IBM Z JCL Expert
Deliver applications more efficiently and effectively by correcting JCL errors and validating coding standards
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IBM Z JCL Expert is a JCL checker tool. Application programmers know the pressures of building JCL applications with no errors and staying compliant with site standards. This tool provides advanced JCL checking including site standard conformance verification by checking the JCL and utility parameter syntax online. Unlike other offerings, IBM Z JCL Expert performs JCL checking in the development environment already in use. 

IT operators and schedulers must conduct thousands of JCL batch applications without errors impacting service level commitments. IBM Z JCL Expert provides a batch interface to check multiple JCLs simultaneously. Unlike other offerings, IBM Z JCL Expert provides a REST interface to automate the JCL checking and integrates it in IT automated processes. 

Benefits Expertise to create and maintain JCL

Quickly validate JCL before execution and expedite testing time in the existing development environments.

Reduced processing delays or missed SLAs

Identify and correct JCL errors before being added to the scheduler for execution, to help prevent execution time failure and processing delays.

Verification of JCL correctness and compliance

Validate site JCL coding standards to reduce errors and simplify problem diagnosis after mass updates due to workload moves or merges.

Features Syntax checking control statements

Validate syntax of JCL and utility parameters to help ensure application processing will have reduced interruptions and delays resulting from JCL errors.

Triggers to JCL checking and output reception

Enhance a developer’s capabilities on existing, familiar testing platforms for faster application code testing and delivery to production.

Straightforward run of site rules program

Integrate the custom program that validate the site-specific JCL standards in the automated workflow for assurance that employees are applying company-required policies consistently and accurately.

Security checks

Validate that the submitter of a JCL check or a different user ID has the required access to data sets defined in the JCL, to Db2 if used in the JCL, has READ access to any data sets defined in JCLLIB.

Existence of referenced objects

Validate the existence and availability of dataset and Db2 plans used in the JCL to help ensure application processing will have reduced interruptions and delays resulting from JCL errors.

Easy integration in a devOps pipeline

Enhance a devOps engineer capabilities to integrate JCL check step in a devOps pipeline process through the CLI interfaces available.

How it works Reduce DevOps time for delivery 

IBM Z JCL Expert is designed to validate and correct JCL and parameter syntax during testing, speeding up the process for delivery of new applications and functionality.

Reduce delays affecting critical batch processing

Syntax errors, missing authorizations, not existing dataset or not active Db2 plans could be a thing of the past with the ability to validate and format multiple JCL procedures across various LPARs.

Reduce time to validate mass JCL changes

Migration of the scheduler, movement of the workload, acquisition or merger of the company may require validation of JCL streams for mass updates, all possible with this tool.

Related products IBM Developer for z/OS

Provides a modern toolset for developing and maintaining IBM z/OS applications through the use of DevOps practices — delivering more, faster — with higher quality.

IBM Z Workload Scheduler

Manages and automates data processing operations to plan and automatically schedule production workloads, based on the information provided in application descriptions.

Next steps

Get started with advanced JCL checking capabilities. Schedule a meeting with an IBM Z and LinuxONE representative to learn more.

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