VISUALjob for TWS

Workload Analytics: Understand and improve your TWS schedules

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VISUALjob aggregates the scheduling definitions and job runtime statistics of your 
TWS for z/OS and TWS End to End environment and visualizes the result in an understandable and meaningful way.
All aspects of high-quality flowcharting, cross referencing, forecasting, scheduling design, quality assurance, 
statistical reporting, workload analysis, workload simulation and critical path simulation for TWS are available within one integrated solution.



Automation experts and Analysts can now gain reliable information and perform root-cause analysis and workload simulations quickly, replacing labor-intensive information gathering and professional estimates.

VISUALjob is the most advanced Workload Analytics solution for TWS available today and is essential for the effective management of your Workload Automation environment. Via APS VISUALjobControl, which is part of the VISUALjob for TWS license, JCL and script analysis is also provided.

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Metrics about your TWS environment, collected and aggregated by VISUALjob can also be visualized via the new APS Analytics Dashboard.

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VISUALjob for TWS Features:

Flowcharting

VISUALjob for TWS provides managers, production staff, applications personnel and end-users with an integrated graphical overview of the TWS job network that is unmatched. Complex relationships between operations and applications are presented in an easy and understandable visualization, not only reducing the time it takes to understand the existing environment, but also pinpointing potential problems and avoiding downtime. All TWS parameters are supported.

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Creating Images and Printing

Creation of graphics, prints, PDFs and/or MS VISIO of the job flows facilitate accurate communications between interrelated departments and better documents the business processes that TWS supports.

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Cross Reference Reporting

Searching for criteria within the schedule and generating dynamic reports could not be easier with VISUALjob for TWS. The cross referencing facility offers a powerful reporting tool with an easy to use interface; without requiring individual coding skills or proprietary language.

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Web Reporting

In addition to the imaging and printing capabilities within VISUALjob for TWS, it is possible to create robust web based reports of the TWS schedule flow. With a click of the mouse or through an automated batch job, reports containing hyperlinks, graphical and textual information are produced. The produced reports can be immediately available for view on your intra/internet site.

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Enhanced Path Analysis

In order to understand and analyze a TWS job net correctly, it is extremely important that the various paths between operations can be identified quickly and accurately. The path search option of VISUALjob for TWS can identify and display the TWS paths from and between a start and/or end operation. Combining the path search with the VISUALjob for TWS forecast function or the VISUALjob for TWS knowledge about how jobs have executed in the past makes the enhanced VISUALjob for TWS path analysis a very powerful assistant.

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Forecasting

Faulty planning can lead to disruptions and delays in production. In order to visualize the schedule or discover possible planning mistakes while designing the job net, VISUALjob for TWS provides robust TWS forecasting functions. VISUALjob for TWS can forecast at any level, from the individual application / operation or the entire schedule. The TWS forecast can be performed for a specific day or a range of dates. The output can be a flowchart, Gantt chart or spreadsheet.

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Designing and Maintaining Scheduling Definitions

From directly within the VISUALjob for TWS Windows GUI, authorized users can quickly and easily edit, duplicate or delete specific TWS scheduling information. All TWS for z/OS and TWS End to End parameters are supported and all field names used in the GUI are the same as in the TWS ISPF interface, so users will be inherently familiar with the fields.

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Loop Analysis and Detection

A loop within the schedule can have disastrous consequences on the production environment. The VISUALjob for TWS loop detection facility identifies potential loops before they negatively impact batch production. In doing so, no TWS for z/OS trial plan needs to be created; which saves time and resources. Loop detection is available for a single operation or for checking an entire job net.

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Statistical Reporting

Free form reports can easily be generated utilizing statistics collected from past TWS batch executions. Robust filtering criteria can be used to narrow the focus of reports based upon criteria such as dates, times, day of week, applications, operations, workstations, job status, and more.

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Workload Analysis

VISUALjob for TWS enables the user to visualize past executions in a Gantt chart, based on the actual runtime information collected in the statistical database. This provides an excellent graphical overview about how processes have performed in the past and as compared to their average performances.

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Workload Simulation

When there is no way to accurately simulate the effect of an added load to a job flow or the longer/shorter running of jobs within a flow, service levels are hard to define. VISUALjob for TWS provides comprehensive workload simulation functions with graphical support through the Gantt chart to perform resource utilization and proactive analysis.

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Services

A Service describes a TWS driven business process which can be defined and uniquely named by a VISUALjob administrator within VISUALjob. The VISUALjob users can call these Services and perform automated root-cause analyses (Workload Analysis) and Workload Simulations with only two clicks.

Change Management

VISUALjob for TWS is packaged with the VISUALjob for TWS Mainframe Component to unload and load all TWS for z/OS base definitions. Powerful selection criteria allow you to generically or explicitly qualify applications and which other resources (base definitions) associated with those applications to unload automatically. All base definitions are supported and can be unloaded/loaded in batchloader format or to a flat file. Because the data is sequential, it is compatible with virtually all change management solutions / strategies.

JCL and Script Analysis

Via APS VISUALjobControl, which is part of the VISUALjob for TWS license, JCL and script analysis is also provided. APS VISUALjobControl is the most up-to-date, easy-to-use, fastest way to view, analyze and report on JCL.

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