JAMS vs. Lumen Cloud Application Manager

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
Lumen Cloud Application Manager
Score 6.6 out of 10
N/A
Lumen Cloud Application Manager (formerly AppFog from CenturyLink) is a cloud-agnostic application and infrastructure management platform with integrated Managed Services. The centralized platform manages workloads across on-premises and third-party cloud environments, allowing for greater scaling and transparency.
$50
per month
Pricing
JAMSLumen Cloud Application Manager
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
JAMSLumen Cloud Application Manager
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
JAMSLumen Cloud Application Manager
Workload Automation
Comparison of Workload Automation features of Product A and Product B
JAMS
7.8
37 Ratings
5% below category average
Lumen Cloud Application Manager
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Ratings
Multi-platform scheduling8.231 Ratings00 Ratings
Central monitoring8.135 Ratings00 Ratings
Logging7.735 Ratings00 Ratings
Alerts and notifications8.135 Ratings00 Ratings
Analysis and visualization7.333 Ratings00 Ratings
Application integration7.734 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
JAMSLumen Cloud Application Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(37 ratings)
6.6
(2 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)
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Support Rating
8.2
(37 ratings)
-
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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
8.0
(35 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
8.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(2 ratings)
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Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(2 ratings)
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User Testimonials
JAMSLumen Cloud Application Manager
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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
It was very good to use in small scale projects. Considering the high end projects with many instances and multi-platform architectures, it is better to test before the application is deployed. I think few of the questions can be general - who are the system users and what size is the application focussing on? How much resources are required? Will the application require any additional services?
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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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
  • Quick deployment of pre-built virtual machines
  • Some of the virtual machines also are readily available with a pack of softwares
  • Good Stability. Using it as a student, I have never experienced any downtime issues with the projects deployed on AppFog.
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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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
  • Though it is good and easy for developers, it lacks operational activities and monitoring tools.
  • It is easy to deploy WAR on AppFog with its console but sometimes it can lack on the performance and feasibility.
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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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
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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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
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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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
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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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
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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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
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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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
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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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
Primarily because it used to have a good free tier earlier, which it does not anymore. It's simple, and things are available to use. Compared to it's competitors, it does has less features, but that kind of acts in its favor. That adds to the simplicity, and ease of use for a new user.
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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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
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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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
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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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
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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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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink)
  • Our project was deployed with good efficiency and easily accessible.
  • The platform was much recommeded across the groups and peers.
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ScreenShots

JAMS Screenshots

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