What is Workload Automation (WLA)?
Workload automation is a technology that ensures your organization’s jobs are executing reliably and securely throughout your entire environment. Bring together jobs running on-premises, in the cloud, and even in multi-step workflows that integrate disparate systems and applications.
Benefits of Workload Automation
WLA helps your team streamline workloads across new and existing applications and platforms to:
- Free up time
- Save money
- Reduce risks
- Stay compliant
What is Job Scheduling?
Job scheduling software automates batch processes like end-of-day (EOD), scripts, cross-platform workflows, and more. With automated job scheduling, your enterprise can achieve seamless, unattended job execution that optimizes resources to run jobs in a sequence, at a specified time, or based on a trigger, allowing you to better define, manage, and monitor critical batch processes in one solution that orchestrates your entire schedule.
Difference Between Job Scheduling and Workload Automation
While the terms job scheduling and workload automation have been used interchangeably, there are key differences to note between the closely related technologies. Job scheduling is a tool for automating IT processes, usually done on a platform-by-platform basis (think: native schedulers like Windows Task Scheduler, cron, etc.)
Workload automation is a tool for automating and orchestrating a series of background processes to support cross-platform workflows with cross-system dependencies. WLA tools can orchestrate business processes on an enterprise scale and go beyond simple automation.
Put the most simply, workload automation is an advanced, more flexible form of job scheduling.
Benefits of Job Scheduling Software
Enterprise job scheduling software allows organizations to define, manage, and monitor critical batch processes. Orchestrating your job schedule helps support critical IT processes and better align them with business objectives, helping your team:
Minimize time spent on routine, manual IT tasks to boost productivity
Avoid downtime by reducing job failures
Meet SLAs to better maintain customer satisfaction
Keep your focus on strategic tasks by optimizing resources
Centralize the orchestration of critical batch processes
Better enforce enterprise security
Why Use Enterprise Workload Automation and Job Scheduling Software Solutions
A centralized approach to job scheduling and workload automation is the key to efficiency across your entire organization. With centralization, batch processes that typically consume a costly mix of resources to run across separate environments can be managed from a single command center. This enables you to define, manage, and monitor critical processes, while reducing overhead and optimizing how your staff works as it delivers on requests and expectations.
- Complete workloads better, faster, and more reliably
- Centralize security and control for all jobs with a single schedule
- Focus on critical processes by automating routine batch jobs
Fortra's Workload Automation and Job Scheduling
Workload automation software from Fortra enables organizations around the world to increase productivity, eliminate downtime, and save costs.