When it comes to IT software, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a popular philosophy. Pat Cameron, Director of Automation Technology at HelpSystems, gets this—she’s a big believer in being cautious about making changes to your production environment. She used to work in operations, so she knows that you want to weigh the risks when you replace the systems and applications that keep your business running.
But she also knows that there comes a time to evaluate the costs of maintaining your legacy job scheduling software. In a recent webinar, Pat explained how to know when it’s time to replace your batch scheduler and how to migrate to a better option.
Do You Need to Replace Your Batch Job Scheduler?
Your job scheduling tool—or tools—were a good investment when you bought them. But maintenance costs tend to go up over time. Plus, new workload automation solutions have features that your scheduler may not have. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Can your software execute both cloud and on-premise job schedules?
- Can it integrate with all of your existing business applications?
- Are you able to find out about potential problems in the job schedule from your mobile device while you're away from the office?
- Does it scale along with your business needs?
If your job scheduler is taking too long to implement, not integrating with your business applications, and unable to scale, it's time to switch to a solution that can—Automate Schedule from HelpSystems. Our complete workload automation solution integrates workflows from a single console.
Choosing a New Job Scheduler
Evaluating enterprise software is a complex process. Pat recommends dividing your requirements into four categories:
- Business Requirements: Make sure you know what business applications are running in your organization. What tasks do you currently have running and when to they run—weekly, daily, or ad-hoc? Even the ad-hoc jobs can be streamlined if, for example, you set them up to start running at the click of a button.
- Functional Requirements: This list should come from the operations team. They have a broader view of the organization than business teams. Consider factors like how easy the product should be to use, what kind of event triggers it should have, and what systems it needs to support. Don’t forget to talk to the night shift operators if you have them.
- Technical Requirements: Does your scheduler need to support development, test, or QA environments? What technical requirements do your auditors need you to meet? Do you need to get automatic notifications of problems?
- Budget Requirements: You probably already know that you should consider software costs, maintenance costs, implementation costs, training costs, and support costs. But don’t forget to also consider the areas where your new scheduler will save you money. For example, you may have less downtime. You don’t have to pay your developers to write custom automation scripts. And eliminating human error will save you time and money as well.
Migrating to Automate Schedule
Once you’ve determined your job scheduling requirements, you can start talking to vendors about how their products meet your needs. We offer a comparison checklist for our enterprise job scheduler, Automate Schedule, to help you with your decision.
Automate Schedule provides many of the modern workload automation capabilities Pat talked about in the webinar, including:
- Central control and management
- Multi-platform support
- Automatic notifications
- The Universal Connector
- Detailed audit logs
- Role-based security
- Interface with help desk software
Automate Schedule makes migrating from a legacy scheduler easy, and we can even help you out with our migration services. You just export your schedules to a text file, send it to HelpSystems, and we’ll format it to be imported to Automate Schedule. For a small effort up front, modernizing your job scheduling solution will increase efficiency, save money, and support organizational growth.
Want to learn more about replacing your legacy job scheduler for better batch job scheduling? Watch the on-demand webinar to learn more: