October 13, 2016 Batch Automation 0 Comments

Refine Access Control to Licensed Software and Save

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We’re under constant pressure to save money at work. The pressure mounts as the number of applications grows, transaction volumes skyrocket and workload taxes system resources to their limit. With all that demanding your attention, who really has the time to look for wasted dollars in the systems, never mind worrying about access control to widely installed software?

And yet, if you can do it, won’t you make management happy? While the tech work is great, it often isn’t as visible. Saving money always gets recognized.

ThruPut Manager includes Software Access Control (SAC), a facility that enables refined access control to licensed software. Without this facility, it’s easy to make the mistake of running a job on a system that isn’t licensed for a required software, or to run it on a system you choose but that is at variance with the contract. In both cases, it’s going to cost you more money.

Who can keep up with what should run where and how? Systems are so complex today that no one can manage this manually, and coding it job by job is too much trouble. IBM does have some facilities to address this issue but they are cumbersome to setup. SAC ensures that the system routes batch jobs only to licensed JESplex members.

What about TSO?

It also handles TSO users. The software intercepts their access and makes sure that they choose a licensed system.

You simply set up a SAC table with the software product name and the binding agents, and then invoke the table according to a JAL (Job Action Language) rule already established. ThruPut Manager activates binding agents on the JESplex member where the software is licensed.

For a one-time effort, you can be sure that you won’t incur penalties by violating your contracts.

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Chief Innovator, Denise P. Kalm began her career in biochemical genetics (M.S. University of Michigan). She went on to have a career in IT, beginning with programming, moving to performance and capacity planning and then to work for vendors. Her experience as a performance analyst/capacity planner, software consultant, and then marketing maven at various software companies grounds her work providing contract writing, editing, marketing and speaking services. She is a frequently published author in both the IT world and outside. Kalm is a requested speaker at such venues as SHARE, CMG and ITFMA and has enhanced her skills through Toastmasters where she has earned her ACG/ALB. She is also a personal coach at DPK Coaching.