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We are pleased to announce several new releases to key IT Service Management products for IBM Z. IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS V1.5, IBM OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS V5.5.0, IBM OMEGAMON for z/OS Management Suite together with the individual offerings for z/OS, Networks, CICS, IMS and Messaging provide a number of enhancements to enable clients to efficiently manage and optimize the availability of critical systems and applications on IBM Z.
In today's digital economy, ensuring the smooth and efficient operations of your mainframe data center is essential in maintaining Service Level Agreements, managing ongoing costs and providing fast, agile service to the business. Ensuring a consistent and integrated strategy that balances these competing needs is key in delivering operational excellence in the enterprise. For many clients, there is a challenge to ensure their business-critical Z operations can continue to perform to high standards whilst being challenged to lower cost, reduce the risk of system outages, and cope with a changing workforce. The IBM Z IT Service Management portfolio has been designed with these factors in mind
The following individual OMEGAMON offerings are announced:
OMEGAMON for z/OS V5.5.0
OMEGAMON for CICS on z/OS V5.5.0
OMEGAMON for IMS on z/OS V5.5.0
OMEGAMON for Messaging on z/OS V7.5.0
OMEGAMON for Networks on z/OS V5.5.0 (formerly OMEGAMON for Mainframe Networks)
OMEGAMON Dashboard Edition V5.5.0
Additionally Service Management Unite V1.1.3 is announced as part of the update to the Service Management Suite.
Each individual offering provides a number of key enhancements to support latest IBM Z technology such as OMEGAMON for Networks monitoring of enhanced I/O adapters and interfaces including RoCE adapters, to identify slow performing connections, high latency in network performance in both real-time and near-term-history. Or OMEGAMON for CICS support for identifying tasks utilizing the CICS asynchronous API delivered in CICS TS V5.4. Significant enhancements have been made to OMEGAMON for IMS including the delivery of IMS Commander - a consolidated interface for managing the IMS console - giving IMS subject matter experts a powerful operations tool. While OMEGAMON for Messaging delivers several enhancements to support clients moving to the latest versions of MQ and Integration Bus.
Underpinning these functions is the integration provided through the Tivoli Enterprise Portal (TEP) and the OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 User Interface (enhanced 3270UI). The enhanced 3270UI has been improved with addition of new functions like a situation editor and new workspaces to enable subject matter experts to utilize it as the primary 3270-based interface tool for all day-to-day system monitoring tasks across all systems. As the enhanced 3270UI connects to the same monitoring server (TEMS) as the TEP, you can choose the user interface that you prefer knowing the data is consistent across both.
In addition to product-specific updates the OMEGAMON family of offerings have focused on simplifying the deployment process, reducing the time and skills required to configure your monitoring environment. The number of address spaces that make up the monitoring runtime environment is reduced, as are the number of configuration parameters. By utilizing the z/OS Discovery Library Adapter utility provided with the PARMGEN configuration tool, many of the parameters needed for configuring systems for monitoring are automatically detected and pre-populated.
As part of the Service Management Suite for z/OS V1.5 updates, a new release of the Service Management Unite interface for monitoring Java runtime resources from OMEGAMON for JVM is delivered. This provides a web-based UI for integrating system management of Java targeted at IT operators.
These offerings will become generally available on September 8 2017. To learn more, reach out to your IBM representative and read the announcement letter. Look out for more information on each individual offering over the coming weeks.