Over my many years as an IT consultant I have been involved with projects at multiple clients. One of my clients stands out among the other, because I have seen them grow and mature as an IT organization. I was part of numerous projects at this client including implementing a new ERP system. However, if you ask me, one of the most critical projects I lead there was when we selected, designed, and implemented an Enterprise Scheduling system.
Scheduling was not a new concept to the IT department, they understood what it meant. However Enterprise Scheduling was a new concept and it took some time and change management to get the IT team to understand and embrace the concept of Enterprise Scheduling.
So, what is Enterprise Scheduling, and how is it different than what is normally done? In this blog post I will touch upon the need and advantages of Enterprise Scheduling, with further posts on selecting and implementing a solution.
Enterprise Scheduling is a centralized view of all your scheduled system events throughout your IT eco-system. This includes scheduled batch interfaces, complex job streams, and alert management.
Key Advantages of Enterprise Scheduling
- Enterprise-wide view of all scheduled jobs / processes across multiple platforms / systems.
- Sequence scheduled processes that are depending on multiple systems.
- Allows IT department to focus on delivering value-added IT services rather that deal with day-to-day automation / scheduling issues.
- Provides the ability to manage scheduled job load on databases & files servers from one central location.
- One central location for sending and managing alerts as and when they occur.
- Dashboard view of what happened overnight.
Having the ability to centrally monitor, and manage your scheduled events has greatly improved the effectiveness our client IT organization – they can better plan for new job processes, deploy faster, and all with fewer production issues.
In the subsequent posts I will talk about the following:
- How to choose the Enterprise Scheduler that meets your needs
- Implementing the chosen Enterprise Scheduler and how to design the implementation