List of job scheduler software

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This is a list of notable job scheduler software. Job scheduling applications are designed to carry out repetitive tasks as defined in a schedule based upon calendar and event conditions. This category of software is also called workload automation. Only products with their own article are listed.

The list is divided into four categories: standalone vendor software supporting enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, standalone vendor software without ERP support, non-vendor schedulers, and OS platform built-ins. The products are ordered alphabetically.

Job scheduling products with ERP support[edit]

Product (alphabetical) Vendor Version Company Origin Company size User interface Data storage Script storage Event driven Agentless Agents Platforms Central upgradable Any OS account stdout/err transfer File events File transfer ERP Support SAP XBP version Role-based security Auditing Design lifecycle
Tidal Enterprise Scheduler Cisco_Systems 6.2 USA Large Web, Fat Client Oracle, SQL Server Yes Yes Yes Yes Unix Linux Windows zOS Open VMS ERPs No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes YES
CA Workload Automation AE (AutoSys) CA r11.0 Large Browser, thin client Database yes yes no yes UNIX/Linux, Windows, AIX
BatchMan Honico 5.0 Germany Dedicated GUI Browser yes yes yes All SAP Platforms yes yes yes yes SAP only 2.0 and 3.0 yes yes yes
Flux Flux 8.0 USA Dedicated Browser GUI, Command Line, REST services, Java API, scripting Database and/or XML Files yes yes yes yes Unix/Linux/AIX/Solaris, Windows, HP, JEE, SOA, Amazon EC2, VMWare yes yes yes yes yes SAP, SAP Business Objects, Cognos, Informatica, Oracle EBS, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft yes yes yes
Global ECS Vinzant Software 4.6 USA Dedicated Thick-Client GUI, Browser GUI Database no yes no yes Unix, Linux, Windows, IBM iSeries & AIX, MPE/iX yes yes yes yes SAP 2.0 and 3.0 yes yes yes
Hinemos NTT Data 6.0.2 Japan Dedicated Browser GUI, Fat client, Command Line, Web serivces Database (PostgreSQL) Yes Yes possible Yes Unix, Linux, Windows, Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes SAP, NetWeaber 2.0 and 3.0 Yes Yes Yes
JAMS Scheduler MVP 6.5 USA Dedicated GUI, Browser, CLI Database yes yes possible yes Unix, Linux, Windows, iSeries, OpenVMS yes yes yes yes yes Ecometry, JDEdwards, Oracle, Peoplesoft, SAP, Symitar 2.0 and 3.0 yes yes yes
ProActive ActiveEon 7.28 France Dedicated Web Browser, Command Line, REST API Database Yes Yes Yes Yes UNIX, Linux, Windows, IBM iSeries & AIX, HP UX, Mac OS Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, Docker, VMWare, OpenStack, Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes SAP, Oracle, Tibco, Web Service and REST API, ESB, Multi-systems Yes Yes Yes (export / import of workflows)

Job scheduling products without ERP support[edit]

Product (alphabetical) Vendor Version Company Origin Company size User interface Data storage Script storage Event driven Agentless Agents Platforms Central upgradable Any OS account stdout/err transfer File events File transfer Role-based security Auditing Design lifecycle
Hinemos NTT Data 6.0.2 Japan Dedicated Browser, GUI, Fat client, Command Line, Web serivces PostgreSQL Yes Yes No Yes Unix Linux Windows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Job Arranger for Zabbix Open Source, GPLv2, Daiwa Institute of Research Business Innovation Ltd. 2.0 Japan Fat Client,CLI MySQL PostgreSQL Yes Yes Yes Yes Linux Windows Yes Next Version Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
JobScheduler Open Source, GPLv2, SOS-Berlin 1.12.4 Germany Dedicated Browser, GUI, Fat client, Command Line, Web services XML Files; Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, DB2, PostgreSQL, Sybase ASE Yes Yes Yes Yes Master: Linux, Windows; Agent: All OSs with JVM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
JobServer Grand Logic 3.6.7 USA Dedicated Browser CLI Oracle Mysql Postgresql Yes Yes Yes Yes Linux MacOSX Windows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OpenLava Open Source, GPLv2, Teraproc 3.0 Canada Dedicated C/C++,Python Built-in Yes Linux Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Oracle Grid Engine Oracle Corporation
schedulix Open Source, AGPL, independIT Integrative Technologies GmbH 2.7 Germany Dedicated Web, CLI, API (python, perl, C/C++, Java) Ingres, MySQL, MariaDB, Postgres Yes Yes Yes Yes UNIX Linux zLinux Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No
Univa Grid Engine Univa
VisualCron VisualCron 7.7.3 Sweden Dedicated WIndows Client, Web GUI, .NET API, REST API, Command Line SQL CE Yes Yes Yes Yes Windows No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Non-vendor schedulers[edit]

Platform built-in schedulers[edit]

Descriptions of the features[edit]

Version[edit]

The information in this table is regarding this product version.

Company size[edit]

  • Large : the company has many products
  • Dedicated : the company's job scheduling product is their primary product

Script storage[edit]

  • Some products are only capable of starting a script or executable which is already present on the target system. Eventually some environment variables are set prior to the script run.
  • Some products are able to store scripts in their repository. When the job runs, its script is first transferred to the target system and then executed. This gives the batch job designer a central point of development.

Event driven[edit]

  • Most modern job schedulers are event driven: jobs that run in sequence have no wait time.
  • The opposite is time driven, like Windows' Scheduled tasks or Unix' crontab: a job runs at some time, and the next job is scheduled the expected runtime later plus some spare time.

Agents[edit]

  • An agentless job scheduler makes use of RSH, or more secure, of SSH.
  • An agent is a piece of software that is installed on every host, and is usually continuously connected to the central job scheduler. This causes more functionality to the agents, like a file trigger.
  • A drawback of agents is that they must be upgraded from time to time, which can cause severe production downtime when having lots of agent systems.

Platforms[edit]

All kinds of Unix flavours mentioned by the vendors are notes as "Unix". The same goes for "Linux" and "Windows" and Mac.

Any OS account[edit]

Can the agent run a job as any OS-account on the target system? The agent of some products can only run a job as the user the agent runs as, which most likely must have a lot of privileges, which in turn might be a security issue.

stdout/err transfer[edit]

Can you inspect the standard output and/or standard error of the executed job on your viewer? Some systems even immediately transfer both to the central scheduler, which might give extra network load.

File events[edit]

Can the job scheduler react (start a job) on the appearance of a file? With this you don't have to poll for the file.

File transfer[edit]

Some vendors deliver a file transfer utility. The standard command-line FTP on e.g. Unix is not good enough for batch usage: a file might be failed to transfer, yet the 'bye' command went well so the exit status will be ok. The file that may link both the servers will give a proper scheduler procedure in the process.

ERP support[edit]

The list of ERP packages supported.

SAP XBP version[edit]

The SAP XBP interface comes in 2 versions: 2 and 3. Version 2 has an intercept table, while version 3 has for intercept an include and an exclude table. This is important when you want all SAP-jobs but a few being intercepted and routed through your scheduling system. Some SAP-jobs won't work well when intercepted.

Role-based security[edit]

Is it possible to grant privileges through roles to the users of your scheduling system? Think of developers, operators and administrators. Some products use LDAP or the Windows system AD.

Auditing[edit]

Some companies demand recording of all user actions (compliance), but if not it is still handy to backtrace who did some action, just to ask him why he did so.

Design lifecycle[edit]

Does the job scheduling system support the transfer of batch designs along development, test, approve and production repositories? Most products have an export- and import-feature, and some products have the transfer mechanism all built-in.

User Interfaces[edit]

Lists what kind of user interfaces are available to access the job Scheduler.

See also[edit]

  • Quartz - open-source job scheduling service, for Java. It exists also as a port to .NET.