Automated Operations and Job Scheduling

ASIST/System Automator provides you with the ability to schedule system management tasks and operations so that your system resources are allocated efficiently.

Job Automation

Job scheduling

Job automation (automatic execution)

  • Batch processing
  • Periodic job execution
  • Frequency execution
  • Support for non-active days (weekends, for example)
  • Support for multiple calendars
  • Expiration control features
  • Job ownership messaging and control

Job automation (manual execution)

  • Interactive processing
  • Restricted state activities
  • On-line job debugging and testing

Support for parameter passing

Support for LDA (Local Data Area)

Job messaging

Job dependencies

Job monitoring

Logical decision branching

  • Automatic power down or IPL**** conditioning, or both
  • Specify any system startup activity
  • Specify system to power down or to ****

Selective job termination

Automatic external job release

Automated control levels (optional), such as:

  • Periodic reminders
  • Notification messages
  • Job prompting before execution begins
  • user interaction

Exception reporting

Print job run sheets (2 views)

House Keeping

Wasted space reclamation by:

  • Purging messages queues
  • Purging reports that have not been printed
  • Purging detached, saved journal receivers
  • Automatically reclaiming space within any file (RGZPFM)
  • Supporting RCLSTG command in restricted state
  • Automatically monitoring and reacting to disk usage on exceeding thresholds
  • Detecting damaged objects

User Interaction and Security Reporting

User Interaction

  • User notification
  • User prompts and confirmations
  • User activation

Security Reporting

  • User authorities
  • Password expiration dates

Integration into Existing Applications

API commands for communicating, activating, or monitoring between ASIST/System Automator and home grown applications

Fast path command that activates any ASIST menu options from a command line or menu option

Attended and Attended Backup Management

Backup Management

  • Automatic backup strategy
  • Automatic detection of new libraries
  • Support for all OS/400, i5/OS and IBM i backup and save commands
  • Support for automatic backup to disk
  • Backup of spool files (reports) that have not been deleted

Tape Management, Disaster Recovery, and
UPS Power Condition Monitoring

Tape Management

  • Support for tape pools
  • Support for scratch tapes
  • Support for tape generation
  • Tape requirements analysis
  • Correct or incorrect tape load verification

Disaster Recovery

  • Disaster recovery exposure reporting
  • Object recovery reporting
  • On-line audit features
  • Restoration of spool files (reports) from tape

UPS Power Condition Monitoring

  • Automatic response to UPS systems, whenever a fluctuation in electric power occurs

Management Reporting and Report Management

Collection and summarization of information for different management and operational levels, such as:

  • Executive management
  • Systems management
  • Systems administration
  • Console and supervisor management
  • Exceptions reporting
  • Full system audit reporting
  • One-page summary
  • System health check
  • Auditor reporting

Reporting levels, such as:

  • Executive displays and reporting
  • Systems management display and reporting
  • Administrative operational display and reporting
  • Console supervision display and reporting
  • Operations task level and display reporting

Report distribution, such as:

  • Monitoring of output queues and automatic moving of the report to a specified local or remote user output queue
  • Searching and retrieval of specified reports for removal, release, hold, or save.
  • Spooling of file (report) backup to tape
  • Spooling of file (report) restoration from tape

News Distribution and Job Management

News Distribution

  • Ability for users to distribute news items
  • Ability for administrators to edit or delete items prior to release
  • Ability for manual or automatic news distribution

Job Management

  • Audit reporting
  • History logging
  • On-line and real time job reporting
  • Exceptional job failure investigation facility
  • Logical job and event planning (standard worksheet procedures)