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.
On June 13, 2014 IBM CICS Tra nsac tion Ser ver for z/OS V5. 2 has become generally available. A service stream enhancement (SSE) to IB M Se c u ri t y z S e cu r e 2 . 1 provided currency support on June 14, 2014. This SSE furthermore extends the zSecure Audit Compliance Testing Framework with additional DISA-STIG support and provides a number of usability enhancements. Background Mainframes continue to be the home for mission critical information and essential business production... [More]
IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS Early Access and Beta Program continues; l ooking for customer and business partner stakeholders In March 2014, IBM launched its new IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis z/OS Insight Pack offerings: the first solution in the market to provide log analytics capabilities for z/OS. Just a few days ago, we released an Interim Feature that provides valuable enhancements to this solution, including CICS domain insights, support for WebSphere Application Server for z/OS High-Performance Extensible... [More]
IBM recently announced the open beta of CICS Transaction Gateway on z/OS V9.1 . There are a number of significant new features provided, most notably JSON web service support allowing mobile clients to connect directly into a Gateway daemon and route requests securely through to CICS with minimal fuss. You can read more about the new features here and watch a brief video below of the mobile enhancement. If you're an existing OMEGAMON XE for CICS or... [More]
IBM OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS Hosted Beta Program To: OMEGAMON Customers and Business Partners The OMEGAMON Development team is looking for interested customers and business partners to participate in the Hosted Beta Program for the next release of the IBM OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS. The Hosted Beta Program is starting, Monday, April 28, 2014 and will initially include OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS, OMEGAMON XE for Messaging on z/OS, and OMEGAMON XE on z/OS. The... [More]
On April 7, 2014 IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.2 has been announced with a planned availability date of June 13, 2014. This release includes support for stronger cryptographic ciphers per Special Publication 800-131A from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). A service stream enhancement (SSE) to IBM Secu rity zSe cure 2. 1 is planned for the same date. Besides providing support for this new CICS release the SSE will also further enhance the zSecure Compliance... [More]
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 XE on... [More]
Welcome to the new age of CS&I OMEGAMON Beta programs! We have an exciting new program to offer you... As part of our use of agile development, each beta driver that we make available with the OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite beta will be a near GA-ready solution. This is quite different from the beta programs you have experienced in the past. You might recall that in the "old age" of beta programs, prior to agile development, you would get a beta driver of very early GA development code and quite... [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 installation today. ... [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 processors... [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 Admin Access Monitor component, allowing... [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 QRadar SIEM is a next-generation Security Information and Event Management solution by Q1 Labs . It... [More]