It is a fact of life with any computer system that the generation
of reports may take some time. If the generation process requires
the exclusive use of a terminal, then your normal online,
interactive processing may be interrupted for extended periods
Batch Processing System allows you to maximise your
terminal availability and utilisation by using the surplus
processing capacity of your computer to perform this
lengthy processing in a background mode.
a report is requested you may specify that the report
is to be passed to the batch processing system for generation.
Requests are then serviced in priority order, ensuring
that urgent reports are produced first.
facilities allow you to enquire on the Batch Queue,
and adjust relative task priorities, or remove entries
entirely if you wish. You also have complete control
over the number of tasks that can be processed concurrently,
as this may have an impact on normal terminal applications.
example, during the day when terminal use is high you
may place a limit of one or two concurrent batch requests
to be processed, while overnight this may be increased
to a much larger number as there are fewer terminal
users to contend with.
well as allowing you to schedule resource hungry tasks,
the Batch Processing System also provides a mechanism
for the maintenance and execution of "keyboard
macro’s". When a macro is executed, Stamina
is driven by these simulated keystrokes, rather than
relying on a terminal operator, which has a number of
example, as part of your normal end of period processing
there may be a number of reports that have to be produced,
then the necessary end of period performed. The keystrokes
required for this can simply be stored as a macro, and
a single execution may replace a lengthy terminal session,
and as the macro can run unattended, the whole process
can take place out of hours!
Macro’s, in conjunction with the Query Language,
can also save time when large amounts of information
has to be changed within Stamina. For example, imagine
that you had to change some incorrect General Ledger
accounts associated with a large number of your products.
Query Language could be used to select the records that
needed to be changed, using the selection criteria you
would normally have to apply manually. A simple keyboard
macro could then be invoked to access this list sequentially,
and make the desired change for each product in turn,
automating an otherwise labour intensive operation.
the Stamina Batch Processing system helps you to maximise
your terminal availability, and also can result in significant
productivity gains, further increasing your return on
investment in a totally integrated Management Information
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