The Indiana University Foundation Uses Event Triggers and Parallel Jobs to Complete More in Less Time

An ActiveBatch Workload Automation Success Story

The Indiana University Foundation (IUF) relied on UNIX- and Linux-based systems, a Microsoft Windows-based system with a SQL Server database, plus custom in-house applications.

Because the IUF relied on basic, solution-specific schedulers, the IT team had to manually trigger most of the jobs they ran, relying on custom scripts for monitoring those jobs and to pass data between systems. As a result, IUF resolved to implement an advanced IT automation solution.
 

How the Indiana University Foundation Succeeds with ActiveBatch

“With four major releases and several service packs per year, we’re constantly creating and changing our nonproduction environments for testing, demonstrations, and pilot projects. And that means a lot of data and code deployments.”
  • The IUF uses ActiveBatch Alerts to automatically notify IT personnel via email or mobile when a job fails, enabling the IT team to resolve any issues before customers are affected.

By The Numbers

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ActiveBatch includes over 500 prebuilt Job Steps for reliable, end-to-end workflows that incorporate processes from a variety of systems and applications.

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With 100s of production-ready Job Steps, native integrations, and advanced scheduling tools, IT can build end-to-end workflows in half the time.

  • ActiveBatch’s in-depth reporting capabilities have given the IUF what it needs in order to schedule all of its jobs from a single solution: all of their error messages, log files, instances, and other reporting tools can be viewed from a single, unified window.
  • The ActiveBatch Integrated Jobs Library includes over 500 prebuilt, platform-independent job steps, giving the IUF the ability to run reliable, end-to-end workflows that incorporate processes from a variety of systems and applications.
  • By leveraging many of ActiveBatch’s event triggers (completion triggers, FTP triggers, file event triggers, and a dozen more), the IUF is able to run jobs back-to-back, optimizing their resources, improving uptime, and allowing the IT team to run more batch jobs in less time.

In Their Own Words

“Whenever there are problems, we don’t have to spend as much time researching it. ActiveBatch tells us the exact place the problem occurred. Using the GUI, we can go in and look at the log to see what the error messages are and correct the underlying problem.”

“It’s really improved our response to jobs that failed. It’s improved our uptime. In a lot of cases, we can fix problems and users won’t even know there was a problem.”

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