SOURCE: ASG Software

ASG Software

December 01, 2009 09:00 ET

ASG Launches Breakthrough Solution for Proactive Workload Automation

ASG's BSP Enterprise Workload Automation Ensures Execution of Critical Workloads by Adapting to Unplanned Events Across the Enterprise

NAPLES, FL--(Marketwire - December 1, 2009) - ASG Software Solutions, the originator of ASG's Business Service Portfolio™ (BSP) and a worldwide leader in business solutions for global enterprises, today announced the general availability of ASG's BSP Enterprise Workload Automation™, a solution that automates real-time, event-based, and batch scheduling throughout the enterprise. Integrating information across disparate platforms, technologies, and applications, ASG's new enterprise workload automation solution identifies all workload activities, including scheduled workloads that are at risk due to problems in the IT infrastructure.

ASG's BSP Enterprise Workload Automation removes two persistent barriers to making effective workload decisions: (1) lack of visibility into the actual health of the complete scheduling environment due to heterogeneous, incompatible scheduling tools that are scattered across mainframe, distributed, and virtualized environments; and (2) little or no understanding of how specific workloads impact service delivery levels to the business.

Overcoming the limitations of traditional, time-and-date-based scheduling tools, ASG's BSP Enterprise Workload Automation correlates workload information throughout the enterprise and displays it in a single, Web-based dashboard view. This real-time snapshot of the complete operational environment gives IT administrators proactive updates on complete service status, key application performance, and actual delivery against service-level metrics. ASG's BSP Enterprise Workload Automation also automatically adapts to unplanned changes and events, ensuring the seamless delivery of business services with minimal to no manual intervention.

News Facts

-- IT's "date-and-time" approach to job scheduling is no longer sustainable, given today's increasingly complex business processes, which cross multiple platforms and use data from different systems. Still, disparate job scheduling tools for isolated tasks are the prevailing reality for most organizations. More than 85 percent of large enterprises have more than two uncorrelated job scheduling tools.

-- ASG has been recognized as a "top tier" workload automation vendor by Forrester Research, Inc., based on its evaluation of ASG-Zeke™ and ASG-Zena™ (Market Overview: Workload Automation, Q3 2009, Forrester Research, Inc., 9 Nov. 2009). These two technologies are featured in ASG's BSP Enterprise Workload Automation solution.

-- ASG's BSP Enterprise Workload Automation is a Level 2 solution in ASG's Path to Optimization program, a progressive program designed to help IT executives leverage their current IT investments, complemented by ASG's BSP solutions and best practices, to progress towards improved IT service delivery and proactive Business Service Management (BSM).

Quotes

Andi Mann, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)

-- "Many vendors lay claim to Workload Automation but few provide a complete solution -- incorporating, for example, consolidated job scheduling, event-driven capabilities, ITSM and CMDB integration, and business-aware workload management -- that is coordinated, easy to use, and fast to implement. ASG Software meets all of these requirements to deliver on the promise of tomorrow's automated data center with a visionary Workload Automation solution."

Ed Hallock, Senior Director of Solutions Management, ASG

-- "With ASG's BSP Enterprise Workload Automation, we're helping our customers and prospects overcome the traditional, 'islands of automation,' multi-tool approach to job scheduling. Not only do they get a complete picture of their workload environment, but they also gain insight into what's happening at the infrastructure level. This allows them to identify and resolve any emerging workload issues -- before they impact business."

Supporting Resources

Solution sheet

-- ASG's BSP Enterprise Workload Automation

White paper: "Business-Critical Benefits of Workload Automation Solutions," EMA, Nov. 2009.

Webinar (on demand)

-- "The Evolution From Job Scheduling to Workload Automation: Best Practices for a More Intelligent Workload Automation Approach" (presented by EMA and ASG)

About ASG | www.asg.com

ASG provides software solutions to more than 85 percent of the world's largest companies. Through its comprehensive Business Service Management (BSM) solution, Business Service Portfolio™, ASG is an established BSM provider with a strong heritage in metadata management; information management; applications management; infrastructure, performance and operations management; and service and support technologies. ASG enables clients to reduce costs, improve business-service delivery, and reduce risks. Founded in 1986, ASG is a privately held company based in Naples, Florida, USA, with more than 90 offices worldwide.

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