JAMS vs. Lightning Tools Actions

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
JAMS
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
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
Lightning Tools Actions
Score 10.0 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Lightning Tools Actions is a complement to Lightning Forms, but can also be used independently of Lightning Forms. Rather than opening individual items to update fields such as Approval Status, Resetting field values such as holiday entitlement, or sending emails to notify creators of items that a request has been approved, Lightning Tools Actions provides the ability to create new command bar buttons with actions that can be performed against multiple selected items.
$1,000
per year per installation
Pricing
JAMSLightning Tools Actions
Editions & Modules
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List Actions
From $1000
per year per installation
List Actions Enterprise Edition
POA
per year per installation
List Actions Plus (with Document Generator)
From $1500
per year per installation
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
JAMSLightning Tools Actions
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPrices stated are minimum per installation for "stock" products. Enterprise editions can be amended to suit business needs if deemed necessary, additional costs incurred and TBD. All packages include free technical support. Free upgrades available to latest versions of tool as they are released. (online version)Prices stated are minimum per installation for "stock" products. Not available for SharePoint OnPremises (2007 - 2019)
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Top Pros

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Features
JAMSLightning Tools Actions
Workload Automation
Comparison of Workload Automation features of Product A and Product B
JAMS
7.8
37 Ratings
5% below category average
Lightning Tools Actions
10.0
1 Ratings
20% above category average
Multi-platform scheduling8.131 Ratings00 Ratings
Central monitoring8.035 Ratings00 Ratings
Logging7.735 Ratings00 Ratings
Alerts and notifications8.035 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Analysis and visualization7.333 Ratings00 Ratings
Application integration7.734 Ratings00 Ratings
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JAMSLightning Tools Actions
Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
Score 8.6 out of 10
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
ActiveBatch Workload Automation
Score 8.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Redwood RunMyJobs
Redwood RunMyJobs
Score 9.4 out of 10
Redwood RunMyJobs
Redwood RunMyJobs
Score 9.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
JAMSLightning Tools Actions
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(37 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.7
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
6.9
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
8.2
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.2
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.2
(37 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.7
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
6.8
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.9
(35 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
8.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
JAMSLightning Tools Actions
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Lightning Tools
We use SharePoint to manage over 100 legal litigation cases. We also use SharePoint for all of our internal billing and time keeping. There is great need for different SharePoint sites to be able to have access to other lists and data sources. List Actions provides an easy-to-use interface that we use to implement file copies between sites, workflow tracking of medical records through our medical collections department, send out medical record requests using the enhanced SendMail options. We have automated many tasks that used to take up considerable time and were error-prone. Having the logic of a workflow with all the steps carried out with a click of a button is great. Plus it is very fast.
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Pros
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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Lightning Tools
  • Allow for workflow actions to be executed at the view level.
  • Has a full range of available tools. It's not just email for an approval.
  • Super easy to use and configure.
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Cons
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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Lightning Tools
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Likelihood to Renew
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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Lightning Tools
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Usability
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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Lightning Tools
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Reliability and Availability
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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Lightning Tools
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Performance
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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Lightning Tools
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Support Rating
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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Lightning Tools
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Implementation Rating
Fortra
I Was not part of the original Implementation, and the persons did that are no longer with the Organization. But I was part of the recent Upgrade process a year ago and I am the JAMS admin and was very pleased
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Lightning Tools
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Alternatives Considered
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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Lightning Tools
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
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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Lightning Tools
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Scalability
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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Lightning Tools
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Professional Services
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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Lightning Tools
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Return on Investment
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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Lightning Tools
  • I have looked at every competitor out there and this tool plus the Forms designer is very affordable. It has become an integral part of our business.
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ScreenShots

JAMS Screenshots

Screenshot of Dashboard - Job HistoryScreenshot of Visual Job EditorScreenshot of Centralized Job RepositoryScreenshot of Job Monitor

Lightning Tools Actions Screenshots

Screenshot of SHAREPOINT LIST ACTION BUTTONS
Action buttons can be added to SharePoint lists, like this Expense Approval button. The button performs multiple actions on the SharePoint list items such as modifying the Approved field to Yes, Sending an email notification to the Expense Claimant, and Reloading the page. The Line Manager can select multiple items and approve them all in one click, rather than visit each item individually.Screenshot of ADDING SHAREPOINT LIST ACTION BUTTONS
SharePoint List Action buttons can be created quickly, with no coding experience required, and List Owners or Designers can create the buttons and actions within the context of the list itself.  Action buttons can also be configured to display only to the user with the rights to perform the action.Screenshot of BUILDING A SERIES OF LIST ACTIONS
Actions that can be configured include Updating field values with simple or complex expressions, sending emails, adding list items, creating list items or folders, running custom script, and calling other workflows.