Reduce Peak R4HA

ThruPut Manager manages workload demand to reduce capacity utilization, based on the rolling 4-hour average, when sub-capacity pricing is used. More »

Automate z/OS Batch

ThruPut Manager balances workload arrival, importance, and resource availability. More »

Reduce Software MLC Costs

ThruPut Manager directly lowers your software licensing costs by reducing your peak R4HA. More »

Make the most of scarce resources

Because money doesn’t grow on trees, let us lower your MSU consumption and MLC costs. More »

Make Way for Mobile

As mobile applications take up more CPU at unpredictable times, let ThruPut Manager take low importance batch out of the equation and make room for your high priority workload. More »

Country Multiplex Pricing is here

Use ThruPut Manager automation to lower your MSU baseline today and find software license savings, with or without capping, when you move to CMP. More »

Automate production control

Manage z/OS execution according to your CA 7 schedule and due-out times, ensuring automated on-time completion with minimal intervention that frees you for other valuable tasks. More »

Our Customers

ThruPut Manager installations range from individual corporate datacenters to global outsourcing providers in the major industry sectors, including banking, insurance, education, and government. More »

 

The Batch Service Metric: Creating SLAs that work

batch service mettric

We systems programmers love metrics – and we have a lot of them. But in two areas, we struggle: SLAs and KPIs. Service Level Agreements (SLAs) always exist, even in you never agreed to any. The business and end users have expectations and, in their minds, these are SLAs. We may have set them for online, but rarely have more than a ‘suggested’ due-out time.

We don’t generally communicate well with the business, which means being seen more as a cost center than a value provider. I think we can do better, but perhaps we need to look for another metric, one that is useful in reaching across the aisle to the business especially in the area of batch performance.

No ‘assembler’ required

no assembler required

We’ve all experienced that dread moment after purchasing an item where we open the box and read the words ‘some assembly required.’ For some, it was the night before Christmas and the item was something you expected would be complete, like a tricycle. For me, it was almost every piece of furniture I got from Scandinavian Designs. The easy part was making sure you had all the parts, never a guarantee. But then, you’d have some confusing diagram that was supposed to guide you through a ‘quick and easy’ process to get to your finished product. It was never quick or easy.

Working it like Tom Sawyer

working it like Tom Sawyer

As a child, I was always impressed by how Tom Sawyer got other people to do his work for him. Instead of offering a trade, Sawyer flipped the challenge on its head. He made people feel like white-washing a fence was so pleasurable they should pay him for the privilege. I can only imagine what a speaker and salesman he would have grown up to be. What a gift! I think we all feel overworked much of the time. Between layoffs and retirements, most of us have more than one job we’re trying to manage with too many tasks not to our liking. Even in the rarified waters of complex IT projects, there are still tasks that can feel as unrewarding and uninteresting as white-washing a fence. Either it is a task that challenged you many years ago and no longer does, or it is simply uninteresting to you personally.

Multi-tasking: Bad for people, great for software

multi-tasking

A guest post by Denise P. Kalm – I’ve previously talked about the studies showing that multi-tasking isn’t as successful a strategy for getting things done. We don’t tolerate the ‘interrupts’ as well as we think we do. Simply putting your head down and getting something done works better with our brains. But that’s us. It turns out that multi-tasking gives you quite a benefit when software does it. But some software does it better than others.

SHAREing is Caring: Plan for Atlanta

SHARE Atlanta & San Antonio 2016

Attending SHARE Atlanta 2016? While building your schedule, there’s three sessions you’ll want to add. You’ll especially benefit if you have an interest in capacity planning or performance. John Baker, industry expert, is offering three great talks you’ll really love. As a long-time customer and more recently a technical vendor specialist, John knows the challenges you face and will offer concrete solutions to some difficult problems.

Vacation with automation – Take back your summer in the city

vacation with automation

Work can seem grueling at any time, but especially in summer. You see the years slipping away with no chance to make special summer memories. There’s never enough time. If only you could clone yourself (unrealistic) or manufacture time (impossible). But what if there were a way to do both and get some summer hours back? The answer is making time for a vacation with automation. Rather than fear that ‘a robot will take my job,’ consider that the part a robot does is either rote work you hate, or handling issues that occur at inconvenient times of the night.

Software Access Control (SAC) – Save your money

software access control

Where once it was enough to ‘keep the sucker running,’ sysprogs now need to contribute to saving money for their corporations. This new paradigm presents some big challenges; it requires that you understand a lot more about how hardware and software companies charge you so you can determine the big ‘wins.’ And all this work is added to an increasing workload that you barely can manage.

The best option is to find ways to automatically save money, rather than make it necessary for you to look for opportunities. One interesting way is to better manage the software license costs by controlling where batch jobs run. When you can limit the licensing of expensive products to only certain JESplex members, you want to be sure no one tries to run a job on the wrong processor. As some software will allow you to run where you’re not licensed, but will then charge you, you need a way to ensure this never happens.