The first wave of IT automation began with Batch Processing, which in it earliest form, was performed with punch cards and tabulating machines
First automatic feed tabulator is developed with a speed of 150 cards per minute.
First personal computer released.
IBM introduces Job Control Language in the DOS/360 operating system.
IBM develops first magnetic disk drive capable of random access memory.
ENIAC, the first general-purpose, programmable digital electronic computer, is built, weighing in at 30 tons.
Women hired at NASA as “Human Computers”; African-American women recruited starting in 1943.
IBM builds custom “supercomputer” tabulating machine for Columbia University.
Batch Processing begins with a tabulating machine using information stored on punched cards used in the 1890 U.S. Census.
Control-M begins its life as a mainframe solution.
Sony Walkman introduced to the U.S.
Xerox introduces the first commercial graphical user interface (GUI) system, heavily influencing Apple and Microsoft.
A need arises for mainframe scheduling.
UNIX gains popularity throughout the 1980s.
Static time- and date-based events come on the scene.
The second wave of IT automation came in the late 1980s with static time- and date-based events for mainframe systems, also known as Job Scheduling.
Static time- and date-based events now called “Job Scheduling.”
The Hubble Space Telescope is put into operation.
Control-M becomes the first enterprise-wide job-scheduling solution.
Mid-range becomes increasingly important to the enterprise (AS400, VMS).
Number of applications starts growing.
Distributed machines (UNIX) become important to the enterprise.
Key platforms used in the data center are supported by Control-M.
Event-driven scheduling replaces static time- and date-based scheduling.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions are important to many organizations.
Wikipedia is created.
Control-M offers robust database element support.
Forecasting allows Control-M users to analyze future batch flows of jobs using what-if scenarios, as well as utilize agentless scheduling.
E-commerce has become the norm.
Control-M adds file transfer (FTP) and SOA support.
SLAs in solution introduce path to business alignment.
Architecture/product design shift allows for the next set of features and upgrades to be introduced.
Number of applications continues to grow.
Microsoft Windows becomes a key platform in the data center.
The third wave of IT automation is Workload Automation, arising from a virtualized infrastructure with both unstructured and structured data, and capable of policy-driven workload management.
Job Scheduling discipline is now called “Workload Automation.”
Control-M supports Apache Hadoop and Backup.
Number of applications continues to grow; business users are empowered to seek their own solutions.
Control-M 8 is released.
Mobile devices are used by both casual and power users.
Control-M adds cloud and virtualization support.
Control-M helps customers keep up with policy-driven workload management.
Control-M introduces self-service interface for business users.
Houston Astros win the Major League Baseball World Series; all of BMC headquarters is still smiling.
Blockchain technology goes from buzzword to investment.
Control-M offers a cloud-based solution, and enters the DevOps space with Control-M Automation API and Control-M Workbench.
Voice-activated controls for home automation go mainstream.
Mid-2010s and Now
80% of Fortune 1000 companies surveyed say Big Data investments are successful.
Digital Business Automation is the next wave of IT automation, an adaptable platform- and technology-agnostic ability to deliver digital business services.
Quick on Workload Automation’s heels is the fourth — and current — wave, Digital Business Automation. Encompassing massive amounts of streaming data coming from myriad sources — mobile, cloud-based, IoT, and adaptive/ machine-learning applications — IT must be agile, as new technologies and data sources rapidly develop.
Control-M 9 is released.