IMS Enterprise Suite overview

IMS™ Enterprise Suite facilitates application development and extends access to IMS transactions and data. Graphical user interfaces and standards-based programming models are provided through development environments from IBM® Rational® product families and from Microsoft Visual Studio.

The IMS Enterprise Suite components are available to IMS 14, IMS 13, and IMS 12 customers at no additional cost. Some components are available on both z/OS® and distributed systems, some are available only on distributed systems, and some are available only on z/OS.

Table 1. Components in IMS Enterprise Suite and their supported platforms
Component Description z/OS Distributed
Connect API for Java™ Application programming interfaces for custom IMS Connect TCP/IP client applications written in Java to specify and configure connections and interactions with IMS Connect. Yes Windows

Linux

IMS Data Provider for Microsoft .NET Supports use of standard SQL queries to access IMS data from .NET applications. No Windows
IMS Explorer for Development Simplifies IMS tasks related to IMS application development, IMS database and program view definition, IMS data manipulation, and the creation, administration, and testing of IMS mobile services.

IMS Explorer for Development provides enhanced support over the discontinued DLIModel utility plug-in, except for the support for IMS database web services. For database web services, migrate to the more current IMS Universal drivers and take advantage of the IMS Explorer support for these drivers.

No Windows
IMS Mobile Feature Pack for z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition Provides a solution to design, create, and deploy RESTful APIs in addition to creating, testing, publishing, and managing RESTful mobile services to access IMS transactions.

IMS Mobile Feature Pack for z/OS Connect EE leverages IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition (z/OS Connect EE, PID: 5655-CEE) to provide a way to identify and reach IMS transactions by using the Representation State Transfer (REST) technology, with REST API creation, deployment, and testing support.

IMS Explorer for Development provides the tooling support for creating and deploying IMS mobile services.

Important: Start of changeThis component is now included and made available exclusively in z/OS Connect EE V2.0.5 (APAR PI70432) or later, which significantly simplifies the installation process. This component in IMS Enterprise Suite V3.2.1 is removed by IMS Enterprise Suite V3.2.1 APAR PI70548.End of change
Yes No
IMS Mobile Feature Pack (for z/OS Connect) Provides a solution to create, test, publish, and manage RESTful mobile services to access IMS transactions.

IMS Mobile Feature Pack leverages WebSphere® Application Server Liberty Profile and its z/OS Connect feature to provide a way to identify and reach IMS transactions by using the Representation State Transfer (REST) technology.

IMS Explorer for Development provides the tooling support for creating and deploying IMS mobile services.

Important: Start of changeIMS Enterprise Suite V3.2.1 is the last release to include this component. No further updates will be made to either WebSphere® Application Server Liberty Profile V8.5.5.7 or its z/OS Connect V1.0 feature that are bundled in this component. Customers should move to the z/OS Connect EE and the embedded IMS service provider (the IMS Mobile feature), which not only supports later releases of these bundled components but additionally provides support for REST API definition and deployment.End of change
Yes No
IMS SOAP Gateway Enables IMS applications to interoperate outside of the IMS environment through the SOAP protocol to provide and request services that are independent of platform, environment, application language, or programming model. IMS applications can become web service providers or consumers in a service-oriented business environment. Yes No
Java Message Service (JMS) API Issues synchronous callout requests to external services from within a Java message processing (JMP) or Java batch processing (JBP) application that runs in IMS. Yes No