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JUNE 2015 NEWSLETTER
 

Welcome to the first edition of Elyzium Advisor - a new bi-monthly bulletin from Elyzium, the UK’s leading Workload Automation experts.

 
 
"Elyzium Advisor"aims to inform and educate our readers, by providing a regular roundup of the latest Workload Automation, IBM and Elyzium news. In this issue, we discuss some of the exciting new features in TWS 9.3, announce our new TWS for Oracle Retail integration module, launch our new Workload Migrator website, define the benefits of using TWS with WebSphere MQ, and ask for your help with the next UK Tivoli User Group meeting.
 
 
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HOT TOPIC
 
BE PREPARED WITH IBM WORKLOAD SCHEDULER 9.3

Workload Automation just got easier with the latest version release of IBM Workload Scheduler and its new capabilities and integrations.
 
 
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Last month IBM announced the release of the new and significantly enhanced version 9.3 of IBM Workload Scheduler – if you missed the announcement you can read about it here. In this article we’ll look at just a couple of the capabilities within the new release that make managing your Workload Automation environment a far more straightforward affair.

MONITOR WORKLOAD
Available in the Dynamic Workload Console and previously known as “Dynamic Monitoring Query”, the Monitor Workload hybrid interface has been significantly enhanced since its debut in IBM Workload Automation SaaS, to offer a single and unified point of control for plan querying and management of monitoring tasks in v9.3. The Monitor Workload enhancements include:

  1. Increased functionality – save, share, delete and duplicate actions for your queries
  2. A single report feature eliminates the need to look at individual query results in the Dynamic Workload Console
  3. Increased monitoring which includes archives, trials and forecasts in addition to the current plan
  4. Colour and “drag and drop” customisation enabling you to identify important items quickly

WHAT-IF ANALYSIS
It is difficult to say the least when it comes to trying to analyse data variability and its impact on the workload. To tackle this, IBM Workload Scheduler v9.3 introduces predictive features to help you anticipate what could happen, and quickly react to correct any potential issues. One of these features – Predictive Timeline - shows a graphical representation of critical jobs providing “at a glance” feedback about the probability of a job completing on time and meeting its deadline. It also helps you understand the impact a deadline change would have on that probability, whilst removing the pain of trying to analyse tabular data to understand the workload situation.

The Predictive Timeline helps you to understand potential issues from a single glance:

IBM Workload Automation is available via a number of different licensing models, from Processor Value Unit (PVU), to Per Job Pricing (PJP) and SaaS, making it accessible for all types and sizes of organisation. In addition IBM has recently made some modifications to the PJP model. By changing the way jobs are counted, and allowing the purchase of additional jobs for a single month only, it has become an even more cost-effective solution for clients. If you would like to know more about this, or any aspect of IBM Workload Automation v9.3, please get in touch.

 
 
 
 
 
BREAKING NEWS
 
IBM WORKLOAD SCHEDULER INTEGRATION WITH ORACLE RETAIL

Reduce the development and implementation times of your Oracle Retail environment with Elyzium’s TWS for Oracle Retail integration module.
 
 

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Through an integrated suite of business applications, server and storage solutions, Oracle Retail delivers a complete solution which allows retailers to align corporate objectives with deployment strategies, optimising all areas of the business, and helping to deliver superior customer experience whilst driving profitable growth. The individual modules within Oracle Retail must however be integrated through batch scheduling – a manual development and implementation process which can take months, thereby delaying time-to-market and time-to value of the solution.

By developing a Tivoli Workload Scheduler (TWS) integration module for Oracle Retail, Elyzium is able to provide users with a faster, and more straightforward solution to deploy the batch scheduling element required for each module of the Oracle Retail solution. Through exploitation of key features – such as multithreading – Elyzium’s TWS Integration module delivers significant reductions in development, implementation, errors and time-to-fix, whilst automating business processes, and simplifying integration with other business applications outside of the Oracle Retail suite. 

With Elyzium’s TWS for Oracle Retail integration module, organisations can optimise their Retail solution quickly and efficiently, increase visibility and control, free-up staff for business innovation, and ultimately reduce the business risk often associated with a significant new software deployment.

For further information please visit our website, or download the TWS for Oracle Retail Datasheet.

 
 
 
 
 
ELYZIUM UPDATE
 
MULTI-TOOL SCHEDULING ENVIRONMENT CAUSING A MANAGEMENT HEADACHE?

If your answer to this question is “yes” then read on… consolidation is actually far easier and cheaper than you may think!
 
 

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We all know that the benefits of a consolidated Workload Automation solution are both plentiful and compelling. Yet despite this many organisations are suffering the complexity and pain of managing multi-tool scheduling environments on a daily basis. This is generally because they perceive a consolidation and migration project to be technically impossible, expensive, inaccurate, and riddled with business risk.

Workload Migrator is Elyzium’s unique solution which provides seamless migration from distributed legacy schedulers to IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler (ITWS)/IBM Workload Automation. It tackles the issue of consolidation and migration head-on, by providing a service which ensures migration from distributed legacy competitive schedulers to ITWS is fast, accurate, and highly cost effective, allowing organisations to start realising the benefits of a consolidated Workload Automation solution immediately.

Firstly however, it is essential to get a clear insight into your existing Workload Automation environment, understand how it’s performing, and determine any business or technical inhibitors. Elyzium’s Workload Migrator Assessment allows customers to review their current environment against a set of business needs to produce a strategic report, which forms the justification for change. Using information gathered from meetings with key stakeholders, the assessment provides:

  1. Analysis of your existing environment
  2. An architectural Blueprint
  3. Recommendations for improvements and "quick wins"
  4. A Business Value Assessment
Upon completion of the assessment you will be able to understand how to move forward with no impact to your business. To learn more about Elyzium’s Workload Migrator solutions, please visit our newly refreshed website. To celebrate, we are offering a free Workload Migrator Assessment Lite to a limited number of ITWS users. If you would like to benefit from this offer, then please drop us a line for more information.
 
 
 
 
 
TWS INTELLIGENCE
 
IBM WORKLOAD AUTOMATION INTEGRATION WITH WEBSPHERE MQ

Learn how IBM's WebSphere MQ plug-in for IBM Workload Scheduler can deliver multiple benefits to your organisation by automating business processes.
 
 

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The WebSphere MQ plug-in for Tivoli Workload Scheduler allows you to define, schedule, and monitor WebSphere MQ message communications. Mixed processes can be managed, where multiple background workflows synchronise their data in real-time using message queues. A Tivoli Workload Scheduler WebSphere MQ job can be used to post messages to a request queue and wait for a response in the response queue. It can also publish a message on a topic or on a queue.

Consider this scenario; a travel agency needs to reserve a flight, a hotel room, and a rental car. All reservations must be made before the overall business transaction is complete. Each single reservation consists of linked tasks: availability calendars must be checked before booking, and updated afterwards to reflect the change. IBM Workload Scheduler integrated with WebSphere MQ automates the business process. Upon receiving WebSphere MQ messages, IBM Workload Scheduler starts the parallel execution of background reservation tasks. Each task, when completed successfully, sends messages back to WebSphere MQ. Once all responses are received by WebSphere MQ, the business process is complete.

BENEFITS

  1. Be informed of delays and potential problems
  2. Monitor the start and finish of jobs
  3. Monitor if jobs are running longer or completing earlier than expected
  4. Consult the job log to verify outputs
  5. Event driven workload automation monitors message queues & trigger actions for specific events

Please download the datasheet for further information, or if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us.

 
 
 
 
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HAVE YOUR SAY IN OUR NEXT NEWSLETTER...
 
 
 
 
 
Following another highly successful Tivoli User Group meeting in May, we are already starting to put together the agenda for the next one on 28th October. As always we want to make it as informative and useful for attendees as possible, which is where you come in. Perhaps there is a specific scheduling related topic you’d like to see on the agenda, or a certain aspect of TWS you’d like to get your hands on? Or maybe you’d like to share your experiences of TWS with the group by presenting a session? Either way, we’d like to hear from you! You can add your comments to our TUG feedback form here, where you’ll also find the presentations from May's meeting available for download in case you missed our "washup" newsflash last month. And finally, watch this space for more details later in the year!
 
 
 
 
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