Right-Sizing Your Job Scheduler

Windows, UNIX, Linux, AIX
March 15, 2017



Goldilocks was on to something when she found that right-sized chair: not too big, not too small—just right. The same concept applies to choosing the right enterprise job scheduling software, and Jared Dahl is back in this installment of “No-Stress Job Scheduling” to talk to you about right-sizing your job scheduling tool.

Let’s bring the Goldilocks metaphor to the macro-level to compare houses and enterprise job schedulers to help you make the decision that’s right for your organization’s needs.

The Difficulty of Maintaining a Large Job Scheduler

We’re all familiar with the saying “that’s a lot of house.” When you’ve got a big house, you also have the attendant property taxes and large mortgage that come with it. In turn, if your job scheduler is too big, you probably pay a lot in maintenance and upgrade fees, not to mention the higher upfront cost of the scheduler. Like a real estate agent who just won’t quit until the deal’s done, some software companies try to sell you on a scheduler that’s too big for your organization’s needs. Implementing and maintaining a robust enterprise job scheduler doesn’t need to break the bank for your IT department.

When your house is too big, you might have some extra bedrooms and other space you’re not even using—space that you’ve paid for and don’t even need. The same happens with unused features in your job scheduling tool. There might be features like version control or auditing that you’ve paid for in your scheduler, even if your business doesn’t need to use them. While you’re evaluating job scheduling tools, your team should determine which features are essential to scheduling and monitoring your environment, and make sure that you won’t be paying for features that won’t be used effectively.

Finally, when you have a larger house, it will require more of you in terms of upkeep. Just as a bigger yard requires more landscaping and maintenance, so too does a big job scheduling implementation require extra effort to maintain. Many companies will sell you a job scheduling tool that requires specialized maintenance just to install and maintain. Hiring consultants and DBAs to help implement your job scheduler costs you even more money than you’ve already spent on the scheduler, but asking your valued employees to spend their time learning a new scheduler takes them away from their primary responsibilities.

The Limitations of a Small Job Scheduler

Though there are many problems with a job scheduling tool that’s bigger than life, there are also limitations that come from choosing a scheduler that’s too small and can’t meet your scheduling needs. When your house is too small, it likely feels a little crowded and disorganized at times. In turn, with an enterprise job scheduler that’s too small, it will be more difficult for you to lay your jobs out in a way that makes sense for your business each and every time. Oftentimes, when you downsize your job scheduling tool, the first features to go are the creature comforts—the nice to haves. As your scheduler becomes less capable, you’re left with workflows that you might not be able to schedule the way you’d like, making them slightly disorganized.

Moreover, when your house is too small, there’s not enough room to host visitors comfortably and you’ll likely have people sharing bedrooms or sleeping on the floor for a weekend visit. In a similar vein, when your job scheduler is too small, it lacks the scalability to rise and meet the need for added jobs. You want a job scheduler that can scale to add more jobs to your job stream so that you don’t have to improvise to get around the inherent limitations of a smaller, less robust job scheduler.

Finally, in a smaller, older house, it’s very difficult to add new appliances because the house was designed for a certain size of appliance. As needs change in this modern era, you want to be able to add and subtract new appliances as necessary. A too-small job scheduler does not allow you to integrate with any existing or new business-critical applications that your business might require on a daily basis. For example, if Informatica comes out with a new cloud release or if SAP changes its API a little bit, a smaller, less robust job scheduler won’t be able to easily integrate with those external applications.

Choosing the Right-Sized Job Scheduler

So how do you know what type of job scheduler is right for your organization? Jared lists three questions that you and your team should ask when evaluating job schedulers:

  • Is this scheduler going to scale to meet our needs?

  • Will purchasing this job scheduler eat up your entire IT budget?

  • Does this job scheduler require extensive consultations to set up?

A job scheduler that’s too big for your organization will be unnecessarily costly, and a job scheduler that’s too small for your organization will not provide you with the types of features you need to build productive enterprise job streams.

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