Does your Spring applicationContext.xml also contain a bean definition for org.springframework.scheduling.quartz.SchedulerFactoryBean specifying the smsAutoResponderTrigger you're using? This is the main Quartz bean that handles firing triggers, calling jobs, etc. If this isn't defined, the trigger isn't going to be fired.
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At first I was following the example given in JavaRanch Journal. It was just fine. The only thing I realized now is, Christophe, repeated the SimpleTriggerBean in that particular example, but not the SchedulerFactoryBean. And I completely agree, that its reasonable to not repeat that since that would be exactly same even if repeated. But I beleive, it would have been better to mention it, at least.
Bottom line, I didn't read that thoroughly and missed that important snippet.