ASG APC automates the targeting, measuring, reporting and analyzing of application jobsteps or online regions

APC monitors production Batch and Online applications, in real-time, across Parallel-Sysplex environments, and automatically identifies candidates warranting detailed analysis.

ASG APC prioritizes targets based on highest resource savings potential and automatically triggers measurements for in-depth performance analysis. APC reduces manual efforts to the lowest possible degree by automating the recognition of runaway jobs, the initiation of measurements, the collection of relevant data, and the analysis of trends. ASG-APC “learns” application behaviour and automatically detects applications that run outside their normal thresholds.  This produces greater resource savings and frees up IT staff for other important tasks.

Differentiators

ASG APC aggregates individual module resource utilization to provide a cross system view of resource utilization.
  • Automatically triggers measurements for in-depth performance analysis.

  • Automatically identifying candidates warranting detailed analysis.

  • Tracks historical behavior of business critical applications.

  • Identifies targets that will produce the highest resource savings.

Benefits

Automates 90% of the Application Quality Management process.
  • Finds concealed tuning opportunities

    Automatically finds all concealed tuning opportunities in production.

  • Identifies resource consumption

    Finds the root causes of unnecessary resource consumption.

  • Better end-user productivity

    Improves service levels and increases end-user productivity.

Provides a unique visual display of your daily batch activities.

ASG-APC BatchMap helps you quickly identify which jobs have caused problems at which point in time and for which reason (CPU consumption / runtime) and if the performance of the jobs has changed 

Batch jobs continue to be the backbone of IT in big companies. It is only in this way that the huge amounts of data that business-critical applications produce every day can be efficiently processed. The widespread deployment of online and dialogue applications is one of several reasons why batch processing on the mainframe reaches its limits ever so often. It is thus indispensable to closely monitor daily batch performance.

Differentiators

ASG-APC BatchMap highlights critical path jobs allowing an analyst to easily investigate the jobs of most importance.
  • Assess current resource consumption compared to a job's average historical consumption.

  • Displays how many jobs running at the same time.

  • Statistical data from the APC repository are the basis for assessing and comparing the current consumption.

Benefits

Provides detailed batch information regarding batch jobs.
  • Shows hourly LPAR activity in your sysplex.

  • Identifies which jobs have created problems.

  • Show jobs that have exceeded their APC historical average. 

For Web User Interface

Mobius Luminist Web User Interface is an intuitive, modern Web-based user interface that provides users the ability to quickly and easily search, access, view, download, and link enterprise content indexed and archived by the Mobius ViewDirect Repository.

Mobius Luminist Web User Interface is an intuitive, modern Web-based user interface that provides users the ability to quickly and easily search, access, view, download, and link enterprise content indexed and archived by the Mobius ViewDirect Repository.

Differentiators

Mobius Luminist Web User Interface:
  • Converts documents into Web-ready formats

  • Delivers simple search

  • Enables searches to be saved and shared with multiple users

  • Provides multiple views of the same content

  • Permits user interface customization

  • Supports multiple web browsers

Benefits

  • Doesn't change or copy orginal content

  • Uses keyword searches to find content

  • Supports collaboration and ease-of-use

  • Doesn’t replicate content

  • Permits user interface personalization

  • Use any standard Web browser

Get the Maximum Potenial Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG CloudFactory investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers pre-configured ASG CloudFactory installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG's cloud solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-Workspaces - Installation and Configuration

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your key cloud team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customize, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG CloudFactory solution.

  • ASG-Workspaces - Proof of Concept

    Evaluate a proven solution for your next generation desktop. Find out what's in it for you.

A Proven Suite of Products to Plan, Build, and Manage Modern Cloud Platforms

ASG CloudFactory is a solution suite to plan, build and manage modern cloud management platforms that combine cross platform service aggregation and management with an attractive, easy to use workspace environment that delivers applications, information, and all IT services to any device.

Businesses can start simplifying their IT service delivery today by implementing an end-to-end cloud management platform that provides datacenter automation, self-service management, cloud service aggregation and an innovative workspace. By deploying this SLA-driven cloud platform, companies will be enabled to better meet business demands, optimize cost and enhance productivity. ASG CloudFactory provides proven software solutions and cloud blueprints to build, provision, and manage end-to-end cloud environments that empower the entire organization with more agility while maximizing existing technologies and investments. At the front-end, ASG CloudFactory provides a next generation workspace that aggregates and securely delivers applications, information and business-critical IT services no matter the device or location. At the back-end, ASG CloudFactory provides fully-automated infrastructure life cycle management and provisioning workflows to ensure resource elasticity and short time-to-service.

Differentiators

The ASG Cloud approach helps customers receive the most value out of existing IT investments by automating the delivery of centralized IT services for simplified consumption by the business.
  • A future workspace with end-to-end security

  • Employee on- and off-boarding within minutes

  • Simplified and accelerated provisioning of IT services

  • Seamless aggregation of applications and services from various sources

  • ITIL-compliant, fully automated life cycle management of cloud server infrastructure

  • Cloud assessment for a successful transformation of IT service delivery

Benefits

Transform your IT environment into private and hybrid clouds leveraging the highest level of IT service delivery automation. ASG CloudFactory offers you everything you need to benefit from an end-to-end cloud management suite, including:
  • Workspaces

    for increased productivity through intuitive user interfaces

  • Self-Service Management

    for shorter time-to-service with status transparency

  • Cloud Service Aggregation

    for controlled and convenient access, including public cloud services

  • Data Center Automation

    to regain team capacities for strategic business support

  • Cloud Assessment

    to ensure the successful transformation of IT service delivery

Of all Cloud Management Solutions that we have reviewed during our Radar, ASG CloudFactory constitutes the strongest solution industry-wide in terms of automated IT service delivery.

Torsten Volk, Research Director, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), EMA Cloud Management Radar, Q1, 2013

for Extending the Power of ASG-Zeke to the Enterprise

ASG-Zeke Agents allow scheduling on distributed platforms from the ASG-Zeke mainframe scheduler. Jobs that run on platforms such as UNIX®, Microsoft Windows, AS/400, HP/MPE, and VMS platforms would be defined, managed, and controlled from ASG-Zeke — just like mainframe jobs. This allows the capability for leveraging existing Zeke skill sets and insulates the need to be a platform expert by focusing on scheduling tasks.

ASG-Zeke Agents extend traditional mainframe scheduling capabilities to distributed platforms while retaining a mainframe-centric control point. You leverage existing ASG-Zeke skill sets, and eliminate the requirement for multiple platform expertise. Centralized control and monitoring ensure operators focus on scheduling tasks rather than individual system management tasks. Using ASG-Zeke Agents you achieve a single, integrated workload management solution across your heterogeneous environment, and can define, schedule, execute, monitor, and manage batch workload and software changes using the same methodology – regardless of the vagaries of the target platform. In addition to enabling control and monitoring from any ASG-Zeke manager, ASG-Zeke Agents allow users to issue commands back to the ASG-Zeke manager to execute work on other agent machines. This bi-directional line of communication allows users to build extremely flexible job applications.

Differentiators

  • Cross-platform automation.

  • Platform support: IBM AIX, HP-UX, SUN Solaris/SUN OS, DEC UNIX, Windows, AS/400, HP/MPE, and VMS.

  • Workload balancing functionality.

Benefits

  • All workload controlled from ASG-Zeke “Scheduleview.”

  • TCP/IP and SNA connectivity.

  • Limited disk and memory requirements.

  • Cross-platform triggering capabilities.

Enterprise Data Protection from Laptops to Servers, from Remote Offices to Data Centers, Across all Platforms

With the ASG Data Protection product suite, organizations can protect, manage, archive, and recover digital information simply and effectively—across any infrastructure, on any platform, over any period of time.
 

Whether it’s managing the data growth with a fixed budget, coping with data retention, or simply preventing data loss, organizations face new and increased business and operational challenges when managing their digital data. ASG’s comprehensive portfolio of integrated software solutions includes backup and recovery for complex data center environments, continuous data protection of desktops and laptops, and long-term archiving of files.
 

Differentiators

  • Enterprise Scalability

    Unlimited scalabilty from a few servers to a thousand, whether physical or virtual.

  • Manage Data Throughout its Entire Lifespan

    Includes backup and recovery for complex data centers, continuous protection ofworkstations, and long-term archiving.

  • Broad OS and Application Support

    ASG-Time Navigator protects data for all major server operating system and applications.

  • Broad Storage Support

    Protects/archives from and to tape libraries, disk arrays, object storage and cloud.

  • Long-term Open Format Preservation

    ASG-Digital Archive will keep data and metadata easily accessible for decades to come.

Benefits

  • Business Resilience

    Ensure your businesses' IT keeps up with your constant need to have your applications available at all times.

  • Easy Management

    ASG-Time Navigator is one solution that protects all your servers, applications and databases.

ASG products are crucial for our fully digital workflow. ASG-Digital Archive optimizes storage and simplifies reuse, while ASG-Time Navigator protects against data loss. This improves operations so that we’re completing twice as many projects with the team.

John E. Thompson, San Francisco Operations Manager, Creative Services, Wells Fargo

A Foundation Technology that Automates Access to Critical Enterprise Information

ASG’s Enterprise Automation Management Suite (EAMS) solutions offer a practical approach to managing the ever-increasing complexity in today’s IT environments.

As companies add new platforms, technologies, applications, and people to support delivery of IT and business services, complexity continues to grow. This complexity has led to challenges in accessing the appropriate real-time information to make critical business decisions. Likewise, deployment of new services while trying to proactively manage the quality of existing services can be a challenge. ASG’s EAMS solutions provide a Foundation Technology that automates access to critical enterprise information. It leverages data from any automation tool, data store, or application to provide better decision support, avoid costly outages, manage risk, and manage the health of IT and Business Services.

Differentiators

  • Dashboard Option

    For customers who need the visibility and insight that dashboards provide. Users can create multiple dashboards for different views depending on their specific needs.

  • Analytics Option

    Provides support for all components of ASG’s unique Foundation Technology, including the Dashboard, Federation Adapters, Analytics, and powerful Business Asset Repository.

  • Analytics and Impact Analysis Option

    Offers the power of ASG’s Analytics and Impact Analysis solution with additional concurrent users for the Business and Asset Repository.

  • Enterprise Option

    Enables organizations to scale the majority of the components in the Analytics and Impact Analysis solution to support the enterprise environment.

Benefits

  • Extract maximum value from your existing technology

    EAMS is a complementary solution that leverages your existing technology and data sources to provide additional value and improve management of the enterprise.

  • Attain real-time insight and understanding for better and faster decision-making

    Automated access and visibility to disparate information makes the goal of IT and business integration possible, improves responsiveness to the business, and helps meet critical service delivery requirements.

  • Avoid costly outages and manage risk

    Proactively manage complexity and take action before a problem becomes critical.

  • Rapidly deploy highly flexible solutions for quick time to value

    Avoid vendor lock-in and get started today with EAMS. The Foundation Technology options allow you to build value by adding functionality and user access based on your changing needs.

A key enabler of enterprise information and knowledge management that provides business users with the ability to effectively locate understand and manage information assets that supports the daily IT and business operations.

Ensures organizations get the most value out of information assets by making them easy to find, understand, and use. It helps improve the management and governance of information and data.

ASG Enterprise Data Intelligence helps organizations govern their information assets. It makes jobs easier by helping to find and access the data that is needed, when it is needed, and helps organizations see value in their data assets. ASG's Data Intelligence supports data governance policies by providing the data assets that are needed to run the business. It improves efficiency and agility, eliminates risk in the time-consuming managing of corporate information, and helps organizations with data modeling, managing business glossaries, data dictionaries, and data warehouse and reference data.

Differentiators

  • Provides end-to-end data lineage

    Provides a dynamic visual map that shows all the data flows and dependencies in the environment

  • Supports Impact Analysis

    Views all impacts of proposed changes to the data integration environment before they are implemented

  • Supports a wide variety of technologies

    Supports a unique collection of interfaces to more than 140 different types of metadata sources

  • Technical and Business Rationalization

    A new and unique way of rationalizing business and technical information

  • Supports Data Governance Initiatives

    Supports both data governance and regulatory compliance by defining information based on corporate standards and definitions

  • A powerful interface browsers

    An intelligent interface that delivers business, logical, and physical metadata to end users in a faster and intuitive manner

  • Provides Workflow

    Governs, creates, and shares a common vocabulary of business terms and definitions

Benefits

Provides comprehensive visibility across all units, granting mangers the ability to make clearer and more accurate decisions.
  • Provides Traceability

    Enables the movement and linkage of metadata within and outside the repository

  • Foundation for Data Governance Initiative

    Supports both data governance and regulatory compliance by defining information based on corporate standards and definitions

  • Make Information Usable

    Describes how information can be used, combined, and shared; establishes knowledge base of information and assets

  • Protects Corporate Interests and Reputation

    Provides “evidence” for governance and compliance purposes; prevents inappropriate exposure and use of information

  • Minimizes Cost of Information Usage

    Reduces storage costs due to creation and maintenance of redundant data and complexity

Get the Maximum Potenial Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your software investments through project excellence enabled by ASG Professional Services consultants.

Project Excellence is a term used by ASG Professional Services to describe our proven method for successfully planning, executing and controlling projects. It is based on industry-standards such as PRINCE2, but has been tailored specifically for software implementation, migration or data conversion projects. It accelerates project work while insuring that the project stays on target. To leverage ASG's unique project method, we also offer project management for all individual projects. Another special offering is the ASG Technical Account Manager (TAM). This customer-dedicated individual has profound knowledge of the customer's environment, and combines his insights with expert knowledge of ASG’s solutions. He also acts as an advisor when it comes to efficient use of ASG solutions. Should problems or technical issues occur, clients will immediately speak to the person who has direct access to all of ASG's subject matter experts.

Differentiators

Please see the document at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG Project Management Practice

    ASG's Project Manager provides the extra experience, method and tool kit to achieve the expected results within performance targets.

  • ASG Technical Account Manager

    The Technical Account Manager is a dedicated contact who will assist your team in technical discussions related to the respective ASG solutions.

Control and Drastically Reduce the Burden of the Software Maintenance Process

ASG SmartTeam - Application Discovery and Understanding Suite is our comprehensive and integrated tool set that supports legacy application reengineering and maintenance processes by providing a lifecycle solution for managing your existing systems. The suite supports applications reengineering tasks including the general inspection tasks of revealing program structure, relationship tracing, and exposing program deviations.

Studies and user experience have proven that the use of tools to provide a thorough understanding of applications can improve programmer productivity more than 20 percent. An application knowledge base enables organizations to leverage their existing application assets. It is an essential mechanism for improving business agility and increasing efficiencies.

Differentiators

ASG SmartTeam - Application Discovery and Understanding Suite provides the ideal tools for managing the applications portfolio.
  • ASG-Alliance

    Application-understanding component of an integrated life cycle solution for managing your existing systems. Uses an analytical engine for revealing a wealth of information about your organization's applications.

  • ASG-Encore

    Reengineering component that provides a powerful tool to quickly identify and extract COBOL business functions for reengineering and reuse.

  • ASG-Insight

    Automated program-understanding component that enables complete program understanding.

  • ASG-Recap

    Application quality measurement component that provides application size and quality metrics to support portfolio evaluation and ongoing application quality initiatives.

  • ASG-SmartDoc

    Automated program documentation component that provides the documentation required for continuous application improvement.

  • ASG-SmartEdit

    Provides COBOL program intelligence to the ISPF editor, facilitating any changes to COBOL application programs.

Benefits

  • Improves productivity through comprehensive application understanding and effective reporting.

  • Can be implemented in an incremental and cost-effective manner to deliver quick time to value.

  • Enables application organizations to efficiently rationalize their application assets.

  • Addresses a wide range of technologies and management requirements to support the entire application portfolio.

  • Supports governance requirements with reporting and analysis functionality.

Understand, Manage and Extend Existing Applications to Support Changing Enterprise Circumstances, in the Most Cost-effective Manner

The ASG SmartTeam - Application Problem Determination and Debug Suite helps developers rapidly identify program problems, apply corrective solutions, and test fixes. This is an integrated solution for debugging, fault management, file and data manipulation, and application performance management that links test and production environments. Application quality needs are addressed across a spectrum of programming languages and database platforms for both batch and CICS.

ASG offers Applications Management solutions that address the business challenges facing IT managers of every organization. ASG provides solutions that organize, prioritize, measure, and improve delivery of application portfolios in support of changing enterprise circumstances. The best practices, technology, and derived metrics of Applications Management solutions allow organizations to bring a holistic view to their continuing application portfolio management.

Differentiators

The ASG SmartTeam - Application Problem Determination Suite gives you the ability to quickly obtain accurate test data, find performance improvement opportunities, and identify and debug root causes of application problems.
  • ASG-SmartTest

    Integrated testing and debugging environment that supports Assembler, C, COBOL, and PL/I programs in the batch, CICS, IMS and DB2 environments.

  • ASG-SmartScope

    Fault diagnosis and dump management in the batch, CICS, IMS and DB2 environments with source language support for Assembler, C, COBOL, and PL/I.

  • ASG-SmartFile

    Provides easy access to multiple z/OS file types, such a PDS, PDSE, SAM, VSAM datasets and IMS databases, as well as extensive support for managing DB2 tables.

  • ASG-ValidDate

    Manipulates the system date to evaluate the effect on applications.

Benefits

  • Interactive language intelligent analysis of abends for CICS and batch applications.

  • Interactive fault analysis solution to expedite problem determination.

  • Gain significant productivity improvements in ABEND problem resolution through integration between fault diagnosis and testing tools.

  • Quickly diagnose and resolve production problems in the core mainframe environments.

  • Enable a true production-level test environment by leveraging mainframe data sources.

  • Promote application quality and performance.

for Applications Maintenance and Transition

The ASG SmartTeam - Existing Systems Workbench (ESW) Suite supports applications reengineering tasks including the general inspection tasks of revealing program structure, relationship tracing, and exposing program deviations.

The ASG SmartTeam - ESW Suite provides an integrated suite of tools that enable programmers, analysts, and other IS professionals to perform tasks with efficiency and accuracy. An organization can accomplish more with significantly less effort and fewer resources – and with higher quality results. In addition, it helps in guiding and managing the entire process by providing extensive statistical and reporting facilities. These facilities assist IS managers, project leaders, and QA auditors in planning and monitoring projects and enforcing standards. From start to finish, the ASG SmartTeam - ESW Suite controls and drastically reduces the burden of the software maintenance process.

Differentiators

Provides quick and concise information about applications and programs in multiple levels of detail to facilitate better understanding.
  • Interactive tester/debugger for batch and ISPF.

  • Fault diagnosis and dump management component.

  • Test data management component.

  • Identifies application errors/failures.

  • Integrated workbench environment.

Benefits

Improve productivity of applications maintenance staff.
  • Maximize the value of your legacy portfolio.

  • Supports application reengineering. 

  • Supports inspection tasks of revealing program structure.

  • Relationship tracing, and exposing program deviations.

  • Quality assurance. 

A secure, multilingual chat solution that offers fast and easy access to help and support.

ASG Solutions for Chat offers one-click access to assistance and provide customer support agents with easy-to-use remote desktop tools for fast diagnosis and problem resolution across Windows, Mac and Linux.

Designed for global businesses, ASG Solutions for Chat reduce support costs, improve support agent productivity and enhance customer satisfaction by providing the fastest, direct channel to expert assistance.

Differentiators

Provides live chat, real-time visitor tracking, secure click-to-call and requires no configuration changes or application deployments.
  • One-Click Access to Support

    Online and offline chat buttons to accurately inform the customer of support availability.

  • Intelligent Chat Features

    Support agent chat initiation and pre-defined messages to accelerate the support process.

  • Advanced Reporting

    Delivers reports generated by user, client, and time

Benefits

Provides customizable live chat capabilities for support that can be offered at multiple access points anytime it is needed,
  • Maximizes Investments

    45 percent less costly than phone-based support.

  • Adapts to User Environments

    Chat access from websites, support portals, email signatures, Twitter accounts and other supported applications.

  • Supports Multiple Languages

    Can be customized to reflect multiple languages and brands (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish).

Allows support technicians to securely connect to and manage a wide range of remote devices.

ASG Solutions for Remote Control integrate seamlessly with MSPs, enterprise help desks, and OEM partners to deliver global IT management, automation, remote access, and support services.

This product is specifically designed for help desk users. It accelerates problem resolution and enhances the customer experience while reducing overall support costs. 

Differentiators

Support agents can leverage the environment by feeding session details into the reporting module for clear accountability with their customers.
  • Secure remote control of Windows, Mac and Linux machines.

  • Connect on-demand and schedule remote desktop sessions.

  • Robust troubleshooting toolset with easy-to-use graphical interface,

  • Fault-tolerant global data backup for maximum security and redundancy.

Benefits

Allows support agents to conduct secure remote connections across multiple platforms, view the computer desktop, and interact with it as if on a local network.
  • Seamless integration

    Seamlessly integrate with your CRM, ticketing, ERP, and other business apps.

  • Fast

    Fast, on-demand remote desktop connectivity delivered from a globally-distributed socket server network.

  • Secure

    100 percent web-based with nothing to install, and no footprint left behind on remote computers.

Get the Maximum Potenial Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG Systems investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers preconfigured ASG Systems installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Systems solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the document at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG System Assessment

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG Systems solutions.

for Understanding Applications

Application understanding is the one task that must be performed correctly and completely at the beginning of any it project. Manually, this task is time-consuming and difficult to perform accurately, but it can be simplified through the automation of ASG-Alliance, the application-understanding component of the ASG-Existing Systems Workbench™ (ESW®). It is an integrated solution for managing your existing systems by providing factual data to support informed decision-making.

ASG-Alliance improves productivity by enabling users to quickly determine the hidden ripple effects of changes within an application. It increases the flexibility of your staff by allowing any user to conduct in-depth, application-level impact analysis that previously required senior subject matter experts. ASG-Alliance also increases accuracy through comprehensive knowledge of the internal relationships of different application components.

Differentiators

ASG-Alliance provides extensive search capabilities by:
  • Enabling searches on any information stored in the Application Knowledge Repository (AKR)

  • Facilitating the rapid identification and content review of usage locations

  • Searching at the program or application level

Benefits

ASG-Alliance enables data item understanding by:
  • Identifying data items that are related through redefines or assignment statements (synonyms)

  • Providing attribute data about any data item in the application

  • Identifying copybooks and local definitions of the same data item (homonyms)

Enhances Application Manager’s Productivity and Supports Application Investment Management and Information Understanding

A unique solution that saves organizations time and money by providing detailed knowledge and understanding for more effective management and decision-making within the application life cycle.

ASG's Application Understanding Solution identifies the composition of custom applications and how they are connected. It supports a wide range of technologies and presents an end-to-end view of applications assets across the enterprise, from mainframe to distributed technologies. It supports business and IT initiatives: application integration and outsourcing, external regulatory requirements, internal control compliance, and application modernization.

Differentiators

ASG-Data Intelligence Application Understanding enables the analysis of applications and helps facilitate a wide variety of architecture and business driven decisions
  • Supports Internal Governance

    Enhances IT governance through measurement, control, and end-to-end visibility of all applications in the portfolio

  • Provides Impact Analysis

    Helps determine the impact of change and how it affects the business

  • Recognizes more than 100 Technologies

    Impressive breadth of technologies from the domains of mainframe and distributed architectures

  • Reduces Application Complexity

    Inventories, references, and documents all business, technical, functional, and data elements at a finer level

  • Manages Application Quality

    Provides over 200 out of the box application quality rules and metrics that relate to applications compliance

Benefits

Saves time and money by unlocking the potential of an application portfolio
  • Enables Portfolio Evaluation Support

    Helps identify and prioritize candidates for application replacement, retirement, outsourcing and repairing

  • Increases Developers Productivity

    Helps programmers and developers to become more productive; identifies applications that are critical to the business

  • Addresses Demographic and Technology Changes

    Identifies diminishing and obsolete and legacy products; measures complexity of custom applications and databases

  • Supports Risk and Quality Management

    Allows changes made with minimal disruption and risk; monitors and identifies legacy code and application quality and health

We used ASG-becubic to scan 29,354 NATURAL objects and were able to document application flow and eliminate a manual process for over 50 complex applications, which reduced our analysis time by more than 90 percent.

Maintenance Programming Manager, Major Financial Service Company

Cross-Platform Scheduling and Workload Automation

ASG-Zena is a robust, enterprise-wide workload management solution for distributed operations environments that support “event-based” scheduling as well as traditional time and date-based scheduling methodologies.

ASG-Zena provides non-invasive integration of legacy applications, ERP, and newer, “message aware” environments such as .NET and J2EE that offer advanced IT process automation. From a single console, users can manage workloads and several scheduling points across multiple platforms, including Windows , as well as multiple UNIX and Linux operating environments and on the AS/400. ASG-Zena improves efficiency and reduces costs. It also offers exception-based management, a highly scalable component-based architecture, fault tolerance, role-based security, and graphical drag-and-drop workload definition.

Differentiators

  • Enables event-based scheduling along with time and date-based methodologies

  • Provides integration of legacy applications, ERP, .NET, J2EE and others

  • Automates and integrates advanced IT processes across diverse applications, including those from SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and Siebel

  • Features exception-based management, a highly scalable architecture, fault tolerance, role-based security, and graphical drag-and-drop workload definition

  • Manages multiple scheduling points from diverse platforms through a single console

  • Supports Multiple Platforms, including Windows.

Benefits

  • Facilitates end-to-end, integrated workload management across multiple operating environments

  • Offers unmatched scalability and integration capabilities to execute hundreds of thousands of workloads

  • Provides VMWare interfaces for automated provisioning and management

  • Extends centralized management to business application environments such as SAP, PeopleSoft, and Oracle

  • Enables script-less integration and automation across multiple environments such as J2EE, .NET, Websphere, and Web services

  • Offers a centralized console to manage multiple server environments

  • Provides exception management with extensive alert and proactive component monitoring and notification capabilities

  • Enhances flexibility with customizable views and reporting while automating corrective actions

  • IT process automation capabilities enabled through extensive integration facilities and a robust graphical interface

Get the Maximum Potential Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-Z-Suite investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers preconfigured ASG-Z-Suite installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Systems solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-Z-Suite Training

    Get your team ready for a productive use of ASG solutions.

  • ASG-Zena Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-Zena solution.

  • ASG-Zeke Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-Zeke solution.

  • ASG-Zebb Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-Zebb solution.

  • ASG-Zara Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-Zara solution.

  • ASG-Zack Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-Zack solution.

Simplify Multi-Platform Workload Scheduling and Management to Lower Costs

ASG-Z-Team solutions make the most complex and challenging IT environments easier to manage. ASG's solutions help customers eliminate errors, automate processes, and simplify complex day-to-day operational tasks.

ASG-Z-Team solutions enable a business-centric approach to managing the flow of work on multiple systems. By responding to business events rapidly, mapping workload processes to service level agreements, allocating resources based on infrastructure status, and proactively managing performance, it supports an organization's ability to reduce time-to-market on new business functionality and operational costs.

Differentiators

The ASG-Z-Team solutions make the most challenging IT environments easier to manage because of:
  • Centralized workload scheduling

    from whichever platform the customer chooses to work from – mainframe or distributed.

  • Complete visibility of all workload

    with solutions that simplify the complexity and control of Production Operations

  • Comprehensive integrated tools

    which function as a solution rather than a combination of products

  • Global-scale solution for scheduling

    and automating of daily operational jobs, tasks, chores, duties and process across the enterprise

  • Event-driven and time and date-based

    scheduling across multiple platforms and operating environments (Windows, z/OS, UNIX, Linux, AS/400)

Benefits

  • Automating routine and repetitive tasks

  • Increased operational efficiency

  • Improving productivity

  • Better use of skills

  • Reducing costs and lowering risk

  • No wasted resources chasing errors

  • Automating complex workloads

Improving the quality of our operation, by lowering errors and adding better automation, will have a positive impact on our business, ensuring that business information will be available earlier.

Fraternidad Muprespa

Proactively Monitor and Manage Your z/OS System in Real Time

ASG-TMON for z/OS is a dynamic solution for monitoring every area of IBM's z/OS operating system across every partition in your enterprise.

It provides real-time performance information on important software and hardware resources and long-term online data for after the fact analysis of resource usage trends, service levels, I/O contention, job delays, exceptions, and more. It is designed specifically for systems programmers, performance analysts, application tuners, and operations personnel, and it includes powerful exception processing and productivity-enhancing utilities.

Differentiators

  • Detailed day-of-week and time-of-day sensitive exception monitoring that automatically issues operator messages and JES2 commands

  • Detailed XCF activity in Sysplex environments

  • Delay analysis for site and SRM-defined workloads, which identify factors impacting performance of jobs, started tasks, and TSO sessions

  • Identification of jobs and I/O bottlenecks causing data set contention

  • Monitors TSO response time at the period level

  • Instruction-level traces to help identify looping jobs and inefficient code

  • Validation of effectiveness of storage isolation parameter changes

Benefits

  • Monitors z/OS performance in real time across your enterprise

  • Stores short- and long-term performance data online, collected and summarized to your needs

  • Focuses access of long-term data using powerful filtering criteria so that you can easily find “after-the-fact” job delays and I/O contention

  • Exploits zIIP processing, reducing product costs

  • Provides subcapacity MSU forecasting to help monitor and avoid cap breaches causing cost overruns

  • Integrated with IBM’s Health Checker for fast problem analysis and resolution

For Monitoring and Management of IBM z/VSE Systems and Applications

ASG-TMON® for z/VSE™ offers a robust performance management solution with the scalability to meet the challenges of complex enterprise systems head-on.

The solution greatly improves overall z/VSE availability by proactively managing z/VSE business applications and critical resources. ASG-TMON for z/VSE provides the insight necessary to quickly resolve complex z/VSE system and applications issues, resulting in optimized end user response times and maximized availability.

Differentiators

  • Provides seamless integration with relevant information in other ASG-TMON products for faster and easier problem resolution.

  • Monitors z/VSE utilization and system resources for continuous view of system performance.  

  • Oversees all aspects of job execution, including currently running, resource consumption, I/O, data sets, and delay analysis.

  • Views VM storage, processor, and I/O contention information from a z/VSE perspective.

  • Monitors all areas of device and channel activity, including volume, cache, I/O control block, service time, and queue time.

  • Provides real-time and historical data analysis, replay of minute-by-minute job statistics, and automatic data management.

  • Data archiving through summarization, sample and customized reports, capacity planning, and cost accounting.

Benefits

  • Integrated with the ASG-TMON® z/VSE family of performance management solutions.

  • Improves business application and system availability.

  • Isolates problems rapidly reducing mean time to resolution.

  • Provides real-time and historical performance monitoring to simplify problem identification and resolution.

  • Provides robust application and performance analysis tools to solve problems fast.

  • Includes online and batch reporting.

Monitor System Availability with Business Performance Management Software

ASG-TMON’s solutions help organizations achieve IT systems performance goals. The computing environment can be monitored and managed from the supporting systems, applications, components, and platforms to the actual end-user experience

ASG’s solutions deliver everything organizations need to maximize IT management, performance, and availability with the fastest time-to-implementation and lowest total cost of ownership (TCO). The ASG-TMON family of products for the IBM zSeries platform provides comprehensive solutions that monitor and manage the health, availability, and performance of the system and subsystem resources that power critical business applications across the z/OS and z/VSE enterprise. ASG accomplishes this by uniquely combining all ASG-TMON products into a highly integrated set of performance monitors. In addition, ASG-TMON ensures that operating systems, middleware, databases, and network components operate efficiently and effectively.

Differentiators

The ASG-TMON Suite closes the visibility gap between IT systems and the impact on business systems by
  • Lower Total Cost of Ownership

  • Integrated technology silo solution

  • Shortest time to install and ease of use

  • One stop vendor for all monitor needs

  • Centralized SysPlex monitoring

  • Integration and Common look and feel

  • Easy installation and maintenance

Benefits

ASG-TMON’s solutions deliver everything needed to maximize IT management, performance, and availability
  • Effective business service availability

  • Ensure the end user experience

  • Control costs

  • Improve product user productivity

  • Faster problem Mean Time To Resolution

The transition from the replaced monitoring products to the ASG-TMON products was easy and seamless. ASG has a strong technical support team who are fully trained in all TMON products. Their support allowed for a successful transition. By rapidly correcting problems and by proactively preventing problems, we maintain and improve our service levels and provide our users with seamless 24 x 7 IT infrastructure support.

Bill Raser, Senior Vice-President, Primerica, Inc.

Get the Maximum Potenial Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-TMON investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers preconfigured ASG-TMON installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG's Systems solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-Naviplex Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customize, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-Naviplex solution.

  • ASG-TMON Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customize, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-TMON solution.

  • ASG-TMON Trainings

    Get your team ready for a productive use of ASG solutions.

Content Search, Aggregation and Integration Across Disparate Repositories and Databases

ASG-Total Content Integrator (TCI) provides fast, easy, and secure access to all digital information stored anywhere in your enterprise. Employees, customers and partners can have immediate access to critical content without excessive costs of in-house integration, code development, and maintenance.

ASG-TCI components use packaged Web Services, enabling a single Web application request to activate a search across multiple, disparate repositories, file systems, databases, and applications - including email, Microsoft® SharePoint®, Oracle®, SAP®, IBM®, EMC®, ASG-ViewDirect®, ASG-Cypress®, and others. Scaling from department to enterprise levels, ASG-TCI imposes no limits on the number of repository connections, or types and volumes of content.Combined with the ASG-ViewDirect Repository, ASG-TCI archives content into a "repository or record" to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with corporate records.

Differentiators

  • Application Connectivity

    Connects to third-party search engines to access indexed content and provide users access to Internet content.

  • Database Connectivity

    Distributes SQL queries to different databases and extracts relevant rows and columns, embedded objects, and linked content.

  • Customized Connectivity

    Offers a Software Development Kit (SDK) with a sample adapter that can be customized to access any other database or repository.

  • Enterprise Search

    Delivers any content by automatically translating search criteria and passing the necessary information to ASG-TCI’s adapters.

  • Flexible Authentication Services

    Eliminates the need to enter credentials across disparate repositories while providing secure access based on role or profile.

  • Index Mapping

    Resolves the relationship between common universal indexes defined in ASG-TCI and repository-specific indexes in an archive.

  • Uniform Delivery

    Information is presented to users via Web browsers, desktop applications, or a native viewing clients.

Benefits

  • Provides a complete, consolidated view of content from all enterprise repositories.

  • Scales to accommodate unlimited repositories, users, and content volume.

  • Delivers content in familiar, browser-based formats.

  • Secures content access based on defined authority profiles.

  • Normalizes index fields and data, providing a simple, uniform search experience.

  • Applies source-appropriate formatting for consistent viewing.

  • Offers an open source interface for adapter development and enhanced interoperability.

  • Eliminate the need for complex coding to integrate content from multiple sources without API programs.

  • Implement content management interoperability services (CMIS).Application Connectivity

Accessing, Integrating, and Archiving Enterprise Content In SAP Environments

ASG-Total Content Integrator™ (TCI) for SAP® provides bi-directional, realtime federated content aggregation and integration between SAP and disparate content repositories used by other business applications.

ASG-TCI for SAP communicates with repositories and other content sources via Web Services-based adapters that understand how the content is structured and modeled. These packaged adapters translate queries, search content sources, and deliver all relevant content, regardless of the source to SAP users. Using ASG-TCI in combination with the ASG-ViewDirect Repository enables enterprise-class storage and archiving of SAP and non-SAP content that have a relationship, e.g., Purchase Order and Vendor Invoice via SAP NetWeaver [ArchiveLink and Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) WebDAV]. ASG-TCI for SAP imposes no limits on the number of repository connections, or types and volumes of content that can be integrated with SAP.

Differentiators

ASG-TCI for SAP permits organizations to:
  • Search within SAP to deliver any content type from ASG-TCI connected repositories.

  • Authenticate via single sign-on to eliminate the need to enter credentials across disparate repositories.

  • Automatically resolve the relationship between common universal indexes defined in ASG-TCI and repository specific indexes.

  • Deliver information via the SAP User Interface, Web browsers, desktop applications, CMIS clients or mobile clients.

  • Provide high-performance, back-end archiving of SAP data into the ASG-ViewDirect repository and make it accessible from within SAP.

  • Provide comprehensive and centralized federated life cycle management for all SAP and non-SAP records.

Benefits

ASG-TCI for SAP is the only content integration solution that:
  • Provides packaged adaptors to deliver all relevant content, regardless of the source to SAP users.

  • Enables integration with ECM system repositories, including Microsoft SharePoint, IBMContent Manager, EMC Documentum, and Alfresco One.

  • Connects to third-party search engines to access indexed content and provide SAP users access to Internet content.

  • Connects to relevant SAP ArchiveLink and ILM WebDAV databases and SQL-compliant databases to extract relevant information.

  • Provides a Software Development Kit (SDK) with a sample adapter that can be customized to access any other database system or content repository.

for Processing Large Amounts of CA-IDMS Data

ASG-Tracer allows you to gain a better understanding of update activity on the database. Your site can take advantage of the valuable information that IDMS automatically writes to its journal files about updates to your database.

ASG-Tracer reformats cryptic database images and converts them into an easily accessible and understandable format. You can use these results as input to your own report applications or use the pre-written reporting facility included with ASG-Tracer. ASG-Tracer reports are essential for auditing activity against your IDMS database and pinpointing performance bottlenecks. It unlocks powerful information from the data automatically stored on the CA-IDMS journals. The before and after images of all updated records is reassembled into the data that the updating program saw in its record buffers at the time. ASG-Tracer produces a simple to use reformatted record file. Using this file of record images and original verbs in the order of their occurrences in time, you can write your own programs to report, replicate, audit, etc. The tracker component of tracer uses an SQL like language to select data for reporting down to a single record field.

Differentiators

  • Provides record-element-level audit trails that show updates to record occurrences and changes to pointers.

  • Lists details about the updates, such as author, changes, and dates.

  • Reformats journal archive records for use in recovering lost data, fixing data corruption problems, and transferring data to a parallel master CA-IDMS database or another environment.

Benefits

  • Reports performance information concerning program and run unit execution times, resources used, access by users, locks caused, and aborts.

  • Supplies a detailed account of updates made through DBOL and CA-DMLO.

  • Allows you to specify selection criteria, including DB key selection and SQL-like data selection statements.

Get the Maximum Potential Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-ValidDate investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers pre-configured ASG-ValidDate installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Systems solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-ValidDate Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-ValiDate solution.

Get the Maximum Potential Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-TriTune investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers pre-configured ASG-TriTune installation package that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. The Installation packages offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Systems solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-TriTune Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-TriTune solution.

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ASG-TriTune Identifies the Root Cause of Application Performance Inefficiencies in Mainframe Applications

ASG-TriTune isolates the sources of excessive processing more efficiently than traditional application performance analysis products. ASG-TriTune improves applications throughput and lowers CPU consumption by pinpointing application execution delays.

ASG-TriTune isolates the sources of excessive processing in mainframe applications, improving application response times and lowering CPU consumption. It provides proactive performance analysis and tuning that helps optimize enterprise application performance across z/OS applications. ASG-TriTune helps you improve customer service, meet service level agreements (SLAs) and maintain a competitive edge by saving operational costs in deferred hardware and software purchases. It identifies wasted processing time and reduces CPU consumption leading to improved processor utilization, deferred capacity increases, and reduced chargeback costs. ASG-TriTune saves application performance personnel time in resolving performance issues, reducing the Time To Resolution (TTR) which allows personnel time for other development projects.

Differentiators

ASG-TriTune analyzes and identifies the source of the highest delay to the execution of the application.
  • Pinpoint Root Cause of Application Delay

    Detailed delay and execution metrics quickly identify the root-cause of sub-optimal performance of mainframe applications.

  • Detailed Delay and Execution Metrics

    Identifies execution delays to the line of code. Identifies data delays, code activity, and database activity by transaction.

  • Reduces Time To Resolution of Exceptions

    ASG-TriTune analyzes all critical information to identify system, database, I/O and application performance inefficiencies.

Benefits

Using ASG-TriTune proactively saves money.
  • Resolve Performance Issues Quickly

    Critical System and Application Performance data is automatically provided to immediately address performance issues.

  • Helps Reduce CPU Consumption

    The largest consumer of CPU in the application is identified to the line of code that is causing the CPU consumption.

  • Provides a Positive ROI

    Shorter time to resolution of application performance issues+delaying CPU upgrades+consistently meeting SLA's = Positive ROI.

With some programs, we reduced processing by up to 70 percent! Even some small modules that we would never have had time to look at, contributed to the overall reductions.

Director of Data Processing – Large Financial Bank

Enterprise Content Aggregation, Integration, Retention and Information Governance for Microsoft SharePoint Users.

ASG-Total Content Integrator (TCI) for Microsoft SharePoint provides fast, easy, and secure access to all digital information stored anywhere in the enterprise to be viewed in Microsoft SharePoint.

ASG-Total Content Integrator (TCI) for Microsoft SharePoint is designed to provide SharePoint environments total content aggregation and integration with content repositories for other business applications - finance/accounting, customer relationship management, warehouse management, etc. It grants SharePoint users access to employee- and application-generated content throughout the enterprise via the familiar SharePoint user interface. And it gives IT the ability to store and archive SharePoint documents for long-term retention, including binary large objects (BLOB), to improve SharePoint scalability and performance. When combined with ASG-ViewDirect and ASG-Records Manager, ASG-TCI for SharePoint enables enterprise-class storage and archiving, enhanced information governance and compliance, and improved business process controls. This powerful combination results in an enterprise-class solution that combines the best of SharePoint content management capabilities with total enterprise content integration and best-in-class enterprise storage, archiving and records management services.

Differentiators

  • Application Connectivity

    Connects to third-party search engines to access indexed content and provide users access to Internet content.

  • Database Connectivity

    Distributes SQL queries to different databases and extracts relevant rows and columns, embedded objects, and linked content.

  • Customized Connectivity

    Offers a Software Development Kit (SDK) with a sample adapter that can be customized to access any other database or repository.

  • Enterprise Search

    Delivers any content by automatically translating search criteria and passing the necessary information to ASG-TCI’s adapters.

  • Flexible Authentication Services

    Eliminates the need to enter credentials across disparate repositories while providing secure access based on role or profile.

  • Index Mapping

    Resolves the relationship between common universal indexes defined in ASG-TCI and repository-specific indexes in an archive.

  • Uniform Delivery

    Information is presented to users via the SharePoint UI, Web browsers desktop applications, or a native viewing clients.

Benefits

  • Provides a complete, consolidated view of content from all enterprise repositories.

  • Scales to accommodate unlimited repositories, users, and content volume.

  • Delivers content to the SharePoint UI and in familiar, browser-based formats.

  • Secure content access based on defined authority profiles.

  • Normalize index fields and data, providing a simple, uniform search experience.

  • Apply source-appropriate formatting for consistent viewing.

  • Offer an open source interface for adapter development and enhanced interoperability.

  • Eliminate the need for complex coding to integrate content from multiple sources without API programs.

for Intelligent IT Asset Management

ASG-TrackBird™ provides an end-to-end IT asset management solution that delivers automated IT asset discovery, and monitors licensing and compliance.

ASG-TrackBird helps organizations lower IT costs, manage compliance, and improve return on capital with an operational approach to lifecycle, inventory, contract, and cost controls of IT assets. The solution performs ongoing IT inventory. It generates easily customizable reports on all aspects of the organization’s infrastructure, including software usage and licensing, hardware configurations, and capacity, enabling managers to make better budgeting and purchasing decisions.

Differentiators

  • Reports on policy adherence

  • Allows report customization

  • Allows enterprise scalability

Benefits

  • Reduces software licensing costs through instant, extensive application audits.

  • Reduces business risks associated with the installation of unauthorized software and non-conformance to software licensing agreements.

  • Alerts administrators to asset changes.

  • Provides comprehensive IT asset inventory.

Enterprise Content Management, Storage, and Archiving

The ASG-ViewDirect® Suite is a scalable, full-featured, fully-integrated, ECM system that delivers fit-for-purpose ECM solutions. It manages all content regardless of type, volume, platform, storage device or viewing client in distributed and mainframe environments.

The ASG-ViewDirect Suite manages all of your organization’s content throughout its life cycle and has the flexibility to incorporate new forms of content as they are introduced. To satisfy ever-changing requirements and achieve all organizational content-related goals, the ASG-ViewDirect Suite has a robust underlying architecture capable of supporting any content from any source. It can also manage the explosive growth of all types of records and content while guaranteeing their long-term integrity and availability. The ASG-ViewDirect Suite offers unmatched performance and a rich set of features that customize content for any distribution channel. It makes content available to support business operations and mitigates the risks and costs associated with legal and regulatory compliance.

Differentiators

The ASG-ViewDirect Suite is the only enterprise content management solution that supports:
  • Any content

    Provides direct access to any content type from any source and requires no third-party software to process these formats.

  • Any volume

    Imposes no limits on repository size or user numbers.

  • Any platform

    Users obtain a logical, single-system view of content distributed across multiple repositories and hardware platforms.

  • Any storage device

    Archives can be stored on any storage device, including tape, disk, optical, CD, and DVD.

  • Any client

    Delivers and presents any content to authorized users through their client of choice.

Benefits

The ASG-ViewDirect Suite assists organizations achieve:
  • Cost Reduction

    Multi-platform support on both distributed and mainframe systems, providing the best-of-breed solution.

  • Content Integration

    Gives users a logical, single-system view of content in multiple, disparate repositories, databases and file systems.

  • Enhanced Security

    Multi-level security with complete audit trail. Single sign-on to multiple repositories using any security mechanism.

  • Productivity Improvement

    Workflow ensures that content is routed to review, modify, approve, etc., based on defined business processes

  • Compliance

    Automatic acquisition, classification, retention and disposition of records for both mainframe and distributed environments.

  • Information Governance

    Performs spot audits each time data is created or content is added to a system

  • Flexibility

    Consolidate information from multiple sources automatically into single federated views. Apply comprehensive retention policies.

  • Control

    Convert documents on-the-fly from one format to another without modifying the source. Integrate content at the content level.

We’ve seen a significant reduction in the amount of paper documents to be stored, resulting in huge savings in manual management while achieving compliance.

Project Manager of IT Services, Postecom

Data Analytics and Mining

ASG-ViewDirect-ABS and the Modeler/Publisher Module give organizations the ability to easily audit, clean, model and mine the data contained in archived reports, documents, and content located in a multitude of applications and databases.

ASG-ViewDirect Audit and Balancing System (ABS) scans, detects and informs users of potentially costly data inaccuracies within enterprise reports and across different applications, and prompts them to take action to fix an out-of-balance error. The Modeler component is then used to create models to define how to mine/extract specific data from content in the ASG-ViewDirect Repository and/or within enterprise-wide applications and databases. Classification, trend, optimization, predictive and simulation models can be built to extract data from reports. The Publisher component is then used to apply the model created via the Modeler to current reports of the same type and/or data in the ASG-ViewDirect Repository. The mined/extracted information is then used to build new business intelligence reports.

Differentiators

ASG-ViewDirect-ABS and Modeler/Publisher permits organizations to:
  • Identify new internal data sources to improve business intelligence.

  • Gain deeper insight into existing report information to make better business decisions.

  • Ensure data integrity by extracting and validating data directly from existing reports.

  • Eliminates manual intensive process by automating the delivery of new information from existing reports, e.g, financial reporting.

  • Traces all extracted data by using published reports as a data source.

Benefits

ASG-ViewDirect-ABS and Modeler/Publisher is the only content management data analytics and mining solution that:
  • Provides data modeling and mining for data archived in reports, documents, and content located in repositories and databases.

  • Improves the quality, accuracy, and insightfulness of internal report data.

  • Automates repetitive manual processes for acquiring, auditing, integrating, scheduling and distributing report data.

  • Verifies security and traceability of data.

Enterprise Content and Data Matching, Validation and Reconciliation

ASG-ViewDirect-ABS® is an automated enterprise content and data matching, validation and reconciliation quality control software solution. It automatically examines, detects and informs users of potentially costly data inaccuracies.

ASG-ViewDirect-ABS helps organizations reduce time, money and errors associated with manual data matching and balancing processes. It translates and automates the logic of manual data matching and balancing rules that determine whether key data elements satisfy established criteria for reliability. The arrival of a data item, such as a document in the repository, a transaction in a line of business application, or a file transfer, triggers the matching and balancing process. When an out-of-balance condition is detected, ASG-ViewDirect-ABS locates the transaction or item that is in error and performs the appropriate action; actions may include sending an e-mail to the appropriate person, raising an exception to a production process, logging the anomaly, or initiating a business process using workflow. It also provides a complete audit trail that documents correct and incorrect conditions.

Differentiators

ASG-ViewDirect-ABS is the enterprise content management data validation solution that:
  • Automates Data Matching and Validation Process

    Enables line-item reconciliation, in which data is extracted from two sources and compared to reconcile any discrepancies.

  • Integrates With Enterprise Applications and Systems

    Retrieves data from any data source and provides language interfaces to integrate directly to application programs.

  • Identifies Errors and Maintains Audit Trail

    Identifies when an out-of-balance condition is detected and provides a complete audit trail for documenting and reporting.

Benefits

ASG-ViewDirect-ABS helps organizations to:
  • Retrieve data from any data source or application

  • Enable line-item reconciliation to compare reconcile discrepancies.

  • Perform spot audits each time data is created.

  • Compare data from different periods.

  • Facilitate control-total balancing to ensure that data from one application is properly applied to another.

  • Execute file and item verification to ensure that all expected output components of a process have been created.

  • Identify errors before processing to prevent data corruption.

Precise Workload Analysis

ASG-Workload Anlayzer offers graphical tools that allow you to quickly and precisely track your processing performance.

ASG-Workload Analyzer is a PC-based analysis tool that provides an enterprise with invaluable insight into its batch window processing. It tracks and analyzes processing performance, detects problem areas, and presents an analysis of processing in a graphic format that is easy to understand. ASG-Workload Analyzer is a superb tool for data centers, saving staff from time-consuming data analysis. It displays executed jobs and identifies where jobs were abended or where time was lost. It graphically captures job runtime data from the system management facility, thereby expediting analysis of processing trends, resolving bottlenecks, and improving operational productivity.

Differentiators

  • Provides complete current and post-production analysis.

  • Analyzes all jobs, both scheduled and unscheduled.

  • Graphically identifies long- and short-term trends.

  • Provides extensive, user-definable filtering.

  • Offers the definition of exception-based reporting.

  • Provides service level information in easy-to-understand graphs.

  • Includes an easy-to-use query manager.

Benefits

  • Offers graphical tools that allow you to quickly and precisely track your processing performance.

  • Allows you to scrutinize, measure effectiveness, recognize problem areas, and do something about the way you handle your data processes.

  • Eliminates wasted time and takes control of how your organization manages its workload.

  • Significantly reduces the amount of time that staffs spend analyzing and resolving errors.

  • Employs a built-in, drill-down analysis approach in which graphical visualizations can be manipulated using the drag-and-zoom feature.

  • Utilizes a comprehensive set of color-coded graphs that represent the results of processing activities for easy analysis.

  • Provides extensive, user-definable filtering for the definition of exception-based reporting that reduces analysis time.

for Comprehensive Workload Analysis and Forecasting

Increasing workloads and complex interdependencies between jobs make monitoring schedules and predicting batch performance difficult. Complex environments require proven solutions to forecast workloads, verify performance, and understand scheduling and Job Control Language (JCL) environments.

ASG Workload Optimization Suite is comprised of ASG-Workload Planner, ASG-Workload Analyzer, and ASG-Workload Mapper™, and addresses all three of these important needs, allowing Production Control, Operations Management, and other data center staff to better manage critical batch processing environments.

Differentiators

  • ASG-Workload Planner

    Reduces data center complexity by providing an easy-to-use, interactive graphical presentation of the information contained in your job scheduling program’s database.

  • ASG-Workload Analyzer

    Offers data centers an innovative, graphical tool to track processing performance.

  • ASG-Workload Mapper

    A knowledge-gathering tool that provides a comprehensive view of IT software assets and interrelationships across the enterprise.

Benefits

  • Displays a graphical representation of actual processing results.

  • Provides accurate workload performance statistics.

  • Graphical forecast of batch workloads to easily identify processing bottlenecks and workload critical path.

  • Derives detailed workload statistics from other scheduling systems and JCL analysis to provide interrelationship and cross reference data.

for Graphically Presenting Complex Scheduling Details

ASG-Workload Planner gives your data center staff the ability to better understand complex schedules from a variety of mainframe scheduling systems. In addition, it helps your staff forecast future scheduling performance. It takes complex information contained in a scheduling system database and translates it into interactive graphic flowcharts. Forecast information, also collected from the scheduling system, is used to create a series of graphs that predict the performance of scheduled processing.

ASG-Workload Planner provides a comprehensive flowchart of all scheduled jobs. By changing timing information, the addition or removal of jobs to and from a schedule is also modeled. This function allows you to simulate “what-if” scenarios to gauge the impact of changes on batch window processing.

Differentiators

  • Graphically displays peak and slow times in batch windows.

  • Presents schedule flowcharts with a click of a mouse.

  • Enables workload planning for more efficient execution.

  • Interfaces with ASG-Zeke, CA-7, IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler, and most other third-party mainframe scheduling solutions.

Benefits

  • Provides drill-down, graphic representations of scheduled flows for analysis of scheduled batch windows.

  • Graphically identifies job predecessors and successors.

  • Identifies critical paths for any job in a schedule with a click of a mouse.

  • Quickly and efficiently creates interactive, graphic displays of schedules — ideal for disaster recovery.

Enterprise Content Storage and Long-Term Archiving

The ASG-ViewDirect Repository is the foundation of the ASG-ViewDirect Suite. It captures, indexes, stores, transforms, and publishes any content from disparate applications, repositories, and platforms in distributed and mainframe environments.

The ASG-ViewDirect Repository functions as both a content storage platform with Web delivery of document-based content and a long-term archive for regulatory compliance. Advanced indexing technology puts content into context by associating it with shared business values. A transformation engine transforms any data stream into the appropriate format for delivery across multiple channels, including printer, fax, email, browser, wireless, tablet and more. By managing content with defined life cycles to ensure accurate storage and long-term archiving, it helps organizations implement information governance to meet corporate policies and regulatory mandates. With its superior architecture, ASG-ViewDirect enables unlimited scalability, flexibility, and interoperability necessary for aggregating and integrating all enterprise content.

Differentiators

The ASG-ViewDirect Repository is the only content management repository that can provide:
  • Enterprise-wide Scaleability

    Supports multiple operating systems and computing environments (Windows, UNIX, LINUX, z/OS), for cost-effective content management.

  • No limits

    Does not impose limits on the number of content items, their size or how many users accessing them.

  • Lifecycle Storage Support

    Files can be moved from fast disk to less expensive storage as information content ages and is accessed less frequently.

  • Flexible Search Architecture

    Permits users to dynamically combine application indexes and data attributes for faster, more efficient search and retrieval.

  • Enterprise Index™

    Allows unlimited paths to stored items and index entries down to the field level; groups content across all enterprise systems.

  • Section Index™

    Breaks reports into sections and grants role-based user access.Reports can be run once, parsed, and distributed appropriately.

  • UniversalArchive™

    Supports any choice or mix of servers and storage devices; ensures global content access and guaranteeing content portability.

Benefits

The ASG-ViewDirect Repository assists organizations to:
  • Capture content from any source and in any volume across your enterprise.

  • Provide unlimited scalability for organizations of all sizes on both mainframe and distributed platforms.

  • Offer unsurpassed query capability across diverse platforms and sources.

  • Leverage dynamic indexing to provide high-speed searches.

  • Provide immediate information retrieval, even during peak times.

  • Deliver content in an appropriate format via multiple channels, without the need for third-party software.

  • Incorporate section-bursting to permit secure distribution of information.

  • Provide flexibility to define storage hierarchy and retention rules.

  • Integrate with multiple security solutions to enforce corporate policies.

for Creating Virtual Copies of CA-IDMS Databases

ASG-Virtual DB allows an organization to create multiple virtual copies of IDMS databases for use across a broad range of environments. It reduces the amount of DASD required to support multiple database copies and breaks through the limitations inherent in partial data and simulated test cases.

A virtual database is a self-contained copy of an existing database. The self-contained image looks like an actual IDMS database and is transparent to IDMS, its utilities, and application programs. You can perform all database functions against the virtual database. Under a virtual database, the existing database is protected from update. All updates are written to a shadow file instead of to the existing database. As a result, multiple users or groups of users can work with independent shadow files and thus have the ability to share a single existing physical database with no coordination effort or data integrity issues. Virtual DB also allows a shadowed view of the production database from the QA or test CV and although it uses only a small differential changes VSAM file, the entire production database can be viewed through it. This allows a programmer to instantly recreate production problems from the test system using the exact data that their user used.

Differentiators

  • Enables your organization to execute hot backups against an IDMS database.

  • Provides realistic IDMS test environments, allowing test runs and training against production data in actual structures.

  • Isolates multiple test environments by separately storing changes made by programs that run against the database.

  • Conserves DASD by not requiring full copies of databases to provide multiple database environments.

Benefits

  • Keeps all updates in a shadow file that does not impact baseline data.

  • Restores initial test or training environments without doing actual restores.

  • Utilizes a site’s production database for production or quality assurance testing, thereby enabling production testing without impacting a site’s database.

  • Requires no changes to application software.

Automated Systems and Event Management

ASG-Zack seamlessly manages system events and console activities, eliminating the need for the customized manual scripting that is normally associated with complex automation tasks.

The processing power of today’s enterprise demands higher availability, service, and automation. To meet this challenge efficiently, solutions must reduce or eliminate manual intervention as well as automate complex systems. ASG-Zack, a comprehensive, rules-based solution for console automation in z/OS and z/VSE environments, monitors mainframe systems consoles and provides message-based automation for those systems. ASG-Zack also works in conjunction with ASG-Zena on distributed platforms to provide complete automation and to efficiently solve business problems.

Differentiators

  • Captures, suppresses, and responds to Write-to-Operator (WTO).

  • Reduces message traffic by highlighting, low-lighting, consolidating, and suppressing messages.

  • Automates system events based on Time-Of-Day (TOD) requirements.

  • Sequences automation events such as IPL process automation.

  • Propagates automation data through global, shared, and system variables.

  • Consolidates message traffic from multiple systems for centralized management.

  • Provides comprehensive and pre-defined message management rule sets.

Benefits

  • Automates and improves system reliability and maximizes IT resources.

  • Supports advanced automation to ensure high availability and minimize system downtime.

  • Reduces console traffic to maximize throughput Incorporates easy-to-use features and automatic actions that reduce costs.

Automated Console Management

Providing automated systems operations, ASG-Zack/VSE monitors all console activity and events continuously. It independently handles routine events and alerts your operators to situations demanding further attention, allowing operators to concentrate on more pressing tasks.

ASG’s Console Automation solution helps you lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by improving system resource and user efficiency through automation. It manages the availability of critical z/OS resources and maintains the optimal conditions of your mainframe systems by managing daily operations according to defined business policies, replacing the need to manually react to console messages and “write to” operator messages. By automating complex user-specified conditions, automation staff can shift their focus to creating new code that meets the requirements of the business.

Automated Tape Management

ASG-Zara is a cost-effective, online media management system. Zara secures, audits, and monitors valuable IT data in an mainframe environment, while providing real-time access to tape management data.

ASG-Zara provides easy-to-use formatted screens, simple operator commands, and online options for customizing the system. ASG-Zara tracks all dataset contents on a volume, determines tape status, and performs its own database maintenance. Other features include transient tape support, SAF security, optional SMP/E support, alphanumeric volser support, peer-to-peer communication with silo devices, electronic vaulting support, real-time off-site storage management, and external label printing. ASG-Zara tracks the physical location and contents of every volume, whether in the data center or off-site, and provides this information through online displays and hard copy reports.

Differentiators

  • Protects your important tapes and data from untimely expiration or costly overwrites.

  • Tracks the physical location and status of every volume in your library, including transient and off-site tapes.

  • Ensures that the most current versions of your critical data are safely backed-up and stored offsite.

  • Supplies Operations with a well documented, easy-to-follow audit trail of all tape activities.

Benefits

  • Comprehensive,online, real-time data access and updates.

  • Transient tape management increases your control.

  • Easy online definition of retention values with no JCL changes.

  • Maximum flexibility with multiple CPU or mainframe environment support.

  • Direct communication improves ATL operational efficiency.

  • Open application program interface (API) ensures system integration.

  • Export and import services provide versatile administrative data management.

Automated Process Rerun Management

ASG-Zebb is an automated restart system that monitors jobs on one or multiple mainframe computers. It evaluates and logs the execution steps within jobs and provides automated restart and recovery capabilities.

ASG-Zebb is a comprehensive automated process rerun management system that improves productivity in data centers by reducing manual tasks that are required to restart or rerun jobs. All Zebb features and capabilities are accessible from ASG-OpsCentral. ASG-Zebb handles reruns automatically with precision and accuracy, all without changes or modifications to Job Control Language (JCL). This industry-exclusive capability allows accurate reruns of previous jobs regardless of whether or not that job occurred several days, or several cycles, ago. By eliminating manual intervention, ASG-Zebb ensures that jobs will use correct datasets and will be completed virtually error-free.

Differentiators

  • Improves productivity by automating and streamlining restarts.

  • Prevents common data set errors.

  • Protects system-critical data sets.

  • Features unsurpassed generation data group handling.

  • Tracks error causes, including restart tracking, reload and recovery of jobs, and execution statistics.

  • Provides simulated views of jobs for online approval prior to rerun.

  • Makes operations seamless by eliminating service interruptions caused by archival or database backups.

Benefits

  • Features industry exclusive generational restart capabilities that allow automatic reruns of previous jobs.

  • Submits and restarts jobs through seamless integration with ASG-Zeke to provide extended control of processing.

  • Recognizes automatically that abended jobs are being rerun, provides users with precise information, and then restarts at the most logical and efficient point.

  • Provides a full-screen online system with complete user control over restart definitions and operations.

  • Maintains a duplicate, secondary (vault) database and uses its local electronic vaulting services to perform quick restarts, avoiding the need to perform database recoveries or backup routines if DASD or CPU failure occurs.

For Enterprise-wide Systems Management and Job / Process Management for z/OS and z/VSE

ASG-Zeke is an automated job scheduler that dynamically schedules and dispatches events, and monitors every aspect of your job schedule.

ASG-Zeke provides wide ranging functionality, including system command scheduling, automatic variable calculation and substitution, step-level condition code validation, workload balancing, schedule forecasting and simulation, SAF security, optional SMP/E support, simultaneous support for multiple JCL libraries, electronic vaulting capabilities, pre-built calendars, and other utilities. With the availability of the Zeke Automation Option, simple console automation capabilities can be defined and managed directly from ASG-Zeke. When you add ASG-Zeke Agents, scheduling is extended to all the major platforms, including UNIX, OS/400, Microsoft Windows, VMS, MPE, and Tandem.

Differentiators

  • Optimizes your workload through real-time, logical, and physical resource control to automatically check condition codes at every step and to react in real time

  • Creates schedules, performs backups, and maintains calendars without interrupting service

  • Manages enterprise-wide scheduling

  • Presents all schedule information for every supported platform on a single screen and highlights all exceptions (abends, late jobs, etc.)

  • Supports concurrent schedules within the same job names (versioning)

  • Schedules and manages from one location to an infinite number of systems, across operating systems worldwide or just across the room

  • Provides perpetual calendars that allow you to define dates as far into the future as needed

Benefits

  • Schedules and submits events at machine speed

  • Responds automatically to messages and continuously monitors every aspect of job schedules

  • Reduces human error by operating with minimal user intervention

  • Improves system efficiency and throughput by checking physical and logical resources before job dispatching

  • Checks step-level condition code through the use of the IBM SMF facility and allows job cancellation based on condition codes

  • Presents schedule information on a single screen and highlights exceptions automatically using the Schedule View feature

  • Features import/export facilities to ease migration across ASG-Zeke for z/OS implementations or to move from test to production environments

for CA-IDMS Data Distribution

ASG-Replication Suite makes virtually any relational database a “home away from home” for mainframe CA-IDMS data. It permits IDMS data to be synchronously replicated from a legacy database and distributed to virtually any combination of relational databases, regardless of the platform or location.

The ASG-Replication Suite maps a CA-IDMS database to a relational set of tables using a windows GUI tool, defines the relational tables, and then extracts the data from IDMS and loads it in to a relational target database, either on z/OS or off-platform to any SQL database (i.e. DB2, Oracle, Sybase, MySQL, IDMS-R, etc.). The target database can then be maintained (kept up to date with the source IDMS database) by reloading or using IDMS journal-based change only replication with a frequency from 15 minutes to daily or weekly. There is also a real-time option which allows for sub-second source to target latency. The ASG-Replication Suite enables data to be distributed selectively from IDMS for use by Web-enabled, client/server, desktop, mobile, or mainframe applications via a comprehensive set of tools. It is the premier single-vendor solution for fast, automated, reliable data replication.

Differentiators

  • Maps the IDMS network environment to a fully functional relational environment.

  • Loads, updates, and transforms data into more than 80 different formats.

  • Performs initial table loads, regardless of the Relational Database Management System (RDBMS).

  • Provides enterprise replication to any number of target RDBMS on any number of platforms, eliminating the cost of buying separate tools for Sybase®, Oracle®, MS SQL®, etc.

Benefits

  • Provides consistent data in the target tables at all times.

  • Transforms, cleanses, and reformats data through user supplied exits.

  • Provides transparent data conversion from IDMS to target table types.

For Web-Enablement and Distribution of Reports in Legacy and ERP Systems

ASG-Report.Web Web-enables reports from legacy, mainframe, ERP and distributed systems. It then pushes the information to employees, customers and partners for faster, more efficient, and more cost-effective distribution of information.

ASG-Report.Web helps streamline report distribution from legacy, mainframe and ERP environments, while reducing administrative overhead and capital expenditures. Administrators no longer need to monitor print jobs and perform steps when print jobs are finished. ASG-Report.Web actively monitors reports and folders on a predetermined schedule – daily, weekly, or any time – and takes action as soon as new information becomes available. Powerful online expiration and purging mechanisms permit ongoing and unattended maintenance. And, if the information resides in multiple, disparate systems, ASG-Report.Web can be managed remotely using a secure, Web-based management interface. The easy-to-use interface allows instant navigation to a page or section of a report. If a specific report – or a section of a report – needs to be scrutinized, information can be simultaneously extracted and written into a database. This approach enables additional reporting and/or analysis.

Differentiators

  • Web enables host-generated reports for online viewing in enterprise intranets / extranets.

  • Accepts and distributes data from multiple platforms, applications, and databases.

  • Provides for multiple uses of one data input stream: section bursting, tree indexing, or data analysis.

  • Incorporates expandable annotations to further clarify report information.

Benefits

  • Reduces costs associated with report printing and distribution.

  • Simplifies administration via unattended distribution of reports.

  • Reduces time spent searching for reports with the Favorites feature.

  • Permits even the largest of reports to be distributed and viewed without taxing network resources.

We unplugged the printers, and the print centers went out of business and NSF immediately saved $2 million in direct costs. We also were able to reconfigure our computer center using the space freed up when the printers were moved out.

Computer Specialist - The National Science Foundation

For Radically Reducing Document Search, Review Time and Cost

Ever-increasing amounts of content and data—both internal and external—require a systematic solution that can quickly identify information relevant to your needs or area of interest.

ASG-RiverGlass for eDiscovery gives IT and legal teams an intelligent, unified, early case data assessment solution that accesses, consolidates, classifies and categorizes targeted and relevant documents and content within the enterprise, and on the Internet. It dramatically reduces the time and associated costs to identify relevant content, allowing the user to allocate less time searching for content and more time analyzing it. ASG-RiverGlass for eDiscovery can access a wide variety of data sources and content (e.g., emails and documents) anywhere in your organization (e.g., network drives, SharePoint sites, etc.) and on the Internet (e.g., blogs, social networking sites). The result is highly targeted document sets. Legal first identifies the information they need from the Subject Guide, and IT pulls the correct data; this data is then passed to a review platform. It is also has intelligent scanning, which automatically monitors for—and notifies users of—new or modified content.

Differentiators

  • Gather and consolidate disparate content types from multiple sources: email, file systems and/or the Internet.

  • Automate content categorization by topics and/or custodian.

  • Monitor for, and notify users of, new relevant content automatically.

  • Identify relevant content previously unknown to users.

  • Respond when new relevant content has been discovered.

  • Include complete audit trail in order to document all actions taken on data.

Benefits

  • Reduce costs through targeted collections.

  • Improve processing time by culling non-relevant documents and identifying duplicates.

  • Save time by pre-classifing content via automated bulk tagging (confidential, privileged, etc.).

  • Drive relevant content to the forefront using context-aware search.

  • Optimize processing, search and retrieval of text-based content via a customizable Subject Guide.

  • Obtain a clearer overall picture of the content by interacting with live visualizations.

A Powerful Enterprise Metadata Repository

ASG's Enterprise Metadata Repository provides business and technical users with the ability to effectively locate, understand, and manage information that supports their daily business operations.

ASG's Enterprise Metadata Repository maximizes the business value of data, and helps IT organizations see the value in their data and information assets. It provides business and technical users with source-to-target data lineage and quick data facts about their data and systems across the enterprise. ASG's Enterprise Metadata Repository supports Data Management and Governance, Regulatory Compliance, and Impact Analysis. It provides supports for both distributed and mainframe environments and a wide variety of databases, ETL tools, Data Warehouse, and Business Intelligence technologies.

Differentiators

ASG-Data Intelligence Metadata Repository provides functionality across data warehouse management, data governance, regulatory compliance, and impact analysis.
  • Supports Data Governance Initiatives

    Supports both data governance and regulatory compliance by defining information based on corporate standards and definitions

  • Supports Impact Analysis

    Views all impacts of proposed changes to the data integration environment before they are implemented

  • Supports over 140 distinct technologies

    Supports a variety of Databases, ETL Tools, Programming Languages, Data Warehouses and Business Intelligence Tools

  • Provides end-to-end Data Lineage

    Provides a dynamic visual map that shows all the data flows and dependencies in the environment

  • Technical and Business Rationalization

    Identifies over lapping processes, applications and data asset eliminating duplications and redundancies

Benefits

ASG-Data Intelligence Metadata Repository provides comprehensive visibility across all units, granting mangers the ability to make clearer and more accurate decisions.
  • Provides Information Traceability

    Facilitates audit processes and establishes information credibility

  • Foundation for Data Governance Initiative

    Supports both data governance and regulatory compliance by defining information based on corporate standards and definitions

  • Provides an Enterprise View of Information Assets

    Provides business and technical users with a single version of truth about data and systems across the enterprise

Our initial project was for data lineage and the meeting of Federal compliance guidelines, but the real sell was the quality of the code and the metrics that demonstrated the ROI of using the tool. We can now also look at potential impacts of code quality, simplify data center applications, modernize platforms, and be strategically set to deliver for the changing needs of our customer base, while at the same time accomplishing that without less risk, more responsibility, and at lower costs.

Senior VP Architect Manager Information Architecture, Large Global Financial Institute

Get the Maximum Potenial Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-Rochade investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers preconfigured ASG-Rochade installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Metadata solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-Rochade Health Check

    Health Check Services will investigate existing ASG-Rochade installations to identify issues and provide potential resolutions.

  • ASG-Rochade Advanced Training

    Get comprehensive foundation knowledge to customize, enhance and extend your implementation of ASG-Rochade.

  • ASG-Rochade Basic Training

    Get your team ready for a productive use of ASG-Rochade

  • ASG-Rochade FDI Services

    Complement the GA interfaces of the ASG product with custom-developed interfaces for specific technologies in use at your organization..

  • ASG-Rochade Installation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your key metadata management team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-Rochade solution.

Centralized Data Management and Flexible Reporting

The ASG-Safari Suite is a powerful, flexible, and extensible server-based data management solution used to access and organize data environments and to provide intelligent information via data analytics, reports, and other visualization tools.

ASG-Safari combines various data sources, for example an ERP system for manufacturing, a CRM application for sales, and a financial database for accounting, into one virtual source, resulting in a consolidated view of the information available in your enterprise. Users share critical business information via a centralized metadata dictionary, ensuring that everyone utilizes exactly the same information. The information can then be used to verify data accuracy between systems, to consolidate information to create actionable reports and graphs, and analyzed to make strategic business decisions.

Differentiators

  • Graphical Data Administration Tools

    Combine data from disparate sources, administer data elements and verify accuracy prior to reporting and analysis.

  • Report Writing and Data Management

    Create powerful production reports involving complex logic in an easy-to-use, “English-like,” non-procedural reporting environment.

  • Web-based Reporting

    Produce flexible, easy-to-use, presentation-quality Web-based reports and reduce reporting bottlenecks in IT.

  • Universal Data Access

    Provide universal connectivity to any ODBC-compliant data environment with dissimilar platforms and operating systems.

  • Comprehensive Data Visualization

    Connect favorite visualization tools to secured, preprocessed enterprise data without having to change processes and procedures.

Benefits

  • Enhanced Security

    Database and application security enforced so only authorized users can access specific data and reports.

  • Cost Reduction

    Modular; use only the modules needed for your data management, reporting and analysis environment.

  • Reduced Complexity

    Centralized data management, analysis and report tool that combines data from disparate sources for both IT and end users.

  • Data Integration

    Access any data, regardless of the format, application, or environment in which it was created.

  • Process Efficiency

    Enhance the management, accessibility, analysis, and distribution of reports.

The ASG-Safari products have helped this department tremendously. We housed all the data on each student, but didn’t have an easy way to get the data out. ASG-Safari extracts the data to the desktop so we can identify trends and measure performance of the student body.

Director of Information Management Services

for Documenting COBOL Application Programs

ASG-SmartDoc is the COBOL documentation component of ASG-Existing Systems Workbench (ESW), an integrated solution for managing your company’s existing systems.

ASG-SmartDoc uses Analytical Engine to populate the Application Knowledge Repository (AKR), thereby providing documentation for COBOL application programs. It helps to quickly produce the documentation required for application maintenance and management processes.

Differentiators

  • Program control flow reports.

  • Call and copybook reports.

  • Program exceptions report.

  • Software metrics report.

Benefits

  • Repeatable application maintenance processes.

  • Outstanding program documentation for repeatable application management processes.

  • Pre- and post-project, program-quality metrics required for mainframe application management.

  • Extended COBOL intelligent listing.

  • Program structure charts.

COBOL-Intelligent Editor

ASG-SmartEdit is the COBOL-intelligent editor for ASG-Existing Systems Workbench (ESW), an integrated solution for managing your company's existing systems.

ASG-SmartEdit uses the Analytical Engine™ to provide COBOL program intelligence to the ISPF editor, facilitating any changes to COBOL application programs. It increases your organization's comprehension of COBOL programs enabling staff to quickly make changes to resume program production faster.

Differentiators

  • Features view-included copybooks.

  • Provides facilities for verifying COBOL syntax.

  • Provides COBOL intelligent environment to quickly identify point-of-change.

  • Verifies COBOL syntax to conserve compile setup and execution time.

Benefits

  • Improves application maintenance throughput.

  • Reduces CPU resources for program compilation.

  • Provides a graphic view of program structure.

  • Hosts COBOL intelligent find facility.

An effective and easy-to-use file and data management solution that can improve the speed and quality of testing.

ASG-SmartFile provides formatted and unformatted views that allow users to view data as stored, or in context of the underlying data structure, via a COBOL, PL1, or Assembler record layout.

ASG-SmartFile provides all of the benefits necessary for more efficient file and data management. There are full change, insert, and delete features to allow users to complete data management from a single tool. Run options allow users to execute interactively or in batch mode. ASG-SmartFile also includes a wide range of additional features, functions, and utilities that facilitate ease of use and streamline the process of application testing.

Differentiators

ASG-SmartFile is a powerful, yet simple-to-use file and data management solution for z/OS® and DB2.
  • Multiple File Types Supported

    Supports sequential, PDS, VSAM, IAM , IMS, and DB2 files.

  • Enhanced Features

    Provides enhanced search, replace, copy, reformat, and print utilities.

  • Batch Interface

    Provides online and batch interfaces.

Benefits

Assists Quality Assurance testers, and builds test data environments quickly that meet developers' requirements.
  • Task Reduction

    Reduces the arduous tasks associated with managing several different data types.

  • Eliminates custom scripts and one-off programs

    Eliminates the need to write custom scripts or one-off programs usually needed to move or convert data.

  • Assists Quality Assurance

    Helps manage data, and improve developer productivity and overall data integrity,

A robust fault diagnosis and dump management solution.

ASG-SmartScope supports application availability in z/OS® environments by automating the complex, error-prone processes of managing dumps and analyzing, diagnosing, and resolving batch and online application and system failures, or abends.

ASG-SmartScope uses dumps as input and provides an online, interactive viewing facility that is easy to understand and illustrates the cause of failure. In most cases ASG-SmartScope can display the actual failing statement within the application’s source code. With this information, and ASG-SmartScope’s notification capabilities, the user is able to quickly identify and resolve the cause of a program error.

Differentiators

Quick Scope and Quick Access reporting designed to analyze, format and present evidence needed to explain the cause of a batch or CICS transaction ABEND.
  • Quick Access Reporting

    Quick scope report and quick access menu allow application programmers to quickly pinpoint application errors.

  • Manage Options

    Flexible dump capture, dump rendering, and dump management options.

  • Fault Alert Feature

    Fault alert feature offers variety of ways to report problems.

Benefits

Provides fast and consistent capture and rendering of dump data for both batch and CICS systems.
  • Scalable Architecture

    High-performance, scalable architecture that avoids system bottlenecks by performing an outside-of-task caching of dump data.

  • Fast, Consistent Capture

    Innovative architecture provides fast, consistent capture and rendering of dump data.

  • Detailed Analysis

    Intelligent dump data analysis features make the most difficult, invisible application errors, visible.

Get the Maximum Potential Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-SmartTeam investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers preconfigured ASG-SmartTeam installation package that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. The Installation packages offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Systems solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-SmartFile Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-SmartFile solution.

  • ASG-SmartScope Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-SmartScope solution.

  • ASG-SmartTest Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-SmartTest solution.

For Interactive Testing and Debugging

ASG-SmartTest provides language intelligence with automated testing and debugging facilities to help accelerate the return of applications to production.

ASG-SmartTest enables users to quickly pinpoint the source of any problem and access logic paths and data elements required for testing. Besides resolving the single problem at hand, ASG-SmartTest allows you to explore the various execution paths of the program and identify other ways a similar problem could occur. This means that all instantiations of a problem are fixed in one test session, thereby rapidly increasing application quality and reducing future errors.

Differentiators

Provide source-level debugging for COBOL, Assembler, and PL/I application programs.
  • Tests CICS transactions started from the Internet.

  • Supports synchronous and asynchronous transactions.

  • Provides COBOL and PL/I intelligent find facility.

  • Features environment-sensitive, test setup wizards.

  • Fault Analyzer option provides intelligent abend analysis in conjunction with SmartScope

Benefits

Assists Quality Assurance testers, and builds test data environments quickly that meet developers' requirements.
  • Program understanding

    Explores all execution paths and reveals all data relationships for complete program understanding.

  • Root cause analysis

    Provides unique improvements in root cause analysis for production abends.

  • Quality Assurance

    Ensures modified areas of programs have been thoroughly tested before going into production.

  • Identifies logic and data errors

    Accelerates the return of critical applications to production by locating and identifying logic and data errors.

for Managing Data Batches

ASG-Sync for z/OS and OS/390® manages data batches flowing between local or remote asynchronous IT processes. ASG-Sync streamlines your organization's data batch management by storing and documenting data batches in a separate catalog, which is a supplement to the operating system catalog.

ASG-Sync collects any number of data set generations, as well as stores and manages them so the data set generations are available to applications or end users. With this process, altering your application JCL is not required.

Differentiators

  • Works with RACF to control operator access to data

  • Helps automate IT production by enabling manual tasks (such tape mounting) to be completed in advance

  • Reduces operating costs by allowing data transfers to occur at off-peak times and eliminating processing errors caused by duplicate data

Benefits

  • Identifies every data batch by data set name or data set contents

  • Prevents duplicate data load or data extract operations

  • Notifies job scheduler of data arrival

For Change Management of IBM CICS Transaction Server System Definitions

ASG-TMON Change Manager for CICS TS is a tool that automates modifications to CICS System Definitions (CSD) and CICS Plex System Manager definitions across all CICS TS on IBM z/OS environments.

These tools securely manage and automate CICS TS on z/OS system changes and, by reducing errors and improving productivity, significantly enhance timely delivery to market. With centralized, streamlined, and automated processes, ASG-TMON Change Manager for CICS TS ensures greater system quality, security, and productivity, while reducing human resource costs.

Differentiators

  • Provides secure, centralized management of CICS Transaction Server (TS) system definitions.

  • Automates change management of repetitive CICS TS system definition maintenance tasks, including fallback capabilities.

  • Identifies incorrect and obsolete CICS TS system definitions automatically.

  • Enables applications programmers to manage changes with system administrator controls and oversight.

  • Includes an audit trail with all changes to meet auditing and regulatory requirements.

Benefits

  • Automated and streamlined process with improved quality and secure administration of CICS TS system changes.

  • Reduces constraints on systems programmers and removes bottlenecks in CICS TS system definition change management processes.

  • Easy to use tool for cleaining up and consolidating CICS definitions. Great for data center consolidation and company mergers.

  • Enables applications programmers to create and promote application changes without having CICS systems programmer skills.

  • Includes a detailed audit trail to meet the stringent security and regulatory requirements of today's business.

Monitoring and Management of IBM CICS Transaction Server (TS) on z/OS

ASG-TMON for CICS TS for z/OS offers a robust performance management solution with the scalability to meet the challenges of complex enterprise systems head-on.

The solution greatly improves overall CICS TS availability by proactively managing CICS TS applications and critical resources. ASG-TMON for CICS TS for z/OS provides the insight necessary to quickly resolve complex CICSPlex system and applications issues, resulting in optimized end-user response times and maximized availability.

Differentiators

  • Enables monitoring and performance management of applications using DB2, Web-enabling technologies, WebSphere MQ, and IMS within the CICS environment

  • Offers significant Service-Level Management (SLM) reporting features, reduced resource consumption, more granular applications monitoring, and improved availability

  • Identifies and resolves performance issues before outages occur

  • Monitors all aspects of CICS using exception and alert processing

  • Establishes the thresholds that trigger electronic, audible, and visual advance warnings, enabling automated and immediate action to avoid possible outages

  • Monitors and manage CICS Enterprise Health through a GUI from the Enterprise Console of ASG-NaviPlex

  • Provides critical information for tuning and debugging CICS systems and applications

Benefits

  • Provides real-time and historical performance monitoring

  • Improves application availability

  • Isolates problems rapidly

  • Monitors and manages by exception and offers alerts actions, and messages

  • Dynamically adjusts critical CICS resources

  • Provides robust application and performance analysis tools

  • Allows easy installation an 24/7 TMON CICS maintenance, eliminating CICS Region downtime

A High-Performance Backup and Recovery Solution

An advanced high-performance backup and recovery solution, ASG-Time Navigator has evolved into a powerful and easy-to-use tool for tiered data protection that can fit the needs of both large enterprises and small to medium-sized businesses.

Whether you manage a few servers, a workgroup or a multi-location enterprise network, ASG-Time Navigator helps you seamlessly manage data throughout its lifecycle. With the latest technologies built into its backup architecture, ASG-Time Navigator makes it possible to restore single files from any point in time and any storage media. The powerful time navigation capability offers a unique approach to data restoration, eliminating backup window limitations. Users can access a single file saved at any point in time in any tier of storage and restore it at exceptional speed. By integrating advanced security techniques such as encryption, digital signatures and hierarchical key management, ASG-Time Navigator provides uniquely secure backup and non-repudiated long-term archives for your data. Finally, users can match their storage protection and security to the value of their information.

Differentiators

  • Enterprise Scalability

    Unlimited number of parallel data streams, protected hosts, databases and drives. The result is enterprise-level protection that grows with your business.

  • Time Navigation

    Image-based restores offer full views of the file directories at the selected date and time for fast and easy selection of data to restore.

  • A Unique Restore Approach

    With the ASG-Time Navigator GUI, users can locate files very efficiently and restore them in seconds.

  • Broad Support of Operating Systems

    ASG-Time Navigator protects all the major UNIX, Linux, Mac OS and Windows platforms.

  • Broad Support of Applications

    ASG-Time Navigator protects hot backup and recovery options for leading databases, messaging servers, and virtual environments.

Get the Maximum Potential Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-Time Navigator investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers preconfigured ASG-Time Navigator installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Data Protection solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-Time Navigator Backup Assessment

    Optimize your current backup infrastructure, define a new disaster recovery strategy or design a scalable back architecture.

  • ASG-Time Navigator Technical Account Manager

    A dedicated technical contact who will assist your team in technical matters related to the respective ASG solutions.

  • ASG-Time Navigator Upgrade Services

    Onsite upgrade/migration assistance for customers who want to benefit from the latest features of their ASG solution.

For Total Performance Problem Resolution in CICS/TS for VSE

ASG-TMON for CICS TS/VSE is designed to monitor and improve availability of business applications designed for IBM's CICS TS platform in the VSE/ESA operating system environment.

CICS system programmers and data center managers need a reliable way to fine-tune CICS TS system performance and improve overall system and business application availability. ASG-TMON® for CICS TS/VSE™’s Performance Monitor enables you to track key system statistics for all CICS/ TS jobs, reducing the time typically needed to monitor a complex CICS transaction system.

Differentiators

  • Provides seamless integration with relevant information in other ASG-TMON products for faster and easier problem resolution.

  • Monitors multiple CICS partitions across systems, presenting a global view to promptly resolve performance issues.

  • Allows you to move quickly and seamlessly between ASG-TMON for CICS TS/ VSE, ASG-TMON for Z/VSE, and ASG-VM Contention Monitor.

  • Identify problems and access detailed information on transaction statistics, system history, and environmental history.

  • Automatically terminate applications that are negatively impacting overall application and system performance.

  • ASG-TMON for CICS TS/VSE’s VM Contention Monitor component provides you with a view into critical VM system resources.

  • Database supported: IBM® DB2®, IBM DL/I, Software AG Adabas®, CA datacom® and other third-party databases.

Benefits

Integrated with the ASG-TMON® z/VSE family of performance management solutions.
  • Improves business application and system availability.

  • Isolates problems, rapidly reducing mean time to resolution.

  • Provides real-time and historical performance monitoring to simplify problem identification and resolution.

  • Provides robust application and performance analysis tools to solve problems fast.

  • Includes history reporting, long-term trend analysis, capacity planning, and performance management.

Monitoring and Management of IBM DB2 on z/OS

ASG-TMON for DB2, in combination with the SQL Analyzer feature, is the industry’s only fully integrated DB2 system and database performance management solution for z/OS that scales to meet the challenges of complex enterprise systems.

The solution improves overall DB2 availability by proactively managing DB2 applications and critical DB2 resources. It provides needed insight to solve complex SQL problems, resulting in optimized end-user response times and maximized DB2 performance.

Differentiators

  • Provides seamless integration with relevant information in other ASG-TMON products for faster and easier problem resolution.

  • Provides a single view of DB2 subsystems across the enterprise.

  • Includes critical information needed for tuning and debugging DB2 systems and applications, down to the detailed SQL calls.

  • Establishes the thresholds that trigger electronic, audible, and visual advance warnings, enabling automated action.

  • Monitor and manage the enterprise's health through a GUI from the Enterprise Console of ASG-NaviPlex.

  • Provides online and batch reporting on z/OS for all TMON products through a common reporting tool.

Benefits

  • Improves business application availability.

  • Provides real-time and historical performance monitoring for problem resolution and performance analysis.

  • Isolates problems rapidly expediting problem remediation.

  • Monitors and manages by exception, and offers alerts, actions, and messages improving mean time to resolution.

  • Saves money using less resources by moving GCPU processing to zIIP specialty processors.

  • All inclusive, providing robust application and performance analysis tools along with a common TMON batch reporting tool.

  • Integrated with the ASG-NaviPlex-centralized GUI console for an enterprise view, reports and actions across the enterprise.

Monitoring and Management of IBM TM/DB on z/OS

ASG-TMON for IMS helps data center managers, data base administrators, and system programmers effectively reduce costly application downtime by quickly identifying, responding to, and resolving IMS system, database and application problems.

The solution improves overall IMS availability by proactively managing IMS applications and critical IMS resources, providing the needed insight to solve complex IMS system, transaction and database problems, and resulting in optimized end-user response times and performance.

Differentiators

  • Provides seamless integration with relevant information in other ASG-TMON products for faster and easier problem resolution.

  • Single view of IMS across the enterprise including critical information needed for tuning/debugging IMS systems/applications.

  • Identifies and resolves performance issues before outages occur.

  • Tracks transaction statistics from ASG-TMON for CICS to ASG-TMON for IMS.

  • Establishes the thresholds that trigger electronic, audible, and visual advance warnings, enabling automated actions.

  • Monitor and manage enterprise health through a GUI from the Enterprise Console of ASG-NaviPlex.

  • Provides online and batch reporting on z/OS for all TMON products through a common reporting tool.

Benefits

  • Improves business application availability.

  • Provides real-time and historical performance monitoring for problem resolution and performance analysis.

  • Isolates problems, rapidly expediting problem remediation.

  • Monitors and manages by exception, and offers alerts, actions, and messages improving mean time to resolution.

  • All inclusive, providing robust application and performance analysis tools along with a common TMON batch reporting tool.

  • Integrated with the ASG-NaviPlex-centralized GUI console for an enterprise view, reports and actions across the enterprise.

  • Reduces costly human resource time spent on installation and maintenance.

For Extensive Management of TCP/IP Network Performance

ASG-TMON for TCP/IP is a single-point solution for monitoring and managing the performance of critical TCP/IP networks. It identifies network bottlenecks, implementation problems, and the network's impact on business applications.

The solution improves overall TCP/IP availability by proactively managing TCP/IP applications and critical TCP/IP resources, providing the needed insight to solve complex TCP/IP performance. It is the only z/OS-centric TCP/IP product that monitors and manages non-z/OS stacks and devices, making it the only complete enterprise-wide TCP/IP monitor.

Differentiators

  • Provides seamless integration with relevant information in other ASG-TMON products for faster and easier problem resolution.

  • Provides a single view of TCP/IP subsystems across the enterprise including monitoring network devices to ensure availability.

  • Provides visibility into z/OS subsystems, applications, and resources that including FTP, Telnet, CSM, OSA, and ICMP.

  • Establishes the thresholds that trigger electronic, audible, and visual advance warnings, enabling automated actions.

  • Monitor and manage enterprise health through a GUI from the Enterprise Console of ASG-NaviPlex.

  • Supplies in-depth monitoring of supported SNMP-enabled entities including z/OS TCP/IP, non-z/OS TCP/IP stacks, Cisco routers.

  • Provides online and batch reporting on z/OS for all TMON products through a common reporting tool.

Benefits

  • Improves business application availability.

  • Provides real-time and historical performance monitoring for problem resolution and performance analysis.

  • Isolates problems, rapidly expediting problem remediation.

  • Monitors and manages by exception, and offers alerts, actions, and messages improving mean time to resolution.

  • All inclusive, providing robust application and performance analysis tools along with a common TMON batch reporting tool.

  • Integrated with the ASG-NaviPlex-centralized GUI console for an enterprise view, reports and actions across the enterprise.

Monitoring and Management of IBM WebSphere MQ on z/OS and Distributed Platforms.

ASG-TMON for WebSphere MQ products are an all-encompassing management solution offering complete control over the configuration, administration, and management of your WebSphere MQ systems and related applications.

WebSPhere MQ and ASG-TMON for WebSphere MQ integrated products work hand-in-hand to provide you the best choice for your middleware needs. Be it the first installation of MQ, MQ application development, day-to-day operations, or tuning of the MQ network, ASG-TMON for WebSphere MQ products allow novices to quickly become experts.

Differentiators

  • Provides seamless integration with relevant information in other ASG-TMON products for faster and easier problem resolution.

  • Single point of control: monitors, collects and analyzes MQ performance data across multiple platforms.

  • Prevents and eliminates problems that threaten availability and performance of business applications.

  • Simplified management: auto-discovery of MQ objects. Queue Manager and dependent object manipulation including rollback of changes to objects.

  • Establishes the thresholds that trigger electronic, audible, and visual advance warnings, enabling automated action.

  • Monitor and manage the enterprise's health through a GUI from the Enterprise Console of ASG-NaviPlex.

  • Provides online and batch reporting on z/OS for all TMON products through a common reporting tool.

Benefits

  • Prevents problems that threaten the availability and performance of WebSphere MQ from impacting business applications.

  • Provides real-time and historical performance monitoring for problem resolution and performance analysis.

  • Isolates problems rapidly, expediting problem remediation.

  • Monitors and manages by exception, and offers alerts, actions, and messages improving mean time to resolution.

  • All-inclusive, providing robust application and performance analysis tools along with a common TMON batch reporting tool.

  • Integrated with the ASG-NaviPlex-centralized GUI console for an enterprise view, reports, and actions across the enterprise.

For Complete Performance Management of IBM's Virtual Telecommunications Access Method (VTAM)

ASG-TMON for VTAM is a comprehensive solution for monitoring every area of VTAM activity. It monitors both internal and external influences on the performance of your communications environment.

ASG-TMON for VTAM provides in-depth analysis of all VTAM applications, including dataflow and response time information, and displays operating system components that can affect VTAM performance. In addition, ASG-TMON for VTAM gives you easy-to-use diagnostic capabilities for problems with VTAM definitions, configurations, applications, sessions, routes, and I/O devices.

Differentiators

  • Provides a single view of VTAM subsystems across the enterprise, and identifies and resolves performance issues before outages occur.

  • Provides system-level support including end-user response time, virtual route analysis, device analysis, and VTAM profiling.

  • Monitors application activity and configuration, including activation time, active or pending sessions, message distribution and I/O rates.

  • Establishes the thresholds that trigger electronic, audible, and visual advance warnings, enabling automated actions.

  • A real-time alternative to VTAM buffer trace supporting multiple, concurrent traces, data filtering, and interpretation.

  • Provides data for improving utilization of channel-attached resources, including in-depth NCP and CTCA analysis.

  • Provides online and batch reporting on z/OS for all TMON products through a common reporting tool.

Benefits

  • Improves business application availability.

  • Provides real-time and historical performance monitoring for problem resolution and performance analysis.

  • Isolates problems rapidly expediting problem remediation.

  • Monitors and manages by exception, and offers alerts, actions, and messages improving mean time to resolution.

  • All inclusive, providing robust application and performance analysis tools, along with a common TMON batch reporting tool.

  • Reduces costly human resource time spent on installation and maintenance.

Get the Maximum Potential Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-JCLPREP investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers preconfigured ASG-JCLPREP installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Systems solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-JCL Tools Training

    Get your team ready for a productive use of ASG solutions.

  • ASG-JCLPREP Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-JCLPREP solution.

Comprehensive Production JCL Management

Maintaining the Job Control Language (JCL) throughout its lifecycle is vital to any IT operation, but it is especially important when running mission-critical mainframe applications. ASG-JOB/SCAN®, a full-featured and easy-to-use tool, is the world’s most widely used JCL validation and standards enforcement product. It is specifically designed to help any data center operate an error-free production JCL environment.

With ASG-JOB/SCAN, the user can eliminate costly reruns, meet service level agreements, automatically enforce site standards, reduce backlog at production turnover, and improve the overall JCL maintenance cycle.

Differentiators

  • Detects central syntax and run-time JCL errors, including DB2 and IMS, by simulating the z/OS operating system.

  • Reformats JCL statements according to user specifications.

  • Processes the entire JCL job stream and simulates the execution environment.

  • Interfaces with library management, tape management, change control, scheduling, security, and other data center software products.

Benefits

  • Full-featured and easy-to-use tool, which is a widely used JCL validation and standards enforcement solution.

  • Enforces site-specific standards for improved compliance.

  • Implements one-time or routine global changes.

  • Eliminate costly reruns, meet service level agreements and automatically enforce site standards.

  • Reduces backlog at production turnover, and improves the overall JCL maintenance cycle.

for Controlling CA-IDMS Journal Activities

ASG-Journal Manager is a comprehensive journal management tool that helps your organization control all IDMS journal archive-based activities within an z/OS® environment. 

A comprehensive menu-driven journal management tool, ASG-Journal Manager keeps track of, and controls, journal archive files used in CA-IDMS recovery. In addition to streamlining daily, weekly, or monthly journal consolidation, it can be used with ASG-Replication Agent for journal-based replication, and with ASG-Tracer for reporting and auditing. Recovery procedures have accurate and precise input because information is captured and journal files are saved to the Journal Manager VSAM file.

Differentiators

  • Captures information for journal archive data sets and local mode journal update jobs.

  • Automates journal offload awareness via the IDMSAJNX exit.

  • Automates local mode journal awareness via REPLLOCL.

  • Controls and automates the use of files for replications and recoveries of database updates.

Benefits

  • Integrates with any other tool designed to use journal archive files.

  • Provides an online archive management facility with information useful to decision-making.

  • Enables control of consolidated journal archives.

Provides Organizations With Accurate Change Control in Multiple Software or Document Configurations

The ASG-Life Cycle Manager (LCM) Total Solution provides an intuitive environment for controlling changes throughout the software life cycle. Only authorized changes are incorporated into sanctioned baselines, releases, or production environments.

The ASG-LCM Total Solution Package is a pre-defined, packaged solution which can be implemented quickly and simply. It introduces a role-based security model of Developer, Approver and Deployment and enforces separation of duties of these roles. It comprises all the necessary structures, configurations, and processes to manage code into production environments, complete with built-in approvals and email notifications. With ASG-LCM, the developer drives the development process. The developer will export items from production, make changes, create the package, and import the changed code. When the package is complete, the developer requests the movement of the package into the next stage of the life cycle. After approvals and deployment, the developer receives notifications from ASG-LCM when the package updates the next-stage libraries, and again when the package is updated into PROD and the production libraries are updated.

Differentiators

The ASG-LCM Total Solution combines the most critical life cycle management functions into a single, integrated solution. These functions are:
  • Change Management

    Tracks all changes and history, identifying who, when, and why changes were made.

  • Application Management

    Provides a repository for applications undergoing changes.

  • Package Management

    Streamlines the definition of change packages, allowing users to deploy the package as a single unit.

  • Dependency Management

    Automatically detects, tracks, and reports dependencies between components.

Benefits

The ASG-LCM Solution combines the functionality needed to manage the application development life cycle at a reasonable cost.
  • Automatic Detection of Dependencies

    Automatically identified dependencies, ensuring the change package is complete

  • Impact and Change Analysis

    Performs what-if analysis of a change before an actual build

  • Manages Changes to Application Data

    Performs auditing and versioning of all managed components

Get the Maximum Potential Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-Live Navigator investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers preconfigured ASG-Live Navigator installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Data Protection solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-Live Navigator Quickstart Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG solution.

  • ASG-Live Navigator Training

    Get your team ready for a productive use of ASG solutions.

for Application Development and Information Management

ASG-ManagerView provides workstation-based graphical information engineering. It is a direct window to the ASG-Manager Products repository, and allows you to display repository information in graphical terms.

Because it is independent of any specific methodology, ASG-ManagerView can be customized to suit your company’s unique requirements. Whether you are using it on its own, or as a means of accessing your host repository, ASG-ManagerView provides your company with a simple and reliable working environment.

Differentiators

  • Improves business communications with precise representations of images and text.

  • Offers total life cycle support.

  • Provides complete flexibility for meeting changing requirements.

Benefits

  • Provides a graphical representation of knowledge.

  • Reduces learning curve and maximizes productivity with a highly user-friendly GUI.

  • Defines queries graphically, and stores them as diagrams for future use.

For the Centralized Management of the Data-describing Information Assets in Mainframe-focused Organizations, and the Interrogation, Display and Exploitation of that Data.

The Manager Products family provides out-of-the-box support for many metadata sources and predefined repository information models (RIMs) for software development and production organizations.

The underlying repository provides a means for integrating, exchanging, and reusing metadata. It creates a foundation for information engineering across different tools and platforms. In addition, it stores the master set of metadata to prevent lock-in of individual tools. As a result, models within and across project teams are high quality and consistent.

Differentiators

ASG-Manager Products use enterprise metadata to support the following:
  • Applications and database development

    Define databases and generate necessary data definition language and program control blocks to support applications development and database administration.

  • Data warehouse management

    Map data sources to the DW and record technical data structures, simplifying DW management. Model the data and its business context, enabling business users to easily navigate the DW and understand its contents.

  • Data modeling and design automation

    Full support for entity relationship (ER) and entitiy association (EA) modeling.

  • Change management

    Quickly identify the impact of changes. Comprehensive change management and versioning facilities make it simple to manage enhancements to the DW environment. Updates to meta-data can be automatically distributed across impacted tools.

  • Documentation

    Produce documents such as reports and manuals automatically, incorporating information stored in your Manager Products repository.

Benefits

ASG-Manager Products
  • ASG-METHODMANAGER©

    A tailorable repository-driven environment for enabling application development strategy and automation.

  • ASG-DATAMANAGER

    The corporate information resource management system.

  • ASG-DESIGNMANAGER

    An interactive data and enterprise modeling system for logical and physical database design.

  • ASG-DICTIONARYMANAGER

    A repository-driven interchange system supporting the exchange of definitions between multiple vendor repositories.

  • ASG-CONTROLMANAGER©

    Provides rich-client access to the Manager Products repository.

  • ASG-ManagerView™

    Provides workstation-based graphical information engineering.

  • ASG-WebEnabler

    Provides browser-based access to the Manager Products repository.

Centralized Management of Enterprise Scheduling Workloads

ASG-OpsCentral provides a standardized interface that will allow Operations Management personnel to centrally manage the workload across the enterprise. This includes the ability to define and manage scheduling workloads for multiple ASG-Zeke and ASG-Zena implementations.

Batch process automation and scheduling require orderly and reliable sequencing, as well as management of task executions across the enterprise. Dependencies between tasks running on different platforms and operating system environments need to be centrally managed in a way that is autonomous to the underlying operating systems, technologies, and applications. These challenges are increasing significantly as users and owners of IT services strive to automate their business processes that span business applications such as SAP, PeopleSoft, and Oracle, and platforms such as z/OS, UNIX, Windows, Linux, and AS/400. ASG-OpsCentral provides a single point of control for production workloads across the enterprise.

Differentiators

  • Real-time job status representation and full-schedule management capabilities, including easily identifiable exceptions, abends, and current job status.

  • Management of consolidated workloads from a single common view.

  • Creation and management of permanent job and process definitions across the enterprise.

  • Support for all operator actions available in the native products (commands such as job hold, force, cancel, operator OK, etc.).

  • Command-line interface for supported scheduling and automation solution.

  • Allows z/OS rerun/restart capabilities, provided by ASG-Zebb and managed directly from ASG-OpsCentral

Benefits

  • Provides centralized and Web-accessible management for ASG's mainframe and distributed scheduling and automation solutions, maximizing productivity and batch management efficiencies.

  • Features real-time enterprise-wide graphical monitoring and management capabilities (PERT and GANTT) to easily identify processing bottlenecks and take corrective action.

  • Provides z/OS rerun/restart capabilities through integration with ASG-Zebb.

  • Centralizes alerts from underlying ASG scheduling and automation solutions to streamline the exception notification process.

  • Provides adaptable security models to ensure ease of implementation and eliminate redundant definitions.

  • Supports ASG-Zeke workcenters to facilitate secure end-user interaction with batch processing.

For Enterprise Performance Management on z/OS

ASG-NaviPlex and ASG-NaviGraph combine availability and performance data from all ASG-TMON performance monitors for a complete enterprise-wide view of performance related information, ensuring business application availability.

ASG-NaviPlex combines real-time availability and performance data from all ASG-TMON monitors enterprise-wide into one Windows® application and consolidates all TMON-generated exceptions enterprise-wide into one report. ASG-NaviGraph is an enterprise systems management reporting solution on Windows® that addresses critical health and service level reporting needs. It allows the customer to report on hundreds of "recent past" metrics from every ASG-TMON product on z/OS.

Differentiators

  • Displays and manipulates performance management data for multiple processor complexes, even geographically dispersed systems.

  • Leverages a ranked list of factors that relate to the problem being analyzed, even across systems and subsystems.

  • Actions available using conditions across multiple alerts generated include: email, WTO, SNMP and drill down to TMON products.

  • Captures information based on triggered conditions in: HTML, XML, .CSV, .JPEG for reporting and use by third party applications.

  • Organizes multiple reports and charts in a single workspace for review of related information.

  • Includes over 150 reports and graphs to analyze performance trends and research problems. Allows creation of customer reports.

Benefits

  • Provides real-time and historical performance monitoring improving business application availability.

  • Consolidated enterprise-wide view with drill down to the TMON product to address issues, improving mean time to resolution.

  • Trend analysis to quickly identify anomolies.

  • Out of the box and custom graphical views of graphs, charts and spreadsheet-style reports for ease of use and reporting.

  • Automatically discovers TMON products installed, simplifying installation and administration.

Get the Maximum Potential Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-Mobius investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers preconfigured ASG-Mobius installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Content Information solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-Mobius Conversion Services

    Convert report data (archives and online) and report definitions into ASG-Mobuis.

  • ASG-Mobius Migration Services

    Onsite migration assistance for customers who want to benefit from the latest features of their ASG solution.

  • ASG-Mobius Proof-of-Concept

    Evaluate a proven content solution. Find out what's in it for you.

  • ASG-Mobius Site Assessment

    Health Check Services will investigate existing ASG-Cypress installations to identify issues and provide potential resolutions.

  • ASG-Mobius Training

    Get your team ready for a productive use of ASG solutions.

  • ASG-Mobius Upgrade

    Onsite upgrade assistance for customer who want to benefit from the latest features of their ASG solution.

ASG-Mobius View

Learn multiple user interfaces with ASG-Mobius View. This intuitive, modern, user  interface for the ASG-Mobius ViewDirect Repository allows users a single, intuitive interface for improved performance on any device.

Business users and supplier often access their critical content from multiple devices and multiple locations; too often this disparate access provides less efficient user interface. Fortunately, ASG provides a cost-effective user interface with reusable Web components to provide a consistent look and feel from any location or device.

See Critical Content from Any Device
ASG-Mobius View does not require client Java applets and plug-ins, improving security, administration and maintenance.  Available with reusable Web components, it gives Web developers the ability to quickly and easily add UI components to any Web application to search, access, view, download, and link enterprise content indexed and archived in the ASG-Mobius ViewDirect Repository or CMIS connected repository. 
 

Differentiators

ASG-Mobius View is the only Apple iPad application to browse, search and view content in the ASG-ViewDirect Repository.
  • Provides an easy and secure wireless connection to content in the ASG-ViewDirect repository-of-record.

  • Delivers convenient touch screen operation with standard device gestures for better, faster and easier ways to view information.

  • Enables browsing and viewing of important reports, documents and other business-critical content anywhere and at any time.

  • Incorporates an intuitive search function to locate content that meets specific criteria.

  • Groups saved searches, folders and documents as “favorites” for quick access to high priority or routinely viewed content.

  • Assists with convenient access to ASG Customer Support.

Benefits

  • Viewing Made Easy

    Automatically reformats and Web-enables content, such as PDF, without changing or copying original content, securely delivering your content quickly.

  • Access to All Content

    Retrieve and view content in any existing Web-services based system without the extra cost and time of developing customized Java to achieve the same end.

  • Powerful Search Capabilities

    Perform full-text search against the entire repository for documents and associated content – all searches can be saved and be reused as needed.

  • Enhanced Customization

    Incorporate company logos, images, headers, and/or footers added to the Web-based user interface without building a custom application. Web developers can also globally change fonts, colors, and images.

  • Configuration and Administration

    Enjoy high-availability with high-speed performance, load balancing, and failover support provided with easy installation and configuration capabilities providing access to content quickly.


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Luminist Rocks! This app is awesome! Accessing our Mobius ViewDirect repositories on my iPad is really convenient and very cool.

CrewBoss224

Certified Business Definitions and Terms That Are Used Throughout an Organization

Enables business analysts and data stewards to create and share a common vocabulary of business terms and definitions. It ensures that business and IT users have trusted, accurate, corporate-approved information they can depend on.

ASG's Business Glossary provides a governed vocabulary that is understood and shared between technical and non-technical communities of interests. It enables business analysts and data stewards to create and share a common vocabulary of business terms and definitions. ASG's Business Glossary ensures that community users always have trusted accurate, corporate-approved information and allows users to search across multiple glossaries and business domains to update their business terms. It enables users to look up business terms and definitions from any desktop application.

Differentiators

Provides a clear lineage for critical business and technical terms and supports data governance
  • Supports Workflow

    Governs, creates, and shares a common vocabulary of business terms and definitions

  • Business and IT Friendly User Interface

    Provides Term-to-term relationships and Term-to-physical usage links

  • Data Facts at your Finger Tips

    Hover-Over, Point-and-Click Access to Information

  • Integrated Glossary and Repository

    Provides a Linkage to Business Terms and Underling Data Definitions

Benefits

Enables data analysts, business analysts, and data stewards to create, manage, and share common terms.
  • Eliminates costly confusion

    Provides a platform for an enterprise’s authoritative vocabulary definition of terms

  • Improves Data Governance programs

    Supports compliance, data governance and stewardship initiatives

  • Enables authoring and sharing of terms

    Highlights differences among subject matter experts, business analysts, and data stewards

ASG-metaGlossary provided us with a clear lineage for critical business and technical terms and helped us along in our stewardship process.

Governance Manager, Financial Institute

Fully-integrated, metadata-based Reference Data Management solution

ASG-metaRDM offers companies a governed and controlled masterview of business reference data they can rely on. It provides a comprehensive solution to consolidate, cleanse, govern, and distribute key reference data across the enterprise.

ASG-metaRDM enables you to maintain a consistent representation of reference data across all departments and databases in your organization, and externally. It allows collaboration between IT and business users to manage internal data in one centralized place, and to facilitate the distribution of changes in data to all systems requiring notification, on customized terms and schedules. ASG-metaRDM provides a managed framework for mastering business reference data. This framework allows for mastering of multi-level hierarchies and relationships within reference data, and categorization into business concepts and contexts. It also offers a workflow engine so that reference data entities can be managed according to the internal governance process with online submission, approvals, and notifications.

Differentiators

  • Collects reference data from diverse sources across the enterprise.

  • Creates, manages, and shares the master repository of business reference data.

  • Groups master reference data into concepts and contexts that truly represent your business.

  • Enables the linkage of reference data to business terms/definitions.

  • Identifies poor quality reference data for decision to reject, tolerate, or accept as part of master repository.

  • Exports governed reference data for consumption by downstream applications.

Benefits

  • Increases Business Efficiency, Productivity, and Growth

    Business analysts, data management experts, and IT can readily find business reference data.

  • Single View of Key Business Data

    Provides a single, unified, 360-degree view of business reference data that the whole enterprise can trust and use.

  • Facilitates Data Quality

    Helps identify poor quality data and its root source, and sets quality standards.

  • Increases Data Confidence

    Offers a clear path of data lineage, and provides users with an understanding of the reference data’s heritage that results in more confidence in the data.

  • Establishes Data Stewardship

    Helps establish ownership of the data to manage accountability through audit trails for successful data governance risk and compliance initiatives.

  • Accelerates Data Governance

    Maintains a complete and searchable audit trail of Create, Update, and Delete activity, which is critical for effective governance risk and compliance initiatives.

Get the Maximum Potenial Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-becubic investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers preconfigured ASG-becubic installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Metadata solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the document at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-becubic Installation Starter Mainframe Package

    This quick start service helps you to accelerate your ASG-becubic installation, configuration, and initial collection into a first pilot repository.

Defining Your Phased Cloud Roadmap to Simplify the Cloud Challenge

ASG-CloudAssessment provides orientation, guidance and clear suggestions for your cloud strategy and projects, based on best practices and expertise from 10+ years of successful cloud projects.

At ASG, we break down the complexity of cloud computing into manageable cloud maturity levels and solution building blocks. ASG-CloudAssessment helps you master Level 1 – Your Cloud Strategy. In a two-day workshop, experienced ASG senior cloud architects and IT business consultants will analyze your organization’s cloud readiness and discuss with your team how to best take advantage of, and approach, the cloud computing concept. Right after the workshop, ASG’s experts will prepare the assessment summary and make suggestions for your individual cloud roadmap based on ASG's cloud blueprint and reference architecture. The results will be incorporated into your individual ASG cloud guide book, which provides the framework for your cloud projects.

Differentiators

  • An assessment based on a proven methodology for developing orientation and a clear cloud computing roadmap

  • Massive value for your individual cloud strategy and projects, created in only a few days

  • ASG’s best practices and expertise from 10+ years of successful cloud projects

Benefits

  • Analysis of your organization’s cloud readiness, using a solid methodology led by experienced cloud experts

  • Understanding of how to successfully transform your IT organization to a cloud computing model

  • Simplifying the cloud challenges to ensure the desired results and benefits

Get the Maximum Potenial Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG CloudFactory investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers pre-configured ASG CloudFactory installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG cloud solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the document at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-CloudAssessment

    Move towards a cloud computing model by leveraging ASG’s broad experience.

Workspaces with End-to-End Service Aggregation and Security

ASG-CloudCockpit provides user friendly and controlled access to all apps, services and data regardless their source – private or public.

In today's consumerized world, users expect intuitive, easy-to-use solutions and interfaces to request, access, and work with applications, services, and data, wherever they are, and with whatever device they would like to use. But what is the best way to aggregate and provide access to apps, data, and services? Desktop virtualization is a very popular concept when standardization and efficiency are required, but it does not go well with today's growing trend for mobile computing. ASG believes in a combination of the latest virtualization, server-based, and web technologies that we simply call "Workspace."

Differentiators

ASG-CloudCockpit is the only cloud workspace product that combines:
  • Centralized provisioning

    of applications and services

  • Full replacement

    of the traditional desktop delivery model

  • Intuitive user interface design

    available on your choice of devices

  • Vendor-agnostic support of multiple application delivery technologies

    including hosted, streamed, web-based, local, and virtual applications

  • Seamless aggregation and single sign-on

    regardless of the source or provider of the applications or services - internal or external

  • Access control

    based on user identity, location and device with end-to-end encryption

Benefits

With ASG-CloudCockpit, users and IT benefit from:
  • Intuitive interfaces

    for increased user satisfaction and productivity

  • Browser and app clients

    for free choice of end device (BYOD)

  • Massive TCO reduction

    compared to traditional, fully managed desktop services

  • Increased efficiency

    through simplified user on-off-boarding and desktop management

  • Massive resource savings

    compared to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) models

  • Aggregation provides greater flexibility

    at choosing the best solutions for the business while ensuring compliance

At several customers, the integrated use of ASG-CloudCockpit allowed us to deploy highly secure, BYO large scale solutions for our global demanding clients, contributing largely to substantial End User Computing TCO savings in the range of 30-50 percent.

Thomas Müller, Vice President, Product Leader Future Workplace & Enterprise Architecture, T-Systems

A Game-Changing Solution to Simplify and Accelerate Mainframe Management

A mainframe management solution that reduces costs and shortens time-to-service by capturing expert knowledge and making it available in a provisioning workflow library.

ASG’s mainframe management solution makes the lives of mainframe IT managers and administrators a whole lot easier. Self-service catalogs and a smart workflow engine simplify and accelerate IT service delivery. Standard mainframe services, such as LPAR, CICS Regions, User On and Off-boarding, z/OS upgrades, benefit from automated and template-based provisioning. Expert knowledge is captured and shared by peers through workflow templates and scripts in the public ASG CloudFactory/MF Community.

Differentiators

  • Creates a non-expert platform to manage mainframe service requests.

  • Captures expert knowledge to enable mainframe management based on a proven template library model.

  • Integrating mainframe service provisioning automatically into workflows.

  • Implementing self-service management that includes approval and status transparency capabilities.

  • Bringing a community to life that lets ASG developers, partners and customers share workflow and job templates.

A Unique Self-Service and Provisioning Workflow Engine

ASG-CloudRobot offers a comprehensive workflow automation engine for ASG´s unique IT-as-a-Service solution.

Whenever a new application or service, such as a Sharepoint site, a virtual test environment, or adding a new user to the team is required, most organizations still suffer from complex, time-consuming and very manual processes to fulfill these requests. IT-as-a-Service, featuring a service catalog that provides a clear overview of all available IT services, and a powerful workflow engine that accelerates requests, approvals and the provisioning, massively facilitates processes for all involved parties and optimizes the request status transparency. ASG-CloudRobot provides essential workflow design, automation and management capabilities to enable the desired degree of automated IT service delivery.

Differentiators

ASG-CloudRobot provides unique IT-as-a-Service capabilities such as:
  • A comprehensive workflow design, automation and management engine

  • Reduces time and cost for standard tasks through automation of the request fulfillment

  • Full transparency during the fulfillment process

  • Essential support for the desired degree of automated IT service delivery

  • Decreases complex provisioning scenarios using a platform agnostic workflow engine that combines reusable and standard automation templates

  • Template packs shared in a partner community portal

Benefits

With ASG-CloudCockpit, users and IT benefit from:
  • Self-service and process automation that releases IT from many recurring service requests

  • Increased user satisfaction and productivity through shorter service request and fulfillment processes

  • Regained capacities that enable IT to refocus on valuable and business-improving projects

Many customers tend to underestimate the power and benefits of self-service workflow automation. ASG-CloudRobot is an essential element of our proven cloud architecture - for private, public and hybrid cloud platforms.

Klaus Schiewe, Head of Solution Architects, ASG Software Solutions

Data Center Automation Powered by Fully-Automated Deployment and Life Cycle Management for Server Infrastructure

ASG-CloudShaper enables real time and cost savings in the data center through automation of day-to-day operational tasks, such as the provisioning of full workspaces, including role-based application and services configuration, and all required resources in a centralized and highly virtualized cloud infrastructure.

Two of the top requirements for enterprise IT are facilitating and speeding up processes that support the business and optimize costs by reducing operational expenses (OpEx). Automation of day-to-day operational tasks is the key to achieving both goals. Data center automation empowers the transition of moving from managing infrastructure to the management of services consumption. It is an absolute requirement for an efficient and effective IT environment with faster delivery models, improved quality of service, and increased agility and responsiveness to business needs. ASG-CloudShaper is a proven enterprise software which automates the most important IT operations tasks, such as provisioning full user workplaces (including the role-based application and services configuration), and the fully-automated deployment and management of all required resources in a centralized and highly virtualized cloud infrastructure.

Differentiators

With ASG-CloudShaper enterprise IT organizations can better support their business by:
  • ITIL-compliant, fully automated deployment and life cycle management solution for cloud server infrastructure

  • Auditable release management and recovery solution for cloud landscapes

  • Secure, role-based delegation of development and operation responsibilities

  • Large inventory of proven and pre-packaged templates combined with an open, extendible architecture to accelerate deployment

  • Automation for heterogeneous cloud management and hypervisor landscapes

Benefits

ASG-CloudShaper is a unique data center automation product that provides:
  • Saving capacities through automation of daily growing IT tasks and the fulfillment of new business requirements

  • Appointing regained team resources to projects that carry business value and drive innovation

  • Achieving higher reliability and productivity by reducing downtime, speeding up disaster recovery, and avoiding “human errors”

Get the Maximum Potenial Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG CloudFactory investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers pre-configured ASG CloudFactory installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG cloud solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-Cloudshaper – Citrix Upgrade, Migration And More

    Leverage ASG-CloudShaper to accelerate Citrix migration, upgrades and other application deployments.

  • ASG-CloudShaper – Create Your Own Package

    Get your team ready for a productive use of ASG solutions.

  • ASG-CloudShaper – Datacenter Automation

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  • ASG Packaging Factory – Datacenter Automation

    Reduce packaging effort, make migration projects calculable and increase and standardize packaging quality.

Empower your Business Users with an integrated IT Service Store

ASG-CloudStore and ASG-CloudRobot enable developers and business users to deploy and manage private, public and mainframe services more efficiently in an app store manner while providing IT operations management with the required governance tools.

The app store concept constitutes the most significant breakthrough in retail since the introduction of the traditional supermarket. Gartner estimates that 25 percent of enterprises will have implemented some type of internal app store by 2017. This is a direct result of “Consumerization of IT,” as business users expect the ability to receive the applications they need instantaneously. However, in addition to just an app store, today’s business users need a solution that allows them to satisfy increasingly complex requirements. ASG-CloudStore enables complex, cross-functional provisioning workflows by facilitating the interaction of a multitude of IT systems, as well as multi-stage approval processes.

Differentiators

ASG-CloudStore offers offers essential enterprise app store and self-service management capabilities such as:
  • A comprehensive and transparent self-service catalog and cloud store solution

  • Ability for users to order applications and services in an Amazon-like “click and buy” manner

  • Tight integration options for ASG´s self-service workflow automation engine ASG-CloudRobot

Benefits

ASG-CloudStore, in combination with workflow automation from ASG-CloudRobot, allows for:
  • Shorter time to service and satisfied users through simplified, accelerated and transparent service request and fulfillment processes

  • Self-service capabilities will allow IT to optimize capacities in order to refocus on valuable and business-improving projects

  • Reduction of "Shadow IT" through a clear overview and description of all available IT services ensures security and compliance

ASG's IT-as-a-Service solution underlines their excellent approach of automating and accelerating the delivery of applications and all IT services for simplified consumption by the business.

Torsten Volk, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)

A Production Database for Documenting Application Objects and Attributes

ASG-Cortex-Pdb documents application objects and attributes in a production database that is compatible with any hardware or software environment. It is also a powerful compiler that generates standardized JCL and process flows. 

It generates procedures, parameter streams, and job scheduling information for multiple environments (tests, acceptance, production, etc.) and platforms (z/OS, UNIX®, etc.) in accordance with your IT standards. In addition, ASG-Cortex-Pdb streamlines the process of moving your application JCL or other command language into production.

Differentiators

  • Improves communication between development and operations personnel by providing everyone with a common tool.

  • Makes applications portable across platforms and sites.

  • Increases productivity by generating error-free JCL and process flows.

Benefits

  • Provides an easy-to-use interface through Microsoft® Windows® for translating job streams into flowcharts.

  • Guarantees extensive and accurate object descriptions by using them to generate actual production JCL.

  • Facilitates impact analysis by cross referencing all objects.

  • Ensures security of objects at any grouping level required by security administration.

For Automating Job Planning, Scheduling, and Monitoring

ASG-Cortex-Plan provides job scheduling services that simplify application definition, maximize z/OS® resources, and streamline workload execution, thus enabling unattended operations. Extracting job scheduling information from descriptions stored in the production database, ASG-Cortex-Plan is a sophisticated z/OS scheduler that plans, schedules, submits, and monitors DP production. 

When problems arise, ASG-Cortex-Plan solves them automatically. After planning and designing strategies that meet your production requirements and a relatively short installation and implementation period, ASG-Cortex-Plan’s scheduling strategy ensures continuity of teleprocessing (TP) by giving it top priority. Also, the menu structure is logical and intuitive, planning is simple, and ASG-Cortex-Plan offers a complete set of strategies for postponed jobs and recovering abends without altering processing or files.

Differentiators

  • Offers easy job planning and an intuitive menu structure.

  • Functions simultaneously with multiple Cortex-Plans and can manage production on heterogeneous systems.

  • Works with ASG-Cortex-Pdb and extracts job dependencies and resources from the production database to minimize job description.

Benefits

  • Gives top priority to teleprocessing and enables it to start and stop automatically.

  • Offers strategies for postponed jobs and recovering abends without altering processing or files.

  • Enables unattended operations, frees up manpower, and increases productivity beyond that of human operators.

for Job Setup, Restart, and Rerun Functionality

ASG-Cortex-Prep streamlines job setup in z/OS environments by providing services for entering, formatting, and computing values for job variables. ASG-Cortex-Prep is an interactive system that makes job preparation easier by providing a user-friendly interface and by carrying out most tasks automatically. Job preparation is also made more reliable because no manual intervention with process flows is required, thus avoiding errors.

The graphical interface makes it possible to prepare jobsets (job streams) on a flowchart basis. ASG-Cortex-Prep also provides powerful restart and rerun facilities. It can restart during any step, because the step that interrupted is not always the root of the problem. Further, file and catalog backout is totally automatic and requires no manual intervention.

Differentiators

  • Builds procedures from same pattern, so one production team member can manage the complete preparation.

  • Allows preparation of jobs in advance.

  • Provides automated solutions for restarts and reruns automatically.

Benefits

  • Automates most preparation tasks and enables delegation to end-users, thus freeing up manpower.

  • Presents basic, trade-based terms in English in preparation environment, so users need neither operator assistance nor prior knowledge of IT.

  • Intercepts all invalid values as soon as they are entered, so they can be subsequently rectified and resubmitted.

Get the Maximum Potential Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-Cypress investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers preconfigured ASG-Cypress installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Content Information solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-Cypress Proof-of-Concept

    Evaluate a proven content management solution. Find out what's in it for you.

  • ASG-Cypress - Ready-Set-Cypress

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG solution.

  • ASG-Cypress Site Assessment

    Health Check Services will investigate existing ASG-Cypress installations to identify issues and provide potential resolutions.

  • ASG-Cypress Education and Training

    Get your team ready for a productive use of ASG solutions.

  • ASG-Cypress Upgrade Services

    Onsite upgrade/migration assistance for customer who want to benefit from the latest features of their ASG solution.

Document Output, Print and Customer Communications Management

The ASG-Cypress® Suite is a modular content management system for ingesting, assembling, integrating, delivering, and storing documents.  It enhances the management, accessibility, analysis, and output of content within and outside the enterprise.

It creates a unified document output, print and customer communication management solution for an entire enterprise. It eliminates barriers that prevent organizations from having an ideal state of knowledge about its content and how it is managed. The ASG-Cypress Suite’s common architecture allows information to flow between disparate applications and information technologies, just as if they were designed to work together. These unique capabilities give users and business processes straightforward and painless access to information as needed, without the limitations imposed by multiple platforms, operating systems, file systems, applications, and devices.

Differentiators

ASG-Cypress streamlines output and print processing, while permitting the storage and archiving of documents, incorporating:
  • Report Distribution

    Identifies, splits, bundles, and delivers information from reports, documents or scanned images to the right location.

  • Document Composition

    Produces dynamic, on-demand documents that require “letter quality” composition and layout control.

  • Forms Management and Document Enhancement

    Creates electronic forms overlays for documents using any Windows-based application.

  • Web and Enterprise Document Delivery

    Makes documents and reports available immediately and securely from Web browsers while preserving document integrity.

  • Archive, Search, and Retrieval

    View and use the content contained in any document created by the business, regardless of the source

  • Imaging

    Facilitates high and low volume scanning, import of digital images, inbound/outbound faxing.

  • Data Mining and Analysis

    Provides production-class data mining so massive reports can be filtered, sorted, summarized, and transformed.

Benefits

The ASG-Cypress Suite enables:
  • Enhanced Security

    Parse, bundle, and distribute content based on user security privileges.

  • Cost Reduction

    Modular; use only the modules needed for your environment.

  • Reduced Complexity

    Provides electronic forms, imaging, report distribution and output management in one coordinated solution.

  • Content Integration

    Captures and stores any content, regardless of the format, application, or environment in which it was created.

  • Process Efficiency

    Enhances the management, accessibility, analysis, and distribution of content.

  • Process Optimization

    Production-class workflow design and execution to support ad-hoc and system-automated work steps, activities, and processes.

  • Compliance

    Long- or short-term secured content storage that is searchable and accessible based on user security permissions.

ASG-Cypress enabled us to save over $1.5 million per year in reduced printing and archival costs, and to streamline our batch printing and distribution processes.

Tod Simons, UPHS Entity Chief Information Officer

for Retrieving CA-IDMS Updates

ASG-DBOL (Database Online) is an online utility that dynamically retrieves and updates data on any IDMS database. With DBOL, you can issue IDMS commands (obtain, modify, erase, etc.) directly from your terminal. A component of this product, the DBOL/LRF (Logical Record Facility) tool will automatically format logical records for you. 

DBOL assists with correcting database problems and generating test cases to debug and troubleshoot programs more efficiently. With this true, menu-driven facility, you'll no longer need to remember data manipulation language (DML) command syntax for IDMS database problem solving and testing. DBOL populates a handful of test records and inspects the results of the test runs or patches the data back to its original state.

Differentiators

  • Provides a list of sign-on/bind profiles via the DBOL menu facility.

  • Quickly sets up small test databases so you can change data online for retesting purposes.

  • Quickly accesses data for problem resolution, test data creation, database correction, and validation.

  • Provides easy-to-use, menu-driven capabilities that allow you to make selections without having to remember or enter a required subschema, record, set, or area name and enables you to view the syntax of the operation being performed.

Benefits

  • Creates, stores, lists, and issues multiple command sequences.

  • Provides masking characters for selecting and listing queue names to delete, over-type, and modify individual queue records.

  • Employs user-defined PF keys and multiple PF key profiles available across session boundaries.

  • Displays and updates redefined record layouts.

For Preserving and Protecting Digital Content in File-Based Workflows

ASG-Digital Archive is an open archive software solution with automatic, end-user, and workflow-triggered archiving. ASG-Digital Archive migrates content from primary storage to near-line and deep archives, whether digital tape, disk or cloud storage.

Today, organizations must manage more critical data than ever before - and data volumes continue to grow at an explosive pace. Traditional backup and recovery solutions have proven ill-equipped to keep up with these demands. To ensure these increasing volumes of critical information are always available when needed, organizations require advanced new archiving capabilities. ASG-Digital Archive is the one solution that enables IT organizations to address their storage management challenges, today and in the long term. By managing data in a secure, centrally-managed archive, ASG-Digital Archive represents the most efficient, reliable, and cost-effective way to protect critical business information. This solution ensures that an organization’s most valuable data is organized and easily accessible - while at the same time freeing up expensive disk space, lowering storage costs, and reducing the backup window for data that is infrequently accessed.

Differentiators

  • Broad Storage Support

    Disk, tape, object storage and cloud are all supported.

  • High Performance Workflows

    ASG-Digital Archive uses dedicated data movers that keep central file servers out of the data path so users are not slowed down.

  • Open Formats

    Uses the non-proprietary TAR/PAX and LTFS formats for tape. The archive is open and readable without proprietary software.

  • Media and Entertainment

    ASG-Digital Archive interfaces with the major media asset management solutions: Avid, Primestream, Levels Beyond, CatDV, …

  • Scalability and Performance

    Thousands of users can perform ad hoc archival, and organizations can seamlessly manage petabytes of archived information.

  • Easy archive and retrieval

    Archive and retrieval can be manual or automatic and available through third party applications.

Benefits

  • Long term open format preservation

  • Reduction of storage costs

  • Improved quality of storage service

  • Control the storage

  • Optimized data workflows

  • Easy access to data and metadata

ASG Digital Archive enhanced the NFB’s post-production workflows by ensuring data integrity and giving quick and easy archive access to end-users to search and retrieve productions from our collections.

Luisa Frate, c.a., COO and CFO, NFB

Get the Maximum Potential Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-Digital Archive investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers preconfigured ASG-Digital Archive installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Data Protection solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-Digital Archive Quick Start Implementation Services

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-Digital Archive solution.

  • ASG-Digital Archive Training

    Get your team ready for a productive use of ASG solutions.

  • ASG-Digital Archive Upgrade Services

    Onsite upgrade/migration assistance for customers who want to benefit from the latest features of their ASG solution.

for Comprehensive Production JCL Documentation

ASG-DOCU/TEXT provides a centralized documentation management solution for single LPAR data centers. Data sources include JCL, DB2, IMS, and several mainframe scheduling products (ASG-Zeke, TWS, ESP, and others). Repository options include VSAM files and PDS libraries.

Concise and accurate online cross-reference information is required by all applications programmers. Changes that are accurately analyzed the first time shorten the application delivery cycle and reduce maintenance backlogs. Knowing all the answers precludes unexpected results. ASG-DOCU/TEXT eliminates the manual work involved with completing a project, causing productivity to increase as research and analysis time is reduced.

Differentiators

  • Enables efficient production JCL analysis and operations documentation.

  • Returns jobs to production faster due to reduced research and analysis time.

  • Interfaces with library management, tape management, change control, security, and other data center software products.

Benefits

  • Generates complete, reliable, and accurate job documentation.

  • Provides online inquiry and cross-referencing reports.

  • Gathers information from JCL, DB2, IMS, and expands PROCs and Control Statement members.

  • Interfaces with schedulers (ASG-Zeke, TWS, ESP, and others).

Browser-based Content Searching, Viewing, Retrieval and Web Delivery

ASG-DocumentDirect for the Internet is a powerful, integrated, Web-based user interface for the ASG-ViewDirect Suite. It provides users the ability to easily view, download, and link content across repositories and platforms from anywhere, at any time.

ASG-DocumentDirect for the Internet provides authorized users with secure, remote access to all content stored anywhere in the enterprise, including AFP, DJDE/Metacode, PDF, PCL, Postscript, XML, e-mail, HTML, images, text, rich media, word processing, spreadsheets, and more. By giving authorized users fingertip access to critical information when and where they need it, ASG-DocumentDirect for the Internet helps organizations leverage enterprise knowledge to gain competitive advantage.

Differentiators

The ASG-DocumentDirect for the Internet is the only thin-client UI that can provide:
  • Easy Organization

    EnterpriseFolders™ organize content into custom folders and see multiple views of the same items without replicating documents.

  • Web-Based Content Access

    Retrieve and view documents without resource-intensive hardware and software configurations via a cost-effective thin client.

  • Powerful Search

    Perform simple or complex search queries across disparate content formats, repositories, and platforms.

  • Customized Delivery

    Automatically convert documents into Web-ready formats without creating additional storage overhead.

  • Automatic Content Presentment

    Retain the original document formatting and make it content Web-ready, regardless of source application or native format.

  • Dynamic Linking

    Use dynamic hyperlinks and insert them into other documents, websites, or even into external applications such as ERP and CRM.

  • Desktop Analysis and Export

    Download and export a page, range of pages, section, or an entire document/report to the desktopin a variety of formats.

Benefits

ASG-DocumentDirect for the Internet assists organizations to:
  • Grant authorized internal and external users Web-based access to content across the enterprise.

  • Leverage Web application servers with J2EE and service-oriented architecture (SOA).

  • Provide dynamic indexing for high-speed search and retrieval.

  • Enable user-friendly access, exploration, and content organization.

  • Allow users to insert dynamic hyperlinks in retrieved content.

  • Automate the document delivery process.

  • Supply Web-ready output for any content, while ensuring the original document remains unaffected.

  • Exploit performance advantages of Web application servers and offers the option of a thin-client deployment.

  • Ensure high system availability through an automated self-correcting facility.

for Leveraging Mainframe Applications

ASG-Encore is the COBOL reengineering component of ASG-Existing Systems Workbench (ESW), an integrated solution for managing your organization's existing systems.

 
ASG-Encore uses the Analytical Engine to populate the Application Knowledge Repository (AKR), so that code segments can be extracted based on business logic, user interface, and database access. From these code segments, Encore creates reusable COBOL components. With this application, your company can leverage its mainframe applications and prepare for e-business.

Differentiators

  • Creates reusable components that are based on user interface logic, data use logic, database access logic, code segments, and performance range.

  • Leverages mainframe applications by creating ready-to-run COBOL components.

  • Produces COBOL components that are redeployed in other applications and on other platforms.

Benefits

  • Facilitates transition to e-business.  

  • Simplifies integration of application and technology. 

  • Eases transition to new database technologies.  

  • Reduces maintenance costs for complex applications.  

for Quicker CA-IDMS Read, Load, and Update

ASG-Fast Access reduces processing time for CA-IDMS database read, load, and update jobs. It performs I/O by acquiring extra buffer storage and loading it by track– or cylinder-increments – satisfying program requests for I/O at higher CPU speeds, and reducing processing time.

ASG-Fast Access is a utility software package that reduces the CPU and run time of batch jobs used to access the CA-IDMS database. It installs easily, and can automatically adapt or be manually controlled to achieve the best performance improvement, using more efficient processing when reading and writing a track or cylinder in one I/O, and an added layer of buffering. It offers proven run-time reduction, even with the latest high-performance DASD. ASG-Fast Access can be installed across your entire local-mode batch job line without making JCL changes, for an instant performance boost and nightly batch window relief. The Database Administrator can use ASG-Fast Access in CA-IDMS Reorgs, reports, unload/reloads, etc. to shorten down time when database maintenance is needed. 

Differentiators

  • Accelerates your local mode jobs, especially database loads, space reports, and IDMS utilities.

  • Transfers data from disk to memory in amounts that are optimized for the behavior of each job and job step.

  • Constantly monitors job performance and automatically adjusts the number of buffers (within user-defined limits), auto-tuning for optimum performance levels.

  • Can be automatically or manually tuned by batch job without JCL changes.

  • Optionally produces performance reports for monitoring and/or fine tuning.

Benefits

  • Fully compatible with CA-IDMS Versions 14.1 and up, while maintaining compatibility with release 14.0 (and earlier).

  • Speeds random jobs dramatically by placing into memory all or large portions of a database.

  • Takes advantage of the increased performance and larger memory addressing of the latest hardware and z/OS operating systems.

for Comprehensive Production Asset Management

ASG-INFO/X Enterprise is designed to automatically capture, cross-reference, and make available current information about production environments. IT personnel can better analyze the impact of changes to production components and avoid mistakes that cause costly production outages.

ASG-INFO/X Enterprise provides a centralized asset management solution for multiple LPAR data centers. (Data sources include JCL, DB2, IMS, and mainframe scheduling products, ASG-Zeke, TWS, ESP, and others.) CICS and CSECT information is also collected and stored in the ASG-INFO/X Repository (DB2 database). It extracts data from a number of sources and then processes it on a z/OS platform. During the analysis process, ASG-INFO/X Enterprise resolves all overrides, referbacks, and symbolics, and then stores this data in a repository. Network connectivity makes it possible for information to be stored on several machines across the enterprise. Production JCL libraries may reside on one z/OS LPAR, while test JCL is stored on a separate LPAR.

Differentiators

  • Collects CICS and load module CSECT information

  • Gathers information from JCL, DB2, IMS, and expands PROCs and Control Statement members

  • Provides online inquiry and cross-referencing reports

  • Generates complete, reliable, and accurate job documentation

  • Manages assets across multiple LPARs (centralized asset tracking and cross-referencing)

Benefits

  • Interfaces with schedulers (ASG-Zeke, TWS, ESP, and others)

  • Enables efficient production JCL analysis and operations documentation

  • Includes traditional ISPF as well as a Windows interface (optional client-server component)

  • Interfaces with library management, tape management, change control, security, and other data center software products

  • Returns jobs to production faster due to reduced research and analysis time

For Understanding COBOL Application Programs

ASG-Insight is the COBOL-understanding component of ASG-Existing Systems Workbench (ESW), an integrated solution for managing your existing systems.


ASG-Insight uses the Analytical Engine to populate the Application Knowledge Repository (AKR), to provide you with the tools for navigating and deciphering COBOL application programs. It enhances the understanding of COBOL program flow and data usage for more intelligent application maintenance.

Differentiators

  • Provides a selectable program tree view.

  • Presents views in selectable program structure.

  • Provides a selectable program tree view.

  • Displays a selectable COBOL-type list for quick program navigation.

Benefits

  • Supports popular tasks with a wizard.  

  • Simulates program execution for logic flow.  

  • Provides user-customized program views.  

  • Identifies direct and indirect data item usage with the COBOL-intelligent FIND function.

ASG-ITASM Helps Organizations Identify Which IT Services Deliver the Most Value, and Which Deliver Little or No Value

Helps companies to effectively manage IT assets, administer software licenses, coordinate end user requests, control changes, standardize service management processes, and deliver optimized services.

ASG-ITASM is designed and focused on service design, operations, and delivery. It enables IT staff to proactively manage services throughout the life cycle, ensure quality delivery, and make improvements whenever possible. It supports processes from incident, problem, change, and service request management to release, deployment, and service level management, while offering tools for checking and anticipating infrastructure problems.

Differentiators

Supports ITIL processes, such as incident, problem and change management.
  • Comprehensive Rules Engine

    Correlates software titles to vendor-specific licenses that are created and managed within the repository

  • Provides software licensing details

    Consolidates purchasing and contract data with software usage information and helps manage software licenses

  • Automated IT Asset Discovery

    Delivers automated discovery and monitors licensing and compliance.

  • Enhanced Asset Lifecycle Management

    Supports a large variety of software licensing contracts and asset visibility

  • Reduces business costs and risks

    Analyzes trends and proactively identifies the causes of incidents minimizes the risks and impact of recurrent failures

Benefits

Enables your IT services to run efficiently while gaining the ability to evolve and scale as business needs change.
  • Asset Management

    Accurate identification of assets by type, status and location

  • Service Management

    Precise view of all IT services and the business services they support.

  • License Compliance

    Helps manage software costs and license compliance

Provides Organizations Comprehensive Visibility of Their IT Assets

Helps you understand the full life cycle of your IT assets, from purchase to disposal, with multiple financial analyses.

ASG-ITASM Asset Management solution helps business managers and IT asset managers to budget, manage and reduce their IT costs, ensure license compliance, and optimize their hardware and software purchases, deployments and life cycles. It improves visibility into IT assets to reduce costs and fulfill compliance initiatives, simplifies hardware and software asset management to reduce IT costs, and provides asset visibility. Aligned with ITIL® best practices, it delivers a comprehensive and precise picture of the IT infrastructure, ensuring organizations have all the information they need to understand the value of IT, control and optimize costs, anticipate investments, and drive key initiatives.

Differentiators

Can be configured to support business processes, allowing processes to be enhanced time to achieve optimal performance.
  • Automated IT Asset Discovery

    Delivers automated discovery and monitors licensing and compliance.

  • Enhanced Asset Life Cycle Management

    Supports a large variety of software licensing contracts and asset visibility.

  • Better Cost Tracking and Control

    Tracks costs associated with the asset from acquisition price, depreciation, upgrades, work orders, and maintenance.

Benefits

Helps free resources – both human and financial – to focus on higher-value activities and truly engage with business.
  • Reduces costs, risks, and complexity

    Helps organizations control, justify and leverage IT asset costs and initiatives.

  • Efficient Software License Management

    Provides an ongoing count of software licenses and allows companies to avoid software noncompliance penalties.

  • Flexibility: On-Premise or SaaS

    Delivers real flexibility in the deployment mode. Also able to seamlessly shift between SaaS and on-premise at any time.

We get a precise picture of our entire infrastructure from IT to non-IT assets from a single solution.
 

Asset Management Lead / Radio France

Provides a Deep Level of Understanding Within an Application and IT Infrastructure

Enables customers to improve efficiency by automating the discovery and dependency mapping of applications and underlying infrastructures that support their critical business services.

ASG-ITASM Discovery and Dependency Mapping (DDM) provides an understanding of how applications and dependencies impact IT and business services. It supports many important infrastructure and service support initiatives like release management, change and configuration management, incident and problem management, compliance and audit trails, cost control and charge back, disaster recovery, dynamic provisioning, and service level management. ASG-ITASM DDM supports discovery and mapping from infrastructure to business applications, and discovers both packaged and custom application configurations.

Differentiators

Provides a powerful communication connection between the business, IT service support, operations, and the applications teams.
  • Discovers and maps diverse components

    Discovers both packaged and custom application configurations.

  • Supports third-party integrations

    Supports enterprise systems such as Oracle, SAP, Websphere environments.

  • Flexible, customizable user interface

    Flexible solution set that is easy to integrate within existing service support and I&O information systems.

  • Drill-down Capabilities

    Extensible out of the box graphs, queries, and reports.

Benefits

Dramatically reduces the time to map business service to infrastructure dependencies.
  • Change Management

    Automates the process of mapping transactions and applications to underlying infrastructure and application interdependencies.

  • Improve IT inventory accuracy

    Provides dynamic insights to information and assets based on critical IT priorities.

What impressed me is that ASG-DDM looked and felt like a mature product. ASG-ITASM Discovery and Dependency Mapping had several of the dependencies we needed already worked out. We didn't have to go through 15 clicks to get anything out of the tool.

Director of IT Service Management / A Health Benefits Company

Supports the Asset Financial Life Cycle Management from Budgeting to Procurement and Charge Back

ASG-ITASM Financial Management keeps track of all costs associated with the asset life cycle management, from the acquisition price, depreciation, upgrades, contracts, support, and warranty costs related to assets.

The ASG-ITASM Financial Management solution provides analysis and reports on financial asset management operations. It supports the asset financial life cycle management from budgeting, to procurement, and charge back. It allows organizations to focus on the importance of the availability of the critical IT services to the success of a business, and the interdependency between the business process and the IT service provision. ASG-ITASM Financial Management helps manage contracts and stores key information on contract terms and conditions, pricing, associated SLAs, and related vendors.

Differentiators

Provides analysis and reports on financial asset management operations, along with specific dashboards and monitoring charts.
  • Financial Management Dashboard

    Provides a summary of financial data. Tracks, manages and centralizes IT costs from everywhere.

  • Multi-Currency Support

    Simplifies conversion from one currency to another. It allows organizations to define default currencies and exchange rates.

  • Flexibility: On-Premise or SaaS

    Available either on-premise or on-demand.

  • Automates Financial Businss Processes

    Work flow engine links to financial assets.

Benefits

Provides high transparency and allows for cost allocation based on the actual use of IT resources.
  • Identifies Financial Depreciation

    Helps organizations understand and manage the gradual asset value depreciation over time.

  • Supports Contract Management

    Manages contracts and stores key information on contract terms and conditions, pricing, associated SLAs, and related vendors.

  • Helps Manage IT Budgets

    Helps manage operational and investment budgets, define owner expense categories, and link related assets.

  • Enable Charge Backs

    Track charges, usage and maintenance costs of service requests.

We manage an average of more than 2,000 service requests per day.

RENAULT - A global automative company

Helps Manage an Enterprise's Installed Software, Implementation, and License Compliancy Program

Saves organizations time and money by easily and comprehensively providing software asset inventory, and governing license compliance across the entire organization.

ASG-ITASM License Compliance Solution helps organizations implement software asset management best practices so they can effectively manage their assets and stay compliant with software license agreements. It identifies software inventory, measures use activity, and automatically links complex license entitlements, enabling IT to align software spending with business priorities. It also enables organizations to make financial and management decisions based on accurate software asset and licensing information, and helps IT proactively manage software license compliance, and reduce unnecessary license fees by identifying software inventory and activity. And it enables monitoring of software use trends to plan financially optimal software migrations and license model changes, data center consolidations, outsourcing and in-sourcing events, mergers and acquisitions, and disaster-recovery planning.

Differentiators

Provides information to assist in managing an enterprise's installed software, implementation and license compliancy program.
  • Provides software licensing details

    Consolidates purchasing and contract data with software usage information and helps manage software licenses.

  • Comprehensive Rules Engine

    Correlates software titles to vendor-specific licenses that are created and managed within the repository.

  • Manage multiple versions of software

    Maps multiple versions, releases and vendor titles into a single software instance to simplify license management.

  • Flexibility: On-Premise or SaaS

    Available either on-premise or on-demand, delivering real flexibility in the deployment mode.

Benefits

The ASG-ITASM License Compliance Solution lets you manage each step in the software asset life cycle – from purchase to disposal.
  • Reduces Vendor Audit Risks

    Eliminates exposure to financial penalties associated with software audits.

  • Improves Decision Making

    Leverages existing investment in discovery and software distribution tools to better manage software assets.

  • Inventory Management

    Inventories and identifies software being used and matches it to the software brands and licenses.

Provides Organizations With a Consistent, Precise View of All IT and Business Services They Support

Comprehensive, integrated, easy-to-use and deploy IT Service Management solution

ASG-ITASM Service Management delivers integrated ITIL® standards and best practices. It allows you to you to gain control and reduce the complexity of service delivery while improving visibility across your service management operations now and in the future. It helps ensure business goals are met and value delivered.

Differentiators

Provides immediate access to asset and configuration information associated with a reported incident.
  • Automates Service Deck

    Automated processes escalations.

  • Single Point of Access

    Provides a unique and dedicated Service Portal.

  • Root Cause Analysis

    Identifies root causes to eliminate recurring incidents.

  • Monitors Service-Level Agreements

    Track and monitor compliance performance against SLAs.

Benefits

ASG-ITASM Service Management helps deliver IT services better, faster and cheaper.
  • Process Automation

    Automates the processes for incidents, requests and problems.

  • Increase Productivity

    Increases the productivity of support staff and help desk agents and reduces support call length and volumes.

  • Compliance Management

    Provide transparency and accountability.

  • Change and Release Management

    Easily track, manage, and control all IT changes made in an IT environment using the ITIL best practices framework.

We implement easily a 'follow-the-sun' service desk and increase drastically the efficiency of support agents.

ABN AMRO Bank N.V. - an all-around Dutch bank

Get the Maximum Potential Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-ITASM investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers preconfigured ASG-ITASM installation packages that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. They offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG-ITASM solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-ITASM ITBI and Report NG Training

    Get your team ready for a productive use of ASG solutions.

  • ASG-ITASM Service Catalog Project Definition

    Define your service catalog and its roadmap based on pragmatic case studies for an immediate benefit.

  • ASG-ITASM Technical Account Manager

    A dedicated technical contact who will assist your team in technical matters related to the respective ASG solutions.

Analyzing JCL and Enforcing JCL Standards and Syntax

ASG-JCLPREP is a comprehensive JCL management solution that automates JCL changes, standards enforcement, conversion, and tuning, eliminating hours of exhausting programming for staff.

Flexible and easy to use, ASG-JCLPREP streamlines operations, improves your data center’s productivity, and reduces downtime in your production system by eliminating errors. ASG-JCLPREP is a dynamic JCL management tool that has the ability to perform fully customizable standards enforcement, JCL conversions and corrections, as well as comprehensive reporting and optional reformatting. ASG-JCLPREP shields your organization against productivity losses by ensuring that job control management is performed accurately and according to pre-determined standards.

Differentiators

  • Assists in JCL standardization and reformatting to site standards.

  • Validates JCL across multiple LPARs.

  • Provides extensive cross-reference facility.

  • Detects central syntax and runtime JCL errors, including DB2 and IMS control statements.

  • Validates IDCAMS control statement members.

  • Interfaces with ASG-Zeke.

Benefits

  • Improves the overall quality of JCL and reduces system downtime by eliminating runtime JCL errors before they occur.

  • Increases the productivity of applications programming, production control, operations, systems programming, quality assurance, and other JCL users.

  • Saves time and reduces errors by automatically validating and conditionally correcting JCL, reordering and re-aligning JCL to the desired format, and merging JCL from multiple data centers.

  • Vital solution in any hardware or software project involving JCL used in single or multiple LPAR environments.

  • Eliminates unnecessary, after-hours phone calls and validates corporate JCL coding standards.

  • Automates change control process and decreases the time needed to implement projects.

Endpoint Data Protection for Remote Offices, Desktops, Laptops and File Servers

ASG-Live Navigator protects data on endpoint devices like desktops and laptops, and at remote offices (Windows, Mac OS and Linux).

ASG-Live Navigator makes it easy to bring all your organization's computers and devices in alignment with your corporate backup and recovery policy. This near-CDP solution also has an advanced source deduplication technology, and reduces the cost and failures associated with protecting and recovering data across all enterprise systems.

Differentiators

  • Agile file backup

    The administrator easily selects which file types and directories to backup.

  • Intuitive user interface

    End-user can search and restore versions of files without needing IT administrator's help.

  • Windows, MacOS and Linux supported

    Supports all the usual workstation operating systems.

  • Deduplication

    Source file deduplication. Optimizes both the network communication and the target storage.

Benefits

  • Autonomous end-users

    End-users are able to select.

For Multi-Platform File Transfers

ASG-Outbound Enterprise consolidates your current data transfer mechanisms and software into a single, enterprise-wide solution for moving data across platforms. ASG-Outbound Enterprise gets the data where you want it, in the format you want!

ASG-Outbound Enterprise is a dynamic, multi-platform, managed file transfer product that enables you to transfer files of any record size or block size combination between disparate platforms. With ASG-Outbound Enterprise, you can run unattended data transfers between IBM-compatible, zSeries servers (z/OS, VSE, VM, and zLinux) and distributed platforms including Windows, Linux, Unix, and AS/400® systems. ASG-Outbound Enterprise supports transfers of DB2® tables and provides the ability to extract fields from DB2 databases and VSAM and QSAM data sets.

Differentiators

  • Initiates transfers from a scheduler or an application program according to a prearranged schedule or as data becomes available.

  • Records all activity by command in audit file records.

  • Optionally compresses data — providing up to 90 percent compression.

  • Checkpoint/Restart capability allows data transfers to be restarted from the point-of-failure, eliminating the need to restart the data transfer from the beginning.

  • Server feature lets your users initiate transfers — ad hoc or predefined — right from their desktops. You can even embed transfers in Microsoft Word®, Excel®, Visual Basic® and C applications.

  • Secures your file transfers with an interface to external security products such as RACF®.

Benefits

  • Graphic Development Interface (GDI).

  • Application modularity.

  • Suitability for decision making and knowledge-based applications.

  • No CGI programming or scripting language knowledge requirements.

  • Customized, end-user interface for deployment with a host of applications.

  • Compatible with outside programs and relational databases.

For Visibility and Insight to Avoid Problems, Reduce Costs, and Do More With Less for UNIX and Linux Platforms

ASG-PERFMAN for UNIX and Linux is a sophisticated yet easy-to-use solution for enterprises seeking to bring clarity to the management complexity of their UNIX and Linux systems.

ASG-PERFMAN for UNIX and Linux provides automated, enterprise-wide collection, analysis, and reporting of performance metrics, and eliminates guesswork from capacity management and system troubleshooting. It strengthens organizational communication by providing clear, concise IT information on-demand and without human intervention, anywhere and anytime it’s needed. The automation saves time and effort for IT staff, freeing it for higher-level planning and management work. And informed, timely analysis and enterprise-wide view enables IT to become a contributing partner in seeing, setting and achieving business goals and objectives.

Differentiators

  • Compile enterprise-wide UNIX and Linux performance data in a centralized data repository for comprehensive reporting, trending, forecasting and analysis.

  • View graphical representations of discovered metrics for UNIX and Linux performance.

  • Manage capacity to avoid bottlenecks or system vulnerabilities.

  • Enable system administrators to work proactively rather than reactively.

  • Manage multiple systems and thousands of servers from a single point of control.

  • No guesswork performance tuning and purchase decisions.

  • Optimized IT Infrastructure with dramatic reductions in unused capacity, overhead, unaligned IT resources and human error.

Benefits

  • High scalability allows central management of systems regardless of size, even if you’re managing multiple systems with thousands of servers and workstations.

  • Trending capabilities provides vital information required to take the guesswork out of IT purchasing decisions.

  • Centralized control from one location, drastically reducing administrative overhead and human error.

  • Modeling option previews the impact of change down to the workload level, providing capital expenditure control, streamlining server consolidation projects, and preventing costly outages or acquisition of incorrect resources.

  • Easily adapts to unique configurations and security issues.

  • Produce sophisticated, role-based reports and view resources by service, line of business, location, application, and more.

  • Compatible with AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, as well as SuSE and Red Hat Linux.

For Discovery, Analysis, Planning, Consolidation, Implementation, Monitoring, and Management of VMware Environments

The PERFMAN solution for VMware combines agentless data collection with powerful modeling capabilities to aid system administrators with discovery, analysis, planning, consolidation, implementation, monitoring, and management of VMware environments.

ASG-PERFMAN for VMware, complemented with ASG-PERFMAN for Windows and/or ASG-PERFMAN for Linux, provides a total view of an ESX server, its virtual machines, and the details of what is happening within each virtual machine, such as process-level resource consumption and disk space utilization for each logical disk or file system.

Differentiators

  • Manage the complete virtualization lifecycle from discovery of all environments to management of each environment

  • Achieve total visibility of all virtual machines, including CPU, memory, disk, and network resource consumption and disk space utilization

  • Manage virtualization candidate selection and deployment through decommissioning

  • Proactively and easily plan seamless physical to virtual (P2V) transitions; Identify the best physical servers to virtualize

  • View performance metrics graphically across your entire infrastructure.

  • Effectively manage your long-term virtualization plans

Benefits

  • Non-intrusive, low-overhead architecture requiring no agents and full cluster support

  • Ability to collect data through VirtualCenter, moving the already low overhead off of the ESX Server

  • High scalability, allows central management of thousands of physical and virtual systems

  • Modeling provides “what if” capabilities for consolidating physical to virtual images, moving virtual machines between hosts, and making changes to existing configurations

  • Centralized control drastically reduces administrative overhead and human error

  • Built-in analysis and reporting for all VMware ESX metrics

For Optimizing the Performance of Your Windows IT Infrastructure

With the ASG-PERFMAN for Windows solution deployed across your enterprise, you create a common language to optimize the performance of your Windows IT infrastructure.

The automation of monitoring and reporting provided by ASG-PERFMAN saves time and effort, freeing your IT staff to focus on higher level planning and management work. The informed and timely analysis of Windows infrastructure at the enterprise level enables IT to become a contributing partner in identifying, establishing and achieving strategic business goals and objectives. And, if you deploy ASG-PERFMAN for your other platforms, you will receive visibility to improve system performance across your entire IT infrastructure while minimizing the risk of adversely impacting users.

Differentiators

  • Discover, aggregate and manage all Windows environment performance data.

  • View discovered metrics graphically.

  • Identify and resolve existing or potential bottlenecks that could interrupt service.

  • Proactively manage capacity to avoid insufficient service availability and under-utilization of resources.

  • Automate collection and reporting of the immense volume of Windows performance data.

Benefits

  • Frees your IT staff to focus on higher level planning and management.

  • Manage Windows enterprise-wide regardless of platform or geographic location.

  • Fast ROI via hardware, software licensing, and operational cost savings.

  • Save time with fully automated analysis, reporting, and integrated web publishing for total control and visibility.

  • No guesswork capacity management and operational budgeting.

  • Includes automatic analysis of popular applications such as Exchange, IIS, SQL Server, .NET, Active Directory, SNA Server, Terminal Services, Microstrategy and more.

  • Eliminate Windows bottlenecks before they impact users with real-time access to Windows counters and availability alerts.

  • Single point of control over multiple systems and thousands of servers.

For a Complete View Into the Performance of Your Mainframes, Their Peripherals, and the Level of Resources Being Used

ASG-PERFMAN for z/OS allows you to take full advantage of and optimize one of the most sophisticated operating environments available today – z/OS.

ASG-PERFMAN for z/OS allows you to understand your mainframe from the inside out. You can discover LPARS, Service Classes, Report Classes, I/O Subsystems and more; view graphical representations of all discovered metrics; perform simulation modeling of the LPAR environment to determine optimal LPAR configuration; and look back upon historical trend analysis of resource usage over all key resources, including Goal Mode workloads and DASD I/O controllers and devices.

Differentiators

  • Discover LPARS, Service Classes, I/O subsystems

  • View discovered metrics graphically

  • Perform simulation modeling of the LPAR environment to determine optimal LPAR configuration

  • Look back upon historical trend analysis of resource usage over all key resources including: goal mode workloads and DASD I/O controllers and devices

  • Monitor workloads and historical trends for z/OS LPARS, and CPU output forecasts to effectively manage capacity and determine how long you will be able to stay on the hardware before thresholds are violated

  • Anticipate service levels breaches caused by new applications, worst-case spikes, and unique IT growth initiatives

  • Manage utilization and "what if" scenario modeling of zIIP and zAAP specialty engines.

Benefits

  • Make better decisions based on in-depth server workload, DASD space, I/O subsystem, and goal mode analysis

  • Utilize in-depth trending and forecasting for DB2, CICS TS, z/OS Modeling, and Business Unit Analysis to eliminate risk and plan for future utilization needs

  • Quickly measure and assess the impact of Capacity-On-Demand and its resulting effect on workloads

  • Perform enterprise-wide management regardless of platform or geographic location

  • Realize fast ROI via hardware, software licensing, and operational cost savings

  • Utilize fully automated analysis, reporting, and integrated web publishing for total control and visibility

  • Manage sub capacity licensing with predictive forecasting to prevent costly overruns.

  • Centralize control of your entire IT infrastructure to dramatically reduce administrative overhead and eliminate human error

IT Utilization Competency Through Comprehensive Capacity Planning and Modeling

ASG-PERFMAN solutions allow IT professionals and executives to get immediate access to crucial information about IT resource utilization, future capacity demand, and service level impacts, using intelligent enterprise-wide business views.

ASG-PERFMAN provides superior analysis, trending, forecasting and modeling that allows companies to set realistic expectations, prevent unnecessary hardware purchases, maximize expensive resources, and communicate accurate and actionable information.ASG-PERFMAN gathers detailed data, which is summarized, analyzed, and presented in an easy-to-understand format for analysis, trending, forecasting, and modeling.

Differentiators

The ASG-PERFMAN Suite provides best practices for competent IT infrastructure optimization by:
  • Easy to install Windows-based solution

  • Highly scalable for large datacenters

  • Quick and agentless implementation

  • Integrated multi-platform support

  • Robust and up-to-date support for z/OS

  • Support for virtualized environments

  • Advanced web-based interface portal

Benefits

ASG-PERFMAN’s solutions deliver proven cross-platform solutions that boost IT service levels and provide insights by:
  • Improving productivity

  • Forecasting the impact of IT business growth

  • Minimizing unplanned expenditures

  • Optimizing the use of computing resources

  • Communicating actionable information

  • Maximizing the organization's virtualization investment

  • Modeling the impact of an organization's workload changes

We could not function without ASG-PERFMAN or a similar product. It provides us with the ability to drill into server performance, understand what is causing issues and predicting future resource constraints.

System Engineer, Financial Services Company

for CA-IDMS Monitoring

ASG-PreAlert is a real-time control system that monitors IDMS activity and helps data centers keep daily system productivity high. On a continual basis, it helps data processing organizations meet demanding service level requirements and manage growing workloads.

ASG-PreAlert provides technical staff with statistical displays and alerts them to exception conditions. It corrects problems across single or multiple central versions (CVs) within the IDMS environment. It helps resolve unexplained system slowdowns or system interruptions. With this application, staff can also analyze and alleviate data dictionary hang-ups, looping, and deadlocks. ASG-PreAlert helps your IDMS professionals handle additional responsibilities while remaining confident in their existing operations.

Differentiators

  • Monitors IDMS from outside the CV to help detect and resolve problems, even when the CV is locking up or a transaction is looping.

  • Allows for multiple threshold definitions so that a unique level of action can be automatically triggered, depending upon the exception condition that occurs.

  • Allows for tailoring of screens.

Benefits

  • Provides for operation under a TSO/ISPF environment to make split-screen operation and ISPF-like PF key definitions possible.

  • Provides online, real-time statistics to avoid disruptions to system throughput.
     

Advanced Production JCL Management

ASG-PRO/JCL is designed to help data centers achieve and operate a production Job Control Language (JCL) environment that is error-free, standardized, and optimized.

This solution automates JCL error detection, standards enforcement, and routine changes required by the application deployment cycle. The powerful REXX APIs also facilitate both detailed analysis of the JCL and changes needed to standardize, convert, or clean the libraries. It is critical to any IT operation that the production JCL used to run batch processing remains error-free. These preventable errors not only waste valuable time, but also waste critical resources. Tight budgets are always a concern and that is the reason it is important to accurately manage JCL assets.

Differentiators

  • Validates JCL across multiple LPARs

  • Includes traditional ISPF, as well as a Windows interface (ASG-PRO/JCL Workstation component)

  • Detects central syntax and run-time JCL errors, including DB2 and IMS, by simulating the z/OS operating system

  • Interfaces with schedulers (ASG-Zeke, TWS, ESP, and others)

  • Enforces site-specific standards for improved compliance

  • Implements one-time or routine global changes

  • Reformats JCL statements according to user specifications

Benefits

  • Ensures that the complete JCL is ready for validation.

  • Provides a comprehensive means of making global or selective changes to an entire production environment, including JCL libraries, PROCLIBs, JCLLIBs, and control card libraries.

  • Syntax validation locates invalid parameters and format errors.

  • Run-time validation identifies missing data sets, PDS members not found, and other resources that are required for a successful job run.
     

  • Detects inconsistencies before execution, it ensures an error-free production run.

  • Maximum flexibility and automatic standards enforcement.

  • Reformatting JCL improves productivity.

Electronic Records Management for Distributed and Mainframe Systems

ASG-Records Manager™ facilitates information governance with comprehensive life cycle management for all records, including high-volume, transactional electronic records, in their original format, including holds, automatic folder structures, and advanced retention

It enables the automatic capture, classification, and disposition of high-volume, transaction-oriented electronic information. It manages electronic records in place—no migration of records required. Information technology administrators and records managers pre-define or system-generate contextual-based file classification schemas for the automatic capture and retention of electronic records. ASG-Records Manager supports time- and event based file retention and holds on single and multiple documents —with parametric events that automatically execute from line-of-business applications through standard Web Services. ASG-Records Manager also provides an intuitive, Web-based user interface – ASG-RMHub™ – designed specifically for records managers.

Differentiators

ASG-Records Manager is the only electronic records management solution for distributed and mainframe systems that:
  • Automatically capture invoices, utility bills, ATM transactions, etc.

  • Systematically process large volumes of scanned, paper-based information.

  • Consistently classify, declare, and retain electronic information as records in pre-defined or dynamically created folders.

  • Suspend normal record disposition with holds on single and multiple documents.

  • Place multiple holds on individual documents with identifying descriptions.

  • Automatically resume normal retention based on the assigned record retention policy after all holds are removed from a record.

  • Search, view, and navigate folder hierarchy to locate records.

Benefits

ASG-Records Manager permits organizations to:
  • Facilitate automatic acquisition, classification, retention and disposition of high-volume, transaction-oriented electronic information.

  • Manage native electronic records in place with no migration of records required.

  • Enable definition of hierarchical taxonomies using pre-defined and automatic contextual-based folder classification.

  • Support time- and business event-based retention and holds on single and multiple record documents.

  • Provide an intuitive, Web-based user interface and strong records management administration functions.

  • Enable information governance for mainframe and distributed systems.

Delivers Secure Remote Access to Your Servers and Workstations in Real Time.

ASG-Remote Desktop integrates a large variety of connection protocols, allowing you to manage Windows, Citrix, Linux/UNIX- and Macintosh systems if necessary from any computer via USB stick.

ASG-Remote Desktop speeds up daily access to your administration tools and servers via a central console. The ease of use and power of ASG-Remote Desktop has impressed more than 200,000 administrators worldwide.

Differentiators

  • Database mode

    Multiple IT administrators can share, create and edit connections (allows concurrent users) even if database goes offline.

  • Reporting

    Built-in reporting module (connection history displays the most-used connections).

  • Ease of use

    Administrators perform many recurring tasks on remote servers and workstations, which can be automated.

  • Security as a central feature

    Encrypted data even through VNC or ICA protocols.

Benefits

  • Remote administration on USB - mobile use without any installation.

  • Manage Windows, Citrix, Linux/Unix, Macintosh and browser-based systems.

  • Integration and direct access to external applications.

  • Connect over multiple protocols, including RDP, ICA, VNC, SSH, Telnet and HTTP/S.

  • Configuration of administrative permissions in database mode.

I use ASG-Remote Desktop every single day, and it has become a staple point of my desktop support routine. A good 80 percent of my time is saved not having to visit computers directly or look them up manually. There is a fine line between simplicity and functionality. ASG has found the perfect blend in-between.

Tim Mendenhall, Seamon Whiteside + Associates

Get the Maximum Potential Benefits from your ASG Products

Unlock the value of your ASG-TriTune investments through expert installation, configuration and training from ASG Professional Services consultants.

ASG offers pre-configured ASG-TriTune installation package that reduce time-to-deployment drastically. The Installation packages offer a strong foundation to build a robust metadata program across the enterprise, minimizing or eliminating post-deployment issues. An Upgrade Service performed by ASG Professional Services will start with an inventory of existing components, a report on available upgrades, and then a quick and comprehensive upgrade of your systems. Any customizations that exist in your environment will be reviewed and upgraded to work with the new environment. ASG Professional Services provide flexible, effective training solutions that enable your staff to expertly apply techniques in tackling even the most challenging projects. With our education and training services, your staff will learn how to optimize the implementation and use of ASG Systems solutions.

Differentiators

Please see the documents at the bottom of this page for more information about these services.
  • ASG-TriTune Quick Start Implementation

    Leverage ASG's experts to ensure that your team has sufficient information to correctly plan, configure/customise, implement, deploy and fully utilize the ASG-TriTune solution.

ASG-TeVISTA Performance Manager

for Measuring Application Performance Across the Network

ASG-TeVISTA Performance Manager is an end-to-end network and application performance solution that ensures the integrity and consistency of IT services. It uses unique “Synthetic User” probes, which can be distributed anywhere on the network, to simulate users accessing applications and services. This provides a systematic, accurate means of identifying the “weakest link” in application performance across the network, LAN, WAN, servers, and databases. ASG-TeVISTA Performance Manager quickly identifies and pinpoints performance problems. Response times and availability from multiple components can be measured, recorded, compared, and reported in a variety of analysis types and graphical formats. By providing a “user’s perspective” of network performance, the network management team can greatly reduce time-to-resolution. ASG-TeVISTA Performance Manager offers a Web-based central management console that organizes information gathered by multiple Synthetic User probes, offers full alert capabilities for breaches of performance thresholds, and distributes reports from a central location. The central management console is a portal that enables appropriate people enterprise-wide to view information from any browser-equipped device on the network.

Benefits

  • Provides a clear understanding

    Provides a clear understanding of network and application performance to improve services and user experience

  • Simulates user activity

    Simulates user activity to measure data transfer and pinpoint the source of application performance problems

  • Simplifies reporting and user access

    Simplifies reporting and user access through a central management console
     

  • Automates Reporting

    Automates the measuring of and reporting on targeted internal and external Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

  • Alert Capablities

    Offers full alert capabilities for performance thresholds

ASG-Sentry Network Management

For Complete Network Management

ASG-Sentry is a suite of tools strategically engineered to control, monitor, manage, and enhance your network. ASG-Sentry’s tools provide you with full visibility to your network from any Web browser. It also allows you to fully instrument your company’s applications, CPUs, disk space, memory, files, Windows and UNIX platforms, and more. ASG-Sentry is the solution your company needs for complete and effective control over your systems and networks.
 

Benefits

  • ASG-Sentry Network Manager

    ASG-Sentry Network Manager is a ready-to-run application that provides threshold and trend monitoring, alert notification, and a suite of Web-based managing tools
     

  • ASG-Sentry Agent

    ASG-Sentry Agent is a unique, Web-based, extensible SNMP agent for Windows and UNIX platforms which allows users to monitor their servers and applications from any Web browser
     

for Manipulating the System Date to Evaluate the Effect on Applications

ASG-ValidDate is a system programmer’s tool that manipulates the system date and/or time. ASG-ValidDate works at the operating system level and requires no changes to the applications it serves. It monitors date requests for configured users or tasks, allowing requests for non-configured elements to pass through freely.

When it detects a service call for a pre-configured user or task, it intercepts the operating system’s response and modifies the result according to the configuration before passing it on to the application. It can return a fixed date, as well as add or subtract a pre-set value from the date and/or time response.

Benefits

  • Enables system programmers to set fixed past or future dates through flexible date manipulation

  • Monitors date requests for configured users or tasks and intercepts and manipulates system dates without making changes to applications

  • Tracks tested components with logging facility

  • Supports multiple languages and environments

for Quality Measurement

ASG-Recap is the quality measurement component of ASG-Existing Systems Workbench  (ESW), an integrated life cycle solution for managing your existing systems. Recap uses Analytical Engine to populate the Application Knowledge Repository (AKR), giving your IS professionals an automated tool for conducting a portfolio analysis of every application in your environment.

Recap presents measurement data in a format that dramatically improves your organization's decision support process, and it enables you to align business and technical goals.

Benefits

  • Measures metrics data, function-point analyses, program quality assessments, as well as intra- and inter-application comparisons and summaries  

  • Provides support for application management decisions

  • Improves staffing allocations for enhancement activities  

  • Identifies in-house applications in need of improvement  

  • Establishes and maintains quality standards  

  • Identifies which applications should be redeveloped, replaced, retired, maintained, or migrated  

  • Enables repeatable processes  

  • Provides industry-standard metrics required for repeatable application management processes 

  • Provides pre- and post-project application measurements required for mainframe application management