visualjob for IWS

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visualjob aggregates the scheduling definitions and job runtime statistics of your IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS and End to End (IWS, formally TWS Tivoli Workload Scheduler) 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 IWS are available within one integrated solution.

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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 IWS available today and is essential for the effective management of your Workload Automation environment. Via APS VISUALjobControl, which is part of the visualjob for IWS license, JCL and script analysis is also provided.

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Metrics about your IWS environment, collected and aggregated by visualjob can also be visualized via apsware analytics.

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visualjob for IWS Features:

Flowcharting

visualjob for IWS provides managers, production staff, applications personnel and end-users with an integrated graphical overview of the IWS 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 IWS 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 IWS 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 IWS. 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 IWS, it is possible to create robust web-based reports of the IWS 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 and Critical Path Analysis

In order to understand and analyze an IWS 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 IWS can identify and display the IWS paths from and between a start and/or end operation. Combining the path search with the visualjob for IWS forecast function or the visualjob for IWS knowledge about how jobs have executed in the past makes the enhanced visualjob for IWS (critical) 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 IWS provides robust IWS forecasting functions. visualjob for IWS can forecast at any level, from the individual application / operation or the entire schedule. The IWS 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 IWS Windows GUI, authorized users can quickly and easily edit, duplicate or delete specific IWS scheduling information. All IWS for z/OS and IWS End to End parameters are supported and all field names used in the GUI are the same as in the IWS 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 IWS loop detection facility identifies potential loops before they negatively impact batch production. In doing so, no IWS 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 IWS 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 IWS 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 IWS provides comprehensive workload simulation functions with graphical support through the Gantt chart to perform resource utilization and proactive analysis.

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Change Management

visualjob for IWS is packaged with the visualjob for IWS Mainframe Component to unload and load all IWS 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 IWS 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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