IBM z/OS Change Tracker V2.5 delivers a new IBM z/OS priced feature to improve software configuration change management

IBM Asia Pacific Software Announcement AP22-0013
April 5, 2022

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OverviewOverviewTechnical informationTechnical information
Key requirementsKey requirementsOrdering informationOrdering information
Planned availability datePlanned availability dateTerms and conditionsTerms and conditions
DescriptionDescriptionPricesPrices
Program numberProgram numberRegional availabilityRegional availability


Overview

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As IBM® continues to provide a suite of robust tools to help system programmers manage IBM z/OS®, IBM delivers IBM z/OS Change Tracker V2.5, a new priced feature of z/OS V2.5. It is a comprehensive configuration change management tool for tracking, controlling, and managing changes in software libraries and configuration data.

z/OS Change Tracker delivers:

  • Real-time, system-wide software configuration change tracking and control for system libraries, across all LPARs in a sysplex
  • Automatic versioning of identified system control data sets, including customization of the number of backups
  • Member-level recovery and reporting of real-time change
  • Capabilities to roll back and undo unplanned or unsuccessful updates of the changed library members
  • Comparisons between snapshots of system control data sets, or even entire volumes, with differences identified, which may help to ensure that software deployments have been successful


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Key requirements

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z/OS Change Tracker runs on the following IBM Z® servers:

  • IBM z16
  • IBM z15™ (all models)
  • IBM z14® (all models)
  • IBM z13® (all models)

z/OS Change Tracker requires:

  • IBM z/OS V2.5



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Planned availability date

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May 13, 2022

Availability within a country is subject to local legal requirements.



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Description

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With a control interface to identify, manage, and audit configuration files, z/OS Change Tracker can help clients with aspects of the change configuration management experience, including software management and resiliency.

Currently, monitoring hundreds of software configuration files can be a manual and tedious process. This can be difficult to do without the right tools and can potentially cause undesired or unintentional system configuration changes.

With z/OS Change Tracker, z/OS system programmers can identify and control configuration assets. A planned automatic backup capability for configuration assets can help to support a resilient environment. In addition, z/OS Change Tracker can also help system programmers understand the differences between two groups of data sets or volumes to see if deployment of software has resulted in identical copies.

To learn more and stay updated about future enhancements for z/OS Change Tracker, see the Content Solution web page.

With the difference in the planned availability dates for z/OS Change Tracker on May 13, 2022, and IBM z/OS V2.5 on September 30, 2021, there is a short timeframe in which z/OS Change Tracker was not available to be ordered in z/OS V2.5. For any client who wants to purchase z/OS Change Tracker and has acquired z/OS V2.5 prior to May 13, 2022, the installation of z/OS Change Tracker is required. See the Content Solution web page for more details.



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Reference information

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For information about z/OS V2.5 and CD enhancements for z/OS V2.5, see:

  • Software Announcement AP22-0079, dated March 15, 2022
  • Software Announcement AP21-0381, dated November 23, 2021
  • Software Announcement AP21-0249, dated July 27, 2021
  • Software Announcement AP21-0051, dated March 2, 2021

For information about IBM z16, see Hardware Announcement AG22-0002, dated April 5, 2022.

For information about IBM z15, see:

  • Hardware Announcement AG20-0056, dated August 4, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement AG20-0006, dated April 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement AG20-0013, dated January 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement AG19-0094, dated November 26, 2019
  • Hardware Announcement AG19-0032, dated September 12, 2019

For information about z14, see:

  • Hardware Announcement AG18-0074, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement AG17-0093, dated November 28, 2017
  • Hardware Announcement AG17-0044, dated July 17, 2017

For information about IBM z14 Model ZR1, see:

  • Hardware Announcement AG18-0074, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement AG18-0018, dated April 10, 2018

For information about the z13®, see:

  • Hardware Announcement AG19-0045, dated May 7, 2019
  • Hardware Announcement AG19-0017, dated February 12, 2019
  • Hardware Announcement AG16-0058, dated June 7, 2016
  • Hardware Announcement AG15-0060, dated March 3, 2015
  • Hardware Announcement AG15-0001, dated January 14, 2015

For information about the z13s®, see:

  • Hardware Announcement AG16-0058, dated June 7, 2016
  • Hardware Announcement AG16-0002, dated February 16, 2016



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Program number

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Program number VRM Program name
5650-ZOS 2.5.0 IBM z/OS Change Tracker


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Services

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IBM Systems Lab Services

Systems Lab Services offers infrastructure services to help build hybrid cloud and enterprise IT solutions. From servers to storage systems and software, Systems Lab Services can help deploy the building blocks of a next-generation IT infrastructure to empower a client's business. Systems Lab Services consultants can perform infrastructure services for clients online or onsite, offering deep technical expertise, valuable tools, and successful methodologies. Systems Lab Services is designed to help clients solve business challenges, gain new skills, and apply best practices.

Systems Lab Services offers a wide range of infrastructure services for IBM Power® servers, IBM Storage systems, IBM Z, and IBM LinuxONE. Systems Lab Services has a global presence and can deploy experienced consultants online or onsite around the world.

For assistance, contact Systems Lab Services at ibmsls@us.ibm.com.

To learn more, see the IBM Systems Lab Services website.

IBM Consulting

As transformation continues across every industry, businesses need a single partner to map their enterprise-wide business strategy and technology infrastructure. IBM Consulting is the business partner to help accelerate change across an organization. IBM specialists can help businesses succeed through finding collaborative ways of working that forge connections across people, technologies, and partner ecosystems. IBM Consulting brings together the business expertise and an ecosystem of technologies that help solve some of the biggest problems faced by organizations. With methods that get results faster, an integrated approach that is grounded in an open and flexible hybrid cloud architecture, and incorporating technology from IBM Research® and IBM Watson® AI, IBM Consulting enables businesses to lead change with confidence and deliver continuous improvement across a business and its bottom line.

For additional information, see the IBM Consulting website.

IBM Technology Support Services (TSS)

Get preventive maintenance, onsite and remote support, and gain actionable insights into critical business applications and IT systems. Speed developer innovation with support for over 240 open-source packages. Leverage powerful IBM analytics and AI-enabled tools to enable client teams to manage IT problems before they become emergencies.

TSS offers extensive IT maintenance and support services that cover more than one niche of a client's environment. TSS covers products from IBM and OEMs, including servers, storage, network, appliances, and software, to help clients ensure high availability across their data center and hybrid cloud environment.

For details on available services, see the Technology support for hybrid cloud environments website.

IBM Expert Labs

Expert Labs can help clients accelerate their projects and optimize value by leveraging their deep technical skills and knowledge. With more than 20 years of industry experience, these specialists know how to overcome the biggest challenges to deliver business results that can have an immediate impact.

Expert Labs' deep alignment with IBM product development allows for a strategic advantage as they are often the first in line to get access to new products, features, and early visibility into roadmaps. This connection with the development enables them to deliver First of a Kind implementations to address unique needs or expand a client's business with a flexible approach that works best for their organization.

For additional information, see the IBM Expert Labs website.

IBM Security® Expert Labs

With extensive consultative expertise on IBM Security software solutions, Security Expert Labs helps clients and partners modernize the security of their applications, data, and workforce. With an extensive portfolio of consulting and learning services, Expert Labs provides project-based and premier support service subscriptions.

These services can help clients deploy and integrate IBM Security software, extend their team resources, and help guide and accelerate successful hybrid cloud solutions, including critical strategies such as zero trust. Remote and on-premises software deployment assistance is available for IBM Cloud Pak® for Security, IBM Security QRadar®/QRoC, IBM Security SOAR/Resilient®, IBM i2®, IBM Security Verify, IBM Security Guardium®, and IBM Security MaaS360®.

For more information, contact Security Expert Labs at sel@us.ibm.com.

For additional information, see the IBM Security Expert Labs website.



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IBM Support

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Additional IBM support

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IBM Client Engineering for Systems

Client Engineering for Systems is a framework for accelerating digital transformation. It helps you generate innovative ideas and equips you with the practices, technologies, and expertise to turn those ideas into business value in weeks. When you work with Client Engineering for Systems, you bring pain points into focus. You empower your team to take manageable risks, adopt leading technologies, speed up solution development, and measure the value of everything you do. Client Engineering for Systems has experts and services to address a broad array of use cases, including capabilities for business transformation, hybrid cloud, analytics and AI, infrastructure systems, security, and more. Contact Client Engineering at sysgarage@ibm.com.



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Technical information

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

z/OS Change Tracker V2.5 runs on the following IBM Z servers:

  • IBM z16
  • z15 Models (all models)
  • z14 Models (all models)
  • z13 Models (all models)
Software requirements

z/OS Change Tracker V2.5 requires z/OS V2.5.

Security, auditability, and control

The announced program uses the security and auditability features of the host operating system software.

The client is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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Ordering information

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Ordering z/OS through the internet

Shopz provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS packaged offering. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present your new configuration based on z/OS. Additional products can also be added to your order. Shopz will determine whether all product requisites are satisfied. Shopz is available in all countries. For more details and availability, go to the Shopz website.

New licensees

Orders for new licenses can be placed now.

Registered clients can access IBMLink for ordering information and charges. Shipment will not occur before the availability date. Unless a later date is specified, orders entered before the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date of one week following availability.

New users of z/OS Change Tracker should specify:

Type: 5650 Model: ZOS

To order a basic license, specify the program number 5650-ZOS. Proceed to select the entitlement identifiers.

Advanced Workload License Charges (AWLC)

Advanced Workload License Charges (AWLC) basic license

To order a basic license, specify the program number and quantity of MSUs. If there is more than one program copy in a Parallel Sysplex®, the charge for all copies is associated to one license by specifying the applicable AWLC license options and quantity represented by the sum of the Service Units in Millions (MSUs) in your Parallel Sysplex. For all other program copies, specify the System Usage Registration No-Charge (SYSUSGREG NC) Identifier on the licenses.

Program name: IBM z/OS Change Tracker

Program number: 5650-ZOS

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018LL4 IBM z/OS Change Tracker Basic MLC, AWLC
Advanced Entry Workload License Charges (AEWLC)

Advanced Entry Workload License Charges (AEWLC) basic license

To order a basic license, specify the program number and quantity of MSUs.

Program name: IBM z/OS Change Tracker

Program number: 5650-ZOS

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018LL4 IBM z/OS Change Tracker Basic MLC, AEWLC
Country Multiplex License Charges (CMLC)

Country Multiplex License Charges (CMLC)

To order a license, specify the program number and quantity of MSUs.

If there is more than one program copy in a Country Multiplex, the charge for all copies is associated to one license if all the copies are licensed to one client number within the multiplex. If there is more than one client number, the charge for all copies is prorated to one license for each client within the multiplex.

For each license being charged, specify the applicable CMLC license options and the prorated quantity of the Service Units in Millions (MSUs) for each client number within the multiplex. For all other program copies, specify the Workload Registration No-Charge (WLREG NC) Identifier on the licenses.

Program name: IBM z/OS Change Tracker

Program number: 5650-ZOS

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018LL4 IBM z/OS Change Tracker Basic MLC, CMLC
Multiplex System z New Application License Charges (MzNALC)

Multiplex System z® New Application License Charges (MzNALC)

To order a basic license, specify the program number and quantity of MSUs.

Program name: IBM z/OS Change Tracker

Program number: 5650-ZOS

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018LL4 IBM z/OS Change Tracker Basic MLC, CMLC
Solution Consumption License Charges (SCLC)

Solution Consumption License Charges (SCLC)

SCLC delivers a true metered usage model, where the million service units (MSUs) that are consumed are charged at the same per-MSU rate, regardless of hourly peaks and spikes. This can deliver exceptional levels of pricing predictability.

Program name: IBM z/OS Change Tracker

Program number: 5650-ZOS

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018LL4 IBM z/OS Change Tracker SCLC Monthly Charge Solution Consumption MSU 0
    SCLC Registration No Charge Solution Consumption MSU 0
    SCLC Monthly Charge Solution Consumption MSU 1
    SCLC Registration No Charge Solution Consumption MSU 1
Variable Workload License Charge (VWLC)

Workload License Charge (WLC) Basic License

If there is more than one program copy in a Parallel Sysplex, the charge for all copies is associated to one license by specifying the applicable WLC license options and quantity represented by the sum of the Service Units in Millions (MSUs) in your Parallel Sysplex. For all other program copies, specify the Workload Registration Variable WLC Identifier on the licenses.

Program name: IBM z/OS Change Tracker

Program number: 5650-ZOS

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018LL4 IBM z/OS Change Tracker Basic MLC, Variable WLC
Entry Workload License Charges (EWLC)

Entry Workload License Charge (EWLC) Basic License

To order a basic license, specify the program number and the quantity of MSUs.

Program name: IBM z/OS Change Tracker

Program number: 5650-ZOS

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S018LL4 IBM z/OS Change Tracker Basic MLC, Entry WLC
New Application License Charge (NALC)

The NALC price is a price per MSU of the processor to which the software is licensed. Order the quantity equal to the MSU rating of the processor.

Program name: IBM z/OS Change Tracker

Program ID: 5650-ZOS

Entitlement identifier Description License option/ Pricing metric
S018LL4 IBM z/OS Change Tracker Basic MLC, NALC
IBM Z Entry License Charge (zELC)

IBM Z Entry License Charge (zELC) basic license

To order a basic license, specify the program number and machine model.

Program name: IBM z/OS Change Tracker

Program number: 5650-ZOS

Entitlement identifier Description License option/ Pricing metric
S018LL4 IBM z/OS Change Tracker Basic MLC, zELC
IBM Z New Application License Charge (zNALC)

z/OS (and z/OS priced features) is the only program eligible for zNALC charges. In the IBM enterprise software billing and fulfillment system, IBM uses the term Basic License to indicate licenses that are billable. When software is licensed to a stand-alone server, IBM places basic (billable) licenses on that stand-alone server. When software is licensed to multiple machines in a qualified Parallel Sysplex, IBM places basic (billable) licenses on an entity representing the Sysplex and places registration (no-charge) licenses on each licensed machine belonging to the Parallel Sysplex.

z/OS with zNALC charges can aggregate across servers that participate in a fully qualified Parallel Sysplex. For more information about Parallel Sysplex, go to the IBM System z Software Pricing website.

In the case that there are multiple servers with z/OS with zNALC charges participating in a qualified Parallel Sysplex and you request aggregated pricing, then IBM will apply the zNALC basic license structure to the Sysplex and apply zNALC no-charge registration licenses to each of the individual servers that comprise the Sysplex.

Program name: IBM z/OS Change Tracker

Program number: 5650-ZOS

Entitlement Identifier Description License Option/Pricing Metric
S018LL4 IBM z/OS Change Tracker Basic License Monthly Charge System z New Application License Charge
    zNALC Registration No Charge System z New Application License Charge

Multiplex z New Application License Charge

Program name: IBM z/OS Change Tracker

Program number: 5650-ZOS

Entitlement Identifier Description License Option/Pricing Metric
S018LL4 IBM z/OS Change Tracker Basic License Monthly Charge Multiplex z New Application License Charge
    zNALC Registration No Charge Multiplex z New Application License Charge

Enterprise Solution License Charge

Program name: IBM z/OS Change Tracker

Program number: 5650-ZOS

Entitlement Identifier Description License Option/Pricing Metric
S018LL4 IBM z/OS Change Tracker Basic License No Charge Enterprise Solution FLAT
    Enterprise Solution License Charge Monthly Charge Enterprise Solution MSU
    Enterprise Solution License Charge Registration No Charge Enterprise Solution MSU
Basic machine-readable material
Orderable supply ID Language Description
S018LLX US English IBM z/OS Change Tracker

IBM recommends internet delivery. However, if you still require physical media, you can choose DVD.

Customization options

Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM SW Product Introduction and Customer Support (SWPICS) receives the order. SWPICS will then ship the order by overnight air transportation.

Publications

A program directory is supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material or is available from Shopz.

Program Directory

Title Form number Availability date
Program Directory for IBM z/OS GI11-9848 May 13, 2022

No other publications are shipped with the program.

For technical documentation on z/OS Change Tracker, see IBM Documentation after May 13, 2022.

Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.

Customized Offerings

Product deliverables are shipped only through CBPDO and ServerPac. These customized offerings are offered for internet delivery from Shopz. For more details on internet delivery, go to the Help section on the Shopz website.

IBM recommends internet delivery. However, if you still require physical media, you can choose DVD.

Many products can be ordered in ServerPac the month following their availability in CBPDO. z/OS can be ordered through CBPDO and ServerPac on the planned availability date. Many products will also be orderable in a ServerPac without also having to order the z/OS operating system or subsystem.

Shopz and CFSW will determine the eligibility based on product requisite checking. For more details on the ServerPac, go to the Help section on the Shopz website.

Production of software product orders will begin on the planned availability date.

  • CBPDO shipments will begin within 3 business days after the planned availability date.
  • ServerPac availability and shipments will begin within 3 - 4 weeks after the planned availability date due to additional customization and data input verification.



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Terms and conditions

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Agreement

IBM Client Relationship Agreement (CRA) or IBM Customer Agreement (ICA)

Variable charges apply

No

Location license applies

Yes

Educational allowance available

Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution Clients.

Volume orders

Not applicable.

Multi-Version Measurement

Multi-Version Measurement (MVM) sub-capacity charges for the most recent program version are for the combined concurrent peak utilization of the LPARs where any version of the eligible program is used. MVM full capacity charges for the most recent program version are for the full capacity of the machine. Program charges are waived for any older eligible versions. MVM does not extend support dates for programs withdrawn from service.

Warranty applies

Yes

Licensed program materials availability

  Restricted Materials of IBM:     No
  Non-Restricted Source Materials: None
  Object Code Only (OCO):          All

Program services

Support Center applies: Yes, access available through the IBM Support Center
Available until: 14 months written notice


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Statement of good security practices

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a lawful, comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective.

Important: IBM does not warrant that any systems, products, or services are immune from, or will make your enterprise immune from, the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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Prices

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For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.


Variable charges:

The applicable processor based one-time charge will be based on the group of the designated machine on which the program is licensed for use. If the program is designated to a processor in a group for which no charge is listed, the charge of the next higher group listed applies. For movement to a machine in a higher group, an upgrade charge equal to the difference in the then-current charges between the two groups will apply. For movement to a machine in a lower group, there will be no adjustment or refund of charges paid.

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IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government clients. Rates are based on a client's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.



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Regional availability

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Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Republic of Korea, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vietnam

Trademarks

z15 is a trademark of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IBM, z/OS, IBM Z, IBM z14, IBM z13, Power, z/VSE, z13, z13s, IBM Research, IBM Watson, IBM Security, IBM Cloud Pak, QRadar, Resilient, i2, Guardium, MaaS360, Parallel Sysplex, System z and z/Architecture are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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