Hopefully many of you are familiar with the z/OS Planned Outage Avoidance Redbook that we publised in 2006. The objective of that book was to create a concise source of information about the many enhancements to z/OS that help you avoid planned outages. That book was downloaded thousands of times and received very favorable star ratings.
That book covers the capabilities that were delivered up to and including z/OS 1.7. But our friends in Development have not been resting on their laurels - far from it. So, in response to popular demand and feedback from mainframe user groups, this year we plan to create a new book, starting where the old one left off. Our new book will start with z/OS 1.8 and include all z/OS releases up to the brand new z/OS 2.1 that will be delivered later this year. But this book will go beyond z/OS. Because this information is so valuable to our clients, we plan to extend it to include the major IBM subsystems - CICS, DB2, IMS, WebSphere MQ, and WebSphere Application Server. AND, if all that wasn't enough, we also hope to include a chapter about how you would manage a project to increase the time between planned IPLs, based on actual customer experiences with such a project.
Right now, we are in the information gathering stage, eagerly reading the announcement letters, Release Guides, Migration Guides, and the z/OS Implementation Guide Redbooks to build a list of all the enhancements that we want to include in our book. However, if you have a favorite enhancement that allows you to avoid a planned outage (of either a system or a subsystem), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The more information we can include in the book, the more all of us will benefit, so please give generously.
We will be formally announcing the residency to create this material on the Redbooks site later this week, so if you would like to take part, please watch for the announcement and submit your nomination. We look forward to hearing from you.