22

Our ability to integrate with many different solutions has been invaluable. The new approach of the automation API and jobs-as-code is also valuable.

AB
Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-06-19T11:44:00Z
19 June 22

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.

AK
Tech lead at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2022-06-14T11:00:00Z
14 June 22

The File Watcher utility, cyclic jobs, and email alert notification are valuable.

Matt L. - PeerSpot reviewer
Batch Analyst at Ferrellgas Partners, L.P.
Real User
Top 10
2022-06-14T10:48:00Z
14 June 22

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.

Richard Meyer - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-06-12T08:42:00Z
12 June 22

It gives us the ability to have end-to-end workflows, no matter where they're running.

Rishab Dhar - PeerSpot reviewer
Actimize Implementor and Developer at Infosys
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-11-02T18:17:00Z
02 November 21

As soon as you have an issue, a ticket is created and the tech support is quite responsive.

Issam OUASSOU - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Consultant IT at Société Générale Maroc
Consultant
Top 20
2021-09-02T21:06:00Z
02 September 21

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.

RG
Batch Scheduling Administrator at DXC
Real User
2021-08-18T20:28:00Z
18 August 21

The best part about this product is that it has a lot of features. Control-M doesn't limit us and we can use it for a lot of things.

ZW
Operator /Assistant Scheduler at Engen
Real User
2021-08-02T20:50:00Z
02 August 21

In the client, it provides a unified view for me. I can alter the view that I want to see jobs and conditions. This is nice to have. The fact that you can see everything in one space is very important, especially these days where everything is about data and monitoring as well as because we are working from home on a global basis. So, I can monitor jobs in real-time, along with any failures or anything that might be stuck. The real-time monitoring and the ability to see everything in one place is important for us because we operate 24/7.

Claudio Gerez - PeerSpot reviewer
System Programmer at a educational organization with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-08-02T08:45:00Z
02 August 21

In our bank, all new applications need to be implemented with Control-M. We try to look for the best way to establish communication between both products. One of the new features for us is Application Integrator. It is a very interesting feature because it lets us integrate with those applications that are not included in Control-M. By using Application Integrator, we can easily integrate new technologies. With the help of Application Integrator, we recently integrated with Blue Prism, which is a robotic product. We could integrate such processes into Control-M. Now, we are working with Ansible, and we are putting Ansible automated processes into Control-M.

BB
ITSM Implementation Manager at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-07-31T00:53:00Z
31 July 21

The ability to integrate file transfers has been instrumental in allowing us to accomplish the things we need with Control-M. In our industry, we take a lot of data and either push it down to the stores or retail grocery stores. We take files and push them down to the stores or pull files and information from the stores and bring it back to corporate. So, it's two-way communication with file transfers. One of the bigger things that we do with Control-M is scheduling data moves and moving data from one location to another.

Steve Duco - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Operations Specialist at a retailer with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-07-25T13:58:00Z
25 July 21

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.

AS
Subject Matter Expert at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-07-24T07:11:00Z
24 July 21

Workload Archiving is a very good feature for us. It helps with our customer requirements in terms of reporting and auditing... Previously, when we didn't have any archive server, we managed the data in Control-M with man-made scripts, and we would pull the data for the last 365 days, or three or four months back. Since we installed the archiving, we have been able to pull the data, anytime and anywhere, with just one click.

Ramakrishna - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Consultant
Top 20
2021-07-23T10:30:00Z
23 July 21

Control-M is useful to automate all critical and non-critical processes. Using Control-M, we can automate application workflows as well as file transfers involved in application workflows. We can also use it to run batches related to applications. Automating these processes reduces the RTO and RPO, which helps in the case of failures. It also helps us to identify bottlenecks and take corrective measures.

Sami Tuominiemi - PeerSpot reviewer
Junior Unix Specialist at Oy Samlink Ab
Real User
Top 20
2021-07-23T00:15:00Z
23 July 21

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.

Rajesh Surabhi - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Engineer - IT Infrastructure at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-07-21T16:41:00Z
21 July 21

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.

SP
Lead Consultant at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2021-07-20T19:32:00Z
20 July 21

We have a team called pro-mon and they monitor all the jobs for us. A single view for them makes it easy for them to monitor things.

NP
Director at a performing arts with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-07-19T10:02:00Z
19 July 21

Before Control-M, we didn't have a centralized view and could not view what happened in the past to determine what will happen in the future. The Gantt view that we have in Control-M is like a project view. It is nice because we sometimes have some application maintenance that we need to do. So, in a single console, we can hold the jobs for the next hour or two. We can release that job when it is finished. This is a really nice feature that we didn't have before. It is something really simple, but we didn't previously have a console where we could say, "For the next two hours, what are the jobs that we will run? And, hold these jobs not to run." This is really important.

Randy Scott - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-06-18T21:31:00Z
18 June 21

Technical support is very helpful and available 24/7.

FaisalSyed - PeerSpot reviewer
Presales- BMC Software at TechAccess
Consultant
Top 20
2021-03-02T12:54:17Z
02 March 21

It has multiple features. You can plan your execution in Control-M. It provides one single window where you can define workflows regardless of geographic boundaries and platforms. A batch process can be executed from this single window.

It provides insights into your processes. Your business people will know what process they are running and what is the state of the process. Instead of knowing that they're not going to meet the SLA the next morning, the business people immediately know the changes in their process.

Control-M is very easy. I can tell a non-technical person that this is how it works, and he would be able to easily understand it. Business people can understand the methodology of Control-M and the intuitive features that it has. It has a fantastic graphical user interface and is easy to understand. You just have to drag and drop but in a very intuitive way.

Monitoring features are also good. It has different color coding schemes, which can help you to understand the status of your workflow. An operator who is not that technical and is just monitoring the status of the application can see by color-coding the status of a process. If anything goes wrong or a process is stuck, it gives you a hint. You can just right-click and see the logs and the output. Even if the system is not right there in the data center and is located somewhere else, you can monitor it right from there and see the workflows.

Anthony Heilbronn - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Specialist TWS at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-02-17T14:21:40Z
17 February 21

The initial setup is largely straightforward.

SS
Software Engineer at DXC
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-11-23T17:14:00Z
23 November 20

The most valuable features are the GUI console, stability, and workflow.

Cristian Martinez - PeerSpot reviewer
Pre-Sales Engineer, Solution Architect, Technical Area Coordinator at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-11-22T17:27:00Z
22 November 20

Its compatibility with the new technologies and platforms, like the Google Cloud or Amazon, is the most valuable. Its console allows us to view the duration and execution of a process. It is also very easy to use and easy to implement.

Cristian Martinez - PeerSpot reviewer
Pre-Sales Engineer, Solution Architect, Technical Area Coordinator at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-11-20T10:39:00Z
20 November 20

The solution has the power to reduce resources, which is good for business. It is constantly updated to remain compatible with new technologies such as Amazon, Azure, and Google Cloud. It's very easy to take advantage of the compatibilities.

Jorge Lozano - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Consultant at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 20
2020-11-09T23:10:44Z
09 November 20

It is very easy to use. The HA feature is also very good.

SD
IT Manager at a consumer goods company with 201-500 employees
Real User
2019-09-03T06:46:00Z
03 September 19

I find it very helpful to be able to keep track of all our help desk tickets.

Robert-Stinnett - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Automation Engineer at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2019-08-21T01:50:00Z
21 August 19

The Automation API has opened up a world of possibilities for us, including the ability to create workflows on-demand using traditional DevOps tools.

BB
Application Automation Deveoper at iPSL
Real User
2019-08-15T09:48:00Z
15 August 19

Most of our tasks also deal with databases, and Control-M's purpose-built module for the databases comes in very handy when handling database components.

KeyurPatel - PeerSpot reviewer
Control-M Tech Lead at iPSL
Real User
2019-08-01T09:10:00Z
01 August 19

BIM is a good tool to monitor SLAs, and being a financial organization, this is a very good feature for us.

EB
Data Center Operations Supervisor at a non-tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
12 June 19

If a job fails, that development team is notified right away, which improves reliability. Previously, it was on the operators to notify the developers that their job failed, erred, or aborted. Now, it's all automated.

LF
Manager Digital Solutions at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
12 June 19

Because it's a tool which allows us to do scheduled work, it allows for notifications when jobs aren't running within that scheduled time frame. This improves the opportunity to meet SLAs.

CM
System Admin and Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
12 June 19

Monitoring is a valuable aspect of it. The monitoring tool is very good, and it is easy for expert and entry level users to use on a short notice.

PW
VP Control-M Scheduling at Northern Trust
Real User
2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
12 June 19

The monitoring tool is very good. It's very easy for expert and entry-level users to use on short notice.

JP
E-Business Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
12 June 19

Control-M has improved application reliability and the SLAs in our company by quite a bit. You can see if problems are coming. If we have an SLA in a couple of hours, we know well before that couple hours if processing is behind, and it allows us to take some preventative action.

GR
Control-M Analyst at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
12 June 19

It can do anything that I need. We do real-time jobs. We also do jobs that have to run at certain times. I have not been presented with a scheduling need that I was not able to do. It is very flexible and dynamic.

GR
Sr Operations Analyst at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-06-12T13:17:00Z
12 June 19

The most valuable features are the managing of file transfers and the product keeping up with technology.

JH
Team Lead at a transportation company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2019-05-20T07:59:00Z
20 May 19

We value Control-M mainly for the ability to control multiple nodes in a coordinated manner. Control-M has the ability to really coordinate across a lot of nodes.

ANIRUDHRAMESH - PeerSpot reviewer
Production Engineer at Alphaserve Technologies®
Real User
2019-05-15T05:16:00Z
15 May 19

The feature we use most in Control-M is related to the file transfer module. It is quite advanced compared to the other tools like Automate, etc. The new version which has come of same MFT has a lot of advanced features which makes it very easy to work with. There is less need for written programs and more GUI-based stuff.

AG
Manager Data Architecture Services at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-10-15T13:24:00Z
15 October 18

Ability to handle files remotely through the advanced file transfer feature.

it_user63360 - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal, IT Data Research and Mining Analyst at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2018-08-09T07:01:00Z
09 August 18

Automation of the batch jobs is the most valuable feature.

it_user896988 - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of IT Procurement at a renewables & environment company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2018-07-08T08:03:00Z
08 July 18

You can let users access the system and manage jobs: self-service.

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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 therefore can be addressed in a timely manner. I like that Control-M includes a proactive management that is extremely useful in the event of production failures. In addition, Control-M makes it easy to identify bottlenecks, using their Forecast feature along with production simulations. It also has a solid GUI that is capable of efficiently handling more than 80,000 jobs in a single day. In addition, the use of the alert system they offer makes it possible to act in a coordinated and efficient manner when solving problems. Their self-service feature is powerful, allowing jobs to be set up and available to users via the web. Another useful feature is the workload change manager, which provides developers with the ability to implement Control-M into the coding and design stages beforehand instead of after the fact. This is a huge time-saver because you are able to see results immediately without having to wait for a scheduler to make changes. One thing I find to be cumbersome about Control-M is enabling its secure mode, which could be the reason why some customers may be reluctant to adopt it. AutoSys Workload Automation is fast and easy to install and use. In terms of deployment, it is a great solution. Integration with SAP is great, too, and I have found that only minimal maintenance is necessary. I am satisfied with it because it has proven to be an excellent tool. The only thing that bothers me is I feel that the reporting and notifications could be slightly improved. Conclusion: Control-M and AutoSys Workload Automation have many varied capabilities. While Control-M supports file transfers and batch file executions and can run SQL queries or stored procedures, I think it may be unnecessary for smaller organizations or particular environments where backend automation or utilizing a large infrastructure isn’t crucial for an organization. Having said that, I personally decided on AutoSys Workload Automation. At the end of the day, what you choose will heavily depend on your specific organization’s needs.
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