Purpose built for SaaS: What it means for business

By Neil Kinson, Chief of Staff, Redwood Software

Several tool providers claim to offer workload automation via SaaS, but, in reality they offer on-premises solutions that have been lifted and shifted to the cloud, without any changes made to take advantage of the inherent benefits of this new approach.

Sure, by moving existing workload automation tools to the cloud, organizations take away the burden of running the software on an in-house datacenter, but the tools themselves still have the same limiting legacy architecture that causes headaches for businesses and IT.

These issues include new day scheduling, in which activities pause at the end of every day to purge old jobs, creating delays in tasks being completed. That job scheduling approach simply isn’t fit for purpose in today’s world of a 24x7 always-on business. Then there’s the technical debt and numerous manual workarounds that these legacy workload automation solutions require to connect to and function alongside other systems. All of which takes up valuable human and financial resources.

With these tools, licensing models also reflect an outdated perspective—including how they may be implemented across cloud resources. This costs some organizations quite a bit. These tools also lack clear visibility into logical process chains that makes it difficult to see where improvements can be made or how to align IT activities with business logic.

In contrast, Redwood’s RunMyJobs® solution is a purpose-built as a SaaS solution. It’s architecture has a light footprint and doesn’t require huge resources from the cloud or elsewhere. It’s designed to be delivered as a service. It was designed from the start to align with cloud strategy.

Recently Dan Twing, COO an intelligent automation analyst at Enterprise Management Associates® (EMA™), explained how RunMyJobs offers three unique advantages in a brief video.

RunMyJobs effectively replaces legacy schedulers with its enhanced capabilities. It comes ready with all the connectors needed to integrate with any business platforms or applications. Manual workarounds become a thing of the past. When it comes to licensing, RunMyJobs charges customers using a utility-based approach rather than fixed fees for unused functionality and capacity. There are also benefits around implementation. Moving to a new on-premises solution can be complex and time consuming. It also often requires additional, ongoing hardware costs.

As a true SaaS solution, RunMyJobs requires no additional hardware at all. On top of that, while older on-premises scheduling tools have numerous large agent files that require hours of manual updates to function correctly and securely, RunMyJobs runs continuous integration tests on new functionality to ensure everything works as it should before it reaches users. Functionality is then cascaded down to the re-usable components within the implementation, saving hours of manual work.

The business and IT benefits are clear. Take advantage of workload automation delivered via SaaS now.

Find out more about RunMyJobs® and sign up for a free trial here.

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