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 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]
System Automation for z/OS 3.5 is now generally available and can be ordered. We have shipped many valuable enhancements with the new release, several of them requested by our clients and users via RFE requirements. With SA z/OS 3.5 we are providing solutions for more than 40 RFE requirements, some of them also already available as SA z/OS 3.4 development APARs, but most of them included only in our newest release. Here are a few examples of what is included only in SA z/OS 3.5: RFE11593 - PDB entry browse With this support you have... [More]
Version 6.3.0 Fix pack 2 of the IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE and Tivoli Management Services on z/OS: shared documentation is now available on the IBM Knowledge Center . This release brings a number of changes to the shared documentation, including the OMEGAMON Enhanced 3270 user interface (enhanced 3270UI) guide. The shared documentation has been restructured into task-based sections, such as Planning , Installing and Configuring . The enhanced 3270UI guide can now be found in the Reference section of... [More]
Deadlocks and timeouts are unresolved contentions in DB2. These unresolved contentions might cause incomplete transactions and might degrade the overall performance of your system. It is important to monitor and resolve these contentions. Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for DB2 Performance Expert on z/OS (OMPE) is invaluable in detecting and analyzing DB2 for z/OS deadlocks and timeouts. The following link takes you to some of IBM's recommended best practices using OMPE to identify where these are occurring then what steps to take to resolve the... [More]
In a previous blog entry, “You can get there from here”, the new OMEGAMON XE on z/OS version 5.3.0 Near Term History support was introduced. The navigation paths between all of the supported workspaces were explained. The scenario used in this blog entry focuses on one of those areas of navigation. It explains how to determine which address space, or address spaces, might have been impacting the performance of a workload running on an LPAR during a specific historical time-frame. Margrit we have a problem! Margrit, a systems... [More]
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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]
Updated IBM® Tivoli® NetView® for z/OS® Version 6.1 documentation is available in the NetView for z/OS Version 6.1 information center, which contains the most up-to-date information about the product: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/tivihelp/v3r1/topic/com.ibm.itnetviewforzos.doc/ic-homepage.html The following documents were updated: Installation: Getting Started Installation: Configuring Additional Components Installation: Configuring the NetView Enterprise Management Agent Installation: Configuring the GDPS Active/Active... [More]
We are pleased to announce a webinar this upcoming week entitled "Modern Development, Integration and Management with z/OS Connect and OMEGAMON for JVM". In this 1 hour session, Al Grega (IBM z Systems Software Global Sales Executive) and Chris Walker (IBM OMEGAMON Offering Manager) will discuss how offerings from IBM z Systems software are already enabling clients to modernize their mainframe infrastructure, leveraging existing assets to transform access to... [More]
Thanks for your attendance of the previous PARMGEN customer open Q&A teleconference call held on February 17, 2016 . We are scheduling the next monthly PARMGEN customer open Q&A webcast call, planned to be held on Wednesday, March 30th @ 11 a.m. US ET . We tried to choose a time that would be convenient for most participants -- we apologize to those of you where this is very early or very late in the day. As part of our continued focus on further improving PARMGEN and helping answer any... [More]
Click the link below to read an in depth interview that MainframeZone.com conducted recently with IBM's Annette Miller, who has assumed a new role in the IBM Global Business Partner organization as the Worldwide Cloud Development Executive. The article contains a lot of great information on cloud computing in general,as well as, real examples on how companies have implemented a cloud strategy into their IT organization, and real insight on IBM's push forward into getting their platforms to be ready to deliver cloud services in a variety of... [More]
The Associated Press reported today that the "Jeopardy"-playing IBM computer Watson has been named person of the year by the Webby Awards. The Webbys, which honor Internet achievement, announced their special honorees today. The 15th annual Webby Awards ceremony is June 13, hosted by Lisa Kudrow.
The show will stream live on numerous outlets, including via Facebook, among others.
Tivoli Omegamon XE on z/VM and Linux has just released IF4. The highlight of this IF is a new Central Processing Complex (CPC) Workspace. From this workspace you can see, at a glance, the overall CPU usage of all the processors in your complex. The usage is broken down by processor type (IFL, CP, ZiiP, ZaaP, etc). This will allow you to easily see if you have excess capacity in your CPC, or if you are maximizing all of your processor resources. IF4 can be downloaded from Fix Central, with the corresponding Performance Toolkit piece available... [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]
IBM recently announced the IBM® MQ Appliance V8.0; you can create one or more queue managers on an appliance and connect them as part of an IBM MQ network. Accordingly, ITCAM MQ monitoring agents also certificated the ability to monitor the IBM MQ Appliance via the remote monitoring feature, for detailed configuration steps please refers to the following technote for the details: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21700672 Thus if you’re using the OMEGAMON XE for Messaging V7.3, you can also consolidate the IBM MQ... [More]