Advantages of Job Scheduling Software

By Ben Rosenberg  |  Posted 2010-10-05 Print this article Print

Advantages of job scheduling software

Dedicated job scheduling applications have the advantage of accommodating virtually all the quirks and complexities of heterogeneous IT environments and their processes. Tasks can be triggered by the occurrence of an event (say, a sales threshold) rather than simply a date or time of day. One-time or unpredictable situations are not a problem. A range of powerful features-from alerts and failover protection to reports and audit trails-also make it easier for busy IT professionals to manage important processing tasks.

Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of advanced job scheduling applications, in a world where the pressure to increase IT efficiency is at an all-time high, is how they can stretch and optimize resources. Good schedulers can automatically distribute job flows among available computing assets, whether local or across the planet. They can trigger jobs only when suitable assets are available, on the fly if necessary. They can even be used to manage power consumption by automatically placing assets in "suspend" mode when not needed, lowering operating costs and contributing to a greener IT environment.

Ben Rosenberg is founder and President at Advanced Systems Concepts. An expert in enterprise-class IT automation and system utilization solutions, Ben has nearly 40 years of experience in engineering and marketing system software products across Windows, Unix, OpenVMS and mainframe platforms. Ben can be reached at

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