Workload Automation

Beyond Job Scheduling

What is Workload Automation and How Does it Work?

Workload automation (WLA) is a solution for orchestrating a series of background processes and back-office business systems that ensures jobs are executing reliably and securely—going a step further than job scheduling to focus on entire systems. WLA tools support jobs and scripts—like PowerShell and others—running on-premises, in the cloud, and in multi-step workflows that integrate disparate systems and applications.

You may have heard other terms for workload automation—like batch processing, application automation, or resource automation—but WLA is a more accurate term as it encompasses more complex business processes and diverse servers and platforms.

How Do IT Teams Leverage Workload Automation?

Workload automation helps IT teams streamline and automate workloads to free up time, save money, reduce risks, and stay compliant. There are many processes to automate with WLA and many ways to make the life of your IT team easier, including:

  • Unifying jobs from multiple platforms and applications, whether on-premises or in the cloud
  • Leveraging diagnostics to optimize performance
  • Automatically identifying and responding to jobs that could impact SLAs
  • Enhancing your alerting, notification, and auditing capabilities
  • Managing your environment more efficiently with variables and parameters
  • Implementing event-based scheduling to trigger jobs from files, emails, and more

See how real-world companies are using WLA to their advantage in the Workload Automation Use Case Guide.

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How to Get Started with Workload Automation

Organizations of all sizes are realizing that workload automation isn’t just a nice-to-have solution—it’s a must have. Businesses often navigate to WLA when they’re looking to replace native schedulers like Windows Task Scheduler, Cron, or SQL Agent, that lack the advanced features they need. Whichever the reason you’re looking to WLA, defining your goal—be it saving your team extra hours or improving the accuracy of a process—is the best place to start when evaluating enterprise WLA.

To begin the process, turn to the Job Scheduling Checklist to help you determine your needs and help you understand the value workload automation can bring.

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Learn About the Features of Workload Automation

When implemented properly, workload automation can be the heart of your enterprise operations—and a WLA solution is only as good as its best features. Here are the key features to look for in a WLA solution when evaluating your options:

  • Auditing and Reporting
    Get detailed on any aspect of your automated workloads and batch processes.
  • Real-Time Monitoring
    Easily see the status of every job in one convenient dashboard and set alerts and notifications for clear, concise information about your jobs.
  • Multi-Platform Support
    Run jobs on all the server operating systems in your organization—whether on-premises or in the cloud.
  • Security Controls
    Preserve security protocols set by individual platforms and applications to keep your jobs secure and avoid adding new risk.
  • Event-Based Scheduling
    Determine exactly when your jobs execute whether you want to run multiple jobs concurrently, trigger jobs when other processes complete, set holiday schedules, and more.
  • Application Integration
    Supercharge the applications that run your business—like your ERP, CRM, BI tools, or Data Warehouse—and set enterprise-wide standards for scheduled tasks.

Take a deeper dive into these features and more, as well as other information to successfully evaluate WLA solutions, in the Workload Automation Buyer’s Guide. Download Now >

Best Practices for Using Workload Automation

Whether you’re just getting started on your WLA implementation journey or if you’ve already begun using WLA in your organization, sticking with key best practices can keep you on the path to automation success. From tips on security and dependencies to a list of basic automation changes to embrace, check out these resources to start a foundation of WLA knowledge to continuously reference as you build automation:

4 IT Automation Changes You Can Employ Right Now

 

 

Three Reasons Workload Automation Deserves a Test Environment

 

 

Best Practices for Enterprise Workload Automation Security

 

 

Dependency: A Core Workload Automation Concept

 

 

Building a Business Case for a Workload Automation Solution

We understand budgets are tight and resources are limited when it comes to adding another tool to your organization. But armed with the right resources, it’s easy to understand the benefits and ROI of a workload automation tool and make the case to your boss.

 

Benefits of Workload Automation

IT teams are saving countless hours of manual processing, securing their jobs against unapproved edits, and reducing the overhead associated with running a hodgepodge of scheduling tools. Here are more of the benefits WLA can bring to your organization:

  • Centralize Workflow Management
    Manage your jobs and workflows from one spot to minimize the need for multiple tools.
  • Eliminate Manual Processes
    Relieve your IT team of repetitive tasks like job monitoring and reporting to put the focus on more value-adding projects.
  • Maximize Efficiency
    WLA is designed to maximize the efficiency of your technology platforms and business applications—and help your IT team get more done.
  • Gain Reliability
    Support business continuity and ensure mission-critical functions continue both during and after a failure.
  • Reduce Costs
    Optimize resources to eliminate the need for costly-to-maintain custom scripts and programs as well as single-platform automation tools.
  • Beat SLAs
    Automate a high volume of jobs with workflows that deliver valuable information to business users, customers, and partners without delay.

ROI of Workload Automation

For any IT project, a quick return on investment helps justify the money, time, and effort involved in the purchase and implementation of a new solution. Make the case for your WLA project with these six steps to understanding your ROI—from determining your business requirements to calculating costs—that will get you the buy-in you need from leadership.

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Workload Automation Migration

With critical business operations at stake, moving on from a legacy or native scheduler can be a daunting task. But with the right partner you can achieve a painless migration. No matter what solution you’re looking to move on from, look for expertise and experience in your new vendor to provide an effortless conversion. Check out these resources to learn more:

4 Things You Should Know When Preparing For a Job Scheduler Migration

 

 

The Easiest Way to Convert Legacy Batch Scheduling Tools

 

 

The Transition From Job Scheduling to Workload Automation

 

 

JAMS is Your All-In-One Workload Automation Solution

JAMS is a powerful workload automation solution with centralized job scheduling that works across platforms, applications, APIs, and scripting languages. JAMS makes your batch jobs more reliable and extends the capabilities of native schedulers to combine jobs into powerful sequences.

Beyond the software, JAMS fosters an automation community and training opportunities—like JAMS University—designed to help users automate smarter. Plus, offering unmatched support that users describe as top-notch, thorough, friendly, and responsive.

See for yourself, read our reviews on G2 >

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See how centralized WLA from JAMS can help you run, monitor, and manage jobs and workflows that are critical to your business.

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