Understanding IT Automation vs. Orchestration

If there’s one thing IT and DevOps teams could always use more of — it’s time. With the ongoing talent shortage and ever-increasing project lists, efficiency and a keen understanding of priorities are key. But there are only so many hours in the day and people on the team, which means it’s important to look


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 with



Windows Task Scheduler Alternative: How JAMS Takes Job Scheduling to the Next Level

As IT environments grow in complexity, relying on native scheduling tools leaves IT teams struggling with complexity and limited features. That’s why more and more organizations are turning to enterprise workload automation (WLA) to break from the limitations and implement a more robust automation strategy. With limited time and resources, it’s easy to fall back



Five Steps to a Smoother Job Scheduling Transition

Our engineers discuss automation needs on a daily basis. They perform process evaluations, hold remote training sessions, speak about job scheduling at industry events, and host automation webinars. They know there’s nothing quite as good as being in the same room – when your users and our engineers can share a cup of coffee, communication


The State of your Job Scheduling Software – Evolution, Stagnation, or Slow Death

Organizations tend to spend time and resources when first evaluating and implementing job scheduling software, but once it’s in, it’s in. It’s great to have software you can “set-and-forget”, but apathy around job scheduling software inevitably leads to organization-level issues with service deliverability, hardware requirements, and productivity. Every business should conduct a yearly review to


Automation Spotlight – Ellucian Banner

The JAMS Team has been helping colleges and universities improve job scheduling for over a decade. As an Ellucian Partner, we know professionals in higher education are passionate about what their organizations do, and driven by their dedication to provide better experiences for all students. Unfortunately, many institutions may miss out on the improvement projects


Do You Need a Test Environment for Your Job Scheduler?

Job schedulers are often implemented with a single operational environment for all scheduled jobs. For organizations using native scheduling tools, this usually occurs because maintaining separate test and production environments in those tools is a lot of work. Why take the time and effort to rebuild every job in production after testing it? Unfortunately, putting