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IMS Problem Investigator for z/OS

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Identify and resolve problems faster and easier with this powerful problem analysis aid for IMS Database and IMS Transaction Management systems

IMS™ Problem Investigator for z/OS® is a log analysis tool for all IMS problem determination tasks. With IMS Problem Investigator, the flow of events inside IMS becomes clear.

IMS Problem Investigator is part of the IMS Performance Solution Pack. The pack combines the features and functions of IMS Connect Extensions, IMS Performance Analyzer and IMS Problem Investigator. Together these tools help you to:

  • Improve productivity for problem analysts
  • Provide more efficient IMS application performance
  • Gain better IMS resource utilization
  • Obtain higher system availability


Dissect your IMS transactions Track the transaction life cycle through IMS and IMS Connect. See transaction times, event latencies, response codes and more.
Identify database issues Detect issues on the database side of IMS by revealing critical information, such as who updated a database, when the database was updated and how to reverse the changes.
Improve performance Diagnose performance issues on the transaction management side of IMS by tracking transactions end to end. Use IMS Problem Investigator to determine where bottlenecks are occurring.
Increase productivity Find the problem faster, more reliably and with greater confidence. You are able to select log files for report and extract processing, as well as rapidly drill down to the root cause of a problem.
Gain a better knowledge of IMS Learn more about how IMS works from the inside and take the guesswork out of program debugging.
See the big picture Replay the entire IMS transaction from end to end in a single product, from a single screen – Db2® and MQ events included.

Learn more about IMS Problem Investigator for z/OS

Determine problems interactively Perform a simple log analysis using the powerful log record formatter and advanced navigation features found in IMS™ Problem Investigator for z/OS®. Adjust the display using forms and filters. Use the find feature to search with ease.
Track the transaction Connect and display all the log records associated with a transaction so you can easily analyze the problem.
Drill down for in-depth analysis Drill down to the log record field level with built-in online help. Use the REXX command interface to perform customized log record analysis and extract.
Format and present log data from multiple sources It uses the following sources: 1) IMS Log and IMS Monitor data sets, 2) Common Queue Server (CQS) log stream and extracts, 3) OMEGAMON® ATF, 4) Db2® and IBM MQ. 5) IMS Transaction Index and IMS Connect Transaction Index – produced by IMS Performance Analyzer and 6) IMS Connect and IMS Connect Extensions event data – via the IMS Connect Extensions journal. Navigate, investigate and analyze records and transactions – without requiring an expert understanding of log data structures.

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Call: 1-866-261-3023
Priority code: IBM Z

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Modified date:
31 August 2020