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Source Code Management for Centralized Workload Automation

Reining in the source of all your jobs is an essential step in your transition to centralized workload automation. Even if you are not writing code all day, you must think of yourself as a developer. Your “application” is the business. And, the features of your application are its automated workloads. Silos are for Farms, Read More


Azure Database Options

The latest build of JAMS V7 provides users with a new database option – Azure SQL. For most enterprises, SQL, or even SQL Express, has plenty of horsepower to handle data on the back end of JAMS. We specifically designed JAMS to consume as few resources as possible – an efficient database structure, small payloads, Read More


Invoice Processing Automation

We often think of invoice processing as the responsibility of our accounting department and their ERP system. They should have this process locked up, right? But, IT teams can be deeply involved, especially when invoicing involves multiple platforms and systems. To generate invoices repeatedly and accurately requires a holistic view of every step of the Read More


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


Gearing Up for Legacy Scheduler Migration

The migration process from legacy job scheduler to workload automation solution can seem daunting at first. By understanding the potential benefits and costs of each method, you will be better able to choose a migration path that fits your needs. Note that if you are consolidating multiple legacy schedulers you will need to select the 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


Reduce your ‘Attack Surface’ with Automation

Security is without a doubt one of the primary concerns in IT today. The added security provided by implementing a comprehensive automation strategy is often overlooked and underestimated, since the security benefits of automation are typically overshadowed by the more obvious benefits such as increased efficiency and reduction in human error. Human error can occur Read More



Automation is Captured Knowledge – Part 3

In my final post on this subject I will talk about what is probably the least discussed organizational IT asset – Informal Knowledge. Informal Knowledge is the knowledge that is held by members of an organization (and sometimes by partners or customers of the organization) that could be of benefit to that organization. This knowledge Read More