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Sylvan Learning Systems—Online Higher Education® Selects ActiveBatch® To Manage Data Processing Jobs

Release date: 5/7/2004

Sylvan Division Chooses Leading Job Scheduling/Management Application To Improve Data Processing Efficiency Across All Its Institutions

PARSIPPANY, NJ – (May 7, 2004) – Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI), a leading provider of system software solutions that enhance Windows™, UNIX, and OpenVMS systems, announced today that Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLVN) has chosen ASCI’s ActiveBatch® scheduling software for its Online Higher Education division (OHE) consisting of Walden University, National Technological University, and Canter and Associates. OHE will use ActiveBatch to coordinate and manage all data processing tasks for OHE’s various institutions and platforms in order to improve resource utilization and overall processing efficiency.

ActiveBatch, ASCI’s flagship product, is the industry’s most advanced job scheduling, monitoring, and management application. Its powerful graphical interface allows operators to instantly view and monitor active jobs while giving them a total view of dependencies and other ongoing system relationships. Sylvan-OHE will be using ActiveBatch to handle data transfers, nightly batch jobs, and scheduled backups for approximately 20 corporate servers; the application will also provide centralized scheduling and monitoring of various processes, automatically correcting errors as they are found.

“Right now we have scheduling at multiple locations and across a number of different servers without a central way of managing it all,” said Mike Pyland, Director of Release Management for Sylvan. “ActiveBatch can tell us what is running at any one time, anywhere in our enterprise. It also will be able to manage our dependencies better. The software watches all the different jobs and all the jobs are managed from one centralized console. You can see them all in one convenient dashboard view instead of looking at different machines and pulling all the schedules together, which can be a long, tedious, and inaccurate job.”

“Before choosing ActiveBatch, we carefully evaluated and reviewed all major products in the Job Scheduling market,” said Mehmet Efe, Webmaster and Senior QA Engineer at Sylvan. “We narrowed our search to two alternatives and ultimately selected ActiveBatch for its flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and low overhead. Upon deployment, ActiveBatch immediately proved to be up to the challenge of managing all our task dependencies across multiple platforms and locations.”

Pyland expects that ActiveBatch will save Sylvan time by managing schedules and resolving conflicts quickly. “We won’t overload any servers by scheduling all the jobs at any one time, so we can make better use of our resources,” he noted. “Plus, if we need to bring down a server because of a security patch, we’ll know exactly which scheduled jobs we’re interfering with. ActiveBatch has superior recovery abilities, so we won’t have to do as much manual kickoff of those jobs after downtime of any server.”

ActiveBatch is a comprehensive, scalable, one-stop solution for unattended job execution across a variety of software platforms. Its broad range of capabilities provides a comprehensive strategy for coordinating, managing, and monitoring single and repetitive applications and jobs. ActiveBatch implements scheduling through a wide range of criteria, including date, time, system resources, dependencies, triggers, and events. Through ActiveBatch’s use of workload balancing, enterprises enjoy high availability and scalability in their job processing activities.

Sylvan Learning Systems’ Online Higher Education (OHE) has already begun installing ActiveBatch and expects to have the software fully implemented in early Q2. For more information about ASCI’s ActiveBatch job scheduling and management solution, visit www.advsyscon.com.

About Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.
Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLVN) is focused exclusively on providing a superior university experience to over 110,000 students through its leading global network of accredited campus-based and online universities.
Sylvan-OHE offers a broad range of career-oriented academic programs for post-secondary education. Sylvan Leaning Systems can be reached at http://www.sylvanlearningsystems.com.

About Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.
Headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, Advanced System Concepts, Inc. offers many software products and options for users of Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/9X, UNIX, Linux and 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, an HP Business Partner, a Sun Catalyst member and an IBM Business Partner. The company can be reached at http://www.advsyscon.com.

Copyright © 2004 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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