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Advanced Systems Concepts Gives ActiveBatch V8 Job Scheduler New SAP Capabilities via Release of Service Pack 2

Release date: 8/8/2011

SP2 Also Offers New Informatica Job Steps Plus Management Pack for Zenoss IT Monitoring Platform 

MORRISTOWN, NJ – (August 8, 2011) – Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI), maker of ActiveBatch® Workload Automation and Job Scheduling Software, today announced it has further extended the power and capabilities of ActiveBatch within mission-critical enterprise applications via the release of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for ActiveBatch Version 8.  Leading the news in SP2 is the addition of a number of new job steps for specific SAP applications and tools including SAP NetWeaver BC-XBP Version 3.0, the SAP BW-SCH data warehousing tool, and SAP BusinessObjects Data Services.

With Service Pack 2, ActiveBatch V8 is certified for BC-XBP (eXternal Interface for Job Background Processing) Version 3.0—the first U.S. software product to receive such a designation.  BC-XBP V3.0 support gives ActiveBatch users a series of new jobs in the ActiveBatch Jobs Library that integrate and manage NetWeaver BC-XBP processes across applications, databases and technologies.  Other specifics of SP2’s capabilities, both inside and outside the SAP environment, include:

  • SAP BW-SCH Certification—ActiveBatch is now certified for BW-SCH, an SAP data warehousing tool for managing and manipulating data using techniques including process chains and InfoPackages. Through SP2, ActiveBatch V8 provides a series of job steps to schedule and manage NetWeaver and BW-SCH processes via the ActiveBatch console; users can schedule, run and monitor SAP processes and process chains, monitor them in real time, and use their completion as a trigger to start another job within a workflow.
  • SAP BusinessObjects Data Services—New job steps in the ActiveBatch Jobs Library allow users to integrate and support business processes under SAP BusinessObjects Data Services, a powerful data integration and data quality management tool. The job steps can manage more than 20 such processes within other applications and databases, all from the ActiveBatch central console, using constraints, event triggers, monitoring, alerts, audits and much more.
  • Zenoss Management Pack—Debuting in SP2 is the ActiveBatch Management Pack for Zenoss, the popular open-source host, application, server and network monitoring platform.  ActiveBatch’s Zenoss Management Pack lets network and IT operations staff centrally monitor the health and performance of ActiveBatch jobs, plans and queues, in addition to monitoring the services for the ActiveBatch Job Scheduler and execution agents. 
  • New Informatica Job Steps—Service Pack 2 builds on the Informatica PowerCenter job steps that debuted with Version 8.  Now, users can enjoy advanced properties for more precise execution; the ability to pass parameters when starting, stopping or synching to workflows and tasks; a new job step to log out of the repository; and a new “Get Session Statistics” job step that gives detailed information such as status, errors, or number of failed/succeeded/applied rows during ETL.            

“Service Pack 2 for ActiveBatch Version 8 continues our drive to give our customers direct integration with, and control over, the most popular and important enterprise systems,” said Jim Manias, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Advanced Systems Concepts.  “The job steps for SAP applications and tools, in addition to the Zenoss and enhanced Informatica support, makes it significantly easier and more efficient for ActiveBatch users to create and monitor jobs and workflows across many different mission-critical systems.”
Centralized Management           
With the new job steps in SP2, ActiveBatch users enjoy greater convenience than ever before in coordinating and monitoring jobs from a centralized console.  Via the BC-XBP interface, for example, users can automate processes in the areas of criteria management, event-driven scheduling, application information, spooling and variant handling.
The ActiveBatch Management Pack for Zenoss provides similar centralized management advantages.  It also allows the Zenoss Server to inquire about the health of ActiveBatch objects such as mission-critical workflows that may include the failures of jobs, plans and queues. Furthermore, the Pack provides important information regarding memory usage, CPU, number of open files and threads of any ActiveBatch Execution Agent.
ActiveBatch users can download a free installation kit for Zenoss Server from their MyASCI portal that simplifies the setup for managing the ActiveBatch Job Scheduling Service and any of the Execution Agent services for Linux, Unix and Windows. The monitoring of ActiveBatch objects including jobs, plans and queues, in addition to ActiveBatch services, requires the ActiveBatch Management Pack for Zenoss, which is separately licensed.

The ActiveBatch Extensions are separately licensed; for more information about ActiveBatch V8 or Service Pack 2, log on to www.advsyscon.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 has a worldwide base of customers in over 40 countries around the world.  Advanced Systems Concepts is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a member of the Microsoft System Center Alliance. It is also an SAP software solution partner, an Informatica Partner, a Netezza Technology Partner, an Oracle Gold Partner, an HP Business Partner, an IBM Business Partner, a member of the VMware TAP program, 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 © 2011 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 owners.

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