Learn the differences between job scheduling and workload automation, and why they matter to your organization.
In a study of global companies*, 75% of those surveyed had recently added or replaced a workload automation solution. This is an unusual level of activity for a mature product — in this case, one that’s been around for 40+ years.
The reason is business demands continue to evolve. Workload Automation — and its users — are innovating to address them.
Seismic shifts such as global business, digital transformation, IoT, Big Data and AI are transforming the enterprise. Organizations have embraced cloud, remote work and democratization of IT. The need to process data with greater speed, accuracy and transparency continues to accelerate. Automation is being applied across functional areas and processes like never before.
of companies surveyed started using enterprise Workload Automation within the previous four years
of companies surveyed had changed or were considering changing vendors
Conventional Job Schedulers can’t keep pace with complex workflows where data must pass through many applications, systems and platforms, and every transition point poses a risk. Dependencies may be unseen, inaccurate data transmitted and jobs stalled mid-stream.
In this all-too-frequent scenario, breakdowns are typically not visible until processing is due to complete – derailing SLAs, consuming extensive IT resources to remediate and affecting business outcomes.
Users of conventional Job Schedulers are constrained by:
Limited to application-specific scheduling
Multiple schedulers across the enterprise to manage
Lack of visibility across business processes
Basic functionality of native schedulers
Calendar-driven or time-based scheduling only
Inability to manage in cloud or hybrid environments
Missed SLAs impacting the business
Enterprise Workload Automation, by contrast, orchestrates the entire workflow, ensuring each step along the way is complete and accurate before data can pass to the next process. Integration points are no longer risky business. Workload Automation enables:
Centralized control of all scheduling / business process functions
Stronger integration between applications and databases
Improved ability to meet SLAs for internal and external customers
Elimination of manual processes reduces the number of errors
Monitoring of entire enterprise via a single dashboard
Complete and accurate data for reporting
Ability to meet demands for complex scheduling
Management of processes located on-premises, in the cloud or both
For decades, traditional functional areas of ERP, Data Management and Movement, and IT Command and Control have applied Workload Automation to drive value. The ability of Workload Automation to deliver value throughout the enterprise is now being recognized for:
Improved business outcomes with the ability to meet and exceed SLAs
Higher resilience that means fewer delays or outages
Better return on IT due to improved resource utilization
Enhanced enterprise-wide collaboration and self-service
Improved auditability and regulatory compliance via documented processes that are repeatable and reliable
Faster CI/CD and time-to-value for new business processes with rapid prototyping and advanced automation function
What should you look for in a Workload Automation? Various solutions share some characteristics but there can be striking differences. Thoroughly compare all the details to determine the best fit. A basic list of requirements should include:
Easy to install and use
Pre-built integrations that easily connect to your applications and databases
Scalable to meet the demands of growth
Ability to handle complex, dependency-laden business processes
Robust alerting and notification when an error occurs
Works in on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments
Provider with a strong commitment to customer support and product development
Flexible, transparent licensing options to manage TCO and meet the needs of your business
If it wasn’t for Tidal, we would not have been able to get [our MRP process] to work as needed. I don’t know if I can put a value on that.
Jon Fredrickson, JDE Manager, Oshkosh Corporation
Companies of all sizes face increasing pressure from customers, investors and regulators for speed, accuracy and transparency that inefficient, error-ridden processes prevent them from achieving. Automation is reaching into all corners of the organization as a result.
The siloed capabilities of Job Schedulers don’t support modern, complex workflows. Multiple points of failure, lack of visibility and control, manual processes and inability to manage complex scheduling are some of the shortfalls that drive companies to seek a better solution.
Workload Automation has a long history supporting enterprise environments and continues to evolve along with businesses and their needs. Solutions are built to orchestrate workflows with diverse technologies and complicated scheduling requirements – providing a single point of control, enabling enterprise-wide visibility and eliminating manual processes. Workflows are documented, repeatable and reliably executed, helping fulfill SLAs and satisfy compliance and regulatory requirements as well as other business-critical requirements.Download the PDF Version