Workload Automation expands pure job scheduling, such as CRON jobs or the Windows Task Scheduler, with additional features, such as defining dependencies of jobs on other jobs or external sources, so that a job is not just triggered by a specific time and date.
In order to keep track of the dependencies and to simplify data entry, job chains are usually displayed graphically in a workload automation tool. Widespread external systems such as SAP are well integrated via interfaces so that they can be conveniently controlled.
In order to react quickly to errors in job execution (incident handling), workload automation tools provide extensive monitoring. To further simplify incident handling, rules for automatic reaction to execution errors and automatic notifications can be defined.
To simplify the creation of job definitions and to increase quality, simulations can be carried out before productive job execution.
As part of data security and traceability / auditability, all changes to job definitions and actions within the scope of incident handling are logged and there is user and role administration.