Integrate Between Workload Automation and Applications

By Alex Givens  |  Posted 2009-04-28 Print this article Print

3. Integrate between workload automation and applications

Integration between a workload automation tool and applications is more than just the ability of the tool to execute application jobs. For example, Unix cron-armed with an appropriate script and a schedule-can execute an application job in a rudimentary fashion. But this clearly does not constitute workload automation.

In order to best integrate with applications, your workload automation product needs to have the following eight abilities:

  •  Appropriately initiate the execution of an application job-working within its security model
  • Pass dynamically-calculated parameter values to an application job at its start
  • Intercept and control a user initiation of an application job
  • Monitor intermediate status codes or names from the executing application job
  • Kill an executing job in a manner appropriate
  • Collect job log files and reports generated
  • Distribute job files and reports automatically
  • Accurately determine the success or failure of an application job
An organization that has been using the in-built scheduler of its financial enterprise resource planning (ERP) application, the in-built scheduler of its human resources (HR) application and a general job scheduling tool can consolidate onto a central workload automation tool that has tight integration to both the ERP and HR applications.

Alex Givens is a Senior Solutions Architect for UC4 Software, Inc. For 13 years, Alex has helped organizations improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their business processing. Alex has spoken on business process automation at many international, national and regional conferences. He can be reached at

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