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Job Orchestration Tools – The Five W’s Answered

Written by: Kate Parker

As our business processes and workflows become more and more complex, the risks associated with inefficiency, errors and sluggishness to adopt modern practices go up dramatically. Fortunately, there is a solution to mitigate those risks – job orchestration – and we at Redwood are here to explain how job orchestration tools can bring your enterprise into the next generation of efficient, reliable, automated work solutions.

1. What is job orchestration?

Simply put, job orchestration is taking disparate business processes found throughout your enterprise and bringing the oversight and management of them together in one location. Orchestration in the IT world, as its homonym other meaning suggests, is like a conductor leading an orchestra. Each section of instruments (string, brass, percussion, etc.) has their own instructions for playing different parts of the music, and they must harmonize within their sections. But the conductor is responsible for monitoring all of the sections and making sure they all work together in a larger harmony to create a symphony of sound. The conductor is the orchestration tool.

Job orchestration is designed to integrate automated business processes and workflows, like job scheduling and workload automation (WLA) that are often done in silos, across entire enterprises.

2. Why do you need job orchestration tools?

Workload automation solutions and job scheduling tools can only get your IT teams and initiatives so far on their own. The need to be able to quickly and seamlessly integrate new technologies into existing IT processes so that the end-to-end process lifecycle remains stable is of paramount importance. And now, more than ever, there are a myriad of choices when it comes to finding applications and platforms to suit different IT workload management needs.

This is where job orchestration tools come in. Job orchestration gives you a simple, low-code, high-visibility platform that allows you to use your IT resources, whether something like servers or people, efficiently. You get real-time, event-driven job scheduling and automated processes that use machine learning to resolve issues that arise, such as jams in your data pipeline, failed batch jobs or unsuccessful big data file transfers when your server dependencies are not properly aligned. Orchestration can streamline your workflows so that automated processes are as cohesive as possible without needing custom code or manual intervention. And, through orchestration tools, you gain the ability to oversee everything happening in your system at once through a single pane of glass. Real-time auditing and SLA monitoring of your workflows allows you to make sure your workload automation solutions and job scheduling tools are giving you the optimization you need to succeed.

3. Where can you use job orchestration in your business?

The applications for job orchestration in your enterprise are far-reaching with use cases for automated integrations including:

  • IT infrastructure – Coordinate resource provisioning and automate maintenance tasks to free up your IT team’s time
  • Data management automation – Synchronize your ETL and data management with real-time data feeds managed from one place
  • Managed file transfer (MFT) – Securely transfer millions of files seamlessly and with total confidence across systems and locations
  • DevOps – Keep track of your CI/CD processes throughout the entire lifecycle of a new build and release
  • ERP automation – Logically integrate automated processes across ERPs like SAP and Oracle, eliminating limitations from built-in tools

4. When do you need to implement job orchestration tools?

If you have more than one part of your enterprise that is automated or needs automating, then the answer is right now! The sooner you adopt the modern practice of job orchestration, the better off you will be in the long run. The evolution of workflows across all types of business processes is going to continue to desire full scalability, cost-savings and ease of use in new innovations, and job orchestration tools are the key to that future.

5. Who do you go to for job orchestration?

When looking for a job orchestration tool, you want a platform that will give you complete control over all current technologies, as well as future ones, that your enterprise employs. Redwood RunMyJobs is a cloud-native SaaS job orchestration tool that does just that. Redwood RunMyJobs gives you secure, reliable orchestration with enterprise job scheduling tools, workload automation tools and any other applications, services or servers your business uses.

Redwood RunMyJobs is a best-in-class service orchestration and automation platform (SOAP), which is a Gartner-recognized gold standard that showcases agile, efficient, cost-saving business process automation with cross-platform adaptation to any infrastructure and architecture environment, whether cloud-native, on-premises or hybrid. APIs are turned into reusable adapters that can be used in end-to-end processes with increased flexibility, and drag-and-drop workflow templates allow for rapid deployment of new processes. And Redwood RunMyJobs provides self-service functionality that puts building new automations directly into the hands of the users themselves.

With scalability needs becoming ever more important, Redwood RunMyJobs offers full extensibility as an orchestration platform that runs across all ERP providers like SAP and Oracle, programming languages like JavaScript and Python and operating systems, including open source offerings like Linux. Redwood RunMyJobs also works with all cloud-based service providers like AWS and Microsoft Azure, as well as with on-premises or hybrid infrastructures.

Redwood RunMyJobs orchestration platform can help your business go through the digital transformation necessary to stay competitive in today’s fast-paced world where the need for orchestration will only continue to grow.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is meant by a job in job scheduling?

A job is a set of instructions in the form of a file, program or command that is executed by an IT system. Often, several jobs make up a business process, which can be automated using a job scheduling tool. Let Redwood's job scheduling automation tool save you time and money.

What is meant by orchestration?

Orchestration is the process of taking multiple automated, job-filled business processes from across an enterprise and consolidating the management and monitoring of those processes into one operating interface. Learn more about modern cloud orchestration tools.

Can Redwood orchestrate jobs?

Yes! Redwood RunMyJobs is a class-leading WLA and job orchestration platform that gives users the efficiency, scalability and consistency to optimize their systems so they can better spend their time innovating processes, elevating workflows and accelerating into the future. See for yourself how Redwood RunMyJobs is the job orchestration tool for you.