Implementing or switching to a new job scheduling software can seem like a big ask, but what’s really holding you back from the benefits of workload automation (WLA) could be an easily busted myth. Get smart and find out how JAMS can knock down any of the top five excuses companies use to avoid enterprise job scheduling software.
“It would be way too hard to migrate.”
There are a lot of migration horror stories out there. From processes taking too long to switch over to less-than-helpful vendors leaving users to figure their new software out for themselves. But with JAMS, migrating is made easy.
We’ve helped many organizations migrate over to JAMS. As a dedicated partner for your success, we’re here to help every step of the way. Just like we did for Maritz, a sales and marketing services company that took advantage of our on-site training and development services to not only get up and running quickly, but learn smarter workload automation strategies.
“I was really relying on the expertise of the migration team,” said Brian Pinkston, Infrastructure Analyst at Maritz. “A developer was able to come back and say ‘Okay I can make this work in JAMS, I can make that work in JAMS, I can make this work for your migration.’ He surprised me quite a few times with what he was able to pull out of the old process and place into JAMS for the easiest migration that I was going to see.”
“Our current system works. Why fix what isn’t broken?”
It’s easy to become complacent with systems that merely “work.” While it may get the job done, is it doing so efficiently? If you’re spending your time working around issues and processes that are just sufficient, then the answer is “no.”
Embracing workload automation and enterprise job scheduling software is about creating workflows that not only work better, but smarter. Don’t think of new software as “nice to have.” Your current struggles and inefficiencies are holding your business back and preventing users from spending their time on more value-adding work.
“We don’t have the time to do anything.”
Think of it this way: if you don’t have the time to even look at new software, it’s because your current software and processes aren’t efficient enough. Job scheduling and WLA is all about simplifying and automating even the most complex pieces of your workflows so that your staff can focus on more critical assignments. By saying you don’t have time, what you’re really saying is you need smarter automation to free up your time.
WLA is an investment now that gives your organization more time later. Streamlining these tasks provides efficiency benefits the entire company can see. The primary JD Edwards user at Gold Eagle was waking up at 4:30 AM every day—even weekends—to check on JD Edwards, for months. Now, processes run automatically and send an alert if something happens. Not only has JAMS significantly reduced system downtime and freed up resources, that JDE user can now enjoy their mornings and weekends.
“We can’t convince management to pay.”
Making room for new software in the budget always seems like a big ask until you think about what you could have done with the 20 hours you spent manually running jobs this week. And that’s before considering downtime and other system inefficiencies that eat up your working hours. It’s easy to ignore the opportunity cost of job scheduling—the benefit that is given up when one option is chosen over another.
By spending your work hours on those manual processes instead of using automation, you’re losing hours you could be spending on more strategic work. With WLA, JAMS can turn your 8-hour workday into a 24-hour automation day. When you automate processes, you can have them run in the background while you focus on other tasks. And when everyone else clocks out, JAMS keeps working.
“We can do it in-house.”
Many companies try to leverage in-house resources to build systems that already exist. In-house software comes with a host of issues, like relying on tribal knowledge for automation and difficulty keeping up with the business’ needs. One of the biggest misconceptions is that all of the cost of an in-house solution is in the initial build.
It is time and resource intensive to get in-house software up and running, but equally demanding to keep it running, keep up with business changes, and any third-party requirements for security. Opportunity cost is also a real consideration here – if you’re tying up a developer for 15 hours a week managing in-house software, you’re preventing the business from gaining 15 hours of development time somewhere else. And don’t forget the security risks of using open source platforms.
JAMS gives you a secure solution with a great support team to give you peace of mind that your software will keep your business workflows running smoothly. Plus, avoiding downtime keeps your developers from having to spend their time constantly putting out fires.