Welcome to the System z Management Blog, where you can read the perspectives from System z experts. This Blog provides insights into the System z solution, as well as technical details about specific IBM products.
Many systems programmers spend hours debugging problems that involve looping or hung transactions. By working together, z/OS and CICS systems programmers resolve these problems much faster by combining the information available from OMEGAMON XE on z/OS and OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS.
A typical scenario is that the z/OS systems programmer identifies an address space with a high (or low) CPU Percent. Most often, this is in response to a situation alert or a reported problem. Starting with the Address Space Overview workspace in OMEGAMON... [More]
A few years ago I wrote a lengthy article about how the CICS TG monitoring agent delivered as part of the OMEGAMON XE for CICS product opens up the black-box of CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS TG) on z/OS giving system administrators the information required to tune their CICS TG resources in order to optimize throughput and minimize bottlenecks within this key middleware component. Well, as time moves on URLs change and the original article seems to have disappeared into the ether. The details within in it however, are still very much valid and... [More]
OMEGAMON XE Beta Program
To: OMEGAMON Customers and Business Partners
Re: Announcing the start of the OMEGAMON XE Beta Program
The OMEGAMON Development team is looking for interested customers and business partners to participate in the Beta Program for the next release of the IBM OMEGAMON family. The Beta Program is starting today, Monday, January 13, 2014 and will initially include OMEGAMON XE for CICS. The initial OMEGAMON beta code is available for download and... [More]
The IBM System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP environment) accepts select data- and transaction-processing workloads from the z/OS operating system, which manages and coordinates the work between the primary processor and the zIIP processors. The use of zIIPs can lower your site's cost of operating its zSysterm hardware by reducing the work required of the Central Processing Unit (CPU).
The Service Level Analysis component of OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS, Version 510, now automatically detects and exploits zIIP... [More]
Note: this entry was cross-posted in
the Application Performance Management community of Service Management Connect .
December 2012 saw the release of ITCAM for Transaction V7.3 FP1 .
This release contains a number of significant enhancements for users
of CICS Transaction Server (CICS) and CICS Transaction Gateway (CICS
TG) to extend the transaction tracking capability. ITCAM for
Transactions provides an end-to-end view of your transaction flows
with response times. For some monitored components, such as CICS, you
can link directly... [More]
IBM Security zSecure 1.13.1 has become generally available on 10/26/2012.
Notable features include:
* automatically detecting active DB2 regions and reporting on those, with a focus on tables, views, plans, and packages, analyzing both RACF and DB2 internal security
* comparison capabilities throughout the UI to highlight differences between databases and system snapshots
* ability to define security standards and report compliance with regards to those
* enhancements to the zSecure... [More]
KGWRM messages: The OMEGAMON XE for CICS TG component monitoring exit (TxnMonitor) provides its own set of log and trace messages. If this is a Gateway daemon, the messages are written to the STDERR file by default. If this is a WebSphere Application Server instance, the messages are written to the SYSPRINT file of the SERVANT region by default. The following message information was updated and will appear in the v5.1.0 OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS Troubleshooting Guide under the OMEGAMON XE for CICS TG component messages upon the next refresh... [More]
Since the "smartphone" boom with the release of the iPhone, mobile technology has grown at an astounding rate. Mobile computing offers business massive opportunities to expand and become more productive. But tapping into this potential requires preparation to contain development costs. Start off with a good understanding of how IBM CICS can help you achieve your business goals for mobile. Click on the following link to download or playback the webcast: CICS goes mobile
Integration between IBM Security zSecure Audit 1.13.0 and QRadar SIEM 7.0 has become generally available on July 31, 2012.
This integration allows sending z/OS, RACF, ACF2, Top Secret, DB2, and CICS events from the System Management Facilities (SMF) log to QRadar SIEM. zSecure Audit enriches the event data with information from the security database and system snapshot (CKFREEZE) information.
QRadar SIEM is a next-generation Security Information and Event... [More]
Education rules! For a total education and networking experience, there is no more important place to be than at an IBM Technical University. The latest edition is being held this coming October 1-5 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. By guaranteeing yourself a place at the 2012 edition of IBM System z Technical University you can: Upgrade your IT skills - The key to success is training; get it quickly at an IBM Technical Training event. Test-drive the latest technologies through hands-on labs - Roll up your sleeves and get involved with the... [More]
Christopher Walker of the OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS development team recently penned an outstanding article, "OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS V5.1: Providing an Integrated Monitoring Infrastructure," which was picked up by Z Mainframe Zone.com , that highlighted among other things, the monitoring enhancements for the OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS latest release, v5.1.0. The original article appeared in June/July issue of the Enterprise Tech Journal. Click the Z Mainframe Zone.com link above to view the article. In addition to... [More]
Try it, you'll like it! The IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) V5.1 open beta, which was previously announced on April 24 of this year, introduces cloud-style CICS development, deployment, and operations, by delivering new Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities that can be used to host Software as a Service (SaaS)-based CICS applications. Foundational advancements in both capability and scalability will allow CICS applications to do more, more easily. For more information, click the following link: CICS TS for z/OS V5.1 open... [More]
An updated version of the IBM Tivoli Monitoring/OMEGAMON XE for CICS
plug-in for the CICS Explorer is now available for download from the ISM
IBM Tivoli Monitoring Eclipse plug-in on ISM Library
This plug-in provides the ability to view OMEGAMON XE data in Eclipse.
This allows OMEGAMON gathered data to be viewed in conjunction with data
from other Eclipse-based applications such as CICS Explorer. This version of the plug-in displays most Tivoli monitoring systems and
their on-line status, and displays OMEGAMON... [More]
Listen to Andy Armstrong, CICS System Test Senior Inventor, IBM Software Group and William Yates, CICS System Test, IBM Software Group outline and explain how using mobile applications that mirror website functionality will enable you to drive new potential. In this complimentary webcast, you will have the opportunity to hear from two of IBM’s
expert speakers on how CICS is addressing the mobile marketplace. Some other topics will include: Hosting web applications within CICS to make mobile applications lightning fast Getting major... [More]
'Dear Rocky' answers your System z monitoring and performance tuning questions. Rocky McMahan, a Senior Software Performance Engineer in Tivoli R&D, offers valuable tips to help you get more out of your Tivoli monitoring software. Dear Rocky I am a performance engineer for a large global health services company with over 32,00 employees, operates in 30 countries around the world, has 70 million customers, and $22 billion in revenue. We use several IBM® Tivoli® OMEGAMON® products to monitor our 8 - way production Parallel Sysplex... [More]