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Study of 13 workload automation providers finds that Advanced Systems Concepts’ ActiveBatch competes "fiercely on price,” has a “broad span of platform and application support.” 

Advanced Systems Concepts (ASCI), maker of ActiveBatch workload automation and job scheduling software and other solutions that enhance IBM i, AIX, Linux, z/OS, Windows, UNIX, and Open VMS systems among others, has announced that ActiveBatch was rated a “Strong Value” in “Workload Automation Q1 2010—An EMA Radar Report,” a detailed workload automation (WLA) study conducted by leading industry analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). 

The 53-page study, which compared 41 WLA products from 13 vendors on multiple dimensions including ease of deployment, functionality, vendor strength and cost advantage, found ActiveBatch to be a “robust consolidated job scheduling solution with a very slick interface.” It also stated that “ActiveBatch competes fiercely on price against larger vendors” and “has a broad span of platform and application support.” 

Deployed at enterprises in 37 countries, ActiveBatch is a cross-platform job scheduler and workload automation solution that allows enterprises to centrally manage disparate jobs and workflows, including tasks involving the most common operating systems, enterprise business applications, and even Web Services. From a central dashboard, users can leverage ActiveBatch’s Integrated Jobs Library to perform sophisticated IT process automation, correlate events and perform business impact analysis; its event-based architecture and “production-ready” job steps help users quickly and efficiently expedite the IT workload automation process. 

Supporting IBM i (i5/OS), AIX, Linux, z/OS, Windows, UNIX, and Open VMS platforms and applications, as well as Web Services and SOA, ActiveBatch also allows users to optimize enterprise resources through high availability failover and load balancing.  Advanced reporting services, in the form of a multi-dimensional OLAP database, give IT organizations the information needed for better decision-making, the company says. 

The EMA Radar Report for Workload Automation evaluates current software solutions within the framework of a broader WLA maturity roadmap.  For inclusion in the report, vendors had to offer consolidated cross-platform job scheduling, resource optimization, and ITSM (IT Service Management) integration.  Final rankings were determined via in-depth analyst evaluations based on product fit, customer feedback, and EMA perception of market importance. For more information about ActiveBatch, including white papers and a free copy of a recent Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.-commissioned study on the economic impact of ActiveBatch, log on to http://www.advsyscon.com/.  To purchase a copy of “Workload Automation Q1 2010—An EMA Radar Report,” go to http://www.enterprisemanagement.com/research/asset.php?id=1646.

About Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. 

With headquarters in Morristown, N.J., Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. offers many software products and options for users of IBM i (i5/OS), AIX, Linux, z/OS Windows, UNIX, HP OpenVMS and NSK systems and SCO UNIX. These products provide answers to software developers and system managers with improved system efficiency and utilization. Advanced Systems Concepts today has over 200,000 licenses installed and a worldwide base of customers in 37 countries around the world. Advanced Systems Concepts is an IBM Business Partner, a Microsoft Independent Software Vendor, an SAP software solution partner, an HP Business Partner, a Sun Catalyst member, a member of the VMware TAP program, Oracle Partner Network, an HP-UX Power Partner, and is certified Red Hat Ready. For more information, visit the company’s website, http://www.advsyscon.com/ or call (800) 229-2724 or 1-973-539 2660.

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