Benefits

Too often, IT management must make decisions that will benefit either long-term goals or short-term goals. Long-term goals usually include improved practices and standards, improved reliability, and positioning for future benefits. Short-term goals frequently include cost cutting, time savings, and reduced application time-to-market. Generally, one goal must be sacrificed to attain the other. It is rare to discover a product that will, in fact, satisfy both these short-term and long-term goals.Quickload is such a product.

Below you will find a list of these benefits. Cost justification of Quickload can easily be made through the short-term benefits it provides, while its long-term benefits provide additional cost justifications and enable you to move in a direction that is prudent for your organization.

95% Time Savings – What would normally take 10-28 days for the operating system installation and customization will now take only 1 day. Besides the obvious savings of time and money, your expert systems staff will now be more available for other critical needs.

System Reliability – Since Quickload is an automated process, errors associated with the manual server pack functions are fully eliminated. The automated Quickload processes will fully replace the error-prone manual server pack processes.

Improved Application Development Time-to-Market – Corporate needs often require new application development, which in turn often require software and operating system upgrades. Time consuming operating system upgrades frequently force IT management to select other less desirable platforms, or worse, to declare it cannot meet the development schedule. Quickload can assist in eliminating this embarrassing (and all too frequent) response by ensuring the operating system upgrade is performed quickly and reliably.

Improved Utilization of the Mainframe – With the elimination of the Time-to-Market delays, IT management can now properly choose the platform which will best satisfy the corporate need – frequently the mainframe, with its power, reliability and scalability.

Expanded OS FunctionalityQuickload will exploit the full capabilities of the operating system by enabling and configuring optional functions that would otherwise be an additional and difficult installation task, e.g., BookMgr, SMB Server, NFS Server, Web Server, Telnet Server, etc.

Improved Practices and Standards – The Quickload process will replace delivered defaults and inappropriate parameters with “Best Practices” customizations from the IBM redbook, and will incorporate over 20 years of system installation and migration expertise. The result – a customized operating system environment that is more useful and more powerful.

Positioned for Future BenefitsQuickload is positioned to extend its installation capability to include the installation of optional software to your system. The same advantages of time, reliability and functionality will then be expanded to a wider scope.

Flexibility AND Simplicity – The power of the mainframe has been understood since its inception. To harness this power required the flexibility to customize – in fact, flexible to the point of being complex. For example, the operating system has an entire manual devoted exclusively to the base parameters required for system efficiency. Hence, It is no wonder that it takes weeks to manually customize the operating system options. Quickload allows you to maintain the flexibility, and therefore the power, of the mainframe, while providing simplicity of upgrades which greatly facilitates the usefulness of the mainframe.