Integrating with AppDynamics

This topic gives you an overview of how to get started quickly with IBM® Z APM Connect to integrate with AppDynamics, including the supported transaction tracking flows and the necessary z/OS and distributed components to install and configure.

Supported transaction tracking flows

IBM Z® APM Connect allows you to track performance and availability of transactions as they flow through various z/OS® subsystems. The following transaction flows are supported:
  • CICS-related transaction flows:
    • Transactions entering CICS® Transaction Server for z/OS through HTTP or SOAP distributed entry points, through z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition, and through CICS Transaction Gateway.
    • Transactions flowing into Db2®, IBM MQ, IMS DB, outbound webservices, and VSAM I/O timing from CICS Transaction Server for z/OS.
    • Transaction entering CICS Transaction Server for z/OS through IBM MQ for z/OS. The specific supported IBM MQ protocols depend on AppDynamics APM support and can be found in the Message Oriented Middleware Support table in Java™ Supported Environments, AppDynamics App iQ Platform documentation.
    • Downstream transactions that are started over DTP and DPL can be tracked (Additional configuration is needed for DTP downstream transactions. For more information about the configuration, see Configuring Z APM Connect CICS TS Data Producer to create Distributed Transaction Processing (DTP) transaction filtering.
    • Downstream transactions from one CICS region to another with IBM MQ as the intermediary. For more information about the configuration, see Tracking CICS to MQ to CICS transaction flows.
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  • IMS-related transaction flows:
    • Transactions entering IMS Connect through a user-written IMS Connect Client or through an IMS Transaction Manager resource adapter (IMS TM resource adapter).
    • Transactions entering IMS Connect through z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition.
    • Transactions flowing into IMS through IMS Connect.
    • Transactions flowing into IMS DB from IMS.
    • IMS PLEX (IMS to IMS) transactions.
    • IMS FastPath (FP) transactions.
    • IMS FastPath DEDB and MSDB Databases.
    • IMS Full Function to FP DEDB and MSDB Databases.
    • IMS MQ Bridge Transactions.
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Available components

  • Components on z/OS side :
    • Z APM Connect Base
    • Z APM Connect CICS TS Data Producer
    • Z APM Connect IMS Data Producer
    • Z APM Connect Interceptor for tracking z/OS Connect EE
    • Z APM Connect request monitoring exit (server-side) for tracking CICS TG
    • IBM MQ Monitoring Subsystem component
  • Components on distributed side:
    • Z APM Connect Distributed Gateway
    • Z APM Connect request monitoring exits (client-side) for tracking CICS TG

For detailed introduction about each component, see Z APM Connect components.

Installation and configuration roadmap

Table 1. Installation and configuration roadmap
z/OS subsystem to monitor Tasks to complete
Monitor CICS subsystems
Monitor IMS region and IMS Connect