Why is enterprise job scheduling so central to successful business processes today? Because IT is at a crossroads, as countless operations that were once performed in the isolation of internal systems or data centers are migrated, at least in part, to cloud computing environments. Along the way, organizations have had to keep up with a variety of new workflows related to data analytics, mobility device support and general cybersecurity. A strong job scheduling solution is the ideal way to deal with these newfound complexities.
“For enterprises, automation holds the key to addressing the explosive growth in the variety and complexity of modern workloads, namely mobile and big data,” explained Maria Deutscher for SiliconANGLE. “This is particularly relevant for the mobile sector, where [bring your own device] has introduced a slew of new security holes that IT must fill. In this era of software-led infrastructure and device manifestation, automation could solve a number of these issues in the enterprise.”
Illustrating this major shift in IT responsibilities, Network World’s Ellen Messmer noted that BYOD has become standard operating procedure at organizations across numerous sectors, despite the perceived security risks. Moreover companies see incredible potential in the move to increasingly mobile, data-driven computing paradigms, and many of them are willing to take risks, at least within reason. Enterprise job scheduling reduces their exposure to mishaps by reducing the number of critical, everyday operations that require human oversight. Jobs can performed seamlessly in the background, whether in the context of complex time- and/or event-driven schedules.
How do enterprise job schedulers support business processes? A job scheduler significantly streamlines even complex business process such as e-commerce and data analytics. Take online ordering, for example – there are numerous steps that must be successfully followed after a customer clicks the “Place Order” button, including relaying the order to the enterprise resource planning system, updating inventory, notifying the distribution center and documenting everything for monthly reports.
Without job scheduling software, such a workflow would quickly overwhelm IT personnel, or at the very least force them to spend huge chunks of their time on routine tasks when they could be working on more pressing matters. A job scheduling solution helps by:
- Setting up event-driven schedules: Entire processes can be automated by stipulating that one event be triggered by another. Schedulers can even check disk and network resource states to ensure that no automatic action causes damage.
- Providing comprehensive review of jobs: Organizations can improve their operations over the long run by reviewing how long each job ran and whether it generated any errors.
- Integrating with other applications: Today’s enterprises use numerous tools to get things done, and a good job scheduler plays well with most – if not all – of them. It works on platforms including Linux, Unix and Windows and integrates with solutions from SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and others.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Enterprise job scheduling is also a good way to ensure the overall security and integrity of business processes, reduce costs and free up personnel to work on new projects. It has become the backbone of successful operations in today’s IT environments.