How Do Multiple Job Schedulers Affect Your Business?

5 05 2010

One of the most devastating effects of a multiple job scheduler environment on businesses is the delay of mission-critical business information. Having multiple scheduling systems leads to complexity. It also leads to multiple points of failure and delays in supplying the business with the information it needs to competitively operate.

How does complexity affect your business?

Additionally, unnecessary complexity leads to more money spent on IT. There are always investments in new technology needed to help businesses stay current on compete. The problem is that the money available to IT is limited. Money that could be spent on staying competitive is instead spent on operating a complex, multiple scheduling infrastructure, depleting the budget for more revenue-driving technologies.

Moreover, the complexity of multiple scheduling environments affects the mindset of IT. The effort required by IT to maintain a multiple scheduling environment requires it to focus resources on managing the day-to-day issues instead of preparing for the evolving needs of the business.

Want to learn more about how to solve these issues? Read the article.


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.

Why move to Managed File Transfer when FTP works for me today?

15 12 2009

This is a question often heard in the market and on the surface it looks pretty straightforward.  If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!

When you dive deeper into the purpose of a file transfer operation a bigger picture becomes clear.

Is the only purpose of a file transfer to get isolated data from point A to point B?  Or perhaps, is the purpose part of a much bigger business process impacting the success of the company?

All data movement should be looked at as being part of something bigger than itself.  There is no isolated movement of data in an organization.  Even backups are the final step in a business process ensuring recoverability.  The process of moving data from the creating application to the next application that requires it until the business at hand is complete and the data rests must be managed.  It must be part of an integrated process that is secured, timely, guaranteed, optimized, automated, auditable, and visible to the organization.  The success of the business depends on it.

While products such as FTP provide the ability to move a single file from point A to point B, only a true managed file transfer solution can offer the necessary means to guarantee the data is managed as part of a bigger picture directly related to the business.

In addition to getting the data from point A to point B in a secure manner, a managed file transfer product should offer:

  • Guaranteed delivery
  • Integration to pre and post processing of the data transfer operation providing streamlined workflow execution
  • Event triggered file transfer operations ensuring timely and automated execution
  • Logic based decision making during data transfer operations
  • Customized logging to satisfy any internal or external audit requirements
  • Central visibility to data movement
  • Bulk and wildcard file transfers optimizing implementations and operations
  • A portable application means faster on boarding regardless of platform

When it comes down to the big picture when looking at file transfer the answer becomes clear.  Staying with a product like FTP because it is ‘not broken’ means missing the importance of data movement as an integral part of your business process impacting your success.