Robot Schedule

Job Scheduling Software for IBM i

Industrial-strength scheduling across your IBM i-centric enterprise

Platforms

IBM i (System i, iSeries, AS/400)

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Save Time and Increase Efficiency

Every data center manager wants their IT team to be efficient, meet service-level agreements, and avoid processing errors. Automated job scheduling and batch job management frees you and your operators to be more productive.

Let Workload Automation Simplify Processes

Robot Schedule's workload automation capabilities allow users to automate everything from simple jobs to complex, event-driven processes on multiple platforms and centralize management from your most reliable system: IBM i. Just create a calendar of when and how jobs should run, and the software will do the rest.

Trust That Everything Will Run Right

Your operators have enough tasks on their plates to worry about babysitting scheduled jobs in order to ensure they run on time and in the right order. You and your team can rely on Robot Schedule to provide powerful workload automation for a smoother, error-free job schedule. 

“Reducing errors was our biggest reason for using Robot Schedule, and it worked—the nightly batch cycle now runs at 90 percent lights-out.”

Bill Houseworth
IT Administration and Security Manager
Ohio Mutual Insurance Group

Key Features

Reliable, flexible job scheduling

Robot Schedule job scheduling software

Whether you’re running daily batch processing or month-end jobs, the Robot job scheduler will ensure these processes run on time, in the right order, and according to pre-set schedules. Choose from more than 25 scheduling parameters, like day of the week or according to the fiscal year or office schedule.

Automated dependency processing

Automate dependency processing with the Robot job scheduler

Want the completion of one event to trigger the start of another specific event? Event-driven scheduling allows you to automate processes that aren’t simply time-based, like running report processes once the day’s sales figures are in or running a backup when a specific tape device becomes available. You can also reduce downtime between jobs with reactive scheduling, telling jobs to run only when certain prerequisite conditions are met.

Mobile job schedule management

Mobile-friendly job scheduling software for IBM i

Enjoy easy access to real-time job status information from anywhere on any mobile device. With its mobile-ready web interface powered by HelpSystems Insite, Robot Schedule makes mobile job schedule management simple, whether you need to view your job queue, start a new job, or review live flow diagrams. Mobile access allows for secure job schedule monitoring, providing proactive visibility into jobs without the need to be in the office or attached to your desktop.

Configurable dashboards

Create custom dashboards in Robot Schedule

Configurable dashboards offer visibility into key metrics for critical jobs and job streams. Optional guest dashboards make it possible to give executives visibility into pre-defined metrics without requiring an IBM i profile.

Job flow diagrams

See live job flow diagrams in HelpSystems Robot Schedule job scheduling software

See a single job stream graphically represented in a job flow diagram, providing a real-time view of everything currently running and its status. You can see the relationships between jobs and information like job name, job type, and override codes, which is helpful for troubleshooting, meeting SLAs, and anticipating the impact on upstream and downstream jobs when making changes to the schedule.

In-depth job schedule details

View job schedule details in the Schedule Activity Monitor

When you need to see your entire job schedule in a single pane of glass, Schedule Activity Monitor (SAM) tells you what’s coming up, what’s currently running, and what has run. With the critical jobs list, you can define a cross-system view of those jobs that have the biggest impact or are the most important to you to instantly see their status.

Compliance reports and internal security

Automatically maintain an audit trail and make compliance reporting easy with HelpSystems Robot Scheduler

Use historic audit logs of who created or changed job flows to create reports to satisfy compliance regulations as part of HIPAA, PCI, or SOX. With internal security features beyond what’s built into IBM i, you can also easily adjust user access to functions, data, and jobs.

Notifications for meeting SLAs

Receive notification when iSeries jobs do not run as expected on Robot Scheduler

When jobs run too long, end too quickly, or start too late, Robot Alert works with Robot Schedule to notify operators via text, email, or SMNP, helping you meet your service-level agreements (SLAs). Alternatively, you can specify certain actions to take place when issues arise, like automatically ending the job.

Enterprise Scheduling Across Platforms

job scheduling software for ibm I, aix, windows and linux

Do your nightly processes need to integrate with non-IBM i servers? Is IBM i data a prerequisite for your batch processes to run on UNIX, Windows, or Linux servers? Robot Schedule Enterprise can help you integrate all of your operating systems.

Centralize and control your Windows, UNIX, and Linux processes from your most reliable platform (your IBM i) to help streamline your enterprise job scheduling. When you pair Robot Schedule Enterprise with Robot Schedule, you have the ability to schedule jobs across platforms and allow dependencies between data center platforms—all from a single, modern graphical interface.

With the cross-platform job scheduling abilities of Robot Schedule Enterprise, you can monitor essential services and daemons, schedule batch jobs across your enterprise, monitor file arrival and directory creation or modification, provide event-driven scheduling across different platforms, monitor for return codes from your scripts to determine job success or failure, capture output from agent systems for troubleshooting, verify availability of the server, and control the user and working directory on the server.

Workload Automation for Interactive Processes

workload automation with robot schedule

When it comes to interactive job management, you have three options. You can:

  1. Continue to manually repeat your current interactive processes
  2. Make the investment to rewrite your code
  3. Leverage workload automation to automate interactive processes.

Together with Robot Schedule, Robot Replay enables you automate the entire operation of your IBM i—and there’s no need to rebuild your job schedule to accommodate interactive jobs.

Robot Schedule works with Robot Replay to automate the un-automatable. Robot Replay records

screen images and information as you enter it on the screen, stores it as an object, and mimics the very same screens and keystrokes later by memory. Your automated processes can now run safely, quickly, and on time, saving you the time, money, and effort required to rewrite interactive processes.

Get Started

Find out how IBM i workload automation software can help you improve the efficiency of your job schedule. Request a free demo today.