The Benefits of Automating Your Job Scheduling Environment

21 04 2010

Job scheduling was one of the first major components of IT infrastructure, introduced during the “big-box” vendors’ mainframe era. However, it has evolved over the years with three distinct paths. First, platform-specific job scheduling tools have been developed to service legacy application requirements. Second, a host of distributed scheduling tools and OS-specific utilities have evolved on platforms such as UNIX and Windows. Finally, application-specific scheduling has been developed to further service the distributed applications and Internet-based processing.

With the complexity of these paths, many IT departments have too many schedulers that lack the functionality needed to gain end-to-end visibility. Additionally, their existing legacy job schedulers may not be able to be deployed enterprise-wide, adding another issue to an already complicated situation.

So what’s the answer to achieving a streamlined and automated job scheduling environment?

Job schedulers can work together through independent technology.

The key to solving both the IT and business issues is to consolidate the number of job schedulers used by deploying one independent, enterprise-wide tool. This independent scheduling agents solution is able to integrate with an existing scheduler to provide a true enterprise solution that combines all elements of your IT infrastructure into a holistic view. Click here to read a case study on how independent scheduling agents saved one company valuable time, money and resources while providing better communications between IT departments. For more in-depth information on independent scheduling agents, download this white paper.


Disparate Job Schedulers: Limited Visiblity and Higher Costs

30 03 2010

Many IT organizations are faced with the complexity of managing a multiple Job Scheduling environment. This disparate infrastructure is caused by many factors, including, but not limited to:

  • Acquisitions
  • Departmental purchasing
  • One-off fixes
  • Built-in application capabilities
  • Lack of management mandate

Because of this heterogeneous job scheduling environment, many IT departments only manage a view of operations based on what is defined in their separate scheduling databases. Therefore, business and IT only see a partial technology view and not an end-to-end view of the information the business needs to operate competitively.  This issue is compounded by the need of the business to maximize the use of newer Web technologies while continuing to process its other workload based on more established technologies.

Undoubtedly, in the current economic climate, one of the most significant issues with a multiple scheduler environment is a higher operational cost. So what’s the solution to minimize cost, risk and disruption to your current production environment?  A vendor/product/platform-independent scheduling agent is a solution that works as a standard agent for multiple scheduling systems.  With a standard agent, IT can minimize the cost and risk associated with maintaining scheduling agents while avoiding vendor-lock in, both price and functionality-wise.

One scheduling agent for all disparate systems

Moreover, a technology-independent scheduling solution that can integrate with your file transfer infrastructure provides true end-to-end visibility for business operations.