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Introducing the Enterprise Scheduler Decision Toolkit

While the vast array of automation software currently on the market is beneficial to businesses everywhere, sometimes having too many choices is overwhelming. You know your business needs to automate to maintain a competitive edge, but what does that mean in practical terms? Is it enough for your organization to automate tasks with cron or Windows Task Scheduler, or do you need to invest in something more sophisticated? If you do implement an advanced enterprise job scheduler, how do you know that you aren’t wasting money on features you’ll never use?

We’ve put together the Enterprise Scheduler Decision Toolkit to make your decision process easier.

The Value of Enterprise Job Scheduling

What do we mean by an “enterprise” job scheduler? Job schedulers have been automating background IT tasks for decades. The most basic variety is often free or comes built into an operating system or application. But these simple tools lack robust features like event-driven scheduling options, support for cross-platform dependencies, and audit reporting. An enterprise job scheduler is one that includes the modern functionalities you need to implement comprehensive automation in a complex IT infrastructure.

That being said, the job scheduler that comes bloated with the most features isn’t always the right one for your organization. An oversized scheduler not only overshoots your budget when you initially purchase the software, it has ongoing maintenance costs that keep you from achieving an optimal ROI. To learn more, watch this video on right-sizing your enterprise job scheduler.

What’s Included in the Toolkit

The first part of the Enterprise Scheduler Decision Toolkit is a guide, “Deciding on an Enterprise Job Scheduler.” Read this to determine if your business needs an enterprise job scheduler and learn about which factors you will need to consider as you make your decision.

The second part of the toolkit is the Key Requirements Checklist. This interactive tool is where you really get to dig into your organization’s unique needs. The final section of the checklist helps you determine a budget for your new solution.

How to Use the Enterprise Job Scheduler Decision Toolkit

Identify some enterprise job scheduler vendors and get estimates for their software. Typically the costs are based on hardware type or operating system, the number of systems, and/or the number of jobs that will be scheduled.  

With your requirements from the Key Requirements Checklist in hand, schedule product demon­strations with 2 or 3 vendors. Ask all pertinent questions and make sure you get satisfactory answers. You don’t want to waste time testing a product that doesn’t meet your needs or blows up your budget. Get some firm numbers from the vendors and use the information you have entered on the checklist to calculate your return on investment.