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 Read More


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

What is Self-Service Automation? Self-service automation describes the practice of connecting self-service to other business processes and platforms through a workload automation solution, or empowering end-users with a self-service portal to run preconfigured jobs and processes through an enterprise job scheduling solution. According to Forrester, 70% of customers would prefer to use a company’s website Read 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 after Read More


Cross-Platform JAMS 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 dependence Read 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 learn Read 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 quality Read 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 risks Read 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 personnel 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. Basic Read More