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.
OMEGAMON XE for IMS v5.3.0 is a key part of the IBM® Tivoli OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite for z/OS® v5.3.1 announcement today. With the new OMEGAMON XE for IMS you can find IMS system and application problems more quickly and speed up problem resolution time. New OMEGAMON IMS real-time workspaces in the enhanced 3270 user interface The enhanced 3270 user interface has a large set of new workspaces to better monitor key resources such as: shared queues, response time analysis, IMS Open Transaction Manager Access... [More]
The V5.1.1 release of OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks is available! These features are available in V5.1.0 with APARs OA42339 and OA42422 and associated Fix Pack 5.1.0-TIV-KN3-FP0001 . Whether its enterprise-wide views ... or enterprise-wide searches for TCP connections, FTP transfers, FTP sessions, or TN3270 sessions or the power and speed of the innovative OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 user interface These groundbreaking features demonstrate how OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks has redefined... [More]
On January 29, 2015, IBM announced the 2015 Early Access and Beta program for IBM SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis for z/OS. Since then, we have changed the name of our offering -- it is now called IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems -- and released a number of exciting new capabilities . But our Early Access and Beta program continues. On July 14, we are kicking off a new round of 4 webcasts that will highlight our most recent product enhancements. Interested parties will be able to provide feedback through presentations,... [More]
Recently I found myself perusing various articles and presentations on using the Tivoli Enterprise Portal and especially on workspace usage. I found a neat little setting within the Tivoli Enterprise Portal that enables you to refresh the data that is displayed in your workspace on demand or at a set interval. Suppose you have a workspace in the Tivoli Enterprise Portal that you want to run in automatic update mode. In the Tivoli Enterprise Portal, you can go to View>Refresh Every and specify the refresh interval you want when you view your... [More]
ITMSUPER is an ITM diagnostic tool that lessens the effort required to maintain a complex ITM environment and the link will take you to an article with Examples on use of ITMSUPER for beginners. ITM is used with many Tivoli products including OMEGAMON. ITMSUPER
Hello, again, For those of you in the US, I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend. If you're anywhere in the southern half of the US, you know it's HOT -- mid-to-upper 90's (mid-upper 30's C) and more. Try to stay out of the heat. NetView for z/OS V6.1 has been available for a few days now, so I'm sure you've all placed your orders. Today I want to say a little more about another nice feature that's new in this release -- on-demand tracing. As I'm sure you know, NetView allows you to monitor your TCP connections. And as I've previously... [More]
Hi all, it's July 15 , and today we're very pleased to announce IBM System Automation for z/OS V3.5 (SA z/OS). It will be available on September, 5th, 2014. Let me tell you some of the highlights making this release the best you have ever seen . SA z/OS V3.5 provides innovative enhancements helping clients to automate a comprehensive zEnterprise application and workload environment. The new release helps you to automate complex IT operations, delivers groundbreaking simplification improvements, and includes a multitude of tools to keep... [More]
We are pleased to announce the European Operations Technical Conference (EOTC) 2014. The conference will be held from Monday, March 17 through Friday, March 21, 2014 in the IBM Lab in Boeblingen, Germany. Conference language will be English. The conference is a 2 track event : • First track is focused on Mainframe (z/OS) themes with IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS and IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS. ... [More]
Presentation at the SHARE conference in Boston this week gave an overview and deep dive into scenarios of how OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks v5.1.1 brings a new level of performance monitoring to z/OS networking! Presentation: https://share.confex.com/share/121/webprogram/Session13295.html
On April 24, 2015 IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems v2.1 became generally available. Wait ... another IT Operations Analytics product? No -- IBM Operations Analytics for z Systems is the follow-on release to IBM's SmartCloud Analytics - Log Analysis z/OS Insight Pack offerings that were introduced in March 2014. Built on the same proven Operations Analytics technology as its predecessors, this offering not only sports a new name, but also a significant set of new capabilities and enhancements that further increase its value to... [More]
On September 5, 2014 IBM CICS Transaction Gateway V9.1 became generally available. IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS TG on z/OS provides Day 1 toleration support for CICS TG for z/OS V9.1 with no PTFs required. A performance monitoring tool for CICS Transaction Gateway for z/OS, shipped with IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS, this tool offers both Tivoli Enterprise Portal and the new Enhanced 3270UI solution which is included in OMEGAMON Performance Management Suite on z/OS V5.3.0.
The following is a brief overview of the IBM® DB2® Analytics Accelerator for z/OS® monitoring capabilities with IBM Tivoli® OMEGAMON® XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS – part of the IBM Tivoli Performance Management Suite for z/OS. One would think with queries purportedly running 2000x faster than without an accelerator, who would need to monitor its performance? But just as the first thing all of us techies do after upgrading anything that claims improved performance is to attempt to confirm the... [More]
We get asked many questions about the Tivoli OMEGAMON Manager (TOM) as it is a relatively new technology that runs on the zOS operating system to provide the Enhanced 3270 User Interface (e3270ui) capability. Let’s address a few of these questions. Q) Why do we need the Tivoli OMEGAMON Manager (TOM)? A) The TOM is designed to provide the capability of a single 3270 panel of glass view for all OMEGAMON information and navigation that spans your Sysplexes, zOS’s, CICS’s, IMS’s, DB2’s, MQ’s,... [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 Health Insurance provider that has $15 billion in revenue, $100 billion in total assets, and employs approximately 65,000 people. Our core business application runs in a 4-way Parallel Sysplex utilizing Customer Information Control System (CICS), Information... [More]
The latest releases of OMEGAMON offer significant new features: - The PARMGEN configuration tool is now recommended instead of ICAT - The self-describing agent (SDA) feature will simplify maintenance synchronization once it is enabled - The e3270UI offers a greatly enhanced interface with product integration Because all these enhancements have changed the upgrade experience, a tailored support page was published directing users to the most valuable reference materials. It includes links to the latest recommended maintenance, the latest... [More]