CA Technologies has released an updated version of its Workload Automation software for automating business process workloads. Enhancements include a revised user interface, and expanded application and program support.

Mark Combs, senior vice president for Strategy, Mainframe, said in a statement that, since Workload Automation “sits at the heart of the business services delivered by enterprises,” it is the work engine for managing “processes critical to business operations.”

Monitoring, Migration

He added that this new release builds on CA Technologies’ “history of reducing complexity and costs for our customers and driving improved operational efficiency” that can better deliver service level agreements and a “superior” customer experience.

The new version offers several added capabilities. These include integrated workload automation that provides better management of workloads, supports a broad range of applications, and utilizes newer platform tech, including Mainframe zIIP Specialty Engines, SQL Server Integration Services, Web services and Tandem NSK.

The updated UI provides advanced monitoring/reporting functions for automating administrative tasks and accelerating root-cause analysis, which the company said results in improved service levels, higher efficiency and less reliance on customized or manual processes.

The update also includes new migration utilities for quickly deploying, upgrading and managing workloads.

Critical Business Transactions

Workload Automation, which helps manage workloads across distributed, mainframe and cloud environments, supports process application workloads such as financials, manufacturing resource planning, control and ordering. It is designed to schedule and run critical business transactions, so that they process on time and without errors, efficiently use resources, and can have their work schedules changed in real time if needed.

In its announcement, CA Technologies cited the testimony of Pavel Vaynshtok, president of the Wall Street CA Workload Automation User Group.

He told news media that this new release “brings new benefits to the table such as potential cost-savings realized from the integration and support of some of the most popular software used in the data center.” He added that this support “reduces the amount of scripting required by development,” while providing a “single-view framework for an entire workload.”