Technology Independent Scheduling Agents: Part Two

8 06 2010

Besides minimizing risk and costs, vendor-independent technology enables you to simplify your IT infrastructure by standardizing processes to execute workload automation anywhere in the environment. Moreover, if business requirements dictate a new workload tool, the standard process is transportable, saving your original investment in configuration, training and deployment. This is all accomplished without getting locked in to a single vendor, which has negative implications for both price and functionality.

For example, assume you have two schedulers and each has its own proprietary agent technology. These schedulers each need to run processes across shared systems. Without vendor-independent technology, this would require a proprietary agent from each of the two schedulers installed on each of the systems, which not only creates significant cost but also  causes complexity for scheduling and operations staff. Vendor-independent technology can speak to each of these systems, requiring only one agent, while receiving processing requests from the two schedulers. This significantly simplifies the communication in your job scheduling environment.

By using vendor-independent technology, there is no need to retrain employees on new schedulers. You can re-use your existing technology investments in software, processes and skill sets, while simplifying your environment. You gain control over your job scheduling infrastructure while providing greater visibility in your production environment.

Job Scheduling Agents at a Reasonable Cost: Feed Your Piggy Bank

3 06 2010

Are expensive scheduling agents preventing you from meeting you Job Scheduling requirements?

Replacing or even acquiring additional legacy scheduling agents is a costly, daunting and resource-draining task. Vendor-independent technology enables you to avoid these risks while streamlining, optimizing and modernizing your Job Scheduling environment without replacing a single agent. Not to mention you can add agents to meet your growing requirements at the fraction of the cost of purchasing additional agents from existing scheduling vendor. All of which significantly reduces cost and increases your return on investment.

Are you throwing money away with legacy scheduler agents?

Vendor-independent technology works alongside your existing schedulers and provides you with one single point of management and control for your entire environment. No matter what the scheduling tool, every agent can be controlled and monitored from one central location, providing visibility across your entire workflow. Vendor-independent technology allows you to execute programs outside of Job Scheduling, making it more than just a scheduling agent; it’s an automation tool.

Costs can increase because your scheduling vendor bases agent cost on multiple CPUs. With technology-independent technology, whether it’s one CPU or 20, the cost remains the same. You are not locked down by a particular vendor, platform or scheduling system. You gain value and additional functionality at a reasonable price that is not offered by Job Scheduling vendors.

Platform-Specific Vs. Technology Independent: A Scheduler or a Agent?

1 06 2010

The key to solving both IT and business issues is to simplify and complement your existing job schedulers by deploying vendor-independent technology across the enterprise. This technology enables you to integrate with your existing schedulers and provides a more comprehensive view of your IT infrastructure.  Vendor-independent technology enables people to work across platforms without specialization, standardizing processes and consolidating tools, improving IT maturity while significantly reducing hard and soft costs.

A simplified job scheduling environment using vendor-independent technology.

For example, suppose Scheduler A needs to communicate with three different backend applications. The cost of purchasing agents for those backend applications from Vendor A is cost prohibitive. Consequently, IT decides to use vendor-independent technology to complement the existing scheduler, enabling Scheduler A to communicate with all three backend applications at a much lower cost.

A key benefit to this approach is that you can leverage your existing investment in Scheduler A at reduced risk, cost and effort. Additionally, vendor-independent technology increases your business’s ability to support emerging technologies such as service-oriented architecture and other Web-based technologies.