New in JAMS V7.0

Jobs Sequences JAMS V7 introduces Sequences, a powerful tool to manage multi-job, multi-step workflows. Sequences have all the properties of an individual job, plus additional workflow functionality, such as nesting and parallel processing. The Sequences drag-and-drop editor provides utilities for uploading and downloading from file transfer servers, as well as file renaming and deleting. Soft


Once you’ve experienced the efficient cadence that goes along with smart workload automation, it’s difficult to imagine life without it. Employing best practices when you define a batch process can save you hours of time in the future. JAMS is designed to help enterprises maintain good habits across every batch process on every platform, but

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 Fortra—your PowerShell scripts can reach their full potential by bringing your

Batch Processing Systems: How They Started and Evolved

BATCH PROCESSING: THE EARLY DAYS 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

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