ContentsWelcome to the Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2013 ............................................................ 3Where is the COBOL in your SOA? ................................................................................... 4Lost without a trace? .........................................................................................................11Challenging times lead to new tools for z/OS control and network management ...... 17
The 2013 Mainframe User Survey .................................................................................... 22An analysis of the profile, plans, and priorities of mainframe users
Vendor Directory ............................................................................................................... 37Vendors, consultants, and service providers in the z/OS environment
A media guide for IBM mainframers ..............................................................................114Information resources, publications, social media, and user groups for the z/OS
Glossary of Terminology .................................................................................................118Definitions of some mainframe-related terms
Technical information ..................................................................................................... 144Hardware tables – zEC12, z114, and z196; mainframe hardware timeline 1952-2012;
Welcome to the Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2013by Mark Lillycrop, Publisher
Welcome to the 2013 edition of the Arcati Mainframe Yearbook!
We are very grateful – as always – to all those who have contributed this year by writing articles, taking part in our annual user survey, or updating their company profiles. In particular I must thank the sponsors and advertisers, without whose support this Yearbook would not be possible.
It would seem that 2012 was not a great year for business with much talk throughout the year of a double dip recession, in the Eurozone and other developed economies. But for IBM, the year started with a new person taking on the role of Chair and CEO – and this time it was a the first woman in the job. Virginia Marie ‘Ginni’ Rometty took over the reins in January.
At the close of play on 29 September, IBM’s closing value was $214 billion. Not a bad figure you might think, but the good news for Ginni and the team at IBM was that, for the first time since 1996, it was greater than Microsoft’s. But it’s still less than half of the value of Apple.
If anyone takes any notice of rankings, then IBM is the second largest US firm in terms of number of employees, according to Fortune. They also estimated that IBM was the fourth largest in terms of market capitalization, the ninth most profitable, but was down at 19th in terms of revenue. On the other hand, Forbes rated IBM the 31st largest company in the world in terms of revenue.
Another sign of the lack of energy in the economy is shown by the number of organizations IBM looked to takeover during 2012. There were eight – the same as 2011 and well down from previous years.
In January IBM took over Green Hat (who offer Cloud-based software testing) and Worklight (a mobile app developer). In April it took over Varicent (who provide compensation and sales performance management software solutions) and Vivisimo (for their enterprise search software. In May it was Tealeaf Technology (for their customer experience analytics software). In August it was Texas Memory Systems (for their solid state storage) and Kenexa Corporation (who have talent management solutions. Finally, in September it was Butterfly Software (for their data analysis and migration software).
Interestingly, 30 September 2012 was the deadline set by US CIO Vivek Kundra for public/external facing servers and services, such as webmail, Domain Name Server (DNS), and Internet Service Provider (ISP) services to use native IPv6.
Internal client enterprise networks were given until the end of the fiscal year 2014. So, although most of the rest of the world has been not worrying too much about 32-bit IPv4 addresses running out any time soon (although, somewhere there must be a Mayan calendar saying that they will!), Federal organizations in the USA have been attempting to be IPv6-compliant – whatever that actually means.
For mainframe sites, does it mean that your mainframe must have a public facing IP address? Can you imagine the security implications if that is the case. Most federal agencies have been fairly quiet about how they are working towards (and it seems the deadline has come and gone, but people are still not quite there in terms of compliance) being complaint.
The reason it is important is that if the USA ‘migrates’ to IPv6 working, it will probably result in the critical mass necessary for the rest of the world to adopt IPv6, which has been waiting in the wings since about 1994. It will be interesting to see how this works out.
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In terms of hardware, the big story of 2012 was the announcement of the zEnterprise EC12, which promised up to 50% more total system capacity, the firmware-based zAware to identify problems, security built into the architecture, and, of course, the opportunity for hybrid working with Windows blades available for inclusion.
In terms of software, arguably the big news is Version 5.1 of CICS TS and its associated portfolio products. Along with the usual improvements was the concept of identifying and separating ‘applications’ and ‘platforms’ – making it easier to move an application to a different platform.
What can we expect in 2013? It looks like z/OS Version 2.1 will hit the streets. This will require a Sytem z9 or above to run on. We can probably expect a new hybrid mainframe – the zEnterprise BC13, perhaps?. Certainly, IMS Version 13 should become generally available. We do know that from 1 July, the price of Flat Workload License Charges (FWLC) will increase.
As always, in 2013 the mainframe will continue to offer outstanding performance and reliability at the heart of the world’s business-critical applications.
Where is the COBOL in your SOA?Jürgen Lind and Finn Haastrup of Software AG explain how to fully integrate your existing COBOL applications in your enterprise Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) so they can fully participate in business process management, web, mobile and cloud initiatives.
The challengeThe core logic that makes many businesses stand out compared to the competition is actually embedded in their mainframe COBOL, PL1, and Natural programs. Reprogramming those applications in another environment has proved to be a risky and really expensive endeavor, deterring many from leaving their mainframe environments. Luckily the mainframe and associated tools have continued to evolve, securing the mainframe as a rock-solid back-end system for many companies, providing secure, reliable and fast performance. Now business leverage the loosely-coupled Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to produce and consume services between the mainframe and other platforms for quick, seamless interoperability.
COBOL programs are also no longer on their way out. For example, COBOL programs still run 90 percent of financial transactions (source: Gary Barnett, Research Director of Ovum, 2005). Thus creating an imperative to ensure COBOL environments can interact with newer non-mainframe systems. Fortunately these newer systems are often an established part of an SOA, providing a unifying foundation for COBOL and many other mainframe assets to fully participate in emerging enterprise initiatives, including business process management, web, social, mobile and cloud.
Software AG’s webMethods EntireXSoftware AG’s webMethods EntireX is a service-enabler designed to provide a cost-effective and efficient path for integrating your mainframe applications into process applications and extending the value of existing common universal platforms. EntireX has proven to be a solid solution for providing bi-directional integration for several hundred customers worldwide.
You can rapidly create new .NET, Java or Web services comprised of business logic and transactions from a wide range of host
environments with EntireX, as shown in Figure 1. Use it to:
• Re-use business logic and transactions from host environments, such as COBOL/CICS, to build services that deliver new business value
• Trigger business processes from your established mainframe applications
• Create services to participate in new web, mobile, social and cloud initiatives
• Reduce costs by easily re-using existing functionality to meet new business needs
• Integrate with the webMethods Integration Server and Business Process Management Suite (BPMS)
You’ve made major investments in the core systems that run your business. Let’s explore how to rapidly assemble new business services
and processes to fast-track integration projects with EntireX.
How it worksEntireX can turn applications running on mainframe, Linux, UNIX or Windows platforms into new services with minimal effort. Programming logic and transactions from a wide variety of host environments can be used to create new services for consumption by .NET and J2EE-based applications. Figure 2 provides a sample list of the many operating systems, environments and code supported by webMethods EntireX.
EntireX is laid out in a typical hub and spoke architecture. The EntireX Broker server is the hub, which is typically placed on the mainframe, and offers a number of services like character
Figure 1: Fast-track SOA integration projects with webMethods EntireX
translation, security, persistence, and timeout-handling to the servers and clients that connect to it. The clients and servers that connect to the EntireX Broker just need to make use of the relevant APIs (ie Java®, Microsoft® .NET, C, C++) that are delivered with webMethods EntireX. The very popular generic Web service interface, based on AXIS2, is provided with wizards to help create XML mappings for both incoming and outgoing Web service calls.
Eclipse-based wizardry simplifies service developmentEclipse-based wizards simplify the development
of Web services as shown in Figure 3. To develop interfaces for EntireX, an Eclipse plug-in is provided that generates the clients and servers based on a description of the interface, known as the IDL (Interface Definition Language). This interface, which is just a text-file, is usually extracted by the wizard from an existing COBOL-source or WSDL file.
As soon as the IDL file is settled, you can generate a large number of different clients/servers such as XML mappings for Web services or COBOL subprograms or CICS programs. After compiling in your own COBOL environment, these bi-directional integration spokes are ready for use.
Operating Systems • Linux• z/Linux• z/OS• z/VSE• z/VM• Windows• BS2000/OSD• AIX• HP-UX• OpenVMS• Solaris• IBM i (OS/400)
Environments • CICS• Complete Batch• .NET• IMS• J2EE• SAP• R/3 and XI/PI• XML• Web Service• CA-IDMS• WebSphere MQ• webMethods Integration Server
For example, EntireX at one installation handles all the complexities involved in calling a Web service at an external credit-information-company from a CICS-program by providing an auto-generated subprogram that interfaces like any other subprogram from CICS or batch.
Extract the parameters and you’re ready to test! The extraction wizard is part of the Eclipse-based Software AG Designer, which comes with webMethods EntireX. You can extract parameters from the sources and referenced copybooks directly from the mainframe partitioned data set or CA-Librarian datasets or the local file system. Source-control systems like Subversion, CVS, RTC, and Clearstream have Eclipse plug-ins and thus can be used to make the sources available for the extraction wizard.
The fact that the wizard not only extracts parameters from a single copybook (potentially including other copybooks), but can also do a full parsing of the program to determine which data structures are used, makes a huge difference regarding how easy it is to directly reuse existing programs where the linkage section/COMMAREA is not the simple “one-copybook” type. As soon as the parameters are extracted to an IDL file, another wizard can start a test-program for immediate testing of the existing server-program as shown in Figure 4.
Generic servers in CICS or batch do the magicThe magic behind this easy-to-use interface is that along with EntireX comes a generic server. A CICS program that does all the parsing of the incoming data from the client then passes it on to the real CICS program with the right parameters. Behind the scenes, a generated client knows how to “marshal” the client-side data types and pass this metadata on to the generic server, alongside the actual data.
Pointing to LAAAARGE buffersThe COMMAREA limit of 32KB has been a nuisance to CICS developers for a long time. Two workarounds for these have been widely implemented. The oldest one is the use of buffers where pointers in the COMMAREA point to these “getmain’ed” areas, which are then redefined. A somewhat newer workaround is the use of CICS Channel/Containers where the >32KB data can be pushed/passed from one program to another. Both of these large data interfaces are supported out-of-the-box by the EntireX wizard.
These large data interfaces can be used, for instance, for receiving daily grocery orders from supermarkets into the logistic system in CICS. The orders, with pairs of Item-IDs and quantity, vary in size from less than 100 bytes up to 1MB, so the built-in compression option of EntireX comes in handy when it comes to bandwidth. The
Figure 4: Extract parameters and immediately test services
theoretical max-limit of one call is currently 2GB - though I dare you to ask your CICS-administrator to increase the thread size to 2GB!
More realistically, a data-area of some hundred MB might actually be worthwhile in a batch environment as an alternative to an FTP now that a single 100MB call only takes a second or two. Definitely quite a different use case to the more than a thousand calls per second that characterize the performance regarding small message sizes!
Flexible XML mapping for open-ended arraysModern Web service interfaces often make use of the flexibility of XML data-structures, but you never know if there are 0 or 1000 occurrences of an array-element. With the flexible XML mapping and usage of (almost) open-ended COBOL arrays using “depending on” structures, it is no problem to fit into the Web service world. This kind of interface can of course be combined with the Large Buffer and Channel/Container interfaces for transmitting large data sizes.
Natural-born polyglot In our increasingly globalized world, handling of many different encodings becomes a standard requirement for most systems. But the translation to/from ASCII and EBCDIC is not a trivial task for customers who have over time made their own here-and-now character translation routines which do NOT correspond to any industry standard.
EntireX handles all standard ICU code-page conversions, including right-to-left and Unicode/multi-byte. The client and server codepages (if not explicitly specified) are automatically passed on from the host-system, but additionally offers the use of customized translation tables that only apply for specific services. Having the ability to “speak multiple languages”, EntireX is the polyglot who can make sense out of the Bablyonic chaos (Figure 5) of the many translation routines.
RACF protected? Naturally!Almost all mainframe environments use RACF or another SAF-compliant security system. Correspondingly, no security-responsible person would, without having his arm painfully twisted around his back, allow access to mainframe resources like programs, dataset or databases without a prior authentication and authorization. EntireX Security plugs directly into RACF and allows for the reuse of existing groups for access rights.
Choose your communication patternDifferent scenarios require synchronous or asynchronous communication patterns. EntireX supports both. Many customers, who previously used asynchronous message-queuing systems, often start off by implementing their first EntireX services asynchronously. But then discover that the quick performance of synchronous calls makes it much easier to implement the logic and error-handling in most scenarios ie “call and wait for answer” compared to “make request, persist message, poll for answer”.
Figure 5: Handling multi-language encodings may be a Babylonic task without the right tool
One Software AG customer once did a benchmark that showed that EntireX, compared to a standard asynchronous messaging system, used 20 percent of the bandwidth for the same payload with only 10 percent of the lines of code.
How EntireX works in practiceCOBOL programs in both CICS and batch can easily participate in bi-directional integration with other applications in an SOA. Here are a few examples:
• At a major Nordic Supermarket chain, the COBOL mainframe environment not only provides servers to their SOA infrastructure, batch and CICS programs also push mission critical transactions directly into the SOA messaging system using EntireX. The extremely time-critical route-planning information is now provided to the truck drivers as well as packaging information to a meat-packaging partner, all in time for the next morning’s deliveries.
• A major Italian company in Financial Services called Software AG to help them get their fast and stable banking backend system in CICS-COBOL to work with micropayments using secured Web services without exploding the MIPS usage. Today they now have more than 15 Web services in production.
Learn more about how to use webMethods EntireX to integrate COBOL with SOA and BPM, visit: www.softwareag.com/corporate/products/wm/mainframe_integration/entirex/overviewand click on the “Got COBOL?” banner on the right.
Jürgen Lind, Senior Product Manager, Software AG (Darmstadt, Germany)
Jürgen has been responsible for the EntireX mainframe integration product line since 2006. Prior to that, he was a solution architect in research and development and business projects.
Finn Haastrup, Senior Solution Architect, Software AG (Denmark)
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Lost without a trace?Simon Cooper looks at what users might like to see in a network trace – and takes a look at how those features are realized in one such product.
A trace can be a really useful way of debugging problems with networks or applications. In fact sometimes it’s the only way. The kind of low-level information found in a trace often provides a unique clue as to the root cause of a problem. Despite this, many mainframe professionals use tracing solely as a last resort, when all other attempts to resolve a problem have failed. This is due to the perceived difficulty of taking a trace, as well as the complexities of interpreting the resulting output.
Traces can contain vast amounts of data, all of which may potentially be required, but the volume of data can obscure the very problem you’re trying to identify. Interpreting the trace can be equally problematic, requiring knowledge of IPCS to browse and analyze CTRACE or GTF datasets, as well as a familiarity with many IBM manuals, an understanding of trace record layouts, TCP/IP control codes, the format and meanings of VTAM sense bytes, 3270 order codes and so on, just to begin to interpret a trace. Consequently, the job of finding a problem using a trace is usually a long, labour-intensive, and tedious task. Under these circumstances it’s not surprising that trace taking is often the last resort of an exasperated technician.
Keeping it simpleThe introduction in 1994 of EXIGENCE from William Data Systems brought an uncomplicated and straightforward approach to tracing network-related connectivity, response time or performance problems. Now known as ZEN TRACE & SOLVE (ZTS), the product makes it simple to not only take a trace but, perhaps more importantly, interpret the trace data, guiding the user to the problem area
and usually suggesting a solution within minutes. By eliminating all the difficulties associated with trace capture and analysis, organizations can save countless hours and thousands of dollars.
Defining and capturing tracesZTS enables you to easily define and initiate a variety of trace types, including TCP/IP, VTAM, and even NCP line traces, through one of three user interfaces (UI) – Web browser, 3270, and PC client (see Figure 1). Trace definitions are all done from within the UI, requiring no batch jobs to be started and therefore no knowledge of JCL is required.
For TCP/IP traces, you define only a description and the name of the address space running TCP/IP (and optional filters) for trace capture. Traces can be captured in up to seven address spaces simultaneously, tracing all IP packet exchanges. Enhanced facilities are available for several popular applications, for example TCP, UDP, ICMP, FTP, LPR, RIP, NCPROUT, OSPF, GRE, and Enterprise Extender protocols.
For VTAM traces, the only piece of information you need to provide is a brief description of the trace and the LU name (the terminal or application) that is causing the problem. VTAM traces will capture all exchanges between LUs, LU 6.1, LU 6.2, LU types 0, 1, 2, 3 and so on.
Tracing intermittent problemsOf course it’s not always possible to know in advance when a problem might occur, which may mean you need to leave a trace running for a long period, potentially creating an enormous trace. ZTS has a neat solution to this, allowing you to define a ‘Wrap Mode’ trace, which only uses a finite amount of space for trace recording, looping around and re-sequencing the trace entries into chronological order once the trace is stopped.
Automatically taking and merging multiple traces Tracing in a complex multi-LPAR and/or multi-processor environment would normally involve the taking and examination of multiple traces. For example, you may need to trace a single client IP address that has many connections to several systems. The difficulty is compounded if an IP client connects to a service running on multiple systems using dynamic VIPA, because it is impossible to be sure with which system the connection will be made.
In such environments, usually the only option available for problem diagnosis is to initiate traces on each individual system. This is difficult enough. Once taken, all the individual trace records need to be sorted into chronological order before being interpreted to try and diagnose the cause of the problem. Assuming the technician has the knowledge and experience to carry out this task, it is still a time consuming, and therefore costly process.
The ZTS solution is to allow the definition and capture of multiple IP traces at once. Known as “Group Trace”, it’s basically the same as a ‘normal’ trace except that it can be simultaneously started on a group of systems with the resulting trace output viewed as if it had been taken on a single system, with the trace entries interleaved according to their capture time.
New to Version 5 of ZTS, you can now synchronize group trace entries by normal, relative or incremental time, giving you a huge advantage when analysing trace data spanning multiple systems in different time zones. You can also now define Group traces on-the-fly; it is no longer necessary to pre-define the hosts on which a group trace is to be captured. You can even build a group trace from a set of traces that were not originally captured as part of a group trace (eg imported traces).
Analysing a captured traceHaving captured a trace, it can then be viewed in a number of different formats, from a summarized view of the session exchanges between socket pairs or LUs known as the Flow display, to an expanded format that shows data structure breakdowns right to the individual bit level, with settings with descriptions provided.
Any 3270 data streams in a trace can be displayed in their entirety either in hex or with all of the control orders interpreted, even when the data stream is encapsulated as in the case of Enterprise Extender. This is particularly useful when an error has been caused by a fault in transmitted data. You can switch between the different display formats with no loss of context.
ZTS analyses the trace data, automatically scanning and highlighting any negative or exception responses and pairing them with the original request. ZTS can even explain what the highlighted problem areas mean. ZTS not only provides an explanation of the data in error, but also pinpoints the most likely cause of the problem and in some cases can even suggest a solution.
ZTS also provides comprehensive search functions, enabling you to scan a trace, either forwards or backwards, for any TCP/IP or VTAM condition, data sequence, or even down to a single bit in a specific byte. This is particularly useful when you already have a good idea of what a problem might be and just want your suspicions confirmed.
Built-in knowledge baseZTS includes a comprehensive ‘Explain’ function. This enables anyone, from Help Desk staff to trace experts to find information on any TCP/IP or VTAM/3270 term, sense code, 3270 order code, and so on. Searching through many IBM manuals to find the meaning of a particular bit setting becomes a thing of the past with ZTS.
ZTS features at a glance• Enables online trace management – no batch
set-up required• Supports simultaneous capture of multiple• IP and SNA traces• Formats and translates all trace data prior to
display• Displays all data flows with meaningful
annotation• Enables display mode switching without loss
of context• Supports powerful filtering techniques enabling
traces to be targeted at: • Defined Applications: (Telnet, FTP, EE etc) • Defined Protocols: UDP, ICMP, TCP, SASP
and specific numbered protocols • Defined Port numbers • Defined IP addresses • LU to LU sessions • LU to Application (eg CICS sessions)• Allows individual trace file sizes to be
minimized via the ‘Wrap Mode’ feature • ‘Peek’ feature allows traces to be browsed “in
flight”• Simplifies import and evaluation of externally
captured traces• Simplifies export, in IBM-recognizable or
libpcap format, of captured traces• Manages all trace types including: • IP Packet and Data Traces • EE Traces • VTAM buffer and I/O Traces • VTAM Extended Trace (XTD) • VTAM Internal Trace (VIT) • NCP 3745 Trace including Scanner,
Generalized PIU and TG Traces • 3746/900 /950 Trace Import• Enhanced analysis facilities for TCP, UDP,
ICMP, FTP, LPR, RIP, NCPROUT, OSPF, GRE and EE protocols
• Incorporates a 3270 and ZEN browser UI. PC client also available
• Provides comprehensive help on any IP, VTAM and/or 3270 terminology, message or sense code
• Full support for IP Version 6• Supports trace printing• Full audit of trace activities.
Special support for Enterprise ExtenderWDS have long been advocates of Enterprise Extender (EE), recognizing its importance as a means of preserving investment in SNA while allowing the exploitation of the latest advances in IP networking technologies. We have developed a number of unique products and features that address shortcomings with the management of EE, including specialist products for monitoring, encrypting, and authenticating EE data streams.
Tracing in an EE environment presents unique challenges, because although the protocol carrying the data is IP-based, the payload data itself is SNA in origin. The Enterprise Extender support in ZTS enables you to expand all the EE headers, stripping away IP-related material to provide an unencumbered view of the underlying SNA (TH, RH, and RU) payload.
A new user-interface for EXIGENCEZTS continues to be at the forefront of network problem determination and is a central component of our ZEN network management suite. The latest version of ZEN TRACE & SOLVE (Version 5), is a no-cost upgrade for customers and brings the proven advantages of our flexible and powerful ZEN User Interface to all EXIGENCE customers.
Innovative Web viewAs a major component of the ZEN suite of Network Management solutions, the ZTS browser interface benefits from the innovative design provided by ZEN. No special desktop software is required and, unlike other browser-based solutions, it has the distinct advantage of not requiring a separate Web server.
A Web server is usually part of a three-tier system comprising a network data collector on the z/OS host, a separate Web server where the Web pages are generated, and a client for data display. A three-tier approach has many drawbacks. It adds cost (additional hardware, software, and configuration), adds complexity to the set-up and maintenance
of the monitor system, adds overhead (additional bandwidth load from the extra connections), and provides an additional point of failure.
The ZTS user interface is part of a two-tier architecture (see Figure 2) that takes advantage of the core strengths of ZEN – namely, efficient, high-speed, and low-overhead data delivery. Proving that less really is more, this innovative two-tier approach has a number of benefits over three-tier systems as it:
• Reduces costs without the need for additional hardware or software
• Simplifies implementation since client software is not required
• Deploys rapidly, providing immediate access to trace data from a standard web browser
• Necessitates little or no processor overhead because all graphical formatting is performed inside the browser
• Provides single interface for all your network management needs
Once a trace has been imported, you have the full power of all the ZTS commands and Expansion functions to help you analyse it.
You may also export ZTS traces to a disk dataset so that they can be sent elsewhere for further analysis. IP traces are exported in CTRACE format, SNA traces in GTF format, and OSAENTA and libpcap traces in their respective formats.
Automatic event tracingThe ZTS command interface can be used to Add, Redefine, Start and Stop traces allowing event-based dynamic trace management activities to be performed, for example, to define and start a trace automatically dependent upon some other event in the system.
A tool of first resortThe traditionally complex task of tracing has usually been undertaken by a diminishing number of old-school skilled technicians. However, the
availability of modern technologies improves accessibility to this extremely useful problem-solving technique for the next generation of technicians, removing complexity and turning tracing into a tool of first resort.
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Challenging times lead to new tools for z/OS control and network managementColin van der Ross and Deb Hodson at Software Diversified Services describe how struggling with smaller budgets and fewer resources has led some mainframe shops to unexpected improvements: replacement tools that let them do more with less.
In every discussion we have with mainframers these days, we hear about cost pressures like we’ve never heard before. z/OS shops are having to get more done with less budget and an accelerating brain drain. Seasoned, irreplaceable staff have gone into retirement. Making up for the
loss by spending more on new software seems out of the question.
Some hard-pressed shops try to negotiate cheaper licenses with vendors, and sometimes that works.
But over the past two or three years we’ve also been able to help many z/OS shops get ahead in hard times by replacing old, legacy software tools with more productive, less costly alternatives. Shops ranging from 300 to over 30,000 MIPs have saved significant money by replacing old tools with new ones that cost 40% to 60% as much.
For z/OS network management and system automation, those shops installed VitalSigns software from Software Diversified Services (SDS). They report back that VitalSigns for Network Automation and Control – VNAC for short
Figure 1: With a single log-on to a secure server, a VNAC user at a web browser sees z/OS system logs, VTAM session data (SAW), command lines, JES spools, automation scripts, datasets, and SNA and IP network alerts from any number of z/OS systems, LPARs, and sysplexes.
– is simple to use, provides some new functionality, and drastically lowers expenses.
“Getting VNAC was a no-brainer,” one z/OS system programmer told us.
Simplifying z/OS management by centralizing accessTake Session Awareness (SAW) for example.
You can log onto a single web-browser application and VNAC will show you all the SAW data from all the z/OS LPARS (see Figure 1). All the session information shows up on a single, searchable screen. The filter tool selects for sessions that ended in error this morning, for example. Or for sessions originating with a specified LU. Users can filter and re-arrange the display to suit their networks.
VNAC does the same for z/OS system and console messages, including data from the SNA network and the TCP/IP stack. They can all be filtered and read from a single browser window.
Let’s say you’re looking for errors in the same application running on a dozen different LPARs, across three different sysplexes. And you want to see those errors now, immediately, the moment they show up in system logs.
Not a problem. Tell VNAC to look at all those logs and bring up all those errors. That kind of consolidate-and-search power dramatically decreases the time it takes to diagnose problems.
To make life simpler for technicians who have a hard time finding details in IBM bookshelves (and who doesn’t?), when VNAC presents system and network logs, it also provides direct hyper-links to the corresponding IBM documentation. In other words, when SAW data tells you that a session ended for “reason #00, sense code 087D0001,” mouse-click on those numbers in the VNAC display. VNAC calls up the IBM documentation, and you learn that an unbind command disconnected two LUs because a VTAM system control point (SSCP) tried and failed to re-route a request. Further details explain possible causes of the error (see Figure 2).
Figure 2: VNAC presentation of z/OS messages includes hyperlinks to the corresponding IBM bookshelf documentation.
Automating responses to messages, AND to alertsNetView’s Message Automation Tables (MAT) define how REXX execs automatically respond to messages at system consoles. Those NetView execs readily migrate to VNAC.
You can tell VNAC to recognize specific system messages, SNA network messages, and TCP/IP stack messages, then VNAC execs can respond in specific ways. Later, when you need to know what automation is in place, a single VNAC command will report on all the responses defined for all systems, LPARs, and sysplexes.
VNAC can also respond to alerts regarding performance of the IP network.
“VNAC reduced our annual costs,” said a system
VNACVitalSigns for Network Automation and Control (VNAC) provides all the basic, commonly-used functions of NetView®: - Network management commands
(NetView’s NCCF) - System and network automation via REXX
execs - Session Awareness data, or SAW
(NetView’s NLDM) - Browsing of system logs, including SNA
and IP network data - Easy management of global variables and
global stem variables - Panel applications, and simple import of
NetView panels to VNAC- Central management of jobs, logs, and output
on the JES spool (SDSF).
Other products of the VitalSigns suite provide - Monitoring and diagnosis for the IP network,
including HPR, Enterprise Extender, OSA, and IPv6.
- Seamless FTP – SFTP solutions.
programmer at a large insurance company, “plus we got an IP monitor we’d wanted for years.”Automation regarding IP network performance is a collaboration of two VitalSigns products: VitalSigns for Network Automation and Control and VitalSigns for IP (VIP).
A VIP Agent on a z/OS LPAR monitors an IP network and alerts network engineers immediately when performance or events exceed specified thresholds. Thus they learn immediately about slow response times, failing network devices, overtaxed interfaces, etc.
VIP sends those alerts to e-mail addresses, to SNMP receivers, to system consoles – or directly to its partner VNAC. Then VNAC can invoke a REXX exec to fix problems, redirect traffic, or otherwise deal with the issue.
SDS provides VNAC and VIP as a combined solution. A VNAC license includes a free VIP license. Along with sending alerts to VNAC, VIP provides monitoring and control for z/OS HPR, Enterprise Extender, OSA, telnet, FTP, Sysplex Distributor, and TCP/IP traffic.
Saving money by offloading z/OS CPU cyclesThe mainframe shops we’re talking about implemented VitalSigns because of low license fees. There are other savings as well.
VitalSigns can reduce the bill for using z/OS CPU because it gives customers the option of moving some processing loads to zIIP or zAAP processors, or to z/Linux, or to separate Linux or Windows boxes.
Here’s how it works:
VitalSigns software is built in an Agent-Server-Browser architecture.
VNAC Agents run as jobs or started tasks on any number of z/OS LPARs. They provide the system automation, command execution, console
listeners, z/OS log and dataset access, and security. Agents can also run as z/OS subsystems, meaning they can start before the JES spool and so help automate system IPL.
The Agents typically communicate with two VNAC Servers – one primary, one hot standby – running on z/OS USS (UNIX System Services) on two different LPARs. Both Servers record console messages from all Agents to the Servers’ databases and pass user-input commands to Agents for execution.
VitalSigns Servers don’t have to run on z/OS USS, however. If customers so choose, the Servers run equally well on zIIP, zAAP, or IFL processors, or on z/Linux, or on remote Linux or Windows boxes. When CPU is billed by the MIP, running VitalSigns servers outside of z/OS can lower the bills. It can also delay the cost of CPU upgrades.
VitalSigns servers communicate with users at common desktop web browsers, typically Internet Explorer or Firefox. So users see a graphic, easily navigated interface for issuing z/OS commands and reading z/OS data from any LPAR on a network. Individual users can customize the interface to their individual needs. And any number of users, almost anywhere on Earth, can access VNAC.
Migrating and saving in 60 daysVitalSigns customers report that the process of installing and configuring VitalSigns surprisingly painless. A 60-day project is usually all it takes. “It’s quick and easy to implement,” reported a publishing company’s network engineering manager.
The migration typically starts with a free trial. SDS tech support shows customers how to install and configure VitalSigns before anyone makes a commitment.
SDS technical support will show you how to identify automation currently in place, and how to make VNAC fill the same roles. You can run VNAC alongside other tools, risk free, until everyone is satisfied.
Existing REXX execs and panel applications migrate to VNAC with little or no change. VNAC’s graphic interface on your web browser is intuitive to navigate. When you have questions or need help, SDS provides immediate assistance.
With VitalSigns for Network Automation and Control, SDS provides a companion product free-of-charge: Either VitalSigns for IP or VitalSigns for FTP.
Software Diversified Services has been providing the mainframe industry with software tools for 30 years. Technical support and software developers work side-by-side in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, headquarters. SDS tests VitalSigns products on an in-house z/114 processor that includes zIIP and zAAP engines. SDS customers include many Global 500 companies in banking, finance, insurance, and retail, as well as local, state, and national governments.
Colin van der Ross is Senior Systems Engineer at SDS. He was formerly a network systems programmer for a large bank, where he led one of the first roll-outs of IBM Enterprise Extender and made extensive use of NetView.
Deborah Hodson is Sales Manager at SDS. She has 30 years’ experience in IT, having worked in sales management and consulting roles in IBM in large systems, in Candle’s OMEGAMON and Automated Operations teams, and in HP’s OpenView software organization.
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As usual our annual mainframe survey provides a snapshot of the System z user community’s existing hardware and software configuration, and also their plans and concerns for 2013.
This year we have continued to track the growth of mainframe integration with Web services, cloud computing, and other areas of new development, as well as gauging the extent to which BYOD, cloud computing, and Linux applications are
changing the face of mainframe computing. In addition, we have continued to explore relative cost in more details, asking respondents how fast their distributed server costs are growing relative to the mainframe. And we have investigated how important “green” issues are to the mainframe community.
And, as always, we have invited comments from our respondents.
The 2013 Mainframe User SurveyAn analysis of the profile, plans, and priorities of mainframe users.
Many thanks to all those who took part.
by Mark Lillycrop and Trevor Eddolls
Profile of respondentsThe mainframe user survey was completed by 100 individuals between the 1 November 2012 and the 7 December 2012. Survey respondents were either contacted directly by e-mail or other Web-based means and invited to complete the mainframe user survey on the Arcati Web site. Responses from large mainframe vendors and multiple entries from different people at the same site were excluded from the survey.
This year, there were no respondents from South America. The distribution of all respondents is shown in Chart 1. Just under half (48 percent) were from North America and just over a third (36
percent) were from Europe, with 10 percent from the Asia/Pacific region, and eight percent from the Middle East/Africa.
As usual, a wide range of industry types are represented in our sample (Chart 2). Banking and insurance, bith accounted for 20 percent of respondents, with IT accounting for 16 percent, and retail 10 percent. Health and transport had six percent each, and manufacturing and government had four percent each. That left other categories with 14 percent.
A third way to categorize respondents is to look at business size. As shown in Chart 3, nearly half
(48 percent) of the companies have in excess of 10,000 employees worldwide, Below that, with 20 percent of respondents, are staff sizes of 1001-5000. With 12 percent of responses are staff sizes of 5001-1000. And with 10 percent each are staff sizes of 1 to 200 and 201 to 1000.
84 percent of our respondents were involved in running in-house data centres, which was the same as last year. Only six percent (down from last year’s 10 percent) of respondents said they were working in an outsourced operation.
Installed MIPS and capacity growthAs in previous surveys we have used MIPS as the principal measure of capacity size. We asked respondents to indicate the total mainframe MIPS installed on their systems, and the result is shown in Chart 4. 36 percent had 1000-10,000 MIPS, which is similar to last year’s figure of 40 percent. 22 percent had under 500 MIPS, which is the same as last year’s figure. Only six percent had 500-1000 MIPS. 14 percent had 10,000 to 25,000 MIPS, and 18 percent had over 25,000 MIPS
Chart 2: Industry sector of respondents
Chart 3: Number of employees woldwide in organizations surveyed
installed. As in previous years, we use installed MIPS later in the survey to identify differences between small, mid-sized, and larger users.
Chart 5 shows the annual MIPS growth of respondents. 70 percent of sites (up from last year’s 62 percent) of mainframe installations are experiencing some growth, with two sites claiming growth in the region of 26-50 percent. Only six percent (down from last year’s 12 percent) of sites are reporting a decline in mainframe capacity growth. 18 percent of sites (the same figure as
last year) are not expecting any kind of change in their MIPS this year. Looking at Chart 6, however, we can see that the picture varies considerably depending on the size of the system. None of the larger, more mature businesses (above 10,000 MIPS) are experiencing any kind of decline, but nearly a fifth (18.8%) are not growing. But this group is showing the most growth with over 6% of sites experiencing growth of 26 to 50 percent. For mid-range respondents, well over half (56 percent) were looking at growth of 0-10 percent, although none anticipated growth greater than this.
And nearly a third (31 percent) were anticipating a decline in growth. Half of the smaller sites, worryingly, predicted a decline in MIPS or no growth. Yet, counterintuitively, eight percent of sites expected a growth of between 11 and 25 percent.
As in previous years, the mainframe market appears to be more fragmented than one might think. We are definitely seeing competitive pressures at the lower end of the mainframe market. This, coupled with concerns about cost and the availability of skills and applications, goes some way towards explaining the mixed picture.
Less than 1000 MIPS 1000 to 10,000 MIPS Over 10,000 MIPS
1-10% per year
11-25% per year
26-50% per year
Chart 6: MIPS growth by installation size
Mainframe Unix Linux Windows Other mainframe
Over 50 percent
Chart 7: Mainframe capacity growth compared with other platforms
As is so often the case, we hear in the comments section why some of the smaller sites are moving away from mainframes, and it’s not because of any particular issue with the mainframe platform, but because managers are unfamiliar with the mainframe culture
We also compared the rate of growth of the mainframe with that of other IT platforms within the enterprise. As shown in Chart 7, the System z looks relatively strong in the slow-to-medium growth range. Neither Windows or Linux are expected to decline. When the “don’t know” results have been excluded, we find 72 percent of mainframes are experiencing a growth of 1-25 percent per year, which is up on last year’s 65 percent. Three percent of Unix sites reported growth greater than 50 percent per year – similar to last year’s figure. 12.5 percent of Windows sites were still expecting over 50 percent growth, with the majority of sites in the 11-25 percent growth range. Apart from a few mainframe sites expecting a decline, we find around Four percent of IBM i sites are expecting a decline, six percent of other mainframe sites are, with the bulk (66 percent)
expecting no growth at all, and six percent of Unix sites anticipating a decline.
Hardware and software currencyThe IBM mainframe hardware range continues to receive a regular makeover, with new high-end and low-end systems generally being announced on alternate years 2010 saw the new zEnterprise z196 processors, 2011 saw the z114 arrive, and this year it was the zEC12. Delivery dates for each range are provided in the Technical Information section of the Yearbook.
Our research suggests that, traditionally, users upgrade on a regular basis to the most recent hardware to take advantage of capacity increases and cost benefits. Bearing in mind that the new zEC12 machines are only just being delivered, Chart 8 shows that 31 percent of respondents are currently using z196s, followed by 31 percent on the two z10 machines. 5 percent are already using the new zEC12s, with 13 percent on z114s. 27 percent are still on older “z” mainframes. It is perhaps worth pointing out here that many respondents had more than one processor in use
at their site with quite a few having three different processor models in use.
Software currency (Chart 9) presents a more mixed picture and tends to lag a little behind hardware. This year’s survey finds 44 percent of sites using Version 1.13, and 24 percent of sites using Version 1.12. With 12 percent of sites using Version 1.11. That still leaves 12 percent of respondents using older versions of the z/OS operating system, with 2 percent on 1.07, which
stopped being serviced by IBM in 2008!
Mainframe strategyWe asked respondents what, in their opinion, are the main benefits for their organization of the mainframe over other platforms. 88 percent highlighted the benefit of availability, with 74 percent identifying security as a benefit. Scalability and manageability came next with scores of 68 and 66 percent respectively.
Chart 9: Primary mainframe operating system release in use
Chart 10: Do your mainframe applications participate in your Web services/SOA?
We then went on to find out what are the main obstacles to mainframe acceptance within the enterprise. 82 percent thought mainframes are too expensive (or appear to be). 58 percent thought that there are cultural barriers between mainframers and other IT professionals. 24 percent identified concerns about future availability/support for mainframe applications, 18 percent said difficulty in obtaining or retaining the necessary skills, and 12 percent thought mainframes are too complex (or appear to be). Sadly, only two percent thought there were no obstacles to mainframe acceptance.
Within the industry as a whole, opinion is clearly divided over the role of the mainframe in new applications. For some companies the mainframe remains a separate legacy environment while others are leveraging the strengths of large systems by using them to deploy new workloads and technologies.
We asked respondents whether their z/OS systems participate in Web services and SOA environments, and the results are shown in Chart 10. 58 percent of organizations said that their mainframes participate partly or fully in Web services, down from last year’s 64 percent. It may well be that SOA and Web services has now
reached maturity because the number of sites planning to integrate them in the future was 6 percent (slightly up from 4 percent the previous year).
36 percent (down from last year’s 40 percent) went on to say that they run Java-based applications on the mainframe, with a further 20 percent planning to do so in the future (well up from last year’s 4 percent). Again a sign of maturity in the technology. 34 percent of respondents (down from last year’s 44 percent) said that they run Linux on the System z (with another 16 percent, up from last year’s 6 percent, at the planning stage). There are considerable cost and management benefits of consolidating distributed Linux workloads onto the mainframe, and IBM made the IFL (Integrated Facility for Linux) specialty processor available in 2001. Running Linux on a mainframe seems well on its way to becoming a mainstream technology.
And while we were thinking about Linux on mainframes, we asked how many sites were running Oracle under Linux on System z. Eight percent of sites surveyed said that they currently run Oracle on zLinux, and another eight percent plan to use it.
CICS IMS WebSphere Application
DB2 SAP Other Don't know
Chart 11: Which middleware are, or do you plan to enable, with Web services?
74 percent of organizations said that they are Web-enabling their CICS subsystems (Chart 11), which is slightly down from 78 percent last year. 72 percent of sites are Web-enabling DB2, which is just up from last year’s 68 percent. 32 percent of sites are Web-enabling IMS, slightly down from last year’s 36 percent, and WebSphere Application Server rated 38 percent (up slightly from last year’s 34 percent. 10 percent of sites are Web-enabling SAP. This low figure probably reflects the smaller number of sites using the product on a mainframe rather than a reluctance to consider Web-service enabling it.
We asked whether respondents currently used their mainframe for cloud computing. Only 4 percent of respondents said they did (down from last year’s 12 percent). 90 percent said they didn’t (up from 84 percent). We also asked whether respondents were planning to adopt cloud computing as a strategy. 40 percent (the same as last year) said they weren’t at present. 22 percent (up from last year’s 18 percent) thought some mainframe applications would be cloud enabled in the future. 14 percent (down from 22 percent)
claimed that some of their applications are using the cloud model.
As for the future of legacy systems, once again the answer depends to a degree on the size and maturity of the installation. As shown in Chart 12, 75 percent of the largest sites see integration as the way forward and predict a positive strategic direction – pretty much the same as last year’s figure of 73 percent. In the mid-range (between 1000 and 10,000 MIPS), the pro-integration contingent drops to 50 percent (down from 54 percent last year) with 5 percent (last year it was 4 percent) considering porting to Unix or Linux. 15 percent of medium-sized sites are considering porting to Windows. Below 500 MIPS, about a fifth of sites (21 percent) plan to integrate (a value up from last year’s 11 percent).
Relative costThere are many ways of comparing the costs of mainframe systems with those of other platforms, but none of them are straightforward and few are meaningful. CIOs and finance directors all too
Chart 12: Legacy application plans over the next three years
some areas where financial comparisons can be made between large centralized systems and distributed servers.
We asked respondents how fast their System z-related expenditure is increasing, in terms of the technology itself and the people needed to support it. In Chart 13, we compare these results with the growth in mainframe capacity. The vast majority of respondents said that their people and technology costs were seeing single-digit growth at the most (with 13 percent of sites seeing a decline in technology costs and 15 percent of sites seeing a decline in people costs). 30 percent (well up from 18 percent last year) of respondents reported capacity growth higher than 10 percent, whereas only 10 percent reported technology costs increasing by that amount, and only 2 percent (down from 6 percent last year) reported people costs increasing above 10 percent. Perhaps these sites are expecting to make savings on head count through the use of more modern technology.
We went on to ask what proportion of the total IT budget is absorbed by mainframe-related costs, and what proportion of enterprise data resides on the mainframe (Chart 14). The result was, again this year, more than half of our respondents use other platforms to manage the lion’s share of the corporate data. 46 percent of sites have more data on mainframes, and 54 percent have more on other platforms. Their spend on the mainframe and distributed systems are disproportionate to the data split, with over three-quarters (76 percent) of budgets going off mainframe. The figures absolutely dismiss the view that System z soaks up financial resources without providing a good return on investment.
Again this year, we asked how fast respondents believed their acquisition/maintenance and support costs for distributed platforms were growing relative to the mainframe, for an equivalent amount of capacity or size of user population respectively (Chart 15). In other words, did they think that their mainframe costs were increasing faster or more slowly than their Unix, Linux, Windows, and IBM
Are your distributed user support costs growingfaster or slower than mainframe?
Chart 15: Relative growth of expenditure: mainframe versus distributed
Are your distributed acquisition/maintenance costsgrowing faster or slower than mainframe?
i costs. Of course, these numbers have to be treated with great caution because we are asking respondents to make direct comparisons, which, as we have just stated, are very complex. Once again, this chart can be used only as an indication of a general trend, but it’s a very interesting trend nevertheless! Anything above the green block in each column suggests higher costs for alternative platforms. Again this year, a substantial number of respondents felt that their Unix, Linux, and Windows user-support costs were increasing faster than the mainframe for an equivalent amount of capacity or support.
With the environment and environmental issues getting so much coverage in the media these days, we wanted to know whether IBM’s green initiatives on things like power consumption and cooling had made the mainframe more or less attractive to our respondents. 78 percent of respondents (up from 56 percent last year) said that IBM’s green initiatives made no difference at all. No-one said that the initiative made the mainframe less attractive. 20 percent felt it made the mainframe a little more attractive (down from last year’s 24
percent), and only two percent (down from last year’s 12 percent) felt it made the mainframe a lot more attractive. Clearly “greenness” isn’t much of a selling point for mainframes. Or perhaps our target audience would have a mainframe whatever!
IBM versus the ISVsThe mainframe independent software vendor (ISV) business is continually evolving, and there have been a number of small companies acquired by larger organizations, but, on the whole, not any obvious shifts in the landscape. There was some talk in June about BMC Software being a takeover target, but it came to nothing.
IBM regularly argues that some ISVs are too inflexible and need to change their software pricing strategies, while the third-party suppliers respond that IBM is placing excessive pressure on them by using its size and influence to win over their customers. Mainframe management is now sold as a way of allowing customers to maintain the quality of the service they get from the mainframe without the reliance on experienced mainframers.
Chart 16: What are the most important reasons for replacing mainframe tools and applications?
In other words, the software will identify a problem and, as well as informing a less-qualified human, will take the necessary steps to negate the problem. In addition, vendors are beginning to use GUI-type screens, that younger IT people are more familiar with, to display important information
We asked respondents what makes them consider a change of vendor for their mainframe tools and utilities. It’s clear from Chart 16 that cost is by far the biggest driver, even though cheaper tools often offer limited functionality. ISVs will be pleased to know that although 20 percent of sites said they rarely if ever change their software, this figure is down from last year’s 36 percent.
We also asked how much of users’ mainframe software budget is spent on IBM/Tivoli software, and how much on products from other vendors. This year (see Chart 17) we found that 72 percent of respondents pay more to IBM/Tivoli for software than to other vendors. This is a massive increase from last year’s 54 percent. Does this mean that
IBM’s software has become cheaper or more appealing to purchasers, or both, over the past year?
Other issuesWe asked about IBM’s ‘specialty’ processors such as the Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL), the Application Assist Processor (zAAP) intended for Java applications, and the Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) intended primarily for DB2. We asked respondents which specialty processors they had. 12 percent of sites had all three (down from last year’s value of 16 percent) and a further 22 percent of sites had two of the three specialty processors (up from last year’s 20 percent). More sites had zIIP processors (52 percent) than any other. 36 percent had IFL processors, and 24 percent had zAAP specialty processors. 26 percent of sites don’t have a specialty processor installed. The full results are shown in Chart 18. We also asked whether respondents thought that these specialty engines made the mainframe more attractive in terms of reducing costs and
Chart 17: How much software budget goes to IBM and how much to ISVs?
cost-justifying new applications. 50 percent said a little more attractive, 44 percent said much more attractive, and six percent said that it made no difference.
In the USA, regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), and BASEL II, plus what’s estimated to be over 150 state and federal laws dictate the length of time that Electronically-Stored Information (ESI) needs to be retained. These regulations, and they do depend on the industry, have greatly increased data retention periods. Similarly, outside the USA there has been a growth in regulation affecting the length of time that data needs to be archived. 43 percent of sites were compliant or nearly compliant with these new regulations (lower than last year’s 59 percent). The figure for sites not having an archiving strategy is 27 percent, slightly lower than last year’s 33
percent. Clearly, compliance is an important issue and one that many organizations are making sure that they are (or will be) fully compliant. The full results are shown in Figure 19.
According to the IBM Web site: “PureSystems combine the flexibility of a general purpose system, the elasticity of cloud and the simplicity of an appliance. They are integrated by design and come with built in expertise gained from decades of experience to deliver a simplified IT experience.” We were interested to see whether sites were taking advantage of this new technology. Only two percent of respondents said they were and, similarly, two percent said they planned to. We were also curious about the take up of business analytics (IBM’s Smarter Analytics). Here the take up was slightly higher with four percent of sites saying currently using the technology and another four percent planning to.
There’s been a huge growth in the use of social media in recent years, and we wondered whether those people “using their dad’s technology” found social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc) useful for their work on the mainframe. 20 percent said that they did, with eight percent not sure, and the rest not using it at all. IBM have Facebook pages dedicated to IMS, CICS, and DB2, it seems a shame if they’re not being used.
Finally we asked about that current IT bête noire – BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). We wanted to know important sites thought it was to make mainframe data available to other platforms. 82 percent of sites said that it was very important to the way they work at the moment. Four percent are in the planning stage, and two percent expect to do some work on this in the future. When it comes to how important is the idea of people using their own devices (BYOD) to access mainframes, 10 percent of sites said it was very important to the way they work now – but 30 percent said it wasn’t important. 18 percent are in the planning stages, and 12 percent expect to be in the future. There were quite few “not sure” responses to this question.
Survey commentsAt the end of the survey, respondents were invited to leave comments or other information. In the main, respondents are perfectly happy with their mainframes. No-one is ever happy about costs, but, usually, as long as they stay within the expected range, nobody gets too exercised about it. A big issue this year was sites were management are migrating off the mainframe.
One respondent told us: “Management plans to be off the mainframe by second quarter 2014”.
Another respondent said: “Management is following Gartner’s recommendation to re-platform off the mainframe”.
And a third respondent informed us: “Due to the financial crisis, our firm is decreasing in size and cutting in ICT costs!” So while not leaving the mainframe platform, certainly not in a position to grow it or, perhaps, even stay up-to-date.
Pretty much the usual issues of management without a mainframe background moving the company to a weaker platform, but one that they understand. And mainframe costs adding to the recessionary feelings of doom and gloom.
No, not at present
Not yet, but we are implementing a compliance strategy
We are almost fully compliant with the latest regulations
Yes, our data archiving strategy is fully compliant
Chart 19: Data archiving strategies that comply with the latest regulations
CONCLUSIONSWe have been experiencing one of the longest periods of reduced trading – a euphemism for a depression – for a long time. We have watched European countries in the Euro, first Greece, but then Spain and Portugal, struggle to keep their financial head above the water. And depressing talk of a double-dip recession has happened in many countries, and yet our survey still found that users are experiencing steady growth in the mainframe environment. As is so often the case, this pattern of growth and commitment is more sustained among the largest sites (where investments are huge and experience is plentiful) than lower down the scale where the System z is exposed to more direct competition.
Having said that, there are clearly many reasons to opt for the mainframe to support new development. Despite the complexity of mainframe pricing, the majority of respondents believe that their Unix and Windows user-support costs were increasing faster than the mainframe. Similarly, most sites felt their maintenance and acquisition costs were higher on Windows and Unix than on System z. But, yet again this year, we found that sites no longer use the mainframe as their principal repository for corporate data.
It seems that integrating mainframe applications with Web services and service-oriented architecture is a project that is less uppermost in people’s minds with the figure for mainframes participating partly or fully in Web services slightly down this year. The cloud computing questions produced interesting responses. Despite the amount of press coverage, only 4 percent of respondents said that they currently use the mainframe for cloud computing and a healthier 22 percent thinking they might in the foreseeable future. In terms of specialty
Virtual IMS user group
processors, nearly three quarters of sites had them installed and were making use of the obvious benefits associated with them. 12 percent had all three in use.
For sites with smaller mainframes, particularly below 500 MIPS, there is always the option or perhaps threat of migrating off the mainframe to some other platform. Again this year, our survey showed this to be a strong possibility and respondents’ comments confirmed this.
The bottom line is that the mainframe continues to offer a cost-effective, secure, and powerful platform for organizations with the necessary background and expertise in place to support it.
Moreover, there are strong indications that mainframe and non-mainframe professionals are still culturally divided within the enterprise. It seems that many sites using the z196, z114, and the new zEC12 are not making the most of the hybrid machine in terms of integration. The most successful integration projects seem to be at sites running Linux under z/VM. Vendors are realizing that younger people moving into the mainframe environment aren’t happy with green screens and expect to use GUI-based systems with a similar look-and-feel to Windows or Mac environments. It won’t be long before the Android-style interface (or iPad) with its touch screen and hand gestures will become the interface of choice – even for experience mainframe professionals.
Most importantly, non-mainframe IT staff and managers need to see the multitude of advantages that using a mainframe can bring an organizations – in terms of security, reliability, availability, flexibility, as well as understanding the true total cost of ownership figures for the platform.
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in the z/OS environment
Details in this section are provided by the individual vendors and service providers, and Arcati accepts no responsibility for their accuracy. We urge readers to contact the companies directly for the latest information. Please assume that all product and company names are the registered property of their owners.
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Compute (Bridgend)Computer Management SciencesComputer Measurement Group Compuware CorporationConexus Technologies ConicITConnectivity Systems CONNX Solutions, IncCopperEyeCPT Global Ltd CSCCSL InternationalData Kinetics DDV technologies DignusDINO SoftwareDataVantage – Direct Computer ResourcesDPI SoftwareDTS SoftwareEdge Information GroupEnterprise Systems Associates, Inc. (“ESAi”)Epoka Group EPV TechnologiesEuropean Mainframe Academy AG Exspans SystemsEZ LegacyFitz Software & Co Flynet Fujitsu Technology Solutions Gary Bergman AssociatesGT SoftwareH&W Computer Systems Heitech Managed Services Sdn Bhd
Activity: Education.Specialist areas: Data management; programming/testing; Web integration and legacy reengineering tools.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: Linux, Windows
Company profile ABIS Training & Consulting provides high-level technological ICT services for large and medium-sized enterprises. The activities are based on specialized ICT knowledge, which is offered as training and consulting. ABIS was founded in 1984 in Belgium but it is also active in the Netherlands (with a separate subsidiary in Woerden near Utrecht) and in Luxemburg.
Product/service informationIn recent years, ABIS has invested heavily in mainframe-related expertise: in z/OS, DB2 and IMS, and application development.
Courses and consulting services can be grouped into three main categories:• z/OS Host Based Technology, with particular
emphasis on z/OS Enterprise Server as an application development platform. The main focus is on z/OS and DB2, as well as the application development process on this platform. More specific courses and services are offered on z/OS, DB2, IMS/DB, TSO, CICS, IMS/DC, traditional application development, COBOL and WSED4Z.
• Database consolidation: training in the use and integration of different databases. ABIS provides training and expertise on DB2, DB2 UDB, IMS/DB, Oracle and SQLServer.
• Re-use and integration. The focus here is on object-oriented analysis and design. Key to our approach is the development of reusable components for applications and web servers. Courses are offered on WebSphere MQ, WebSphere Application Server, XML, OO application development, Java, Eclipse, RAD, ...
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Pricing options: Monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, other
Company profile We are an established software company based in Cham, Switzerland, specialising in mainframe z/OS solutions in the areas of security, availability, auditability, risk management, continuity of business, system governance and change management. These unique offerings are designed for both MVS and USS (Unix System Services).
Our company supports the whole of Europe and our personnel speak both fluent English and German.Our business objectives are to help customers improve their system’s availability, to optimize their control of system changes and to provide accurate auditing.
insurance, and manufacturing companies. eventACTION is the ideal solution for those corporations where security, controls, auditing, and availability are the top priority. eventACTION and ussACTION are essential for organizations wishing to enforce Sarbanes Oxley and COBIT requirements on z/OS systems.
Advanced Software Products Group Inc (ASPG)
Address: 3185 Horseshoe Drive South Naples, FL 34104, USA.Phone: 239 649 1548 or (800) 662-6090Email: [email protected]: www.aspg.com.
Company profileHeadquartered in Naples, Florida since 1986, Advanced Software Products Group, Inc. has provided the IT community with cutting edge software solutions, support and services. With a worldwide network of support, including active roles as an IBM Partner In Development and Microsoft Certified Partner, ASPG remains a leader in the optimization of data center performance. ASPG offers innovative software solutions for Data Security, Storage Administration, Capacity Planning, System Productivity and CICS Productivity. Data centers worldwide have made ASPG software solutions their products of choice to increase productivity, protect data, and solve critical issues in their IT environments.
Let us help you manage your systems more efficiently
eventACTION and ussACTION
are event tracking products for z/OS that reduce system problems, speed up resolution of remaining problems, prevent unauthorised and undocumented changes, provide flexible real-time non-bypassable Change Management, reduce risks, enforce asset management, improve security, provide an accurate and complete audit trail, plus a host of additional functions and improvements. For Europe Action Software GmbHAlte Steinhauserstr. 1, CH-6330 Cham, SwitzerlandTel: +41 41 748 6266E-mail: Marketing(at)actionsoftware.ch
For North America Action Software Intl.Valleywood Drive, Suite 107, Markham, Ontario, Canada, L3R 6G1Tel: +1 905 470 7113E-mail: Marketing(at)actionsoftware.com
z/OS - Don't reinvent the wheel, just realign it. Anthony J. D'Angelo
Address:11770 Haynes Bridge Road, Suite 205, PMB 526, Alpharetta, GA 30004 USAPhone: +1 770 407 2269Email: [email protected]: http://www.ajilonlearning.com
Sales contacts:EMEA +44 1625 441120
Activity: EducationSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing;Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: Windows, i5, LinuxPricing options: Monthly/annual license,
Company profileAjilon Learning is the recognized leader in the provision of e-learning courseware for the IBM mainframe market. Since 1994, across a client base of over 60% of the Fortune 500, we have proven our expertise at developing and delivering mainframe training solutions that increase employee productivity, reduce costs, and eliminate errors.
Product/service informationDatatrain mainframe e-learning is a complete, broad spectrum, out-of-the-box mainframe education solution. Either web-delivered or via your own LMS, mainframe IT departments will have a comprehensive, year-long mainframe education solution encompassing 150+ e-learning titles, customized learning path development and certification testing.
Alebra Technologies Inc
Address:550 Main Street, Suite 250, New Brighton, MN 55112 USAPhone: +1 651 366 6140 Email: [email protected]: http://www.alebra.com.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; storage management; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OSNon-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, other Unix. Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge
Company profile Alebra Technologies develops and markets proprietary enterprise integration software to businesses worldwide. Alebra’s software portfolio includes data sharing and communications solutions that integrate mainframe and open system environments. Alebra’s solutions are marketed to mid-market and enterprise customers worldwide through direct, partner, and OEM arrangements. Alebra has over 200 Global 2000 accounts for its products and services. Its products are installed worldwide.
Product/service informationAlebra offers enterprise software that provides host connectivity and cross-platform data moving. Alebra’s products are classified into the following families:• Parallel Data Mover (PDM) is a cross platform
application that allows users to reliably transfer large volumes of data using parallel data movement. Connectivity options include a new world-first FICON-FCP Gateway appliance as well as GbE.
• The Brixton PU2.1 SNA Server is the networking software equivalent to the SunLink SNA 3270 Gateway, enabling communications between your TCP/IP networked clients and IBM mainframe and mid-range systems using SNA and other protocols.
• EXPRESS is the industry’s foremost host connectivity software on an open platform. It brings together all advanced SNA capabilities into one highly integrated software package, unparalleled in the industry.
Company profileProviding solutions for data transfer and data security inthe z/OS environment is our mission. The integrity andsecurity of the data is critical whether data is stored onthe network, during the file transfer process, or off-site.We provide solutions which include user-friendly tools forfile transfer and data encryption using AES 128 encryption, DES, Triple DESand DESX.
Product/service informationSSR Client/Server – superset replacement for IBM’s IND$FILE. Unlike IND$FILE, SSR is fully supported, improves file transfer performance up to 50% or more, and is available for TSO and VTAM, CICS MVS Services, and CICS.
Data Encryption Facility – Applied Software’s mainframe encryption application that supports AES 128 encryption, DES, Triple DES (3DES) and DESX encryption and provides for management of encryption keys. DEF supports IBM and plug-compatible CPUs with the z/OS operating systems. CICS currently supported.
VTAM Multi-User Platform (VTAM MUP) supports SSR and FSE+. VTAM MUP provides program services for multiple users per address space and multiple address spaces in a native MVS VTAM environment. Automatic SAF calls provide security processing at the same level as TSO. Provides TSO-like environment without TSO’s high overhead.
FSE+ – a high performance editor, data set manager, and job output previewer. Supports sequential files, PDS, and PDS/E members with LRECLs up to 32760 all while using up to 50% less overhead than ISPF/PDF. Operates under TSO and VTAM MUP.
TSO Superset Utilities – group of nine TSO commands providing functions unavailable in the standard TSO environment. Commands include COMPARE, COPY,
FORMAT, FSHELP, LIST, LISTJES, MERGE, PRINTDS and TSOSORT. Commands written in re-entrant Assembler Language.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security, programming/testing; Web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/management.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, Linux, windows, other.Pricing options: Monthly/annual license, other
Company profileFor nearly 25 years, ASG’s enterprise software solutions have helped organizations manage IT complexity, from the desktop to the server and every application in between; improving the quality of business services and increasing end-user satisfaction. ASG provides software solutions to over 85% of the world’s largest companies, and is an established IT Service Management provider with a strong heritage in Metadata, Applications, Infrastructure, Information, Operations and Performance Management technologies, as well as Service Support.
Founded in 1986, ASG is a privately held company based in Naples, Florida, USA, with more than 70 offices around the globe. Offering unsurpassed business value with risk-free conversions, lower total cost of ownership, and the most flexible licensing programs in the industry, ASG delivers market-driven, innovative solutions that have been devloped based on the real needs of business and IT management. Some of ASG’s well-known brands include Mobius, TMON, Rochade, becubic, Cypress, Landmark, and Safari.
ASG helps companies optimise IT service delivery by providing a practical strategy and proven software solutions that ensure complete availability and high performance of critical business applications. Our technology consolidates information and key metrics from any existing IT management tool, enabling organisations to easily identify and take action on potential service disruptions before they affect business. ASG is committed to our clients’ success, working to fuse IT with business functions, strategies, and goals.
Product/ service informationASG’s Application Management Products enhance customers’ understanding of business applications, improve maintenance processes, and enable application extension, transformation, and enhancement. Using ASG tools helps businesses to integrate new application architectures, improve application quality and performance, and enhance the management of business-critical applications.
ASG Operations Management solutions make the most
challenging environments easier to manage. Whether balancing workloads, performing capacity planning, scheduling resources, managing tape and other media, distributing reports, managing JCL, or other complex operational needs, ASG Operations Management solutions simplify the day-to-day and longer-rangeoperational tasks for mainframe data centers and distributed environments.
ASG Performance Management helps to maximize users’ investment in IT systems and solve real systems management problems. Optimizing systems and application performance and availability results in increased user satisfaction and productivity. ASG offers complete, integrated solutions to ensure that operating systems, applications, databases, middleware, and servers operate as efficiently and effectively as possible through continuous monitoring and problem identification and resolution.
Activity: Systems integrator/VAR.Specialist areas: Data management and other areasMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, distributed Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: One-time charge.
Company ProfileATERAS has supported global enterprises for 25 years offering value-driven legacy modernization solutions that enable companies to leverage their IT assets for increased business value and improved competitive advantage. Global enterprises benefit from a comprehensive suite of automated tools and services, from IT global assessments, impact analysis, COBOL workbenches, automated documentation to automated database and application migrations.
Product/service informationATERAS designed and developed an unique patent-pending automation technology called DB-Shuttle, which allows modernization with 100% conversion automation, functional equivalency, and equal or better performance at execution. ATERAS teams use DB-Shuttle to convert legacy databases (ADABAS, VSAM, IDMS, IMS) to
relational technologies (such as IBM’s DB2) and legacy applications (ADS/Online to Java or COBOL) to newer more open languages. The technology is proven and have several clients who have successfully migrated to DB2 such as Progressive Insurance, University of Miami, Edward Jones, State of NJ Office of Administrative Courts.
Activity: Outsourcer.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/management; otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based, other.
Company ProfileAtos is an international information technology services company with annual 2011 pro forma revenue of EUR 8.5 billion and 74,000 employees in 48 countries. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, it works with clients across the following market sectors: Manufacturing, Retail, Services; Public, Health & Transports; Financial Services; Telecoms, Media & Technology; Energy & Utilities.
Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. It is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting & Technology Services, Atos Worldline and Atos Worldgrid. For more information, visit: www.atos.net.
Product/service informationAtos is a leading supplier of innovative and flexible IBM Mainframe Services at market competitive prices. The service portfolio includes the whole spectrum of mainframe services “as a cloud offering” scaling from “support at the customer’s site” (Secondment) via “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS) to “Platform as a Service” (PaaS) and up to fully exploiting the capabilities of mainframes: the offering “Mainframe as a Service (MaaS)”.
Our infrastructure portfolio is centered around twin mainframe data centers with state-off-the-art fully resilient processing, disk and tape technology and network connections, offering the building blocks for flexible and agile service offerings.
Our application portfolio spans the full application life cycle management including application modernization, transformation and new development (e.g. based on Java / XML).
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Data management; storage management; security; web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: One-time charge.
Company profileAttachmate, owned by an investment group led by Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital, and Thoma Cressey Equity Partners, enables IT organizations to extend mission-critical services and assure they are managed, secure and compliant. Attachmate’s leading solutions include host connectivity, systems and security management, and PC lifecycle management. Our goal is to empower IT organizations to deliver trusted applications, manage service levels, and ensure compliance by
leveraging knowledge, automation and secured connectivity.
Product/service informationAttachmate’s Reflection, EXTRA!, and INFOConnect terminal emulation solutions provide reliable connections from any Windows desktop or web browser to applications on IBM Mainframe, IBM AS/400, UNIX, Linux, HP, OpenVMS, Unisys, and Tandem systems. Advanced features are designed to strengthen host security, improve user productivity, and support existing and emerging technologies (including Windows Vista).
Attachmate also offers legacy integration for IBM mainframe platforms with Verastream. The Verastream integration suite provides a complete range of mainframe, web, and desktop modernization tools that speed the reuse of legacy applications in service-oriented architectures.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas; Web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VMVSE, Linux, Non-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows, other.Pricing options: One-time charge
Company profileAttunity is a leading provider of enterprise data integration software. Using Attunity’s products, companies can seamlessly connect to mainframe data sources, stream data changes across the enterprise, and federate heterogeneous information to achieve a single view of their business. Attunity Mainframe Integration Products enable companies to accelerate the integration initiatives that require interaction with mainframe systems, while dramatically reducing the cost of building and maintaining such solutions.
Product/service informationAttunity provides remote access, open interfaces, secure and highly reliable integration to all the major mainframe information systems including CICS, IMS/TM, IMS-DB, VSAM, DB2, Adabas and Natural:• Attunity Connect allows seamless access to relational
and non-relational legacy data for business intelligence
and enterprise portals, and helps users to build .NET and J2EE applications that interoperate with legacy systems and accelerate EAI initiatives with certified adapters.
• Attunity Stream, allows users to move mainframe and enterprise operational data in real-time to data warehouses and data marts, dramatically improving the efficiency of ETL processes, synchronizing data sources, and enabling event-driven business activity monitoring and processing.
• Attunity Federate allows heterogeneous data sources to be joined, to make them available as a virtual data layer. The product employs distributed query optimization and processing engines that reside natively on enterprise data servers. Federate provides superior performance, security, and transaction management, and leverages Attunity Connect adapters to access any data source in the enterprise.
Axios Products Inc
Address:353 Veterans Highway, Suite 204, Commack, NY 11725, USA.Phone: 800-877-0990.Email: [email protected]: www.axios.com
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; data managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Pricing options: Processor/capacity-based
Company profileAxios Products develops, distributes, and supports mainframe performance enhancement and management software for z/OS, OS/390, and MVS environments. For over 30 years, we have dedicated ourselves to providing customers with useful, reliable, and cost-effective software along with responsive technical support. Our strong customer commitment to providing quality software products and service is the driving force behind the continuing growth of our mainframe customer base.
Product/service informationRefWiz is a powerful analysis and documentation tool that provides, in one place, comprehensive data about application element interrelationships for mainframe batch and CICS applications, including whether or not the element is being used. This information is available for immediate access in a variety of standard or customized forms to suit your specific needs. RefWiz is used for conversions, upgrades, audits, migrations, daily maintenance, documentation, mergers, operations management (including failure analysis), disaster recovery, change scope analysis, and much more.
ROPES (Remote Online Print Executive System) is a comprehensive CICS print spooling and transmission software for IBM mainframe-based systems. ROPES provides complete facilities for generating, retrieving, browsing, distributing and printing reports from online transactions, batch jobs, or the operating system spool. Its versatile set of capabilities allows you to place report data on the ROPES queue concurrent with online printing operations. A comprehensive command structure allows any authorized terminal operator to effectively control ROPES, eliminating the need for dedicated control terminals.
The SPI-TAB+ table management system provides one simple product that will manage your tables using the same standards for all applications, eliminating the need to write programs for this process. SPI-TAB+ lets you quickly and easily update, customize and maintain your tables, and get your new applications on line faster, with less effort. Plus, the same tool can be used on line or in batch. In addition, the new SPI-TAB+ web interface component allows you to list and update SPI-TAB+ tables via a web browser, eliminating the need for traditional mainframe access and ultimately expanding your user base by providing access for less technical end users who may not have CICS knowledge.
Activity: ConsultantSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: System i, AIX, other Unix, Linux
Company profileB & M enables business-critical IT systems for large, complex enterprises by delivering a tailored blend of technical expertise, project management and efficient administration. The company has delivered technical support and consultancy services since 1992, working exclusively on systems software and network connectivity for z/OS, UNIX and Linux enterprise platforms. B & M is completely vendor-independent and provides services to Europe’s major organisations.
Product/service informationB & M offers a portfolio of technical services to meet customers’ needs:
B & M ProTech delivers technical projects, fully managed by B & M or managed by the customer
B & M Assure services provide contingency cover for planned or unplanned shortages in key resources
B & M ProSupport second and third tier technical support services can be delivered either on-site or remotely
B & M TechConsult offers consultancy for short-term, bespoke projects
B & M ProLegacy is an enduring legacy support service that ensures that systems software supports vital but stabilised application systems
B & M SkillSource delivers contract support services, notably for technical systems software on large enterprise systems
B & M Permanent offers a specialist search and placement service to fill permanent technical roles.
Activity: ConsultantSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, other
Company profileFounded in 1982, Baer Consulting Inc. (BCI) provides mainframe systems software administration and management. BCI’s primary business is to assist our national client base with selection, implementation, and administration of IBM compatible operating environments. Our clients range from small/medium businesses to Fortune 500 corporations.
BCI’s project-based solutions include z/OS rollout projects, data center implementations, migrations, upgrades, business recovery, maintenance to third-party operating systems and software, or server consolidations. BCI project management, planning, and status reporting procedures ensure all services are completed on schedule and within budget throughout the project lifecycle.
Our services range from short-term, peak-load project support to complete facilities management. Baer Consulting offers individualized Mainframe Support Services from T&M to 24x7 Support.
BCI consistently delivers high quality solutions to our clients, while dramatically increasing the effectiveness of their information systems management teams, project management for Enterprise strategies, and Enterprise systems support.
Product/service informationBCI draws on years of experience and training to provide responsive and quality answers in core areas such as:
Operating Systems IBM z/OS, IBM S/390, IBM VM/ESA, IBM VSE/ESA, z/VM, Linux, etc.
SubsystemsIBM Transaction Server (CICS), IBM DB2/UDB, IBM Security Server, IBM MQSeries, IBM Tivoli Storage Management, WebSphere, and ISV Installation/Upgrade/Conversion, etc.
NetworkTCP/IP, OSA Configuration, TN3270, NCP, SNA Configuration, and Host-On-Demand, etc.
Storage ManagementVTS/ATL, SAN, DASD, etc.
For longer-term solutions, BCI also provides a wide range of expert services such as:
Storage Management Assessment through Implementation Facilities/Outsource ManagementData Center Relocation/ConsolidationProject ManagementCapacity/Performance Planning Business Recovery Security.
Specialist areas: System management; storage management; job scheduling; document management; security; web integration and re-engineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, Linux.Non-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, other Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: one-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based.
Company profile Beta Systems develops high quality software products and services for secure and efficient processing of large quantities of data. Beta software products and solutions support users in the automation, safeguarding and traceability of their business processes within the three core areas of user management, document management and information management in data processing centres.
Beta Systems’ 1,300 customers worldwide include seven of the ten largest European insurance groups and 50% of the largest European banks.
Since 1997, Beta has been listed on the Stock Exchange and currently employs around 700 staff, mainly in competence centres in Berlin (Business Headquarters), Cologne, Augsburg and Calgary. In addition, the company is internationally active through 18 subsidiaries and numerous partner organizations.
Product/service informationThe Beta portfolio encompasses software products and solutions in three core fields: identity management, document management and information management in data processing centres.
ECM – Document ManagementEnterprise Content Management (ECM) offers industry-specific products for processing, preparing, distributing and archiving documents and data. FrontCollect covers every station in document processing from scanning, capturing and archiving to case processing, and allows businesses to capture their entire inbox and transfer it to downstream applications such as ERP or postbox systems. The VIDiDOC-Suite connects output management with solution-oriented document post-processing, handling the distribution, display and processing of documents generated in business applications.
IDM – User ManagementBeta Systems’ Identity Management (IDM) and security administration solutions provide optimal data security through constant monitoring and implementation of security standards. SAM Jupiter offers policy-based management of IT users and their rights across entire businesses and platforms, with single sign-on and user provisioning.
DCI – Information management in data centresThe Data Centre Infrastructure (DCI) business area offers
solutions for secure and efficient information management. This includes the control, monitoring, processing and documentation of complex, IT -supported business processes. Beta offers cross-industry products for storage, scheduling and auditing, with comprehensive tools for backup, recovery and data transfer.
Activity: ConsultantSpecialist areas: Asset and change managementMainframe Platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, Linux
Company ProfileBig Iron Associates provides software asset management consulting services primarily for mainframe clients who are trying to better manage their software costs and licenses. John Anderson has over 30 years experience in the industry. He has been a regular presenter in the SAM track at the annual Guide/Share UK conference.
supplying and implementing software to all the major sites. Contact us for more information on how we can help your business grow. Also, if you are a software developer who wants products distributing in the UK and Ireland, please don’t hesitate to call us.
We have more than 100 licences with customers including:• Banks: Barclays, Chase Manhattan & AIB Bank (Allied
Irish Bank)• Financial Institutions: Allied Dunbar, International
Factors, and CIS• Utilities: Thames Water• Building: Blue Circle• Telecoms: British Telecom & Telecom Eireann• Manufacturers: Nissan & Sony.
Product/service informationOut tools help users with improving the capacity and performance of z/OS, UNIX, DB2, etc. And a wide range of products to help operations departments (JCL checks, add-ons to TWS, dataset renaming and much more).
market in the UK mainframe community. Today almost all active UK ADABAS sites use our software services.
We are also World-Wide distributors for “PEEK” our ADABAS File Browser/Editor from ByteZone, Australia for which we boast customers across Europe, The Americas and elsewhere.
In addition, we are the UK Agent for Advanced Software Products Group, Inc. who have provided the z/OS & OS/390 Mainframe community with cutting edge Enterprise Cryptography and Security Management software solutions, support and services since 1986.
Product/service informationADABAS/Natural Database Utilities:ADAMAGIC - ADABAS C Files to UNIX ConversionADAREORG - ADABAS File Restructuring with minimum risk and computer resource usageADASTRIP - ADABAS File Data Extraction UtilityDBAUDIT - ADABAS Database Logical Integrity VerificationPEEK - ADABAS File Browser & Editor in use at over 60 sites world-wideNIM - Purpose built TP Monitor for the Natural and ADABAS environments as an alternative to CICS
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing; network performance/managementMainframe Platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, Linux, otherNon- mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, other Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based
Company ProfileBlue Sea Technology is privately held software development, technical support, consulting and training company. Company supports over 30 multiplatform, MVS and VSE mainframe systems products, which are used by data centers of all sizes and configurations worldwide. With our security solutions, large companies can manage their security infrastructure. We are proudly distributing software solutions from our Partners. Software Sales, Licensing, and Technical Support are our priority. Our loyalty and 100% dedication to our Customers and Partners are well known .
The philosophy of Blue Sea Technology is based on the following: the simple ideology that Information Technology must be developed and delivered for the end user. This must serve both the company concerned and its staff. The goals of this specialist company are to bring to the users, software of the highest quality, coupled closely with its professionally supported technical department and documentation.
As would be expected this dependable consultancy unit is well placed to assist its customer base, to attain maximum ease of use of its preferred software packages.
Our company has gained invaluable close support contact with its customer base. It can assist in your technical and IT based needs. This will enable its customers to make clear and concise decisions based on the highly sort after software it supplies.
Product/service informationOur mainframe solutions for the areas of Performance Monitoring Software, CICS Utilities, Report & Backup, Session & Print Management, File Transfer & Compression, Multiplatform Scheduling, and Remote Print Management are known for the highest quality software, documentation and technical support in the business.
Our customers can rely on the quality software from our partner, like Software Diversified Services (SDS), a leading provider of enterprise software. We are proud to present this high quality Software like VIP - VitalSigns for
IP the complete monitoring, alerting, diagnosis, and repair for IP Networks on z/OS, or VitalSigns for FTP, Snap-in security and encryption for FTP file transfer jobs on z/OS. With Vanguard Security Solutions large companies can manage their security infrastructure. The software products are designed to meet today’s unprecedented security challenges. The products bring together formerly separate functions of security administration, access and authentication, reporting and analysis, and policy compliance.
Our professionals assist our clients through consultancy, development, project delivery and training. By out-tasking to our company our clients not only saving time and money, but they get top technologies delivery and still continuing its overall control. By that way of working, we do not replace the customer’s teams and work places, but helping them to be more competitive on the market, to be able to react faster for the real time technological and business development demands.
Activity: Software VendorSpecialist areas: System management; data management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe Platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, LinuxNon- mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, other Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license
Company ProfileBluePhoenix Solutions (NASDAQ: BPHX) is a leading provider of value-driven legacy IT modernization solutions. BluePhoenix offerings include a comprehensive suite of tools and services from global IT asset assessment and impact analysis to automated database and application migration, rehosting, and renewal. Leveraging over 20 years of best practice domain expertise, BluePhoenix works closely with its customers to ascertain which assets should be migrated, redeveloped, or wrapped for reuse as services or business processes, to protect and increase
the value of their business applications and legacy systems with minimized risk and downtime.
BluePhoenix provides modernization solutions to companies from diverse industries and vertical markets such as automotive, banking and financial services, insurance, manufacturing, and retail. Among its prestigious customers are: Aflac, DaimlerChrysler, Danish Commerce and Companies Agency, Europe Assistance, Lawson Products, Los Angeles County, Employees Retirement Association, Merrill Lynch, SDC, Udvikling, and TEMENOS. BluePhoenix has 15 offices inthe USA, UK, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Cyprus, South Korea, Australia, and Israel.
Product/service informationBluePhoenix provides a wide range of legacy modernization services:
Language Migration to C#, Java, COBOL, and Visual RPGTo migrate legacy language applications, our language migration solution cleanly compiles programs, including source code, copybooks, and comments documenting program modifications. Our highly efficiency tools migrate a range of languages, generating easy-to-read code withno residual runtimes. The resultant code is typically cleaner, more reliable than hand-generated code, and contains fewer errors.
Database Migration to DB2, SQL Server, or OracleReasons for database migrations include shrinking support frameworks, multiple database systems,connectivity, growing maintenance fees, and scarcity of trained personnel.Migrating from a non-relational database to an industry standard relational database increases business agilityand ROI.
Platform Migration and RehostingMigrating or rehosting systems on new hardware and operating system environments such as Linux, Unix, J2EE, and .NET reduces the ongoing costs of existing applications and increases the pool of available development and support professionals.
Enterprise IT RemediationAutomated solutions that enable companies to extend the life of their existing IT systems by rapidly adapting to new regulatory changes and business requirements. These tools include data field adjustment, IT standardization, and system consolidation. Products include FieldEnabler, StandardsEnabler, COBOL/LE-Enabler, EuroEnabler, and more.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/management.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: Monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based, other.
Company profile BUSINESS RUNS ON I.T. I.T. RUNS ON BMC SOFTWARE.
Business thrives when IT runs smarter,faster and stronger. That’s why the most demanding IT organizations in the world rely on BMC Software across distributed,mainframe, virtual and cloud environments. Recognized as the leader in Business Service Management, BMC offers a comprehensive approach and unified platform that helps IT organizations cut cost, reduce risk and drive business profit. For the four fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2011, BMC revenue was approximately $2.1 billion. Visit www.bmc.com for more information.
Product/service informationBMC Software offers a broad set of mainframe solutions designed to solve systems, data, and application management issues. Regardless of the environment, customers rely on our expertise and solutions to manage their IT infrastructure. Through Business Service Management (BSM), we are enabling customers to align IT systems and services with their business objectives. We provide comprehensive mainframe solutions in these key areas: systems monitoring, management, and automation; enterprise data management; dynamic batch scheduling management; middleware management, application performance; storage resource management; and performance and capacity planning.
Company profile BOB Tech Solutions is a Bangalore-based software development company with staff augmentation vertical. We are working partners with above 60 clients in INDIA. We have about 200+ professionals working with us. 100+ consultants in mainframes with different clients like MBT, Patni, SPI, etc.
Product/service informationWe are into consulting services. We have around 100+ consultants in Mainframe with skills like COBOL, JCL, DB2, CICS, IDMS, IMSDB/DC, CSL with different kind of tools like Endeavor, Xpeditor, panvalet, changeman, etc.
Bsecure – The Mainframe & Security Company
Address:c/ Isaac Newton, 1, office 42, Parque Tecnológico de Madrid, 28760 Tres Cantos, Madrid, Spain.Phone: +34 902 104 934.Email: [email protected]: http://www.go2bsecure.com.
Activity: ConsultantSpecialist areas: System management; data management; security; network performance/managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390.Non-mainframe platforms supported: Linux; WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based
Company profileBsecure - The Mainframe & Security Company is a Spanish company that works in Spain and South America.
We provide mainframe services and software distribution to the Spanish and Latin-America marketplace.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing; network performance/management.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/Linux.Non-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, Unix, Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: Monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based, other
Company profileCA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) provides IT management solutions that help customers manage and secure complex IT environments to support agile business services. Organizations leverage CA Technologies software and SaaS solutions to accelerate innovation, transform infrastructure and secure data and identities, from the data center to the cloud.
Solutions from CA Technologies are the critical foundation for helping customers gain deep insight into and exceptional control over their complex, mixed IT environments. Our solutions enable customers to support changing business models at the right time, the right place, and from the best sources, and flexibly deliver IT services in the manner that best serves business needs.
Our solutions and services are the foundational elements for the deep insight and exceptional control necessary to make the promise of flexible IT and agile business a reality.
Product/service informationBusinesses are constantly challenged to find new ways to lower costs, sustain critical skills, and increase agility. Mainframe 2.0 from CA Technology is a revolutionary mainframe management strategy that can increase platform value and performance, and dramatically simplify mainframe management.
Mainframe 2.0 is designed to provide practical innovation to ensure that mainframe can always be an effective and integral part of your evolving IT infrastructure. It includes practical innovations including mainframe automation to help you increase the value, performance, and agility of your mainframe platform.
By dramatically simplifying mainframe management, increasing productivity and effectiveness, and lowering IT costs, you can ultimately deliver more agility with less.
Canam Software Labs, Inc
Address:5770 Hurontario Street Suite 310, Mississauga, ONLR 3G5 CanadaPhone: +1 905 712 3840Email: [email protected]: www.canamsoftware.com
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe Platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/Linux, OtherNon-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, other Unix, LinuxPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based
Company profileCanam Software Labs, Inc. is a Canadian global supplier of automated software development and integration solutions in the areas of XML, SOAP, JSON proicessing with COBOL or C. With customers in over 50 countries
the company has a history of understanding and satisfying technology needs and gaps for the Global 2000 community. With extreme customer focus, aggressive execution and a dynamic work force Canam has enjoyed long term successful relationships with its customers in the areas of banking and finance, transportation, retail, defense, telecommunications and other fields.
Product/service informationCanam Software Labs, Inc. (Canam) is the developer and manufacturer of XML Thunder, an automated XML, SOAP and JSON software integration solution for COBOL and C language applications.
Address:10231 Slater Avenue, Suite 117 Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA.Phone: +1 800 378 1109.Email: [email protected]: www.casisoft.com
Company profileCASI Software is a provider of software solutions to transform and deliver z/OS print content.
Product/service informationCASI Software has three main product lines:
JES2Mail/JES2FTP – transforms z/OS report content into PDF, HTML, RTF, .CSV, and XML, files and securely delivers results to users via email, FTP, and RSS web feeds. JES2Mail/JES2FTP’s report content processing and PDF overlay capabilities enable creation of advanced, final-form PDF output to replace printing and other information delivery methods.
CICS2PDF/zOS2PDF – transforms real-time CICS information into PDFs and delivers that information to users via email or directly to users via web-enabled CICS application.
Mail2ZOS / FTPSweeper – is mainframe software that receives email contents and attachments or retrieves files from designated servers or FTP sites; decodes, processes and stores these emails, attachments and files into MVS datasets; dynamically composes job streams for execution;
and sends e-mail or text message notifications regarding mainframe processing status.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Data managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Pricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, other
Company profileCDB Software is an innovative leader in data management solutions for DB2 z/OS. CDB focuses its business on DB2 for z/OS to provide unique and innovative solutions that enable companies to expand their DB2 system to meet business needs while controlling the overall cost of the mainframe. Founded in 1985, CDB is a privately held corporation based in Houston, Texas with offices worldwide.
For more information visit: www.cdbsoftware.com.
Product/service informationCDB Software streamlines data management processes so that enterprises can discover more performance and availability from their z/Series DB2 environments to meet the changing demands of business. Including solutions for all facets of DB2 data management, the CDB Intelligent Data Management (IDM) Suite features flexible, intelligent automation and advanced processing techniques to reduce overall management costs while improving DB2 reliability, efficiency and staff productivity. So, no matter how much data you manage, you remain flexible and in control.
CDB provides the solutions to improving your business’s data management process through:• Built-in intelligent decision making for data
management automation to streamline tedious processes so that you can focus on those tasks that are more complex.
• Intelligent processing techniques have been specifically designed to uncover new levels of performance and availability from your DB2 enterprise.
• Flexible new products provide the flexibility you want to meet the specific requirements of your business.
CDB’s Intelligent Data Management Solutions deliver
dramatic benefits for every DB2 z/OS data management need: • Database utilities • Data backup and recovery • Data replication • Data propagation • Partition management • Compliance and auditing • Data conversion to DB2 • Database statistics • Storage reporting.
Activity: ConsultantSpecialist areas: Data management; asset and change management; programming/testingMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE
Company profileCobbs Mill Consulting specializes in support for Phoenix Software’s Key/101 data entry software (formerly Key/Master from Mercator and TSI). We provide training courses, implementation and conversion services for Key/101. We have extensive experience with the Aperture range of data center documentation tools. Our COBOL dump debugging courses are popular with programmers as they teach a lot of shortcuts in solving COBOL dumps. We also work closely with Fantom Systems, CSI and DPI Software to help develop their software in Assembler.
Cole Software LLCAddress:736 Fox Hollow Road, Afton, VA 22920, USAPhone: +1 540 456 8210Email: [email protected]: www.colesoft.com.
Company profileCole Software is dedicated to the continued development of powerful software for sophisticated mainframe programmers. Many of the industry’s foremost programmers use Cole Software’s core product, z/XDC, the indispensable debugging tool for Assembler programs. Cole Software is an Advanced Business Partner in the IBM PartnerWorld program.
Product/service informationCole Software announced the availability of a beta test program for z/XDC release z1.10 in August 2008. This latest beta version of z/XDC includes support for IBM System z10 processor machine instructions and “A La Carte” configuration options. A major enhancement available with z/XDC z1.10 is the support for displaying and debugging IBM C/C++ programs with the new c/XDC Feature. This feature is seamlessly integrated into the existing z/XDC technology.
Compu ManagementAddress:3010 Grand Concourse, New York, NY 10458, USAPhone: +1 718-733-1861Email: [email protected].
Activity: Consultant.Specialist areas: Programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE.
Company profileWe provide full life-cycle support to legacy IS systems. To accomplish this objective, we will upgrade, renovate, or re-engineer your current IS system to better integrate to your current Enteprise Architecture across multiple-platforms. We will can also provide you with a migration plan to renovate your current Architecture to new Enterprise Architecture.
Activity : Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; programming/testing; otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/LInux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: System i, AIX, Unix, Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: Monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, other
Company profileSince its inception in 1970, Compute (Bridgend) Ltd has become respected internationally for its commitment to the production of system software, mainly for IBM Mainframe Computers.
CBL’s objective is to continue to produce software for the user which is easy to use yet provides fast and powerful data handling.
Product/service informationThe SELCOPY Product Suite includes the powerful SELCOPY batch utility language in which new applications can be developed more easily than using compiled languages such as Cobol but executing at comparable speeds.
Complementing the SELCOPY batch utility programming tool is SELCOPYi which offers a modern windows style interface providing multiple edit sessions supporting both ISPF and Xedit features.
SELCOPYi takes advantage of large 3270 screen sizes and provides an integrated structured data editor supporting displays of multiple record types, COBOL and PL/1 copybook record mapping and sophisticated VSAM support. There is also an FSU (file, search and update) feature which makes it easy for a developer to identify global changes that would occur before actioning them.
SELCOPYi allows for DB/2 table editing using multiple views. SQL-style SELECT/WHERE commands are supported also.
To aid debugging of the batch SELCOPY, it can be run interactively under SELCOPYi where breakpoints can be applied to the SELCOPY control statements and changes in the values of defined fields can be seen.
Also available is the CBLVCAT tool which allows the user to generate reports of VTOC/Catalog contents and IDCAMS tuning recommendations for VSAM data sets.
Activity : Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Pricing options: Monthly/annual license.
Company profileCMS was incorporated in 1986, and initially provided consulting services in the IBM mainframe environment. In 1991, CMS delivered its CPExpert software product. Since 1991, CPExpert has been installed in over 200 sites worldwide.
Product/service informationCMS offers CPExpert to help analyze performance problems with z/OS environments. CPExpert automates computer performance evaluation by detecting system performance problems, identifying the causes of the problems, and suggesting ways to improve performance. Different components of CPExpert analyze performance problems with WebSphere MQ, DB2, PR/SM, Workload Manager, CICS, and DASD. CPExpert is written in SAS and is composed of hundreds of expert system rules, analysis modules, and queuing models. CPExpert executes as a batch job, and analyzes standard SMF/RMF data contained in either MXG, SAS/ITSV, or MICS performance database. CPExpert’s low fee is affordable for all sites!
Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows, other
Company profileThe Computer Measurement Group, commonly called CMG, is a not for profit, worldwide organization of data processing professionals committed to the measurement and management of computer systems.
Product/service informationCMG in the USA hosts an annual conference the first week of December every year. This conference provides approximately 120 educational sessions covering all aspects of computer measurement, performance and capacity planning. All computing platforms are included. CMG also supports many regional groups which meet throughout the year, providing an opportunity for the computer performance professional to gain knowledge and share experiences. Information on the international network of CMG groups can be found on the CMG website.
Address:Compuware Corporation, One Campus Martius, Detroit, MI 48226, USAPhone: +1 313 227 7300.Web: www.compuware.com
Activity : Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data management; asset and change management; programming/testing;web integration and legacy reengineering tools: network performance/managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Non-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, other Unix, WindowsPricing options: Processor/capacity-based.
Company profileCompuware provides software and IT services that help to maximize the value of your technology investments. We can help you to: • govern your IT operations and infrastructure as a whole • increase efficiency, cost control and employee
• improve time-to-market and software quality in application development and delivery
• maximize availability and performance of critical business systems.
Founded in 1973, Compuware serves the world’s leading IT organizations, including more than 90 per cent of the Fortune 100 companies.
Compuware products focus on business-critical applications throughout their life-cycle. We offer you the most complete set of solutions in the industry today, including IT governance and management, application, development, quality assurance, service management and support. With our solutions, you can:• manage and align the entire IT portfolio, including
projects, applications and infrastructure • build applications that capture competitive advantage • deliver enterprise-wide application quality • provide comprehensive insight to deliver superior
application service • meet the growing demand for improved IT cost control
and client satisfaction.
Product/service informationThe enterprise product line includes Xpediter, QACenter, Abend-AID, Strobe and File-AID.
Develop quality code with Xpediter: analyze the execution, logic and data flow of business functions; manage risk by determining what percentage of an application was exercised and how often; identify and resolve logic and data problems quickly.
Verify application quality with QACenter: build tests that represent all conditions of a program or application by capturing actual transactions; execute repeatable tests in a simulated production environment; capture and replicate TCP/IP, LU6.2 and WebSphere MQ messages easily.
Determine program abend details with Abend-AID. This product allows viewing of all application errors from a central location, lists code configuration at the exact time an error occurs, and specifies corrective action. It supports WebSphere MQ and CICS web interface.
Measure application performance with Strobe. This measures the activity of S/390 and zSeries online and batch processing applications, and pinpoints the precise lines of code, database calls or system services causing application inefficiencies.
Manage data effectively with File-AID: analyze, edit and view data regardless of where it is stored. The product creates manageable test data, reducing the test cycle and producing more reliable applications.
Company profileConexus provides structured cabling solutions for the raised-floor, data center environment. The company’s core competency is in the design, provisioning, installation, testing and documentation of physical cabling infrastructure for the ESCON, FICON and Fibre Channel architectures. Our services are available to Fortune 1000 corporations throughout North America.
Product/service informationConexus provides fiber-optic trunk cabling, jumper cables, patch panels, distribution cabinetry and conveyance/tray systems for the raised-floor environment. The company provides turnkey cabling solutions to provide physical connectivity for data center moves, consolidations, new data center construction, push-pull project initiatives and technology refresh projects.
Company profileConicIT was founded by Yoram Kariv (the founder of Precise software). The company has a seasoned executive team with years of experience in Enterprise and Systems software. The Chairman of the company is Sam Somech President, CTO and co-founder of Level 8Inventor of MQSeries technology
Product/service informationConicIT is an out of band, Linux-based production solution that constantly analyzes mainframe system and application
performance information provided by existing mainframe monitors. By utilizing proprietary mathematical models and self-learning algorithms, ConicIT provides real-time tracking of critical resource behavioural patterns and predicts abnormal behavior of these resources before it occurs. Based on this information, ConicIT provides meaningful pre-event alerts aimed at reducing re-occurrence of performance-related malfunctions.
Now IT managers and performance administrators have all the information needed to enable detection of the root cause of problems, enabling IT staff to solve the actual cause of the incident and not spend valuable time and resources trying to battle the symptoms.
By quickly getting to the root of the problem after its first occurrence, IT staff can now provide first fault problem resolution.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: Systems management; data management; storage management; security;web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/management.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, VM/VSEPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based.
Company profileCSI International was founded in 1995 to provide TCP/IP connectivity for the VSE environment. From a single employee and a $20,000 capitalization, CSI has grown to a $12 million per year company, employing more than 40 people, and serving more than 2000 VSE sites worldwide. CSI products are sold directly in North America and through distributors and IBM to the rest of the world. In early 2002, CSI acquired B I Moyle Associates in a cash transaction. Contrary to modern acquisition processes, all BIM offices remain open, and all BIM employees have been retained. Three additional senior product developers have been hired and a number of high-profile products are under development. It is the CSI mission to ensure a long
and successful experience for those who select and use the VSE operating environment.
Product/service informationCSI International is the major provider of TCP/IP products for the VSE platform. Additionally CSI provides a wide range of VSE system and security products through our subsidiary company, BI Moyle Associates. We are certain that if you have a VSE communications or systems requirement, we have a solution for you. TCP/IP for VSE provides a complete solution for connecting the mainframe to the Internet.
Company profileCONNX Solutions, Inc is a leading provider of simplified data access, management, and integration software solutions. CONNX Solutions’ products allow companies to:• Access mainframe data sources (IMS, VSAM, DB2 and
Adabas), using modern reporting and data analysis tools.
• Integrate multiple relational and non-relational data sources in order to create one business view of the data.
• Web enable mainframe data utilizing its choice of development tools for direct user access.
• Develop tactical and strategic applications that have access to all of the data needed by end users, while preserving its options with open architectural standards.
• Move a company’s mainframe changed data to virtually any data warehouse or data mart in a fraction of the time required by full extracts.
CONNX Solutions’ products, CONNX, CONNX DataSync,and InfoNaut Professional, have been implemented byover 3,000 organizations worldwide. Government andbusiness entities use CONNX and CONNX DataSync in awide range of industries, including manufacturing,
education, healthcare, financial services,telecommunications, aerospace, and informationtechnology.
Product/service informationCONNX for IMS, VSAM, DB2 and Adabas CONNX provides real-time, read/write, SQL access to mainframe data source, using open data access standards (ODBC, OLE DB, JDBC and .NET). With CONNX, companies can connect to various enterprise or departmental mainframe databases using any standards-based compliant tool/application. CONNX allows companies to integrate multiple relational and non-relational data sources, no matter where they reside. As a result, a single SQL view of the data is presented as if it exists in a single relational database.
CONNX DataSyncCONNX DataSync is a change data capture tool that captures incremental changes from mainframe source databases (IMS, VSAM, DB2 and Adabas) and delivers them at user-defined intervals to single or multiple database targets. This is done in a fraction of the time required by full extracts. Several functions can be performed with CONNX DataSync: Data extracts, transformation and scheduled or on-demand full reloads and incremental updates. CONNX DataSync can be used to support Business Intelligence or event-driven business process management applications.
or years of history and billions of business transactions stored on low-cost file systems. Unlike other enterprise search solutions that focus on unstructured data such as web pages and word processing documents and return ambiguous results, CopperEye specifically addresses the needs of business transaction data that would otherwise require a costly and complex database solution to provide rapid retrieval of specific records.
CopperEye’s products are appropriate for use across all industries and are intended for customers that have large volumes of data – often held on a mainframe. Systems integrators and consultancies are a central element of CopperEye’s sales and marketing strategy, as are software vendors who embed CopperEye’s technology within their solutions. CopperEye has relationships with industry-leading vendors including IBM and Logica. The product is available through CopperEye’s flagship product – Greenwich – an enterprise search solution; or through the CopperEye Software Developer’s Kit (SDK), intended for use by developers creating high-performance bespoke databases.
Product/service informationCopperEye’s underlying technology innovation is a patented type of data indexing that represents a quantum leap in performance over all other industry-standard indexes. Where traditional approaches to improving database performance have focused on data caching, parallelism and specialist hardware, CopperEye attacks the core of the problem by dramatically improving indexing efficiency. The CopperEye technology is a general-purpose scalar disk-optimized index technology. It eliminates the traditional design compromises between real-time application performance and prolific indexing for fast query performance. It is applicable across virtually all data types. Benefits include:• greater performance: CopperEye’s indexing technology
breaks the disk I/O bottleneck, improving performance a hundred-fold on that basis alone. This means that large volumes of data can be loaded in a fraction of the usual time.
• data center optimization: business event data can be moved off an expensive relational database and into flat files, dramtically reducing hardware requirements while simultaneously enhancing access to the data
• lower cost: data can be handled and accessed more rapidly, optimizing hardware investment.
Activity: Consultant.Specialist areas: System management; data managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Non-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, Unix, Linux
Company profileCPT Global was founded in Melbourne in 1993 by Gerry Tuddenham, who remains the CEO today. The company has been listed on the ASX since 2000. The name ‘CPT Global’ came from the abbreviation of Capacity Planning, Performance Tuning and Testing. The focus of the business remains specialist capacity and performance management services although, in Australia, CPT offers a wide range of additional services related to IT efficiencies. Operations were extended into Europe in 1998, with offices now in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany, as well as further engagements in Ireland, Austria and Switzerland. CPT expanded into the USA in 2003, setting up an office in New York to service Tier One clients such as General Motors and American Express.
CPT has over 120 clients worldwide, including many large and well-known businesses such as ABN AMRO, AIB, Audi, Bank of Ireland, Credit Swiss, Deutsche Bahn, ING, Lloyds TSB, Lufthansa, Prudential, and UBS. CPT draws on a network of over 200 specialist consultants, many of whom are worldleaders in their fields. The depth of experience offered and the range of clients allows CPT to quickly identify performance and capacity problems, and to design and implement practical cost-effective solutions based on best practice.
Product/service informationCPT aims to reduce mainframe processing power requirements by 10 to 30% at most clients. This allows the clients to make substantial savings through deferred
processor upgrades, reduced MIPS usage, reduced software costs and pre-outsourcing CPU reductions.
CPT understands that many clients are unsure whether such savings can be achieved on their sites, and so offers a number of models to suit different companies. These models range from Risk/Reward, where fees are based upon savings achieved, to Fixed Price, which caps the total cost to the client.
In Europe, CPT Global’s assignments are mostly focused on mainframe performance tuning, but CPT also provides expertise in IT management as well as Open Systems and Windows technical services.
Activity: Outsourcer.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, VM/VSE, Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based
Company profileCSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled solutions and services through three primary lines of business. These include Business Solutions and Services, the Managed Services Sector, and the North American Public Sector. CSC’s advanced capabilities include systems design and integration, information technology and business process outsourcing, applications software development, Web and application hosting, mission support, and management consulting. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 92,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.2 billion for the 12 months ended July 3, 2009.
Product/service informationCSC provide outsourced Managed Services for clients Mainframe Systems. CSC support over 100,000 IBM Mips world-wide and have expertise in z-OS, VM/VSE,
zLinux operating systemsm as well as Unisys Mainframe systems. CSC have strategic Mainframe Data Centres in Asia, Australia, Europe Middle East and Africa and North America regions.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, VM/VSE, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: LinuxPricing options: Monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, other
Company profileCSL International provides software services to the enterprise market for the last 5 years. Our engineers combine zSeries (z/VM and z/OS) internals skills as well as very strong Linux abilities. These combined skill set allowed us to respond to the industry need for a simple yet powerful virtualization management solution that makes the zSeries the perfect infrastructure for virtual Linux server farms - We call this solution: CSL-WAVE.
Product/service informationCSL-WAVE is a best-of-breed simplification, provisioning, and management solution for zSeries- based virtual server farms running Linux. CSL-WAVE answers all the expressed needs of our customers in terms of simplification and effective management. CSL-WAVE targets the emerging need for management of sophisticated virtual server environments such as Clouds and large consolidation projects. Our solution provides a graphical representation of the virtual data center with advanced expert system abilities.
CSL-WAVE enables management of every virtual object and operation procedure of the virtual server farms: server attributes and server cloning, network switches, disk storage and storage quotas, script management and much more.
One of the most important value points CSL-WAVE provides our customers is freedom from the need that Linux sys-admins must have z/VM skills. Using CSL-WAVE enables full autonomy for the Linux sys-admins. They are able to carry out any task in the server farm that without our solution would have required assistance from the z/VM system programming team. The Linux sys-admins’
scopes and action permissions throughout the server farm are easily managed via CSL-WAVE user management and security subsystem. CSL-WAVE allows your sys-admins to “Get z power, without the need for z skills!”.
Company profileDirect Computer Resources’ family of DataVantage software products has served hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies in more than 20 countries for over 25 years. During the late 1970s the company’s principals helped define the data management and application development testing market with their flagship DataVantage for IMS. DCR has now applied long-term experience in the market to the rapidly growing field of data privacy through DataVantage Global, a data privacy, testing and data management solution for mainframe, client/server and personal platforms. Companies worldwide that use and depend on DataVantage products include American Express, IBM, EDS, Verizon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Lockheed Martin, FreddieMac, Avon, and SunGard, among others.
Product/service informationIn the midst of application testing or in the unfortunate situation when data has been stolen, DataVantage Global protects confidential health, financial, personnel and other data. As a single, scalable enterprise solution, DataVantage Global effectively obfuscates, tests, migrates, and manages data across multiple platforms to aid compliance with stringent data privacy requirements. A recent Gartner Group research report, “Security and Data
Management for Privacy,” named DataVantage Global as a leading solution in the category.
Mainframe solutions (DataVantage for DB2 and DataVantage for IMS) include functionality for DB2, IMS, VSAM, flat and PDS files that resolve production challenges quickly and permit table editing, data masking and test database management. In the DB2 environment, users will enjoy additional performance assurance such as SQL automated quality assurance, index analysis, and workload detection.
Data Kinetics LtdAddress:2460 Lancaster Rd, Ottawa, ON K1B 4S5, Canada.Phone: 613-523-5500Email: [email protected]: http://www.dkl.com.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSEPricing options: Monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based
Company profileDataKinetics®, the leader in transaction and performance optimization, enables data centers within IBM System z Mainframe, Linux and distributed environments to achieve superior performance gains, capacity, and scale using existing applications and hardware. DataKinetics delivers distinct competitive advantage to global Fortune 500 companies to keep them a step ahead of the competition. For 30 years, DataKinetics products have been enhancing hundreds of thousands of mission-critical transactions per second every day for banking, insurance, credit card, brokerage house, and retail industries—without fail. Visit www.dkl.com for more information.
Product/service informationtableBASEtableBASE provides the shortest possible path to the data. Data is loaded into in-memory tables (from DB2, VSAM, etc.). I/Os are replaced with in-memory fetches. tableBASE was designed for performance – and there are a number aspects of the product – over and above the physics of simply eliminating the I/Os that contribute to its speed by keeping the code path as short as possible.When the amount of time taken for each transaction is reduced, and the number of transactions per unit of time is increased, performance and capacity are significantly increased.
VTSIf you need to share table data between multiple applications, our VTS product provides the ability to share data, and to preserve it after the application has completed. This ensures that all applications have identical data, and enables tables to be used as a message queue or to overcome bottlenecks between applications.
VTS ManagerVTS Manager allows for the sharing of tables across LPARs (logical partitions on a mainframe CPU) and across a Sysplex. It also enables the ability to switch the data that all the applications access in a synchronized manner.
Java to DB2 OptimizerJava to DB2 Optimizer provides for efficient access of Java applications to DB2 data on the mainframe to address the surprise that our customers have experienced of
increased CPU requirements when they enable a new Java application.
license; processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based, other
Company profileDDV is a privately owned company developing an Australian z/OS-based product SoftDate and marketing overseas solutions that directly resolve your often troublesome and expensive overheads in IT, business development and crisis management. Our solutions span the IBM mainframe through Internet platforms and are targeted primarily at speeding your business development cycle. SoftDate is a z/OS-based date and time simulation solution for date and time testing applications under z/OS including TSO, CICS, WebSphere Application Server, DB2, IMS, and more.
Product/service informationSoftDate is a z/OS-based product for Future Date & Time Testing of applications, prior to Production and Global Time Zone Virtualization of Production applications. SoftDate has many unique and exclusive features not found elsewhere in the market such as Parallel Sysplex-ready, CICS MRO (Multi Region Operation), 31- and 64-bit support for data above the 2-gig bar, Java Language support for all execution environments (batch, CICS, IMS, and WebSphere Application Server) and enhanced TSO, DB2, IMS and WebSphere Application server support.
Company profileDignus, LLC is an innovative company, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, committed to providing the best compilers, Assemblers and development tools for the IBM mainframe, including 370, ESA, 390, and the latest z/Architecture series.
Dignus, LLC provides unique mainframe programming and development solutions that offer savings in time and effort, while streamlining development costs. Our solutions are applicable to programming for a wide range of IBM
mainframe operating systems, including z/OS, z/TPF, z/VM, z/Linux, and others.
Product/service informationSystems/C and Systems/C++ are compilers for the IBM mainframe, with unique features that make development of OS/390, z/OS, z/TPF, Linux/390, CMS and VSE system code easier and faster.
Systems/C and Systems/C++ are validated and supported by the IBM TPF labs for use with z/TPF.
Systems/ASM is the Dignus assembler, used for assembling IBM mainframe assembler source. Systems/ ASM is compatible with IBM’s HLASM, supporting the complete HLASM macro processing language.
All Dignus tools can operate in a cross-platform environment, moving your development to your local desktop to dramatically reduce mainframe development costs.
Company profile DINO Software came into existence after Softworks was acquired by EMC in 2000. All of the original product authors as well as many of the sales reps and management subsequently reconstituted as DINO, and set about the task of re-engaging our customers with better, actively supported products. DINO’s vanguard product, T-REX, incorporates over two decades of experience gained from the development and support of Catalog
Solution and rapidly became the fastest selling ICF catalog management and recovery tool ever released. The product is in daily use by hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies and is continually augmented and improved.
DINO products are distributed and sold via the website, through direct sales and a network of qualified distributors worldwide. The company is based in the Washington DC metropolitan area and maintains offices in the UK and Germany. DINO is privately held and develops enterprise-wide multi-platform solutions and services for the optimization of complex IT environments.
Product/service informationT-REX is the newest, fastest and most comprehensive catalog management tool on the market today. It contains the functionality of six separate products in the market place in a purpose-built, integrated framework. All of the utilities needed to simplify management of catalogs and tape subsystems are provided, as well as the critical backup and recovery to protect data in the event of minor problems or major disasters. T-REX ensures the health of a user’s catalogs and TMC in five key areas: • maintenance• diagnostics • reporting• SMF management• backup and recovery.
In addition to VSAM cluster support, TMC synchronization and HSM validation, T-REX can repair any VSAM object (BCS, KSDS, and Variable RRDS) with a broken index within minutes. It can also REORG a catalog (or move a catalog to a new volume) while it is OPEN and allocated to CAS on any number of connected systems. T-REX multi-tasks all major functions (not just back-up) and is approximately nine times faster than Catalog Solution.
Released in 2006 were RAPTOR, an extended tape toolset to simplify and facilitate tape drive and robotic/virtual library capacity planning, and TERADON, a dynamic HSM product.
DINO has a full range of training and professional services packages related to catalog maintenance and management.
Company profileDPI Software is a software development company dedicated to making z/OS and the IBM mainframe a usable platform for many years to come. We focus solely on developing system software for z/OS. Our tools have been available for many years, especially FileMarvel which has over a hundred Fortune 500 users around the world. We believe that mainframe software should be affordable and that maintenance fees should include automatic upgrades to new versions of the software.
Product/service informationFileMarvel Use FileMarvel to look at and maintain any kind of dataset – VSAM, SAM, BDAM or source, JCL etc in a PDS. Even tape. Things you can do to your datasets using FileMarvel include browsing, editing, changing the layout, copying, sorting/merging, printing and allocating datasets. Displays can be formated in a number of ways including hex, character and (of particular interest to application programmers) laid out to match a copy member.
DumpMarvel DumpMarvel is an ISPF-based abend dump formatter and analyzer that helps you analyze a z/OS application or system program abend quickly. z/OS or MVS dump analysis becomes a breeze because you can find your way around the dump more quickly, locate storage areas, and skip irrelevant control blocks. For new programmers, it provides a more logical and less daunting view of a program dump. For experienced programmers, it increases the amount of information that can be obtained from a complex application or system software dump.
Address:4350 Lassiter at North Hills Ave, Suite 235, Raleigh, NC 27609, USA Phone: +1 919 833 8426Email: [email protected]: www.DTSsoftware.com
Company profileDTS Software is recognized as a worldwide leader in enterprise storage management technology. From the original industry-standard Space Recovery System (SRS) that eliminates storage-related production failures, to the advanced Virtual Tape interface of the DLm Control Center (DCC), DTS products are noted for their sophistication, reliability, and ease-of-use.
Our integrated suite of products help organizations to monitor, manage and control your storage subsystems. For over 20 years, we have specialized in these storage solutions and have developed them for the IBM z/OS, Hitachi VOS3, and Fujitsu MSP operating systems.
Our corporate headquarters are located in Raleigh, NC and our products are sold in the US and Canada through our sales office in Conyers, GA. We distribute our products worldwide through a network of international distributors who cover all the major international markets.
We are dedicated to providing reliable designs, technical innovations and a commitment to excellence.
Product/service informationDTS Software is recognized as a worldwide leader in enterprise storage management technology. Our family of products provides an integrated suite of storage management programs that allow you to get the most out of your storage dollars. Our products improve disk space utilization, prevent storage-related errors, allow installations to monitor the storage subsystem in real time, and proactively control the use of storage space.
From the original industry-standard Space Recovery System (SRS) that eliminates storage-related production failures, to the advanced allocation of ACC, to the modernization of assembler exits via EASY/Exit, to the innovative storage monitoring using MONitor and Explorer GUI, to the advanced debugging and tracing of SMS/Debug, to the Predictive Recall of migrated data, to the advanced Virtual Tape interface of the DLm Control Center (DCC), DTS products are noted for their sophistication, reliability, and ease-of-use.
Our integrated suite of products help organizations to monitor, manage and control your storage subsystems. For over 20 years, we continue to demonstrate reliable designs, a history of innovation and a commitment to excellence.
Edge Information Group, Inc
Address:479 Business Center Drive, Suite 115, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056, USAPhone: +1 847-297-2020.Email: [email protected]: www.edge-information.com
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: Asset and change management; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Pricing options: One-time charge.
Company profileEdge Information Group Inc is the premier provider of Language Environment (LE), COBOL and PL/I compiler management solutions for upgrading to the latest levels of the IBM mainframe operating systems, z/OS. We offer a unique LE and portfolio management tool – the Edge Portfolio Analyzer – as well as consulting and training in LE and other IT areas.
Product/service informationThe Edge Portfolio Analyzer (EPA) provides OS/390 and z/OS users with the means to understand and control the contents of their application portfolios. This information is critical in order to plan and manage a migration to the latest levels of COBOL and PL/I. In addition, because updates to the latest CICS and DB2 also require that application use current compiler technologies, it is necessary to coordinate all of these migrations. With the Edge Portfolio Analyzer, you can reduce problems - and speed implementation - when migrating to new compilers, run-time environments and subsystems. You can also use the EPA to improve the performance of your production environment while monitoring conformance to installation standards, and to assist in problem source identification and problem determination. The product and the processes that it enables can help reduce the effort of implementing and operating quality control, change management and production management procedures.
Enterprise Systems Associates, Inc (ESAi)
Address:3259 Progress Drive, Suite 165 UCF Research ParkOrlando, Fl 32826, USAPhone: +1-866-GO-4-ESAI (866-464-3724)
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data management; asset and change managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Non-mainframe platforms supported: Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based
Company profileESAi is a vendor that provides mainframe productivitytools and professional services for enterprise customers.Our mission is to help IT get the job done while realizingoperational savings. Qualified database and IT staffresources are in short supply, workloads are increasing,and there are still only 24 hours in a day. The economicpressures of today are forcing IT to do more with less.ESAi can help with innovative solutions that save time,money, CPU and staff resources.
The company is based in Orlando’s UCF Research Parkand is affiliated with the Florida High Technology CorridorCouncil. Partnerships include: IBM Partner inDevelopment, IBM Business Partner, UBS-Hainer,Inside Products and Enterprise Performance Visio.
Product/service informationOur products are designed to help DBAs, QA, and Applications staff with fast delivery and refreshing of application data for testing, QA, batch, warehousing, and other critical needs. For example:
• BCV4 is a DB2 subsystem cloning tool that reduces DB2 clones from hours/days down to minutes. SAP and PeopleSoft users can have clones and system copies in record time.
• BCV5 is a fast copy/migrate/refresh tool that checks, automates and copies/refreshes DB2 target environments faster than Unload/Load or other ISV solution BCV5 delivers on average 90% savings in CPU, job elapsed time, and manual efforts.
In addition, DBAs and Performance Specialists can more productively manage performance as well as automate tedious DB2 data maintenance tasks like Buffer Pools, REORG, statistics, and DB2 admin tasks:• The Total Utility Control product uses Real Time
Statistics, user policies, and automation to save resources and help lean DBA staffs maintain critical service level agreements.
• Buffer Pool Analysis product has replaced the old, dated solutions with a new level of expert analysis and
performance proposals. The sister product Exception Master for DB2 expands on performance by monitoring for potential DB2 problems anywhere in any DB2 z/OS system. Intelligent problem detection/handling, dynamic SQL issues, performance problems are tracked and reported upon so DBA staff can find problems before they impact users.
• UBS Log Tracker/Analyzer answers the question “Why is a good, reasonably priced log analyzer so hard to find?” Undo/Redo, identify, audit, or propagate. A log analyzer that is the faster, better, more economical alternative.
• EPV for Z/OS, Unix, & Windows brings a new level of capability and ease to Performance and Capacity Planning. Utilizing SMF and other data to truly give a fast and complete understanding of your systems and costs.
Activity: Hardware vendor.Specialist areas: OtherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIXPricing options: Other
Company profileEpoka Group A/S is an innovative supplier of pre-owned, high-performance enterprise computer solutions. Our extensive range of blue-chip brands extends from mainframes, NAS and SAN solutions to best-of-breed networking equipment.
Epoka is a reliable, triple-A rated company that offers customers around the world quick access to quality solutions at competitive prices. Based in Denmark since 1991, Epoka is committed to providing real value, world-class service and continued expansion. Please browse through our website to learn more about our products, services and job opportunities.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, z/LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, other Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge
Company profileEPV Technologies is an Italian company based in Romeand Milan.
It was founded in June 2003 with the goal of developingand selling the EPV line of products.
EPV Technologies’ mission is to develop products thatprovide high-quality and ready-to-use information tocustomers allowing them to give a better service andsave money by improving their Capacity Managementprocesses.
EPV Technologies founders have more than 25 yearsexperience mostly in Capacity Management projects.They built a very strong technical background working formany years for Boole & Babbage, BMC Software, SASInstitute, and then as independent consultants.
Since the beginning, EPV Technologies sponsors andpresents at major technical conferences in Europesuch as CMG and GSE in Austria, Germany, Italy, and UK.EPV Technologies partners:• Benny Tal Marketing Software Solutions in Israel and
Northern Europe• Inspired Solutions in UK and Ireland• JVL in France• Senmesoft in Canada• SoftPlex Inc. in Japan• TPS-DATA in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.• ECCOX in Brazil and other SA countries.
Product/service informationEPV products have been designed to help system analysts in Performance and Capacity Planning activities. EPV for z/OS, EPV zParser, EPV for DB2, EPV for Unix (including Linux), and EPV for Windows are the main products. Same products in two lines: SAS-based and PERL/SQL-based. EPV zParser is written in PERL; it parses SMF, IMS, z/VM monitor records, etc loading them in a SQL DB. It provides
input to EPV for z/OS and EPV for DB2. Free agents provide input data to EPV for Unix and EPV for Windows.
performance automation, scheduling and systems management tools, that reduce the total cost of ownership.
Product/service information• AutoMan is a family of event automation and
scheduling products, that enables the user to select the functionality they need. There is a version of AutoMan that meets every need and budget.
• Matrix is an application programming interface that provides high performance cross-memory and cross-systems control and data sharing. It makes dataspace technology and cross-systems services available to the high-level language programmers, without any need for them to use Assembler.
• TapeMan is a cross-systems tape device sharing technology for OS/390 and z/OS systems that are not sysplex enabled. TapeMan V1.0 is provided free of charge to the MVS systems community. TapeMan V2.0 is a low-cost alternative tape sharing solution.
EZ Legacy Limited
Address:Missenden Abbey Management Centre, London Road, Great Missenden, Bucks HP16 0BO, UKPhone: +44 1494 867981Email: [email protected]: www.ezlegacy.com.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: Asset and change management; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; other Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, VM/VSE, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, Unix, Windows, otherPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based, other
Company profileEstablished in 2003 and now with more than 50 customers worldwide, EZLegacy is a market leader in application understanding and measurement addresings 95% of mainframe systems users globally. We have a proven track record of value delivery with high profile clients such as Standard Bank, Maybank, Thomson Reuters, JAL and CA plus strategic partnerships with large software and services providers such as CA, SAP, Serena, IBM, CSC and Axiomme
EZSource is a unique, fully integrated product suite which provides robust, automated analysis and metrics for the end to end application lifecycle. This enables our customers to deliver tangible business value by reducing costs, improving quality and prioritising future IT spend.
Product/service informationUsing EZSource, our customers have delivered cost savings in the order of :• Planning and Assessment, 50 to 80%• Design, Development and Testing, 30 to 50%• Support and Maintenance, 30 to 40%• Documentation, 60 to 90%.
EZSource:Analyze automates source code analysis to deliver a deep, accurate and context driven analysis, integrated through a common repository to give you the right information at the right point in the lifecycle.
EZSource:Report delivers automated, objective, metric driven reporting (both standard and customer defined) to help you on the road to best in class.
EZSource:Dashboard allows you to see the value of your application portfolio at a glance and drill down to gain in depth information for chosen elements.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management;asset and change management; programming/testing; network performance/management; otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, VM/VSEPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based
Company profileFitz Software & Co., established in 1991, provides z/OS users with innovative and niche products that benefit their evolving systems at justifiable prices.
From our offices located in Crosshaven in Ireland we distribute and support (1st and 2nd level) products across EMEA with remote and onsite support and training to our customers. Our suppliers and partners include NewEra Software, UBS Hainer, Data21, Astrom Software, and CASISoftware.
improvement with system integrity in z/OS, JES, VTAM, TCP/IP, CICS, IODF, DB2 and SAF. Detect the risks to availability while also ensuring secure change management and notifications across administration functions (Operator commands, Edit sessions, ..).
• z/OS Database Productivity- Reduce CPU service costs and service delivery
times: Fastest cloning of pre-production and test DB2 (and other relational) sub-systems, databases and tables with also masking & data reduction; Automated DB maintenance enhancing existing utilities; Bufferpool optimization; Exception Master to determine problems before they hit the systems; …
• z/OS Application Life-Cycle- File encryption and archiving, test data generation,
naming standards and audit; identifying the business-critical files; integrated recovery management solution designed to deliver a global view of your critical data-as well as that data’s backups at the application level
• z/OS Software Asset Management- Who’s using what and when in the z/OS software
portfolio – IBM and ISV products and inhouse applications including also 4GL, Interpreter languages, ISPF, JCL.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: Web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, zLinux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based, other
Company profileIs your strategy in place when it comes to web, cloud, BYOD …etc.?
Are you torn between creating new feature-rich web-based applications and continuing with writing new, fast, low cost, green- screen applications?
Are faced with a diminishing pool of mainframe application expertise?
Is there a constant demand for new mainframe services?
FlynetViewer is the leading solution for modernising and integrating mainframe applications with web and internet based technologies. It allows you to do far more with less mainframe expertise and IT budget.
As pioneers of integrating new technologies with mainframe and legacy screen based applications, Flynet developers were responsible for creating the first dial-up terminal emulator, the first mainframe to internet gateway, and most recently the world’s first ‘cloud-ready’ terminal emulator.
Since 1994 Flynet has been supporting a global and varied customer base supporting solutions with 10 to 10,000 users.
Product/service informationFlynetViewer integrates seamlessly with existing conventional screen-based applications. Web services and new graphical Interfaces can be easily sliced into existing applications replacing commonly used screens to improve both user experience and performance.
FlynetViewer is incredibly fast and can usually replace ALL client-side traditional terminal emulators like Attachmate Extra, Rumba or IBM etc…. FlynetViewer can be used in association with existing terminal emulation deployments providing additional functionality or integration with web based applications as and when required.
FlynetViewer provides rapid definition and generation of ASP.NET web services and web pages integrating screen-based applications using minimal proprietary content. Developers can enhance and extend the generated applications using ASP.NET and .NET frameworks. Server-side logic provides navigation throughout the application allowing the use of modern menu systems, i.e. hierarchical drop-down, to replace clumsy single-screen menus.
FlynetViewer can generate web services to automate data entry and other processes can share sessions with users of the web terminal emulator to enable powerful synergies
Activity: Hardware and software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; otherMainframe platforms supported: OtherNon-mainframe platforms supported: Linux, WindowsPricing options: Monthly/annual license, other
Company profileFujitsu Technology Solutions is the leading European IT infrastructure provider with a presence in all key markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, plus India, serving large-, medium- and small-sized companies as well as consumers. With its Dynamic Infrastructures approach, the company offers a full portfolio of IT products, solutions and services, ranging from clients to datacenter solutions, Managed Infrastructure and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Fujitsu Technology Solutions employs more than 10,000 people and is part of the global Fujitsu Group, which delivers IT-based business solutions to customers in 70 countries through a workforce of 175,000 employees. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2009.
Product/service informationBS2000/OSD is the mainframe OS offered by Fujitsu Technology Solutions - a part of the global Fujitsu Group. The BS2000/OSD mainframes (S-, SQ, and SX-Series) are more than just servers: they represent a complete, autonomous and dynamic IT infrastructure for different kinds of applications. With his fully mainframe offering Fujitsu Technology Solutions is committed and responsible for the seamless and efficient interaction of all the BS2000/OSD infrastructure components. BS2000/OSD guarantees efficient, risk-free data center operation – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, today, tomorrow, whenever you
want. On-going innovations in hardware and software, based on proven technologies, will continue to make it the most reliable and costeffectivplatform for many large-scale applicationsensuring security of investment and data today as well as in future. BS2000/OSD has been the subject of continuous innovation for more than thirty years and has been adapted to take account of constantly changing market requirements. For instance, BS2000/OSD is a mainframe OS that can run on servers based on industry standard processors. And with its open interfaces it offers future-proof integration into modern application architectures.
Company profileEstablished in 1974 to provide debugging services for CICS.
Product/service informationAdvanced Debugging System (“ADS”) for the CICS mainframe.
Address:235 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30303, USAPhone: +1 404-253-1300Email: [email protected]: www.gtsoftware.com
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, other Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: Other
Company profileGT Software serves the largest mainframe organizations’ over half of Fortune 1000 companies are customers delivering the most productive and comprehensive toolset on the market. GT Software’s longstanding positive customer relationships demonstrate the quality of our products and people, and our ongoing ability to deliver real, usable solutions to meet customer needs.
GT Software’s product strategy is to continue to provide unparalleled capability to leverage the mainframe’s proven functionality, power, stability, and performance to its fullest potential.
Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Atlanta, GT Software is a privately held company that is currently represented in the U.S., Canada, Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and South America.
Product/service informationFor more than 20 years, GT Software has delivered mainframe integration solutions that are simple to use, without sacrificing sophisticated results.
The Ivory product family from GT Software is the latest example of our mainframe innovation. Ivory is an integrated toolset that enables rapid Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) development for the mainframe using existing skills sets, applications and data, allowing your mainframe to become an active participant in an SOA. Without retraining, Ivory enables mainframe developers to leverage mainframe resources to seamlessly support the right-sizing, building and deploying of multi-step, multi-operation business services within an SOA.
H&W Computer Systems
Address:6154 N Meeker Place, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83713, USAPhone: +1 800 338 6692Email: [email protected]: www.hwcs.com
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; data management; web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSEPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based.
Company profileHeadquartered in Boise, Idaho, H&W Computer Systems has been a leading provider of quality business-to-
business software since 1979. H&W creates reliable, technically sound solutions that provide long-term value. Today, hundreds of corporations worldwide, including many Global 500 companies, trust H&W for their IT software and services needs.
Product/service informationH&W’s industry-leading SYSB-II is a cost-effective way to use existing VSAM-reliant CICS applications to accommodate business growth without downtime due to batch. The software allows CICS and batch to have concurrent access to VSAM files any time, which provides two advantages.
First, users have full read/write access to CICS applications 24/7, even while batch runs, so they have more time to use the system. This allows customers and employess to be productive more hours of the day and for CICS applications to be available in new ways, such as part of web or mobile apps, without batch-related downtime. Second, users have access to VSAM data that is being updated closer to real time, so they don’t have to wait for overnight changes or rely on “point in time” data. Completing services like cutting checks, making payments, or submitting claims becomes a faster process.
Simple and quick to implement, SYSB-II doesn’t require application source-code changes, additional hardware, data migration, or rearchitecting the existing IT infrastructure. Gain a competitive edge while enhancing customer satisfaction, improving user productivity, and empowering employees and customers to make better decisions based on better data.
Heitech Managed Services Sdn Bhd
Address:HeiTech Village 2,No 1, Jalan Astaka U8/81, Section U8, 40150 Shah Alam, Selngor Darul Ehsan, MalaysiaPhone: 60193106462Email: [email protected]: www.heitech.com.my
Activity: System integratorSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, zLinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, other Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based.
Company profileHeiTech Managed Services, a subsidiary of a HeiTech Padu Berhad (public listed), is providing services in area of Data Centre, Network, Disaster Recovery and Cloud Computing. We have a Call Centre that complement our offering. HeiTech Padu itself (parent company) is focusing on System Integration business, developing applications on COBOL, C/C++, Java, on mainframe and non-mainframe platform.We have been the IBM Mainframe market leader since the 80’s. Our major customers ranges from Financial and Government such as National Unit Trust Board, Inland Revenue Board, Immigration, Road Transport, National Registration.
We are also a Strategic and Authorized Service Partner to most mainframe vendors such as EMC, Hitachi, Oracle, IBM, Novell, CA Technologies and Red Hat.
Product/service informationWe have established a pool of experienced engineers to support the mainframe. We provide services is areas of:
• Sizing and Designing a Mainframe setup• Operating System upgrades and maintenance (z/OS, z/
Address:H5, Sipcot IT Park, Navallur Post, Kancheepuram District Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603103, IndiaPhone: 044 4745 1000Web: www.hexaware.com
Activity: ConsultancySpecialist areas: System management; data management; programming/testing; otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Non-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, other Unix, LinuxPricing options: Other
Company profileHexaware is a global provider of IT and Process outsourcing services. We focus exclusively on maximizing client returns from outsourcing and off-shoring. We have extensive experience in managing large IT applications in real time as well as in providing high value services
around packaged enterprise applications such as SAP and PeopleSoft.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Data management; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Pricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license
Company profileHigobi is a network of highly-motivated and experienced consultants that along with our partners, provides consultancy services, software products, education, and combined offerings for the relational database, CRM, and SAP markets. We concentrate our efforts on large systems with high-availability requirements across multiple industry sectors worldwide.
Product/service informationWe have developed two unique DB2 for z/OS tools :• zSQLMON – Dynamic SQL monitoring made easy
Non-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: Monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, other
Company profileHORIZONT is a software development company located in Munich, Germany. The company was founded in 1993 as R.O.S.E. by three OPC (TWS) consultants. Due to legal conflicts, the name was changed to HORIZONT in 1997.The company’s first product was OPC/Graph (now TWS/Graph), net plan display software for TWS, which was developed together with IBM Germany. With more than 150 customers worldwide, it has become the de facto standard for TWS compatible software. Additional products include TWS/BatchAD, TWS/BatchCP and TWS/Audit, rounding off the TWS product line.
With the introduction of XINFO in 1997 (SmartIS in the US in 1999), HORIZONT took a big step into a much wider market. XINFO (SmartIS in USA) integrates with schedulers other than TWS, for example CA-7, CA-Scheduler, APM, Control-M or ZEKE. In 2002 HORIZONT released DSN/Change and SmartJCL, which are completing the product line. And since 2003 HORIZONT has a new ground-breaking product: TWS/WebAdmin
Product/service informationXINFO - The IT Information System (also known as SmartIS).XINFO is the information system for batch production. It enables you to access and cross-reference all data from various IT systems like JCL, TWS, CA-7, CA-Scheduler, Control-M, ZEKE, SMF, RMM, CA-1, COBOL, PL/I and much more. 100 satisfied customers worldwide!
SmartJCL - The Easy Way to Faultless JCL.SmartJCL is a new JCL checker. It offers an integrated scheduler interfaces, reformat functions, batch mode and much more.
DSN/Change - The Dataset Renaming SystemIf you want to carry out file name migration under z/OS automatically, reliably and at low cost, DSN/Change is the right tool for your data center.
TWS Products - especially designed for TWS (Tivoli Workload Scheduler). These products are especially designed for TWS, you cannot not use them if you are running schedulers other than IBM’s TWS. TWS/WebAdmin, TWS/Graph, TWS/Audit, TWS/BatchAD, and TWS/BatchCP.
I/S Management Strategies
Address:4942 N Hollywood Avenue, Whitefish Bay, WI 53217, USAPhone: +1 414 332-3062Email: [email protected]: http://www.sherkow.com
Activity: ConsultantSpecialist areas: System managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Pricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, other
Company profileAl Sherkow is a capacity planning and performance consultant at I/S Management Strategies and author of the LPAR Capacity and Software Usage Analysis Tool (LCS). Al is a recognized industry expert regarding the configuration and planning of processors and PR/SM and IBM mainframe Workload License Charges, and has worked with many companies around the globe to help them reduce mainframe costs through efficient capacity and licensing strategies. As principal of I/S Management Strategies, Al has been helping clients since 1988 and is a regular presenter at industry conferences. I/S Management Strategies is a System z Development Partner of IBM and we are also affiliated with IBM’s IT Analyst Relations.
Product/service informationThe LPAR Capacity and Software Usage Analysis (LCS) Software is the only tool available to assist installations in planning for, implementing, monitoring and leveraging IBM’s Workload License Charges (WLC). LCS reads your SMF data and prepares interactive reports that can help you decrease your IBM software charges month after month. LCS is truly unique. No other tool is available that combines information about your licensed software products, analysis of utilization data, and prices to provide near real-time estimates of your software charges. LCS allows sites to “tune” their IBM monthly software invoices!
Large and small sites have licensed LCS throughout the USA and the world (Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom).
i3 Business Solutions LLC
Address:5005-B Cascade RD SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, USAPhone: +1 616 956 6888.Email: [email protected]: www.i3bus.com/
Activity: Consultant.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testingMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSENon-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows
Company profilei3 Business Solutions accelerates business results by integrating information solutions. We are an IBM and Microsoft Business Partner offering products and solutions for iSeries, pSeries, xSeries, and zSeries. We also offer consulting services in the manufacturing and distribution sectors and planning, installation, and implementation support for PM, EMR, ERP and CRM software.
Product/service informationi3 Business Solutions provides a full-range of z/OS, OS/390, z/VM, and VSE/ESA system programming services including version and release upgrades, day-to-day operating systems support, performance and tuning, and on-site or remote 7x24 operating system support.
Address:Route 100 Somers NY 10589, USAPhone: +1-914-766-4589Web: www.ibm.com
Sales contacts (hardware):America Ernie Fernandez +1 914 642 3713EMEA Martina Koederitz +33 1 41885653AsiaPac Sheddrick Harrison +81 3 5572 2728
Sales contacts (software):America Dot Alexander +1 914 642 4952EMEA David Wilson +44 1256 344682AsiaPac Erik Elzerman +65 6418 2230
Activity: Hardware and Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/management.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows Pricing options: One-time charge; monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based, other.
Company profile Originator of mainframe technology.
Address:5885 Cumming Hwy, Suite 108-350, Atlanta GA 30518, USA.Phone: +1 678 266 3399 x201.Email: [email protected]: www.identityforge.com
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: SecurityMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Non-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows Pricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license
Company profile Identity Forge (IdF) is a leading provider of identity and access management solutions for mainframe, midrange and/or other legacy systems. Our solutions securely provide real-time bi-directional password and identity synchronization and communication between mainframe, midrange and legacy systems with identity management systems, web services or enterprise applications.
IdF has been providing Identity and Access Management solutions and services for mainframe, midrange and legacy systems since 2001. Building upon IdF’s core technology Pioneer & Voyager Agents and the LDAP Gateway. Identity Forge has recently released its vendor editions. The new vendor editions provide “out of the box” integration along with a complete set of enterprise class features for most of today’s leading identity management vendors.
Identity Forge’s solutions and services are used worldwide. Our solutions are being used by Norfolk Southern Corporation, GE Healthcare, The Boeing Company, HBOS PLC, Charles Schwab, ING House, KK Bank, Country Wide, Scott Trade, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Embarq and many others.
Product/service informationThe Advance Adapter provides native real-time collection of identity events and bi-directional issuance of commands between the host target system and identity management or external application. The IdF advanced adapter suite comprises of adapters supporting IBM-RACF, CA-ACF2, CA-Top Secret, and IBM-i5 target systems.
Company profileillustro Systems focus on delivering software solutions that empower today’s mainframe customer to lead the way with innovation.
We believe that web-enabling mainframe applications should mean return on investment in hours, not months. And our z/Web-Host product provides just that. And with the rapidly emerging standard of SOA and using Web Services and XML as the method of exchanging data between computers, our z/XML-Host product delivers a powerful yet simple solution. Our customers have their Internet-enabling projects in production in the same time it takes just to evaluate competitive solutions.
Product/service informationillustro’s z/Ware family of products have earned the reputation of being easy. The z/Web-Host product
transforms any 3270 application, whether CICS or non-CICS, directly into a fully functional, web-based interface that anyone can use – all without touching the original application. And with z/XML-Host, mainframe data can be automatically converted into XML documents and accessed via Web Services using SOAP, meaning your data and business-critical logic can be shared with any platform or application. This includes languages like Java and .Net, or Web-Services-enabled platforms including IBM’s WebSphere and Microsoft Office. What’s more, both z/Web-Host and z/XML-Host run directly on either z/OS (OS/390) or z/VSE (VSE/ESA), so there’s no need to add cost and complexity to the process by using a different, less reliable platform just to Internet-enable your mainframe.
And now that your mainframe data can easily be made available on the ‘Net, security is an important issue. That’s where our iCYA network appliance comes in. The iCYA delivers full Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protection so your data is encrypted until it reaches a trusted source.
Address:100 Cardinal Way, Redwood City, CA 94063, USA.Phone: +1 650 385 5000 (800-970-1179 in the USA).Web: www.informatica.com
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: Data management; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS Non-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, other Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license
Company profileInformatica Corporation (NASDAQ: INFA) is a leading provider of enterprise data integration software. Using Informatica products, companies can access, integrate, migrate and consolidate enterprise data across systems, processes and people to reduce complexity, ensure consistency and empower the business. More than 2,100 companies worldwide rely on Informatica for their end-to-end enterprise data integration needs.
Product/service informationInformatica PowerCenter for Mainframe is a unified data integration platform that integrates data directly on the mainframe, helping companies better leverage the ever-growing amount of corporate data residing on IBM eServer zSeries mainframe systems. PowerCenter for
Mainframe leverages the business-critical aspects of mainframe computing while providing the same time-to-value and cost-of-ownership advantages that PowerCenter brings to non-mainframe environments. These include PowerCenter’s metadata-driven architecture for defining integration tasks once and deploying them anywhere on or off the mainframe, and Informatica PowerExchange’s ability to access real-time, changed-only and batch data. The combination of PowerCenter for Mainframe with Informatica PowerExchange’s unique data access and changed data capture technology creates an industry-leading end-to-end data integration platform. This can help enterprises extend the value of their mainframe investments with near-universal mainframe access and a holistic view of enterprise information, while maximizing the reliability and reducing the costs of data integration processing.
Address:14001-C St. Germain Drive, Suite 809, Centreville, VA 20121, USA.Phone: +1 703 825 1202Email: [email protected]: www.infosecinc.com
Company profileInfoSec Inc provides high-quality software and services to mainframe customers resulting in increased operational efficiencies, improved compliance and decreased costs. Our goal is to help you to leverage your mainframe investment.
Product/service informationInfoSec provides mainframe consulting resources to help our customers continue to leverage their mainframe investment. Our specialty is mainframe security and compliance, but we can perform any mainframe-related services including systems programming, database management, workload management, output management and more. With all of the regulation and legislation in place today for compliance related initiatives, organizations need support to help them achieve that compliance.
INNOVATION Data Processing
Address:275 Paterson Ave, Little Falls, NJ 07424. USA.Phone: +1 973 890 7300Email: [email protected]: http://www.innovationdp.com
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Data management; storage managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390 ,VM/VSE, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, other
Company profileINNOVATION Data Processing has over 33 years experience of providing backup/restore, non-disruptive protection and storage management solutions for enterprise-scale z/OS and OS/390 mainframe and open systems (SAN/LAN/Unix, Windows, Novell, and Linux) installations. INNOVATION partners with BMC, Compaq, Computer Associates, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, IBM, Informix, Lotus, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, Red Hat, StorageTek, Sun, SuSE Linux, Sybase, Turbo Linux and others.
INNOVATION’s prime objective in partnering with software companies is interoperability and co-existence with operating system platforms and databases; while partnering with storage vendors allows the creation of unique solutions that provide customers with the benefits of advanced storage management.
Product/service informationBest recognized as the provider of the Fast Dump Restore (FDR) suite, INNOVATION solutions offer enterprise storage management and non-disruptive business protection. FDRINSTANT supports Timefinder, FlashCopy, ShadowImage and SnapShot Copy for non-disruptive backup of off-line volumes.
IAM allows users to achieve performance enhancements and system resource savings for most applications that utilize VSAM datasets. FDRPAS provides non-disruptive volume relocation of z/OS disk volumes from one device to another, while FDRERASE provides safe, secure, fast erasure of z/OS data volumes. FDR/UPSTREAM allows users to position the OS/390 or z/OS mainframe as a backup server, with additional support for zLinux.
Sites with EMC Symmetrix arrays rely on FDRSOS for high-speed network-free volume-level backup/restore
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; data management; asset and change management; otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390 ,VM/VSE, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: Other Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based, other
Company profileSave Money on the Mainframe Inspired Solutions and Blenheim Software work together to distribute software in the UK and Ireland. Our cost-effective software covers many of the most important areas in the data centre for both mainframe and distributed platforms.
Several of the tools and software we supply are either the de facto standard for their area, or soon will be.
Product/service informationAs well as performance management and capacity planning tools, we also provide XINFO, the data centre repository; tools for TWS for zOS (OPC) and Distributed ; JCL Checking; CICS, VSAM, VTAM, and developers’ tools, DB2 tools, utilities and tuning for zOS & distributed.
More details at our partners websites:Enterprise Performance Vision for Performance & Capacity Planning - www.epvtech.com Horizont GmbH for TWS Products - www.horizont-it.comMacKinney for CICS, VSAM, VTAM Products - www.mackinney.comResponsive Systems for DB2 Buffer Pool Tuning - www.responsivesystems.comRelational Architects International and Insoft Software for DB2 tools - www.relarc.comITGain for UDB DB2 products - www.itgain.deInSoft for DB2 tools - www.insoft-software.de.
Address:11770 Haynes Bridge Road, Suite 205 PMB 526, Alpharetta, GA 30009-1970, USA.Phone: +1 770-872-4278Email: [email protected]: www.interskill.com
Activity: EducationSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/management; otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390 ,VM/VSE, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, Other Unix, LinuxPricing options: Monthly/annual license
Company profileInterskill Learning is the global leader in the provision of technology-based training solutions for the IBM Mainframe Computing industry. Interskill’s mainframe e-learning is currently the ONLY up-to-date, comprehensive e-learning curriculum available to the mainframe computing industry!
Product/service informationWith over 1,000 hours of instantly deliverable System z and System p courses, mainframe skills assessments, unlimited in-house mainframe classes and webinars, plus the learning services to bring it all together and manage it for you, this out of the box mainframe training program is an ideal fit for your mainframe computing group.
ISAM (Information Systems Asset Management)
Address:4152 North River Run, Minneapolis, MN 55378, USAPhone: +1 952 953 4090Email: [email protected]: www.isamgroup.com
Non-mainframe platforms supported: System i, AIX, distributed Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: Other,
Company profileISAM has been in business since in 1996 helping corporate and government data centers manage their software assets, optimize software usage, and reduce software expenses. The key to ISAM’s success is its proprietary Software Intelligence Database containing over 100 million data points of software usage, pricing, and licensing information from over 1000 companies of every size, industry, and location. The result is an exhaustive database that provides insights into the best practices of data centers throughout the world and how they have reduced their software costs.
Product/service informationISAM’s services include Software Benchmarking, IBM Audit Analysis, SAS Usage Analysis, Data Center Optimization, and Vendor Negotiation.
ISI Pty Ltd
Address:Level 1, 645 Harris Street, Ultimo, New South Wales 2007, AustraliaPhone: +61 2 8905 8900Email: [email protected]: www.isi.com.au
Activity: IntegratorSpecialist areas: System management; storage managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, z/LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, distributed Linux, Windows
Company profileISI is one of the most successful and enduring IT players in the Australian business sector. With a focus on outcomes, our success stems from a company-wide commitment to fulfilling customer needs and leveraging new technologies.
In 1995, ISI became the first IBM zSeries reseller in Australia and New Zealand. Today we remain the only IBM Premier Partner operating in the System z market and is at the forefront of the next wave of ‘Large Scale Server Deployments’ utilising Open Systems on System z – the most reliable, scalable and cost effective ‘Business Class’ computing platform in the world. ISI also sells and supports the complete range of IBM products including Power and System x Servers, software, storage and support services.
Activity: Consultant.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/management; otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390 Non-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, Windows
Company profileiTech-Ed Ltd provides a source of highly technical information and expertise for people using IBM mainframes, servers, the Internet, mid-range computers, PCs, and tablet devices. iTech-Ed provides consultancy on a wide variety of mainframe-related areas, produces technical articles and White Papers on current trends in computing, performs software reviews, writes up research in technical areas, and edits marketing copy to avoid ambiguities and eliminate any technical errors. The company can also provide in-house training (with documentation) in a variety of mainframe-related areas, as well as Microsoft Office training. iTech-Ed also designs and creates Web sites to fit W3C standards.
More recently, iTech-Ed has been helping organizations with their social media policies and very hands-on approach has seen companies produce Facebook fan pages, produce well-supported Twitter feeds, and make the best use of Youtube.
CEO Trevor Eddolls’ work in the mainframe community has been recognized and he has been awarded the prestigious title of IBM Champion every year since 2009.
Popular blogs can be found at mainframeupdate.blogspot.com and the Destination Z Web site. Articles have appeared regularly in technical journals and on Web sites.
Since 2004 iTech-Ed Ltd has offered motivational training for staff as well help with personal development and life coaching.
Company profileSince 1981, Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. has been providing software solutions that help customers save money, improve business productivity, and provide assured delivery of business-critical documents. Ninety-five percent of the Fortune 100 companies trust LRS solutions to deliver their most critical documents.
Product/service informationVPS and VPS/TCPIP. The VPS software suite manages, monitors and delivers documents to network destinations through the organization. Originally designed for VTAM-controlled SNA networks, LRS added TCP/IP functionality and pioneered the migration of enterprise printing to the TCP/IP network protocol. The VPS solution offers web-based monitoring and control, enabling administrators, operators and end users to control production printing.
VPS/Secure. VPS/Secure offer encrypted distribution of confidential documents from host to printer or host to host. It uses the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), supporting the exchange of encrypted data between Windows, Unix, OS/390 and z/OS mainframes.
VPS/E Mail. This expands the print distribution channel to include direct e-mail delivery from the host.
VPS/PDF. VPS/PDF provides dynamic conversion of AFP documents to Portable Document Format (PDF) for delivery via e-mail, web or file.
DRS captures, manages and controls documents originating from any platform via the LRS Enterprise Output Server.
DRS/Output Manager. With DRS/Output Manager, SAP R/3 users gain full control over document printing, along with feedback on print status, without leaving the SAP app.
PageCenter. PageCenter archives documents received from VPS for secure viewing with web browsers on multiple platforms.
Activity: Hardware vendorSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/management
Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: System i, AIX, other Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual licence, processor/capacity based, workload/usage based
Company profileLogicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data centre and cloud services; and managed services.
With its international headquarters in the UK, Logicalis Group employs nearly 2,500 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures and data centre solutions to meet the needs of over 5,000 corporate and public sector customers.
Logicalis partners with Cisco, HP, IBM, and Microsoft on an international basis and has specialised solutions for enterprise and medium sized companies in the financial services, retail, manufacturing, and professional service sectors helping these companies benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost effective way. We also work with Service Providers and many public sector organisations in local government, education and healthcare.
The Logicalis Group has annualised revenues of over $1 billion, from operations in the UK, US, Germany, Latin America and Asia Pacific, and is fast establishing
itself as one of the leading IT and Communications service providers, specialising in the areas of advanced technologies and services.
Product/service informationLogicalis are skilled in infrastructure and new workload planning, Linux and Websphere implementations, software migrations, performance and capacity assessments, systems programming, security audits and sub-capacity Workload License Charge (WLC) management.
We also provide customised briefings for System z clients.Our pro-active approach to managing risk improves the efficiency of any deployment. Post-implementation, we continue our involvement with customised lifecycle and managed services support.
We assist you in procuring the best in class IBM mainframe hardware and software solutions, and then provide the integration services to roll these into your existing environments and provide insight for future IT planning.
Address:1 Lilly Street, South Fremantle WA 6162, AustraliaPhone: +61 404 757 821Email: [email protected]: www.longpelaexpertise.com.au
Activity: ConsultantSpecialist areas: System management; programming/testingMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Pricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, other
Company profileWe provide mainframe technical and systems programming consulting services throughout Australia, South Asia, and South Africa. We have over 18 years experience in System z mainframes and related systems software including z/OS, CICS, and IMS.
Product/service informationLongpela Expertise offer three service ‘streams’:
1 Systems programming services. Our consultants can cover for systems programmers on leave, perform assembler programming projects, assist with skills such as dump reading and performance analysis, or simply add an extra resource to get a project moving.
2 General Mainframe technical advice to groups such as auditors, managers, and non-mainframe technical
people. We can answer your Mainframe questions, and help you control your project. From a one hour phone call to longer term on-site projects, we can provide an expert to use when and where you need.
3 Training. We can provide a mentor for junior systems programmers, perform fast ‘Mainframes for Beginners’ briefings, or provide other training and assistance you require.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSENon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity based, workload/usage based
Company profileDynamic application modernization and integration solutions for customers and application vendors. Our on-the-fly architecture automates the modernization process, requiring no changes to your back-end System z applications.
Front-end modernization supporting: • Rich, thin and mobile multi-channel GUIs • Integration with virtually any desktop, web and back-
end application • Delivery of core applications in popular UIs like Outlook
and Google • Integration with most portals • Offline support.
Back-end modernization supporting:• Creation of SOA compliant Web services from
unchanged back-end applications • Two-way Web services support • DDM, ADO, RPC, 5250, 3270 support.
Composite Solutions Environment:• Supports on-the-fly delivery of new solutions• Assemble composite application components with
external applications and services.
Product/service information*Developer Product Suite*newlook Dynamic generation of smart, thin and mobile user interfaces (UIs). Use newlook to rapidly webface and create new UI’s. Access 5250/3270 applications from virtually any front-end including: Outlook, SharePoint, Notes, WebSphere, Google, Apple iPhone, PDAs, rich clients, AJAX, .Net, and Java, etc.
soarchitect Creates web services from modules of code within existing applications. Provides a complete solution for re-using, extending and integrating your existing applications. Heterogeneous database access and web services consumption make multi-platform integration easy.
*Deployment Product Suite*lookserver It enables customers to access iSeries applications from any device that supports a browser, or from mobile devices including PDAs.
thinclientZero deployment UIs are best suited to external users like partners and customers. Support for most popular browsers running Linux, Mac or Windows makes thin clients an easy option for instant global access.
mobileclientMore and more employees are on the road using wireless devices such as web pads, PDAs, and phones.
smartclient Suits knowledge workers needing smart/rich client support including high performance, advanced UI support (such as datagrids, tree controls and many more), offline support, desktop integration, web services consumption and database access. No touch deployment and automated updates make smartclient deployment a breeze.
Company profileFounded in 1994, LUMINEX is a leading developer and provider of disk-based mainframe virtual tape products and technologies. LUMINEX Channel Gateways allow mainframe enterprise users around the world to take full advantage of the benefits of Modern Mainframe Virtual Tape to eliminate or reduce physical tape, improve RTO and RPO, lower capital and operating costs and improve data security. With the LUMINEX Channel Gateways, enterprises can now have a single backup and recovery program for their mainframe and open systems data.
Product/service information The Channel Gateway enables mainframe customers to channel attach industry leading and proven open systems enterprise storage solutions. The Channel Gateway supports both FICON, up to 8Gb/s, and ESCON channel connectivity. Existing mainframe backup software simply sees the Channel Gateway as a recognized mainframe tape device. No software changes are required.
Channel Gateway Enhancement Options:• LTMON brings mainframe console integration to
Channel Gateway Modern Mainframe Virtual Tape solutions.
• RepMon provides real-time monitoring of virtual tape data writes and replication to a remote disaster recovery site.
• SyncCopy enforces tape data consistency across Channel Gateway-attached replicated storage systems and provides remote status monitoring of tape availability and integrity.
• HA-Grid provides fully redundant local storage of virtual tape data, with automated failover for high-availability operations, leveraging the capabilities of both SyncCopy and LTMON.
LUMINEX also offers non-disruptive tape and data migration service. Migration from your aging tape and backup infrastructure to the modern LUMINEX solution is easy and automated.
MacKinney Systems Inc
Address:4411 East State Highway D, Suite F, Springfield, MO 65809, USA
Company profileMacKinney Systems, a member of IBM PartnerWorld, SHARE, and NaSPA, has been developing and marketing mainframe software for 30 years and has over 50 products to help meet mainframe software needs.
Product/service informationCICS upgrade assistance:• VS/Cobol Interpreter allows programs written and
compiled with OS/VS COBOL to execute in CICS Transaction Server V3.1 and V3.2.
• Macro Level Interpreter allows running macro-level code in z/OS or VSE versions of CICS TS environments without any coding changes.
Cost-effective printing solutions:• JES Report Broker manages the access, distribution
and archival of reports. Archive reports for viewing via web browser. E-mail and FTP reports securely.
• MacKinney Print Transform is a server product that provides document transformation services for client products.
• JES Queue for Printers prints any report from the system spool to printers defined to VTAM or TCP/IP. Supports LPD and Direct Socket. Interfaces with Solimar Systems and Xerox.
• VTAM Virtual Printer captures existing VTAM application (CICS, IMS, etc) print and creates a report in the system spool without any programming changes.
Simplified program testing and debugging:• Track is an online testing and debugging product for
CICS application programs. Detects and corrects multiple errors in a single debugging session.
• XRAY provides the same capabilities for batch applications.
• Dump Detective solves program abends by automatically formatting and analyzing CICS dumps.
Productivity-enhancing tools:• MacKinney Batch to CICS gets your batch processing
on the fast track! Close and open files, dynamically allocate and unallocate files, send CEMT commands.
• SimpList is a powerful and highly productive mainframe interface that makes ISPF much easier to learn and
use.• VTAM/Switch allows users to switch between VTAM
applications without logging on and off, and provides single sign-on to applications.
Address:The Orangery, Turners Hill Road, Worth, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4SS, UKPhone: +44 1293 872000Email: [email protected]: www.macro4.com
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; data management; programming/testingMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, Unix, LinuxPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based
Company profileFor your critical business applications, Macro 4 is the software specilaist that enables performance improvement by making the complex simple.
Organizations are often hindered by the unnecessary IT complexity which results from business growth and technology evolution. Our philosophy is to derive enhanced performance by making the complex simple.
This approach has come about through a dedication to understanding user needs developed during the 40 years we have been serving our customers.
Macro 4 solutions:
• Assist IT operations to analyze and fix failures in mission critical applications, quickly and efficiently.
• Allow developers to interactively develop, troubleshoot and resolve program errors with unprecedented speed.
• Deliver files and test data to developers, allowing a precise and secure testing and debugging environment.
• Measure and report on application performance, quickly identifying opportunities for performance improvement.
Product/service informationMacro 4’s solutions are a world-leading range of software tools that increase operational efficiency in IBM’s mainframe environments. Today, these solutions are delivering significant cost savings and efficiency improvements as well as assuring the reliability of mission-critical applications in thousands of IT departments globally.
Fault Analysis:• DumpMaster high performance fault diagnosis of
mainframe application failures.• TraceMaster source level interactive program testing
and debugging.• M4Explorer Unique web interface for DumpMaster and
TraceMaster which improves productivity by up to 20%.
Application Integrity:• TraceMaster CodeTrack CICS codepath analysis and
Address:8311 Brier Creek Pkwy, Suite 105 – #513, Raleigh, NC 27617, USAPhone: +1 919 424 6323Email: [email protected]: www.maintec.com.
Activity: OutsourcerSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; security; programming/testingMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/Linux
Company profileMaintec Technologies Inc offers globally compliant IT solutions that empower businesses to become more competitive by leveraging offshore capabilities and highly skilled resources. Based in Raleigh, N.C, Maintec Technologies operates a software development center in Bangalore, India to provide clients comprehensive Mainframe outsourcing services (remote/onsite):• Mainframe Data Center Management – Mainframe System Software Support – Mainframe Operations Support – Mainframe and Mid-Range Services (AIX and
iSeries (AS/400) environments)• Mainframe on Demand (Access on Pay-per-use model)• Application Migration and Development Support• Consulting and Training under Hire-Train-Deploy (HTD)
model• Mainframe Hosting Services• Virtual Workforce and IT Staffing.
At Maintec, we offer our customers mainframe outsourcing, managed hosting services and Mainframe-on-Demand services to support their continuous day-to-day operations while lowering its TCO, reducing risks associated with its current hardware environment, and increasing its use of the latest technology.
For more information, please visit http://www.maintec.com/ or Contact: http://www.maintec.com/contactform.php.
Product/service informationMaintec is equipped to manage your mainframe hardware and software processing in our state of the art data centers with 24/7 operations and technical support.
Remote Management: Maintec is capable of monitor your mainframe processing remotely while your Mainframe infrastructure (hardware and software) remain at your site. You get remote technical support and operational support.
Maintec’s mainframe services:• Cater to mid-market needs, from 10 to 5000 MIPS.• Provision, operation and monitoring of mainframe
systems (z/OS), disk storage, backup systems, network access, firewalls.
• Add-ons: disaster recovery, security, compliance and consulting.
• If needed, Maintec will implement migration using proven transition processes.
Mainframe-on-Demand (Mainframe Access on Pay-per-use Model)Maintec provides affordable access to latest Mainframe infrastructure for development, training, additional short term capacity increases and outsourcing needs. Clients leverage Maintec’s Mainframe infrastructure, without investing the time, expense and manpower it would take to build their own!
Key Benefits:• Mainframe-on-Demand model lets enterprises to have
Mainframe access on a very cost effective Pay-per-Use Model.
• Solution to temporary spikes or long term increase in the capacity demands or both on your application delivery infrastructure.
Address:3399 North Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, USAPhone: 845-575-3588Email: [email protected]: http://idcp.marist.edu/learnzos
Company profileThe Institute for Data Center Professionals (IDCP) at Marist College offers convenient, affordable, 100% online,
asynchronous certificate programs covering topics that are relevant to professionals working in data center operations and/or enterprise computing environments. Courses are taught by academic professionals and industry experts, some of whom have had a hand in developing the technology. Full curriculum for z/OS system and application programmers.
Product/service informationWe offer three levels of education for the z/OS systems programmer.z/OS Associate, Professional and Expert Tracks - each comprised of three courses delivered fully onlineFor the application programmer, we offer COBOL, IMS, Assembler and DB2 tracks each comprised of three courses delivered fully online. We also offer a 2-course certificate covering AIX on Power.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: Systems management, web integration and legacy reengineering tools; otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OSPricing options: Monthly/annual license
Company profileFounded in 2008, Matter of Fact Software writes and markets innovative software in the CICS arena.
Our Directors have many decades of experience in managing CICS, upgrading it, implementing large scale application infrastructures, and supporting day-to-day operations. This has led to a deep understanding of the challenges faced by businesses that depend upon CICS and a burning desire to help them to improve the quality of services they deliver to their customers.
Product/service informationOur PlexSpy solution provides real-time status monitoring information about named business applications that run on CICS on systemZ.
Simple to use, it can be easily adopted by support staff.
Access is via a Web browser. There is no off-host installation required.
Using PlexSpy will: shorten the time it takes to understand the nature of problems affecting CICS applications; allow you to visualize the entire CICS footprint of your application; plan and monitor change implementations.
CICS JS/Server allows these resources to be served from CICS on z/OS. An environment that can be trusted to have proper management and control processes in place.
Bespoke content can also be served and novel new CICS web applications can be constructed, managed and operated using the software.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Data management; asset and change management; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, other Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: Monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based
Company profileMicro Focus International plc provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the
business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernization and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk.
Micro Focus has more than 30 years of expertise and more than 15,000 customers and one million licensed users, including more than 70 of the Fortune Global 100 companies.
By exploiting the latest technologies and leveraging the strength of our business partners worldwide, Micro Focus enables customers to make sense of their application portfolios, improve the productivity of application developers, take advantage of Web services to modernize core applications and exploit low-cost contemporary platforms, such as Windows, Unix or Linux.
Micro Focus has over 500 employees worldwide, with principal offices in the United Kingdom, United States, Germany and Japan.
Product/service informationMicro Focus Mainframe Express Enterprise Edition A mainframe development and testing environment hosted on your PC:• Reduces mainframe overheads • Analysis, compilation, debugging and testing of
applications on your PC• Support for all major mainframe languages and
• Flexibility to extend business transactions to new platforms.
Micro Focus Revolve Enterprise EditionReduces the costs and risks associated with large scale change initiatives and regular maintenance:• Impact analysis and documentation of mainframe
applications• Saves up to 90% of the time spent on major analysis
Micro Focus SOA ExpressUnlocks embedded business processes in existing mainframe applications and delivers them to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) through Web services. • Uses your existing mainframe skills and processes• No proprietary middleware infrastructure• Integration with all major platforms, including
WebSphere• IBM ‘Ready for SOA’ certified.
Micro Focus Data ExpressManages test data to allow you to meet data privacy and performance needs.
Sales contacts:America: MOST Technologies, Inc, 400 Northridge Road, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30350, USA, Tel: (678) 420-7470.AsiaPac: MOST Technologies Japan K.K.#301 1-14-16 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 106-0031, Tel: (81) 3 5412-8662, Fax: (81) 3 5412-8664, Email: [email protected].
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based, other
Company profileMOST Technologies, a global leader in legacy modernization, is in a unique position to address the needs of organizations with investment in mainframe application assets.
MOST’s legacy modernization offering provide the customer with following benefits:• Reduction in total cost of ownership related to the
operation of legacy applications• Renew the value of legacy applications and data in new
services• Improve accessibility to these application assets
real time so as to support business intelligence and customer service initiatives
• Increased flexibility and interoperability with internal and external services
• Tighter control over budget through reducing scope of change
MOST Technologies offering to mainframe customers with investment in Legacy Applications include:• Solutions• Expertise• Services.
Product/service informationMF-Test is a leading testing solution from MOST Technologies that was developed specifically for testing mainframe applications, databases and their supporting environments. It provides automatic execution of the application testing scenarios as well as advanced reporting mechanism to allow multiple tests on parallel testing environments.
MF-Test is a mature technology that is helping various mainframe customers around the world to test their mainframe applications in a low risk, low cost environment. Using MF-Test can reduce the burden out of the testing phase, so resources can focus on keep developing the applications.
MF-Test capabilities:• Multiple isolated test environments – Enable parallel
testing for a larger number of testing scenarios• Smart and flexible pre/post change comparisons –
Ensuring that the application outcome remains exactly the same after the application modifications, unless a change is expected
• Test results collection – All results are collected and kept in a central location, for comparison and tracking purposes
• Test auditing, control and security – For management of larger testing teams, located in different locations and testing different applications
• Central user interface – Windows based graphical user interface for tests’ creation, execution and track
• Ease of use and scalability – Using standards languages for external funcationality additions.
NewEra Software Inc
Address:155 East Main Avenue, Suite 130 Morgan Hill, CA 9503, USAPhone: +1 408 201 7000 (or 800 421 5035 toll-free in North America).Email: [email protected]: http://www.newera.com.
Company profileNewEra Software, Inc. was founded in 1989 with the specific goal of developing, marketing and supporting innovative system management software tools and services. Thanks to the continued support of thousands of systems professionals worldwide that have come to depend on NewEra, the company has become an industry leader and its products the industry standard for repair, recovery, data erasure and integrity of large systems. Learn more at www.newera.com.
Product/service informationImage Control Environment (ICE) automatically discovers, extracts, blueprints and inspects the z/OS configuration components that comprise a Sysplex and its Images. Process findings are shared with other ICE applications including the ICE Viewer. Systematic monitoring of an entire Sysplex and all of its’ Images is achieved using the Production View while the effort required for technical staff to advance to a new release of the operating system or a subsystem is mitigated through the use of New Release Analysis. The Control Editor (TCE) is a “Compensating Control” that provides a layer of non-invasive security over the z/OS configuration components housed in defined sets of partitioned datasets. TCE significantly enhances the level of security generally provided by the site’s External Security Manager (ESM). In addition, TCE can be customized to identify the occurrence of specific System and Health Checker Messages and record change events detected by the Supplemental Detectors. Stand Alone Environment (SAE) and its Fast DASD Erase tool are the industry standard for repair, recovery and data erasure of z/OS systems.
Activity: Systems integratorSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change
management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSEPricing options: Monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based , workload/usage based, other
Company profileOGS Consulting Pte Ltd covers Singapore, Malaysia,Thailand, and China supporting mainframe sites to providetraining, consultancy, and legacy migration servicesrelated to the z/OS and z/VSE platform. OGS also partnerswith principals for software distribution of database,performance, utility tools and network management.
Product/service informationOGS provides training in the mainframe environment including z/OS, JCL, VSAM, CICS, DB2, Security Audits and COBOL. Legacy migrations include migrations between databases and/or platforms (one of which is the mainframe). Software tools include DB2 z/OS database tools for performance, administration, backup/recovery and sorting. Other tools include storage management, tuning, and productivity add-ons and competitive replacements.
OracleAddress:500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA, USAPhone: +1 603-502-7635Web: http://www.oracle.com
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data management; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: Unix, Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: Workload/usage based, other
Company profileOracle has a worldwide team dedicated to modernization and migration projects – the Platform Migrations Group. This team is part of Oracle Server Technologies (Oracle Development) and has over 300 resources worldwide. These resources are knowledgable in legacy systems and modernization, Oracle Grid Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Development tools and Oracle Modernization Alliance partners’ tools and products. Each modernization project is assigned an Oracle lead from the Oracle Modernization Solutions team. The team has direct linkage into Oracle development, and has close relationships with Oracle Product Managers.
Oracle’s PTS Modernization Solutions team has been a key member for hundreds of modernization project over the past four years. The team has engaged at a number of levels including: architecture design, modernization tools selection, modernization assessments, evaluation and portfolio analysis, project scoping and estimating, proof of concepts, project advisor, hands on technical enablement, and trusted technical advisor. The projects have been for oth Oracle customers, Oracle System Integrator partners, Oracle Independent Software Vendor partners, and Oracle modernization partners.
The projects have spanned many industries and utilized a variety of modernization approaches. The projects have also encompassed many source technologies from DB2, IMS, COBOL, RPG, Adabas to PL/I, Sybase, Informix, Powerbuilder and Assembler.
Oracle has also been involved with 150 customer mainframe modernization projects where Oracle BEA Tuxedo is the application serer and transaction processing platform for legacy COBOL, CICS and JCL/batch systems.
Product/service informationOracle offers the only open systems active/active grid database platform. Oracle’s Database Real Application Clusters (RAC) running on clusters provides Oracle’s highest level of capability in terms of availability, scalability, and low-cost computing. Oracle Database RAC supports the transparent deployment of a single database across a cluster of servers, providing fault tolerance from hardware failures or planned outages. RAC provides scalability using any hardware, regardless if you prefer small systems or large boxes.
For application relability, scalability and availability, Oracle offers the Oracle WebLogic Application Grid. Oracle WebLogic Application Grid works with any application server – including Oracle WebLogic Server, IBM WebSphere Application Server, and JBoss Application Server – or in a pure grid environment without an application server
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Data management; storage
management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, Linux Non-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows, othersPricing options: One-time charge, processor/capacity-based
Company profilePDFlib GmbH is completely focused on PDF technology. Customers worldwide use PDFlib products since 1997. The company closely follows development and market trends, such as ISO standards for PDF. PDFlib GmbH products are distributed in 100 countries all over the world with major markets in North America, Europe, and Japan.
Customers of PDFlib GmbH are using the software for automated and high volume generation and processing of PDF documents in business and prepress workflows or for online billing systems. The development tools of PDFlib GmbH are readily available for all common environments of operating systems and programming languages.
Product/service informationThe PDFlib Product FamilyPDFlib is the leading developer toolbox for generating and manipulating files in the Portable Document Format (PDF). PDFlib’s main targets are dynamic PDF creation on a Web server or any other server system, and to implement “Save as PDF” in existing applications. The PDFlib product family is available in three different flavors: PDFlib, PDFlib+PDI (PDF Import), and PDFlib Personalization Server (PPS).
PDFlib+PDI includes all PDFlib functions plus the PDF Import Library (PDI). With PDI you can open existing PDF documents and incorporate some pages into the PDFlib output.
PDFlib Personalization Server (PPS) includes PDFlib+PDI plus additional functions for variable data processing using PDFlib blocks.
PDFlib PLOP and PLOP DSPDFlib PLOP (PDF Linearization, Optimization, Protection) offers a straightforward way to linearize and optimize your PDF files for fast Web delivery, and to apply or remove Acrobat security features.
The extended version PLOP DS offers all features of PLOP plus the ability to apply digital signatures to PDF documents.
PDFlib TETThe PDFlib Text Extraction Toolkit (TET) is a developer product for reliably extracting text, images and metatdata from PDF documents.
Company profilePhoenix Software International, Inc. is a major systems software development company providing advanced software solutions to enterprises around the world. Our diverse products support IBM and compatible mainframes, personal computers, and local and wide area networks. Phoenix customers range from small entrepreneurial companies to major federal and state agencies to Fortune 500 leaders. Phoenix has been providing software solutions since 1979 and is a privately held corporation. Corporate headquarters are located in El Segundo, California with satellite offices in Raleigh, North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Complete corporate information can be found on our website at www.phoenixsoftware.com.
Product/service information(E)JES: A systems management tool that provides all the information you need to monitor and manage your z/OS JESplex—whether you are running JES2 or JES3. (E)JES panels provide up-to-date information on jobs, printers, queues, and resources in a z/OS JESplex. You can enter (E)JES commands directly from these panels to control job processes and the operation of system resources.
CONDOR: A comprehensive library management and program development system designed for use in all z/VSE and z/OS environments.
FALCON: An efficient, easy-to-use, on-line data entry system that is fully functional in IBM environments.
Key/101: is a single software solution for integrating data input via IBM 370 architecture mainframe, personal computers, data capture devices and networks.
NetTester/1: A z/OS VTAM utility that generates adjustable levels of network traffic.
PHX-Adders: Allows you to handle decentralized or migrated data entry functions.
PHX-KeyPlus: An online data entry system that runs on IBM and IBM-compatible mainframes using standard 3270-type terminals.
PHX-ODE: An online tool designed for reliable heads down data entry, data entry application development and sophisticated system control facilities, as well as standard data entry tasks.
zHISR: A z/OS utility for generating hot spot analysis reports of customer, vendor or operating system program execution.
PIR Group, Inc
Address:345 North Canal, Ste C202, Chicago, IL 60606, USA.Phone: +1 312 756 1000Email: [email protected]: www.pirgroupinc.com
Activity: IntegratorSpecialist areas: Web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, other Non-mainframe platforms supported: i5Pricing options: One-time charge
Company profilePIR Group specializes in the development of automated migration utilities. These tools assist companies in modernizing their applications by allowing them to move off the mainframe. PIR Group has partnered with multiple IBM business partners to provide customers with a total computing solution.
Product/service informationCOBOL KeePIR for the AS/400 automates the conversion of legacy applications. Mainframe CICS online / batch programs are converted into native AS/400 COBOL, DDS and CLP. MVS/VSE JCL is converted into AS/400 CL. The mainframe database is duplicated under DB2/400.
COBOL KeePIR’s use of native COBOL screen handlers guarantees identical functioning of the interactive screen and online processes. Automated conversion options can enhance the look of screens. Batch program processing time is reduced. The batch programs/reports function and look the same. The JCL is converted one for one while customization/flexibility has been built into the tool-set.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: Web integration and legacy reengineering tools
Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Non-mainframe platforms supported: System iPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based
Company profileWe are passionately committed to the maintenance and improvement of valuable legacy applications. We preserve investments in applications and staff. In doing so, we make an important contribution to the corporate success and continuity of our customers.PKS stands for:
• Intelligent Tools “Made in Germany”: We achieve a high degree of automation with custom-tailored tools of the highest quality. This guarantees optimal cost-effectiveness at minimal risk for customers around the world.
• Implementation Expertise: We have a high degree of specialized knowledge, traction, and are true go-getters. We not only look for solutions, but we also implement them.
• Mutual collaboration: From our experience, we know that 1 + 1 = 3: The combination of application and technological know-how is what makes our projects so successful.
• Accountability: Our customers trust us when it comes to the future of their most important applications. Both the owners and staff of PKS are aware of this responsibility and are personally dedicated to the success of projects.
Mainframe platforms supported: z/OSNon-mainframe platforms supported: System i, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows, othersPricing options: Other
Company profilePKWARE, Inc. is the leading provider of enterprise solutions for secure and efficient data transfer and storage. As the inventor and continuing innovator of the ZIP standard, PKWARE leverages the cross-platform compatibility of ZIP. Using advanced encryption and compression, PKWARE products provide secure and efficient file exchange both internally and with external partners, across all major platforms including windows, server, midrange, and mainframe systems.
Over 30,000 companies world-wide use PKWARE Solutions, including many Fortune 100 and 23 of the top 25 financial institutions, health care, retail, and manufacturing companies. Additionally, over 200 federal agencies and state governments utilize PKWARE.
Product/service informationThe PKWARE SecureZIP Solution is supported on the IBM z/OS mainframe, providing industry-leading data reduction and security. With SecureZIP for IBM z/OS, enterprises:
•Decrypt data and stream it directly to the applicationwithout staging decrypted data to disk• Write directly to, and read from, UNIX/Linux and
Windows servers, eliminating extra steps when moving files across systems
• Leverage IBM System z Integrated Cryptographic Services Facility (ICSF), gaining significant cost savings as a result of reduced resource requirements
• Utilize IBM System z Hardware compression to significantly reduce the cpu and elapsed time required to compress files
• Significantly reduce the time needed to write zip archives to, and extract files from zip archives on tape
Company profileProgress DataDirect is a leader in data connectivity and mainframe integration software for corporate enterprises and independent software vendors, including IBM. Progress DataDirect Shadow is the industry’s only unified integration platform for mainframe data access and SOA enablement. Shadow delivers secure, high performance and scalable access to a broad range of mainframe data and application environments – with unique capabilities to extend System z specialty engine exploitation beyond DB2 for dramatically lower mainframe TCO.
Progress Software Corporation (Nasdaq: PRGS) is a global software company that enables enterprises to be operationally responsive to changing conditions and customer interactions as they occur – to capitalize on new opportunities, drive greater efficiencies and reduce risk. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of best-in-class infrastructure software spanning event-driven visibility and real-time response, open integration, data access and integration, and application development and deployment – all supporting on-premises and SaaS/Cloud deployments.
Product/service informationShadow is the industry’s only single, unified platform for mainframe SOA enablement and data connectivity. From this single integration architecture, Shadow supports a full
range of standards-based mainframe integration products:• Shadow z/Services comprehensive, bi-directional
mainframe Web services to support SOA and Orchestration, including transformation ofbusiness logic and/or 3270 screens into reusable Web services, or data via SOAP interface, as well as support for mainframe consumption of external, distributed Web services.
• Shadow z/Events - a comprehensive facility for real-time mainframe data change capture, transformation, and publishing in support of event driven integration, BI and data warehousing.
• Shadow z/Direct - high performance data connectivity APIs (ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET) to enable direct, SQL access and transactional support to a broad range of mainframe datasources.
• Shadow z/Presentation - supports automatic presentation layer generation for extending screen-based applications to the Web.
Shadow’s unique exploitation of IBM’s new mainframe specialty engines allows customers who have purchased the System z Integration Information Processor (zIIP) and System z Application Assist Processor (zAAP), the added benefit of diverting workloads to these unmeasured environments, which has the proven ability to dramatically lower Total Cost of Ownership by up to 99% and improve performance.
ProTech Professional Technical Services Address:610 Beatty Road, Bldg B, Pittsburgh, PA 15146, USA.
Phone: 800-373-9188 (international +1 412 810 8855).Email: [email protected]: www.protechpts.com
Activity: EducationSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/management.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: one-time charge
Company profileProTech is an expert professional services firm specializing in Enterprise Systems Management, IT Service Management (ITSM/ITIL), and Data Center Automation. As an IBM Business Partner and CA Consulting Partner,
our company specializes in providing consulting, training and software products for IBM Mainframe and Enterprise UNIX/Linux systems.
Our training division, ProTechTraining.com trains over 10,000 IT professionals each year from a curriculum of over 500 instructor-led courses in traditional and virtual classroom, as well as a library of self-paced elearning offerings. ProTech provides public classes throughout North America and onsite training Worldwide.
Product/service informationRMF Redux - Analyzes WLM data for better policy management implementation by creating real-time reports of actual SMF 70/72 records of system behavior.
EZChange for OPS/MVS - aids in change control for OPS/MVS data center rules and REXX applications.
QuickREXX - a set of productivity tools and functions developed by literally thousands of hours working in the ESM & DCA field. Let our experience help you!
Please call for more information or product sheets on any of these software solutions.
Easy to InstallAs the only new, Mainframe Postal Software products in over 20 years, QMSI’s CASS and PAVE Certified™ software meets customer demands ... and then some.Even easier to useEnglish Keyword Parameters makesJOB setup simple and quick!
Blazing FAST . . . andEvery customer is amazed at the speed. It’s possible QMSI software is the fastest Postal Processing software on the planet!
It’s Priced to save you $$$Isn’t it time you started looking for another way to save even more than just the cost of postage?
From Enterprise Architects to the Enterprise WorldQMSI Postal Software Products are the quickest way to more profit because they cost less to start-up and maintain; run faster, using less CPU; take full advantage of today’s IBM System z Architecture - with concepts like our Data Space Data Base (DSDB) and innovations like zIIP-eligible processing ... for even greater savings.
We make our money by saving you money...and time!
* No MIPS-based pricing For starters, this means you are never going to be “hit again” when you want, or need, to upgrade your CPU.
* Run on a zIIP - save more If you have one, your processing time is “free” - further reducing your costs.
866.284.1001Exclusively for Domestic US Mail processed on IBM Mainframes
Company profileQMSI is a Domestic US Mail software Development and Sales Organization. QMSI was founded by System Architects and Mailing Industry Professionals to prove Mainframe Postal Processing could be done using less overhead at a lower cost with simpler, easy to use “controls.” Our President and CTO believes robust and stable software saves money for both our customers and QMSI by eliminating problems. Our unique pricing standards make Postal software less costly to acquire, install and maintain. QMSI CASS & PAVE products easily replace those of the industry leader saving both money and time for those who change.
Product informationQMSI has a growing collection of Postal Processing Software for both z/OS and z/VSE which is designed to meet the specific needs of our customers rather than the industry in general.
QCODE - our premier product is the only USPS CASS Certified software that can run on a zIIP, under z/OS, taking full advantage of modern technology.
QSORT - our presort product is USPS PAVE Certified for First Class and Standard Mail providing an easy and quick way to obtain Postage Discounts for volume mailers.
QVIEW - our CICS & IMS Online models show our customers the ease of creating interfaces to access and correct their Address data.
Our QMSI-unique DSDB (DataSpaceDataBase) (tm) eliminates the overhead of VSAM I/O.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; data management; programming/testingMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Pricing options: One-time charge
Company profileProvides best-of-breed point products for DB2/z and z/OS.IBM Advanced Business Partner.
Product/service information Smart/RESTART enables z/OS batch applications to run restartably - often without changes to source code. Smart/RESTART is a robust, reliable, and proven solution that Global 2000 organizations worldwide use to run their mission-critical z/OS batch applications.
RLX designates a family of REXX Language Xtensions that endow REXX with additional capabilities for DB2/z, VSAM, and z/OS .
Launch Express provides a complete solution and methodology for Dynamic ISPF.
Address:275 Grove Street Suite 3-410, Newton, MA 02466-2272, USA Phone: +1 (617) 614-4321Web: www.rocketsoftware.com
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; data management; programming/testingMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390
Company profileRocket Software was founded in 1990 with an initial focus on developing and delivering software solutions to IBM mainframe customers deploying IBM DB2. Within the first five years, Rocket licensed all of its intellectual property to IBM, and all of Rocket’s products were rebranded and licensed to enterprises through IBM’s worldwide sales channel. Rocket brands include Mainstar and Seagull.
Company profileFounded in 1980, RSM is the UK’s leading independent provider of technical education & training for users of IBM
mainframe systems. Working in partnership with the British Computer Society (BCS), RSM has been instrumental in developing and launching the Mainframe Technology Professional series of examinations and qualifications.
Product/service information Publicly presented and customised, one-company training and education courses covering such areas as: z/OS, CICS Transaction Server, DB2 for z/OS, WebSphere MQ, IMS TM & DB, WebSphere Application Server, TCP/IP for z/OS.
Address:SAS Institute Inc, 100 SAS Campus Drive, Cary, NC 27513-2414, USA Phone: +1 919 677 8000International Headquarters: SAS Institute GmbH, PO.Box 105340, Neuenheimer Landstr. 28-30, 69043 Heidelberg, GERMANYPhone : +49 6221 4160Web: www.sas.com
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Data management
Company profile• Business intelligence. With SAS business intelligence,
you can integrate data from across your enterprise, and deliver fast access to self-service reporting and analysis to all levels of user. Easy-to-use interfaces make it simple for decision makers to get the answers they need – saving you time while driving better decisions.
• Analytics.With SAS, you can deliver analytic results
to all users to share insights and drive fact-based decisions.
• Dataintegration&ETL.With SAS, you gain an integrated approach for managing your increasing volumes of enterprise data. You can simplify the process of data extraction, transformation and loading while improving data quality and achieving true data integration.
Serena Software Inc
Address:1850 Gateway Road, 4th Floor, San Mateo, CA 94404, USA Phone: +11-650-481-3400
Company profileSerena Software provides Orchestrated IT solutions to the Global 2000. Serena’s core purpose is to advance the business value of IT. Our 4,000 active enterprise customers, encompassing almost one million users worldwide, have made Serena the largest independent ALM vendor and the only one that orchestrates DevOps, the processes that bring together application development and operations.
Product/service informationChangeMan ZMF is the industry’s leading mainframe software change management solution. It supports mainframe modernization though an Eclipse plug-in, web user interface, JAVA development, and integration with Serena Dashboard, Serena Development Manager, and Serena Release Manager.
Serena Dashboard works with ChangeMan ZMF to provide KPIs and dashboards that are specifically designed for ChangeMan ZMF’s Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) processes.
Serena Development Manager is integrated with ChangeMan ZMF and helps global development organizations orchestrate application development across disparate platforms, departmental processes, and development tools.
Serena Release Manager combines ChangeMan ZMF with innovative workflow capabilities to provide a powerful, efficient way of managing application releases.
COMPAREX is the only mainframe comparison tool that supports data, text, and directory files in a single product. Available on z/OS, z/VM, and z/VSE platforms, Comparex is accessible via both ISPF and batch interfaces.
Dimensions z/OS provides a single SCM solution for distributed platforms plus z/OS and z/Linux.
StarTool DA provides intelligent dump analysis and debugging for mainframes. It helps diagnose the cause of ABEND conditions through automated dump diagnostics, interactive call tracing support, and dump archiving.
StarTool FDM provides a comprehensive environment for editing and managing PDS, PDSE, sequential, extended sequential, direct, DB2, and VSAM files. FDM simplifies file management tasks and eliminates the need for multiple tools, batch utilities, and homegrown routines.
Address:65th Yigal Alon St. Tel Aviv, IsraelPhone: +972 3 5615190.Email: [email protected]: www.softlibsw.com.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: OtherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/Linux, other Non-mainframe platforms supported: System i, AIX, Other Unix, Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual licence, other
Company profileSoftlib is a pioneer and leading provider of Knowledge Delivery and Management software, helping our customers accelerate time to resolution in their IT, support and helpdesk organizations. Our customers include financial organizations, insurance companies, government agencies, manufacturing companies, High Tech, Medical equipment, Telecom etc. Our intelligent software products help mainframe experts get to the right knowledge quickly and easily, thus improving productivity.
Product/service informationiSolve is the only technical reference covering all possible information sources - vendor technical information, Web news groups, Web forums and internal/corporate sources.
iSolve for Mainframe covers abend codes, commands and all other essential information Mainframe experts
Sales contacts:America: www.softwareag.com/Corporate/contact_us See http://www.softwareag.com/Corporate/Company/offices for offices worldwide.EMEA: www.softwareag.com/Corporate/contact_usAsiaPac: www.softwareag.com/Corporate/contact_us.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: business process management and analysis; SOA-based integration and data management; efficient management of big data; application development; legacy modernization; other.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, z/VSE, z/VM, z/Linux, BS2000 other Non-mainframe platforms supported: iSeries (AS/400), OpenVMS, UNIX, Linux, Windows, other Pricing options: other
Company profile Founded in 1969 in Darmstadt, Germany, Software AG is the global leader in Business Process Excellence. Our more than 40 years of innovation include the invention of the first high-performance transactional database, Adabas; the first business process analysis platform, ARIS; the first B2B server and SOA-based integration platform, webMethods; and pioneering big data technology with Terracotta’s BigMemory.
We offer our customers a variety of end-to-end solutions that deliver low total cost of ownership and high ease of use. Our industry-leading brands, ARIS, webMethods, Adabas, Natural, CentraSite, Terracotta and IDS Scheer Consulting, represent a unique portfolio encompassing: process strategy, design, integration and control; SOA-based integration and data management; efficient management of big data; process-driven SAP implementation; and strategic process consulting and services.
Software AG had revenues of around €1.1 billion in 2011 and has more than 5,500 employees serving enterprise and public institution customers across 70 countries. The company is headquartered in Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW).
Adabas and NaturalIn today’s complex and diverse IT environments, Adabas and Natural can help organizations meet changing IT requirements based upon their ease of integration, standards support and high degree of interoperability:• Web-browser based applications – Natural provides
capabilities to natively develop rich Web/AJAX user interfaces easily, incl. the capability to transform existing Natural green screens (Maps) to Web pages.
• Eclipse-based development environment – With NaturalONE application developers have a fully integrated suite of tools to maintain, modernize and develop Natural applications on all platforms
• With Natural Engineer it is possible to automatically analyze, redocument and reengineer existing Natural applications to improve maintainability and productivity.
• With the Adabas SQL Gateway and the Event Replicator for Adabas it is possible to share Adabas data seamlessly with relational DBMS (e.g. Oracle, DB2, SQL Server) and Data Warehouse / Business Intelligence environments.
• Various data management tools for Adabas allow DBAs to protect sensitive data, to archive or to partition data across platforms.
• Mainframe-based optimization add-ons (e.g. zIIP Enabler for Natural, Adabas Fastpath) help enterprise to save CPU or IO time without changing the application code.
• Standards support – Adabas and Natural support common manufacturer-independent standards, such as those for SQL, XML, Web Services, Java and others.
• Runs on multiple platforms – Adabas and Natural can run on different operating systems (e.g. Mainframe, UNIX, Linux, Windows) with the ability to move applications across platforms, e.g. from Mainframe to Linux.
• Wide interoperability – By leveraging webMethods integration technologies (e.g. EntireX, ApplinX, Integration Server) Natural applications can easily be connected to packaged, cloud, mobile, Java or .NET applications in a rapid and secure manner
Application ModernizationImprove the usability of existing green-screen applications—faster—with our webMethods application modernization solution (webMethods ApplinX, EntireX, JIS). Our low risk, cost-effective approach makes existing
business applications easier to use and more accessible.The application modernization solution features proven software for:• Giving a new look-and-feel to Natural, COBOL, RPG
or any other green screen-based applications without changing the application code
• Improve the accessibility of legacy applications by providing new user interfaces on Web or Mobile devices
• Automating time consuming end-user tasks and manual processes
• Extending legacy applications on a business-logic level to SOA, BPM, Java or .NET
The solution is a key building block for extending existing applications to take advantage of our platforms for integration (application, B2B, Cloud), Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Business Process Management (BPM), Mobile Application Development and Big Data. Fundamental Software AG products that help you to modernize your green-screen applications include:
• webMethods EntireX allows you to turn existing application functions into new high-value business services using existing application assets, quickly and easily. Developers can rapidly create new .NET, Java or Web services comprised of business logic and transactions from a wide range of host environments. In addition, webMethods EntireX enables true bi-directional service wrapping.
• webMethods ApplinX is the low-risk, non-invasive approach to Web-enabling core-system user interfaces. You can improve the end-user experience by giving existing applications a true Web look and feel and modernize existing systems in just days without changing existing code. ApplinX is the only product on the market that allows you to simultaneously convert “green screens” into Web interfaces and service-enable user sessions.
• webMethods JIS (formerly known as Jacada® Interface Server) is one of the world’s leading automated web-enablement solutions. With webMethods JIS, you can modernize large green-screen applications faster and enforce consistent user interface (UI) rules across applications. Use webMethods JIS for a risk-free, cost-effective way to provide graphical thin-client access to your legacy applications and modernize both mainframe and iSeries (AS/400) applications rapidly and conveniently using the same tool.
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Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; security; network performance/managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: Other Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based
Company profileSoftware Diversified Services (SDS) has been developing first-rate tools for IBM mainframes for 30 years. SDS products run at hundreds of institutions worldwide, including governments and Global 500 companies in banking, finance, insurance, and retail.
We are noted for the highest quality software, documentation, and technical support. For technical support, SDS was rated number 1 several years ago by Xephon’s prestigious IBEX Bulletin.
Our specialty is helping z/OS shops worldwide deliver the fastest, most reliable, most secure network service possible.
Our VitalSigns family of software for z/OS has been built from the ground up as low-overhead, easy-to-use suite that employs web browsers to provide a modern graphic interface to z/OS.
Our software provides security and encryption for data in transit, management and automation for SNA applications,real-time and historical monitoring for IP networks, and performance monitoring with the power to PREDICT trouble so you can prevent it.
Product/service informationVitalSigns for Network Automation and Control (VNAC) is an ideal replacement for NetView(TM) or NetMaster(TM)--applications bloated with features you seldom use, but always pay for.
VNAC provides network and system automation, panel applications, and immediate, customizable response to performance alerts and system messages.
VNAC makes it easy to issue console commands to any system in a sysplex, and to watch responses and messages as they arrive. VNAC can handily search datasets and historical logs. VNAC provides direct links from IBM messages to IBM documentation. VNAC also provides versatile support for REXX execs.
VitalSigns for IP (VIP) provides real-time, browser-based management of TCP/IP networks on z/OS. VIP is noted for breadth of monitoring scope, for ease of use, and for minimal demands on CPU resources.
VIP fully supports IPv6 and ICMPv6 protocols. It provides a batch tool for monitoring OSA traffic. It fully monitors z/OS interfaces, including details regarding OSAs, DVIPAs, and data link control. It fully monitors z/OS HPR connections, including details regarding control points and transmission groups.
VitalSigns for FTP (VFTP) secures, monitors, automates, and audits FTP traffic through z/OS servers and clients. Coupled with Tectia(TM) software, VFTP automatically converts FTP to secure SFTP without re-writing batch jobs.
Activity: Software vendor and consultingSpecialist areas: Database performance, maintenance, recoveryMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Pricing options: Processor/capacity based, other
Company profile Software Engineering GMBH has been developing standardized DB2 software and providing DB2 consulting services for more than 25 years. By combining intensive research with target-oriented development of new DB2 software products, we have established powerful skills in DB2 solutions. Driven by customers, consultants, and other highly skilled DB2 users at our Design Councils, we develop practical innovations to keep DB2 in the best shape.
Product/service informationRealTime DBAExpert insures high data availability, as well as fast and secure recoverability, 24x7. RealTime DBAExpert automates the management of DB2 for z/OS databases. Using real-time statistics and user-defined thresholds, combined with continuous monitoring of DB2 objects, RealTime DBAExpert detects and responds to database problems immediately. Seamless integration with all job schedulers and existing IT procedures secures existing investments and the exploitation of latest technologies saves valuable resources.
Bind ImpactExpert completely automates the evaluation of access paths for static and dynamic SQL. Integration into all existing rebind and bind procedures automatically determines the rebinds and binds necessary to insure consistent or improved performing access paths, as well as to avoid those that are unnecessary. Used as a migration aid, Bind ImpactExpert predicts the access paths that will result under a new DB2 version and categorizes the changes into version-specific results.
SQL PerformanceExpert for DB2 z/OS insures well-tuned SQL statements, which translates to efficient CPU usage, improved reponse time, reduced I/O activity and reduced resource locking. SQL PerformanceExpert automates the analysis of SQL performance (both static and dynamic) and identifies tuning changes that improve application performance, pinpointing problem areas and saving time and money associated with inefficient applications. It also automates package management and catalog change management, as well as the optimization of performance indexes.
PiT Recovery for DB2 z/OS automates, controls, and speeds up all the necessary actions needed for a point in time (PIT) recovery of ERP and CRM systems like Peoplesoft, SAP, and Siebel. Pit Recovery not only generates, executes, and controls the necessary jobs, it even weighs different scenarios like using DB2 image copies, flashcopies, or even the new DB2 V8 RESTORE SYSTEM feature. Additionally, it provides all the required information necessary to forecast how long a specific outage will last.
Recovery HealthCheck for DB2 z/OS verifies all Recovery/Restart relevant prerequisites of a production database. It also provides recovery time objectives for each object, pinpointing the period of time that is required for a recovery. Recovery HealthCheck for DB2 z/OS makes the prerequisites for a critical recovery scenario transparent and enables proactive adjustments and optimization before an outage occurs.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security, programming/testing, web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/management.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Non-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, other Unix, LinuxPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, other.
Company profile Software Europe was formed in April 1989 to market and support mainframe systems software. We have exclusive contracts to distribute supplier products in the UK and Eire and market a variety of business solutions developed at our Lincoln Office. Our client list includes many of the best-known UK blue-chip and FTSE 100 companies. We provide frequent training courses and run product user groups and regular seminars for all clients, ensuring an unrivalled service 24/7.
Product/service informationProducts marketed and supported by Software Europe include:• Consul zSecure Suite: consists of modular components
that enable customers to easily administer their mainframe, monitor for threats, audit usage and configuration, and enforce policy compliance.
• ETF/A: a set of very powerful utilities to assist ACF2 security administrators.
• Catalog Information Manager (CIM): covers all aspects of catalog management from maintenance and backup to diagnosis and complete recovery.
• Cross Sysplex Manager: synchronous and remote data access.
• RMF Magic: zSeries disk subsystem analysis & reporting, consolidates information from all hosts
• SmartProduction: reduces the CPU resources required to run your batch workload, by identifying all your product inefficiencies.
• Smart TS XL: an intuitive browser-based search engine for the mainframe/mini environment.
• E-SRF: a comprehensive security reporting facility designed specifically for information security and audit professionals.
• Capacity Magic: calculate the effective storage capacity of your current and future disk subsystems through an easy-to-use graphical dialog.
• Batch Magic: a powerful application for tape and batch window tuning and capacity planning.
• Disk Magic: provides users with a thorough understanding of current disk subsystem performance and enables them to make better purchase and configuration decisions.
Software on ZAddress:15714 SE 25th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008-5410, USAPhone: +1-425-351-2316.Email: [email protected]: www.softwareonz.com
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; network performance/managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OSPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, other
Company profileSoftwareOnZ specializes in optimizing your usage of System z. Our software solutions will help your reduce the amount of time, effort, and human error involved in implementing and maintaining a cost-effective mainframe computing environment. Whether you are a DBA, a capacity manager, a systems programmer, an application developer, or a development manager, SoftwareOnZ has a solution for improving your workload and reducing your computing costs.
Our solutions can help you to reduce the cost of mainframe computing while more effectively managing vWLC, improving the administration and performance of your DB2 databases and applications, enhancing the visibility of the impact of application and system changes, as well as improving your overall system operations.
At SoftwareOnZ we really do offer a better way on z.
Product/service informationSoftwareOnZ offers mainframe software solutions for capacity planning and management, change management and compliance, DB2 administration, and systems and application management.
For capacity management, SoftwareOnZ offers AutoSoftCapping (ASC). This solution maximizes software cost efficiencies for IBM zSeries platforms. ASC automatically adjusts defined capacity by LPAR based upon you actual workload, while maintaining a consistent overall defined capacity for your CPC. In this way, ASC can reduce the monthly software bill for customers using vWLC pricing.
For DB2 environment, SoftwareOnZ offers solutions for improving performance by automating access path control (zAPX), more effectively managing storage (zSPM), automating DB2 utilities (DB-Genie), and improving application development (RDBA).
Managing change is a constant battle, even more so in this day and age of regulatory compliance. SoftwareOnZ offers solutions for tracking and managing the changes you make to your system software (SYSchange) and to your applications (Ripple-Trac).
SoftwareOnZ also offers solutions for improving mainframe systems and applications management. RealTime Defrag provides automated storage defragmentation, enabling you to continuously and reliably recover disk space while your systems remain operational. Additional solutions offer automated ISPF screen painting capabilities (PADEST) and mainframe sort automation (Express Sortware).
Solimar SystemsAddress:1515 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101, USAPhone: +1 619 849 2800.Email: [email protected]: www.solimarsystems.com
Company profileFounded in 1991, Solimar Systems Inc is a leading
developer of enterprise output management solutions for digital document creation, production and distribution environments. Installed in thousands of sites around the world, including nearly 40% of the Fortune 100, Solimar solutions satisfy a wide range of customer requirements by combining integrated connectivity, data stream transforms, print optimization, document re-engineering/repurposing and sophisticated print queue management with secure web-based document presentation, distribution and tracking.
Experts in legacy and modern data streams, Solimar solutions provide essential infrastructure to organizations in a variety of industries including insurance, financial services, banking, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, healthcare, government, education, retail, manufacturing, utilities, distribution and print service bureaux.
based enterprise output management solution that provides multi-level security, remote administrator and operator access, email alerts, powerful job routing/tracking capabilities, and industry leading data stream transforms.
• iCONVERT – Stand-alone powerful transform engine for AFP environments that automatically routes mainframe and AS/400 print reports directly to networked desktop and production PostScript printers, viewing stations and archive systems. Files are parsed and renamed with job events module.
• SOLscript – PostScript preamble that emulates and optimizes Xerox VIPP software by generating DSC compliant PostScript, extending the reach of VIPP applications to virtually all types and brands of workgroup and production printers, as well as ERM/COLD and archive systems.
• SOLsearcher – Highly scalable and secure electronic document delivery and web presentation solution that enables organizations to effectively index, store, search and retrieve large collections of transactional and/or scannned documents. Ideal for B2B and B2C environments.
Company profileSosa-Cousins, Inc is a hand- on InformationTechnology consulting firm with over 35 years of global experience in consulting and systems development for the financial, insurance, and travel industry. Our belief is that by using teamwork we can achieve the best load control management system tailored to your application.
Expertise lies in:
zTPF and TPF 4.1 systems Implementation and Solution Services Communications Project and Product Management Applications Development tools Databases.
Sosa-Cousins, Inc has developed the first commercially available TPF Load Control Management (LCM) System, automating the management of promotion and staging processes for all programs deployed onto any test and production host environments.
Product/service informationDevelopment lifecycle management for testing and acceptance. Single button application builds. Automatic and coordinated deployment to mixed platforms Audit trail compliance Auditing facilities track source version. Automatic on-line fallback notification Flexible deployment dates Concurrent Development support Leverages extensive metadata to ensure quality
Sosa-Cousins is proud of its ability to create realistic project implementations that will minimize the change management process. Project plans are created jointly with prospective customers with realistic milestones agreed to ensure fail safe implementations.
Address:4620 Sunbelt Drive Suite 202, Addison, TX 75001, USAPhone: 214.695.6484
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Data managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OSNon-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, Other Unix, Linux, Windows Pricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity based
Company profileSQData is a leading provider of high-performance, near-real-time changed data capture, replication and data integration software for mainframe and distributed databases. SQData’s software allows customers to address a variety of business needs ranging from data conversions/migrations to active/active data replication to near-real-time population of data warehouses.
Product/service information A leading enterprise-class data integration offering that provides a cost-effective solution to multiple business needs out-of-the-box.
Companies use SQData for:
• Continuous Availability of Critical Applications Keeping multiple databases synchronized in an active/
active or active/stand-by mode to ensure that critical applications remain operational in the event of an outage.
• Eliminating / Reducing Costly ETL Processes Leveraging changed data capture (CDC) to collect
only the data that has changed. Existing ETL can be enhanced to process the data changes or eliminated altogether.
• Real-Time Business Event Detection Detecting key business events as soon as they occur
enables quick reaction while maintaining a competitive edge.
• Real-Time Business Intelligence Ensuring key business decisions are being made
based on current data vs. data that is days, weeks or months old.
• Data Conversions / Migrations Utilizing SQData’s ETL & CDC to perform data
migrations for legacy modernization, data warehouse population, etc.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: SecurityMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, Other Unix, Linux, Windows Pricing options: One-time charge, processor/capacity based, workload/usage based
Company profileSSH Communications Security is a world-leading provider of enterprise security solutions and end-to-end communications security, and the original developer of the Secure Shell protocol. The company’s SSH Tectia solution addresses the most critical needs of large enterprises, financial institutions, and government agencies. With SSH Tectia, organizations can cost-effectively secure their system administration, file transfers and application connectivity against both internal and external security risks. As the original developer of the Secure Shell protocol and other key network security technologies, SSH has for ten years developed end-to-end communications security solutions specifically for the enterprise. Currently more than 100 of Fortune 500 companies are using SSH security solutions. SSH shares are quoted on the Helsinki Exchanges Main List.
Product/service information SSH Tectia is the leading end-to-end communications security solution for the enterprise. SSH Tectia is based on the SSH Secure Shell and SSH’s other industry leading technologies, used by millions worldwide. SSH Tectia enables secure system administration, secure file transfer and secure application connectivity with centralized management throughout the internal and external network. SSH Tectia provides transparent strong encryption and authentication and easily integrates into heterogeneous, multi-platform environments.
Secure System Administration offers system administrators the ability to remotely manage servers in a heterogeneous operating system environment. SSH Tectia replaces legacy login (eg Telnet and Rlogin) and remote command
execution methods with enterprise-class administator tools based on the SSH2 standard.
Secure File Transfer enables secure automated and interactive file transfers throughout the network, both for internal and external file sharing. SSH Tectia provides secure drop-in replacements for FTP and additional APIs that facilitate effortless transition from legacy file transfers to strong file transfer security.
Secure Application Connectivity offers end-to-end confidentiality, integrity, and authentication for application connections between workstations and servers. SSH Tectia protects transparently both in-house developed and commercial business applications without the need to modify the applications or the supporting IT infrastructure.
Address:1050 Crown Pointe Parkway Suite 900, Atlanta, GA 30338, USAPhone: +1 770 668 1125.Email: [email protected]: www.stonesoft.com
Company profileStonesoft Corporation (HEX: SFT1V) is a worldwide company focused on enterprise-level network protection and business continuity assurance. Its StoneGate security platform unifies firewall, VPN and IPS to deliver defense agility combined with high availability for business-critical applications. StoneGate incorporates the award-winning load-balancing technology of StoneBeat. Enterprises that require advanced network security and always-on business connectivity can choose StoneGate for the lowest up-front costs, best price-to-performance ratio, and highest ROI of any high-end firewall, VPN and IPS solution.
Founded in 1990, Stonesoft Corporation has international headquarters in Helsinki, Finland; Americas headquarters
in Atlanta, Georgia; and Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Singapore.
Product/service informationStoneGate Firewall and VPN protects against unwanted visitors, illegal access, and unauthorized connections to customers’ networks and data. It is a perimeter firewall as well as an internal enterprise firewall and VPN, which means that the mainframe is protected from the outside and from within. Traffic inside the mainframe is monitored as well as the traffic to and from the mainframe – regardless of operating system used.
The centralized management system of StoneGate allows administrators to monitor, upgrade, and control firewall and VPN instances remotely, through a graphical user interface, which eases the administrative task and lowers the total cost of ownership. With its built-in patented Multi-Link technology, StoneGate provides Internet communication high availability. StoneGate for zSeries removes the need for external firewall servers, and offers security right up to the mainframe.
Address:V. Ravnice 15,HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia.Phone: +385-1-2958742.Email: [email protected]: www.svgroup.hr/en/
Sales contacts:EMEA: +385-1-2958745.
Activity: Integrator.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; security; programming/testing; network performance/management; web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, Linux, Windows Pricing options: One-time charge
Company profileBased in Croatia, SV Group d.o.o. is a project-oriented information company founded in 1995, providing:• design, implementation, security, management and
maintenance of information technology solutions “end-to-end”,
• application integration and business process optimization,
• solutions that connect the right people with the right information at the right time.
We are an IBM Business Partner Solution Provider for IBM zSeries hardware, storage hardware and software, z/OS software and IBM Passport Advantage software (DB2, Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, WebSphere).
Product/service informationServices include:• sale of IBM zSeries z9 hardware, storage hardware
and software, z/OS and Passport Advantage• installation, customization and maintenance of z/OS
and PA software• consultancy and supervision of complex information
projects• design and implementation of standards and security in
information systems• provision of continuous availability and disaster
recovery services• design and implementation of Service Level
Agreements • computer training and education, design, production,
implementation and maintenance of new e-applications and life insurance applications.
Address:196 Bureaux de la Colline, 92213 Saint-Cloud Cedex, FrancePhone: +33 (0)1 46 02 60 42Email: [email protected]: www.virtelweb.com
and modernize ergonomics. SysperTec relies upon experts with 20 years’ experience in the development of software products to simplify the integration of enterprise applications and networks. These solutions facilitate interactive communication from/to mainframe applications and data. SysperTec‘s objective is to provide customized solutions that allow the seamless evolution of enterprise information systems including cost reduction, user comfort, high performance and simplicity of implementation. SysperTec has licensed over 300 products world-wide in banking, service, insurance, government, manufacturing, and distribution.
Product/service informationExtend legacy systems through web-enablement:Virtel is a comprehensive web-enablement middleware that serves legacy host applications such as CICS, IMS, Natural or TSO as web pages or web services over TCP/IP connections. Web-enabling extends the relevance and investment of critical legacy systems. It is simpler, faster, and more cost effective than redeveloping, replacing, or re-hosting.
Web Access Modernization:Virtel extends host applications to thin-client web browsers over secure IP connections while retaining their familiar 3270 screen user interface. This thin-client architecture allows VIRTEL to be “client agnostic”, i.e. it works automatically with any web client whatever the OS, browser or platform, even with Smartphones, PDAs, tablets. This architecture facilitates BYOD, mobile access and other such modernization initiatives.
User Interface Modernization:Virtel serves host transactions as user-friendly web pages (GUIs) that provide a genuine web experience: assisted data entry, new mashup (Ajax) services, redesigned workflow, graphical and ergonomic interface... It serves multiple presentations (green screen, mobile accordion, etc.) of the same application or transaction concurrently to different users.
Application Interface Modernization:Virtel creates interactive bidirectional connections that integrate host and server applications, for example RESTful XML-over-HTTP, MQ, or SOAP web services that consume 3270 transactions.
Activity: Software vendor and consultancy.Specialist areas: System management, security, web integration and legacy reengineering tools.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OSNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, Unix, Linux, Windows.Pricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based
Company profileSystemwerx has, for over 10 years, provided our customers with solutions to their business needs.
Our system specialists provide our customers with pratical experience in the development of business applications and exploiting operating system, networking, database, and cryptography across multiple platforms.
Product/service InformationWe provide a number of products to help z/OS users:
PassGen: a solution to generate one-time RACF passwords ( Passtickets ) – this allows applications off host to securely communicate with z/OS applications and databases. Passgen is available in a native Windows version and a Java version that executes on any system with a JRE.
Mimic: a solution to assist users migrating from Connect:Direct and CA-XCOM to another managed file transfer system. Mimic allows removal of existing products by providing an emulation of existing products and converts existing systems to the users chosen replacement product.
DR/VFI: a product that identifies critical files for Disaster recovery and compliance.
Megacryption: a z/OS encryption and PGP suite for complaince and easy to use encryption.
DataExhange: a publishing system to make z/OS data available to any user with a browser independent of its source.
Company profileSince our inception in 1992, T3 has been dedicated to providing the mainframe community with more cost effective solutions than traditional systems. Our tServer is now the world’s best selling mainframe under 80 MIPS and has helped over 600 clients maintain and modernize their data centers.
Product/service infromationNow T3 will be offering even greater choice as we introduce a new generation of plug-compatible mainframes (PCMs), capable of handling larger and more complex environments, and based on technology originally developed by Amdahl Corporation. With models ranging to 300 MIPS and supporting 64-bit architecture, “Liberty” brings back freedom of choice to mainframe data centers.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS., OS/390, Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, other Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing Options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, other
Company profileTeamQuest Corporation is the global leader in IT Service Optimization (ITSO). Specializing in software that helps IT organizations consistently meet service levels while minimizing costs, TeamQuest provides quick and accurate capacity modelling and performance solutions.
Companies around the world trust TeamQuest to help them improve IT service delivery while mitigating risks, allowing them to proactively optimize IT resources while minimizing infrastructure costs. TeamQuest software is especially well-suited for use in heterogeneous and virtualized computing environments. Complementing and supporting ITIL best practices, SOA and BSM goals, TeamQuest software can help organizations manage IT from both the business and IT perspectives.
Product/service InformationTeamQuest Performance Software is made up of a suite of four integrated products that help organizations optimize IT services, from performance management and reporting to event monitoring and capacity modelling. Products can be used individually or in combination to address various needs, and they scale to thousands of servers in complex, heterogeneous and virtualized environments.
TeamQuest Performance Software uses a client/server architecture. Connections are made between the client and the server via TCP or HTTP for TeamQuest On the Web. The client portion – TeamQuest Model, TeamQuest View, TeamQuest Alert, and TeamQuest On the Web – runs on your workstation or wherever you want to analyze the data. The server portion – TeamQuest Manager, which includes data collection agents and a performance database – is installed on each server you want to manage. (One exception is that, for IBM System z and i, TeamQuest Manager is installed on a separate system and retrieves performance data from the server being managed.)
Activity: ConsultantSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; security; network performance/managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows
Company profileTechMaint has a team of consultants that work in the z/OS operating system space. Most consultants have over 30 years experience as system programmers. TechMaint is partners with major IT vendors that provide
staff augmentation and also work on system type projects. MVS, OS/390, and z/OS maintenance and migrations including disaster recovery, security, and network. TechMaint has a group of Unix, AIX, Solaris, and application developers on the mainframe.
Product/service InformationTechMaint services consists of many years experience in the mainframe space including most third-party products. Security, disaster recovery, hardware installations, and most z/OS services.
Activity: Consultant.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, Linux
Company profileTechsys Software Services LLC helps mainframe technology providers who have a part-time, short-term, or on-demand need for mainframe expertise. Our mission is to provide our customers with an affordable alternative to hiring or outsourcing their systems management and technical support staff, while saving them up to 80% on staffing costs. If you can’t afford, or don’t want, a full-time mainframe systems programing or technical applications development staff, let us customize a support package to meet your needs. Give us a call at 877-390-4878 to discuss
Product/service informationWe provide the following types of services for our customers:
• Mainframe Product Management Strategy• Mainframe Problem Diagnosis• Mainframe Solutions Development• Mainframe Installation, Customization, & Administration• Remote Technical Support of z/OS, Z/VSE, Z/VM, and
Activity: Service providerSpecialist areas: COBOL or Assembler Source Recovery
Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390 Pricing options: per program or engagement timeframe.
Company profileSource Recovery is the sole provider of the recovery of COBOL or Assembler source code from IBM MVS or VSE executable programs. Our company is an IBM DeveloperBusiness Partner. We have recovered over 10 million lines of source code utilizing our patented ReSource™ technology.
Product/service informationThe Source Recovery’s primary service is to recover Cobol or Assembler source code. We support any version of COBOL running on an IBM mainframe. Through our validation process, we are able to compare the recovered source to the original executable to guarantee the accuracy of our recoveries. Our recoveries are guaranteed to produce 100% functionally equivalent source code.
Additional services include the recovery of copybooks and reconciling existing source to production executables.
TONE Software Corporation
Address:1735 S. Brookhurst Street, Anaheim, CA 92804, USAPhone: +1 714 991 9460Email: [email protected]: www.tonesoft.com.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: Other Unix, LinuxPricing options: One-time charge; monthly license charge
Company profileTONE Software is a software development firm specializing in business computing solutions for IBM mainframe platforms and several distributed platforms.
Based in Anaheim CA, TONE is a privately held firm that answers to customers, not shareholders. TONE has built a reputation for delivering premier solutions, exceptional expertise, and unparalleled customer service and support 24x7.
TONE’s commitment to technology advancement is apparent, devoting over 25% of annual revenues to research and development. TONE enjoys strategic alliances with industry leaders such as IBM, Sun, Hewlett Packard, and AT&T. These relationships, together with TONE’s progressive development culture, ensure that our products deliver maximum benefit to each user.
Product/service informationTONE’s mainframe-based product line includes powerful solutions to manage the corporate IT infrastructure, and increase system and human productivity to meet the overall business objectives of the client. TONE’s solutions include OMC-FLASH JES2 and JES3 spool viewing and management; OMC-PRINT host and TCP/IP output routing and print management; DYNA-STEP dynamic STEPLIB and library management; ACC host console automation and management; SyBridge VTAM interface to NetView; and VTAM application automation. TONE products are marketed and supported throughout North America directly from the Anaheim headquarters, and across Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America through authorized distributors.
Top Gun Technology
Address:5500 Cottonwood Lane SE, #106, Prior Lake, MN 55372, USA.Phone: +1 952 226 9700Email: [email protected]: www.topgun-tech.com.
Activity: Hardware vendor.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, Linux
Company profileWe buy and sell used IBM processors (zSeries mainframes) and servers (pSeries and iSeries), IBM storage, IBM connectivity, Hewlett Packard (HP) servers, Hewlett Packard storage, EMC and Hitachi (HDS) storage products. We also can provide OS support services for IBM system z, system p, and system i environments.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; storage management; programming/testingMainframe platforms supported: z/OSPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, other
Company profileSince founding in 1978, Trident Services has established a solid reputation for the excellence of our software, the responsiveness of our support team, and the expertise of our consulting staff.
Trident Services, Inc is a committed member of the mainframe community and an IBM Business Partner for over 20 years. Since launching our first software solution in 1988, we have continued to develop and enhance our software products and services to keep pace with industry changes, emerging technologies, and client-driven needs.
Our flagship product, zOSEM (zOperating System Environment Manager) is a powerful software tool of strategic importance in the System Z environment. zOSEM is enabling customers to reduce & control ISV costs, eliminate exit migration issues, and provides an easy to use DFSMShsm Optimizer which can dramatically improve HSM performance.
Product/service informationOur flagship product, zOSEM (z Operating System Environment Manager), is a powerful software tool of strategic importance in the System Z environment. Driven by a simple ISPF interface, zOSEM encompasses a multitude of features for improved control, throughput, and processing efficiency in a z/OS environment. zOSEM
Company profileType80 is an industry leader in mainframe-based intrusion detection and security event notification. Our unique approach to mainframe security ties in several decades of mainframe expertise with enterprise-level security knowledge to help organizations maintain complete security situational awareness.
Type-80 Security Software was founded by experts in the areas of Systems Programming and information security. Our founders draw from a diverse background, from providing security training to NATO counter intelligence, conducting enterprise-wide security assessments for companies maintaining the nation’s critical infrastructure, and developing high-level mainframe applications for major financial institutions.
Product/service informationType-80’s flagship products, SMA_RT and its “Real-Time DB2 Connector”, are revolutionary host-based intrusion detection products for the z/OS mainframe system. Using a combination of both signature-based and anomaly-based attack detection, SMA_RT notifies administrators of malicious activity in real-time. SMA_RT can easily integrate with a variety of security management products including many leading SIM/SEM products.
SMA_RT combines z/OS Communications Server and client/server technology. It functions as a security monitor program product that looks for patterns of abuse and sends real-time alerts. It supports systems environments across
multiple CPUs and over geographically diverse locations. SMA_RT tracks activity, monitors systems resources and records vital information. Alerts are routed to the SMA_RT management GUI, external security log concentrator products or other threat management products that use TCP/IP SYSLOG protocol.
Benefits: • Real time security alerting and DB2 auditing events
occurring on the z/OS operating system.• Security team alerted on threatening events and
malicious activity. It protects from Denial of Service Attacks, identifies internal patterns of security abuse and saves on hundreds of man-hours tracking through SMF reports to investigate a security breach. It also leverages other security products currently licensed to provide complete enterprise-wide threat management coverage and allows you to see what you want to see and when you want to see it.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/management; otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, z/LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, distributed Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based, other
Company profileValue-4IT are an independent software & professional services company offering diverse and in-depth business facing experience for IBM Mainframe (MVS), UNIX, Linux and Windows platforms.
Our experienced personnel provide our valued customers with a wide range of business, process & technical skills for maximizing the business value for IT resources within your organization.
Therefore our philosophy is a combination of pragmatic and structured delivery via TCA, TCO, & ROI
methodologies, safeguarding the timely implementation of cost efficient IT solutions for business improvement initiatives.
Product/service informationValue-4IT are focused on delivering cost efficient and strategic IT solutions that meet or exceed business requirements. Our customer-facing personnel all have many years experience working with leading IHVs, ISVs, and Professional Services organisations, designing and integrating value-added solutions for many global Blue Chip customers.
Through a combination of innovative and evolving processes, the raison d’être of Value-4IT is to collaborate in long-term and rewarding partnerships with our customers, becoming their trusted advisor, by consistently delivering timely and cost-efficient solutions.
Value-4IT also maintains an independent viewpoint of the IT market place and are ideally placed to provide pragmatic third-party input into technology selection and IT portfolio review for our customer base. Of course we also are honoured to have been chosen to be the UK territory distribution channel for a modicum of best-of-breed software solutions, while we do so with a Software Asset Management (SAM) focus, using straight-forward, competitive and no-small-print caveat pricing regimes.
Value-4IT are UK partners for ConicIT, Dino-Software, INTERCHIP, Phoenix Software International, Softlib, Vanguard Integrity Professionals & zCost Management, supplying high-function Mainframe Systems Management solutions, with short-term ROI and optimized TCO, when compared with similar products.
Vanguard Integrity Professionals, Inc.
Address:6625 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 100Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA.Phone: 702-794-0014Email: [email protected]: www.go2vanguard.com
Company profileVanguard Integrity Professionals provides enterprise
security software and services that solve complex security and regulatory compliance challenges for large enterprises and government agencies around the world. With solutions for Identity and Access Management, Audit and Compliance, Security Administration and Intrusion Detection, Vanguard automates processes necessary to identify and mitigate the risks customers face. Vanguard’s customers receive a rapid return on investment and are able to focus on other critical business needs thereby becoming more productive and more secure. For more information, visit www.go2vanguard.com.
Product/service informationSecurity Management Solutions Vanguard Administrator - Automated security administration Vanguard Advisor - Event detection, analysis, and reporting Vanguard SecurityCenter - Windows-based security administration of RACF Vanguard Enforcer - Intrusion detection and management system for z/OS and OS/390 mainframe systems Vanguard Policy Manager- A “Best Practices” enforcer for z/OS Security Server RACF Commands Compliance and Audit Solutions Vanguard Analyzer - System integrity and analysis Vanguard inCompliance - Continuous system compliance verification Vanguard Enforcer - Intrusion detection and management system for z/OS and S/390 mainframe systems Vanguard Policy Manager - A “Best Practices” enforcer for z/OS Security Server - RACF Commands Access Management Solutions Vanguard Authenticator - Scalable, modular, and integrated authentication solution for entire enterprise Vanguard ez/SignOn - Enterprise identity management and intrusion detection Vanguard ez/Token - A two-factor authentication solution integrated with RACF for users logging on to the mainframe Vanguard Tokenless Authentication - Delivers strong authentication capabilities by generating and sending a one-time use, time-sensitive passcode to a communication device the user already possesses: the user’s cell phone, PDA, Blackberry and more Vanguard ez/Integrator - Security programming tools that allow your applications to inherit the enhanced security of RACF Vanguard ez/AccessControl - Extending RACF access and identity management to desktops and serversVanguard PasswordReset - User reset of forgotten passwords Intrusion Detection Solutions Vanguard Enforcer - Intrusion detection and management system for z/OS and S/390 mainframe systems Vanguard Advisor - Event detection, analysis and reporting
Sales contacts:America: [email protected]: [email protected]: [email protected]: EducationSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, other Unix, distributed Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: Public schedule and one company on-site options.
Company profileVerhoef-Training.co.uk - is a 17 year old company delivering Technical Training for IT Professionals. With its roots in the Enterprise Server field, Verhoef is now an independent, multi-platform training vendor with courses for Applications, Operations, Systems, Projects, and Networking staff.
Product/service informationTraining for zSeries, iSeries and pSeries with all subsystems and additional products.
Address:Park Lodge, 60 London Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1AY, UKPhone: +44 (0)1403 268251.Email: [email protected]: www.wdr.co.uk
Activity: ConsultantSpecialist areas: System management; data
management; storage management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/management, otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, Linux Non-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based
Product/service information Established nearly 40 years ago by two senior ex-IBM Executives, WDR is one of the UK’s leading IT specialists. The early years, through hands-on consultancy, training courses, seminars and systems development, were dedicated to improving performance and management predominately in the IBM mainframe market. Always the niche company, WDR remains attracted to the difficult challenges that others may miss.
WDR has since broadened its focus from mainframes to mid-range systems to networks and distributed systems to the desk-top and server-based systems of today.Throughout, we have remained current in all these activities.
WDR have an attractive office and training centre at Horsham, an old market town in West Sussex in the South of England, and maintain facilities to give seamless support to our many prestigious clients.
William Data Systems Ltd
Address:210 Wirt Street, SW, Suite 202, Leesburg, VA 20175, USAPhone: +1 703-674-2200Email: [email protected]: www.willdata.com.
of cost saving z/OS network management and security solutions. ZEN products are trusted and relied upon for enterprise wide, mission critical systems owned by major Government, Financial and Commercial organisations, worldwide.
WDS creates original, leading edge solutions for better z/OS network management. Based on delivering more functionality for less cost, ZEN solutions reduce annual z/OS budgets and costs for many within the z/OS community. Evolving customer requirements are matched by ZEN’s evolutionary development with cellphone and tablet devices now supported.
WDS’s ZEN products and support services are available from its offices and distributors in the USA, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australasia and South America. All ZEN products can be downloaded for free evaluation from the WDS website. ZEN products are easy to install, fast to use and automatically generate management information.
Product/service informationZEN, the integrated suite of pioneering, cost saving z/OS network management products includes:• ZEN AUTOMATION: For NetView® & NetMaster®
replacement, allowing delivery of customer specific network management solutions with lower annual costs.
• ZEN IP MONITOR: Providing better IP visibility to locate potential disruption faster, with easy, real-time, detailed monitoring of IP stacks across LPARs, CPUs and entire Sysplex configurations.
• ZEN OSA MONITOR: Provides immediate, intelligent and unique monitoring capabilities of the most important mainframe network device.
• ZEN LINUX MONITOR: Monitor the performance of Linux systems from a single z/OS display.
• ZEN APPLICATION GATEWAY: Implement both IPv6 and IPv4 under z/OS while minimizing costs and changes to applications, hardware or networks.
• ZEN EE MONITOR: Eliminates poor APPN/HPR and/or Enterprise Extender (EE) routing for maximum network availability.
• ZEN EE SECURITY: Recycles SNA investments with secure, encrypted IP technology by adding SSL/TLS encryption and digital certificate authentication to Enterprise Extender (EE).
• ZEN TRACE & SOLVE: Minimizes disruption to business operations via expedient problem diagnosis with intelligent network tracing offering faster problem analysis and resolution.
• ZEN FTP CONTROL: Overcome FTP’s weaknesses with secure, audited use of FTP to automate processes, minimize risk and maximize compliance.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: SecurityMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Non-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, Windows,Pricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based,
Company profileXbridge Systems is committed to providing business-critical mainframe data access, query, delivery, discovery, and loss-protection solutions to companies that aspire to know their data.
Product/service informationXbridge’s DataSniff software product is the first step in PCI compliance - and is the world’s FIRST and ONLY automated data discovery solution for the mainframe. DataSniff helps you understand the extent of your PCI exposure and automatically defines the scope of your PCI initiative.
DataSniff’s unique capabilities allow clients to quickly and easily comply with data security regulations (PCI, HIPAA, SOX, HiTech Act, etc.) by searching for, discovering, and mapping the location of potentially sensitive data at rest throughout the enterprise, then providing that data map as a template for a pinpointed implementation of encryption, tokenization, or deletion services.
DataSniff allows you to automate the mainframe data discovery process, immediately define and manage risk exposure, and finally bring your mainframes into compliance, once and for all.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: asset and change management, otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, VM/VSE Non-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows
Company profilezSoftware specializes in analysing your Software Portfolio, the workload, Software licenses and Software contracts. Based on the outcome of a health check, zSoftware advises you on saving software software costs and therefor optimizing the value of you Software Assets.
This service is not limited to your IBM-zEnterprise platform, but can be executed cross platform.
Company profile Zosterops is the UK distributor for German developer APS|ENTERprise and US company, Javelina Software. Founded in 2005 by ISV veteran Colin Reardon, Zosterops’ aim is to bring best-of-breed operating system and network software products to UK customers.
Product/service informationZosterops provides tools to assist with the design, development, documentation, management and monitoring of mainframe batch schedulers, Tivoli Workload Scheduler (TWS – previously OPCA) and BMC’s Control-M.
With the ability to download complete schedules and calendars from the mainframe to a desktop/server, VISUAL|job allows the user a complete view of the most complex scheduling environment, as well as enabling the user to define new schedules and test existing flows.
Your finger on the pulse of the mainframe marketplace
Mainframe Market Consultant Barry Graham
Mainframe Market Bulletin brings you the very latest market intelligence every month, alerting you to new opportunities - and new pitfalls. It also includes a selection of target prices derived from recent deals, and (where appropriate) analysis of the cost implications of recent announcements. Get a free sample issue at:
Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2013Media Guideby Mark Lillycrop
A media guide for IBM mainframersNewsletters, magazines, user groups, and social networking information resources
for the z/OS environment
Although there are now relatively few publications focusing specifically on the mainframe, there are plenty of ways to gather information and comment on large systems. Apart from traditional magazines, there are numerous e-zines, blogs, discussion groups, and other online resources, and this media guide offers a personal selection for readers to sample. A list of the main mainframe user groups is also included, which, though not exactly ‘media’, are one of the best sources of information available. Please feel free to suggest other sites/titles for inclusion in the next edition of the Yearbook (email [email protected]).
Enterprise Tech JournalWhereas its predecessor, zJournal, was purely mainframe focused, this new journal describes itself as being for IT technicians in the world’s largest multi-platform enterprises. The associated Web site at enterprisesystemsmedia.com contains articles, news, jobs, events, and a store.enterprisesystemsmedia.com/magazines/enterprise-tech-journal/
Enterprise ExecutiveFormerly Mainframe Executive, this is the sister publication to Enterprise Tech Journal, and is aimed at IT managers in the world’s largest multi-platform enterprises. It is a less technical, but no less informative, than ETJ.enterprisesystemsmedia.com/magazines/enterprise-executive/
Enterprise SystemsBased on the once-celebrated Enterprise Systems Journal, the Enterprise Systems website and newsletter provide some very interesting articles and discussions on mainframes and other platforms. recent articles include: Top Cloud Computing Trends in 2013; Government IT Trends to Watch in 2013; and Will EC12 Be a Sales Behemoth?www.esj.com
IBM-MAIN listservThe IBM Mainframe discussion list has been maintained for many years by the University of Alabama, and continues to be well supported. Unlike the high-level blogs, this is the place for very specific technical discussions. Subscribers can sign up to receive useful summaries of message threads.bama.ua.edu/archives/ibm-main.html
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe EditionIBM Systems Magazine also comes in AIX, IBM i, and Power versions. The content is online with regular e-mail newsletters.www.ibmsystemsmag.com/mainframe/
Mainframe Market Information Service (MMIS)Through Arcati’s MMIS subscription service, Barry Graham keeps users up to date with mainframe hardware and software pricing trends and helps them to negotiate the best deals. The full MMIS service includes the detailed quarterly Mainframe Market Monitor as well as phone/e-mail support. The monthly e-mail Mainframe Market Bulletin is also available separately. www.arcati.com/mmis
Mainframe social mediaIn addition to the ever-growing number of blogs focusing on mainframe-related topics, it’s now possible to intereract with mainframe-minded people on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media.
IBM has a new and official zEnterprise blog at: www.ibm.com/blogs/systemz.
IBM Destination z hosts a variety of bloggers, who write on different topics each week. You can find the blog at www.destinationz.org/Community.aspx.
There’s the new Millenial Mainframer blog, which they describe as a fresh look at all things mainframe. That’s at www.millennialmainframer.com.
The Mainframe Blog at mainframe.typepad.com is always good and is written by by Timothy Sipples.
SearchDataCenterTechTarget publishes a range of Web-based newsletters, and its data center title provides plenty of interesting and relevant mainframe coverage.searchdatacenter.techtarget.com/
SHARE’s Five Minute Briefing: Data CenterDatabase Trends and Applications publishes a number of Five Minute Briefing newsletters, but the Data Center title should appeal directly to mainframers. Published in conjunction with user group SHARE, the newsletter provides an excellent weekly round-up of relevant announcements.www.dbta.com
WikipediaWikipedia is a great online encyclopaedia that is written and maintained by its readers. The editors work hard to make sure that valuable content is not vandalized, and the site contains a surprisingly up-to-date range of mainframe-related definitions.http://en.wikipedia.org/
Also worth a look is Marc Wambeke’s Mainframe Watch Belgium at mainframe-watch-belgium.blogspot.com.
And don’t miss the Mainframe Update blog at mainframeupdate.blogspot.com, written by Arcati associate Trevor Eddolls.
There’s always something interesting in the blog by CA’s Marcel Hartog at http://community.ca.com/blogs/mainframe-voice/ default.aspx. he seems to cover quite a wide range of topics.
Willie Favero’s Getting the Most from DB2 for z/OS and System z blog is at it.toolbox.com/blogs/db2zos. Other DB2-related blogs are: DB2utor by Troy Coleman at ibmsystemsmag.blogs.com/db2utor/; and An Expert’s Guide to DB2 Technology by Chris Eaton at it.toolbox.com/blogs/db2luw/.
Alan Radding describes himself as a 20-year IT industry analyst and journalist covering mainframe, midrange, DancingDinosaurMainframe computing in the 21st century blog can be found at PC, web, and cloud computing. His DancingDinosaur – Mainframe computing in the 21st century can be found at dancingdinosaur.wordpress.com.
There’s a group of techie/creative people working in and around IBM’s Hursley Park Lab in the UK. They produce an interesting blog is at eightbar.co.uk/
There are a number of very insightful blogs at IBM’s My developerWorks. You can click on the links from www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/. You can find zSecurity by Alan Harrison at www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/zSecurity/; Mainframe Performance Topics by Martin Packer at www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/MartinPacker/; Turbo Todd by Todd Watson at www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/turbo/; and Benchmarks and Systems Performance by Elisabeth Stahl at www.ibm.
Other interesting blogs are: Practically Secure by Alan Harrison at practicallysecure.blogspot.co.uk/; Performance Perspectives by Delaney Turner at www-304.ibm.com/connections/blogs/performanceperspectives/; Mainframe Analytics by Reg Harbeck at mainframeanalytics.blogspot.co.uk/; The Punctilious Programmer by David E Woolbright at punctiliousprogrammer.com/; Drunken Data by Jon Toigo at www.drunkendata.com/; Jeff Jonas by Jeff Jonas at jeffjonas.typepad.com/; Irving Wladawsky-Berger by Irving Wladawsky-Berger at blog.irvingwb.com/blog/; and Mainframe World by Trevor Eddolls at it.toolbox.com/blogs/mainframe-world/.
Another interesting blog is James Governor’s Monkchips site (www.redmonk.com/jgovernor).
For the latest data center news and trends, there’s the IT Knowledge Exchange at itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/data-center/.
IBM pages can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/IBM/16859753656387 for just IBM. At www.facebook.com/DB2community for DB2. At www.facebook.com/IMSFans for IMS, and www.facebook.com/IBMCICS for CICS.
The Virtual CICS user group is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VirtualCICS. And the Virtual IMS user group is at www.facebook.com/VirtualIMS.
There are mainframe-related discussions on LinkedIn. For example, there’s the IBM MAINFRAME - Unofficial Group at www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=670987; Mainframe (COBOL, JCL,DB2,CICS,VSAM,MVS,Adabas/Natural) Experts at www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=910927; Mainframe Experts Network at www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=55779; and System z Advocates a t www. l inked in .com/groups/System-z-
Advocates-155723; for mainframers.
If you’re interested in DB2 there’s DB2 Professionals at www.l inkedin.com/groups?gid=45375; IDUG: International DB2 Users Group at www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=46747; DB2 for z/OS at www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1171547; and DB2 for z/OS DBAs at www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2008475; amongst many others.
There’s the CICS Special Interest Group at www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1534227; IBM CICS at www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4304249; and the Virtual CICS user group at www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3847862.
For IMS there’s IBM IMS at www.linkedin.com/groups/IBM-IMS-1949922; and the Virtual IMS user group at www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=379256.
In future, LinkedIn might consider using logical names like Facebook does.
If you go to YouTube (www.youtube.com) there are numerous short videos about mainframes and mainframe-related topics.
O n Tw i t t e r , h e r e ’ s a f a i r l y r a n d o m assortment of good tweeters to fol low: @IBMD B2 , @IBM_ IMS, @IBM_CICS , @BarrySchrager1, @Bcrusso, @bethflood, @ B i g D a t a _ p a u l z , @ B M C M a i n f r a m e , @BMCSof tware , @BTRG_MikeMar t i n , @CAmainframe, @CAUKI, @craigmullins, @crshnburn, @dianegjohnson, @GreerJP, @herbpayne, @IBM_Informix, @IBM_InfoSphere, @IBMdatamag, @IBMSTG, @jondbray, @Macro_4, @Maintec_Inc, @martinpacker, @MichaelDag, @microfocus, @mwambeke, @ m y z c o m m u n i t y , @ P l e x S p y , @ s i m o n j c o o p e r, @ s y s p r o g 1 0 1 , @ t _eddo l l s , @Tang lewou ld , @te rma labs , @ThFalissard, @ToolboxforIT, @VirtualCICS, @VirtualIMS, @wcfink, and @WilliamDataSyst.
It may not be a definitive list, but it’s a good place to start!
The IBM mainframe world has attracted numeroususer organizations and special interest groups(SIGs). Most hold regular meetings andconferences, often with satellite groups andchapters throughout the world. Here are a few ofthem:
• SHARE. The oldest (1955) and probably most influential IBM user organization with SIGs focusing on various aspects of IBM software, hardware and security. Known as GUIDE/SHARE in Europe and Interaction in Australia.
• CMG. The Computer Measurement Group is widely supported and specializes in capacity planning and performance issues (mainframe and increasingly distributed). There is a large network of CMG organizations worldwide.
• IDUG – International DB2 User Group.
• WAVV – World Alliance of VSE, VM (and now Linux apparently).
• TPFUG – TPF User Group (yes, it’s still out there, handling 5000 transactions per second).
• Global WebSphere Community.
• International zSeries Oracle SIG for companies licensed for Oracle on z/Linux and/or z/OS.
There are also two large user organizations for data center managers with a focus on infrastructure (including mainframe):
• AFCOM (http://www.afcom.com)
• 7x24 Exchange (http://www.7x24exchange.com)
Apart from the Virtual IMS user group (www.fundi.com/virtualims), regional IMS user groups include the long-established Dallas/Fort Worth group and a number of newer ones.
Canada has CIPS, Canada’s Association of IT Professionals, which has been in existence since 1958 and can be found at http://www.cips.ca/.
Scotland has the Scottish Mainframe Users’ Group, which formed in 2009 and can be found at http://smugsite.co.uk.
Glossary of TerminologyDefinitions of some mainframe-related terms
This glossary is intended as an aide memoire for experienced mainframers and a useful reference for those new to the z/OS world. If you would like to suggest any new entries for the next edition, please send them to [email protected] (we will even list you as a contributor!).
3270IBM’s family of dumb, block-mode synchronous screen and printer terminals, which became the standard for terminal/mainframe connectivity.
3270 data streamFormat used by 3270 devices for communication, and much used for emulation to make PCs look like dumb terminals.
5250 Terminal standard for the iSeries/400, System/3x etc.
ABARSAggregate Backup And Recovery Support. A disaster recovery feature within DFSMShsm for automatically creating files containing back-ups of critical data. The main use of ABARS is to group all the datasets relating to a particular application together.
AbendABnormal ENDing. IBMspeak for an unexpected termination to a program run, eg a crash.
Above the lineIn z/OS, z/VM, and VSE/ESA, above the line refers to virtual/real memory locations with an address greater than 16MB. The 16MB limit resulted from earlier operating systems supporting 24-bit addressing.
ACBAccess Control Block. The control block used to tie an application program to a VSAM dataset.
Access controlEnforcing rules governing use of computer resources by restricting both the use and type of use to authorized individuals and the computer resources they are responsible for.
Access methodIBM-specific jargon for software that moves data between main storage and I/O devices.
ACF/VTAMAdvanced Communications Function / Virtual Telecommunications Access Method is IBM’s proprietary telecommunications software. ACID This acronym describes the properties of a transaction. Atomicity refers to a transaction’s changes to the state – either it all happens or nothing happens. Consistency refers to the state of a transaction. It must not violate any of the integrity constraints associated with the state. Isolation refers to the transaction not being affected by others. Durability refers to the survival of changes to state after a transaction completes.
ACL (1)Access Control Lists control which users or groups of users can access which files and programs. They are part of the security system and are checked by RACF.
ACL (2)Automated Cartridge Library. Synonymous with ATL (Automated Tape Library).
ACOAutomated Console Operations. Automated procedures that replace or reduce the number of actions an operator takes from a console in response to system or network activities.
ADAProgramming language much loved by the military (ADA is a US government standard), which uses it for writing systems for controlling guided missiles and the like. Withdrawn August 1994.
Address Resolution ProtocolThe Internet Protocol (IP) used to dynamically map IP addresses to physical hardware Media Access Control (MAC) addresses.
Address spaceThe virtual storage allocated to an executing task in a mainframe. Generally used within z/OS to mean the space used by one of batch job, system task, or TSO user.
AIXAdvanced Interactive eXecutive. IBM’s version of Unix for mid-range systems (System p). It is one of four commercial operating systems that are certified to The Open Group’s UNIX 03 standard. It is cur-rently supported on IBM Power Systems alongside IBM i and Linux.
AMASPZAPz/OS batch utility to apply a fix directly to object code in situ. Often protected against unauthorized use because of its additional ability to make direct changes to disk.
AMODEAddressing MODE. Attribute of z/OS programs indicating the length (in bits) of the addresses used in the program. Introduced in MVS/XA to differentiate between the then new 31-bit addressing that expanded the addressable space from 16MB (24 bit) to 2GB. z/OS introduced 64-bit addressing.
AMSAccess Method Services. z/OS and VSE subsystem for performing various data-related actions on VSAM and ICF catalogs, including defining VSAM datasets, and deleting and copying most dataset types. In short, a multi-purpose utility. Also known as IDCAMS because that is the program name.
APARAuthorized Program Analysis Report. An official report of a software error to IBM. Also used to refer to the patch supplied by IBM to fix the error (PTF is the correct term).
APIApplication Program(ming) Interface. Documented programming procedures to access a given piece of software; typically an entry point name and parameter list.
APLA Programming Language, conceived within IBM by K E Iverson, and popular on the mainframe in the late ’70s and early ’80s to support end-user activities.
APM Application Performance Management monitors and manages the performance and availability of software applications in order to meet business needs.
Applet A small application program written in the Java that can be retrieved from a Web server and executed in a browser.
APPNAdvanced Peer-to-Peer Networking architecture is an enhancement to SNA architecture. It can handle dynamic multipath routing.
ARMAutomatic Restart Management is a sysplex-wide integrated restart mechanism that can restart MVS subsystems after an abend, restart workloads on another MVS image after an MVS failure, and restart a failed MVS image.
AS/400Application System/400. IBM’s mid-range processor, announced in June 1988. It was replaced by the IBM Power Systems in April 2008.
ASCIIAmerican Standard Code for Information Interchange. A modification of the international code which has become a de facto standard (except for IBM which also uses the EBCDIC code) for transmitting data. Uses seven bits plus a parity bit, and includes alphanumeric and control characters. ASCII must be converted to EBCDIC for uploading to IBM mainframes.
ASMAuxiliary Storage Manager. The part of z/OS that looks after the I/O operations relating to paging – specifically the pages and page slots on external storage (typically DASD).
AssemblerProgramming language that allows the user to get close to the hardware on IBM mainframes. Assembler statements correspond one-to-one with mainframe, machine-level instructions.
ATLAutomated Tape Library (also known as Automated Cartridge System – ACS, tape silo, or silo). Type of mass storage system (MSS) in which industry standard tapes are loaded by a robotic arm.
Augmented realityUsing a device, such as a smartphone or tablet, to view an object, such as server, and see on that device additional information about the object – such as performance information.
Auxiliary storageAll storage needing a channel I/O to access it (basically cache, SSD, disk, tape, mass storage).
AWLCAdvanced Workload License Charges is a new monthly licence pricing metric from IBM and applies to z196s.
BackoutA process that removes all database updates performed by an application that has abended (qv).
BALBasic Assembler Language. The machine language on the original S/360 from which the modern Assembler languages are derived.
BandwidthA measure of how fast a network can transfer information, originally measured in Hertz (Hz), but now used for any measure of network throughput. The more precise definition: frequency range within a radiation band required to transmit a particular signal. Measures the difference between the highest and lowest signal frequencies in millions of cycles per second.
BatchAn accumulation of data brought together for processing or transmission, usually unattended. Less formally, the processing of such data, as opposed to online processing where a user is present to respond interactively.
BCDBinary-Coded Decimal. A binary-coded notation in which each of the decimal digits is represented by a binary numeral. This differs from the pure binary notation, where the entire number is represented as a single binary numeral.
BCSThe Basic Catalog Structure and the VVDS are the two parts of the ICF catalog. The BCS contains dataset and alias names and volume serial numbers.
BCUA Balanced Configuration Unit comprises processor memory, I/O, storage, and DB2 resources. It is the smallest combination of these that work together efficiently. As more work is added to the system, so more BCUs can be added. This avoids any one component being too big in terms of the others.
BDAMBasic Direct Access Method allows programmers to access specific blocks of data on DASD.
BenchmarkAn agreed workload used as a standard against which to compare the performance of different hardware/software. For a benchmark to be useful it needs to be a public standard.
BINDThe SNA/APPN command used to activate an LU-LU session following the successful completion of the SNA/APPN session initiation processing.
BIOSBasic Input/Output System. The I/O component of a simple operating system defining the interface between the operating system and the outside world.
BLOBBinary Large OBject. A generic term for a file containing some kind of binary data (text, image, document, sound, etc). Typically BLOBs can be transferred and manipulated across a wide range of platforms.
BlockA string of data elements, such as characters, words, or physical records, that are recorded or transmitted as a unit.
BMSBasic Mapping Support. An interface between CICS and an application to control the movement and presentation of datastreams to and from a dumb terminal. BMS allows data to be displayed without allowing for display-dependent formatting characters.
BooleanAn operation that follows the rules of Boolean algebra.
BootTo prepare a computer system for operation by loading an operating system.
BPAM Basic Partitioned Access Method is a low-level access method used to access Partitioned DataSets (PDSs).
BSAMBasic Sequential Access Method, along with QSAM, is an access method used to access sequential datasets.
BusGeneric term in data communications to describe a wiring topology (such as that used in Ethernet) in which devices are connected along a single linear medium.
ByteA string of 8 bits that represents one EBCDIC character. The IBM mainframe architecture is organized around the concept of the byte.
CA programming language developed at Bell Labs in 1972, so named because its predecessor was named B. Unix was written in C.
C/C++An optional, separately priced feature of z/OS, available with or without Debug Tool. The C/C++ IBM Open Class
Library is included with z/OS, but is only enabled when C/C++ is licensed.
CacheHigh-speed buffer between a fast device and a slow device. In large IBM systems cacheing may take place in the CPU (in main or expanded storage), the controller, device head-of-string, or the device itself (eg in a track buffer). It is used to reduce access time.
Capacity on DemandProcessors can be purchased with extra capacity already on-board but not functioning. When extra capacity is required at a site, it is turned on. This is non-disruptive and customers don’t pay for the extra capacity until they start using it.
CatalogA dataset that contains information about other datasets, eg type, location, size, format. The z/OS master catalog usually also contains entries for user catalogs.
CCLCommunication Controller for Linux (CCL) on zSeries runs the Network Control Program (NCP) software product in Linux, enabling users to get rid of their legacy 3745 communication controllers running NCP-based SNA workloads to zSeries servers.
CGICommon Gateway Interface. A mechanism used by HTTP servers to invoke arbitrary programs for additional processing of certain requests; typically, those involving database access.
Change managementThe methodology for planning and controlling software changes.
ChannelA specialized computer used in the IBM mainframe architecture to control transfers between devices and the processor unit. The channel offloads some of the processing associated with I/O from the main CPU.
Channel adapterHardware unit to attach a channel to a processor.
Channel attachedDevices that are directly attached to the processor by cable rather than over a communications link.
ChannelsCICS TS 3.1 introduced a replacement for size-restricted COMMAREAs – they are channels and containers. Any number of containers can be passed between programs and they are grouped together in channels.
CHPIDCHannel Path IDentifier. A single byte binary value used to uniquely identify each channel path on an eServer zSeries and previous mainframe systems.
CICSCustomer Information Control System. General purpose TP monitor for terminal-oriented and inter-system transaction processing in z/OS and VSE/ESA environments. Now with added SOA.
CICSplex A CICS complex (CICSplex) is a group of inter-communicating CICS systems.
CKDCount Key Data is a way to format disk drive using cylinder number, track number, and physical record.
Client/serverGeneric term for systems (also known as server/requester) in which one machine provides a range of services to one or more other machines.
CLISTControl language used to manage interactive applications in the z/OS TSO environment. Largely superseded by REXX.
Cloud computingA new name for something similar to client/server computing. A user launches a browser and clicks a link. Somewhere else an application launches and work is done. The mainfame seems to have always worked in this way. Organizations like Microsoft, Amazon, and Google are trying to become big players in this ‘new’ paradigm.
CMOSComplementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor. A chip technology used widely by IBM in its processors, superseding the water-cooled ECL chips on the mainframe.
CMSConversational (originally Cambridge – the lab where it was built) Monitor System. Operating system running under VM, and providing timesharing and program development facilities.
COBOLProgramming language, very widely used for commercial applications on the mainframe. Some sources suggest that CICS and COBOL account for 85% of all transactions processed.
Communication Server IBM’s all inclusive, multi-platform, software bundle that provides a plethora of terminal emulation, Web-to-host, and networking capabilities.
CompileThe translation of a high-level programming language (source program) into a machine language program (an executable program).
CompilerA program that translates high-level programming languages into machine language programs.
Composite applicationsA composite application is an application built by combining multiple services. This tends to mean taking part of a really useful mainframe application and combining it with some other code so that the mainframe application becomes available over the Web
CompressionGeneric term for a method of reducing the amount of space needed to store data, by encoding the data. This is achieved through the elimination of empty fields, gaps, redundancies, and unnecessary data to shorten the length of records or blocks.
ConnectorOne way of integrating CICS applications as Web services is to use connectors on the mainframe and use native interfaces to permit tight integration with the target application.
ContainersCICS TS 3.1 introduced a replacement for size-restricted COMMAREAs – they are channels and containers. Any number of containers can be passed between programs and they are grouped together in channels. Channels are deleted when no programs are using them.
Control Point SNA/APPN/HPR funct ional i ty that performs authorization, directory services and configuration management.
CORBACommon Object Request Broker Architecture. Set of standards for distributed object management from the Object Management Group (OMG).
CouplingGeneric term used to mean connecting of processors together into a more or less tightly-knit computing complex. Used specifically by IBM to mean the connection of multiple eServer zSeries processors in a Sysplex.
Coupling FacilityHardware from IBM, where common tables can be shared in a Sysplex, for high-speed cacheing, update locking of shared data, list processing and workload balancing between multiple processors.
CPCCentral Processor Complex.
CPUCentral Processing Unit. Processor. The part of a computer that executes instructions.
CRM Customer Relationship Management refers to the way organizations manage their relationships with customers - including finding, marketing to, selling to, and servicing these customers.
CTGCICS Transaction Gateway provides J2EE standards-based access to CICS applications, which means it’s an easy way to make existing CICS applications part of a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).
CTCChannel-To-Channel connections would link two mainframes and provide high-speed communication.
CylinderThe tracks, in an assembly of magnetic disks, that can be accessed without repositioning the access mechanism.
DASDDirect Access Storage Device. IBMspeak for disk.
DATDynamic Address Translation. The process by which virtual addresses are converted into real addresses during instruction execution.
Data dictionaryA data dictionary (DD) is a database containing information about the way items of data are used. Typically a DD contains details of data names, data usage, data structures, data models, and so on.
Data miningThe practice of using a data warehouse for highly complex, ad hoc queries.
Data warehouseGeneral term for a collection of database, middleware, and query tools that allow fast, flexible access to near-operational corporate data.
DatasetA unit of data storage and retrieval consisting of one or more data records. Outside of the IBM mainframe environment, people call them files.
DB2Database/2. Relational database management system first announced for mainframe environments in 1983. Originally promoted as an end-user tool, but is now IBM’s preferred DBMS for just about everything and runs on all platforms.
DebugThe human problem determination process for software. Literally, to remove bugs.
DEDB Data Entry DataBases are one of two types of IMS fast path database. These databases do not have indexes and are stored in VSAM files.
DefragmentationThe use of a software utility to improve access and retrieval time by rewriting fragmented data to contiguous sectors of a computer storage medium.
Denial of Service An insidious, carefully-orchestrated attack on computer systems or networks to overload their resources with a barrage of requests in the hope of discovering overload-induced vulnerabilities within the targets or to just disrupt the mission-critical activities of an enterprise.
DeviceAny computer peripheral, such as tape or DASD, or any object that appears to be a peripheral.
DFSMSData Facility Storage Management Subsystem. An element of z/OS and also available for z/VM, as DFSMS/VM. The idea is that you simply tell the system about your storage, back-up, performance, and other requirements of the data, and the system does the rest for you. Of course, it’s not really that simple.
DFSMSdfpDFSMS Data Facility Product. A component of DFSMS that provides functions for storage, data, program, and device management, in conjunction with distributed data access. Enables the definition of the services to be assigned to new datasets. Handles catalog management and access methods.
DFSMSdssDFSMS DataSet Services. An optional, separately priced feature of DFSMS that handles device migration, copy, space management, and dump/restore. It also converts existing data between non-SMS and SMS volumes, and provides an interface for storage administrators (ISMF).
DFSMShsmDFSMS Hierarchical Storage Manager. An optional, separately priced feature of DFSMS. It is a sophisticated automated system for both back-up and hierarchical storage management. It includes an ISPF interface for end users who wish to migrate, recall, back-up, or recover individual datasets, or to override the default migration and/or back-up parameters.
DFSMSrmmDFSMS Removable Media Manager. Its goal was to
integrate the system managed storage principles of DFSMS into all removable media, most notably tape and optical.
DL/IData Language/I. The I is the Roman numeral One. The data manipulation language within IMS DB. DL/I is also the product name for IBM’s VSE/ESA implementation of IMS DB.
DLSw Widely-used SNA/APPN(/NetBIOS)-over-TCP/IP transport mechanism which, however, unlike EE, does not support SNA COS or routing.
DMZA De-Militarized Zone is used in the on-going war against viruses and malware etc. Typically, one computer accepts incoming data and send outgoing data. Behind it is a firewall, and behind that is the protected LAN.
DominoWeb server technology from Lotus (June 1996), which allows browsers to interact with Notes and access Notes databases. Now closely integrated with WebSphere.
EBCDICExtended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code. Coded 8-bit character set (giving 256 characters) used by IBM mainframes.
e-businessUsed to refer to business transactions that use the Internet.
ECIThe External Call Interface is used by CICS to allow non-CICS programs to invoke programs under CICS.
EclipseEclipse is an Open Source IDE. IBM’s version is sold as WebSphere Studio Workbench. The Eclipse platform comprises the platform run-time, the workspace, the workbench, the Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT), the Version and Configuration Management (VCM), and the help system. Eclipse comes with a large number of plug-ins. The user interface for Eclipse is known as the workbench.
ECLipzA not very secret IBM project to use many of the same components on its different server lines (i, p, and z) and thereby save huge amounts of money on development costs. It’s also thought the plan is to thwart Sun Microsystems’ server plans – as in “total eclipse of the sun”.
EE HPR-over-UDP/IP, created by committee and codified in RFC 2353 in 1998, which permits SNA/APPN networking, replete with native COS and routing, across IP networks.
EJBEnterprise JavaBeans. A server-side, transaction-oriented extension to the JavaBeans component model specification published by Sun. EJB are JavaBeans, but have no user interface and are designed to run within a special EJB container. In principle, any properly coded EJB should run within any fully compliant EJB container.
EnqueueThe z/OS expression (often abbreviated to ENQ) for requesting resource serialization. ENQ can be used to put a user-named entry in the system resource queue in order to prevent another program using a serially usable resource.
Enterprise ExtenderEnterprise Extender (EE) is a combination of SNA encapsulated in IP packets, so it can be thought of as a kind of protocol.
EPIA CICS External Presentation Interface service is an implementation of a service that can be created from a 3270 terminal. EPI provides communication with 3270 terminal-based CICS applications.
ERP Enterprise Resource Planning systems try to integrate all the data and processes that exist within an organization into a single unified system.
Error logA dataset or file that contains a record of machine checks on device errors, which are stored for later analysis.
ESBAn Enterprise Service Bus is a software architecture
construct that is standards-based and flexible. It is an attempt to separate the service being called and the required transport medium.
ESCONEnterprise System Connectivity. The high-speed fibre-optic channel architecture (using a serial, packet-switched protocol) first available on ES/9000 and 3090Js and many peripherals. Replaced by FICON in May 1998, though still available.
ESDSEntry Sequenced DataSet is a VSAM sequential dataset.
ESMAn External Security Manager is software that controls access to applications and data externally. RACF is an External Security Manager.
ESSThe Total Storage Enterprise Storage Server, code-named shark, is a high-speed data storage product.
EWLCEntry Workload Licence Charges allow customers only pay for peak z/OS usage, not for full machine capacity.
FBAFixed Block Architecture is a way of formatting disk drives where space is allocated in fixed-length blocks rather than cylinders.
Fibre optic channelChannel technology which replaced copper bus-and-tag channel cables with fibre-optic links.
FICONFIbre CONnection. Mainframe channel that implements the ANSI FCS transport. Each FICON channel can handle over 4,000 I/O operations per second, equivalent to eight ESCON(qv) channels. The FICON channel link speed is 100MB/sec full duplex, compared with 17MB/sec simplex with ESCON links.
Firewall Specialized software designed to prevent unauthorized access to a computer system while permitting validated, non-harmful interactions to get through.
Flat fileAny file (dataset, mainframe parlance) stored in a file access method without an index which, of course, eliminates all relational DBMSs.
Floating pointOne of several methods of storing numbers on an IBM mainframe and most other computers. Similar to scientific notation, such as 3.75 times 10 to the 25th power, only it is 2 or 16 that is taken to some power.
FLPAThe Fixed Link Pack Area is an area of storage containing modules loaded at IPL time.
FORTRANFORmula TRANslation. A programming language best suited for engineering, scientific, and mathematical applications.
FragmentationWhen an operating system writes data to disk or other storage media, and there is insufficient contiguous space, the data is then written to discontiguous sectors. The result is fragmented data. Fragmentation can cause increased data access times because the operating system must search different tracks for information.
FTPFile Transfer Protocol is an application layer protocol that uses TCP and Telnet services to transfer bulk data files between machines or hosts.
FWLC Flat Workload License Charge. A flat monthly charge for a software product, no matter what size of zSeries server it is being run on.
GamificationA way of making using the software more fun – like in a game – and so people are more likely to do it. It has applications in mundane tasks such as updating a knowledgebase.
GatewayOne way of integrating CICS applications as Web services is to use gateways, which run off the mainframe on middle tier servers and may well use traditional methods, such as screen scraping.
GDGGeneration Data Group. Collection of (z/OS non-VSAM) datasets all with the same logical name (GDG Base Entry); the individual datasets are uniquely identified by the generation number which is stored as part of the dataset name.
GDPSGeographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex is an application to manage z/OS remote copy configuration and storage subsystems, to automate various tasks, and perform failure recovery for a sysplex located at two sites.
GTFGeneralized Trace Facility. An optional z/OS utility that records system events, which can be used for problem diagnosis.
GUIDEGuidance for Users of Integrated Data processing Equipment. For many years, an international user group for users of large IBM equipment. Main GUIDE interests were in applications and the commercial world. Depending on the area of the world you live in, it either stepped aside for SHARE or merged with SHARE (now GUIDE/SHARE in Europe, for example).
HALDBHigh-Availability Large Databases are the newest (since V7) IMS databases. They are like souped-up very big full-function databases.
HCDHardware Configuration Definition is an interactive tool used to define the hardware configuration.
HDAHead/Disk Assembly. The read/write head and associated bits and pieces that read data from disks. The implication is also of a sealed unit, at least from the customer perspective, as opposed to a removable disk pack.
HFSHierarchical File System comes with Linux and refers to the way files are stored.
HiperBatchA way of running batch jobs in hyperspace, so there was far less I/O and things ran faster.
IDEIntegrated Development Environment. Salesmen say it stands for “It Does Everything”, and unlucky customers as “I Do Everything”! An IDE could be a glorified text editor right up to all-singing all-dancing software like Eclipse and Visual Studio.
IEBCOMPRz/OS Compare Datasets utility does a logical compare of datasets. Replaced by SuperC in ISPF/PDF.
IEBCOPYz/OS Library Copy utility for copying members of a partitioned dataset (PDS), unloading a PDS into a sequential dataset and back again. Unloading is especially useful for copying a PDS to tape.
IEBGENERz/OS Sequential Copy/Generate Dataset utility. Replaced by ICEGENER in DFSORT and several non-IBM products.
IEBPTPCHz/OS Print-Punch utility for producing a hard copy of datasets and library members. Replaced by ISPF/PDF’s hardcopy capabilities.
IEBUPDTEz/OS Update Dataset utility. Can only be used for PDS members and sequential datasets with fixed-length records no greater than 80 bytes in length.
IEHLISTz/OS List System Data utility for listing a VTOC or the directory of a PDS.
IEHMOVEz/OS Move System Data utility for moving or copying logical collections of operating system data. Replaced by DFSMSdss.
IETFInternet Engineering Task Force. An open community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet.
IFLIntegrated Facility for Linux. Dedicated Linux processor on the zSeries.
IIOPInternet Inter-ORB Protocol is an object-oriented protocol that makes it possible for distributed programs written in different programming languages to communicate over the Internet.
IMLInitial Microcode (sometimes Machine) Load. The first step in starting up a mainframe, during which the firmware is automatically copied into the machine.
IMSInformation Management System. Vintage but extremely powerful system for transactional workloads, still underpinning many of the world’s business-critical applications. Composed of two systems: Database Manager (IMS DB) and a Transaction Manager (IMS TM).
IND$FILEMainframe file transfer program.
Info/ManIBM Information/Management. Software problem, change and configuration management software. Now called Tivoli Information Management for z/OS.
IOCDSInput/Output Configuration DataSet. The dataset specifying the I/O devices that can be connected to a mainframe.
IOCPInput/Output Configuration Program. The program describing the I/O configuration to the channel subsystem.
IPInternet Protocol. An Internet protocol that routes data through networks. IP acts as an intermediary between the higher protocol layers and the physical network. It does not provide error recovery or flow control.
IP addressThe numerical Internet Protocol (IP) address of an Internet computer. Every computer has a unique numerical IP address. IPv6, which offers 64-bit addressing, is meant to replace IPv4, which only offers 32-bit addressing. One day, all the addresses available with 32-bit addressing are meant to be used up!
IPLInitial Program Load. The first part of the process of loading an operating system into a machine.
IRCInter-Region Communication is a CICS facility providing communication between CICS regions using functions such as Multiregion Operation (MRO) and Distributed Program Link (DPL).
IRDIntelligent Resource Director. z/OS feature for redistributing workloads on the fly.
ISHELLISHELL (ISPF Shell) is the name of the panel displayed after issuing the ISH command. It can be used to view files and directories.
ISPFInteractive System Productivity Facility. Menu and screen management system.
ISPF/PDFISPF/Program Development Facility. ISPF facility providing access to application development services for end users and programmers. Incorporates C and REXX programming support, and some support for programmable workstations.
ISVIndependent Software Vendor. A software vendor which isn’t part of and/or doesn’t belong to a hardware manufacturer.
ITILInformation Technology Infrastructure Library. ITIL provides a framework of best practice guidance for IT service managers. The actual ITIL publications cover areas such as service strategy, service design, service transition, service operation, and continual service improvement.
J2EEJava 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition. The Java Software Development Kit (SDK) tools, APIs, and run-time (ie execution) environment targeted at Java developers building enterprise-class, server-side applications.
JavaAn object-oriented programming environment developed by Sun towards the end of 1995. Java creates applets which can be downloaded across the Internet, and which will allow clients running, for example, the HotJava browser to interact with objects on the Web and intranet servers.
Java Virtual MachineThe facility allowing Java applets/source code to run on a computer.
JavaBeansA platform-independent, software component technology for building reusable Java components called Beans. The JavaBeans component model specifies how to build reusable software components, how the resulting Beans describe their properties to visual rapid application development tools, and how they communicate with each other. Beans can be combined to create applications or applets.
JCAJ2EE Connector Architecture is used to connect CICS with a J2EE platform.
JCLJob Control Language. The language used on the mainframe to describe the steps of a batch job (files to be used, programs to be run, etc).
JDBCJava DataBase Connectivity. An API that is designed for use by Java database applications, and has the
same characteristics as Open Database Connectivity (ODBC).
JDKJava Development Kit. Software development kit from Sun consisting of a Java compiler, a debugger, standard Java classes, and a Java run-time (ie JVM) for Unix.
JES2 and JES3Job Entry Subsystem 2. One of two batch processing subsystems available for z/OS, both developed in the 1960s and with a different heritage and different control statements. Each reads batch jobs in, schedules their execution and spools their output. JES2 is by far the more popular.
JMSThe Java Message Service is a Java API to message-oriented middleware (MOM).
JNDIJava Naming and Directory Interface is really two APIs used to keep track of, and access, dispersed data.
JNIThe Java Native Interface is a programming interface for writing Java native methods and embedding the Java virtual machine into native applications.
JSPJavaServer Pages. Uses XML-like tags and scriptlets to encapsulate logic that fills out the dynamic content of HTML pages.
JVMsee Java Virtual Machine.
KerberosSecurity system for Unix environments derived from MIT’s Project Athena. Uses a trusted server to ensure that there are no unwanted systems in the network.
KernelThe core of an operating system that performs basic functions such as allocating hardware resources.
Kilobit1024 bits, or 2 to the 10th power, when referring to processor storage, real and virtual storage, and channel volume. However, when referring to disk storage capacity it is 1000 bits. Abbreviated as Kb.
Kilobyte1024 bytes, or 2 to the 10th power, when referring to processor storage, real and virtual storage, and channel volume. However, when referring to disk storage capacity it is 1000 bytes. Abbreviated as KB.
KSDSKey Sequenced DataSet is a type of VSAM dataset in which the physical location of records is controlled by the key used.
LANLocal Area Network. A generic term for the transport mechanism for a local (eg site or building) network. The thing that makes current LANs special is their intimacy with the connected machines; effectively the LAN acts as an extension to the internal bus of the attached system, and allows a single system to be built from physically dispersed components.
Language EnvironmentLE provides a common run-time environment for major programming languages. The common library of run-time services includes message handling, condition handling, storage management routines and time/date functions.
LatencyA measure of response time. On a disk drive, how long it takes for the first bit of requested data to rotate under the head. In a network, the minimum elapsed time for a message to be transmitted, consisting of the aggregate delay contributed by the communications links and devices along the way.
LDAPLightweight Directory Access Protocol. An Internet directory management standard that provides a consistent way to manage user access to network resources, such as information, applications and systems.
LDSLinear DataSet is a type of VSAM dataset that can be kept permanently in memory thus improving performance.
Legacy systemThe description given to any system that’s been around longer than the programmer who wants to change it. Some ‘legacy systems’ can be comparatively recent
and, despite popular perceptions, they are certainly not exclusive to the mainframe.
LIFOLast In, First Out. A queuing technique where the most recent addition to the queue is processed first. Also known as a push-down stack.
Linear DatasetA VSAM dataset type, similar to an ESDS, but which always has 4096 byte blocks, and which can be kept permanently in memory for enhanced performance.
LinuxAn Open Source Unix variant that seems to run on everything from workstations (where Microsoft haters insist it will replace Windows) to mainframes (where IBM has spent bags of money making it run well).
ListenerAn application that ‘listens’ for input on a line and then acts on it.
Load moduleA program in a form that can be loaded into memory for immediate execution.
Logical PartitioningA way of dividing up a processor’s capacity under PR/SM into physically separate areas (LPARs or Logical PARtitions) for resilience, performance or security reasons.
LPALink Pack Area. The z/OS area used for resident programs, eg those programs which are most frequently used and (usually for performance reasons) should not be loaded by each application program from libraries stored on disk.
LPARLogical PARtitioning is a way of dividing up a processor’s capacity.
LSRLocal Shared Resources. A technique for improving CICS performance by the sharing of a common buffer pool for VSAM datasets.
LU SNA’s software interface (or ‘port’) through which end users gain access to the SNA network.
LU 6.2 SNA’s protocol suite for program-to-program communications.
LUWLogical Unit of Work is the amount of work that will be backed out in the event of a failure. For example, a CICS transaction is processing away happily and then something goes wrong. The LUW defines how much of what has been processed will be backed out and how much that occurred previously can be left. Large LUWs are efficient providing that failures are rare. Small LUW use processing power, but are more efficient for recovery after a failure.
MACMedia Access Control. Generic term for the way in which workstations gain access to transmission media.
MacroA preprocessor (precompiler), and the statements it processes, for Assembler. Generates Assembler instructions and machine instruction mnemonics as well as allowing assembly time conditional logic.
MainframeA high-performance computer serving many people at once and running many different applications concurrently.
Man-in-the-Middle Data siphoning scheme where fraudulent software manages to insert itself, undetected, between two network partners by actively emulating the two partners being deceived.
Master catalogThe z/OS catalog where the search begins for a dataset.
MCMThe MultiChip Module (MCM) contains the Central Electronic Complex (CEC) of a S/390 system.
Measured usageThe method of charging for software based on the monthly usage. Same as Usage-based pricing.
Megabit1,048,576 bits. Abbreviated as Mb.
MegabyteRoughly one million bytes – actually 1,048,576 bytes. Abbreviated as MB.
MFLOPSMegaFLOPS. One MFLOPS is one million floating point operations per second – a common measure of numerically intensive compute power.
MIBManagement Information Base. Generic term (often used specifically in relation to the SNMP management protocol) for the database of the objects managed in a network – usually a LAN.
MicrocodeAlthough it can have very specific alternative meanings, its most common usage is as a synonym for firmware.
Microsecond1/1,000,000 of a second.
MicrosoftThe company that made the shrewd move of persuading IBM to use its DOS operating system for the IBM PC. The rest is history.
MiddlewareThough it defies definition, its primary role is to provide connectivity and other shared services between platforms. There are numerous types.
MIMEMultipurpose Internet Mail Extensions. An encoding format allowing e-mail messages containing a variety of media forms (audio, video, image, and text) to be sent across the Internet.
MIPSMillion Instructions Per Second (or Meaningless Indicator of Processor Speed). A crude and not very meaningful way of expressing raw computer power, widely used for comparing the power of different mainframe models and for demonstrating the futility of comparing the mainframe with other platforms.
MirroringThe technique of constantly maintaining a parallel copy of critical datasets, so that the duplicate data can be used if there is a problem with the main data.
MLPAThe Modified Link Pack Area is an area of storage used to contain re-enterable routines from APF-authorized libraries.
MOMMessage Oriented Middleware. For example, WebSphere MQ.
MPFMessage Processing Facility. A utility in z/OS that controls message display and message processing, typically to suppress unnecessary system messages. A first step towards automated operations.
MQSeriesMessaging and Queueing Series – see WebSphere MQ.
MROMulti-Region Operation is a function of the CICS Inter-Region Communication facility enabling communication between CICS regions.
MSDBsMain Storage DataBases are one of two types of IMS fast path database. These databases do not have indexes and are stored in VSAM files.
MSSMass Storage System is hardware for storing large amounts of archive data, typically involving the use of a jukebox mechanism to retrieve discrete data cartridges.
MSUMillions of Service Units. Measure of mainframe compute power, used selectively by IBM as an alternative to MIPS. Opinions vary as to how the two metrics compare.
MTBFMean Time Between Failures. The average value of the length of time between consecutive failures under stated conditions of a system.
MTOMaster Terminal Operator. Software enabling a terminal to control a subsystem, eg CICS.
MTTRMean Time To Recovery or Repair. The average time required for corrective maintenance. See also MTBF.
MultiplexerA generic device (also known as a mux) that combines data from two or more devices, transmits the data as a single datastream over a high-speed communications medium, and disentangles (de-multiplexes) the data at the other end.
Multi-pointCommunications configuration in which a single primary node communicates with two or more secondary nodes (which cannot communicate with one another, except through the primary). Also known as multi-drop.
MVSMultiple Virtual Storage. In z/OS’s long history, MVS has the honour of being its name for the longest period (about 20 years), and the operating system is still referred to as MVS by many mainframe technical specialists. Popularly believed to stand for Man Versus System.
Nanosecond1/1,000,000,000 of a second.
NASNetwork Attached Storage.
.NET is a Microsoft strategy for creating Web services. In essence, a Windows user should be able to run applications locally or over the Web without noticing the difference. Visual Studio .NET is a development environment that is currently available.
NetViewSNA network management product. Announced mid-1986. Although it started off life as a rather half-hearted bundling of various mainframe-centric network management products (including NCCF, NLDM, NPDA, VNCA, and NMPF), by mid-1995 it had turned into a fully fledged distributed network management system, with a strong focus on distributed Unix boxes as network management workstations. Replaced by Tivoli NetView and other products.
NFSNetwork File System. Set of Unix protocols (originally developed by Sun Microsystems) for file sharing across a LAN. Built on top of Ethernet and TCP/IP.
NJENetwork Job Entry. JES facility enabling multiple hosts to share job queues and system spools.
Node In SNA, a total unit of network-attachable functionality, realized in software, that gets implemented within a device or runs on a computer.
NotesLotus groupware product that IBM took on in June ’91.
OCROptical Character Recognition. OCR software is used to convert scanned documents into machine-readable text files.
ODBCOpen DataBase Connectivity. An API created by Microsoft that allows Windows applications to access relational databases, such as DB2 and Oracle, and other data sources using SQL statements.
OEMOriginal Equipment Manufacturer. An OEM is a manufacturer who makes a product and sells it to another company, which puts its own badge on it and sells it to the end user.
OLAPOn-Line Analytical Processing. A term coined by database guru Ted Codd and used to refer to multi-dimensional analysis and reporting applications of the EIS and Information Warehouse type.
OLEObject Linking and Embedding. Microsoft-sponsored standard for moving and linking data and other objects between applications and systems in Windows.
OLTEPOn-Line Test and Execution Program. IBM engineer’s tool for analysis of hardware problems.
OLTPOn-Line Transaction Processing. Generic term for high-throughput, very resilient transaction systems. OLTP tends to be used to refer to systems with some degree of fault tolerance.
OMGObject Management Group. A group of vendors responsible for standards for object management and interoperability including CORBA, UML, MOF and CWM. IBM joined in 1991.
OMVS The OMVS command is used to invoke the z/OS Unix shell.From here you can use shell commands or utilities requesting services from the system. You could also write shell scripts and run shell scripts or programs written in C.
Open SystemsComputer systems that provide either interoperability, portability, of freedom from proprietary standards, depending on your perspective.
OpenEdition‘Open’ version of MVS that was replaced by Unix System Services in z/OS and OpenEdition Shell and Utilities in z/VM.
ORBObject Request Broker. A specialized object that allows other objects to communicate with each other to make and receive requests and responses.
OS/390Replacement for MVS, announced in 1995. Now superseded by z/OS, but still used in some mainframe sites.
OSAOpen Systems Adapter is an integrated hardware feature allowing zSeries 900 platforms to provide connectivity directly to clients on LANs.
OSA ExpressOpen Systems Adapter-Express are an IBM adapter family consisting of integrated hardware features that are designed to provide direct connection for zSeries and S/390 Parallel Enterprise Servers G5 and G6 to high speed routers and switches, to other high speed servers, and to clients on LANs.
OTCOne Time Charge. An initial license charge. Caused a furore when the concept was introduced, but people seem to have got used to it now. At the beginning of 1999, OTC was dropped from any mainframe software product for which a monthly charge option was available.
OTEOpen Transaction Environment was introduced with CICS TS 1.3. Its aim is to open up the CICS application execution environment, allowing applications to be defined to execute under their own TCBs within CICS and allowing CICS to better exploit multiple processors.
OutsourcingThe notion of contracting out part or all of your IS function to an outside organization. Used to be often used synonymously with facilities management, although strictly speaking facilities management involves delegating responsibility for the whole service rather than just part of it.
PageAn essential process within virtual storage technology. Fixed sized blocks (typically 4096 bytes) of memory are freed up by writing their contents to a paging device until any virtual address within that block is referenced.
Parallel Sysplex See Sysplex.
Parity bitA binary digit check bit appended to a group of binary digits to make the sum of all the digits, including the appended binary digit, even or odd, depending on whether Even or Odd Parity is being used.
ParmlibParameter Library. A dataset in z/OS containing parameter settings. The most important is SYS1.PARMLIB which contains parameter settings for z/OS and many key subsystems.
ParseThe analysis of the operands entered with a command in addition to the creation of a parameter list for the command processor. It can also refer to the initial processing of source code by a compiler, when it divides up each program statement into its component parts, also known as tokens.
PASCALProgramming language, mainly used in academia, though even there it is rarely seen these days.
PatchA code modification to correct a reported problem that is sent to software product users after the release of a product.
PAVParallel Access Volumes are used to eliminate I/O supervisor queueing against DASD. Thus improving the performance of anything accessing the disk devices.
PCIPeripheral Component Interconnect. Extremely popular PC bus standard originally promoted by Intel and soon supported by IBM, even though it meant dropping its beloved MCA.
PCMCIAPersonal Computer Memory Card International Association. Industry-standard interface (not just for memory, but for modems, network interfaces, etc) for laptop and notebook computers.
PDFPortable Document Format. File definition format used by Adobe Acrobat.
PDSPartitioned DataSet. A z/OS feature that is really made up of datasets within a dataset. Each PDS is made up of zero or more members. Each member has all the characteristics of a standard sequential dataset, though all members share the same attributes: those that were defined for the PDS when it was allocated. Each member has a one to eight character name that follows the same rules as a level of a standard z/OS dataset name (DSN). Each PDS has a directory of its members, which can also (optionally) contain other information, known as Statistics, which are maintained by software such as the ISPF/PDF editor.
PDSEPartitioned DataSet Extended. Software which enables the space freed by expired or deleted PDSs to be reused. Introduced in 1989 in an attempt to address the limitations of the PDS.
Peer-to-peerA form of distributed system in which all participating nodes can function as both client and server.
PERLPractical Extraction and Reporting Language. A general-purpose Unix scripting language, which is popular for writing CGI programs. Its speed and flexibility make it well suited for form processing and on-the-fly page creation.
Petabyte1024 terabytes (TB) – 2 to the fiftieth power, or 1,125,899,906,842,624 bytes. Abbreviated as PB.
PF keyProgram Function key. A single keystroke can be used to perform a specific command.
PGPPretty Good Privacy. Encryption technology which uses the public key approach. Messages are encrypted using a public key, but can only be decoded using a private key kept by the intended recipient of the message.
Phishing A malicious scheme to obtain the credentials necessary to access a secure system by masquerading as that system and fooling people into entering the sought after credentials.
Picosecond1/1,000,000,000,000 of a second. A time span during which even <insert your least-liked company name here> would not be able to put up prices.
PINGPacket INternet Groper. A test of reachability in TCP/IP networks. A PING is a program used to test the ability to reach destinations by sending an echo request and waiting for a reply.
PipelineIn Linux and other Unix-like operating systems, a pipeline is a set of processes chained together. Output from one process is then input for the next process until all the processes have executed.
PL/IProgramming Language/One. Language developed by IBM. A sort of love-child of COBOL and FORTRAN, it was widely used on the mainframe for many years but
never quite achieved the ‘universal standard’ status that IBM had hoped. Plain textData that is not encrypted. Typically refers to data while it is being transmitted across a network.
PLPAPageable Link Pack Area is part of memory containing system-level programs that may be run by multiple address spaces.
PollingGeneric name for a method for controlling devices (eg networked workstations or terminals), in which a computer calls (polls) each device in turn to see whether it wants to communicate.
POPPrinciples of Operation. The name of the manual that defined the S/360 and subsequently the S/370 architecture.
PortGeneric noun and/or verb. As a noun, it means a point at which data can enter or leave a data network or individual device; as a verb it means to convert a piece of software written for one environment so that it runs in another.
POSIXPortable Operating System Interface Standard. Operating system interface standard from the IEEE, designed as a procurement reference standard for ensuring source-level application code portability.
PostScriptLanguage/protocol cum page description language developed by Adobe Systems for driving high-resolution page printers.
Power Systems Originally, IBM had the System i running IBM i (OS/400) and the System p series running AIX or Linux. In 2008, IBM merged the two lines of servers and workstations under the same name, Power Systems, with identical hardware and a choice of operating systems, software, and service contracts.
PPP Purchasing Power Parity is Gustav Cassel’s theory (1920) that, in an efficient market, identical goods must have only one price.
PR/SMProcessor Resource/Systems Manager. Logical partitioning hardware technology that makes a single system, even if it has only one processor, look like multiple systems each of which is a Logical PARtition (LPAR).
Private areaArea within z/OS which contains the user’s own data/programs.
Private keyA key known only to the sender or receiver of an encrypted message.
Problem StateA term used in performance measurement to indicate when the machine is performing end-user work. The opposite is Supervisor State, when the machine is spending time generally managing itself.
PROLOGPROgramming in LOGic. Language mainly used for developing artificial intelligence and expert systems.
PROPPRogrammable OPerator. A facility in z/VM that allows remote control of a virtual machine, enabling limited automation of routine operator activities.
ProprietaryProprietary is used to refer to architectures and standards owned by a hardware or software vendor. The term is usually used in opposition to ‘open’.
Proxy serverA server that receives and fulfils requests intended for another server.
PRPQProgramming Request for Price Quotation. IBM terminology for a customer request for a price quotation on alterations or additions to the functional capabilities of system control programming or licensed programs.
PSLCParallel Sysplex License Charge, a monthly license charge designed to support the design of a Parallel Sysplex cluster. In a fully qualified Sysplex environment, PSLC software charges are based on the total MSU value for only those machines where the products execute.
PSWProgram Status Word. A hardware register (double word) in the mainframe. The PSW contains the address of the next instruction to be executed and, when an application or system software error occurs, why it happened and other status information.
PTFProgram Temporary Fix. An official IBM temporary patch to a program – often less temporary than IBM and its users would wish. PTFs are distributed on PUTs. Sometimes the term APAR is used instead of PTF.
Public keyA published key value used as one of the two keys in public key encryption.
QMFQuery Management Facility. Query and report-writing system for DB2 with some analysis and graphics features.
QSAMQueued Sequential Access Method is an access method for communicating with sequential datasets.
RACFResource Access Control Facility. Security and access control system under z/OS and z/VM. The z/OS version is a component of SecureWay Security Server, but is also available as a stand-alone product. RACF authorizes access to resources (datasets, mini-disks, TSO/CMS/CICS/IMS TM log-on, etc) and logs unauthorized access attempts and accesses to protected datasets.
RAG Red/Amber/Green status lights used to indicate in an easily interpretable way the status of a system, with red indicating poor system health.
RAIDSet of redundancy standards for disk subsystems (RAID 0-6), developed by the University of Berkeley and adopted by the RAID Advisory Board.
RAMRandom Access Memory, also known as system memory, is the amount of physical memory that is addressable by and directly accessible to the processor chips on the motherboard.
RASReliability, Availability, and Serviceability – the three most desirable properties for IBM computers.
RDBMSRelational DataBase Management System. Database system based on relational principles. DB2 is IBM’s preferred RDBMS for just about every platform.
Read-only modeA mode that does not allow updates to the data being read.
Real storageThe combination of central and expanded storage. Also known as processor storage.
RedbookA more readable version of an IBM manual
Relational databaseA type of database that allows information in one set of database tables to be connected to information in another set of tables without requiring duplication of information.
REXXRestructured EXtended eXecutor language. A widely used job control language, REXX has become a replacement for existing procedural languages such as CLIST. REXX is an effective programming language in its own right with powerful string processing facilities.
RJERemote Job Entry. Dedicated RJE terminals include 2780/3780 or 3770.
RMFResource Measurement Facility. On-line performance and resource monitor for z/OS. Also includes a
formatter for printing performance reports. An optional, separately priced feature of z/OS.
RPGReport Program Generator. Programming language widely used on the eServer iSeries 400 and its predecessors, AS/400 and System/3x. As its name implies, originally used mostly for report generation and very strong sort/merge facilities, where it can be used completely non-procedurally.
RRDSRelative Record DataSet is a type of VSAM file. Each record is accessed directly by its record number.
RSMReal Storage Manager. The part of z/OS that controls real memory.
SAFSecurity Authorization Facility can be used for example with CICS to divert requests to an ESM (External Security Manager – such as RACF). In this way, security can be added to an operating system of subsystem.
SANStorage Area Network.
SAP (System Assist Processor)A System Assist Processor is a specialized processor that assists a central processor on a mainframe.
SCEMSupply Chain Event Management examines all possible events and factors that might disrupt a supply chain.
SCM Supply Chain Management applies to all movement and storage of raw materials, work-in-process inventory, and finished goods from point-of-origin to point-of-consumption. It is the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the operations of the supply chain as efficiently as possible.
Screen scrapingA programming technique for interacting with online host applications that generate text-only display output. The display output is read (scraped) right off a virtual screen by the workstation-based software and input generated on a virtual keyboard. What the user sees is quite different, and usually includes a GUI.
SDSFSystem Display and Search Facility. Online tool for programmers and operators monitoring jobs awaiting execution in the JES2 input spool queues and, most commonly, viewing the printed output of batch jobs in the Held output spool queues, to save printing it on paper.
Serial numberTerm used to denote the machine which you own today, which may be very different from the one you originally bought.
ServerA device providing database information, or Web pages, any other information. It usually has a number of clients or users of this data.
Service Level AgreementGeneric term for an agreement between a user and the people providing a computer service. The SLA specifies such things as response time, availability, etc.
Service UnitThe basic charging unit in usage-based pricing.
ServletA Java applet, without a user interface, that is executed on a Web server. Often used to replace CGI routines, because they support dynamic HTTP requests.
SFMSysplex Failure Manager is used when one of the systems in a parallel sysplex fails. It is responsible for recovery of the system and subsystem.
SGMLStandard Generalized Mark-up Language. The canonical mark-up language from which HTML and XML are derived.
SLA A Service Level Agreement is a formally negotiated agreement between two parties (the IT department usually being one of them) where the level of service is formally defined.
SMFSystem Management Facilities. Function within z/OS which collects data on all system activities for use in accounting, performance monitoring, capacity planning, etc. SMF creates log entries (SMF records) of this data.
SMP/ESystem Modification Program / Extended is used to install most software products.
SMSSystem Managed Storage. The philosophy of letting the computer system manage the storage of data rather than having it done by a human data administrator.
SMTPSimple Mail Transfer Protocol. The protocol allowing the transmission of e-mail messages across the Internet.
SNASystems Network Architecture. IBM’s extremely powerful but complex data communications architecture defining levels of protocols for communications between terminals and applications, and between programs. While SNA-only networks have all but disappeared, SNA applications are still very much in evidence in the large enterprise.
SNMPSimple Network Management Protocol. Unix protocol originally developed for management of TCP/IP networks.
SOAA Service-Oriented Architecture is a collection of services that communicate with each other. The services are self-contained and do not depend on the context or state of the other service. Mainframe applications become available to Web browsers and now mainframe applications can call other Web services.
SOAPSimple Object Access Protocol. A lightweight form of middleware for accessing services, objects, and servers in a platform-independent manner.
SocketsSoftware interfaces that allow two Unix application programs to talk to one another using TCP/IP protocols.
SpoolSimultaneous/Shared Peripheral Operation On-Line. DASD storage used as a temporary storage area between devices – eg printer and processor.
SQASystem Queue Area. Storage area in z/OS.
SQLStructured Query Language. IBM and ANSI standard (they diverge and converge regularly with the passage of time) for access to relational databases.
SRBService Request Blocks are requests to execute a service routine and they are usually initiated by system code executing from one address space to perform an action affecting another address space.
SRMSystem Resources Manager. Software which is meant to improve throughput by optimizing the use of system resources.
SSCP SNA’s System Services Control Point, in an hierarchical network, typically implemented on a mainframe within VTAM, that is responsible for directory services and configuration management. Now superseded by the peer-to-peer oriented functionality of APPN/HPR control points.
SSLThe Secure Sockets Layer is a much-used protocol for managing the security of messages sent over the Internet.
Stand-alone dumpA display of all used memory locations, typically stored on DASD or tape, created with a program that does not required the operating system to be functioning normally.
SuperuserA user ID with minimal security restrictions.
Supervisor StateA term used in performance measurement to indicate when the machine is spending time generally managing itself. The opposite is Problem State, when the machine is performing end-user work.
SupportPacA SupportPac is supplied by IBM and contains complementary software, which may be new utilities, or class libraries, or things that IBM thinks will make the product more usable or work better.
SVCSuperVisor Call. An interface to operating system functions that is used to protect the operating system from inappropriate user entry. It can also refer to the SVC Assembler mnemonic or machine language instruction it represents.
SwappingThe process of transferring a complete program between main memory and auxiliary storage (usually disk).
SyncpointA point in a transaction’s life when updates are committed. In a distributed environment, where the transactions may be across several databases, the syncpoint enables the commit to be delayed until all the participants can commit simultaneously.
SYSGENSystem Generation. The process of creating a customized version of an operating system. In the IBM environment this was a complex, error-prone and time-consuming process.
System iFormerly iSeries and now called just i – a later incarnation of the AS/400 family of hardware that runs on Power hardware.
System pFormerly pSeries – this is the latest incarnation of the RS/6000 family of hardware.
System zFormerly zSeries – this is the name for mainframes running z/OS and/or z/VM and/or other operating systems.
SYSOUTz/OS output intended for a printer. The name comes from the JCL DD parameter SYSOUT, where SYSOUT=A means send the output to the JESx Class A spool queue.
SysplexSYStem comPLEX. A processor complex which is formed by loosely coupling System/390 processors together into a single unit (using channel-to-channel adapters or ESCON/FICON fibre-optic links); the processors are synchronized using the Sysplex Timer, and can be managed as a single system image.
TabletFor many executives, the must-have device is an iPad from Apple or an Android device from Samsung and other suppliers. As a consequence, these now need to be connected to corporate data, with all the concomitant security issues.
TCBTask Control Blocks represent tasks executing within an address space. There are usually several TCBs associated with each address space, so more than one task could be running in any one address space at any one time. TCBs are created when a program issues the ATTACH macro to initiate a new task.
TCP/IPTransmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. Set of protocols for the network and transport layers of a packet-switched data network, most notably the Internet. Developed in the US for the Department of Defense ARPAnet system and has become the de facto standard for most forms of data communication.
telnetThe remote, or virtual, terminal protocol for the Internet. Allows users to log-in to their home machine from any other machine, or vice versa.
Terabyte1024 gigabytes or 1,099,511,627,776 bytes. Abbreviated as TB.
TeraFLOPS1000 GigaFLOPS, a measure of supercomputer performance.
ThreadsafeOriginally introduced with CICS 3.2, threadsafe refers to the ability of an application to process multi-threaded programs at the same time safely.
tnRefers to tn3270, tn3270e and tn5250 collectively or interchangeably.
tn3270Specialized TCP/IP telnet protocol which provides compatibility with a 3270 datastream by emulation of the screen buffer. Used for mainframe host access across the Internet and internally within organizations to replace SNA terminal-to-host access with TCP/IP.
tn3270eImproved version of tn3270 that supports colour, the 3270 System Request key and other capabilities not present in tn3270.
TPFTransaction Processing Facility. Low-function but high performance mainframe TP monitor for very large communications systems. Derived from ACP (Airline Control Program), which was derived from PARS (Programmed Airline Reservation System).
Transport layerThe network layer responsible for quality of service and accurate delivery of information, ie error detection/correction occurs here.
TSOTime Sharing Option. These days, everyone just says TSO when they mean TSO/E.
TSO/ETime Sharing Option/Extensions. An element of z/OS that provides an on-line interactive environment for programmers and users. Best known for the ISPF/PDF environment that runs on TSO/E. Can also be used to test batch programs.
TXSeriesA merging of CICS, Encina and IBM Transaction Server.
UCBUnit Control Block is used to control access to devices.
UDDIUniversal Description Discovery and Integration is a directory model for Web services. UDDI is a specification for maintaining standardized directories of information about Web services, recording their capabilities, location, and requirements.
Unified Resource ManagerThe Unified Resource Manager is an integrated System z management facility responsible for platform management on z196s. This tool set enables clients to install, monitor, manage, optimize, diagnose, and service resources and workloads from a single point.
Unit of workThe statements executed between one commit point and the next – usually a group of SQL statements which would need to be rolled back as a group if any single statement in the group could not be executed. It’s the basic recovery unit.
UnixA misspelling of UNICS (UNiplexed Information and Computing Service). A hardware-independent operating system originally for minicomputers.
Unix System ServicesA full function Unix implementation under z/OS that complies with the POSIX standard. Originally introduced as OpenEdition.
Usage pricingThe principle of charging for software on the basis of the amount of work done, eg the number of transactions or the amount of batch data processed.
User catalogIn z/OS, an ICF catalog created to reduce the number of entries in the Master Catalog, thereby improving performance.
VIOVirtual I/O. Hyper-efficient z/OS paging technique. Simulates DASD using real storage and so avoids the overhead of channel activity.
Virtual storageA technique for giving programs the illusion that they have massive quantities of main storage to themselves. The technique works by allowing programs to address lots of virtual memory, but making the operating system page the required data in and out of real main store and to and from a paging device at the appropriate time. The technique enables cheap DASD to be used instead of expensive main storage.
VirtualizationA way of dividing up a computer’s components and sharing them in order to maximize their usefulness.
VMVirtual Machine. Mainframe operating system which can act as a hypervisor, enabling users to run multiple OSs on a single machine. There are two components to VM – the hypervisor itself, which provides resources to the virtual machines; and CMS, which provides conversational and timesharing facilities. VM was on the way out when IBM discovered a new role for the software: z/VM can host hundreds (technically thousands) of Linux images on the mainframe at a fraction of the cost of distributed hardware.
VOLSERVolume Serial Number. The key identifying a tape or other storage volume. Maximum six characters. Most installations use a six-digit VOLSER for in-house tapes to easily differentiate them from DASD volumes.
VolumeThe unit of physical storage. Originally the volume equated to a single disk or tape, but logical volumes are more the norm today, especially with most current DASD devices emulating previous products and VTS doing volume stacking on tape.
VSAMVirtual Storage Access Method (aka Very Slow And Mysterious). IBM mainframe proprietary software for direct (by key or by record number) or sequential processing of fixed and variable length records on DASD.
VSEVirtual Storage Extended. For many years, VSE was IBM’s principal operating system for small to medium-size mainframes. A few years back it looked as if VSE support would slowly be withdrawn, but customer support is strong and the re-dubbed z/VSE now looks set to continue for some time.
VTAMVirtual Telecommunication Access Method. The main SNA subsystem resident in the mainframe, which manages session establishment and data flow between terminals and application programs, or between application programs.
VTOCVolume Table Of Contents. The area of a disk used to store the directory of components, including datasets, held on that volume. Anything that takes DASD space is listed in the VTOC. For example, the index and data components of a VSAM KSDS file are listed in the VTOC, but not the cluster name, which is only listed in the catalog.
VVDSThe VSAM Volume DataSet along with the BCS make up the ICF catalog structure. The VVDS is a special type of ESDS. It is created automatically whenever a VSAM component (including a BCS) is allocated on a volume which does not yet have a VVDS. The VVDS is always called SYS1.VVDS.Vvolser.
VWLCVariable Workload License Charge. IBM software pricing scheme that allows users to license a product for a capacity less than the total capacity of the system. Replaced by AWLC on zEnterprise mainframes.
WASWebSphere Application Server. IBM’s Java application server. WAS for z/OS version 6.0.1 supports J2EE 1.4 and many mainframe-specific functions.
Web 2.0A practically meaningless term in itself (the Web is not software with version and release numbers) that can be used as a way of highlighting some of the new technologies that are available over the Internet and identifying the companies that are using them, like Google Earth, Flickr, etc.
WebSphereAn IBM Internet-focused software platform that supports e-business applications and sits at the heart of IBM’s middleware strategy. The foundational products are WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere MQ.
WebSphere MQ (WMQ)Originally MQSeries. IBM software/middleware that provides a message queuing infrastructure; it sits on various systems in a heterogeneous environment, providing integration between disparate systems and applications.
Web serviceWeb services are essentially “mini” applications that include a description of what another application does,
how to accesses it, and what data it requires. They are often utilized in integration projects where disparate systems may have difficulty interacting with each other without the use of the common standards.
WLMWorkload Manager. Feature within SRM for simplifying the management of system resources such as CPU and storage. eWLM reportedly adds the ability to define business performance objectives across disparate systems.
Workload License ChargesAn IBM software licensing scheme which charges according to required software capacity, not hardware capacity.
WSATWeb Services Atomic Transaction is now supported in CICS TS 3.1. Web services can be configured to take part in an extended or global unit of work. This is known as an atomic transaction. Recoverable updates are not committed or backed out until instructed to do so by the Web service.
WSDLWeb Services Description Language is the standard format for describing a Web service. A WSDL definition describes how to access a Web service and what operations it will perform. WSDL (along with SOAP and UDDI) is one of the three foundation standards of Web services.
WSRRWebSphere Service Registry and Repository is used with WebSphere in SOA environments.
WTOWrite To Operator. A message sent to the mainframe operator console from JCL or an application program.
XML eXtensible Mark-up Language is a W3C recommendation and provides a standard approach for describing, capturing, processing, and publishing information.
X-TerminalA type of terminal developed in the Unix world that provides a GUI type environment (usually X-Windows) without the need for a programmable workstation.
z/ArchitectureIBM’s latest architecture for mainframes and peripherals.
z/OSThe latest incarnation of MVS, the principal operating system for the IBM mainframe. Announced in October 2000, it brought with it support for 64-bit addressing and a broad range of technical innovations. As well as running on zSeries machines, it also runs on System/390 G5 and G6 processors and Multiprise 3000 systems.
zAAPA Java co-processor for the z890 and z990, which allows customers to offload Java application processing without paying software costs for the additional capacity.
ZapAffectionate name for various utilities (AMASPZAP, aka SUPERZAP in z/OS), which can be used to apply a fix directly to object code in situ. Zapping is a bad thing – it creates programs in which the object code does not agree with the source, and which are hence totally unmaintainable.
zBXThe zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) on operates as a tightly-coupled extension to the z196 and z114 mainframes through a high-performance private network. Users then add POWER7 or System x blades to four racks.
zIIPz9 Integrated Information Processor. A co-processor similar to zAAP (the idea is that you pronounce them ZIP and ZAP), but designed to off-load DB2 work and integrate data across the enterprise. Like zAAP, you pay for the hardware but do not incur IBM software charges for the additional capacity. Minimum requirement: z9-109 with z/OS 1.6 or later and DB2 V8.
Z/TPFThe latest version of the Transaction Processing Facility, a low-function but high-performance TP monitor for very large data communications systems.
z/VMThe latest version of the much-loved Virtual Machine, a hypervisor that enabled users to run multiple operating systems on a single machine.
zFSzSeries File System is a Unix file system that can be used in addition to HFS.
This glossary is based on the former Xephon publication, the Handbook of IBM Terminology.
Trevor Eddolls of iTech-Ed Ltd is an independent mainframe consultant and writer.