As previously touched on, programs that run on M3 often have cross-dependencies with other systems. The native Infor scheduler doesn’t manage it well because it’s not really geared to orchestrate jobs and workflows outside of singular instances of M3. This where a solid workload automation platform really shines.
A workload automation (WLA) platform is a modern evolution from the batch job schedulers of old, with REST APIs, web interfaces, and robust capabilities to run processes for almost any application, whether it’s a 30 year old IBM mainframe or a cutting-edge app deployed on a Kubernetes cluster.
By replacing your scheduler with a WLA platform, you gain access to flexible and granular scheduling options, along with highly capable monitoring, management, and deployment features. A modern WLA can execute your Infor processes for all of your Infor environments while passing real-time data and status updates to other ERPs and applications within your global enterprise. Particularly for business intelligence and financial teams, information has to be timely and accurate in order to be useful in the moment of greatest impact.
In addition to those capabilities, the WLA platform won’t simply stop working if a single job is missed. Implementers can set up advanced event-triggered workflows to take whatever action they deem appropriate. This can be the form of triggering an alert and emailing the on-duty team, or it could trigger a resolution workflow to take the appropriate steps necessary to fix the issue. All of this can be done automatically, freeing up the team from needing to address every minor issue, and ensuring that the schedule executes faster and to a higher standard of accuracy.