Reduce Peak 4HRA and Software MLC Costs

ThruPut Manager manages workload demand to reduce capacity utilization, based on the 4HRA, when sub-capacity pricing is used with or without capping. More »

Automate z/OS Batch

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

 

Category Archives: tips and tricks

CPU Busy: It’s not a linear function

CPU busy, as plotted on a graph, is not a linear function. And yet, many of us assume it is, and use that assumption for capacity planning. While linear regression may work for CPU busy functions from 20-80%, it doesn’t help you much at the lower or higher end of the utilization graph. And that’s where you actually want to know the impact of changes in transaction volume or batch workload.

Refine access control to licensed software and save

SAC tables for software access control

ThruPut Manager includes Software Access Control (SAC), a feature that enables refined access control to licensed software. Without it, it’s easy to make the mistake of running a job on a system that isn’t licensed for a required software or to run it on the correct system, but in a way that is at variance with the contract. In both cases, it’s going to cost you more money.

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.’ Automating access control to expensive software can aid in your search for savings.

CPU Time – Think outside the toolbox

CPU Time - think outside the toolbox

It’s inevitable. As a sysprog, you run a complex analysis job in production and suddenly realize that your batch job is running forever and sucking up CPU time. While higher priority jobs most likely wait, you don’t really want anything running out of control. A poorly designed SAS job can really cause problems. A new production batch job might do the same thing. But what can you do to prevent it? How can you really manage batch CPU time?

Dataset contention – “No fighting, No biting”

Dataset contention - No Fighting, No biting

As children, many of us read the timeless classic, ‘No Fighting, No Biting,’ a tale of warring alligator siblings and how their mother sought to broker peace between them. There are parallels to the problems of dataset contention. It’s inevitable that batch jobs will fight over limited system resources. In a capacity-constrained system, this can really cause delays, if jobs must wait a long time for CPU, memory or I/O channels.

Approaching the software purchase decision

Software purchase decision making

As experienced technicians, we know how to do our job well and can quickly pick up new technologies and processes. But when it comes time for a significant software purchase, something we do much less frequently, it can be a challenge to be sure that we are doing everything we can to get the right solution. As someone who has been on both sides of the software acquisition game, this blogger has learned a few things that might help you feel more confident about your decision. You’ll be able to level the playing field with these suggestions.

What’s hidden in your manual? Opening the treasure chest

Opening the documentation treasure chest

Back in the 20th century, it was fairly common to find mountains of manuals organized in piles. The thought was that it would be easier to look things up if you had the manuals close to hand. Then, as now, documentation is like a treasure chest with a wealth of invaluable information. But few people read them. As the Internet became the source for all knowledge, manuals moved there; but, they received no more attention online than their predecessors on paper.