Use Skybot Scheduler to Power Your SQL Server Job Management Server sprawls are a bane that most mid-sized to large organizations would happily do without, causing a huge amount of strain on the existing data center infrastructure. As a result, companies are looking at various ways and means to gain more control over server resource management. This is one of the reasons why companies are increasingly looking at Microsoft SQL® Server to meet their enterprise automation needs. Although the SQL Server is by itself competent enough in job scheduling and job execution, there’s still a need for integrating advanced functionalities such as cross-system reactivity, event-based scheduling, as well as optimize output distribution. The Skybot Scheduler™ SQL Server Interface, for instance, allows easy integration of SQL Server jobs within the Skybot framework. This makes it possible for the SQL server to execute a variety of functions, thereby adding a significant amount of value in the way jobs are scheduled and executed. The fundamental premise of the Skybot Scheduler is its capability to integrate SQL Server jobs in the production job pool. This significantly reduces the amount of time required to complete a business process. It also helps in greatly reducing dependencies on manual processes that are prone to errors and tend to slow down a process. The integration also reduces the possibility of errors arising out of multiple application schedules that fail to communicate with each other. The Benefits of Using a Skybot Scheduler Skybot Scheduler is a job scheduling program that works on almost any operating system. It integrates with multiple systems, including Oracle E-Business Suite, SAP NetWeaver, MS SQL Server, and several other programs. For example, Skybot Scheduler can run SAP batch job scheduling while executing processes from other systems such as the Oracle job scheduler. The Skybot interface has several key advantages:
Skybot Scheduler performs event-driven scheduling with cross-platform functionality. A job executed on a Windows platform can trigger other jobs to be performed on Linux or UNIX. The reverse can also happen, as the Linux job scheduler can trigger jobs on Windows or other platforms.
External events can also trigger jobs, allowing Skybot Scheduler to react to file arrivals and process starts. The scheduler also checks for conditions to be met before triggering a job. This works extremely well to avoid job execution conflicts.
The operations and production control areas are capable of scheduling SQL server jobs, which eases maintenance and administration. This frees up database administrators for more complex operations.
The calendar within Skybot Scheduler allows you to assign non-working days and a run-time range to more effectively manage scheduling exceptions and to ensure that a job runs when it should.
The system also helps you to stay on time and on budget to ensure that you meet your Service Level Agreements (SLAs). With a host of automatic notifications, you’ll get prompt alerts when an SLA is in danger of being missed.
The robust auditing feature of Skybot Scheduler keeps a job log for quick troubleshooting. The log includes start and end times, return codes, and can create audit and history reports for auditors.
Skybot Scheduler continually monitors all jobs currently being executed. If any job runs longer than normal, starts late, or fails to execute, it can send an immediate notification via e-mail or text to ensure that the job gets back on track immediately.
By creating an Agent Group, Skybot Scheduler can execute the same command across multiple servers and platforms. Simply create an agent group, assign agents to that group, and then assign the group to one or more jobs. Agent Groups help to simplify and streamline the scheduling process by reducing the number of jobs that have to be updated.