July 11, 2008 - Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI), a leading provider of system software solutions that enhance Windows, UNIX, Linux and OpenVMS systems, previewed ActiveBatch Version 7.0 (V7.0).

The new version will address the growing need for consolidation and simplification in complex enterprise processing environments by introducing a new dynamic service-oriented architecture (SOA) and related Web Services tools; the improvements make it possible to unify and incorporate any number of processes on distributed systems with one job scheduling application.

ActiveBatch, a prominent enterprise job scheduling and workload automation solution, reflects cutting-edge strategic business initiatives. Its features and capabilities are enhanced to answer the need for reduced cost of operations and improved service levels throughout the enterprise.

"Many organizations seek to simplify and improve business processes through the use of Web Services. ActiveBatch Version 7.0 masters this environment through its new dynamic SOA, Business Process Automation module and expanded job libraries that feature adapters for Web Services-based applications," said Jim Manias, vice president of marketing and sales for ASCI.

Among ActiveBatch 7.0's enhancements is its new dynamic SOA that will allow organizations to incorporate inbound and outbound Web Services. Through its SOA, ActiveBatch will trigger and modify applications and business processes within the enterprise and outside with apps supporting Web services description language. Its Web Services facilities also provide support for event-based Web services using an Event Provider/Subscriber facility.

ActiveBatch 7.0 debuts a business process automation module that supports a customizable "information chain" of processes to better manage service level agreements and other business goals.

A newly-expanded job library supports adapters for all applications using Web Services. Updated libraries include those for SQL Server, Oracle and other database formats; Secure FTP and file operations (including Zip); as well as Crystal Reports, Symantec BackupExec, MSMQ and others. The capability is augmented with a new interactive designer that supports drag-and-drop integration of applications and ActiveBatch services.

Two other improvements are debuting in Version 7.0: change management and power management.

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