The JMX API could be extended to support scheduling operations. This might be an extension of the existing javax.management.timer.TimerMBean service. The idea would be to schedule notification emission or operations on other MBeans. We would like to be able to say, e.g.: Every Thursday at 6pm call start() on all MBeans whose names match somedomain:type=Monitor,* and every Friday at 8am call stop() on the same MBeans. The idea is to be able to trigger regularly-scheduled tasks. The particular case of calling start and stop operations could be used to implement the scheduling features of the OSS/J QoS API (JSR 90).