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Here's an example of the flexibility of AJS.

We have a job (call it "JOB") that we want submitted every 5 minutes during
business hours and every 5 minutes outside business hours. I did this with
4 scheduled jobs:

JOB
JOBEVE
JOBMORN
JOBWKND

Below is showing the relevant parms only.

Schedule for JOB
=================
Schedule code/Schedule name : *MINUTES
Interval . . . . . . . . . . : 5
Days . . . . . . . . . . . . : *MON *TUE *WED *THU *FRI
Start time and date:
Beginning time . . . . . . : 08:00
Beginning date . . . . . . : *NONE
End time and date:
Ending time . . . . . . . : 16:55
Ending date . . . . . . . : *NONE

Schedule for JOBEVE
====================
Schedule code/Schedule name : *MINUTES
Interval . . . . . . . . . . : 15
Days . . . . . . . . . . . . : *MON *TUE *WED *THU *FRI
Start time and date:
Beginning time . . . . . . : 17:00
Beginning date . . . . . . : *NONE
End time and date:
Ending time . . . . . . . : 24:00
Ending date . . . . . . . : *NONE

Schedule for JOBMORN
===================
Schedule code/Schedule name : *MINUTES
Interval . . . . . . . . . . : 15
Days . . . . . . . . . . . . : *MON *TUE *WED *THU *FRI
Start time and date:
Beginning time . . . . . . : 00:15
Beginning date . . . . . . : *NONE
End time and date:
Ending time . . . . . . . : 07:55
Ending date . . . . . . . : *NONE

Schedule for JOBWKND
======================
Schedule code/Schedule name : *MINUTES
Interval . . . . . . . . . . : 15
Days . . . . . . . . . . . . : *SUN *SAT
Start time and date:
Beginning time . . . . . . : 01:00
Beginning date . . . . . . : *NONE
End time and date:
Ending time . . . . . . . : 24:00
Ending date . . . . . . . : *NONE

Only job "JOB" has the actual command to execute. The command for the
other 3 jobs is:

SBMJOBJS JOB(JOB) TIME(*IMMED)

so if I ever want to change the actual command, it's only in 1 place.

Not rocket science I know, but I don't know if the regular job scheduler
can do this. And there are a lot of options in AJS I haven't even looked
at.


On Thu, May 12, 2022 at 10:37 AM Ketzes, Larry via MIDRANGE-L <
midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I 100% agree with Jim's comments. AJS can probably do what 90% of
customers need to be done at a ridiculously low cost! I however, you need
very advanced scheduling, Help Systems is quality product and company to
engage with.

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John,

It is a one time charge and SWMA is a few hundred a year. It 's really
inexpensive by comparison to other products.

AJS adoption is quite low for a couple of reasons. The Biggest by far is
that business partners do not engage with the clients any longer, and fully
understand the needs. AJS is not in the standard order, it's something you
must add to the configuration so partners don't take the time to add it.
That and most of them have no idea what it can do. We tend to add it and
have the customer force us to remove it (assuming another scheduler is not
already on the system) then teach them how to use it. Same thing with
BRMS. I've not had a single complaint about that tactic since it usually
enhances the customers utilization of the system.

Does AJS have all the feature/function that HelpSystems has, nope. If
those features in the ROBOT product are interesting and or needed, then by
all means buy it, it's good software. AJS simply does 90+% of what you
need it to do.
--
Jim Oberholtzer
Chief Technical Architect
Agile Technology Architects


On Thu, May 12, 2022 at 9:10 AM John Yeung <gallium.arsenide@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

On Thu, May 12, 2022 at 8:50 AM Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis
<midrange@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Another consideration is the Advanced Job Scheduler which I believe
can do this. It has many other benefits as well.

It is a one time charge only and after that it's covered by normal
SWMA.

I didn't realize that. That does make it more attractive in terms of
cost. Attractive *enough* for cash-strapped departments? That would
depend on the specific price and the scheduling needs of the
organization.

Judging by the frequency of scheduling questions on this list, it
seems to me that AJS adoption is quite low. I suspect that IBM would
make more money by making it standard on all systems and charging a
little more for all systems.

John Y.
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