Cross-platform job scheduling software

Easily automate across systems and applications with low-code/no-code job scheduling

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Job scheduling has never been easier

Simple and user-friendly while being a powerful job scheduling solution is what makes ActiveBatch by Redwood the easiest-to-use job scheduling software. Prebuilt job step templates, drag-and-drop workflow designer and seamless integrations has anyone on your IT team automating business processes end-to-end—no scripting or coding required.

Automate without dev resources

With low code/no code, drag-and-drop functionality and an extensive job steps library, anyone on your IT team can quickly and easily spin up automation—no development expertise or custom scripting required.

Consolidate automation tools

Rather than juggling automation across multiple systems and applications, run all business process automation in one job scheduling solution for complete visibility into workflows across your tech stack.

Use event-driven workload automation

Advanced scheduling features and event-driven architecture streamline IT operations and create less manual work. Trigger based on email, file events, data modifications and more with drag-and-drop scheduling.

Seamless integrations

Build end-to-end workflows spanning your entire IT environment with a comprehensive library of built-in integrations, extensions and add-ons. After integration, run automation seamlessly across your tech stack using ActiveBatch Job Steps Library with hundreds of prebuilt job steps and user-friendly drag-and-drop design. Easily coordinate and consolidate complex business processes across automation tools into a centralized platform through ActiveBatch integrations.

  • Business process automation: Microsoft app suite, enterprise resource management (ERP), business process management (BPM), customer relationship management (CRM) and BI tools   
  • Data warehousing: Hadoop Ecosystem, SAP, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle Databases, Informatica, IBM and open-source data management software
  • Infrastructure automation: On-premises data centers and cloud vendors including VMware, Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure for hybrid and multi-cloud orchestration
  • Secure file transfers: MFT, SFTP and FTPS with advanced file event triggers and parallel transfer capabilities 

SLA monitoring and notifications

Improve SLA management with workload automation that monitors workloads in real time, prioritizes SLA jobs and sends notifications of any issues. You can even set up auto-remediation through workflows and dependencies. Go beyond just sending notification of an issue and dynamically provision resources and keep SLAs on track without team member intervention.

Self-service job scheduling portal

Get an intuitive user interface allowing business end-users to manage and run end-to-end job scheduling and track workflows with ActiveBatch Self-Service Portal. Enabling non-IT users with an expansive job steps library, drag-and-drop functionality and event-driven processes means individual team members can contribute more to efficiency and the entire business doesn’t depend on IT for job scheduling. This self-service capability takes the strain off IT departments, eliminates bottlenecks and makes job scheduling available to more team members.

ActiveBatch job scheduling software

Optimize efficiency, streamline business processes and create end-to-end automation with the easiest-to-use workload automation from ActiveBatch by Redwood.

Workload Automation FAQs

What is a job scheduling tool?

A job scheduling tool is software designed to automate the execution of batch jobs and processes across various operating systems and platforms. These tools use sophisticated algorithms to optimize task allocation and timing, ensuring high availability and efficient job execution. Key features include cross-platform scheduling, allowing jobs to run on Windows, Android and Unix-based systems, as well as managing and automating batch jobs.

Job scheduling tools support DevOps processes with seamless integration into CI/CD pipelines and provide automated notifications. Time-based scheduling allows jobs to be set for specific start times, time zones, and recurring intervals, similar to cron jobs. Optimization algorithms improve performance and reduce runtime. These tools often offer various pricing plans and free trials, making them essential for service businesses, SMBs, and enterprises looking to streamline operations, improve efficiency, and ensure reliable job execution.

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What's the best job scheduling software?

Choosing the best job scheduling software depends on business needs but should include powerful functionality with an intuitive interface, making it easy to manage complex scheduling processes. Select a solution offering drag-and-drop scheduling features and templates for quick job setup. It can also include seamless integration with CRM systems, Microsoft tools and other essential software. The software should also provide robust job management capabilities, allowing users to track job details, manage work orders and handle invoicing efficiently.

IT environments are increasingly complex and diverse, so many IT organizations are moving toward end-to-end enterprise job schedulers and automation platforms that provide event-based workload automation, constraints and intelligent facilities for managing IT infrastructure. The best job scheduling software products available also provide universal connectors and powerful REST APIs for endless extensibility.

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What is job scheduler automation?

Job scheduler automation is an essential technology for orchestrating and executing batch processes and tasks across various IT systems, from Linux to Java environments, without the need for continuous manual oversight. By employing this automation, organizations can streamline operations such as data backups, software deployments, and complex batch scheduling tasks. Automation solutions like ActiveBatch provide robust capabilities, enabling the setup of job parameters and schedules that execute tasks reliably and consistently, ensuring tasks like system startups and batch processes are managed efficiently.

These automation tools also support dynamic scheduling based on real-time events, such as file changes or data updates, enhancing operational flexibility. This capability allows IT teams to automate end-to-end processes, significantly reducing the need for manual command line inputs and enabling more strategic use of IT resources. With comprehensive integrations and user-friendly interfaces, job scheduler automation tools consolidate multiple automation functions into a single platform, providing a centralized view of tasks and their statuses, making it easier to manage complex IT environments and drive business efficiency.

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What is the difference between job scheduling and workload automation?

Job scheduling and workload automation are distinct yet interrelated concepts in IT operations management. Job scheduling is primarily focused on the timing of tasks—it involves setting specific schedules for jobs to execute at predetermined times or intervals. This function is crucial for routine IT operations like backups, software updates, and batch processing, where tasks must occur without fail at the right time. Task schedulers help manage these timings effectively, ensuring that each job is triggered as planned. This form of scheduling is vital for maintaining system reliability and efficiency, particularly in environments where precise time scheduling and consistent job execution are necessary.

Workload automation, however, offers a broader and more integrated approach. While it includes scheduling jobs, it extends to managing the entire lifecycle and workflow of those jobs across various systems and applications. Workload automation tools automate when and how tasks are executed, orchestrating complex workflows involving multiple dependencies. This means tasks can dynamically trigger other tasks based on certain conditions, such as the completion of a previous task or the occurrence of a specific event. This adaptive approach allows organizations to optimize resource utilization and operational agility, supporting complex use cases that go beyond simple job scheduling to encompass comprehensive business process automation and integration across diverse IT landscapes.

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Does job scheduling software include event-driven automation?

Modern job scheduling software typically includes event-driven automation, allowing it to respond to specific events or conditions beyond just time-based triggers. This feature is particularly useful in environments like field service management, where schedules often change. Event-driven automation helps automatically reschedule jobs and notifies personnel via SMS or mobile apps, enhancing operational efficiency and responsiveness. This makes job scheduling software a vital tool for managing dynamic work schedules and maintaining communication on-the-go.

ActiveBatch job scheduler supports many event triggers for email events, file events, FTP events, database modifications and much more. This reduces delays and manual errors, keeping crucial timely processes, such as invoicing and credit card processing, on time for both large and small businesses.

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