Workload Automation Blog

Stonebranch Should Be On Everyone's Shortlist

Published by Mike on August 4, 2015 @ 14:04 in Analyst Reports

Here's a little of what Charles Skamser at eDiscovery had to say about Stonebranch.

Early this year, I had the opportunity to begin a very detailed investigation into the current status of Stonebranch, how its clients are using its platform and how prospects view Stonebranch.  I came to some interesting conclusions.  If you are wondering "where Stonebranch is today", you might be very surprised and probably come to the conclusion that Gartner knew what they were talking about back in 2012 and 2014. Stonebrach is definitely a Workload Automation platform that should be on everyone's shortlist.

Mr. Skamser, we couldn't agree more.

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Coop Denmark achieves near-100% workflow automation by switching to Stonebranch solution

Published by Mike on July 8, 2015 @ 15:38 in Customer Stories

Coop Denmark operates 1,200 stores with 38,000 employees. It has a 38% share of the Danish grocery trade. The company uses a mainframe and many distributed, open systems to process its data. As it grew, it acquired smaller grocery chains and needed to integrate their IT systems as well.

As a result, Coop Denmark had an increasingly complex IT infrastructure. The company's BMC Control-M Workload Automation application was having difficulty accommodating workloads as the variety of systems increased.

Read the full Coop case study here.

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Live Webinar: Workload Automation Built for Today

Published by Mike on June 30, 2015 @ 09:50 in Webinars

Live Stonebranch WebinarsIn this day and age, the web should provide all the access you need to manage your enterprise workload processes. But in many cases, the web interface is an afterthought, a skeleton set of functionality compared to the full thick client that must be installed on every user's machine. Universal Automation Center is 100% web-based for both users and administrators alike. It provides self-service automation for users throughout both IT and the business. Powerful integrated reporting, workload lifecycle management, and self-registering agents make this product a valuable alternative to legacy capabilities. Attend this overview of the most modern Workload Automation tool in the market.

Click the date below to register now.

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Managed File Transfer: Not Just an FTP / sFTP Replacement

Published by Mike on June 24, 2015 @ 09:40 in Managed File Transfer

Most seasoned IT support staff think of file transfer as a method of moving data between the mainframes of different companies. However, the scope and challenges involved have become much more complex, and accordingly, the space has become segmented.

B2B Transfers - This segment has grown tremendously as Web-based protocols have enabled companies to connect all their business partners without the need for dedicated lines, replacing transfers originally performed by exchanging physical media via courier or fax.

Internal File Transfers - With the advent of distributed computing, when some business applications moved away from the mainframe or were supplemented with server-based applications, the need arose to transport data in bulk to server-based applications for processing. Often, this need was addressed with free tools such as FTP/sFTP. However, while these tools were cost-effective and solved an immediate problem, little focus was given to the security and reliance these solutions could provide and to the bigger picture of the IT infrastructure.

Ad hoc File Transfers - Does you company need to facilitate infrequent, ad hoc data transfers - either between companies or between the data center and a larger user base such as your sales force? Then, you should look for solutions incorporating Web-based portals for this ad hoc data exchange.

Additionally, Managed File Transfer gives you the ability to meet security, compliance and audit requirements. With regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Gramm-Leachy Bliley Act (GLBA), companies are under greater pressure to meet strict mandates. A Managed File Transfer solution should help you streamline the audit process by providing a central point for all audit information.

Through the automation of your file transfer infrastructure, you gain these benefits and more, including cost savings and reduced risk. As a final thought: You also don't end up in the news. Stories of data breaches and the organizations that have to report them are picked up by major media outlets on a daily and increasing basis.

Is FTP/sFTP doing all this for you? More importantly, can you risk it?

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Gartner IT Operations Strategies & Solutions Summit 2015

Published by Mike on June 15, 2015 @ 09:45 in Events

We're proud to be at the Gartner IT Operations Strategies & Solutions Summit 2015 in Orlando this week.

Drop by and see us at booth #617. We'd love to tell you about Return on Automation!

Gartner Booth

Gartner Booth

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No Vulnerabilities Found in Universal Command and Universal Data Mover

Published by Mike on June 11, 2015 @ 13:58 in Stonebranch News

Great news was just announced at our German conference in Nuremberg. No technical vulnerabilities were found during a thorough penetration test of Universal Command and Universal Data Mover by Secuvera GmbH, a security expert firm.

All tests were conducted at LVM's facility in Münster, Germany over 32 hours between March 9 and March 12, 2015. Three different hosts (z/OS, UNIX, Windows Server) were scanned for known vulnerabilities. No vulnerabilities were identified.

More information about this penetration test can be found here.

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Technology Independent Scheduling Agents

Published by Mike on June 10, 2015 @ 11:11 in

Besides minimizing risk and costs, vendor-independent technology enables you to simplify your IT infrastructure by standardizing processes to execute workload automation anywhere in the environment. Moreover, if business requirements dictate a new workload tool, the standard process is transportable, saving your original investment in configuration, training and deployment. This is all accomplished without getting locked in to a single vendor, which has negative implications for both price and functionality.

For example, assume you have two schedulers and each has its own proprietary agent technology. These schedulers each need to run processes across shared systems. Without vendor-independent technology, this would require a proprietary agent from each of the two schedulers installed on each of the systems, which not only creates significant cost but also  causes complexity for scheduling and operations staff. Vendor-independent technology can speak to each of these systems, requiring only one agent, while receiving processing requests from the two schedulers. This significantly simplifies the communication in your job scheduling environment.

By using vendor-independent technology, there is no need to retrain employees on new schedulers. You can re-use your existing technology investments in software, processes and skill sets, while simplifying your environment. You gain control over your job scheduling infrastructure while providing greater visibility in your production environment.

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Job Scheduling Agents at a Reasonable Cost: Feed Your Piggy Bank

Published by Mike on June 1, 2015 @ 08:15 in Education, Job Scheduling Software

Replacing or even acquiring additional legacy scheduling agents is a costly, daunting and resource-draining task. Vendor-independent technology enables you to avoid these risks while streamlining, optimizing and modernizing your Job Scheduling environment without replacing a single agent. Not to mention you can add agents to meet your growing requirements at the fraction of the cost of purchasing additional agents from existing scheduling vendor. All of which significantly reduces cost and increases your return on investment.

Vendor-independent technology works alongside your existing schedulers and provides you with one single point of management and control for your entire environment. No matter what the scheduling tool, every agent can be controlled and monitored from one central location, providing visibility across your entire workflow. Vendor-independent technology allows you to execute programs outside of Job Scheduling, making it more than just a scheduling agent; it's an automation tool.

Costs can increase because your scheduling vendor bases agent cost on multiple CPUs. With technology-independent technology, whether it's one CPU or 20, the cost remains the same. You are not locked down by a particular vendor, platform or scheduling system. You gain value and additional functionality at a reasonable price that is not offered by Job Scheduling vendors.

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