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Comprehensive job scheduler for Whataburger generates real-time sales information

Release date: 1/24/2006

South's favorite burger chain implements ASCI's ActiveBatch data processing system; benefits include near real-time sales information from all 475 stores.

PARSIPPANY, NJ – (DATE) – Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI), a leading provider of system software solutions that enhance Windows™, UNIX, Linux and OpenVMS systems, announced today that Whataburger, Inc., one of the most treasured restaurant chains in the Southern U.S., has chosen ASCI’s ActiveBatch™ job scheduling system to manage batch data processing chores at its central data center.  In addition to driving most of its central data processing needs, Whataburger anticipates using ActiveBatch in the future to facilitate sales and cash analysis on a near-real time basis at its 475 restaurants.
           
Since its first restaurant opened in 1950, Whataburger’s signature orange-and-white striped A-frame roofs have been a part of the Southern landscape.  Its stores stretch from Arizona to Florida, offering a full menu of burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, breakfast entrees and more.
           
“While Whataburger stores still offer the friendly service and made-to-order food made famous by Harmon Dobson in 1950, the company’s back-office business systems are strictly 21st century,” said John Player, Group Director of Information Services.  “ActiveBatch will be the key scheduling component that handles all batch processing duties in Whataburger’s central data center.”
 
Real-Time Needs
As companies move to real-time information processing, solutions like ActiveBatch are the essential applications linchpin, notes Jim Manias, Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Advanced Systems Concepts.  “ActiveBatch ensures proper scheduling, execution, and reporting of virtually any kind of batch processing operation,” Manias said.  “Where such operations used to be conducted overnight or during off hours, the immediate nature of business today requires a much more sophisticated and immediate solution.  ActiveBatch delivers that capability.”
           
For Whataburger, ActiveBatch is managing execution of functions both within and between a number of critical business systems.  “Our data center employs the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne business suite as well as Informatica integration software, MicroStrategy, Gauss document management, and several custom SQL data transformation service packages.  These various systems touch virtually every department in our company,” said John Player.  “With ActiveBatch we will be able to design and match the various job streams between these applications much easier.”
           
ActiveBatch can schedule and trigger jobs by various metrics including events, data, or more traditional date and time scheduling.  The product is a proven solution, designed to be customer installable and accommodating applications for Windows, AIX, Linux, Sun Solaris, OpenVMS, HP-UX and HP Tru64 Unix.  It also utilizes many industry and/or Microsoft standards and features in order to provide the best balance for a reduced learning curve and a positive ROI for acquisition and ongoing operations.

Since the initial implementation of ActiveBatch in Q1 of 2005, Whataburger is experiencing improved performance in all its batch operations.  The company is currently looking at ways to extend the platform into back office systems at the individual restaurant level.

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 © 2005 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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