Automate your critical path

Automate your critical pathThruPut Manager with Production Control Services (PCS) integrates with CA Workload Automation CA 7® Edition (CA WA CA 7) to extend the scheduling goals to the z/OS execution arena. It determines the scheduling requirements and dependencies of production batch from CA WA CA 7. It continually identifies the most critical paths as workload progresses, and prioritizes processing to favor more important work. Critical path workload is automatically escalated when necessary in order for z/OS batch execution to meet the scheduling goals of CA WA CA 7.

How does it work?
ThruPut Manager with PCS extracts the goals and constraints that drive it from CA WA CA 7, including CA WA CA 7 knowledge of job predecessors and dependencies. From this, ThruPut Manager creates a daily plan of the production work to be run and determines the most critical path for each application. As workload progresses, it continually recalculates the most critical path of each application. ThruPut Manager also identifies late jobs and applications, and together with the critical path knowledge, prioritizes and escalates jobs within z/OS execution accordingly.

validated-by-CAThruPut Manager also provides a “dashboard” for Production Control operators, which displays progress against the plan by integrating job knowledge from CA WA CA 7, ThruPut Manager and z/OS. While for the most part, operators can “just sit back” and let ThruPut Manager manage the workload according to its best practices algorithms, they can use the dashboard facility to “watch how things are going” and, if necessary, to override job or application importance, due-out times, and such. As a further aid to managing the CA WA CA 7 production work, ThruPut Manager has detailed knowledge of job status within the z/OS environment, and can issue alerts through the CA WA CA 7 alert mechanism if, for example, a job in execution is running long and becomes late.

Uncover your potential savings
The optimization and efficiencies of ThruPut Manager can result in reclaiming hidden CPU capacity buried in the datacenter configuration. A minimum 3-5% recovery of MSUs would be expected, and 10% or more could be possible in some situations. Hardware savings can result and CPU capacity upgrades can be deferred. In addition, considerable software savings are more immediate and will carry on year after year.

Want to learn more?

There are a number of ways to learn more about how ThruPut Manager works to lower your software license fees and improve your company’s batch performance:

ThruPut Manager blog
From automated workload balancing to the details of IBM’s sub-capacity pricing model—our blog explains it all. If you’re particularly interested in ThruPut Manager and its CA WA CA 7 integration, start with this post from one of our guest bloggers.

MVS Solutions on YouTube
Visit us on YouTube where we interview experts, like Chris Prenatt from Verizon and Peter Enrico of EPS, on their experiences with ThruPut Manager. A number of webinars are also available on our channel.

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