Control-M versus OpCon: Which is the best workload automation tool?

IT Central Station users review two of the highest reviewed solutions in the workload automation market.

Today, businesses continue to look for ways to increase efficiencies and free up their employees to take on more meaningful tasks. By embracing workload automation, businesses can automate simple, repetitive tasks and ensure their employees can focus on the most important tasks and projects relevant to business success. However, choosing the right solution isn't easy - every business is different, and there is no ‘one size fits all' solution.

Over 388,000 professionals have used IT Central Station research to inform their purchasing decisions. Its latest paper looks at Control-M and OpCon, two of the highest reviewed solutions in the workload automation market.

Below is a brief summary of the report, highlighting what real IT Central Station users think of each solution - from their most valuable features, to how they've improved individual businesses, as well as what each solution could do better.

Control-M

Simplifies and automates diverse batch application workloads.

With an average rating of 8.4 from 16 reviews, Control-M is a highly respected solution in the workload automation market. Popular throughout a range of industries, financial services firms, retailers, and healthcare companies all make use of Control-M to improve their operational efficiency. Although deployed predominantly at larger companies (75%), the solution does see some modest use at smaller (10%) and mid-size (14%) companies.

Plaudits of Control-M recommend the solution because of its high-class monitoring tool, the ease at which it allows users to keep track of help desk tickets, and its automation API which opens up numerous opportunities to create workflows on-demand. However, the solution is not perfect, and Control-M's critics argue that the solution should be more user friendly and offer a developer sandbox that could help users try out and experience new features.   

OpCon

Create repeatable, reliable workflows and manage them from a single platform.  

Achieving an average rating of 9.2 from 33 reviews, OpCon is a market leading solution that meets most user needs. From financial services firms, to governmental organisations, and consumer goods companies, OpCon appeals to business leaders in numerous industries and of all sizes. Larger companies with over 1000 employees make up 42% of OpCon users, whilst mid-size businesses and smaller organisations make up 39% and 19% of users respectively.   

OpCon advocates highlight the solution's simplicity as a key reason for its success. They also discuss how well it can be used to organise workflows, making them easier to monitor and adjust if necessary. A steep learning curve is perhaps the largest fault that critics aim at the solution. Many believe it to be very complicated for beginners to use, and the set-up of calendars and frequencies needs improvement.