AppWorx Workload Automation vs Fortra's JAMS comparison

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Updated on Jul 12, 2023

We performed a comparison between AppWorx Workload Automation and Fortra's JAMS based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

Features: AppWorx Workload Automation is highly regarded for its ease of use and consistent performance. Fortra's JAMS stands out for its ability to track job dependencies, automate tasks, and provide extensive monitoring and control functions.

AppWorx Workload Automation has the potential to enhance its API integration and scalability. Fortra's JAMS requires improvements in various areas such as client interface, search capability, training resources, exception handling, browser version, custom execution methods, reporting, and documentation.

Service and Support: Customers have rated the technical support of AppWorx Workload Automation highly, while Fortra's JAMS has a responsive and knowledgeable support team.

Ease of Deployment: The setup process for AppWorx Workload Automation may seem complex to those unfamiliar with the system, however, it is generally considered relatively easy and straightforward. It requires several months to complete and the involvement of an administrator with access. Fortra's JAMS has a straightforward and easy setup process. Users found it quick, simple, and intuitive, with some mentioning that it did not require formal training.

Pricing: AppWorx Workload Automation has a costly setup determined by the number of systems used, while Fortra's JAMS has a fair and reasonable pricing structure with an initial cost in the first year and an annual maintenance cost. Users consider JAMS to be affordable and a worthwhile investment.

ROI: Users have found that Fortra's JAMS delivers a considerable return on investment, resulting in time savings, enhanced productivity, and cost-effectiveness. It instills confidence in its ability to generate positive ROI. No ROI information was mentioned for AppWorx.

Comparison Results: Fortra's JAMS is highly favored over AppWorx Workload Automation. Users appreciate JAMS' ability to handle job dependencies, its automation capabilities, and the valuable features it provides, such as File Watchers and warnings for job issues. Users also find JAMS' pricing to be fair and reasonable compared to other solutions, resulting in a significant return on investment.

To learn more, read our detailed AppWorx Workload Automation vs. Fortra's JAMS Report (Updated: September 2023).
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"We have a lot of nightly jobs that need to be run. Therefore, we perform a lot of calculations and processes during nighttime hours.""The solution is very user friendly so anyone can use it.""The most valuable features of AppWorx Workload Automation are simplicity and reliability. Additionally, they recently transformed the UI which is better."

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"The interface is good, and it's very easy to define and create jobs. If a job is not running or there is an error, the solution will send an email. That's all very good and very useful.""I like how you can add new execution methods on the fly. It isn't overly complex to add Python script support to an execution method in the JAMS system. The scheduling is excellent. You can schedule a maintenance window and take that resource unit out of everything. It halts all of the jobs.""The most valuable feature for us is that it's DR-ready. With respect to disaster recovery, it has the built-in capability for failover to our DR site. If all of the required ports are open, it can be done seamlessly.""It makes everything that we want to do so much easier. We have had a number of instances in the past where we have had developers who have been working on a project, and even though we have had JAMS for all these years, they will create some SQL Server Agent job, or something like that, to run a task. When it is in code review and development is complete, the question always comes around, "Can JAMS do this?" The answer has always been, "Yes." Pretty much anything we have ever developed could be run by JAMS.""The ability to sequence jobs is excellent; it means we don't have to schedule them individually, and if one fails, it doesn't unwind the entire workflow.""The most valuable feature is the easily accessible data in the database because we run a lot of SQL scripting against the database.""The product is easy to use.""The feature or capability to import a job is most valuable. We can import an existing job from different platforms, and all the configurations get migrated as well without modifying the code, job schedule, etc."

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"The graphical interface is pretty cool but not the best so it could use some improvement.""The scalability could improve.""We are looking for additional features that would allow us to call APIs and integrate the product with other tools more effectively."

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"When looking at a folder in JAMS with many jobs, it would be good to have better information in the list display of what's inside those jobs. We get some information, but other important details are missing.""JAMS handles exceptions fairly well but there are some areas where it might improve a little bit. It has to do with being able to automatically handle exceptions, out-of-the-box, rather than having to code them.""I'm not sure if they have fixed it in a newer version, but there is no global search in the version I have. If I have multiple sub-folders that are named for business units, like HR or IT, and I have to search for a job, I cannot search from the top. I have to go to the HR folder to search for a particular job, or to the IT folder.""The only thing that they could improve on is the fact that they don't have a browser version of JAMS. They've got all the bits and pieces there if you want to build your own web version of it. It does come with a web client, but it's pretty clunky. They could improve on that.""Fortra is getting much better with documentation and examples, but there is still room for improvement.""The ACL or access permission area needs to be improved. When it comes to defining and providing security permissions, it's a bit confusing if you are new to JAMS. JAMS needs to improve the features for security access or permissions.""The documentation is not super... It's not as quick and slick as I'd like it to be.""Sometimes the UI is not the most responsive I've ever used. But because it does its job, I don't complain."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price for annual licenses is a bit expensive so pricing is rated a two out of ten."
  • "The cost model is based on the number of orchestrated systems used."
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  • "JAMS is close to the lower end of the pricing models for enterprise scheduling solutions. They are much cheaper than Control-M, as well as some other products that I've used. I also don't know of another solution where you can actually get true, unlimited licensing, where you can have as many instances and as many agents as you want."
  • "This is a good product at a fair price."
  • "It's certainly a lot cheaper than Tivoli and Control-M. In comparison to them, you get a lot more bang for your buck. You get pretty much the whole functionality and more, in some cases, when compared to Control-M, but at a fraction of the price."
  • "Take advantage of its scalability. You can start small. The initial cost is very reasonable. Once you have started picking up the tool and adopting it, then you can scale up from there and buy more agents."
  • "It's expensive, to be honest, but it does the job."
  • "The pricing is very fair. We have seen very minimal to no price increases over the years. We are not banging down the door of support all the time either. I would imagine if we were a company that submitted a dozen support tickets a week for the last nine years, then it might be a little different because we would be eating up everybody's time. However, for what we get out of it, the pricing is extremely fair. Back when we were originally looking and brought in JAMS, we were looking at a couple of the other competitive products that were in this space, but the pricing from JAMS was far and away better than what the other competitors could offer for the same functionality."
  • "Our licensing is pretty cheap because we have a state solution. So, we pay only $1,000 a year."
  • "I haven't been involved in the financial side for several years, but we buy one host and unlimited agents, and we get a reasonable price for that. We're happy with the amount we pay and the scalability it provides."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features of AppWorx Workload Automation are simplicity and reliability. Additionally, they recently transformed the UI which is better.
    Top Answer:The cost model is based on the number of orchestrated systems used.
    Top Answer:Fortra's JAMS helped us centralize job management across our platforms and applications. This is critical because we schedule tasks across multiple applications and operating systems, using triggers… more »
    Top Answer:There are no additional costs other than the license for Fortra's JAMS which is affordable.
    Top Answer:It is important to receive notifications if a charged job fails and SQL is halted. JAMS does not provide halted notifications by default, which is a critical feature that needs to be added. Fortra's… more »
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    AppWorx Workload Automation automates your Ellucian’s Banner or Fiserv DNA processing. This innovative, best-in-class task scheduling solution accelerates your processing, provides visibility and control over business processes, and mitigates risk in both environments.

    AppWorx Workload Automation Can:

    • Automate banner processes without writing scripts
    • Automate testing
    • Document process flows and procedures
    • Maintain a history and audit trail of production runs
    • Automate migration from development to test to production environments
    • Reduce training
    • Eliminate human errors associated with manual tasks

    Benefits of AppWorx Workload Automation For Your Ellucian’s Banner

    • Automate recurring business processes, such as administration and record-keeping, while complying with state and federal reporting requirements.
    • Batch jobs are processed accurately.
    • If there are any inconsistencies or job failures, Automic for Banner immediately sends email notifications to the appropriate personnel.
    • Significantly improve your return on investment.
    • Automating batch processing and report generation.
    • Eliminating server overload by using a combination of features (AppWorx provides queues to control the number of jobs that can be submitted to a server at any given time, can spot duplicate runs of the same reports, and can delay impromptu reports submitted by individuals until all regularly scheduled reports are processed, etc.).
    • Eliminates the need for developers to write shell, PERL, or batch scripts to automate scheduling.
    • Automatically keeps a history of every job run, the parameters that were used, and the output generated at each step. These records are readily available for viewing online and can be printed for reference.
    • Export and import utilities make migration an error-free, repeatable process. Database logins, printers, and libraries can be mapped when you are moving process flows to a new environment. Mapping eliminates potentially erroneous code changes.

    Benefits of AppWorx Workload Automation For Your Fiserv DNA Processing

    • Run DNA jobs directly, eliminating the need to copy and release queues for each batch cycle.
    • Automatically run DNA jobs at the optimum time using sophisticated scheduling.
    • Run multiple DNA jobs at the same time in parallel from one batch station.
    • Eliminate potential data entry errors by automatically retrieving parameters from your enterprise databases.
    • Automatically check the results from one step to ensure data integrity before continuing to the next step.
    • Alert production analysts to problems the instant they occur.
    • Coordinate processing steps across all software applications.
    • Automatically distribute output files to vendors.
    • Perform all operations from one GUI client.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “The most valuable feature for me is the scheduling,” says an enterprise application architect at a retailer who has been using the solution for close to 10 years.

    A manager at a tech services company adds that “The interface is good. The compliance-related features are very good.”

    JAMS is an enterprise job scheduling and workload automation solution that manages IT processes – from simple batch processes and scripts, to cross-platform workflows that integrate jobs running on multiple servers and business applications. JAMS enables you to define, schedule, execute and monitor jobs from a single centralized console.

    JAMS can automate jobs on any platform - Windows, Linux, UNIX, IBM i, zOS, and OpenVMS and includes native application integrations to run jobs specific to databases, BI tools, and ERP systems. Its extensive automation features enable you to run jobs on any schedule, as well as trigger off the completion of other events. JAMS centrally monitors the status of all jobs, provides notifications of failure (or success), and maintains a detailed audit trail and log of every execution.

    JAMS helps enterprises eliminate the slack, security risks, and lack of visibility associated with trying to automate critical business processes with a jumble of homegrown, single-platform scheduling tools and scripts. Once jobs are centrally managed in JAMS, IT teams can rest assured that JAMS is managing the cross-platform workflows and delivering measurable results to the business.

    A Key Part of Fortra (the new face of HelpSystems) JAMS is proud to be part of Fortra’s comprehensive portfolio. Fortra simplifies today’s complex business landscape by bringing complementary products together to solve problems in innovative ways. These integrated, scalable solutions address the many challenges you face in streamlining your operations. With the help of JAMS Enterprise Job Scheduler and other solutions, Fortra is your relentless ally, here for you every step of the way on your automation journey.

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    Educational Organization8%
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    Large Enterprise43%
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    Buyer's Guide
    AppWorx Workload Automation vs. Fortra's JAMS
    September 2023
    Find out what your peers are saying about AppWorx Workload Automation vs. Fortra's JAMS and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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    AppWorx Workload Automation is ranked 15th in Workload Automation with 3 reviews while Fortra's JAMS is ranked 5th in Workload Automation with 21 reviews. AppWorx Workload Automation is rated 8.4, while Fortra's JAMS is rated 9.2. The top reviewer of AppWorx Workload Automation writes "Efficient, easy to expand, and has helpful support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortra's JAMS writes "We can scale up our organization's scheduling and automation without having to add staff to the department". AppWorx Workload Automation is most compared with Automic Workload Automation, Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation and Automic Automation Intelligence, whereas Fortra's JAMS is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, Tidal Automation and ActiveBatch Workload Automation. See our AppWorx Workload Automation vs. Fortra's JAMS report.

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