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By Jack Yuan
I browsed through the IMS TM apars closed in 2009 and came up with the following list of apars that may be of interest to the IMS TM customers:
PK85571 (V10): This apar provides the automatic SIGNON function for static terminal so that migrating from SMU to RACF becomes easier.
PK80028 (V10): This apar provides the mixed case password support for IMS customers.
PK55233 (V10): This apar removes the affinity for program switches for APPC/OTMA Shared Queues transactions processed at the back-end IMS.
PK70458 (V10): This apar offers the OTMA flood control monitor function to clients, such as IMS Connect.
PK74017 (V10): This apar offers the OTMA input timeout function.
PM00503 (V10): This apar enhances the OTMA storage cleanup for TPIPEs.
There are lots of IMS and IMS tools events for you in Feb and March as follows:
Webcase on March 9 - you can join a discussion with IDC analyst Carl Olofson, IBM distinguished engineer Betty Patterson, and Walfgang Strauch from Fiducia for the value of hierarchical data management. For more information, visit the URL: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/os/systemz/webcast/9mar/
SHARE, March 14-18, Seattle
For more information, visit the URL: http://shareew.prod.web.sba.com/displaymod/searchevents.cfm?conference_id=22&project=4191&searchtype=10
IMS Regional User Group meetings
Feb 25, Minneapolis
March 23, Boston
March 25, Hartford
For more information, visit the URL: http://www.ims-ug.org
IMS and IMS tools Enhancements and Migration Seminars
Phoenix, Feb 23-24
Dallas, Feb 24-25
Toronto, March 8-9
New York City, March 11-12
Detroit, March 3
Glendale, March 9
Seattle, March 11
For more information, visit the URL: http://download.boulder.ibm.com/ibmdl/pub/software/data/sw-library/ims/events/ims2day.pdf
EMEA IMS Technical Update Seminars
Paris, March 10-11
Hursley, March 24-25
Dusseldorf, March 23
For more information, visit the URL: http://www-05.ibm.com/fr/events/ims_11/index.html
If you have any questions or suggestion about these events, feel free to contact Susan Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jack Yuan at email@example.com
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IMS Tools Solution Packs announced—see how these end-to-end solutions
On February 9, 2010 IBM announced four new integrated IMS Tools Solution Packs. The IMS Tools Solution Packs help deliver faster return on your tools investment by reducing CPU consumption and DBA labor costs, and by eliminating application downtime. The Solution Packs allow you to perform combined installs, help increase integration across groups of tools, and give you the ongoing benefit of simplified maintenance.
In addition, two new IMS Tool product versions, and one new IMS Tool product release were also announced. All tools are generally available on
New to the IMS Tools portfolio are the IMS Tools Solution Packs:
IMS Database Solution Pack for z/OS, V1.1 – high performance utilities
· Combines features, functions, and processes your database administrators can use to more effectively analyze, maintain, and tune IMS full-function databases, including High Availability Large Databases (HALDBs). It provides a comprehensive set of high-performance utilities to unload, load, build indexes, reorganize, backup, verify, and report on full-function databases. This solution can help reduce operational complexity and mitigate the impact of database reorganization on system resources.
IMS Fast Path Solution Pack for z/OS, V1.1 – extensive utilities for Fast Path databases
· Delivers extensive utilities that include functions a database administrator can use to analyze, maintain, and tune IMS Fast Path databases. Included are features that can help boost system availability by enabling the operations of a variety of key functions without taking the IMS database offline.
IMS Performance Solution Pack for z/OS, V1.1 – smart solution for optimal performance
· Delivers a more affordable, comprehensive portfolio of IBM database performance management tools. The product combines the features and functions of IMS Connect Extensions for z/OS, IMS Performance Analyzer for z/OS, and IMS Problem Investigator for z/OS. This integration makes the end-to-end analysis of IMS transactions faster and easier than ever, and is better able to support improved productivity for problem analysts, improved IMS application performance, more efficient IMS resource utilization, and higher system availability.
IMS Recovery Solution Pack for z/OS, V1.1 – implements best practices for backup and recovery
· Combines all the features, functions, and processes to support efforts to implement best practices backup and recovery scenarios. This product combines the features and functions of IMS Recovery Expert for z/OS and IMS Database (DB) Recovery Facility for z/OS. Additionally, it provides IMS Index Builder, IMS High Performance (HP) Change Accumulation, and IMS HP Image Copy capabilities. This solution pack provides a cost effective way to ensure your IMS data is recovered quickly and accurately in the case of an outage.
IMS Tools Base for z/OS, V1.1 – supports key strategic architectures
· Combines several IMS products and the entire collection of IMS Tools common infrastructure components into a single consolidated installation package. The IMS Tools Base provides technologies and services to support key strategic architectures including Autonomics, Rule Based Programming, and GUI. This is a no charge PID product and a pre-requisite for all of the IMS Tools Solution Packs.
Plan to attend the February 16 IBM teleconference on the IMS Tools Solution Packs. Janet LeBlanc, Consulting Technical Sales Support IMS Tools, will provide detailed information on these new Packs and answer all your questions. Register at
Learn more about IMS 11 and the new tools at a series of Technical Update Seminars for IMS and IMS Tools Enhancements and Migration Planning being offered this spring beginning February 23 in
Other IMS Tools announced on February 9 include:
IMS Configuration Manager for z/OS, V1.3 (formerly IMS Parameter Manager for z/OS, V1.2) is a configuration management tool that you can use to analyze, modify, and deploy IMS resources and parameters. It helps improve the IMS version-to-version upgrade process via its automated features and validation operations.
IMS Configuration Manager will be featured in an April 27 IBM teleconference. Watch our IMS Tools website for more information. http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/db2imstools/products/ims-tools.html
IMS Database Reorganization Expert for z/OS, V4.1, (formerly IMS Parallel Reorganization for z/OS, V3.2) delivers database reorganization infrastructure for IMS full-function databases. With this tool, DBAs can now have central control of policies on conditions for exception detection and reorganization of IMS full function databases. This helps save time and resources for database exception detection and reorganization.
IMS High Performance Image Copy for z/OS, V4.2, delivers faster backup and recovery of database data sets using advanced copy technology and extends the capabilities of IMS. It helps you speed recovery time by supporting quicker copy and restarting methods, and can help your system users become more productive and support efforts to avoid expensive losses from missed business opportunities.
For more information about the IMS Tools Solution Packs and the other
February 9 IMS Tools announcements, visit http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/db2imstools/products/ims-tools.html
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The cover story of the 1Q/10 issue of Data Management Magazine, Extreme Databases--The Biggest and the Fastest, features quotes by Info Champion and IMS customer Manuel Gomez at CECA (
The new 1Q10 issue of Data Management Magazine is also available to you at:
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By Michael Toussaint
I browsed through the IMS Database apars closed in 2009 and came up with the following list of apars that may be of interest to the IMS DB customers:
PK72530 (V10): This apar provides support for IMS VSAM data sets to reside in the EAS (Extended Addressing Space) portion of an EAV (Extended Address Volume).
OA29449: This is a VSAM apar. The apar prevents IMS ABENDU085x abends due to a down level buffer in a cross system sharing environment.
PK81055 (V9), PK80912(V10): This apar provides the performance enhancement for customers that schedule multiple programs.
PK94659 (V11): This apar improves transaction scheduling performance for full function database customers when IMS is casting out unused PSBs from the PSB pool.
PK95517 (V10), PK95539 (V11): For IMS full function database customers with OSAM Sequential Buffers (SB), this APAR performs the clean-up of the SB at application/PST termination.
PK88445 (V9), PK95948 (V10), PK97295(V11): This apar provides the enhanced resiliency support for customers using Fast DB Recover (FDBR) and HALDB Online Reorganization (OLR).
PK79333 (V10), PK80383 (V11): This apar provides the enhanced resiliency support for customers using FDBR with a large number of databases.
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New IMS 11 Product Review by Robert Crawford
"In October 2009, IBM announced IBM IMS version 11 a new version of the solid and reliable Information Management System. The new IMS 11 has many operational and programming enhancements, among them being synchronus callout. On the foundation of synchronous callout, IMS applications may be able to synchronously
call any manner of services within an architected interface, which is a strong position to be in for the next big thing."
SHARE, March 14-18,
See the new widget on the IMS home page for the latest info on announcements, events, user group meetings, and press clips.
First IMS Regional User Group Meetings for 2010 are in Omaha on Feb 2 and
Kansas City on Feb 4 --
One-Day Five-Track System z Technology Summits coming to selected AG cities from
January 28 thru March 9. http://www-01.ibm.com/software/os/systemz/summit/index.html
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Computerworld published an excellent article on mainframe vitality quoting Bank of America and
stating that the mainframe environment is a safe career opportunity.
And the mainframe can still handle high-volume work better that non-mainframe systems. For more information about the article, visit the following URL:
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Oct 27 z Journal published an article about "Historic Marist College Embraces Mainframe’s Future" by Gabe Goldberg.
Marist College has evolved into a hub of worldwide mainframe education on campus and via distance learning. For more information,
please visit the following URL:
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The Standardware COPE solution allows IMS development teams to virtualize their IMS test environments for potential savings in test resources, process time and set-up systems skills without associated application program changes. The COPE JCL integration with IBM Rational Developer for System z used in conjunction RDz ’s remote interactive testing, debugging and deployment capabilities can help achieve business objectives by making the IMS test deployment less CPU costly and more transparent for the developer .
For more information, please visit the following URL: