Migrating to a Modern Workload Automation Solution

Kaitlin Olcott Written by

Job Scheduler Migration Strategies

Deciding to migrate from your legacy scheduler to a modern IT automation solution like ActiveBatch is a big decision. Your organization can go about the process in many ways, but the most successful migrations act upon strategies that will benefit your company and fulfill the specific needs of your organization. Here are 3 Strategies to Consider for a Successful Migration:

1. Automated Migration

One approach to migration is to use the new solution’s automated migration tool. Typically, the migration of the legacy scheduler’s applications to the new solution will be carried out via a command-line program. For organizations who want to minimize the risk of losing critical workflows/processes and the risk of manual errors, an automated migration provides a secure, proven method of moving from your old scheduler to your new automation software while keeping your existing data in-tact.

An automated migration also provides an extra layer of security, removes the time and expense of having to build a migration strategy or program in-house, and allows organizations to speed up the time to deployment and realize the ROI on their new automation solution faster.

Migrate Job Schedulers

2. Build a New Automation Strategy

Alternatively, an organization might want to start from scratch, choosing not to carry over any existing processes or workflows that have grown complicated or hard to manage over the years.

We’ve seen several organizations take this approach after initially deciding on an automated migration. The organizations started using ActiveBatch and realized that instead of bringing over all of the old problematic workflows and processes they had built, they could create a better, more elegant automation strategy from the ground up; one that would make it easier to accommodate changing business and technology requirements.

This start from scratch approach often works best for smaller IT environments that do not have as many existing workflows and processes, as well as for organizations who have the time and people resources to commit to building out a new, holistic automation strategy.

3. Take a Hybrid Approach 

Finally, organizations who want to mitigate the risk of carrying objects over from their existing scheduler but also want the flexibility to build a new automation strategy should consider a hybrid approach. In this approach, an organization will first migrate their existing processes over to the new solution using an automated migration tool. Once the automated migration is complete, the organization will reconstruct other processes on a forward-basis and rebuild existing processes, leveraging the advanced capabilities and features of the new automation solution. Deciding to migrate from your legacy scheduler to a modern IT automation solution can be a stressful decision. However, with the right migration strategy, organizations can overcome the migration hurdle and ensure a successful move to their new solution.

Stay tuned to the IT Automation Blog in the coming weeks for more posts on how to approach a migration from legacy schedulers like Tidal, Tivoli, or AutoSys to a modern workload automation solution like ActiveBatch. 

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