Even with Control-M, problems can still occur in your batch environment. It’s how quickly you recover that matters.
I have had the tremendous fortune and pleasure to have worked with Control-M since 1999. I have seen firsthand how businesses benefit by using it to manage their workload environment. But even with Control-M in place problems with jobs sometimes still occur. However, with the addition of Control-M Workload Archiving remediation and recovery from those problems is quicker and more available than ever before.
Workload Archiving automatically collects and archives job log and output data and makes that data easily accessible. It is architected to allow years’ worth of data to be stored where it can be retrieved almost instantly. The data contained within the archive can be accessed (assuming permissions allow) from both the Control-M GUI client as well as from Control-M Self-Service and the architecture of Workload Archiving is meant to have little to no impact on the overall performance of the Control-M environment.
Archive policies allow administrators to easily determine what type of data to archive (job log and/or output) and the retention period for that data. Fields such as Application, Sub-application and Folder, along with job status (OK-Not OK), can be used to create subsets of archived data with corresponding retention lengths. For example, all jobs that end OK that have an Application of “Warehouse” can have their log retained for a period of 6 months, whereas jobs that are part of the “OnlineInventory” Application that end Not OK can have both log and output retained for 24 months.
With Workload Archiving access to potentially years’ worth of job log and output is as close as a couple of clicks away. Within seconds of a job failure you can compare the output from the current version of the job with the output from a successful version from a year ago (maybe that is the last time the job ran).
The advanced search option lets you search for a text string that might be present in any prior day's log or output. Or use any of the fields you see in the screen below to help narrow down what prior day data you are looking for.
If you are already using Workload Archiving let us know how it helps you shorten the troubleshooting of job failures. Problems happen. It's how you recover from them that matters. Introduce BMC Control-M Workload Archiving (watch Workload Archiving video) into your Control-M environment and be better prepared to stay cool in the heat of the battle!