Automation for IT job scheduling has a long history dating back to the introduction of batch scheduling decades ago. Naturally, there have been plenty of advancements and evolutions since then. But how do you know if you need the advanced capabilities of a workload automation solution?
Take a look at these 15 signs that indicate you may need workload automation and why now might be the time to consider a new solution for your job scheduling.
Centralized management of scheduling activities in a workload automation platform improves visibility and control of enterprise business processes and eliminates inefficiencies of siloed activities.
Consolidation to an enterprise workload automation solution reduces training, resources and costs required to support separate tooling – and closes the gaps that naturally exist between different tools.
Workload automation brings efficiency and consistency to your IT scheduling by replacing these time-consuming, expensive and error-prone processes with automation.
A purpose-built workload automation platform provides significantly more advanced capabilities and automates activities far beyond those managed by a native scheduler in a single application.
A workload automation solution that includes pre-built integrations can seamlessly manage complex dependencies across your IT environment with event-based processing.
Advanced calendaring functionality automatically manages the nuances associated with time zones and Daylight Saving Time – and workload automation solutions provide dozens of built-in calendars along with the ability to build your own.
Workload automation platforms improve tracking and performance for SLAs with capabilities to define SLA policies, automate monitoring and issue alerts when SLAs are at risk or have been breached.
Highly granular role-based access security policies can be used to define and control who can add, change, delete or view jobs in your scheduling ecosystem.
Best practices for change management in workload automation include ensuring only authorized users can make changes, the changes have been approved and all changes are captured in a central record.
Regardless of where jobs are running, workload automation can orchestrate them within your end-to-end business processes.
Modern workload automation providers offer comprehensive integrations that span legacy systems as well as newer solutions in the constantly evolving technology landscape.
By automating the processes for starting and stopping dynamic resources, those resources are running only when they need to be. That way, consumption is controlled and so are the associated costs.
Application updates by development often involve scheduling updates as well. Easily promote scheduling updates from UAT to Production with advanced capabilities such as automated conversion of job names.
Full APIs and a command line interface within workload automation enable developers to embed core scheduling capabilities within their applications.
Comprehensive, auditable logs maintain a high integrity record of what occurs in your processes so you can demonstrate you have the controls in place as required by laws and regulations.