Open-Source Job Schedulers

What's the difference between open-source and closed-source software?

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Open-Source vs. Closed-Source

Today, there is more data and far more digital tools than ever before, causing IT workloads to surge. To meet these needs, some organizations have implemented open-source job schedulers.

When a tool, application, or solution is open-source, it means the code exists in the public domain. This allows anyone to access and edit the source code of the application. Users of open-source software can benefit from lower costs and can expect bugs to be quickly fixed because anyone can jump in to improve the code. However, this also means the code is open for hackers to practice on.

Because open-source projects often lack full-time employees, updates can be infrequent and capabilities and features can be sparse. Plus, whereas a closed-source solution is backed by a dedicated team of professionals and support personnel, finding support for open-source software is usually limited to online forums.

Closed-source software means that a person or institution owns the source code and therefore has a dedicated team to develop new features, test new releases, and provide professional support to users.

ActiveBatch Workload Automation

ActiveBatch is a workload automation and job scheduling system that enables IT teams to automate and coordinate cross-platform processes or job chains. ActiveBatch is language-independent and supports everything from Python and VB scripts to Java and Javascript.

ActiveBatch also supports connecting to API endpoints and can perform command line functions. So anything you might have already downloaded from GitHub, including open source job schedulers, can be consolidated into ActiveBatch if it can’t be outright replaced.

Integrates Virtually Any Solution or Technology on the Market

  • Any major operating systems including Windows, Linux, UNIX, and IBM iSeries AS/400

  • Other job schedulers including cron job software, Windows Task Scheduler, and freeware task scheduling software

  • Numerous vendors, with prebuilt integrations for Informatica, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, VMware, Amazon, and more

  • Multiple back-end databases like SQL Server, Azure SQL, and Oracle DBs

  • And much more...


Powerful Workload Automation and Job Scheduling Capabilities

  • Provide data in real-time

  • Use load balancing to reduce wait times

  • Perform enterprise file transfers that support FTP, SFTP (SSH), or FTPS (TLS)

  • Execute database procedures and integrate with ETL and data warehousing applications

  • Include alerts and self-remediation

  • Provision resources and manage cloud and virtual infrastructure

And much more....

Comparison of Top Job Scheduler Tools 

When considering which job scheduler or workload automation tool to implement, considering the systems and applications you want to integrate as well as the organization’s overall approach to open-source, is critical. There are a wide variety of tools on the market, all with different functionality and integrations. If your organization prefers open-source, that will guide your selections. But if you can consider other software options, there are a wide variety of powerful workload automation tools available.

Some job scheduler tools to consider, include:

  • ​ActiveBatch
  • RunMyJobs
  • Tidal Automation
  • Quartz
  • Dkron
  • Zehntech
  • JS7 Job Scheduler
  • Control-M
  • Stonebranch
  • JAMS

Job Scheduler Comparison Overview


About Solution

Designed For

Standout Feature

Deployment Options

ActiveBatch Workload Automation Easiest-to-use WLA platform designed to run critical processes with minimal effort Orchestrate disparate tech stacks, regardless of vendor or technology Super REST API Adapter that connects to any endpoint with a REST API On-premises with the option to automate in the private, public or hybrid cloud
Redwood RunMyJobs Cloud-native full stack advanced automation platform for mission-critical business processes  SaaS applications and systems with ability to deeply integrate with SAP and Oracle ecosystems Fully-hosted infrastructure through SaaS offering Software-as-a-service or on-premises
Tidal Workload Automation Centralized enterprise workload automation and job scheduling End-to-end management and execution of IT and business processes  Cross-platform, dependencies-based processes, 60+ prebuilt integrations  On-premises, cloud, hybrid or multi-cloud
Quartz Open-source job scheduler  Full range of enterprise scheduling features for use with any Java application Easily scalable for small processes up to large organizations On-premises or cloud
Dkron Open-source Distributed, fault tolerant cron scheduling service Designed for cloud-native environments Distributed architecture with several machines in a cluster for reliability and scalability Software-as-a-Service
Zehntech Open-source enterprise workload automation Designed for the corporate environment Role-based access for large audiences Cloud-based
JS7 JobScheduler Open-source enterprise workload automation Designed for the corporate environment Fault-tolerant job scheduling On-premises and cloud-based
BMC Control-M Workflow orchestration and mainframe job scheduling Application and data workflow orchestration Workflow orchestration for CI/CD pipelines On-premises, cloud-based or hybrid cloud
Stonebranch Real-time hybrid IT automation  On-prem, cloud-based or hybrid environments Intelligent, event-based scheduling Software-as-a-service or on-prem
JAMS Schedule  
Cross-platform job scheduler Windows environments Automation for DevOps teams On-premises

Frequently Asked Questions

Selecting a job scheduler is dependent on several factors, including what processes will be automated, what applications need to be integrated, what level of coding and maintenance your resources are capable of, and more. Choosing a workload automation platform like ActiveBatch gives organizations the ability to quickly implement an easy-to-use solution that connects to any application, server or service with prebuilt connectors or the REST API adapter. With an interactive user interface and a variety of triggers, IT teams can easily and securely expand automation throughout their organization.

Microsoft Windows Task Scheduler is a built-in job scheduler and is included in the Microsoft ecosystem. It can be used to send a message, start an application or other tasks that are triggered by time, completed prior step or more

ActiveBatch is an example of a job scheduler. It gives IT teams the ability to schedule processes across multiple applications or platforms. Its easy-to-use interface uses built-in templates, variables and job steps to allow IT resources to quickly and accurately build and launch new automations. The robust connector library and REST API adapter allow organizations to connect any application, server or service.

A quartz scheduler is an open-source framework for scheduling tasks, written in Java and used for J2SE and J2EE. It has the ability to create more complex triggers and scheduling for jobs within J2SE and J2EE.

Dkron provides workload automation for scheduled jobs in a distributed environment. It is similar to UNIX Cron but designed for several machines that run in a cluster. It is designed for cloud environments with a focus on being easy to set up and reliable. It can scale to run a large volume of jobs and thousands of nodes.

Autosys is a workload automation tool for job scheduling and ongoing monitoring and reporting. It is part of the Broadcom company and is designed to automate processes across ERPs, the cloud and business platforms.

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