Windows Task Scheduler Software

Simplify job scheduling across Windows and non-Windows systems

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Coordinate, Consolidate, and Reduce Complexity

Microsoft Windows Task Scheduler is great for basic task scheduling. But it has limited capabilities. Much like UNIX cron job software or Z-Cron, Task Scheduler is a point solution designed for simplistic use cases. For example, you can use Task Scheduler to schedule the execution of nightly batch files, but in order to automate tasks between SQL Server and a non-Windows server, you'll need additional custom scripts or integrations.

To get around scripting, IT teams will sometimes implement additional schedulers for specific jobs, for example using a free version of a process schedule manager. These freeware solutions are not designed for enterprise-level scheduling and often lack modern scheduling capabilities like event-driven automation.

Today's IT teams are managing distributed environments that rely on multiple vendors. As a result, many IT teams are implementing job schedulers with more capabilities and scheduling options.

Unlike most task management software, ActiveBatch allows workloads to be run on any operating system, including Windows 10, Mac OS, Linux, UNIX, OpenVMS, and more. This allows IT to coordinate and schedule tasks across the organization, regardless of the applications, vendors, or tech stacks being used. Additionally, because ActiveBatch readily integrates with most operating systems, IT can use ActiveBatch to consolidate its system schedulers into a single automation platform.

Advanced Task Scheduler Automation

Platform-specific schedulers can’t easily connect with applications or systems from other vendors. Windows Task Scheduler for example doesn’t readily integrate with non-Windows applications, while freeware task scheduling software lacks advanced functionality. This is a problem for complex, distributed IT environments where data and dependencies need to be managed across disparate platforms.

One solution is to use a Windows Task Scheduler alternative such as a workload automation tool that provides cross-platform, event-based triggers.

With ActiveBatch, various tasks and workflows can be automatically triggered by business or IT events, reducing delays, minimizing slack time, and improving SLAs. Event types supported by ActiveBatch include:

  • Email

  • FTP file event triggers

  • Message queues

  • Database modifications

  • Execution machine reboots

  • Windows startups 

  • Tweets
  • And more...

This means Task Scheduler jobs can be triggered by jobs from other scheduling software or task managers in non-Windows environments. Plus, it can all be completed without any custom scripts and without manual keypresses.

ActiveBatch features granular date-and-time scheduling options for running jobs at specific times. This includes the use of custom calendars, fiscal calendars, multiple time zones, custom tags, and much more. Users can also schedule workflows based on the business day so that scheduled tasks run only when they should. ActiveBatch also supports constraint-based scheduling (CBS) to ensure that new jobs do not run until requisite conditions are met.

Drag-and-Drop Job Steps for Seamless Integrations

ActiveBatch's Integrated Jobs Library provides hundreds of prebuilt jobs that make it easy to develop reliable, cross-platform workflows. 

End-to-end workflows make it easier to deliver real-time data and to manage dependencies across the enterprise. With dozens of extensions for popular applications like SAP and Informatica, users can build and automate complex workflows from a central coordination point.

Powerful Scheduling Capabilities for End-to-End Workflows

ActiveBatch proactively monitors workflow progress and will auto-remediate any workflow that overruns, underruns, displays exit codes, fails, or is at risk of breaching a Service Level Agreement (SLA), providing IT operational peace of mind and allowing personnel to focus on higher-value initiatives.

ActiveBatch supports specialized monitoring and alerting for workflows tied to SLAs or business policies. Users can set warning and critical thresholds (based on absolute and relative deadlines) and establish customized alert notifications and automated remediation actions for an impending SLA breach.

ActiveBatch supports dozens of different alerts that notify the appropriate parties or systems when a specified condition has been raised within a workflow. Each alert can send emails, automatically trigger remediative workflows, or be delivered via JMS, Microsoft Message Queues, SMS texts, Tweets, SNMP, pop-up reminders using Growl, and more. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Centralized task schedulers, or enterprise job schedulers, enable users to manage automated tasks across multiple environments, regardless of vendor or the technology being used. The benefit is that centralized schedulers enable IT to orchestrate end-to-end processes, and to monitor and measure those processes, from a single location. See what you can accomplish with ActiveBatch.

ActiveBatch is an enterprise job scheduler that offers extensive support for Windows technologies such as .NET assemblies, Active Directory, SQL Server, System Center, and Azure. ActiveBatch provides a drag-and-drop interface so IT can design seamless, end-to-end workflows across Microsoft and non-Microsoft systems. Explore ActiveBatch’s job scheduling capabilities.

Yes. ActiveBatch jobs can support any number of dependencies including constraints, conditional logic, and variables. Those dependencies can then be passed to other jobs as part of a larger workflow, regardless of the platforms or technologies being used. Explore ActiveBatch’s job scheduling capabilities.

Yes. ActiveBatch users can abort, restart, hold, and pause jobs at any point during a job run. If a job fails, users can even edit the job’s template and restart the failed instance so that it completes successfully. Explore ActiveBatch’s job scheduling capabilities.

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