Fix now but pay later: the human cost of outdated scheduling tools


By Devin Gharibian-Saki, Chief Solution Officer, Redwood Software

Legacy schedulers limit your agility to run effective automated processes to support your business. Without built-in connectivity to the wide range of applications, technologies and environments, you end up having to develop manual workarounds. With confusing “new day” scheduling that doesn’t follow on a real 24-hour timeframe, you’ll need more custom, manual workarounds.  

To compensate further, many teams using outdated schedulers have to create workload tasks and jobs that exist simply make sure other jobs execute properly. This leads to growing licensing costs and—you guessed it—complexity that gets worse every time something changes.

This builds up a kind of technical debt, which demands more manual effort and time from your top IT team members. Quick fixes get developed again and again. The sheer number of them ultimately becomes a distraction itself, and a roadblock for advancement.

There is a real human cost, too. If your IT organization continues to adapt old tools to new problems, over time, your team will spend more time just getting by. All of this heroic effort actually cheats your organization out of the best efforts of your top IT minds. Firefighting blocks focus on innovation and real improvement.

 

Save the Heroes

This situation is not uncommon, and it’s often hidden. But the costs are not sustainable—for IT professionals and, in fact, the entire organization.

If your IT pros spend just three out of five days of any given workweek simply putting out fires by developing workarounds for limited technology, they’re not delivering on their full potential. They’re stuck. In the end, it’s not just an expensive problem—it’s a huge challenge to innovation and digital transformation. 

It doesn’t have to be this way. Analysts and industry leaders have shown that IT complexity can be overcome through strategic automation. Modern SaaS-based workload automation solutions provide the speed, agility and adaptability required to give the heroes of IT a well-deserved break.  Unlimited connectors cut across silos to coordinate complex processes in modern enterprises. They bring on-premises resources together with multiple public and private cloud applications. Flexible, event-based workload automation simplifies the creation of a more responsive, logical, and coordinated business.

This frees your staff to focus on the kind of work that adds value, driving the business forward through greater efficiency and innovation. And, unlike legacy schedulers, workload automation as a service requires your organization to pay only for what it uses.

RunMyJobs®, the world’s only enterprise workload automation as a service solution, can free your teams from just keeping up the status quo. Read our new eBook and discover how intelligent automation supports human achievement.

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