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

Self-Service Automation – What’s Good for End Users is Great for IT Operations

According to Forrester, 70% of customers would prefer to use a company’s website to get answers to their questions than contact companies via telephone or email. Gartner, too, predicts that by 2020, the customer will manage 85% of the relationship with an enterprise, without human interaction. Self-service not only accommodates the preferences of end usersRead More

Always On – How Workload Automation Supports Business Continuity

Centralized workload automation provides considerable value to businesses that strive to be “always on”. Designing resilient IT environments with year-round, 24/7 availability, helps meet customer demand for continuous access to applications and information. Centralized workload automation aligns well with new standards of “Business Continuity” because it ensures that mission-critical functions continue both during and afterRead 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

Failure is Not an Option (a.k.a. The Graceful Recovery of Scheduled Batch Processes)

“It just failed,” is hardly an appropriate response when asked why a critical batch process failed. As quickly as possible, you need to know why it failed, and put a recovery process in place. Your team spent valuable time defining your batch processes, so it makes little sense to burn time each time you encounterRead More

Defining Jobs in JAMS (Video)

The humble job definition is one of the core elements of JAMS Job Scheduler. If you’ve ever tried to apply your business logic – e.g. “Run this job once on the first day of the month.” – to jobs in two different scheduling tools, you know the value of consistency. Watch our Definitions video to learnRead More

JAMS Certified for ServiceNow

JAMS Certified for ServiceNow It’s official. JAMS now offers a certified integration for ServiceNow IT Service Automation. This partnership marks another step in our mission toward smarter automation across the entire enterprise. In this instance, we looked at the inefficiencies inherent in resolving failed jobs by integrating with existing incident management processes and leveraging theRead More

BI's Impact on the Data Center

Business Intelligence (BI) has earned its place in nearly every organization. While its value to decision making is clear, its impact on the data center is often overlooked. Myth: BI will help us make more informed business decisions. Reality: BI will help us make more informed business decisions, when we systematically provide it with high qualityRead More

Best Practices for Enterprise Workload Automation Security

Security is one of the leading drivers for considering centralized workload automation. Most IT pros can leverage native tools and scripting to automate repetitive IT processes. These basic automation tools, however, can be difficult to scale and manage because they aren’t always built with an enterprise security model in mind. Some of the specific risksRead More

If you are responsible for batch job scheduling, you are a developer.

In spite of the popularity of “DevOps” many IT pros are still divided into two camps: development and operations. Although both groups do much more than their titles imply, they tend to look at enterprise solutions from different perspectives. In our area of batch job scheduling, we see a lot of humility among operations personnelRead More