What is workload automation and job scheduling?

Workload Automation and Job Scheduling Combating the complexity of today’s heterogeneous IT environments

Workload Automation (WLA) and Job Scheduling software orchestrates and automates business processes and tasks from a single point of view. Discover more about workload automation and job scheduling and how it can benefit you.

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What is Workload Automation and Job Scheduling? A short definition

Job Scheduling and Workload Automation are similar, but not identical.

Job Scheduling

A job scheduler is a tool for automating IT processes. Almost every operating system has its own scheduler; Microsoft Windows features the Windows Task Scheduler while Linux and Unix platforms feature Cron as their job scheduler. Job schedulers take care of business processes and requirements by using data, such as calendar entries and certain time and dates, to run background processes with the help of an IT administrator.

Workload Automation

WLA is also a solution for automating background processes. It supports multiple business applications and workflows, including cross-systems dependencies. It automates entire business systems, including heterogeneous server environments considering planned activities and information. There is a rapid change from traditional batch-based automation towards real-time workload automation. It integrates available best-of-breed solutions to orchestrate an intelligent decision making process for IT Automation.

In short, Workload Automation integrates Job Scheduling in real-time business automation.

How can you benefit from Workload Automation?

As automation tools extend the benefits of job scheduling, you are now able to provide your business with the right information at the right time.


Intelligent scheduling with a focus on optimal resource allocation


Reduce costs and improve your service quality


Increase the performance and productivity of your IT staff by moving the complexity to the engine and managing all processes in a convenient GUI.


Enhance responsiveness by restoring the system after faults and malfunctions

The advantage of Workload Automation

The Advantages

  • Reduce costs
  • Increase productivity and service quality
  • React to changing market conditions and internal company requirements quickly and efficiently

IT Administration

  • Act fast and efficiently to mission critical system disturbances and faults
  • No need for labour-intensive manual changes in the system
  • Centralize control of all tasks and business processes
  • Restore after system breakdowns immediately 

Bring your business to the next level Stonebranch's Universal Automation Center

Get the right information at the right time

As the modern business world changes, there is a higher need for an automation solution that allows you to react quickly and flexibly to rapidly changing requirements.

React to these daily business challenges

Stonebranch provides an enterprise job scheduler and workload automation broker that allows you to manage the workload of your entire enterprise on any platform, from a web-based interface (event driven, modular and highly interoperable) with other schedulers (e.g. TWS, Control-M, UC4, etc.). In combination with our Universal Agents, which enable you to protect your investment in legacy platforms, secure file transfer, classical batch scheduling and real-time dynamic operations offer a uniquely dynamic workflow model. There is no daily plan required.

With Stonebranch‘s Universal Agents, Universal Automation Center provides you with:

  • Real-time automation: A highly dynamic working environment allows you to schedule your workflows on real-time activities. This allows you to react quickly and flexibly with no dependencies on fixed dates and events.
  • Interoperability / Platform approach: Automate your entire business systems including heterogeneous server environments considering planned activities and information. The Universal Automation Center works with any scheduler on any OS (unique), any service, any platform, any technology and any service model.
  • Ease of use and maintenance: It takes minimal effort to install or upgrade your systems. It‘s a lean and mean fully web-based technology with full “do it yourself” enablement and a mobile friendly UI (no fat client). 

Universal Controller – Enterprise Job Scheduler and Workload Automation Broker

Learn more about the Universal Automation Center

From job scheduling and workload automation to enterprise managed file transfer and B2B file exchange. Stonebranch’s Universal Automation Center simplifies and transforms complex business processes with the single click of a button.

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