Problem 1: Server Sprawl
Running individual and isolated tasks on Windows 7 Task Scheduler or Windows XP Task Scheduler works fine as a one-off solution, but maintaining separate job schedules on each Windows server is difficult. Doing so requires you to log onto each server to view or schedule tasks, which is time-consuming and increases the opportunity for error. Micro-managing each implementation of Windows Task Scheduler prevents you from creating a truly automated job schedule across your enterprise. As your business grows, you’ll likely need to add more servers. But what if your organization requires a more diverse environment beyond Windows—how will you schedule your tasks?
Problem 2: Custom Scripting
If you’re relying on Windows scheduling software for your current automation goals, your system administrator is probably kept busy writing and running batch files and PowerShell scripts, especially because Windows Task Scheduler software has limited built-in script support. The more tasks you need to schedule, the more unwieldy the scripting will become, and your administrator will not be able to spend time on other forward-reaching assignments for the company. Ultimately, the necessity for scripting within Windows Task Scheduler leads to diminishing returns.
Problem 3: Dependencies
The Windows job scheduler program is very limited in its options for scheduling based on dependencies. For example, if you’re scheduling three tasks in Windows Task Scheduler that are required to run one after another, you would need to schedule them based on how long the previous task takes. But what if one task fails to launch or takes longer than expected? Your job won’t complete the way you were expecting it to, and this might have ramifications for other business processes and deadlines.
Problem 4: Reporting
Windows Task Scheduler software has limited reporting capabilities within the application. The reporting is not customizable, which makes it difficult to assess the efficiency of your scheduled tasks from different angles. For example, you cannot configure Windows Task Scheduler to send email notifications for tasks that have started or completed. You would need to create PowerShell scripts or use a third-party application in order to expand the reporting functionality of Windows Task Scheduler.
With all these problems, it’s time to find a Windows Task Scheduler alternative, like JAMS workload automation software. JAMS centralizes batch processing in a single, easy-to-use interface, where Windows jobs can be extended with additional properties, and linked together with non-Windows processes to create cross-platform workflows.
Learn more about why JAMS is the best choice for your Windows job scheduler.