ActiveBatch Job Scheduling and Workload Automation Receives the Informatica Seal of Approval

Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI), maker of ActiveBatch Workload Automation and Job Scheduling Software, has received the Informatica Seal of Approval for the ActiveBatch Extension for Informatica.

The Informatica Seal of Approval is the result of a rigorous lifecycle testing and validation of up to 30 days by the Informatica Marketplace Certification Team, according to the companies. The ActiveBatch Extension for Informatica supports Informatica PowerCenter and allows users to build "mixed" workflows by coupling them with databases, applications and technologies, across heterogeneous platforms for improved business process automation. Informatica users that require advanced scheduling capabilities can benefit from the ActiveBatch Extension by being able to better manage and control workloads and tasks across disparate systems while improving service levels.

ActiveBatch customers using the Informatica Integrated Job Steps can — manage tasks within applications such as Informatica, SAP or Oracle EBS, databases such as Oracle, SQL Server, Netezza or MySQL, and integrate them via technologies such as OpenPGP, PowerShell, Java and web services. From one interface, users can create, modify, implement and monitor virtually any job task. Users can trigger workflows based on events, other processes, data and time schedules.

The ActiveBatch Extension for Informatica is one of many extensions ActiveBatch offers for mission-critical applications. Others include SAP, Netezza, VMware and support for Microsoft System Center, including Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager and Service Manager.

"The idea that we have with Informatica as we do with a lot of our partners, like Oracle or SAP or Microsoft, is that it dignifies what we are trying to do in terms of providing script-free integration between all these applications with our job scheduling," Colin Beasty, product marketing manager at ASCI, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "We are trying to do a lot of the heavy lifting for our customers." 

Traditionally, says Beasty, "trying to integrate these disparate applications has always been done with very time-consuming and error-prone scripting — custom scripting, that is  by database administrators or developers, and we are trying to provide a lot of those common job steps by integrating with these business mission-critical applications and providing them out of the box, so to speak."

Beasty adds, "With these templated job steps that we provide out-of-the-box for all these different applications and databases, a user with ActiveBatch could build this then into workflows through our interface, to integrate all these technologies, which obviously don't always have job schedulers that allow them to interface with each other otherwise."

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