ActiveBatch Workload Automation vs. JAMS

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
Score 8.8 out of 10
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ActiveBatch from Advanced Systems Concepts in New Jersey is IT workload automation software.N/A
JAMS
Score 8.0 out of 10
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JAMS is a centralized workload automation and job scheduling solution that runs, monitors, and manages jobs and workflows. Reliably orchestrate the critical IT processes that run your business from a single pane of glass.N/A
Pricing
ActiveBatch Workload AutomationJAMS
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ActiveBatch Workload AutomationJAMS
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
ActiveBatch Workload AutomationJAMS
Considered Both Products
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
Chose ActiveBatch Workload Automation
During initial selection, we compared ActiveBatch with simple schedulers like Task Manager and cron, as well as VisualCron and JAMS. ActiveBatch had the widest range of triggers and the best scheduler/calendar system, and the most comprehensive list of easily-available actions.

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JAMS
Chose JAMS
For us, JAMS has a great balance of price and functionality.
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Features
ActiveBatch Workload AutomationJAMS
Workload Automation
Comparison of Workload Automation features of Product A and Product B
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
9.6
22 Ratings
16% above category average
JAMS
7.8
35 Ratings
5% below category average
Multi-platform scheduling9.620 Ratings8.130 Ratings
Central monitoring9.622 Ratings8.033 Ratings
Logging9.621 Ratings7.633 Ratings
Alerts and notifications9.622 Ratings8.033 Ratings
Analysis and visualization9.721 Ratings7.231 Ratings
Application integration9.621 Ratings7.732 Ratings
Best Alternatives
ActiveBatch Workload AutomationJAMS
Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Apache Airflow
Apache Airflow
Score 8.2 out of 10
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
Redwood RunMyJobs
Redwood RunMyJobs
Score 9.3 out of 10
Redwood RunMyJobs
Redwood RunMyJobs
Score 9.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
ActiveBatch Workload AutomationJAMS
Likelihood to Recommend
9.6
(23 ratings)
8.0
(35 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
6.9
(4 ratings)
Usability
8.4
(2 ratings)
6.7
(3 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
1.0
(1 ratings)
8.2
(35 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.8
(2 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
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7.9
(33 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
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7.3
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
ActiveBatch Workload AutomationJAMS
Likelihood to Recommend
Redwood Software
Any large business or organisation that wants to manage their workload effectively and with the least amount of room for error might choose the ActiveBatch Automation tool. Being a consultant I feel that It aids in task automation and has the flexibility to change in response to varying company requirements. It helps to save huge time by doing all the repetitive tasks on daily basis. During the patching activity the schedulers can be stopped. It also help by alerting us if any system/job is down so that SLA can be saved. Overall ActiveBatch Automation stands as a dependable cornerstone for ensuring the seamless operation of our tasks.
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Fortra
JAMS is well suited for centralizing schedules. We have hundreds of databases, and JAMS has allowed us to centralize the scheduling of all of the individual jobs related to each individual database. This allows certain teams to follow the activity of specific jobs without having to access the individual servers on which the databases reside.
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Pros
Redwood Software
  • Businesses can use ActiveBatch to plan tasks based on parameters like frequency, dependencies, and the time of day. By automating typical actions like backups and data transfers, businesses can make sure that crucial operations go off without a hitch.
  • Multiple systems and apps can be used in complicated workflows that ActiveBatch can automate. For instance, it can automate a workflow for processing orders from beginning to end, from the customer order through inventory control and delivery through the processing of invoices and payments.
  • Files can be sent between many platforms and systems safely with ActiveBatch. Transfers to cloud-based storage systems like Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure are also included in this. SFTP and FTP transfers are also included.
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Fortra
  • Watching for files
  • Running Power shell scripts
  • JOB notifications of failures to teams
  • Being able to interface / run other programs as either dos window, Power shell window, Python window through configurable execution methods
  • Purging JAMS history by Parameters, like dates and # of copies to keep of a job
  • Being able to configure a hot backup to take over in the event a Primary JAMS Server goes down, the backup automatically kicks in after 3 minutes. - High Availability mode
  • Being able to set up variables that can be used in JOBs / Sequences to hold login information (encrypted), date ranges or other Job Parameter values. And be able to programmatically updated by Power shell scripts to track progress between runs of the same job: count of orders processed, API Skip values when retrieving orders, when the API call only returns X amount per call and you need to get all available orders with multiple calls
  • JOB logs can be put anywhere on network for other users to access - IT allowing of course. With the high availability option, this is Great, since you don't have to check each of the JAMS Servers for a log when a fail over occures
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Cons
Redwood Software
  • On RARE occasions, have seen scheduling properties changed that don't take effect.
  • Simpler to understand/more robust reporting options would be nice to have.
  • Maybe I'm missing something, but why doesn't the Instances view show completion time? Just execution time and duration.
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Fortra
  • Prior to JAMS I organized various batch job runs with a user friendly naming process (job, machine, date, etc). I had to jump through hoops to get JAMS to replicate by having a post-completion job rename and copy the log.
  • Natively support JAMS commands in Powershell7.
  • Failsafe guard to prevent runaway jobs that submit other JAMS jobs that were improperly coded. i.e. A throttle setting for new JOBS. I once had production go down when hundreds of jobs used up our daily license allocation in under a minute.
  • I have similar (but different) Execution Methods that would benefit from a shared template. Current setup is awkward to change.
  • I'd love my job Definitions to be natively linked to github for version control.
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Likelihood to Renew
Redwood Software
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Fortra
JAMS is an essential application within our organization. There is no chance that at any point in the foreseeable future we would migrate off of the platform or stop our maintenance contract. HelpSystems (now rebranded Forta) releases frequent updates which always add value to the product. The system's reliability and extensibility has earned our trust that it will scale with our organization.
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Usability
Redwood Software
We can easily add new plans/jobs in our batch schedules. Also, coordination with reporting and QA jobs is simple to do. Building schedules, restarting jobs, triggering dependencies is easy to understand. The system is very stable and allows us to easily see overall processing times.
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Fortra
At first its not 100% obvious what each item is meant for. When you look at the list for the first time there are a lot of objects, its taken some time to figure out what each one does. Once you figure out what each one does it makes more sense.
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Reliability and Availability
Redwood Software
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Fortra
JAMS has been super reliable in our implementation. The only reason it isn't a 10 is the web client isn't fully functional so the availability suffers very mildly there
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Performance
Redwood Software
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Fortra
JAMS performs well but the client some times take a little longer than normal to display logs and new views.
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Support Rating
Redwood Software
My colleague contacted them directly, I only know hearsay on this but it was not good.
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Fortra
We had a very aggressive timeline to look for a new batch job processor that is compatible with our new server that could help us maintain and improve our current data processing procedure. The JAMS support team was there to address our inquiries promptly. On average, their response times have been within 24 hours, ensuring that we receive assistance when we need it
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Implementation Rating
Redwood Software
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Fortra
It works. We only use a single server with two agents, no high-availability.
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Alternatives Considered
Redwood Software
The workload automation solution is based on the specific needs of an organization, as well as the features, capabilities, and costs of various solutions. A thorough evaluation process and consideration of these factors can help ensure the selection of a solution that aligns with overall business objectives and meets the specific needs of the organization.
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Fortra
JAMS is easier to use, provides more features and was easier to manage form a central location. simple features in JAMS were missing from VisualCron such as a projected daily schedule. The install setup with a client and agents was better suited for us too
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Redwood Software
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Fortra
i didnt have any involvement in the sales process, however we purchased the product so it had to be decent.
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Scalability
Redwood Software
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Fortra
I can only speak in in regards to scalability in the volume of jobs we have created. Many of our jobs exist in multiple environments, with each environment having its own unique folder names, connection strings, etc. We incorporate parameters on the folder level that contain the unique environment information. The jobs reference these values from the folder they are contained in, so we can easily copy a job from DEV to TEST and the source is the same but the values passed from the parameters are not. This makes it very easy to create many new jobs and copy them across multiple environments and have them work
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Professional Services
Redwood Software
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Fortra
i didnt have any involvement in the sales process, however we purchased the product so it had to be decent.
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Return on Investment
Redwood Software
  • I have not run numbers to determine hard impact, but a quick estimate is that at least one job is running for a average of about 6 hours per day - that 6 hours, if done by hand, would equate to about 30 - 40 hours per day (and in some cases, could not be duplicated manually, as the job repeats faster than a person could accomplish one cycle.)
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Fortra
  • JAMS was not the most cost-effective solution to the original program we were implementing at my Agency; but we were able to expand on the services we do provide using it's power and flexibility to enhance other program areas.
  • The cost-model from MVPSI has been great in allowing us to deploy a DEVELOPMENT, STAGING, then PRODUCTION scheduler integrating the platform into our SDLC.
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