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
|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|
|ActiveBatch||Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.||12.0.1||USA||Dedicated||Thick-Client GUI, Thin-Client Web Browser, Mobile, Self-Service Portal, .NET/COM API, PowerShell Module, Web Services Client, Command Line||Database||yes||yes||yes||yes||Windows, Unix, Linux, IBM iSeries & AIX, Amazon EC2, VMware, Hyper-V, Xen, Azure, Mac OS, OpenVMS, z/OS, HP UX, NSK||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||SAP Business Objects, NetWeaver, Oracle EBS, PeopleSoft, Dynamics AX, Informatica PowerCenter, IBM Cognos, DataStage, Netezza, Teradata||7.2 (2.0 and 3.0)||yes||yes||yes|
|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|
|CA Workload Automation AE (AutoSys)||CA||r11.0||Large||Browser, thin client||Database||yes||yes||no||yes||UNIX/Linux, Windows, AIX|
|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||4.71||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 services||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|
|IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler||IBM||9.5||USA||Large||Browser GUI, Command Line, Web Services API, Java API||DB2, Informix, Oracle, SQL Server||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Linux, AIX, Solaris, Windows, System i, System z, HP-UX, Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||SAP Business Objects, NetWeaver, Oracle EBS, PeopleSoft, Informatica PowerCenter, IBM Cognos, DataStage, Netezza, Teradata||2.0 and 3.0, in R/3 versions up to 7.40||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|JAMS Scheduler||MVP||7.x||USA||Dedicated||GUI, Browser, CLI,.NET API, REST API,Fat Client||Database||yes||yes||possible||yes||Unix, Linux, Windows, iSeries, OpenVMS,z/OS||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||Ecometry, JDEdwards, Oracle, Peoplesoft, SAP, Symitar,Ellucian Banner,Infor||2.0 and 3.0||yes||yes||yes|
|ProActive||ActiveEon||8.3.3||France||Dedicated||Web Browser, Command Line, Java API, REST API, Python client||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)|
|Tidal Workload Automation||Tidal Software LLC||6.5||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|
Job scheduling products without ERP support
|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|
|Automation Workshop||Febooti, Ltd.||4.0.0||Latvia||Dedicated||Windows Client, GUI, Command Line||XML files, built-in||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Windows||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Hinemos||NTT Data||6.0.2||Japan||Dedicated||Browser, GUI, Fat client, Command Line, Web services||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||1.13.8||Germany||Dedicated||Browser, GUI, Fat client, Command Line, Web services||XML Files; Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, 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||8.4.0||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|
Platform built-in schedulers
- Cron: Unix built in scheduler
- Systemd timers: Most modern Linux distributions
- Windows Task Scheduler
Descriptions of the features
The information in this table is regarding this product version.
- Large : the company has many products
- Dedicated : the company's job scheduling product is their primary product
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 downtime during upgrades.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The list of ERP packages supported.
SAP XBP version
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lists what kind of user interfaces are available to access the job Scheduler.
- Quartz - open-source job scheduling service, for Java. It exists also as a port to .NET.
- "IBM Workload Scheduler 9.5 Detailed System Requirements". Retrieved 3 March 2020.