Top 3 Reasons PowerShell Users Love JAMS

Microsoft PowerShell was created to simplify and automate Microsoft tasks by creating scripts and combining them with multiple commands. While this has helped cut down on some repetitive work, manually deploying PowerShell scripts can still be tedious. With a workload automation solution—like JAMS from HelpSystems—your PowerShell scripts can reach their full potential by bringing your


Batch Processing: How It Evolved and How Your Business Benefits

What Is Batch Processing? The earliest batch processing systems were developed in the days of mainframes and punch cards. Programs were entered on the punch cards, and system operators would have a stack, or batch, of the cards to feed into the computer. Modern batch processing software is quite a bit more sophisticated, but still involves managing


Enterprise Job Scheduling: How Your Organization Can Benefit from Automation

Today’s companies need automation solutions to attain the high levels of availability, reliability, and productivity required to coordinate complex operations across many different systems. To this end, cross-platform enterprise job schedulers, such as JAMS, allow you to better control and automate your job streams, even ones with intricate dependencies. Automation solutions also have the potential


Workload Automation: The Heart of Enterprise Operations

Originally, job scheduling software automated the tedious batch submission of IT workloads. While most systems have some rudimentary ability to run tasks locally, those capabilities fall short in terms of ease of administration and the ability to define jobs across distributed systems and servers. As the number and variety of platforms has spread, distributed job


The Job Scheduling Journey: Finding the Right Scheduler for Your Organization

How you manage the background processing in your data center says a lot about you as an IT professional. Reports, backups, and other maintenance—these jobs aren’t glamorous, but they are critical and highly visible. When the completion of IT processes directly impacts the bottom line of the organization or the satisfaction of clients, it is important to maintain an


Why Batch Processing Will Never Die

An attendee at one of our recent webinars made this comment, “Batch is dead. Why would I need a workload automation tool?” Yes, the definition of batch has changed over the years. But, background processing will never die. It’s just not visible to the end user. For example, when you place an order on a website that order


Job History: Just the Facts for Job Scheduling

Job history is an important topic of conversation in the job scheduling world. In recent articles, we’ve talked about the importance of having reliable and thorough audit history reports of your job schedule, which serves as an important security feature. When you know who is changing your job schedule and how they’re changing it—when you are armed


Proactive Job Monitoring in an Imperfect World

Let’s face it: not every one of your jobs runs on a perfect schedule—your schedule isn’t filled with jobs that run on the hour, every hour, every time. What’s a busy system administrator to do? Set up job monitor statuses, that’s what. Real businesses are complex and dynamic environments, in which job schedules are based


Workload Automation vs. Job Scheduling

What’s the Difference Between Workload Automation and Job Scheduling Tools? The terms workload automation and job scheduling are often used interchangeably. Workload automation and job scheduling are in fact closely related; however, workload automation tools cover a broader range of capabilities than traditional job scheduling tools. In short, workload automation is an advanced, flexible form


Does Your Job Scheduler Make Good Decisions? The Importance of Job Queues

There are a few qualities you want everyone working within your company to have. They should be able to prioritize a workload, utilize resources effectively, and shift tactics based on a changing situation. These traits are as important in your workload automation solution as they are in your employees. What is a Job Queue? At