The following figure provides a high-level illustration of how Output Manager can fit into a business flow and process reports from start to finish.
In this example, a variety of business applications produce report SYSOUT on the JES spool. Output Manager processes this SYSOUT based on the rules and definitions defined by the report administrator. These rules and definitions are stored in Db2® tables.
Output Manager first selects SYSOUT off the JES spool and archives it based on the defined selector rules, subselector rules, and archive attributes. From the archived SYSOUT, Output Manager creates basic reports and logical custom and indexed reports by using the defined report selection rules, report definitions, and report layouts. The reports can be automatically printed and distributed to recipients via distribution lists. The report administrator and report end-users can also selectively print and reprint reports from the ISPF interface or ITOMweb.
Many alternative product implementations are possible. For example, you can print a bundle of reports, arranged by recipient, as a single output stream.