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Cybermation Enhances Enterprise-Wide Job Scheduling With ESP Espresso R3

Cybermation, the developer of integrated enterprise systems management software, today announced the availability of ESP Espresso Release 3, its enterprise job scheduling solution for distributed environments. The product’s JAVA and XML architecture provides a unifying point of management control for IT processes across an entire enterprise. The new release extends functionality for fail-over and logical resource allocation (management of load balancing), as well incorporating improved calendaring and reporting capabilities.

"ESP Espresso’s object-oriented design places it in a unique position at the core of our customers’ enterprise IT systems, allowing it to manage and integrate processes running across disparate servers, operating systems and ERP environments," explains Ray Nissan, founder and chief technology architect at Cybermation. "With this position we saw that there were heavy responsibilities, but also great new potentials for the product to increase processing efficiency, to monitor the systems for SLA’s and to provide more insight into how improvements can be made. R3 was the outcome."

ESP Espresso R3 offers the ultimate in fail-over reliability, ensuring the continued execution of critical IT processes even with the loss of the server on which the product core is running. The new logical resource allocation takes advantage of the inherent load balancing capabilities in most modern servers, providing a top-level of overview and control. This ensures that an enterprise’s entire processing power is being effectively utilised, eliminating unnecessary hardware upgrades.

Milind Govekar, Director of Gartner Research, commented "Most organisations will find that enterprise automation has to keep up with the rapid rate of change of technology in their computing environment. Thus, they will need to consider solutions from vendors who have the ability and track record to deliver additional functionality very rapidly for their dynamic and growing computing environment."

Following feedback from both its user-group and the analyst community, Cybermation has also improved the reporting functionality in ESP Espresso R3. Users can now use the scheduler to analyse and rationalise processing throughput in the enterprise. The reporting has also been tailored for Espresso to be used as a check for SLA agreements where IT is outsourced or where interdepartmental budgets are effected by demand on the enterprise datacentre.

About Cybermation
Cybermation is recognised by its many enterprise customers as a leading developer of automation solutions for job scheduling, workload management and software change management for heterogeneous computing environments. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. Cybermation's customers include Allstate Insurance, CN Rail, Delta Air Lines, Gap Inc., Honda, McDonalds, Nike, The Bay, UPS, and Verizon in North America and T-Mobile UK, Sony, and VHV in Europe.
Cybermation products include ESP Workload Manager® and ESP Espresso™, enterprise-wide job scheduling and workload management for OS/390®, UNIX®, Windows NT® and OS/400® operating systems and for SAP R/3®, Oracle and PeopleSoft® ERP environments; ESP Workstation®, a graphical user interface for enterprise scheduling from a single point of control; ESP Encore® for automated rerun, restart and recovery; and ESP Alchemist, enterprise software change management for software development and data-centre production environments.

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ESP Espresso R3 Product Fact Sheet
DESCRIPTION
Cybermation ESP Espresso™ is an event-driven UNIX and Windows based job scheduler that automates and integrates processes among heterogeneous systems across the enterprise, including Linux, OS/400, Tandem, and OpenVMS. It takes a uniquely effective approach to job scheduling that maximises both management and operational efficiency. Unlike other job schedulers, ESP Espresso leverages an object-oriented, modular design that eliminates redundancy and duplication, minimising set-up time, maintenance time and human error so that IT environments can achieve business process management goals at a lower cost.

BACKGROUND
Batch job scheduling (batch processing / batch automation) is used in all mainframe environments to automate processing across the enterprise. As distributed systems become more wide spread, they are being exploited in the same way as mainframe systems to manage, control, execute and monitor computer processing across the enterprise. ESP Espresso acts as the central server, coordinating and integrating processes on multiple systems. Job scheduling is to the computer world what the robotic arm is to the manufacturing world: automating processes that would otherwise require human intervention.

BUSINESS BENEFITS
* Promote business expansion: Faster integration of varied environments; higher throughput; support more applications without additional IT investment
* Elevate service levels: Significantly reduce scheduling and application errors; dramatically reduce downtime; recover faster; expand service windows; minimise overhead; maximise availability
* Accelerate innovation: Simplify all workload management and computer processing tasks to help IT talent work faster, better and smarter; apply more of available resources to development, less to maintenance; make IT more responsive to business initiatives; faster time to market
* Increase shareholder value:Enhance the competitive edge of business operations; increase productivity of systems and staff; eliminate repetition and redundancy across platforms; less code to support with higher integration across applications and platforms; increase the capacity and extend the effective lifecycle of existing assets; reduce operating costs

PRODUCT BENEFITS
There are many benefits from batch automation are several fold: (1) it reduces human error, (2) it creates operational efficiency by allowing systems to run unattended, and (3) it results in higher output while decreasing human and IT resources. ESP Espresso carries these basic scheduling benefits beyond traditional job scheduling, providing:
Advanced management efficiency
* Human resources: set-up, maintain, and monitor scheduling environment with less people
* Saves set-up time / reduces human errors: eliminate the redundancy that all other schedulers require to set-up job definitions
* Saves maintenance time: reuse scheduling designs in different environments.

Advanced operational efficiency
* High performance: handle thousands of jobs an hour
* High availability: fully resilient against outages – continues to operate upon primary server failures

FEATURES

ESP Espresso simplifies complex job scheduling environments by offering:

* Multiple systems managed from a single point of control

* A create once, use many business approach to minimise exceptions that require manual
intervention

* Multiple schedules managed from one calendar

* Real-time changes to scheduling definitions during run-time

* Easy to use drag-and-drop graphical configuration

* Advanced simulation capabilities

* Workload balancing and prioritisation through logical resource management

* Low overhead on system resources maximising performance

* Full automatic fail-over to a recovery instance maximising business continuity

* Easy to use, customisable historical reporting

HOW IT WORKS

ESP Espresso makes the complex simple by integrating and automating processes through your IT environment. This is done through three main components: ESP Espresso, ESP Workstation and ESP Agents. ESP Espresso is the centralised server that automates processes across the enterprise. ESP Agents are lean clients that communicate with ESP Espresso to execute and monitor processes on remote, heterogeneous platforms. Users configure and monitor their automated environment from ESP Workstation, a Windows-based graphical user interface.

ESP Espresso supports almost any mix of operating environments and ERP systems through ESP Agents, including:

* Windows NT, 2000, XP

* Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, Tru64 and other UNIX variants

* Linux for S/390, Linux for Intel, OS/390 USS

* OS/400, NSK, OpenVMS

* PeopleSoft*, Oracle Financials**, SAP R/3

OBJECT ORIENTED

ESP Espresso is the only object-oriented, platform independent job scheduler on the market today. Its design, architecture, and concept is unlike any other scheduling product available, and revolutionises job scheduling by reducing configuration and maintenance effort to a fraction of traditional schedulers.

APPLICATIONS

Include CyberStars as references.

MARKET FOCUS

All business dependent on the delivery of mission critical computer processing, in support of customer facing, internal operations and or partner integration application management. ESP Espresso applies to all vertical markets.

AVAILABILITY

ESP Espresso will be distributed in limited availability Sept 30, 2002. Contact Cybermation at
http://www.cybermation.com or visit http://www.cybermation.com/ESPespresso for additional product details.

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