Standard Textile chooses Robot from HelpSystems to automate cross-platform data transfers and cross-system JD Edwards ERP processes
Minneapolis, MN, April 22, 2014—Robot, a division of HelpSystems and developer of automated systems management solutions for IBM i servers, announced today that Standard Textile, a global textile manufacturer and laundry service based in Cincinnati, incorporated Robot enterprise job scheduling and email notification solutions into their cross-platform electronic data interchange (EDI) processes.
Standard Textile selected Robot/SCHEDULE, Robot/SCHEDULE Enterprise, and Robot/ALERT to automate cross-platform data transfers and add flexibility to their job schedule and communication processes between exchanges like VAN, FTP, and AS2, as well as their ERP applications.
Brian Michael, EDI manager at Standard Textile, explains, “On our legacy EDI scheduler, if I wanted to run a job every hour from noon to 8 p.m., I would need to create eight separate jobs, basically just staggering the time. With Robot, I have just one job to keep track of. I also use the OPAL® custom coding language to process EDI data only when it exists, so EDI jobs don’t take up processing cycles.”
In addition to reducing the number of jobs to manage for EDI, the Robot solution has also benefitted the network team who use IBM i-centric Robot/SCHEDULE Enterprise server agents to kick off Microsoft SQL Server jobs when IBM i processes produce nightly invoice files. “It’s been a time saver and an eventual money saver when we can get everyone using one, enterprise-wide scheduling solution,” says Michael.
Robot also improved efficiency by directly emailing alerts to Michael, eliminating the need to dig through job logs and out queues to determine the source of issues. “From the basics of job scheduling to sending alerts when jobs terminate to creating custom code with OPAL, Robot is very flexible and easy to use around EDI job processing,” says Michael.
The full case study is available on the HelpSystems website. HelpSystems offers a free, 30-day trial of its Robot systems management solution set. The trial includes full product access and free support.
Robot, a division of HelpSystems, provides a complete line of automated systems management solutions for IBM i servers. For over 30 years, Robot has enabled IT to confidently run their systems unattended with powerful, fully integrated software and world-class support.
HelpSystems, LLC is a leading provider of systems management, security, and business intelligence solutions. HelpSystems software reduces data center costs by improving operational control and delivery of IT services. Founded in 1982, the company has 14 offices worldwide and more than 7,000 customers from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, HelpSystems sells its solutions directly and through strategic partners worldwide.
HelpSystems brands include: Robot, SEQUEL Software, PowerTech, Skybot Software, Bytware, Safestone, CCSS, InterMapper, and ShowCase. Learn more at www.helpsystems.com.
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