Success Story

Shaw Communications Inc

In the past 35 years, the company has become one of the largest multi-system cable operators in Canada. Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified Canadian communications company and the second largest cable television operator in the country. Shaw is an electronic link to millions of people through cable television, telecommunications, high-speed Internet access, specialty programming networks, radio, satellite and the digital delivery of music.

In a conversation with Shaw systems manager Wes Newman, we discussed the role that ISE's EnterpriseSCHEDULE plays in the operations of this communication giant. With a five node cluster of OpenVMS Alpha machines, there are hundreds of daily tasks that must be executed on time and in the right order. That's why they turned to ISE's EnterpriseSCHEDULE to automate the processing of several hundred jobs per day

EnterpriseSCHEDULE has been a "really reliable product".

Wes Newman
Shaw Communications

Encompassing everything from billing to data reporting and system tasks, the job scheduler is tasked with controlling many operations that are necessary to keep Shaw up and running. Using both individually scheduled and interdependent jobs, operations such as backups and purges can be largely forgotten by the system staff. Additionally the scheduler controls jobs that communicate directly with the end user's cable box, refreshing the system and collecting data on purchased Pay Per View events.

When asked what he thought of the product, Wes responded that it's best benefit is that you don't have to think about it. As far as reliability, he commented that EnterpriseSCHEDULE has been a "really reliable product". Finally he summed it up by saying that "EnterpriseSCHEDULE is a great product".