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Automated job scheduling is essential to complex data centers, because it helps them operate more efficiently and reliably. Integrating enterprise applications and business processes using a range of proprietary or scripted approaches is resource intensive, difficult to manage, and prone to error. These incomplete solutions leave data centers with increased security vulnerabilities and a reliance on operations staff to monitor system health. These methods also leave IT managers sightless to problems that may arise during the execution of jobs that comprise mission-critical business processes. As a result, they cannot consistently and completely satisfy the demands placed on them by the various business units they support. This "reactive mode" data center is expensive to manage and can dramatically reduce opportunities for IT to partner with business operations managers to improve service-level agreement (SLA) performance and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).
A proactive and holistic approach to job scheduling is an alternative that dramatically reduces these risks and inefficiencies. A complete workload automation solution should reach across heterogeneous environments as an infrastructure service platform providing end-to-end business process automation. With a robust, enterprise wide job scheduling solution that automates complex processes and adapts to changing environments, IT managers can quickly add business value by improving service-level quality, reallocating resources to business-critical projects, and supplying the timely and accurate process information necessary for strategic decision making.
Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler is a software solution for cross-application and cross-platform enterprise job scheduling, batch business process automation, and application integration. The enterprise scheduler provides the means to define scheduled batch and on-demand business processes, integrate the commercial and custom applications these processes use, and determine which tasks to run, as well as where and when to run them - without the need to manage scripts or customize legacy tools. Additionally, the enterprise scheduler provides a single view and point of control over business processes and the jobs that comprise them.