Native Scheduler Showdown – Breaking Down Automation in Task Scheduler, SQL Agent and Cron

Let’s face it. Scheduling batch jobs with native batch automation tools isn’t easy, or flexible. Whether you’re wrestling with the complex format of cron, or dealing with the limited features in Windows Task Scheduler or SQL Agent, it is never as easy as 1-2-3. Let’s break down some real-world examples of scheduling batch jobs withRead More

Workload Automation Jargon

Workload Automation terms have gone largely unchecked over the last few years. What was once simply referred to as “batch processing” has now evolved (or devolved) into a multitude of terms such as “application automation”, “runbook automation”, “resource automation”, and more. What are the differences? Largely, there are none! Whether you’re running Hadoop shell orRead More

Automating Oracle Stored Procedures

Our users have a lot of love for Oracle. Whether it’s the platform’s unique locking structure, caching, or high availability, it handles significant transaction loads at the world’s most prominent brands. But, automating Oracle Stored Procedures can be a challenge, especially when you’re building enterprise workflows that span more applications than just Oracle. Common methodsRead More

Cross-Platform Client Released

Enterprise Automation environments are often compromised of a variety of platforms. The platforms can range from Windows, Linux, and Unix based servers to individual PC and Mac operating systems. They may even include z/OS or OpenVMS. This mix of platforms presents businesses with a number of challenges related to security as well as a dependenceRead More

Reining in Linux Scheduling, Again

Few of us are lucky enough to have a uniform scripting environment. And if you rely heavily on Linux for business processes, you probably spend more time tracking down issues from failed scripts in your environment than necessary. Fortunately, job scheduling is an area where a single solution can “rule them all.” Since many ofRead More

Best Practices for Job Scheduler Configuration in AWS Using RDS

Job scheduling in the cloud poses several unique challenges. When managing batch processes on premise (i.e. with a client-server architecture), scale is relatively predictable. Our on premise customers usually have a good idea of the resources they need to automate all their batch processes. Managers of cloud-based infrastructure, however, often face a different set ofRead More

Hadoop Automation – Scheduling, Securing and Connecting

When exploring automation of Hadoop processes, it’s important to consider best practices for securing and tracking who runs them, when they may be submitted to the schedule and what resources they should be allowed to consume. Whether using Hadoop for Big Data Analytics, social network architecture or marketing data mining, the questions are the same:Read More

Align Amazon Cloud Services with your Enterprise Automation

Technology infrastructure decisions increasingly include some cloud component. Cloud services can decrease maintenance costs, increase reliability or improve efficiency. Amazon Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) is one such service that enables a company to migrate servers off site and into the Amazon cloud, mitigating the risks of power outages, energy fees and other costly issues. BasicRead More