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MAY 2014 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 prohibitive factors to centralised Workload Automation, the new TWS 9.2 features that aid productivity and how to implement cross-dependency, and finally ask for your help with some market research.
 
 
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HOT TOPIC
 
IS EASY, INEXPENSIVE CENTRALISED WORKLOAD AUTOMATION IMPOSSIBLE?

Consolidating multiple job scheduling environments to a centralised Workload Automation solution doesn’t have to be expensive or complex.
 
 
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Despite the fact that job scheduling is often a business critical process, many organisations are yet to move to a centralised Workload Automation solution. This is despite the fact that such technology is no longer considered “new”, with the benefits of deploying Workload Automation being clear, compelling and plentiful.

At Elyzium, we have lived, breathed (and sometimes dreamed about!) Workload Automation since 2002 and have discovered through partnerships with many clients that there are two main factors that organisations see as being prohibitive when considering a move to a centralised solution. The first, unsurprisingly, is cost. Software licenses, irrespective of Vendor, are expensive. Most new IT initiatives or projects will have a job scheduling element, however often this won’t be accounted for in the budget. We’ve found that this has led to organisations instead having to develop their own in-house scripts to support these projects, use far cheaper, vastly inferior software or even worse - freeware.

Of course in the short term this will keep capital expenditure costs down, however doing it this way is not a long term solution, and actually contributes vastly to the second prohibitive factor clients always mention – complexity. As the organisation grows, and they implement more and more scheduling tools, the environment becomes a nightmare to manage, often requiring several full time employees to keep it ticking over. But this is only one element of the complexity story. The other is complexity of migration. With many different tools in place, migrating to a single solution is perceived as being near on impossible, with IT departments fearing that it will take forever, cost a small fortune in consultancy fees and be riddled with business risk. Everything is working at the moment right, so why change it when many of these processes are critical for day-to-day operations? And so the vicious circle keeps turning with apparent capital expenditure savings actually leading to an increase in operational expenditure, and complexity continually on the increase!

At Elyzium, we have developed unique solutions that tackle these issues head on. The first is JobExecutor.com. Powered by IBM’s Tivoli Workload Scheduler, built upon IBM’s SoftLayer global infrastructure, and fully supported by Elyzium’s XpertCare team, JobExecutor.com provides a Cloud-based, enterprise standard Workload Automation solution at a fraction of the price of traditional on premise solutions. Plus, since it is very simply priced per job, you won’t need a maths degree to work out your PVU and sub-capacity licence requirements! As your requirements grow, you just “add more jobs”. To read more about JobExecutor, please visit www.jobexecutor.com , or download the datasheet here .

Tackling the complexity of migration issue is WorkloadMigrator. Irrespective of whether you standardise on an on premise, Cloud or hybrid solution, WorkloadMigrator is a services engagement utilising unique, Elyzium developed tools to quickly, easily and accurately migrate competitive batch scheduling environments over to TWS. For more information on WorkloadMigrator view the datasheet here , or visit www.workloadmigrator.com .

We can even perform a complete appraisal of your workload automation environment, providing the justification required to move towards a consolidated environment, whilst setting out a clear path to allow you to achieve your goals with no impact to your business. A “Lite” version of the assessment is also available which is performed remotely at no cost to your business.

If you’d like to discuss your organisations specific requirements and how we can help, then please get in touch.
 
 
 
 
 
BREAKING NEWS
 
IBM TIVOLI WORKLOAD SCHEDULER V9.2

IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler V9.2 and IBM Workload Automation V9.2 provide increased operational efficiency and new capabilities to respond to new cloud, mobile, and big data challenges.
 
 

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This newest version of Tivoli Workload Scheduler (TWS) provides easy integration with your existing datacentre systems and cloud resources, and simplified collaboration with service management software, to deliver improved productivity for day-by-day operations via the following features:

1. Automatic management of trouble tickets for ended-in-error jobs.
2. Dynamic distributed resource provisioning to manage temporary or intermittent automation requests.
3. Automatic discovery of IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler and the business impact in case of failure.
4. Simplified configuration for Dynamic Agents over Internet (firewall friendliness).


It also enhances and simplifies operations efficiency thanks to:

1. Increased search speed in the Dynamic Workload Console for jobs, jobstreams, and workstations.
2. Enhanced flexibility for manipulation of plan objects during the creation of the plan (plan extension).
3. Microsoft Windows scripting language support.
4. Event rule enhancement.
5. Streamlined Workload Application Template manipulations.
6. Mobile self-service dashboards and workload management capabilities.


If you’d like to discuss what these new features will mean specifically for your organisation, or would like advice about upgrading your TWS environment then please drop us a line . You can view the IBM announcement letter here.
 
 
 
 
 
ELYZIUM UPDATE
 
PULSE & ASAP U HIGHLIGHTS

In the last Elyzium Advisor we were excited to tell you about our forthcoming sponsorship of two key events – IBM Pulse and ASAP University. Here’s a round-up of the highlights from both.
 
 

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IBM PULSE 2014
At Pulse 2014 in Las Vegas, delegates were lucky enough to be treated to live performances from Elvis Costello and Fallout Boy, as well as getting to see a live interview with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and talented leading lady Anna Gunn! In addition to the fun stuff however, IBM also made an exciting announcement regarding their next generation Cloud platform, which if you haven’t already heard about, we’d like to share with you.

BlueMix
BlueMix is IBM’s strategic cloud-based application development environment.  Based on the open source Cloud Foundry project, BlueMix provides an open standards-based platform for building, managing and running applications of all types. This solution empowers developers to work alongside the business to rapidly bring new capabilities to market. Coupling a standardised, yet extensible set of runtime environments and frameworks with an ever-expanding set of ready-made marketplace services that are easily consumable encourages innovation and reduces both development and operational costs. You can find out more and sign up for the Beta here .

ASAP UNIVERSITY
Finally, we are pleased to have attended ASAP University as a sponsor for the first time. Held in Arizona in April, ASAP University provided a week of education and networking opportunities for users of TWS. With almost one hundred separate education and certification sessions across both Z and distributed environments in addition to the plenary and keynote sessions, there is far too much to mention here! As you can imagine though, the new version 9.2 release of TWS played a star role at the event, and we are looking forward to sharing some of this content with you over the next couple of months in a series of Webinars. Watch this space for further details coming soon!

If you have any questions or would like further information on any of the above, then please let us know .
 
 
 
 
 
TWS INTELLIGENCE
 
IMPLEMENTING CROSS-DEPENDENCY IN TIVOLI WORKLOAD SCHEDULER

In this issue, our experts outline how you can synchronise workloads across heterogeneous scheduling environments using Tivoli Workload Scheduler cross-dependencies.
 
 

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We talk to many customers that have multiple scheduling environments in place, all of whom have good reasons for doing so. Most commonly it will be because they are running IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler across both Distributed and z/OS platforms, but additionally it can be for reasons of scalability, Lines of Business or geographical locations.

In the past, the synchronisation of jobs between different environments has brought about many challenges. In TWS version 8.6 additional functionality was added to allow cross-domain dependencies between jobs running on different TWS scheduling environments, whether in a distributed or z/OS environment.

To implement cross-domain dependencies two new object types were introduced:

1. The Remote Engine workstation
Representing a remote Tivoli Workload Scheduler engine locally.

2. The Shadow job
A job defined on a Remote Engine workstation that maps a remote job defined on another engine.

In order to implement cross-dependency the following steps should be followed:



Step 1 - Define a workstation of Remote Engine type that points to the engine where the remote job (B) is defined.

Step 2 - Define a Shadow job (B-shadow) that points to the remote job (B) on which the local job (C) must depend.

Step 3 - Make the local job (C) successor of the Shadow job.

When a Shadow job instance is ready to start, the scheduler selects it for submission and sends a request to the remote engine. The remote engine then binds an instance in the remote engine plan, associating the Shadow job with a specific instance of the remote job in the remote engine plan. The remote engine sends back the bind result and, if the bind is successful, it starts notifying the remote job status changes.

To discuss the implementation of TWS cross-dependency in more detail, please contact us

 
 
 
 
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HAVE YOUR SAY IN OUR NEXT NEWSLETTER...
 
 
 
 
 
As discussed in this issue’s “Hot Topic” feature, many organisations still use multiple scheduling tools and struggle to manage an infrastructure that continually grows in complexity. This is despite the evolution from traditional, multi-platform, and resource intense batch scheduling environments towards highly efficient, centralised Workload Automation solutions. We are keen to understand the challenges organisations are facing, and the fears they have in moving towards a centralised or Cloud environment. As a result we have put together a short survey , the results of which will be published in a whitepaper delivered directly to the inbox of all respondents. Please spare five minutes from your busy schedules to participate!

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