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ActiveBatch V6 job scheduling software addresses enterprise needs for control and accountability

Release date: 2/27/2007

Industry’s Most Versatile Job Scheduling Platform Now Offers Log-in Protected “Virtual Root” for Departments, Teams and Business Groups; New Audit/Control Features Added

PARSIPPANY, NJ – (February 27, 2007) – Recognizing the need among enterprises for greater control of their critical process automation tasks, Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI) today announced it has developed a new version of ActiveBatch®, its industry-leading job scheduling product for Windows™, UNIX, Linux and OpenVMS systems.  ActiveBatch Version 6 proactively supports the growing transformation of batch processing and job scheduling software from simply a back-office workhorse to a strategic corporate tool, providing both accountability and empowerment to those who must access enterprise data on a daily basis.
           
ActiveBatch V6, a major evolution of the product, offers a number of new features that add convenience, control and flexibility.  Among the primary improvements are:

  • Virtual Root that gives individuals, work teams, departments and even business units log-in protected access to those particular objects, jobs and plans appropriate to their job descriptions.  With the creation of virtual root, ActiveBatch becomes a “one job scheduler, many access points” platform suited to the unique needs of sales, human resources, production, accounting and other key corporate functions.  Once a group’s particular access point is organized, its plan or plans are isolated from access by others, thereby preventing inadvertent changes.  As part of the new feature, the ActiveBatch job plan has been updated so that all objects can be maintained and managed with a plan or nested plan. 
  • New Audit Compliance Capabilities that enable CFOs, CIOs and other audit-focused personnel to create or establish policies for modifying objects in the ActiveBatch job scheduling system.  Audit policies can be defined requiring full, limited or no documentation as desired; policies also allow the creation of custom fields and other variables that control user input and provide easy visual tracking of changes as they are made.  The capability records a description of each change, who authorized the change, and provides a comparison of revisions; it also offers status reporting on the success or failure of jobs.
  • Built-In Job Libraries that eliminate unnecessary scripting and automates many routine job design tasks.  The new, extensible libraries reduce workflows to just a couple of questions, after which ActiveBatch does the rest.  Job types that can be quickly assembled into compound job flows include SQL Server, DTS, SSIS, ZIP, and Secure FTP jobs, among others.
  • Expanded Capabilities that now support all ActiveBatch platforms including Windows, UNIX, Linux and OpenVMS-based systems.  Version 6 offers the expansion of file trigger capabilities to include Non Window systems, so that users can initiate jobs or job plans based on the creation, modification or deletion of a file from any supported platform; they can also view log files and specify wild cards as needed.  ActiveBatch’s new file trigger upgrade improves service levels by removing the slack time that often occurs when time-based triggers are used, instead starting jobs based on the occurrence of a specific file event.  The upgrade also allows for “silent push” installation of ActiveBatch on non-Windows systems.

“The hallmark of ActiveBatch has always been its remarkable balance of flexibility and ease-of-use.  Version 6 continues this tradition by giving IT administrators’ robust new capabilities that address the priorities of today’s enterprise,” said Jim Manias, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Advanced Systems Concepts.  “With the advent of Version 6, enterprises can now gain greater control and accountability over their data and processes than ever before, while still giving employees the exact functionality they need to do their jobs.”

ActiveBatch Version 6 is scheduled for release in April 2007.  The version will be available for purchase as well as through an automatic update for companies participating in ASCI’s ActiveBatch Annual Version Upgrade program.  For more information, or to obtain a purchase quote on ActiveBatch Version 6 job scheduling, log on to www.advsyscon.com.

About Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.:
Headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. offers many software products and options for users of Microsoft Windows, UNIX, Linux, and HP OpenVMS systems. 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 27 countries around the world. Advanced Systems Concepts is a Microsoft Independent Solution Vendor, a HP/Compaq Business Partner, a Sun Catalyst member, an IBM Business Partner and an HP-UX Power Partner. For more information, see the company’s website at http://www.advsyscon.com or call (800) 229-2724.

Copyright © 2007 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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