IT operations software is never going to win any prizes in a 'most glamorous enterprise technology' competition, but for anyone working in the industry it is a mission critical area where IT managers should be constantly looking at new ways to make their systems more efficient.
Job scheduling or batch processing is a key part of this, enabling IT teams to use computing power to complete mission critical, high volume business tasks such as billing.
However, solutions which enable end-to-end automation of such tasks are far from ubiquitous, according to Sebastien Quoirin, the UK general manager of job scheduling firm Orsyp.
"One of the challenges organisations face is doing more with less," he told V3.co.uk.
"One way of doing this is through more automation, removing human intervention which in turn minimises the risk of error, and helps businesses better meet their SLAs."
The technology has been around for years, but many organisations have ignored implementing it despite the obvious improvements in reliability and efficiency, and reduction in operating expenditure that can result.
Job scheduling can also provide clear audit trails on any changes, thereby boosting compliance efforts.
However, a recent piece of research conducted by Orsyp confirmed that a worrying 24 per cent of IT managers either don't know if they meet current or are prepared for future compliance and regulatory requirements.
It might not be very headline grabbing, but with some sectors still struggling to shake off the lingering effects of the recession, and all organisations now trying to do more with less, perhaps it's an area worth revisiting.
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