Enterprises Discover ASCI’s Wireless Client For BlackBerry

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Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI), a leading provider of system software solutions that enhance Windows(TM), UNIX, Linux and OpenVMS systems, took to heart the notion that IT administrators have a continuing need for effective, real-time mobile access to mission-critical enterprise applications. By introducing a powerful Java wireless client application for RIM® BlackBerry Wireless Handheld(TM) devices, ASCI enables system admins to manage the company’s ActiveBatch® enterprise job scheduling and management system no matter where the technician happens to be, on or off the job.


“I can be at a football game and restart a batch job from my seat,” said Andrew Garland, Systems Administrator/Technical Services for Equitable Life of Canada. “In the past, a system issue would send me home to my PC. Now, with the ability to issue commands from anywhere, I can react faster. I even receive notification on my BlackBerry that my commands are successful.”

ActiveBatch is a key component of the tech infrastructure for Equitable Life, one of Canada’s oldest mutual life insurance companies. “Ninety-five percent of our batch jobs run at night, and all are scheduled by ActiveBatch,” Garland notes. “If ActiveBatch went down we’d have huge issues. Our goal is to deploy the ActiveBatch Wireless Client(TM) to everyone on both our tech services and development staffs. That way both aspects are covered — if a broken job needs restarting, a developer can handle it while away from the office, while tech staffers have the same ability to stop or start a queue as needed.”

Mike Henry, Director of IT for Tulsa, Oklahoma electronic bill payment services provider ChoicePay, Inc., has found an opportunity for greater staff efficiency and systems productivity via the ActiveBatch Wireless Client for BlackBerry devices. “Meeting our agreed service levels is a high priority within our department, which is why we chose ActiveBatch to begin with,” said Henry. “By adopting the ActiveBatch Wireless Client our technical staff knows instantly when there’s a problem, whether across the hall or across the country. Even more, they appreciate the convenience of using the same device to analyze and correct the problem instantly.”

ASCI’s ActiveBatch Wireless Client for BlackBerry Wireless Handheld devices leverages the coverage and reliability of GPS/GPRS networks to provide worldwide communication and control. The application notifies users of critical situations occurring with servers, applications, and jobs, then enables corrective action to take place through an intuitive GUI that requires less keyboarding than other solutions.

To issue job and queue operation commands, all an administrator has to do is scroll through the menu using the BlackBerry’s thumbwheel, enter relevant information about the operation, and click. All communication is encrypted to ensure total system confidentiality.

ASCI’s new Java-based ActiveBatch Wireless Client is supported on a full range of BlackBerry models including all 5000-series, 6000-series, and 7000- series products. BlackBerry models 850, 857, 950, and 957 models host the original (C++) ActiveBatch Wireless Client. Both wireless clients are priced separately from the ActiveBatch Job Management and Scheduling System.

Advanced Systems Concepts is demonstrating its ActiveBatch Wireless Client for BlackBerry Wireless Handheld devices during Microsoft Tech-Ed 2005 from ASCI’s exhibit, Booth 623 in the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, visit the company’s exhibit or log on to http://www.advsyscon.com .

About Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.:

Headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. offers many software products and options for users of Microsoft Windows, UNIX, Linux, and HP OpenVMS systems. These products provide answers to software developers and system managers with improved system efficiency and utilization. Advanced Systems Concepts today has over 200,000 licenses installed and a worldwide base of customers in 27 countries around the world. Advanced Systems Concepts is a Microsoft Independent Solution Vendor, a HP/Compaq Business Partner, a Sun Catalyst member, an IBM Business Partner and an HP-UX Power Partner. For more information, see the company’s website at http://www.advsyscon.com or call (800) 229-2724.

ActiveBatch is a registered trademark of Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. Other company and/or product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective firms.