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Top 10 Azure Scheduler Alternatives in 2024

Azure scheduler is a cloud-based service from Microsoft that can offer these benefits by running jobs on a centralized and flexible platform. However, it is not easy to decide whether to choose Azure scheduler since it has many competitors:

Such a complex landscape might slow down technology leaders’ decision-making process before picking a solution. Therefore, this article will review Azure Scheduler and compare it against its alternatives. 

What are Azure scheduler alternatives on other cloud providers?

In the lists above, we focused exclusively on products that could replace Azure scheduler. However, if you are making a decision about your cloud platform and analyzing different cloud providers’ toolkits to aid your decision, You may want to know about tools that perform similar functions to Azure scheduler on other cloud providers. 

These tools are:

  • Amazon MQ: It is a fully managed message broker service offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon MQ enables separate and reliable interaction and communication between various applications. It supports popular messaging protocols such as MQTT, AMQP, and STOMP, making it easy to integrate with various systems.
  • Google Cloud Pub/Sub: It is a messaging and event-driven service provided by Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Google Cloud Pub/Sub allows users to build and integrate scalable communication between independent applications.
  • IBM MQ: BM MQ, previously known as IBM WebSphere MQ, is a messaging middleware that facilitates the exchange of messages between various applications and systems. 
  • Red Hat AMQ: It is an enterprise-grade messaging platform that provides reliable and scalable messaging capabilities for distributed systems. It is based on popular open-source messaging technologies like Apache ActiveMQ and Apache Kafka, offering features such as message queuing, pub/sub patterns, and advanced message routing for seamless integration and communication within modern application architectures.

10 Enterprise-focused Azure scheduler alternatives

While deciding Azure Scheduler alternatives, we have taken into account: 

  • Number of B2B reviews: B2B reviews provide insights into the adoption rates of these tools and aid in gaining a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. 
  • Number of employees on LinkedIn: The employee count serves as an indicator of a firm’s revenue and overall success since more successful companies tend to hire larger teams. As a result, we excluded vendors whose LinkedIn profiles listed less than 10 employees.

The table below shows the total number of B2B reviews pulled from sources like Gartner, G2, Trustradius and Capterra as well as the average ratings and average ease of use scores they receive dfrom users. It is sorted in descending order for number of B2B reviews with the exception of the products of the sponsor of this article: Redwood Software.

SolutionRatingsTotal number of reviewsEase of Use
ActiveBatch4.52598.7
Redwood RunMyJobs4.71749.3
Fortra's JAMS4.52048.6
Azure Logic Apps4.31878.4
Control-M4.11598.8
Azure Scheduler4.31528.6
VisualCron4.7188
Flux4.24NA
CA Workload Automation4.233NA
Robot Schedule4.51NA
Activeeon ProActiveN/A0NA

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Azure Scheduler Review

Azure scheduler was retired in 2019 and has been replaced with Azure Logic Apps. Logic Apps provide scheduling functionality along with additional features like a built-in support for tracking, alerting and logging. In our review and comparison, we evaluated both tools.

Azure scheduler software user review explaining pros and cons.
Figure 1: Azure Logic Apps user review 1 

Pros:

  • Ease of use: On G2, Azure Scheduler scores as 8.6 for ease of use. Also, a reviewer favorable comments about the easy interface of the tool (See Figure 3).  
  • Easy integration: Reviewers rated Azure logic apps’ capabilities for easy integration to be 8.9/10. They also rank easy data integrations as 8.6.
Figure 2: Azure logic apps integration and management capabilities on G2. 2 

Cons:

  • Dependency on Azure: Azure Scheduler is tightly coupled with the Azure platform, which means it may not be the ideal choice if you have a multi-cloud or hybrid environment that includes non-Azure components or services. 3 
  • Basic functionality: Azure Scheduler is primarily designed for basic scheduling and automation tasks. It may lack certain advanced features or capabilities that are available in more specialized job scheduling or workflow automation tools. For example, a reviewer mentions the difficulty to identify pending jobs (See Figure 3).  
  • Limited external integration: Azure scheduler may struggle with integration to external systems due to limitations.  
  • Lack of troubleshooting: Some reviewers mentioned the difficulty to troubleshoot the issues (See Figure 3). Azure Logic app users also complained about debugging and troubleshooting complex workflows (See Figure 1). 
Azure scheduler software user review explaining pros and cons.
Figure 3: Azure Scheduler user review 4 

Top 4 Azure scheduler alternatives

In our detailed comparison, we decided to focus on the market leaders. Therefore, we focused our comparison on top alternatives.

Number of B2B reviews are correlated with market shares and therefore we chose to focus on the top 4 Azure Scheduler alternatives that have accumulated over 100 reviews collectively across reputable review sources such as G2, Gartner, Trustradius, and Capterra.

1. ActiveBatch 

ActiveBatch is a comprehensive workload automation and job scheduling platform that allows users to automate and manage complex business processes, workflows, and tasks across diverse systems and applications. 

Azure scheduler alternatives comparison on G2: Azure Scheduler vs. ActiveBatch WLA.
Figure 4: Azure Scheduler vs. ActiveBatch WLA 5 
  • Ease of use: ActiveBatch performs slightly better than Azure Scheduler considering the ease of use (See Figure 4).   
  • Quality of support: Reviewers score ActiveBatch higher than Azure Scheduler for quality of support they receive (See Figure 4).

2. Redwood RunMyJobs

Redwood RunMyJobs is a full-stack automation platform that can connect to various environments and applications. 

Azure scheduler alternatives comparison on G2: Azure Scheduler vs. Redwood RunMyJobs.
Figure 5: Azure Scheduler vs. Redwood RunMyJobs 6 
  • Ease of use: Redwood RunMyJobs have the highest score for ease of use among all Azure Scheduler alternatives (See Figure 5).   
  • Quality of support: Reviews indicate that Redwood delivers a higher quality of support than Azure Scheduler (See Figure 5).

3. JAMS Scheduler

JAMS is a job scheduling and workload automation software with native integration to various systems and applications, such as SAP.  

Azure scheduler alternatives comparison on G2: Azure Scheduler vs. JAMS Enterprise Job Scheduler.
Figure 6: Azure Scheduler vs. JAMS Enterprise Job Scheduler 7 
  • Ease of use: JAMS scheduler and Azure Scheduler receive the same average for ease of use. Yet, JAMS scheduler has a higher number of reviews. (See Figure 6).   
  • Quality of support: JAMS scheduler has the top quality of support score among all Azure scheduler alternatives (See Figure 6). 

Learn more on JAMS Scheduler and its alternatives

4. Control-M 

Control-M is a workload automation software that can automate and manage complex workflows across IT infrastructure. 

Azure scheduler alternatives comparison on G2: Azure Scheduler vs. Control-M.
Figure 7: Azure Scheduler vs. Control-M 8 
  • Ease of use: Control-M has a slightly higher ranking for the ease of use than Azure Scheduler (See Figure 7).   
  • Quality of support: Control-M obtains higher score than Azure Scheduler (See Figure 7).

Discover pros and cons of Control-M and compare it to Control-M alternatives.

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AIMultiple serves numerous technology vendors, including Redwood which provides Active Batch, RunMyJobs, and Tidal.

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Hazal is an industry analyst in AIMultiple. She is experienced in market research, quantitative research and data analytics. She received her master’s degree in Social Sciences from the University of Carlos III of Madrid and her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Bilkent University.

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