How Businesses Benefit from Batch Job Scheduling—And When to Use It

Windows, UNIX, Linux
March 14, 2017

Enterprises have a lot on their plate. But it's not just the number of tasks that keep enterprises busy,  it's the need to keep track of them in a streamlined way as well. For all companies, the absence of a strong job scheduling solution will inevitably signal problems, since effective scheduling is the process that best assures that all necessary tasks are attended to at the right time. 

But in terms of carrying out this task, often it's easier said than done. For businesses that don't pursue a job scheduling solution, the process can prove especially difficult, since IT staffers will be saddled with manually administering all tasks that need to be carried out. When this kind of manual control is in place, it takes up the valuable time of IT staffers and prevents them from focusing on other business-critical efforts. 

In the business world of today, where the widespread emergence of big data in particular is creating more tasks for businesses than ever before, companies can no longer afford to process large jobs in a cumbersome way that eats into staffer time. Fortunately, however, there's a solution for enterprises that allows them to automate the behind-the-scenes work that's necessary to sustain various enterprise apps and functionalities: batch processing. 

The Advantages of Batch Processing Systems

Batch job schedulers are used by companies all the time these days because of their convenience and their ability to meet specific and business-critical functions. As IT Release has pointed out, a big part of the reason these systems are deployed is because they take the stress off of user interaction, which allows business leaders to know that processing is taking place without having to be burdened by excessive manual oversight. But the emphasis on less user interaction is just one of the reasons companies turn to batch processing as a dependable and business-forward way of handling large and complex multi-part jobs. Here are some of the other advantages:

  • Lowers costs: As J.T. Barett pointed out in a piece published on The Small Business Chronicle, batch processing is relatively inexpensive in comparison to manual efforts, which provides a key incentive for business operations that are looking to conserve money and at the same time bolster efficiency. One of the reasons costs can be saved is that a computer set aside for batch input doesn't need the kind of expensive hardware and software that can quickly rack up bills for businesses.
  • Maximizes off-the-clock time: At the end of the day, the workers at a business go home. But for a computer charged with batch processing, the workday doesn't need to end. A key advantage of batch systems is that computers can be set to carry out processing tasks during after-hours periods. This can end up driving down processing costs. Staff will also count it as a big convenience, since fewer computers will be encumbered by tasks that make them unusable during the workday.
  • Drives down the need for high-cost hardware: Not only is hardware expensive for companies to purchase, but it will also inevitably incur maintenance costs. However, batch job scheduling software can help minimize the need for such hardware, since the process of inputting data for batch systems can help reduce reliance on expensive hardware.
  • Improves functions for businesses of all sizes: The setup of batch processing may lead some to believe that it's a solution catered to big businesses. But, it's ideal for organizations of all sizes, since pretty much every company out there has large repeated work tasks that need to be carried out - which batch processing is ideally suited to do.

Batch processing can be widely applied, but it's put to its best use when it's leveraged to deal with large, repeated jobs that can be carried out at a prescribed time. Payroll and billing systems, for instance, represent two business processes that are very well-suited for batch data processing. Other business functions, however, may require real-time data processing - namely those that demand immediate attention and require action as quickly as possible. In these scenarios, a batch that has processes set to implement within hours or days of initial record will probably not be the ideal choice. Most businesses will find that their scheduling boils down to an optimal mix of batch and real-time jobs. 

Creating an Effective Job Stream with Automate Job Scheduling

When it comes to job processing, businesses benefit a great deal when they choose to leverage the workload automation that accompanies enterprise job scheduling software. As a leading solution in this realm, Automate provides users with a solution that enables companies to run both more reliably and smoothly. In terms of scheduling, including batch processes, Automate is built to offer a wide range of job scheduling solutions. Among its 25 job scheduling options are solutions that allow for:

  • Day of Week scheduling: With this scheduling option, users can configure jobs to be carried out on specific days during the week, every day or just one designated day a month.
  • Interval scheduling: This is a solution that proves useful for tasks that require data collection at regular intervals, such as poll data and statistics.
  • Event-driven scheduling: Not all business tasks can be entered onto a calendar. Some are contingent upon another task happening. For these tasks (Event A leading to Event B) Automate has event-driven scheduling.

With Automate, businesses can ensure that workload automation happens in the most robust way possible. Download the free trial to get started with Automate Schedule. 

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