– Jim Manias, Vice President at Advanced Systems Concepts, says:

Enterprises worldwide are increasingly using Microsoft’s System Center 2012 R2 as part of their data center to manage on-premises, service provider, and Microsoft Azure environments. Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI),maker of ActiveBatch® IT Automation Without BoundariesSM, makes life easier for IT administrators with itsarchitectural approach to IT Automation that minimizes time and cost requirements, whilemaximizing efficiency. ASCI makes it possible to connect critical IT management and cloud technologies with the ActiveBatch Extension for System Center Configuration Manager as well as other unique capabilities – all without the need for custom scripting.

ActiveBatch was built from the ground up for today’s enterprise, supporting a wide range of products and technologies including Microsoft products inside and outside System Center Configuration Manager so users can better manage diverse environments.The ActiveBatch Extensions for Microsoft System Center also include support for System Center Operations Manager, System Center Service Manager, System Center Orchestrator, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.


In addition to support for a wide range of systems and technologies including Linux, UNIX, and iSeries, ActiveBatch also supports Microsoft products such asActive Directory, SQL Server, and Microsoft Exchange through a series of deep integrations in its Integrated Jobs Library. ASCI’s extensive support of various systems allows organizations to unify silos of automation and centrally automate and manage IT operational and business processes across the enterprise. ActiveBatch is flexible enough to support Microsoft computing platforms like Microsoft Azure and Windows Server with Hyper-V, while also supportingnon-Microsoft virtual systems like VMware and Amazon EC2.

This flexibility gives IT administrators new capabilities. Users can leverage Job Steps in the new ActiveBatch Extension to create a machine configuration workflow that assembles a System Center Configuration Manager Collection, build a System Center Configuration Manager advertisement, and update an Active Directory group, all from a SQL Server query. ActiveBatch can then automatically query for SQL Server updates according to a schedule the user defines, detecting updates and seamlessly executing the workflow and then alerting administrators when the configuration job is successfully completed.

ASCI, as a Microsoft Systems Center Partner, collaborated with Microsoft to help System Center 2012 R2 users manage technologies across multiple environments. With ActiveBatch Extensions, IT teams can monitor the activities of many popular non-Microsoft applications, including SAP, PowerCenter, Cognos, PeopleSoft, Oracle EBS, and more. ASCI’s architectural automation solution allows IT teams to control scripts and scheduling solutions from a single framework to reduce complexity, enable delivery of higher service levels, and reduce costs. Please visit http://www.advsyscon.com/home/products/activebatch/system-center.aspx to find out more.

Jim Manias is Vice President at Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc.  and is responsible for the overall market strategy and planning for a range of products including ActiveBatch® Workload Automation and Job Scheduling.  Jim has been with Advanced Systems Concepts since 1991 and has held multiple senior management positions in the enterprise software and hardware market.  Jim can be reached at JManias@advsyscon.com