At my company, we have a quagmire of disparate cron jobs (on multiple systems) and manually kicked off processes which keep our business functioning that is a result of years of expedient development and subsequent neglect.
Someday, we will need to come up with a more centralized solution for obvious reasons.
One thought that we have been kicking around is to use our Continuous Integration software (Jenkins) to run these processes, which seems logical.
My question is whether or not other companies are doing this? Is this a generally accepted practice? Doesn't this conflict with the definition of a CI tool implicit in its name? Are there any other options?
Jenkins claims that it focuses on "Monitoring executions of externally-run jobs, such as cron jobs and procmail jobs". I'm not sure if this is exactly what I am talking about.