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ActiveBatch® Job Scheduler Simultaneously Updates Critical Development Environments For Fieldglass®

Release date: 1/5/2010

SaaS Provider Gives Advanced Systems Concepts’ ActiveBatch Top Marks; Senior Manager Rates Product High For Reliability, Ability to Automate Thousands of Operations/Year

MORRISTOWN, NJ – (January 5th, 2010) – It used to be that companies could measure their workforce by how many heads they counted in their offices or factories.  No longer.  Today, human capital is a complex mix of job sharing, home-based employees, contract/temporary workers, outsourcing firms, consultants and more, in addition to traditional full-time hires.

To plan and manage this fragmented new world of work, many companies retain Fieldglass®, a technology solution leader for the acquisition of contingent workers, service providers and direct hires.  Its Web-based, Software as a Service (SaaS) application is considered to be the first to coordinate the entire spectrum of human capital acquisition.

The Fieldglass solution is continually updated and tested for operational quality.  In addition, Fieldglass conducts customized tests for individual customers on a regular basis.  David Hegland, senior configuration manager for Fieldglass, notes that this ambitious commitment dictates the need for dozens of continuously updated non-production development environments.

“We have a 24/7 streak a mile wide here.  Things have to work, all the time,” he said.  “With four major releases and several service packs per year, we’re constantly creating and changing our non-production environments for testing, demonstrations, and pilot projects.  And that means a lot of data and code deployments.”

At one time, Fieldglass’ configuration team used the operating system’s native scheduled task feature to schedule and execute routine processing tasks.  “The problem, however, was the number of machines involved.  The native scheduler wasn’t really designed to coordinate jobs among many machines,” Hegland stated.

Since 2003, Fieldglass has used ActiveBatch from Advanced Systems Concepts. ActiveBatch is the industry’s leading enterprise job scheduling application for Windows™, Linux, UNIX, z/OS and OpenVMS systems, among others.  Proven in over 1,000 installs from SMBs to Fortune 100 companies, ActiveBatch automates and centrally manages jobs and workflows across computing platforms, applications and databases. 

With ActiveBatch, jobs and job plans can be triggered by virtually any kind of event, from file creation and modification to deletion, system startup, runaway processes, or thousands of other actions.

As Fieldglass’ use of ActiveBatch has progressed through the years, the company has witnessed the maturity of the product as a mission-critical part of an IT environment.  Hegland commented how the large and continuously growing jobs library has allowed his staff to package jobs quickly for nontechnical users without the “hidden cost” of writing bullet-proof scripts themselves.

ActiveBatch’s jobs library is very orderly and controlled,” observed Hegland.  “We make extensive use of variables and reference jobs.  ActiveBatch’s library eliminates virtually all the scripts we would have to write—and once the workflow is set, it’s done the same way every time.”

Hegland’s team executes daily code builds and hundreds of deployments.  ActiveBatch enables the team to package jobs that support both operations.  Restoring and backing up production data, subject to stringent requirements for its handling, is a much simpler process as well.  “ActiveBatch enables us to coordinate and multi-thread those actions,” Hegland noted.

Hegland also pointed out the quality of technical support he receives for ActiveBatch.  “Advanced Systems Concepts’ tech support is one of the best support teams I’ve ever worked with, and that’s saying a lot.  They know exactly what steps to take, any time we call.  As Fieldglass is constantly striving to provide the best possible service to our customers, we are pleased to work with a vendor who clearly thinks likewise.”

About Fieldglass, Inc.
Fieldglass, Inc. provides the leading unified technology platform for acquiring all human capital, including contingent workers, services and direct hires. Its award-winning, on-demand product suite helps companies determine the right worker composition across all labor types and tap into known talent resources, such as alumni, retirees and interns. Using Fieldglass, global companies can reduce hiring cycles, enforce compliance and control spend to remain competitive.
Customers representing Global 2000 firms, including GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto, Salesforce.com and Wyeth, use the Fieldglass solution to manage contingent workers in a variety of categories, including light industrial, IT and administrative, and the procurement of projects, offshore and deliverables-based work. For more information, visit http://www.fieldglass.com.

About Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.
Headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. offers many software products and options for users of Windows, UNIX, Linux, HP OpenVMS and NSK systems as well as IBM z/OS, AIX, i5OS 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 36 countries around the world. Advanced Systems Concepts is a Microsoft Independent Software Vendor, an SAP software solution partner, an HP Business Partner, a Sun Catalyst member, an IBM Business Partner, a member of the VMware TAP program, Oracle Partner Network, an HP-UX Power Partner, and is certified Red Hat Ready.  For more information, see the company’s website at http://www.advsyscon.com or call (800) 229-2724 or 1 973 539 2660.

Copyright © 2009 Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.  ActiveBatch is a registered trademark of Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.  Other company and/or product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective firms.

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