ContentsWelcome to the Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2012 ............................................................ 3Why incremental process-driven IT modernization is relevant for your business ....... 4Network management for the modern data centre..........................................................11Next-generation mainframe management ....................................................................... 19Best practices for application release management...................................................... 24Peeling the onion of SFTP: options for securing file transfer to and from z/OS ......... 30
The 2012 Mainframe User Survey .................................................................................... 39An analysis of the profile, plans, and priorities of mainframe users
Vendor Directory ............................................................................................................... 54Vendors, consultants, and service providers in the z/OS and OS/390 environment
A media guide for IBM mainframers ............................................................................. 133Information resources, publications, and user groups for the z/OS environment
Glossary of Terminology ................................................................................................ 137Definitions of some mainframe-related terms
Technical information ..................................................................................................... 163Hardware tables – z114, z196, and z10; mainframe hardware timeline 1952-2012;mainframe operating system development
Welcome to the Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2012by Mark Lillycrop, Publisher
Welcome to the 2012 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.
2011 has been an interesting year, but 2012 starts with a change at the top of IBM. The new CEO, IBM veteran Ginni Rometty, takes over from Sam Palmisano who stays on as chairman. It will be interesting to see what other changes the new CEO brings with her, although having been part of IBM’s strategy team in her current role, it’s unlikely that there will be any huge surprises.
Ginny Rometty takes over an IBM that was ranked the 18th largest firm in the USA and the 7th most profitable by Fortune magazine. Forbes ranked IBM as the 31st largest firm in the world, while Interbrand rated it as the second best global brand, and Newsweek as the most green company in the world. Whichever figure or title you prefer, Big Blue remains a force to be reckoned with, and the System z is undoubtedly the most powerful weapon in its armoury.
2011 saw IBM reach the venerable age of 100! The company was formed from the merger of three existing businesses under the leadership of Charles Ranlett Flint. At that time it was called the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company. It wasn’t until 1924 that it was renamed the International Business Machines Corporation. Thomas J Watson Sr joined the company in 1914 and stayed until 1952.
To celebrate 100 years of existence, IBM drew up a list of 100 Icons of Progress. You can see them all at www.ibm.com/ibm100/us/en/icons/. They include IMS, CICS, and WebSphere, as well as Deep Blue, the relational database, the punched-card tabulator, magnetic tape storage and the personal computer. There are some less obvious icons such as sustainable coffee, popularizing maths and science, medicine on demand, and mapping of humanity’s family tree. Why not take a look and choose your favourites!
Some years IBM is very acquisitive, but that was clearly not the case in 2011. The year saw only five acquisitions: facility and real estate management company TRIRIGA Inc in March; Intelligence Analytics specialist i2 in August; risk
management company Algorithmics Inc. in September; the security intelligence organization Q1 Labs in October; and also in October, cluster and grid management software company Platform Computing.
But if IBM has been slow to acquire news businesses during the last year, it has remained as busy as ever in the law-courts. IBM’s lawyers saw the end of complaints to the European Commission alleging anti-trust behaviour by the company, notably by TurboHercules. Meanwhile, NEON Enterprise Software agreed to stop selling and distributing its zPrime product – the one that allowed software to run on specialty engines and so not attract charges. Shortly after the decision, NEON’s IMS products were acquired by BMC Software.
In November, IBM opened a new procurement centre in Ghana. This fits in nicely with its expectation that its new zEnterprise 114 – the Business Class version of the z196 – will sell well to new customers in Africa and Asia. This new smaller mainframe range starts at $75,000 (note that it’s very unusual for IBM to publish a price for its mainframe
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products). As part of the package you get the IBM Smart Analytics Optimizer to analyse data faster at a lower cost per transaction, and the IBM WebSphere DataPower XI50 for integrating Web-based workloads. The new hardware runs the latest version of z/OS – 1.13. You get 3.8GHz processors (the zEnterprise 196 uses 5.3GHz processors), and you can configure up to 14 of them with 10 specialty processors – zIIP, zAAP, and IFL.
The zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) allows POWER7 blades (allowing AS/400 and RS/6000-heritage users to have a home) and x86 blades (running Linux x86 applications unchanged, and –a huge ‘opportunity’ – Windows applications too). Everything can be controlled using the IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager.
Lastly, for people who like to know the latest version numbers and dates of major products, CICS TS 4.1 has been available since June 2010, DB2 10 GA’d in October 2010, z/OS 1.13 became available in September 2011, and IMS 12 became generally available at the end of October 2011.
2012 promises to be an interesting year for IBM and its customers, as the company drives hard into new markets while attempting to achieve tough financial goals. Whatever the future holds, the mainframe will continue to offer outstanding performance and reliability at the heart of the world’s business-critical applications.
Why incremental process-driven IT modernization is relevant for your businessGuido Falkenberg, Vice President of Data Management at Software AG, explores why taking a process-driven approach to modernization enables you to adapt the IT landscape in manageable steps, improve processes intelligently, extend existing application value, and leverage new technologies.
OverviewIs IT modernization an expense or investment? Either way you view it – with limited time, budget, and resources – your business has to focus on what will deliver the greatest value.
With today’s increasing business challenges, whether competitive-, user-, or regulatory-related, more-and-more often businesses need to change faster than their IT systems can be adapted. In many cases, modernization initiatives to address these challenges have failed to deliver critical business value, mainly because their impact on the business processes is not clearly understood.
Moreover, IT modernization decision makers often lack crucial information in order to accurately plan and evaluate changes on a scale of business value and urgency. This would be analogous to an emergency doctor who didn’t realize you were bleeding and treated your broken bone first. Both are important, but obviously one is more critical than the other.
Process-driven IT modernization yields the maximum business value possible because it focuses modernization on what is critical to your business: the core processes and services that differentiate your enterprise from its competition.
Software AG’s process-driven approach to IT modernization guides you, so you can wisely choose the modernization efforts that will best realize your strategic IT vision. We help you answer questions like:
• How can you better enable your business strategy using modernization?
• Are inefficient or outdated processes affecting your bottom line?
• Which processes deliver the most business value – and should be considered for modernization?
extend your application value, plus leverage new functionality and technologies to empower your end users with more intuitive tools.
From a strategic viewpoint almost every company operates their business in layers, similar to Figure 1. The business level at the top represents how companies win new customers, enter new markets, place new products, and innovate. These activities are determined by the direction and strategy of the marketplace, which we know changes over time.
Businesses implement their strategies using operational processes, represented in the middle
The combinat ion of our market- leading technology with an individualized process-driven modernization roadmap enables you to more effectively leverage your assets and align your IT organization with the business strategy using incremental, manageable steps.
IT modernization is smart businessThe process-driven approach to IT modernization is the safe and smart choice for implementing change in today’s business environment. It helps you identify which business processes to improve for the best impact and greatest ROI. You can incrementally adapt your IT landscape,
Figure 1: Increase your business agility by modernizing with an enterprise-level perspective
layer. However, these processes by themselves cannot meet all the needs of the business, especially as its requirements and organizational goals evolve. The applications, shown in the foundation layer, support the execution of these processes and the evolution of the business.
Your business agility is determined by the flexibility of these three layers, as well as the interactions between them. How effectively your business can implement a new strategy is driven by how fluid these interactions and layers can be, without losing the overall “shape” and direction of your business.
Modernization touches all of these layers and interactions. The ultimate goal of any modernization effort should be to make the business as flexible as possible. That means that before you start to modernize, you need to first answer some important questions such as:
• Which business processes are costing more than they should?
• What points along your process chains are slowest?
• Which application elements should be modernized, migrated, or swapped out?
In contrast to other modernization approaches, such as legacy modernization, which provide an incomplete picture of the enterprise-level business
value, challenges, and risks; the process-driven approach enables you to target solutions that are simpler, quicker, cheaper, and less risky than other proposals.
Now, using a process-driven approach, you can find the right answers; answers that will help you make better decisions, improve the alignment of IT and business, and bring your organization closer-and-closer to Business Process Excellence. Process-driven IT modernization is smart business because it helps IT deliver longer-term value and strategic support to the enterprise as it grows.
Software AG’s process-driven IT modernization solutionSoftware AG’s process-driven IT modernization solution uses a proven and holistic approach based on best practices from our 40+ years of experience with customers around the world. We help transform your dependable and long-standing, mission-critical applications to improve business adaptability, cost efficiency, and better meet your current and future challenges.
Our modernization approach, as shown in Figure 2, is process-driven for two reasons:
1 we determine the modernization priorities according to the business value of the process; and
Figure 2: Software AG’s process-driven solution to IT modernization
2 because modernization itself is a process, we help you determine which steps will lead to success more quickly.
Your modernization initiatives now have a clear direction and each incremental step along the way relates to improving a business process that has value.
Discovery and assessmentTo create your individualized modernization roadmap, we start with a concise assessment of your current IT ecosystem, your business strategy and needs, including:
• Business strategy and plans – new products and services, competitive analyses, regulatory requirements
• Focus areas – increase agility, ROI, resolve “hot spots”
• IT strategy and goals – improve performance, reduce costs, evaluate consolidation, expand skills
• Third-party interactions – with partners, suppliers, distributors, regulatory agencies.
As part of your assessment, we also incorporate the results of our automated discovery and process intelligence analysis. The real- time KPI performance measurements enable you to analyse your core business processes end-to-end, as well as uncover issues and get better transparency for dependencies. This enables us to identify key areas for your modernization plan and helps you maximize investments and lower risks.
Modernization roadmapWe structure your modernization roadmap so you achieve quick wins with incremental improvements that also enable your long-term IT strategy and business needs. Roadmap milestones focus your modernization efforts on specific business goals. Moreover, milestones can be modified or added as your modernization priorities change.
Enterprise Architecture ManagementEnterprise Architecture Management is the guide for the complete modernization process, where all assets are documented, progress measured, and the business value of modernization phases determined. Here you manage your implementation strategy and changes to reach your target modernization architecture and reduce the gap between business and IT.
Knowledge and skill transferFaster adoption cycles and increased flexibility demand effective ways to transfer valuable knowledge and skills throughout your organization. We can help you manage “skill retirement” and accelerate new employee productivity with custom training and other service offerings.
Enabling technologies for modernizationSoftware AG provides your enterprise with a complete modernization solution. We help you solve business performance inefficiencies by addressing a variety of corresponding application challenges with our enabling technologies, ranging from automating workflows, simplifying end user screens, streamlining data flows, to reducing operational costs and more:
• Platform – significantly improve your operational excellence with performance optimizations on a mainframe or by moving application workload to a different platform such as Unix, Linux or Windows, for example.
• Integration – flexibly integrate your custom applications and databases with SOA, BPM, B2B, cloud, and packaged applications such as Salesforce and SAP, as well as with Business Intelligence environments enabling real-time connectivity.
• Business processes – gain business visibility with our at-a-glance dashboards. Employ powerful business process capabilities using
Get There Faster.™
Find out more at www.ITModernization.com
Modernizing isn’t simple, but choosing the right partner is. Here are the four signs you’ve found the right one.
Business Process DrivenGain a competitive advantage when you focus on achieving your business goals.
Continuous AdaptabilityIncrease your organizational agility with your own roadmap to modernization.
Cost EfficientIncrease your ROI by executing a modernization plan customized for you.
Software AG ExpertiseDrive change with best-in-class tools and resources backed by 40 years of experience.
ARIS and webMethods to model, automate and monitor your human-, document-, and system-centric processes.
• Application – easily web-enable green screens, boost end-user productivity, improve application adaptability and maintainability, and increase overall business flexibility using our Natural, Adabas, COBOL, and DB2 modernization capabilities.
How process-driven modernization works in practiceWith our process-driven approach, we facilitate our customers’ “modernization evolution.” As their business and organization have changed, they have been able to incorporate new and better ways to modernize. Their modernization planning is ongoing, interactive, and engages all levels of the business, for example:
• The business and IT strategies, goals, and priorities set the direction for modernization initiatives.
• Technical infrastructure inputs, such as the target architecture planning chart, depicted in Figure 3, keep modernization in tune with technology shifts.
• Automated process discovery and process intelligence keeps the business aware of real-time process performance and alert for potential issues.
In addition, the service- and process-oriented application architecture achieved with process-driven IT modernization delivers tangible advantages to IT. The key benefits include faster integration of new applications and technologies, such as cloud computing services, and more freedom to adopt new hardware strategies without adversely impacting business operations. You have the flexibility you need to move your business processes and rules to the environment of your choice.
Using process-driven IT modernization, your business can make the leap from creating services to optimizing business value. Leading enterprises in virtually every industry rely on Software AG’s process-driven IT modernization solution to improve their business in key areas, such as:
• The largest optical retailer in Germany, part of Europe’s largest optical provider, improved their
Figure 3: Your input provides the direction for your modernization roadmap
order-quality service using an SOA and BPM solution to integrate point-of-sale and back-end systems and handle orders with complex dependencies. Their modernized solution handles tens of thousands of daily requests, each in under two seconds. Potential errors can be identified and corrected before the customer leaves the store, significantly reducing rejects for tangible savings.
• The leading European travel software technology provider extended their current IT investments to benefit from new technologies. They transformed their technology, used in over 2 million travel bookings daily, onto a web-enabled platform with new interfaces, menus, and business functionality. Performance and response times are faster than expected and clients get better information. These modernization milestones have enabled them to attract new customers, and enter new markets and industries – directly in line with their key business goals.
• A large South African manufacturer chose a process-driven approach over rip-and-replace options because they could incrementally implement modernization, realize quicker increased operational efficiency with less business disruption, and achieve this for just one-quarter of the cost estimates for rip-and-replace. As part of their 5-year IT modernization strategy, they web-enabled “green screen” business processes, transformed their creditor system to 100% online, and improved their supply chain invoice processes and overall supplier management. They continue to realize more-and-more value from their core systems and benefit from best-of-breed solutions.
Software AG’s process-driven IT modernization solution helps enterprises achieve Business Process Excellence by focusing improvements on the key processes that enable the business
strategy. Incremental modernization that effectively leverages your current assets using new technologies and employs process improvement methodologies and best practices will deliver long-term and sustainable business value.
With 40+ years of expertise, Software AG is your partner for success.
For more information, please visitwww.ITModernization.com.
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; and the first B2B server and SOA-based integration platform, webMethods.
We offer our customers end-to-end business process management (BPM) solutions delivering low Total-Cost-of-Ownership and high ease of use. With our process-driven IT Modernization solution, we transform customers’ core applications into an adaptable and cost-efficient platform. Our industry-leading brands, ARIS, webMethods, Adabas, Natural, CentraSite and IDS Scheer Consulting, represent a unique portfolio encompassing: process strategy, design, integration and control; SOA-based integration and data management; process-driven SAP implementation; and strategic process consulting and services.
Software AG had revenues of €1.1 billion in 2010 and has 5,500 employees serving 10,000 enterprise and public institution customers across 70 countries. Our comprehensive software and services solutions allow companies to continuously achieve their business results faster. The company is headquartered in Germany and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TecDAX, ISIN DE 0003304002 / SOW).
Simon Cooper takes a candid look at how Darwinian forces allow only the strongest companies with the best products to survive in a highly-competitive environment – and takes a look at one such product.
Let’s be honest. We paid to place an advertisement and write an article for the Arcati Mainframe Yearbook to promote our company and its products. It gives us an opportunity to tell you how good our software is and perhaps try to persuade you to take a look. There’s nothing wrong with that. Other vendors do it all the time. Except that we don’t. The multi-billion dollar organizations that we compete with have marketing budgets that dwarf our turnover, so we tend to re-invest our resources and focus on product development. We think this approach is more effective for us, especially when it comes to keeping customers happy. Our loyal customer base of blue-chip companies includes some of the largest and busiest System z sites in the world, so we must be doing something right!
Competition is good for youHealthy competition between vendors is good, especially for the customer. It promotes innovation and forces vendors to ‘up their game’. As Henry Ford said: “Competition is the keen edge of business, always shaving away at costs”.
It could be argued the Enterprise Licence Agreements (ELAs) promoted by very large vendors as a one-stop-shop for all your Enterprise software needs are the very antithesis of healthy competition. By signing ‘all-you-can-eat’ licences for mainframe software, a company may well end up with some best-of-breed products at a very competitive price. However it is equally possible that amongst the “bargains” there will be some very mediocre software too; software that can’t be
removed or replaced, even if it’s not fit for purpose, until such time as the agreement lapses. While the drive to rationalize suppliers is completely understandable and by itself shouldn’t be a problem, it’s probably fair to say that no single vendor has a monopoly on innovation. It could be argued that all-encompassing agreements can stifle access to more innovative software by shutting out specialist vendors who are able to rapidly react to changing customer requirements. Where is the motivation to develop new and better software, or enhance existing products if you have no competition? Perhaps more pertinent in the current economic climate; how does the customer know they’re getting best value for money if the supplier doesn’t have to compete on price? Where is the motivation to generate best value?
As a smaller, independent software vendor in an industry dominated by very large corporations pitching all-encompassing software solutions for multiple platforms, we have focused our efforts on developing best-of-breed mainframe network systems software for the past 18 years. We are experts in our field and dedicated to this market. We have seen our innovations copied, repackaged, and then introduced as new by our competitors, which is entirely to be expected in a free-market economy.
Whether the practice of ELAs are in the spirit of a free-market economy is a moot point, but we have seen companies so hampered by such agreements that they do not even look at alternatives to their current systems software tools, even though they’re crying out for better solutions. Without question, they are not using competition to their advantage in the way that Henry Ford envisaged. Software companies and their products are Darwinian in nature in the sense that only the strong survive. Products that are outdated, no longer relevant, or too expensive in comparison to the competition will become extinct as rival,
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stronger products supersede them. The fact that smaller vendors in the System z eco-system flourish is a testament to the quality of their software and support. We all have to be really good at what we do.
Less is moreSo how does the “keen edge” of Henry Ford’s competition drive down the cost of doing business? How have our customers and prospects taken advantage of competition in the marketplace and how do they benefit from this? There is no doubt that we all find ourselves operating in exceptional times. At William Data Systems (WDS) we understand as well as anybody that our customers are under continual pressure to do more with less. Providing a better service without increasing head count or costs is hard. Maintaining existing service levels while reducing IT spend is even harder. We set ourselves the objective of doing both; helping you improve service delivery and reduce IT expenditure. Over the past few years we have helped many customers achieve these seemingly conflicting goals of reducing their software bill at the same time as improving the service they offer to their users and customers. One of the ways we have achieved this is by enabling customers to replace expensive, outdated incumbent software with modern alternatives at a fraction of the cost.
Old and blueIn 1986 Ronald Reagan was in the White House, Microsoft were adding 720kb floppy drive support into MS-DOS, Ferris Bueller took a day off, and IBM released NetView for MVS. NetView V1R1 was an amalgamation of NCCF, NPDA, NLDM, and VNCA. 25 years and 14 releases later, the product has morphed into a huge conglomeration of utilities and facilities, providing a “comprehensive set of tools for maintaining complex, multivendor, multiplatform networks, and systems from a single point of control”.
NetView’s breadth of scope, which is positioned as its strength, can also be a weakness. It can be seen as complex, expensive, and requiring heavy customization. If the needs of your organization are straightforward – first class monitoring and automation of your mainframe network systems – then NetView may be seen as the proverbial nut-cracking sledgehammer.
Let’s not take anything away from NetView. It has an array of powerful facilities that can be configured to cater for just about every eventuality and it remains an important component for other system facilities that you may, or may not, be utilizing. But there are two important points to consider here:
1 If you’re not utilizing the broad range of facilities in NetView, you may be paying significant fees for a product that you could actually replace for a fraction of the cost. The disadvantages of an ELA may become apparent if you’re tied in.
2 Getting the most out of NetView can require a significant investment in time from skilled mainframe technicians; skills that are in short supply. If those skills are no longer present, maintaining NetView can becomes a serious challenge.
Managing modern mainframe networks effectively and efficiently requires a modern, cost-effective solution; a solution where you only pay for the components that you need. ZEN, from William Data Systems, is such a solution.
Now and ZENAs a network management tool for the 21st century, ZEN can be deployed rapidly, maintained simply, and its browser-based user-interface used with ease by all, no matter what the level of experience. ZEN improves upon the ability to manage any remaining SNA networks while providing state-of-the-art capabilities for managing IP, APPN/HPR and Enterprise Extender, OSAs, and FTP traffic.
Innovate or fade awayIn 1995 Version 1 of our first product, EXIGENCE, was released. EXIGENCE was a revelation that turned the complex world of tracing mainframe networks from a last-resort tool for experts to a first-level diagnostic tool for all. In doing so, this innovative product allowed customers to improve business continuity by accelerating problem identification and reducing the impact of outages.
In common with all mainframe products of that era, the user-interface (UI) was 3270-based, accessed either via a physical 3270 terminal or a PC using 3270 emulation. How times have changed.
The desire to keep pace with technology and innovate is pervasive through everything we do: the first dedicated trace analysis tool; first dedicated security and monitoring product for FTP on z/OS; first genuinely real-time IP monitor; first dedicated APPN/HPR and EE monitor; first product to provide SSL authentication and encryption for EE; first dedicated OSA monitor; first direct browser GUI (no webserver required)... the list goes on.
With the increasing reliance we all have on mobile devices, delivering a mobile mainframe network management solution became the next obvious challenge for us to tackle.
With Apple selling over 9 million iPads in the third (fiscal) quarter of 2011 and reporting it in use at 80 of the Fortune 100, it is clear the device has great appeal for business users. In August 2010 WDS demonstrated another first when we debuted ZEN being used on Apple’s ubiquitous iPad.
We have continued to champion the mobile computing theme with core functions of ZEN now available on the iPhone, as well as Blackberry and Android devices too. Recent development enhancements mean ZEN’s mobile facilities can be made available for all popular smart-phone and tablet platforms.
Business agility is a key element of staying ahead of your competitors. As organizations change shape, lose elements, add others, there will be a knock-on effect on your network. The constant changes such agility demands means a need for regular planning meetings, but being away from your desk doesn’t mean you have to be out of touch.
Z E N M O B I L E m e a n s t h a t y o u c a n s t a y in touch and in control of your System z network wherever you are/whenever you like, by still monitoring the network, receiving alerts, and staying on top of the situation. But we save the best news until last...
ZEN MOBILE facilities are included at no additional cost for all licensed customers of ZEN, proving once again that WDS really is trying to help you do more but spend less.
At the same time truly significant cost savings can be made over the costs of incumbent software.
ZEN makes it possible to display data from several components and/or display multiple panels from the same component, simultaneously. This means that you have a very flexible display environment that you can configure and manipulate in any way you choose. You can even save your favourite panel configuration as ‘Home’ and these panels will be automatically opened whenever you sign on to ZEN.
But ZEN is more than just a display engine for the network management components. ZEN provides core services for all components, has several additional network management features included, plus some powerful optional automation facilities.The ZEN Automation component, with REXX
interface and ZEN REXX Function Pack, is particularly powerful since it enables you to totally automate your z/OS network environment. You can build business-service oriented ZEN applications tailored to your own unique requirements, displaying customizable information from a variety of sources of your choosing.
Replacing NLDMOne example of how ZEN improves over existing NetView facilities is in the area of “Session Awareness”. Although most IBM mainframe data centres have implemented IP backbones, SNA traffic, whether native, via TN3270, DLUR/DLSw, or increasingly from the ‘SNA-over-IP’ solution provided by IBM’s Enterprise Extender, is still commonplace, as are the problems associated with managing large numbers of SNA sessions.
FEATURES INCLUDED IN ZEN
Reference Data Glossary of terms, RPL return and feedback codes, sense codes, SNA node or session status, all ZEN component messages
IP Tools A selection of IP tools, including PING, QuickPING, NS Lookup, TraceRoute, QuickTraceRoute
CSM/ECSA/USS displays Detailed CSM/ESCA & USS usage and historical information and graphs
Command facilitySystem LogNetwork LogsMVS ConsoleSyslogD filtering Log facilities for displaying ZEN, USS, REXX, VTAM, TCP/IP, MVS and SyslogD messages, with color-coding, filtering and command line functionsEnhanced System and Network Logs (Operations functions)
Produce reports for any ZEN component that writes SMF recordsBatch Reporting for automating the production of reportsLocal PC download facility for reports built as CSV filesCreate, display, print and download reports in PDF format
Alerting Alerting & Incident Reporting for all ZEN components
Automated Message Commands Automated Timer Commands Alert-driven commandsRexx interface and ZEN Rexx Function Pack User-definable ZEN menus, ZEN panels and associated Help User-definable alerts
IP MONITORIdentify network issues instantly to minimize down time. Focus your recovery efforts easily with intelligent reporting and real-time IP monitoring.
OSA MONITOROptimize the operation of your Open Systems Adapters (OSA), ensuring the throughput of these strategic communications devices is maximized.
LINUX MONITORMonitor the performance and availability of all your Linux systems from ZEN, whether running under VM, natively in an IFL or on Intel servers.
EE MONITOR Implement and manage Enterprise Extender (EE) with ease and improve APPN/HPR network operations and performance.
EE SECURITY A simple solution to fill the security gaps existing on networks linking your business partners’ legacy applications to yours.
FTP CONTROLMonitor and audit all FTP file transfers in real time with this efficient tool which ensures compliance with statutory, regulatory require-ments.
TRACE and SOLVEMinimize network outage and get back to business quickly. Diagnose all network and application issues with this easy to use tracing tool.
IBM’s Network Logical Data Manager (NLDM) is a component of NetView that allows users to perform problem determination and response time measurement for SNA sessions. VTAM Session Awareness (SAW) data provides information about all VTAM sessions and is used by NLDM to report on logical unit (LU) session status, session partners, and configuration data.
Why is SAW data still important?VTAM commands can provide information about active sessions, but details about failed sessions and the reasons why they failed are not so easy
to determine, especially after the event. SAW data provides comprehensive information about session failures, including sense codes.
With very large numbers of these types of sessions still in daily use, their efficient management is obviously important. The ability to retain this information for long-term trend analysis and network consolidation purposes is equally vital.
NLDM was written in the early 1980s. The amount of historical SAW data NLDM can retain is restricted by the file access methods it uses. Its reliance on legacy VSAM KSDS file access
methods is not consistent with best practice today of using VSAM data-in-virtual (DIV) and data space technology. This becomes a problem if there is a need to delete old and unused SNA resources, since it’s not possible to look back far enough to determine if a resource is really redundant. Furthermore, such access methods compromise its efficiency in terms of MIPS consumed.
By utilizing the latest DIV and data space technologies, the SAW data feature of ZEN EE MONITOR removes all the restrictions previously associated with NLDM SAW data management and provides:
• Sophisticated indexing for improved speed of search
• Advanced filtering for manageable search result size
Innovative two-tier user interface
ZEN’s user-interface utilizes a two-tier presentation architecture, with no dependencies on third party hardware or software, additional web-servers, browser plug-ins or anything else. Not only does this eliminate additional costs for implementing and running our software, it reduces the costs of maintaining it, reduces the number of people involved in supporting it and simplifies the overall systems architecture.
All you need is your z/OS system, a WDS product and a web browser.
TRACE & SOLVEEXIGENCE
• Direct access to session failure INIT sense codes via the ZEN UI
• Manager reference data look-up • Access to up to 20 million connection records • Improved CPU utilization with memory-to-
memory Dataspace technology • Access to detailed history available via DIV or
The SAW data support in ZEN is an example of a best-of-both-worlds solution that allows you to save CPU cycles, save money by replacing existing legacy software, and benefit from a state of the art monitor for the 21st century data centre.
Perhaps we should leave it to one of our customers, a global financial services company with data centres in Europe and the USA, to have the last word:
“Compared to NetView, ZEN presents information in a better, more friendly way and without having to use lots of commands. We all know that you have a great product, now our finance people have seen the cost savings as well.”
Simon Cooper has worked in the Independent Software Vendor market for nearly twenty-five years and has held a variety of technical, sales, and marketing roles in addition to his current position as head of business development at WDS.
William Data Systems (WDS) is a pioneer of specialized IBM System z network management solutions. Established in 1993, we are an independent global company that provides innovative solutions to run mainframe networks
efficiently and securely. ZEN, the WDS network management suite, offers a selection of user-friendly and cost-effective solutions to meet your unique needs.
To help customers overcome both business and technology challenges, WDS provides customers with licensing and pricing terms that are as flexible as our solutions.
WDS supports customers worldwide across all vertical markets and our client list includes Fortune 100 companies and government agencies. WDS is an IBM Business Partner and a member of the IBM PartnerWorld for Developers program. We are committed to the global z/OS networking market and to leading the way with innovative solutions through the latest advances.
The future – gamification and augmented reality?
How about if you could hold up your phone in front of the mainframe or some x86 server, and on screen would appear statistics about usage and performance? You could then take appropriate action to resolve hot spots and capacity issues. All just a dream? Apparently not.
It seems that BMC is exploring how it can harness gamification and augmented reality techniques in the next generation of its systems management tools. Suhas Kelkar, a chief technology officer for BMC, has described the server example I gave above. Suhas adds: “If someone comes across an intelligent solution they should add it to the knowledge base. But hardly anyone does it. But what if you gamify the system and reward people for doing that?”
So there we have it... Augmented reality is the appearance on your phone of information about server capacity. And it could be about anything else. Wouldn’t it be great to hold your phone over a cable and read off the upstream and downstream broadband speeds?
Gamification – a new word – is the fun part of using software. The part that is all too often missing! It’s basically applying game mechanics (the elements that make games fun, engaging, and in some cases competitive) to things that aren’t typically considered a game, or even fun!
Wouldn’t it be great to have software on your smartphone that not only identifies what you’re looking at (the Web server, or the z/Linux LPAR, or whatever) and provides current performance information. And then makes it fun to resolve any problems that might have been identified. Perhaps the only green screens you’ll ever see will mean ‘game over’!
Next-generation mainframe management Mainstreaming the mainframe for enterprise IT product direction by David Hodgson, CA Technologies, Mainframe.
Challenge The IBM zEnterprise (model numbers 196 and 114) represents a fundamentally new computing platform for customers. In contrast to traditional mainframe systems, the zEnterprise powerfully combines both mainframe and distributed systems that can be managed together in a coordinated way sharing power, cooling, network, and management capabilities. The zEnterprise offers to address the complexity of today’s multi-platform/multi-tier applications by extending the virtues of the mainframe – including security, fault tolerance, efficiency, virtualization, and dynamic resource allocation – to other systems and workloads running on Windows, Linux, and Unix. In short, the zEnterprise allows clients to collapse an entire multi-tier application into a single managed system.
Opportunity With the release of IBM’s zEnterprise or next generation mainframe, our strategic vision has evolved by building on the Mainframe 2.0 strategy to launch Next-Generation Mainframe Management that capitalizes on:
• the need to reduce cost and improve operational efficiency
• the need to modernize and simplify management• the need to increase innovation and agility by:
– Embracing the next generation hybrid architecture from IBM
– Enabling the use of mainframes in private and hybrid clouds
– Empowering the multi-platform, converging IT workforce
– Extending management to support multi-vendor environments.
A CHANGE OF STRATEGY MEANS A CHANGE OF PACE
Achievements with Mainframe 2.0Since its launch in 2008, CA Technologies’ Mainframe 2.0 strategy has made a significant impact at hundreds of large enterprises, helping them to reduce IT costs and simplify management tasks with an emphasis on preparing for the next generation of mainframe IT workers:
• CA Mainframe Software Manager (CA MSM) has revolutionized the acquisition, installation, deployment, configuration, and maintenance of CA Technologies mainframe software.
• The CA Mainframe Chorus suite is beginning to set a new standard in ease of use, training, and knowledge transfer to enable the next generation of mainframe workers as they take over from the retiring generation.
• Our exploitation of IBM’s zIIP and zAAP specialty processors has led the market in delivering massive cost reduction through IBM’s hardware pricing model.
• We remain committed to innovating our z/OS management solutions to continue these efforts at reducing costs and simplifying management.
Mainstreaming the mainframe as part of Enterprise ITAs an extension of our efforts to help clients reduce costs and improve their operational efficiency, we will now extend our focus to help
clients better integrate, or “mainstream their mainframe” into their broader enterprise IT strategy, including implementations of private clouds, and re-emphasizing the need for cross-platform management tools. As we succeed in simplifying management and workflows via Chorus and extend the scope across Linux on System z, zEnterprise, and the distributed environments, we will empower an IT workforce convergence between those managing and operating the distributed environments and those managing the mainframe.
Each company will progress at a pace that is right for them, but we think it is inevitable that we see more unified IT organizations in the future. While there will always be mainframe specialists, we believe that organizations will want to increasingly rely on better integrated toolsets, processes, and teams. Our goal, while supporting this, is to extend the efficiencies of mainframe management to the distributed environment wherever possible, thus helping IT drive down costs.
Our emphasis on delivering cross-platform management solutions not only helps address the aging workforce problem, but recognizes IT’s real role in provisioning, brokering, and delivering, cross-platform business services. Rather than isolated, point products, managing individual aspects of a service, we will increasingly offer a service-centric approach that starts with management of the entire service and allows drill-down where and when required.
ADDRESSING THE HYBRID MAINFRAME
z/OS still the backbone of the mainframe and enterprise data processingThis extension of our mainframe strategy only increases our commitment to the z/OS environment; the backbone of hundreds of businesses across the world. We believe that
z/OS will continue to be the heart of data storage and transaction processing, and even more so as companies adopt “cloud IT”. We will continue to be a leader in z/OS management solutions so that the traditional mainframe can successfully evolve into its new role as an integral part of a broader IT strategy.
Linux on System z managementSince its introduction as zLinux in 2000, use of the now “Linux on System z” has increased significantly to be an important resource pool in the enterprise infrastructure. CA Technologies has a best in class suite of management tools for managing Linux on System z and we are selling these as point solutions. Our strategic direction is to integrate these tools into our cross-platform management solutions (like CA Cross-Enterprise Enterprise APM) and into our CA Mainframe Chorus management suite, both as an integrated enhancement to existing roles and as a stand-alone Linux management role.
Many enterprises are choosing not to adopt Linux on System z. Most often this is because the IT department does not have the skills to manage z/VM or another Linux image. Often it is also because of a political divide between mainframe and distributed groups over server platform choices. The CA AppLogic for System z product (discussed below) will help organizations eliminate both these barriers as they seek to make IT decisions that are aligned to business priorities and unify their IT workforce eliminating the polarization around platforms.
Managing the hybrid zEnterprise mainframe with a zBX blade centerThis is a new market opportunity created by IBM’s investment in the System z hardware platform. The addition of the zBX blade center allows distributed workloads to run ‘on the mainframe’ and the
the future is now. next-generation mainframe management looks like this.
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New CA Mainframe Chorus from CA Technologies. Seeing is believing. Discover a revolutionary new way to manage your mainframe. CA Mainframe Chorus is designed to dramatically simplify mainframe management and help make people more successful and productive while helping accelerate and maximize performance and value of the mainframe itself. Both expert and novice IT staff can gain greater control over the environment today and the increasingly diverse workload of 21st Century mainframe and hybrid environments. An unforgettable new user experience for DB2 Database Management, Security and Compliance Management and Storage Management.
zEnterprise architecture unifies management of resources and provisioning. From discussions with customers, we are anticipating that take-up of zBX will grow slowly over the next 12-18 months. CA Technologies will be partnering to provide solutions that support this growing adoption from inception.
Essentially we will be doing two sorts of work:
• Readying z/OS tools to leverage the new hybrid architecture interfaces centered around URM, aka zManager
• Integrating point management products to provide unified mainframe-distributed management solutions.
The latter will be designed to work equally well across real distributed environments thus allowing unified management of the whole heterogeneous infrastructure.
Mainstreaming the mainframe as part of the cloud connected enterpriseCloud computing is a new paradigm of IT service delivery and consumption. Increasingly IT departments will move to providing services using the principles of scalable, on-demand delivery and the mainframe will be central to these efforts for companies that have traditionally used mainframes, and some new emerging enterprises too.
CA AppLogic is a product that creates an application-centric cloud infrastructure on x86-based distributed servers. We will port CA AppLogic to System z to first allow Linux on System z to be included in a cross-platform grid. According to current plans, the first release will allow z/OS resources such as CA IDMS, CA Datacom, DB2, and CICS to be included in the definition of cross-platform business services. This will enable customers to model their existing business-critical services as entities that can
eventually be managed end-end as cloud services making them more scalable and easier to expand, replicate and move.
The unique qualities of the mainframe can provide a powerful, reliable, and cost-effective platform for the most critical of workloads running within a cloud environment. With our CA AppLogic product strategy, CA Technologies will enable cross-platform, service centric provisioning that focuses first on private and hybrid cloud implementations, but also embraces and enables the delivery and consumption of public cloud services.
GIVING CUSTOMERS WHAT THEY ASK FOR
Delivering customer value as part of an ISV communityA significant evolution of our business and product strategy is the decision to move from a pure management product play to a mix of solution and platform strategies.
Customer feedback about CA Mainframe Chorus and CA MSM confirms that the capability those products offer is what they need, but the value of these products will increase dramatically if they support software from other vendors in addition to CA Technologies software.
IBM owns the mainframe platform, meaning the hardware, the operating system and how the whole processing capability is positioned. CA Technologies will lead the ISV community in offering strong market alternatives to a single vendor solution by enrolling them to leverage our three ‘open’ elements: CA Mainframe Chorus, CA MSM, and CA AppLogic. In this way we think we can take the next step in defining a Next-Generation Mainframe Management strategy that delivers maximum choice and value to the customer base.
ConclusionsWe have proven our commitment to z/OS and the IBM mainframe with our successful Mainframe 2.0 strategy. With our evolution to Next-Generation Mainframe Management, CA Technologies is ensuring that we can be a strategic partner to our customers in helping them to get the maximum value from existing and future investments in a mainframe. We are also demonstrating industry leadership by recognizing that all ISVs are important to the customers they serve, and that by working together, even while we still compete, we can deliver a higher overall value point to our enterprise base.
David Hodgson is the SVP, Strategy and Product Management for CA Technologies Mainframe business unit, in his prior position to that he headed product management in CA Technologies’ Cloud business unit. David has over 30 years experience in the IT industry with a focus on the mainframe platform.
CA Technologies has 30 years of recognized expertise in robust, reliable, scalable, and secure enterprise-class IT management software. Mainframe Security Management is a key component of the Mainframe 2.0 initiative from CA Technologies to change the way the mainframe is managed forever by helping you maximize the value of CA Technologies mainframe products and by providing a simplified experience and innovative solutions that deliver value quickly and flexibly.
Before the IBM System z Personal Development Tool (zPDT), which enables a virtual System z architecture environment on x86 and x86-compatible platforms running Linux. There were other attempts at getting System z or its predecessors to run on a PC.
Fundamental Software Inc (FSI) gave us FLEX-ES, which ran on Intel chips and allowed developers to test their mainframe applications on their PCs. The PC itself ran Linux and FLEX ran under that – emulating a range of mainframe hardware devices including terminals and tape drives. In 2000 a company called T3 launched the tServer based on FLEX-ES.
UMX Technologies also offered Intel server emulation – using UMX’s Virtual Mainframe software. The company offered Windows compatibility as well. Then there was Hercules, an Open Source software implementation of mainframe architectures. Hercules runs under Linux, Windows, Solaris, FreeBSD, and Mac OSX. IBM stopped licencing its operating systems for Hercules systems, so users were left with running older public domain versions of IBM operating systems or illegally running newer versions.
Platform Solutions Inc (PSI) developed Open Mainframe servers. The company’s System64 product line consolidated z/OS, Windows, and Linux operating systems in one secure operating environment based on Intel Itanium 2 processor technology.
Sim390 was an application that ran under Windows and emulated a subset of the ESA/390 mainframe architecture. The emulator supported most TCP/IP operations (via socket calls using an emulated IUCV interface), and contained a Telnet 3270 (tn3270) server for remote log-in (with IP address filtering), as well as local 3270 sessions. It was possible to run it on a very small machine, such as a Pentium 75MHz with 16MB memory.
Jeff Westenhaver says good-bye, backlog: plan, control, and automate release management to increase business agility.
Customer quote:“Releasing appl icat ions into product ion environments is a critical part of application development. Working with Serena makes coordinating release processes very straightforward and helps us ensure all stakeholders are notified on upcoming changes.
“Instead of relying on manual processes, we have implemented a repeatable, reliable procedure that is not only saving everyone headaches, it also reduces cost.” David Bell, Change and Release Manager, Mitsubishi UFJ
SummaryToday’s fast-changing markets require businesses to respond rapidly and take proactive measures to maintain or gain a lead. Increasingly, this manifests as a software challenge, because applications don’t just support a business – increasingly they are the business, the source of its key differentiators and competitive advantage. In order for a business to evolve and adapt, its applications need to evolve and adapt too, which means businesses must develop new applications and capabilities and rapidly deploy them into production.
In response to this demand from the business, development teams are racing to create new and critical pieces of functionality, but they’re doing so faster than operations teams can release them for use. Organizations have to clear down this
backlog of new and modified applications – and streamline release processes – so that they can promptly release application enhancements and immediately leverage their new functionality to enhance the success of the business.
Understanding the application backlogBut it’s not that easy. Development teams create applications and make modifications, but they rely on operations staff to deploy those application changes into the production environment, and the two groups traditionally haven’t worked well together. Their motivations differ: developers see their job as creating code and then changing it, while operations groups see changes as anathema, a threat to their core mission of maximizing uptime. So while development may believe that a piece of code is ready (enough) to release, IT operations will probably be wary of putting it into production. And for good reason: according to IDC, 80 percent of downtime is caused by changes, and 60 percent of application downtime is related to new releases or changes to configuration.
To address this standoff between development and operations groups, many organizations have tried to create cross-departmental functions – whether called QA, release management, or global change and release – committed to ensuring the production-readiness of application releases. Most of these cross-departmental functions deploy application releases to testing environments to assess their readiness before putting them on the path to production. These groups may need to deploy a typical application to such environments multiple times, depending on the number of testing stages it must move through, before deploying into the production environment. This takes time, and because of constraints on the number of testing/staging environments and the resources needed to manage them, it also creates a bottleneck.
While this careful testing process is important, businesses can’t afford the application backlog that it typically creates. In order to succeed in today’s marketplace, organizations need to
solve the application backlog problem with better release management so that they can start taking advantage of the latest application functionality to increase the agility of the business.
Diagnosing the application backlog problemFor many companies today, the application backlog is huge and growing quickly. There are several reasons for this: the more real-time nature of systems, increasing complexity of deployment environments and applications, adoption of iterative development processes, and the time and resources required for manual release processes.
Applications can’t squeeze through smaller testing windows Today’s systems are increasingly real-time, leaving little scope for taking them offline to test new code. Plus, the complexity of deployment environments has grown dramatically, as companies are no longer restricted to traditional on-premise options but can also opt for virtualization and cloud computing alternatives as well as offshore, onshore, open source, partner, and supplier sourcing for software development projects. Applications, too, have become more complex, complicating the task of deployment with their multitiered architectures and greater dependencies across applications, application servers, and databases. And the trend towards Service-Oriented Architectures as a means of leveraging and modernizing legacy applications further increases the coupling and dependencies between applications.
New application development practices promise benefits...While new development practices have evolved to meet businesses’ growing demands for adaptable applications, they don’t address release management. Agile and other iterative development processes emphasize frequent smaller releases and can dramatically increase the flow of application releases: applications that were once released 2-3 times a year are now often
released on a weekly, even daily basis. As a result, Agile and other iterative methods put traditional release management methods under strain.
But old release management practices prevent them from fulfilling their promise While adopting these iterative development methodologies promises business agility and competitive advantage, in practice, poor release management usually negates this benefit by slowing the rate at which a business can deploy this enhanced software.
Today’s manual release management processes cannot deal with this volume of changes in a timely manner or in a 24x7 environment. Operations teams find themselves with too many tasks to execute during the maintenance window, and face an enormous challenge in coordinating the activities of many people and sharing timely information. Most teams have been attempting to manage releases with scripts, manual systems, spreadsheets, and circulating checklists, but those are no longer adequate for the complexity of the task. To make matters worse, sometimes organizations have different development groups using different paths to production, adding inconsistency to the slowness and other problems of traditional release management. Some operations groups meet to discuss changes regularly, but the number of staff involved, and the time it takes, can make for a “million dollar meeting” – not a cost-effective approach to managing releases.
Traditional management of releases is expensive. IDC notes that more than 80 percent of software expenditures take place in the operations and post-deployment phase, and observes that therefore, “increased efficiency and coordination of even a small percent has significant financial impact at a time of on-going resource constraints and volatility.” (IDC, May 2011)
Given the “on-going resource constraints,” companies are re-evaluating the costs of their
manual methods. In addition to day-in, day-out inconvenience, many have occasionally had to bring in people over the weekends to deploy new software in a special effort to push changes. But this approach doesn’t scale. The number of people available for the weekend’s work is in itself a limitation for release management, and in today’s economy, companies cannot afford to hire additional staff that would enable them to release more often. Increasingly organizations are finding that the problems of release management are a serious challenge to the success of the business and are looking for that “increased efficiency and coordination of even a small percent.”
The solution for the application backlog: improve release processes, and then automate them To solve the application backlog problem, organizations must f irst address release management processes within the context of lifecycle management, and then automate the resulting best practices.
The application lifecycle begins with demand management (also known as requirements management), continues through development, and concludes with release management as the final transition to the operational side of the business. When a company treats release management as part of application lifecycle management, it engages decisionmakers earlier in the process to prioritize and manage functionality proactively, helping to determine in advance what needs to be included in a release and what can be postponed until the next. In fact, one of the best practices for release management is to invest in the earlier stages of the application lifecycle, during the requirements and development stages. This saves money at the release stage, because making changes at this later stage is much more costly than making a comparable change at an earlier stage.
Because release management can have such a huge impact on the business, organizations need
to manage it as a program, with clarity about the status of each task and project. It must be absolutely clear to team members what code has been tested and whether it is ready for hand-off or whether there are additional changes to be tested first. They must also have processes in place that enforce strict phase gates based on the status of code, to ensure nothing is released before it is ready. By the time the team is ready to sign off the code, they should be confident that they’ve completed and validated all installation and configuration tasks and addressed any application, environment or configuration dependencies for a successful deployment.
Once an organization has implemented best practices for release management, it can benefit enormously from automating them. News about the benefits of automation is getting out and more organizations are making plans to adopt it: In a recent Gartner Group study, 40 percent of enterprises said they planned to automate release processes by 2014, up from less than 10 percent today. Automating best practices for release management enables organizations to manage all releases with a common process, eliminating inconsistencies. Because this simplifies the process of deployment, it enables organizations to release new functionality or fixes more often, release more changes each time, and reduce release deployment time by 90 percent or more, freeing up resources for more innovative, value-add projects. And, perhaps most importantly, automation helps organizations release with confidence, improving production uptime and avoiding any negative impact to production systems.
Best practices for release management – automation helps! Successful release management requires controlling the release process, coordinating across all groups, and securing the path to production – by automating everything. Each of these best practices requires consistent performance of certain key human and machine
tasks. Automation adds value because it can support completion of these often repetitive tasks, saving time and reducing errors.
Best practice #1: control the process Effective release management begins by controlling the process through formalized steps to plan, schedule, control and approve releases. Several of the tasks involved in controlling the process benefit substantially from automation.
For example, teams can automate the task of publishing and maintaining a release calendar to share up-to-date information about dates and expectations and so keep team members on the same page. Automation can also help establish – and enforce – a policy that spells out what kind of changes can be made when. By supporting a planning process, it can help the team manage business requests with careful calculations of impact analysis that take into account interdependence of tasks and stages. The resulting plan can help give visibility to all stakeholders, correctly setting expectations, and an automated sign-off process can ensure – and record – that the plan has buy-in from stakeholders, so that new demands don’t derail a release at the last moment.
Best practice #2: coordinate among all release stakeholders Another best practice is to coordinate across all groups and individuals with an interest in the release, by creating a single source of truth, updated in real time, which helps eliminate surprises for stakeholders. This includes the line-of-business managers who are asking for the new capabilities, the developers who are building them, the IT operations team members who will have to deploy them into the production environment, and any QA or review teams associated with these steps. It’s essential that everyone knows – and has immediate access to – reliable, auditable, and insightful release information and KPIs.
Automation helps coordinate the activities of individuals who are involved in making a release happen, so that they can work together to identify and approve the list of tasks and activities required to deploy releases into an environment. Automation also helps in designing and planning the process flow to enable all the tasks to be performed and approvals to be obtained in the correct order within the allotted time window. Once the release process has begun, automation can help provide critical real-time status alerts and updates on those activities as team members work together to complete all tasks on time.
Best practice #3: secure the path to production Providing a common, controlled path to production is another critical best practice, essential for maintaining the smooth functioning of production systems. Team members must have visibility into and authority over key elements of the release, controlling and managing the delivery of code changes to deployment environments to improve production readiness and prevent unauthorized changes to the code.
The tasks that support this best practice benefit from automation. Teams can ensure integrity by setting up an automated path of authorizations and providing stable builds for QA activities. Team members must be informed of exactly what is in a deployment area and provided strict control over any changes, so that they can allow only approved and authorized changes. This helps prevent problems that occur when QA is testing code that continues to change, which makes it difficult to stabilize the software and can even introduce bugs in code that has already been tested and so is presumed to be working. Automated release gates prevent this chaotic approach, with strict entrance and exit criteria that act as checks to make sure everything has been cleared by one environment before going on to the next. This helps increase the number of applications that are successful from their first deployment, minimizing any impact on the production environment.
Best practice #4: automate everything Automation is key to successful implementation of all these best practices, helping to ensure high-quality and timely releases. Automation helps capture every step along the way, both as it was planned and as it actually happened. Organizations can use this data to build a common library of repeatable tasks and processes to speed future release processes. And, if the environment ever needs to be rebuilt, this record of what happened, when, can help a new team retrace the steps towards the release.
Jeff Westenhaver has over 25 years’ experience in the IT and Oil & Gas industries. In his current role at Serena Software, Jeff provides global marketing and sales support for the Serena mainframe and application release management solutions. Most often presenting release management challenges and best practices, Mr Westenhaver has expertise in application release management and mainframe performance and operations.
Serena is well known and established, especially in the application development community, for its
products that support and automate all stages of application lifecycle management, including release management. In a recent survey of Serena customers, 53 percent of respondents identified their companies as using Serena Software technology specifically for release management.
Serena products help support the best practices described above to help organizations leverage automation to release changes more often, release more changes each time, reduce the time required to deploy applications, and as a result free up senior technical personnel to drive business innovation, instead of spending so much time monitoring application deployments.
Serena customers have improved their application change and release management processes and experienced cost, control, and audit benefits, as well as consistent, wellfunctioning, faster software deployments. And, as a leader in this area, Serena is poised to deliver yet more capabilities and stronger coordination across all application lifecycle management phases. Visit serena.com/release-management for more information.
Better release management is a logical next step for Agile development shopsWe’ve had repeated conversations with many of our clients about how they scale the success and increased productivity they have seen from implementing Agile processes on projects. One common next step is to invest in better demand management to make sure that Agile teams are building the right things. Better release management processes are another logical step, because a more transparent, flexible release environment allows development teams to release changes when the business needs them. In this sense, better release management is a precursor to transforming IT into BT. The best and brightest thinkers in release management are drawing inspiration from the Agile movement and applying it to infrastructure and operations. We expect to see significant growth in this dev-ops movement as the cloud, new tools, and new thinking create a perfect storm that shakes the traditional “us versus them” relationship that defines most IT shops today. In the end, the change will be as significant as the process transition from traditional development processes to Agile – get ahead of the curve now!
Peeling the onion of SFTP: options for securing file transfer to and from z/OSTim Full, manager of technical services and head of customer support at Software Diversified Services, reviews options for safely transferring data in and out of the z/OS platform.
A lot of our customers have been told to stop using FTP. They’re told to use SFTP instead. And that’s about all the direction they’ve been given.
Often, that direction is imprecise. What their users want is security and encryption. But they don’t necessarily mean the particular security tool, common to Linux and Unix systems, that is named SFTP. For z/OS, there are other ways to secure file transfers, several others – maybe too many others.
One customer recently explained that the more he looked into securing FTP, the more it resembled an onion: It had layer after layer, and the more he peeled them back, the smellier it became. It’s enough to make a grown z/OS admin cry.
My intent with this article is to briefly explain some ways to make FTP a secure resource in your environment, to give you a brief taste of the options.
In other words, let’s peel the secure FTP onion.
FTPThe File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a common, well-known, and easy-to-use application for moving data. The big advantage of FTP is that it is already available in so many places: z/OS, Windows, Unix, Linux, you name it. Almost every system comes with FTP. The client and server are both simple to use. This is illustrated in Figure 1.
FTP has been the de facto standard for so long that most implementations come with platform-appropriate extensions. The z/OS FTP client and server, for example, handle MVS datasets and ASCII to EBCDIC conversion without skipping a beat. Even JES support is available for submitting jobs and extracting reports.
So it’s too bad FTP deals with privacy and security so poorly. FTP was designed back when the electronic world was small and safe. It transmits clear text. Eavesdroppers can see user IDs, passwords, and data files. In a closed, secure environment, FTP simplicity can save a lot of hassles, but that type of environment is more the exception than the rule.
Firewalls, a common precaution, let safe traffic pass. But FTP is troublesome with firewalls because it uses two connections, one for commands and one for data transfers. That second, data, connection, starts with a connection request from outside the firewall, from a server trying to reply to a client request (that’s active FTP). Or it starts with the client asking to connect to a previously unknown, ephemeral port chosen by the server and passed in reply to the client request (that’s passive FTP). In either case, it takes a special effort to tell a firewall it can trust that outside server. And it’s near impossible if the FTP commands are encrypted (see FTPS, below).
FTP has three other shortcomings worth noting.
Data compression is not native to the FTP protocol and is rarely available.
Some implementations have a MODE Z extension that supplies compression, but you can’t count on it.
FTP does not provide any application-level verification of data integrity. It relies on the TCP checksum, a minimal check that is easily fooled.
FTP sends user IDs and passwords in clear text, as well as data. So if the FTP server requires
authentication, your IDs and passwords may become public along with your data.
So simple FTP is useful, but only so long your use of it passes the “anonymity test”: is it OK for the data to become public knowledge? Accuracy is not a big deal? Authentication isn’t necessary? If yes, yes, and yes, then FTP makes good sense.
In the end, far too many secrets are being passed via FTP, and a review of what FTP users are moving into, and especially out of, your z/OS machines is probably a good idea.
FTPS, ie FTP over SSLFTP over a secure socket layer (SSL) is a secure twist on native FTP (see Figure 2). FTPS is already
available in the z/OS arena, as part of the base FTP already installed. A bit of configuration work adds command and data encryption onto the simple tool we’ve come to know and love. The protocol is the same. The command syntax is the same. The z/OS-specific features are there: support for MVS datasets, ASCII-EBCDIC, JES.
FTPS accommodates x.509 certificates and Kerberos encryption. Outside services – VeriSign, Equifax, and others – can make sure clients/users are who they say they are. On z/OS, RACF key rings can manage the certificates.
What’s the downside?
Well, for one, remember simple FTP and firewalls? When commands are encrypted, a firewall can’t
sniff the commands that identify the ports to be opened. So passive FTP can’t work.
For another thing, while FTPS is available on most platforms, it’s also less likely to be configured and active.
So when does FTPS make good sense?
FTP over SSL is a great candidate for data transfer between LPARs in your sysplex. In-house communications among z/OS and IBM i Series systems is another good use of FTPS. By “in-house” I mean where there’s no firewall to block the connections. Other platforms might have FTPS available too, but the further apart the partners are, the more likely a firewall will need configuration for multi-connection traffic.
FTP through an SSH TunnelHere’s an encryption mechanism that’s more firewall-friendly than SSL.
Secure Shell (SSH) is an encryption technology that provides confidentiality, authentication, and data integrity. SSH can encrypt almost any kind of TCP traffic, including z/OS file transfers. The z/OS FTP clients and servers you already have in place can take easy advantage of it by sending FTP traffic through an “SSH tunnel” – see Figure 3.
It works like this: for each FTP client or server, there is also an SSH client or server on the same side of the firewall, often on the same machine. Users work with FTP as they’re accustomed to, and batch jobs use the same FTP commands they always have. But FTP clients and servers pass their messages to the SSH software. SSH encrypts commands and data, makes the connections, and passes the messages across the network through the “SSH tunnel”. A similar FTP-SSH partnership receives the data at the other end.
SSH communications are more firewall-friendly than FTP because SSH works with a single connection, usually on port 22. One connection handles commands and data. One connection can multiplex multiple tunnels between multiple applications simultaneously. No one is requesting secondary connections from the wrong side of the firewall.
SSH compresses data as it encrypts. The reduced bandwidth requirement has some CPU cost, but that might be offloaded to a crypto processor, a zAAP or zIIP, or an IFL processor.
SSH also provides a more sophisticated checksum process. If data gets corrupted in transit, you can be confident that you will know about it.
If all the pieces are place, SSH tunnels are firewall-friendly solution that requires little or no modification of batch jobs.
But getting the pieces in place requires significant coordination among you and your partners. Both ends of every transmission need both FTP and SSH up and active. FTP clients are common enough. SSH clients and servers are common on Linux and Unix, where admins have come to rely on them. But those admins typically do not run FTP servers, because they never needed them before, and because it means opening another port and another risk. Your partners may resist loading a back-end FTP server.
SFTP, aka Secure FTPSFTP is a subsystem built into SSH clients and servers (see Figure 4). While SSH encrypts data and manages connections, SFTP provides a command language similar to, but not the same as, FTP commands.
SFTP takes full advantage of SSH encryption, compression, and integrity checks. It is also semi-ubiquitous – almost always available on Linux and Unix, not on z/OS and Windows.
You can get SFTP implementations for free, but the free solutions have significant limitations. For a fee you can install SFTP with extensions for ASCII-EBCDIC translation, support for MVS datasets and the JES queue, and other z/OS-specific features. The ability to offload encryption work to a crypto processor can also be important.
Finally, be aware that SFTP command syntax is only similar to FTP’s. Users will have to be re-educated, and batch jobs will have to be revised.SFTP might be a great option for you if you’re sending data to your Linux farm or to partners who use Linux or Unix.
FTP to SFTP conversionWhat if you’re so heavily invested in FTP that conversion to SFTP simply isn’t an option? It would mean re-writing far too many batch jobs?
Consider this trick for building a bridge from FTP to SFTP: tell z/OS FTP clients to route messages through an SFTP proxy (see Figure 5). The proxy translates FTP commands to SFTP commands and uses SSH to transport messages to an SSH/SFTP partnership at the other end.
Not all FTP commands can be automatically converted to SFTP, but all the basic ones can.
Thus network traffic is secured by SFTP, but client jobs don’t need to be re-written. They’re still using FTP syntax.
You can implement this FTP-to-SFTP conversion by altering FTP client configuration, by coding simple changes in the jobs, or, most easily, by implementing software that controls FTP client configuration dynamically. Depending on the job, and depending on whether the remote end of the connection has SSH/SFTP, that controller can adjust FTP client configuration to use its SFTP proxy or take some other route.
The SFTP proxy for this solution is a Tectia client from SSH Communications Security. The
controller for the z/OS FTP client is the VNAC FTP Client from SDS.
VPN (Virtual Private Networks)VPNs (see Figure 6) are not specifically file transfer tools. They encrypt everything passing between two trusted partners. VPNs are commonly set up to securely join two networks, or to join a single host to a network – like a home office to company headquarters.
Most VPNs provide data integrity as well as encryption. Some provide compression too. VPNs work at a low level of the IP stack, so applications don’t need any special accommodations for them. But VPNs take a significant amount of installation and administration. You don’t set them up on-the-fly. You don’t employ them for ad hoc connections. You build VPNs for high-volume, persistent partnerships over the long-term.
Lastly, understand that VPNs are generally managed by the network group. If that’s not you, the work gets offloaded, and maybe that’s good. Or maybe it’s out of your control, and that’s bad. It depends on your point of view and your place in your organization, I suppose.
But anyway, a VPN can be a great solution for the right problem, and it might well play an important part in an overall security strategy.
PGP (Encrypt Data at Rest)Each in its own way, the above solutions do a great job of protecting data while it travels through the internet, but data in motion is not your only concern. It’s pretty clear, sadly, that most electronic fraud is the work of insiders, people to whom you’ve given intranet access.
The FTP to SSH partnerships I described above pass unencrypted data between the FTP and SSH clients/servers. And with a typical VPN, all encryption stops at the firewall. So let’s turn to a security solution that is different from all the others. It works inside your organization as well as out, no matter what your file-transfer method.
Encrypt your data at rest.
Encrypt files inside the organization, regardless of your file-transfer methods. Encrypt data before it walks away on a stolen laptop. Encrypt data before a bad employee copies it to a thumb drive. Encrypt data getting offloaded to archives (just keep track of the keys for later). Encrypt data locally before any file transfer, and know that it’s safe and encrypted even after it’s transferred beyond your control.
Storing and transferring encrypted files means that only people with the right credentials and keys can extract and read the data. It also means that any transport method will do. Plain, simple FTP becomes a valid choice again. It doesn’t
matter that IDs and passwords for FTP sessions are in plain text. For encrypted data, anonymous FTP can be safe enough, no IDs and passwords necessary.
Encryption-before-transfer works for you even over networks you don’t control. Maybe your firewall admin is a little finicky or has other priorities other than yours. No problem there. You still have control over your data.
On z/OS, encrypting data at rest probably means using PGP encryption. The PGP encryption protocol uses an open standard – see RFC 2440 – that has survived more than a decade of intense review. It is widely used on every major platform, so it’s not hard to get cooperation from your partners. SDS provides an implementation, PGP Command Line 9 for IBM Mainframes, that includes compression and integrity checks.
PGP encryption for z/OS data at rest will take a bit of overhead and staging. But once you’ve introduced it into batch jobs and processes, that step can be as transparent as anything else.
ConclusionI hope secure file transfer isn’t quite as confusing as it was when we started.
You still face decisions, of course. None of the above solutions will likely meet all your
needs. Each has its own benefits, advantages, complications, and limitations. Odds are that your environment and your partners require a mixture of security solutions.
Our technical staff here at SDS will gladly help you get a grip on your particular onion.
Tim Full, manager of technical services at Software Diversified Services, leads technical
support for SDS customers. He has over 20 years experience in mainframe computing and file transfer. SDS, founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, USA, provides software solutions to hundreds of customers worldwide, including many Global 500 companies. Its technical support was once rated number-one by the IBEX Bulletin. Contact [email protected], www.sdsusa.com.
Guide Share Europe – an impression
Disappointingly, I could only make Day 1 of this year’s Guide Share Europe conference on the 1 and 2 November at Whittlebury Hall, UK.
I watched Circle’s Ezriel Gross present on Using CICS to Deploy Microsoft .Net Winforms with Smart Client Technology – which was really fascinating. I’m sure we’re going to see more sites integrating their Windows technology with the power of mainframe subsystems. Ezriel made quite a complicated integration seem straightforward and obvious.
Next I watched IBM’s Alison Coughtrie talk about IMS 12 Overview. Another knowledgeable speaker with a lot of information to get over in the time. I certainly think I have a clearer idea of what’s new, and perhaps a small insight into where IBM is taking the product.
After lunch it was Neil Price, who works for TNT Express and chairs the IMS group for GSE, with a presentation entitled Memoirs of a HALDBA. Neil could have gone on for much longer than the time allowed. And I could happily have gone on listening.
Next up in the IMS stream was IBM’s Dougie Lawson. Dougie is another fantastically knowledgeable IBMer, who you may have come across when you’ve had an IMS problem. He talked about The Why and How of CSL. A real bits and bytes expert, who could have talked much longer.
The last technical presentation I saw was IBM’s Ian Burnett talking about CICS Scalability. Yet again, a fact-filled presentation that would be hard to criticize.
But all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy – as they say. And the evening presentation was How To Cope With Pressure & Panics Without Going Into Headless Chicken Mode from Resli Costabell. A mixture of psychology, NLP, and audience participation made this a memorable session. If you get a chance to see her anywhere – don’t miss it!
My overall impression of the conference was that it was excellent. I bumped into Mark Wilson (the GSE technical coordinator) during the day as he rushed around making sure everything was going smoothly. And that’s why the conference works so well, because people like Mark work so hard to ensure it does. If you missed it, go next year.
Type 80’s SMA_RT software:“helping to meet G/R/C logging
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 2012.
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 ‘specialty’ engines, 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 2012 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 2011 and the 2 December 2011. 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.
Respondents were from all over the world and their distribution is shown in Chart 1. 50 percent were from North America and 40 percent from Europe, with 10 percent from the rest of the world.
As usual, a wide range of industry types are represented in our sample (Chart 2). This year, there was a more even spread of respondents from different industry sectors. IT accounted for 22 percent, banking 16 percent, and retail 14 percent. That leaves government and insurance with 12 percent, and ‘other’ with 10 percent. Transport was 6 percent, leaving telecoms and manufacturing with 4 percent each.
A third way to categorize respondents is to look at business size. As shown in Chart 3, 46 percent of the companies have in excess of 10,000 employees worldwide, Below that, with 28 percent of respondents, are staff sizes of 1001-5000. With
10 percent each are staff sizes of 1 to 200 and 5001 to 10,000. Finally, 6 percent of respondents had staff sizes of 201 to 1000.
84 percent of our respondents were involved in running in-house data centres, which was very close to last year’s 82 percent. This figure is particularly interesting because, in previous years it has changed so much. In 2006 it was 85 percent, in 2007 it was 77 percent, in 2008 it was 83 percent, and in 2009 it was 76 percent. It is unlikely
that some of our respondents outsource for a year and then return to in-house working. Perhaps the most likely explanation is that outsourcing continues to suit some people and not others and the trend oscillates between the two options. 10 percent of respondents said they were working in an outsourced operation. This figure is up from last year’s figure of 4 percent, and down from the previous year’s value of 9 percent. 4 percent said they were partly outsourced (last year 6 percent, 3 percent the year before that).
Chart 3: Number of employees woldwide in organizations surveyed
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. 40 percent had 1000-10,000 MIPS. This is a big increase from last year’s figure of 24 percent. 22 percent had under 500 MIPS, which is down from last year’s figure of 45 percent. This is interesting. Does it mean that there are fewer smaller sites out there now? Has the recession caused them to give up on mainframe
technology? Or is it simply that people at smaller installations didn’t have time this year to complete the survey? 12 percent had 500-1000 MIPS, the same percentage that had over 25,000 MIPS. 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. Nearly two-thirds (62 percent – slightly down from last year’s figure of 66 percent) of mainframe installations are experiencing some
growth, with two sites claiming growth in the region of 26-50 percent. 12 percent of sites are reporting a decline in mainframe capacity growth (up from last year’s 10 percent). 18 percent of sites 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. All but two of the larger, more mature businesses (above 10,000 MIPS) are experiencing some growth, but the bulk of it is in the 0-10 percent and only very little in the 10-25 percent quadrants. For mid-range respondents, most were looking at growth of 0-10 percent, although a healthy number anticipated growth of
Chart 6: MIPS growth by installation size
Chart 7: Mainframe capacity growth compared with other platforms
10-25 percent, with two sites expecting growth between 25 and 50 percent. Four sites reported zero growth with a similar number looking at their MIPs declining. Almost half of the smaller sites, worryingly, predicted a decline in MIPS or no growth. This may suggest why there are fewer smaller sites in this year’s survey.
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. 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 its advantages.
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 (up to 25 percent). No-one suggested that Linux was declining – last year we had six respondents suggesting that it was declining. When the “don’t know” results have been excluded, we find 65 percent of mainframes are experiencing a growth of 1-25 percent per year, which is slightly down on last year’s 68 percent and well down on 2009’s figure of 85 percent. 2.7 percent of Unix sites reported growth greater than 50 percent per year – down from 15.5 percent last year – but more-or-less the same as for Linux. Windows sites were still expecting around 9 percent growth (much the same as last year). 8 percent of Unix sites are predicting a decline in growth, there’s no decline at Linux sites, and for Windows it’s just over 2 percent. 68 percent of Unix sites are expecting growth in the region of 1-25 percent per year, and 19 percent of sites are expecting growth greater than that. 89 percent of Linux sites are expecting a growth up to 25 percent per year with only 6 percent expecting growth geater than that. 64 percent of Windows sites are expecting growth up to 25 percent per year, and 31 percent are expecting growth in excess of that.
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. And, of course, 2011 saw the z114 arrive. 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 z114 machines are only just being delivered, Chart 8 shows that 35 percent of respondents are currently using z10s, followed by 19 percent on z196s. 6 percent are already using the new z114s. 27 percent are still on z9s. Older “z” mainframes accounted for just 13 percent of all processors in use by respondents. It is perhaps worth pointing out here that many respondents had more than
Chart 9: Primary mainframe operating system release in use
Chart 10: Do your mainframe applications participate in your Web services/SOA?
one processor in use at their site and one site had five 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 32 percent of sites using Version 1.12 (up from last year’s 2 percent), with 44 percent of sites using Version 1.11 (down slightly from last year’s 48 percent). 16 percent of respondents are still using older versions of the z/OS operating system.
Mainframe strategyWithin 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. 64 percent of organizations said that their mainframes participate partly or fully in Web services, up from last year’s 52 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 has decreased this year to 4 percent (down from 8 percent last year).
40 percent (up from last year’s 30 percent) went on to say that they run Java-based applications on the mainframe, with a further 4 percent planning to do so in the future (down from last year’s 10 percent). Again a sign of maturity in the technology. 44 percent of respondents (up slightly from last year’s 40 percent) said that they run Linux on the System z (with only 6 percent, up from last year’s 2 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.
78 percent of organizations said that they are Web-enabling their CICS subsystems (Chart 11), which is well up from 58 percent last year. 68 percent of sites are Web-enabling DB2, which is up from last year’s 62 percent. 36 percent of sites are Web-enabling IMS, again up from last year’s 26
Chart 11: Which middleware are, or do you plan to enable, with Web services?
percent, and WebSphere Application Server rated 34 percent (again up from last year’s 26 percent. [Bear in mind that the small percentage attached to SAP probably reflects the smaller number of sites using this product on the mainframe rather than a reluctance to consider Web-service enabling.]
We asked whether respondents currently used their mainframe for cloud computing. Only 12 percent of respondents said they did (up from last year’s 2 percent). 84 percent said they didn’t (up from 34 percent). There were far fewer don’t knows this year (just 4 percent down from 64 percent last year – still it was early days for the cloud computing initiative). We also asked whether respondents were planning to adopt cloud computing as a strategy. 40 percent (way up from 22 percent last year) said they weren’t at present. 18 percent (again up from last year’s 8 percent) thought some mainframe applications would be cloud enabled in the future. 22 percent claimed that some of their applications are using the cloud model. It will be interesting to follow these figures in future surveys.
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, 73 percent of the largest sites see integration as the way forward and predict a positive strategic direction – higher than last year’s figure of 54.5 percent. In the mid-range (between 500 and 10,000 MIPS), the pro-integration contingent drops to 54 percent (up from 46 percent last year) with 4 percent (down from last year’s 14 percent) considering porting to Unix or Linux. A similar percentage considered porting to Windows. Below 500 MIPS, only 11 percent plan to integrate (a value well down from last year’s 44 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 often have little experience of the factors that contribute to mainframe total cost of ownership and there is still little published data available to help them make informed comparisons. It is
Chart 12: Legacy application plans over the next three years
Less than 500 MIPS 500-10,000 MIPS Over 10,000 MIPS
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 8 percent of sites seeing a decline in technology costs and 6 percent of sites seeing a decline in people costs). 18 percent (down from 28 percent last year and 47 percent the year before) of respondents reported capacity growth higher than 10 percent, whereas only 10 percent reported technology costs increasing by that amount, and only 6 percent 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 that, for the first time ever, more than half of our respondents use other platforms to manage the lion’s share of the corporate data. 44 percent of sites have more data on mainframes, and 56 percent have more on other platforms. Their spend on the mainframe and distributed systems are disproprtionate to the data split, with over 88 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 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.
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?
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. Similarly, and particularly marked for Windows environments, their anticipated acquisition and maintenance costs were increasing faster than for the mainframe.
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. 56 percent of respondents (down from 72 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. 24 percent
felt it made the mainframe a little more attractive (up from last year’s 17 percent), and 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. Apart from Neon Enterprise Software which lost its IMS tools to BMC, there doesn’t seem to have been much in the way of acquisitions of smaller vendors by larger software houses this year.
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
Chart 16: What are the most important reasons for replacing mainframe tools and applications?
without the reliance on experienced mainframers. 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. Disappointingly for ISVs, this year 36 percent of respondents (up from 32 percent) claimed they rarely consider changing mainframe software.
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 54 percent of respondents pay more to IBM/Tivoli for software than to other vendors. This is a massive decrease
from last year’s 87 percent. Does this mean that third-party software has become cheaper or more appealing to purchasers, or both, over the past year?
Other issuesTwo other matters have again been addressed in this year’s survey. Firstly, we 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. 16 percent of sites had all three (up from last year’s value of 6 percent) and a further 20 percent of sites had two of the three specialty processors (down from last year’s 28 percent). More sites had zIIP processors (48 percent) than any other. 36 percent had IFL processors, and 30 percent had zAAP specialty processors. 28 percent of sites don’t have a specialty processor installed. The full results are shown in Chart 18.
Chart 17: How much software budget goes to IBM and how much to ISVs?
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. 59 percent of sites were compliant or nearly compliant with these new regulations (much higher than last year’s 40 percent). The figure for sites not having an archiving strategy is 33 percent, pretty much the same last year’s 35 percent. Clearly, compliance is an important issue and one that nearly two-thirds of organizations are making sure that they are (or soon will be) fully compliant. The full results are shown in Figure 19.
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. That doesn’t seem to have been the case this year, though.
One irrate respondent told us: “The basic cost of a classic mainframe (z/OS, SMS, security, DB2, CICS, MQ, IPLA) usage is making this software cost very noticable in the budget. Executive level management always wants to know what can be done about it.
“IBM seems confused. One area wants to lower software cost (new processor cost reduction factor)
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
while other areas (CICS, Tivoli) are generating base price increases as fast as they can.
“CICS V3 cost being increased to V4 pricing was abusive. We may have to take it for now, but we will eliminate CICS usage, it’s just a matter of time. The IBM position that they did this to eliminate the cost factor from stopping people going to V4 was insulting. They did it because they want more CICS revenue regardless of delivering relevant business value (for us) from V4.”
A second respondent was also unhappy with IBM, informing us that: “We need more competition on the mainframe market to break through IBM’s monopoly position.” Ouch!
As you can see, pricing was pretty much a theme of the comments. Another respondent said: “software costs are sinking the mainframe”. That comment was made against third-party software vendors rather than IBM itself.
Our respondents are regularly upset by the lack of understanding about the power and productivity associated with mainframes. One respondent this year commented: “The biggest obstacle to mainframe growth is the naivety of our CIO and higher management. Their mindset is entrenched
in little or extremely outdated understandings and non-sensible cost comparisons between platforms. For example, say 10,000 Windows users (actually, Windows is largely irrelevant, they are simply MS Office users), each spend a conservative 5mins/day starting up and shutting down Windows. That’s 50,000 Man minutes, 833 Man hours/day doing nothing! 4100 hrs/week at a conservative cost of 10Euros/hour is 41,000 Euros/week 217K Euro’s a year simply starting up and shutting down an operating system to be able to send e-mails and use MS Office!“
Another respondent offers a different reason why non-mainframers are reluctant to become mainframers. He says: “the monopoly position of IBM stay’s the main reason to slow down the usage of the hardware for Linux or other operating platform applications (non-z/OS)”.
So a surprising amount of vitriol. Non-mainframer seem unable to grasp the Total Costs of Ownership (TCOs) figures for different platforms. But the reaction to pricing this year and lack of choice has been surprisingly strong. In terms of IBM’s monopoly, it’s been a long time since our survey found many sites using Hitachi or Amdahl machines.
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, particularly Greece, struggle to keep their financial head above the water. And various pundits are still predicting a global double-dip crisis, 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. The big surprise was that, for the first time, sites no longer use the mainframe as their principal repository for corporate data.
Overall the trend towards integrating mainframe applications with Web services and service-oriented architecture continues with many sites coming towards the end of their SOA projects. The cloud computing questions produced interesting responses. Despite the amount of press coverage, only 12 percent of respondents said that they currently use the mainframe for cloud computing and a healthier 30 percent thinking they might
Virtual IMS user group
in the foreseeable future. In terms of specialty processors, nearly three quarters of sites had them installed and were making use of the obvious benefits associated with them. 16 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. Perhaps the launch of the z196 in 2010 and the z114 in 2011 will go some way towards achieving this – integrating mainframe, AIX, Linux, and now Windows professionals together as a single IT team. Perhaps strategies such as CA’s Chorus will create GUI-based environments that won’t look unfamiliar to staff trained in Windows environments. However, for the System z to thrive long-term within the broader IT context, it is essential that businesses, in particular CEOs and CIOs, understand where the system’s real strengths lie, and how it can be integrated most effectively with other IT resources. There is also a need for non-mainframe staff to be trained on the mainframe to appreciate its many advantages.
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Connectivity Systems CONNX Solutions, IncCopperEyeCPT Global Ltd CSCCSL InternationalData Kinetics DignusDINO SoftwareDirect Computer ResourcesDPI SoftwareDTS SoftwareEdge Information GroupEnterprise Systems Associates, Inc. (“ESAi”)Epoka Group EPV TechnologiesExspans SystemsEZ LegacyFlynet Fujitsu Technology Solutions Gary Bergman AssociatesGT SoftwareH&W Computer Systems Higobi SystemsHORIZONTI/S Management Strategiesi3 Business SolutionsIBMIllustro Systems InternationalInformatica InfoSec, IncInnovation DPInspired Solutions (Software) LtdInterskill LearningISAMiTech-Ed Laid Back SoftwareLevi Ray & Shoup
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Logicalis UKLongpela ExpertiseLooksoftwareLuminexMacKinney SystemsMacro 4 Mainframe Co LtdMainstar Software Maintec TechnologiesMatter of Fact Software Meerkat Computer Services LtdMicro Focus MOST TechnologiesMSI Systems IntegratorsNEON Enterprise SoftwareNewEra SoftwareOGS ConsultingOpenTech SystemsOraclePDFlib GmbHPhoenix Software IntPIR Group
PKS SoftwarePKWARE, IncProgress | DataDirectProTech Consulting & Training QSGI Relational Architects InternationalRocket SoftwareRSM PartnersRSM Technology SAS Institute ScortSerena Software Softlib SoftwareSoftware AGSoftware Diversified ServicesSoftware Engineering GmbHSoftware (Europe) Ltd Software on ZSolimar SystemsSosa CousinsSSHStonesoft
SV Group Syspertec CommunicationSystemwerxT3 Technologies TeamQuestTechMaint, LLCTechsys Software ServicesThe Source Recovery CoTONE SoftwareTop Gun Technology Trident ServicesTRILOGexpertType80 Security Software Value-4IT LimitedVanguard Verhoef TrainingWDRWilliam Data Systems Xbridge SystemsZephyr Development CorporationzSoftwareZosterops
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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.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; security; otherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSEPricing options: Monthly/annual license
Company profileHeadquartered in Naples, Florida since 1986, ASPG has provided the IT community with cutting-edge software solutions, support and services. With a worldwide network of support, including an active role as an IBM Partner In Development and Microsoft Certified Partner, ASPG remains a leader in the optimization of data center performance. ASPG offers 22 innovative software solutions for data security, storage administration, capacity planning, system productivity and CICS productivity. One in three Global 1000 data centers have selected ASPG software solutions 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
synchronization• SECURE/FTP – Security for data access via FTP• SMFUTIL – SMF data management & movement• SMFVIEW – SMF data management & movement• SPACECALC – DASD space calculation• SRS – Storage Request System • COMMAND/CICS – Macro to command level
translation• WIZDOM – File manipulation suite.
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 2010 pro forma revenues of EUR 8.6 billion and 74,000 employees in 42 countries at the end of September 2011. 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 & Transport; 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 Games and is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting and 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 related services “as a cloud offering” scaling from support at the customer’s site (Secondment) via Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Platform as a a Service (PaaS), up to fully exploiting the scalability of mainframes infrastructures, offering “Mainframe as a Service”.
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.
Our application portfolio spans full application life cycle management including application modernization, transformation and new development (eg 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).
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.
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.
We specialize in security services and mainframe products. In security we produce special services like hacking, security assessment, RACF administration and Top Secret to RACF conversions.
Product/service informationWe support and work with particular expertise in the following areas:• Vanguard Integrity Professionals, covering all aspects
of mainframe security• Host Systems products to address IBM Catalogs
integrity. The main product is CIM (Catalog Information Manager).
• EPV Products. Performance and Capacity Planning products for all sizes of mainframe customers.
• Time Machine Products. Batch Performance products to measure and improve all kinds of productions executions doing more with less resources.
• Professional services and consulting for production environments.
Bus Tech IncAddress:129 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803, USA.Phone: +1 781 272 8200.Email: [email protected]: http://www.bustech.com.
Company profileBus-Tech was founded in 1987 as a developer of mainframe channel emulation technology. From the beginning, Bus-Tech has been a pioneer in applying leading edge technology to the mainframe environment. Today, we are connecting open system storage arrays to mainframes in support of virtual tape libraries (VTL) for the mainframe environment.
Advancements in disk technology, where reliability has surpassed that of tape and the cost per MB is under one cent, have made tapeless backup an attractive option to physical tape.
Bus-Tech’s leading-edge channel technology solutions offer simple, efficient and cost-effective ways for customers to provide enhanced disaster recovery and business continuation capabilities. These solutions enable users to seamlessly access applications and data, which reside on the Mainframe, without sacrificing performance, reliability, security or manageability.
Product/service informationMainframe Data Library - The Virtual Tape Library for Mainframes.
With the Mainframe Data Library (MDL), your mainframe tape headaches, risks and costs can be greatly reduced without any changes to your mainframe tape applications or processes.
The Mainframe Data Library (MDL) is a family of high-performance mainframe virtual tape controllers that use open system disk storage to store and retrieve tape data. All versions share the same architecture and can be used in any combination. The result is a modular, scalable solution that incorporates the advantages of open system storage and networking technologies into the mainframe data center.
The MDL enables enterprise data centers to lower tape processing costs; improve end-user service levels; optimize disaster recovery benchmarks; and include compliant storage in their mainframe tape environment. Significant performance improvements can be realized with the MDL. It accelerates your batch, data facility hierarchical storage management (DFHSM), backup, and restore processes to help meet shrinking data processing windows and growing service level requirements.
Address:One CA Plaza, Islandia, NY 11749, USA.Phone: +1 631 342 6000.Web: www.ca.com.
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, VM/VSE, z/Linux.Non-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, Unix, Linux, Windows.Pricing options: Monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based.
Company profileCA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) is an IT management software and solutions company with expertise across all IT environments – from mainframe and distributed, to virtual and cloud. CA Technologies manages and secures IT environments and enables customers to deliver more flexible IT services. CA Technologies innovative products and services provide the insight and control essential for IT organizations to power business agility. The majority of the Global Fortune 500 relies on CA Technologies to manage evolving IT ecosystems. For additional information, visit CA Technologies at www.ca.com.
Product/service informationNext-Generation Mainframe Management from CA Technologies continues to address our customers most pressing needs to reduce costs and simplify management, while delivering innovative solutions that increase agility by:• Embracing the next-generation hybrid architecture from
IBM• Enabling the mainframe in private and hybrid clouds• Empowering the emerging hybrid IT workforce• Integrating cross-enterprise management.
For additional information, visit CA Technologies at www.ca.com/mainframe.
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.
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]: http://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].
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/
Activity: Education.Specialist areas: System management; data management; storage management; programming/testing; network performance/management.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: http://www.compuware.com
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
productivity • improve time-to-market and software quality in
application development and delivery • maximize availability and performance of critical
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.
Conexus Technologies Inc
Address: 8081 Twin Creek Trace, West Chester, OH 45069, USAPhone: +1 513 779 5448.Email: [email protected]: http://www.conexus-technologies.com.
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.
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.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Data managementMainframe platforms supported: LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, other Unix, LinuxPricing options: Processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based.
Company profileCopperEye is a provider of enterprise search software for business transaction data that allows companies to quickly retrieve exactly the records they need from months 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 management;Mainframe 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!”.
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: Data managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, Linux
Non-mainframe platforms supported: LinuxPricing options: Other
Company profileDataKinetics’ optimization products enable data centers within IBM System z Mainframe (z/OS), Linux and distributed environments to achieve superior performance gains and capacity while dramatically reducing operational costs. System online transaction throughput can be improved markedly, batch window problems can be solved, and total MIPS costs can be reduced, all while running existing applications on existing hardware systems.
The result is distinct competitive advantage in support of the business’ goals:
• Decreased enterprise costs,• Increased enterprise workforce effectiveness,• Increased ability to deliver new products and services
to market (and to do it faster), and• Increased ability to attract and retain new customers.
An IBM Advanced Business Partner in business for over 30 years, DataKinetics continues to provide best-in-class optimization solutions to the world’s top banks, insurance companies, credit card processors, brokerage houses, and retail companies. DataKinetics can help you, too.
Product/service informationtableBASE:A real-time in-memory table management solution that reduces mainframe resource usage, allowing for much faster applications, especially in batch and transaction processing environments. tableBASE can dramatically lower your costs, lower your mainframe TCO and optimize your MIPS usage, offering dramatic performance benefits and more powerful and efficient applications.
tablesONLINE:A flexible, interactive front-end for tableBASE. It provides speed and convenience for end users wanting to create, update, manipulate, test, and process in-memory data tables, from within a CICS or ISPF environment.
mainframeDIRECT:Emulates a standard web server directly on the mainframe. It transforms native 3270 screens into web pages on the fly. Allows for web enablement of legacy applications as the initial step in a migration project, with no impact on current business processes.
tableDIRECT:A data distribution manager for the corporate network. It ensures that your distributed network servers receive mainframe-based corporate data that they need quickly and reliably. It eliminates the repetitive DBMS access by many applications that typically causes congestion and delay in the corporate network. tableDIRECT also removes the need for complex DBMS replication configurations and elaborate synchronization schemes offered by many of today’s migration solutions.
Dignus LLCAddress:8378 Six Forks Rd, Suite 203, Raleigh, NC 27615, USA.Phone: +1 919 676 0847.Email: [email protected]: http://www.dignus.com.
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 mainframe 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, TPF, Linux/390, CMS and VSE system code easier and faster.
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. It can be used in conjunction with Systems/C or stand-alone to create programs for OS/390, z/OS, TPF, CMS, VSE and other mainframe operating systems. Systems/ASM is now available as a cost effective alternative to IBM HLASM for z/VM. The Dignus Systems/ASM assembler is HLASM-compatible and can help lower total costs for installation of z/VM RACF for use with IFLs. Installation of RACF (or current equivalents) requires the use of an assembler.
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 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
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]: http://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)Email: [email protected]: www.ESAIGroup.com
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.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; data managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390 Pricing options: monthly/annual license
Company profileEstablished in 1989. IBM business partner. Specializing in automation products. Exspans is dedicated to the continued success of z/OS systems, by providing high 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.
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 between server-side automation and human intervention/access whenever desired.
Most importantly FlynetViewer can increase the return associated with mainframe applications whilst reducing user costs such as maintenance, training, and support.
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]: http://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 and to make their functionality available in new ways, such as on the web, 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. 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. Simple and fast 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.
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
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; storage management; asset and change managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Non-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: +1 414 332-3062
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: RHoekstra@i3BusinessSolutions.com.Web: http://www.i3BusinessSolutions.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:New Orchard Road, Armonk, New York 10504, USAPhone: +1 914 499 1900Web: www.ibm.com/contact/us/en/query
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: i5, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows Pricing options: One-time charge; monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based, other.
Company profile IBM is the world’s largest information technology company. Measured by revenue, it is the biggest provider of IT services ($43B), hardware ($28B) and rental and financing ($3B). 2003 revenues were $89B. IBM has approximately 319,000 employees and conducts business in some 170 countries.
IBM Software Group had 2003 revenues of $14.3 billion. IBM’s e-business strategy is being fueled by the world’s largest portfolio of software patents. Software accounted for more than 40 percent of the 3,415 US patents awarded to IBM in 2003. IBM received nearly three times as many patents as Microsoft, and twice the combined total awarded to its four closest software industry competitors.
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.
IdF LDAP Gateway
Advanced Adapter SuiteIdF Advanced Adapter for RACFIdF Advanced Adapter for ACF2IdF Advanced Adapter for Top SecretIdF Advanced Adapter for System i
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: http://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]: http://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 across ESCON/FICON channels. FDR/UPSTREAM/SOS extends this protection with logical file granularity, central administration and policy-based management.
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.com
Responsive 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 30004, USA.Phone: +1 770 407 2269Email: [email protected]: http://www.interskill.com
Activity: EducationSpecialist areas: System management; data management; asset and change management; security; programming/testing; network performance/managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390 ,VM/VSE, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: LinuxPricing options: Monthly/annual license
Company profileExperienceSince 1993 – across a client base of over 1,500 companies, including over 60% of the Fortune 100 – we have proven our expertise at developing and delivering training solutions that form the backbone of our clients’ employee training on these mission critical systems. We have always prided ourselves on being entrusted with a task of such importance.
We are the only eLearning provider with current, technical training for the IBM z/OS, midrange space. We will continue to manage our development projects with an emphasis on maintaining currency while expanding into topics that are relevant to the mainstream IBM mainframe shops across North America.
Our alliances are primarily with third party LMS (Learning Management System) providers – such as SumTotal, Knowledge Planet, Thinq, and Pathlore – that enable us to integrate our content with their platforms.
Product/service informationProducts & Solutions Interskill’s offerings include a comprehensive range of products:
• zSeries, iSeries, and Unix Courseware: The industry’s most comprehensive, technology-based education
offering, encompassing over 150 titles of unmatched depth, breadth and currency.
• Mainframe Skills Assessment: Extensive banks of scenario based questions enable an organization to accurately evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their workforce. Analysis of the data can be used to set benchmarks, identify skill gaps, measure learning effectiveness and calculate ROI.
• Learning Plans: Provides individuals with a graphical, defined path of learning activity that offers direction, motivation and lays the foundation for technical competence in their z/OS job role. Can be tailored to reflect your particular systems and/or job role requirements.
• MyInterskill Learning Management System: Managers control the education solution – register new students, assign specific courses/learning paths to students, run detailed report on progress and results. Students access their education – access courses 24x7x365 via the web, username, and password protected, print certificates on course completion.
• Custom e-Learning Content Development: We bring the same quality to your e-learning project. Let us show you how simply and inexpensively you can have world class e-learning on your topics.
ISAM (Information Systems Asset Management)
Address:4152 North River Run, Minneapolis, MN 55378, USAPhone: +1 952 953 4090Email: [email protected]: www.isamgroup.com
Activity: Consultant.Specialist areas: OtherMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, z/LinuxNon-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
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. CEO Trevor Eddolls’ work in the mainframe community has been recognized and he has been awarded the prestigious title of IBM Champion.
Regular 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.
Laid Back Software Inc
Address: 20654 Maple Tree Place Cupertino, Ca 95014-0449. USA.Phone: 408 749-0655.Email: [email protected]: http://www.laidbacksoftware.com.
Company profileLaid Back Software is a software development and consulting company dedicated to support of the OS/390 and z/OS operating systems. Keith Moe, the founder, has over thirty years of mainframe systems programming experience and is now available for consulting work on all aspects of z/OS installation, support, maintenance, and customization.
Product/service informationLaid Back Software is proud to offer the TSO Environment and Administration Manager (TEAM), a comprehensive tool for both administrators and end users. It allows end users to customize and manage their TSO session(s) with minimal administrative involvement. It provides TSO administrators and other support personnel with tools to manage and assist the TSO end users without getting in their way. We believe that TSO is still a critical and valuable tool for the z/OS environment and strive to maintain and enhance it. Trevor Eddolls has a regular mainframe-centric blog at mainframeupdate. blogspot.com.
Levi Ray & Shoup Inc
Address:2401 West Monroe Street, Springfield, Illinois. USAPhone: 217 793 3800.Email: [email protected]: http://www.lrs.com
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]: http://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
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, USAPhone: +1 417 882 8012Email: [email protected]: http://www.mackinney.com.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; storage management; asset and change management; security management; programming/testing
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]: http://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
Address:PO Box 4132, Bellevue, WA 98009, USAInnovation Centre, Warwick Technology Park, Warwick CV34 6UW, UKPhone: +1 425 455 4589+44 (0)1926 482 570Email: [email protected]: http://www.mainstar.com.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: Systems management; data management; storage managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, LinuxPricing options: Monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based
Company profileMainstar Software Corporation, founded in 1978, provides innovative data access solutions throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Australia, and the Asia Pacific region. We offer business-critical products and services, backed by an extraordinary depth of knowledge. Our areas of expertise include catalog management, data cloning, disaster and local recovery, and HSM and storage tools, and mirroring solutions. For over 30 years, we’ve focused on MVS management and disaster recovery. We’re dedicated to providing the software and services you need for serious results. That’s why seven of the top ten Fortune 500 companies turn to Mainstar for storage and recovery products and expertise. In 2006 Mainstar was acquired by Rocket Software giving our customers access to even greater expertise and products across both the mainframe and Open systems environments.
Product/service informationCatalog Management• CatalogRecoveryPlus (CR+) is the world’s most
powerful ICF catalog management product. This includes being able to reorganize files even while they are being used.
• VSAM Manager provides in-depth reporting on VSAM KSDS files
Data Cloning• Volume Conflict Rename (VCR) provides quick access
to point-in-time copies made from ‘cloned’ volume data.
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.
Company profileFounded in 2008, Matter of Fact Software writes and markets innovative software in the CICS arena.
Our Directors have over 70 years experience of 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 within 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 Application Status Monitor solution offers real-time status monitoring information about named business applications that depend on CICS on system z.
Its ease of use means it can be easily adopted by support staff.
Access is via a Web browser and there is no off-host installation required.
Using PlexSpy will cut the time it takes to understand the nature of problems affecting your CICS applications, allow you to visualize the entire CICS footprint of your application, plan and monitor change implementations.
Modern web applications need to be underpinned with infrastructure technologies that can handle heavy volumes and fluctuations in volume whilst remaining reliable and secure.
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, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows
Company profileMeerkat Computer Services Limited was founded in July 2004. The company’s Managing Director is John Bradley. John has worked in the IT industry for twenty five years. Originally working on ICL Mainframes he became an IBM Operator in 1985 working for Cummins Engines in the UK. He quickly progressed into MVS and VTAM Systems
Programming and was Systems Programming Manager at Cummins before leaving in 1989.
In 1989 he moved to Black and Decker as a MVS and VTAM Systems Programmer. He worked on many major projects at Black and Decker, including the consolidation of several European Sites to the European Data Centre based at Spennymoor, County Durham, England. Over a period of fifteen years he worked as Systems Programming Project Manager, Network Manager, Systems Integration Manager and eventually was European Technical Services Manager. He travelled extensively with Black and Decker visiting most of Western Europe, Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Middle East, Africa and the USA providing technical and managerial expertise to various areas of IT within Black and Decker.
Meerkat provide services to all areas of mainframe and have recently been heavily involved in z/OS, CICS, and DB2 upgrade projects with financial and retail mainframe operations in the UK.
Product/service informationMeerkat Computer Services Limited specifically provides specialist services in IBM z/OS Systems Programming, including z/OS, Communications Server, CICS TS, DB2, RACF and various OEM products. All aspects of Systems Programming are covered including installation, maintenance, upgrades, support and planning. In addition they have several specialists who work with Windows AD and Exchange Server installation, maintenance, support and planning.
Meerkat Computer Services Limited provide a number of specialised Storage Management Services. Meerkat specialists have installed and configured IBM DS8000 disk subsystems, SUN 9310 and SL8500 tape libraries, IBM ESS disk subsystems and various SAN based technologies. We are specialists in the installation, customization and support of SUN HSC, VSM, NCS and Library Station software.
Meerkat Computer Services Limited also provide expertise in Cobol Conversion, Serena Changeman, PL1 programming, Microfocus Cobol and IBM Assembler programming.
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 work.
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. • Automatically extracts a representative and anonymous
subset of data• Respects referential integrity for high quality testing• Supports compliance with international regulatory
standards and laws such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and EU Data Privacy.
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.
MSI Systems IntegratorsAddress:14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 400, Omaha, Nebraska 68154, USAPhone: +1 800-640-4674.Email: [email protected]: http://www.msiinet.com.
Activity: Integrator.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, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: i5, AIX, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based
Company profileMSI Systems Integrators is a leading provider of comprehensive information technology solutions that combine hardware, software and services. From storage, networking, and servers to enterprise software, output management, data center solutions, consulting and services, MSI enables information technology for business. MSI uses its deep technical skills and partnerships with technology leaders to help companies become more responsive, productive, and resilient.
Product/service informationMSI Systems Integrators offers the complete breadth and depth of IBM product offerings, including all mainframe systems and applications. There are several key areas where MSI can provide best-of-breed solutions, including:• security management – balancing risk of exposure
and user access is a difficult challenge for many organizations. Working with partners like Vanguard and Stonesoft, MSI can help you assess your exposures and implement an enterprise security strategy to meet the needs of your business as well as meeting government and industry requirements.
• server consolidation – combining workloads onto fewer systems creates unique security and management issues. By incorporating firewall and VPN solutions from Stonesoft, MSI can implement a secure network within your zSeries system that leverages the speed of internal communications versus external connections
and maximizes the value of your mainframe system footprint.
• systems management – meeting service level agreements and managing your systems environment is increasingly difficult in today’s dynamic business environment. MSI uses IBM and BMC Software to provide functions such as hardware and application monitoring, alert notification, and performance tracking and modelling for our clients.
• Linuxmigrationandservices – MSI can help you develop a Linux strategy to meet your business requirements for availability, clustering, management, and security. We can also analyze your total cost of ownership and help you make an informed decision regarding application and system migration alternatives.
• enterprise tools and utilities – capitalize on the power of the mainframe with application development, data management, and CICS tools that eliminate certain redundant tasks and processes. MSI offers the full breadth of IBM zSeries software tools and utilities that capitalize on the inherent abilities of the mainframe and are less expensive than third-party alternatives.
• z/OS or subsystem migration and SystemPacs – the gold standard for operating systems, OS/390 has evolved into z/OS, a true 64-bit operating system providing more reliability and availability to your critical business applications. MSI has the skills in house to develop a customized SystemPac to minimize the downtime involved in operating system, DB2, IMS and CICS migrations and upgrades.
Company profileNEON Enteprise Software was founded in 1995. John Moores, along with several of the most recognized
names in the IMS and CICS industry, joined together to build a company that offers intelligent and innovative mainframe products. At NEON Enterprise Software, we help customers to manage their mainframe enterprise data. Our solutions address several crucial areas in enterprise computing environments: application availability, data management, backup & recovery, and capacity management.
NEON Enterprise Software is both a business partner and development partner of IBM. Our commitment to customers is to provide solutions that reduce the cost and effort of managing their mainframe data and assure maximum availability.
Product/service informationThe NEON Enterprise Software solution is a powerful set of IMS database tools that support both full-function and Fast Path databases. Through self-directed automation, this integrated solution provides as much or as little automation as desired:• The Eclipse Reorganization Utilities are a set of
intelligent IMS tools that take advantage of new hardware and operating system services to provide unmatched speed and performance. They typically run two to six times faster than other IMS utilities.
• Database Director provides online reorganization without any application outages, making sure that business operations are not affected for a second.
• Mission Control is an intelligent management console that can be used to detect problems, manage the escalation process, alert appropriate parties, and even resolve problems.
• The Backup and Recovery Solution performs local and disaster recoveries, change accumulations, and database backups for both IMS full function and Fast Path databases. It also includes specialized disaster recovery support.
• Partitioned Database Facility (PDF) is the leading IMS partitioning product and supports all types of IMS databases. It can be used to partition even the most complex databases and is completely transparent to applications, eliminating costly changes. PDF not only increases IMS database capacity by 100 times, but also improves performance and availability. It comes with the powerful Eclipse Reorganization Utilities.
• The application availability solution, Eclipse Affinities Server, allows you to take full advantage of your CICSplex environment by eliminating the problems associated with transaction interdependencies – called application affinities. The utility manages all of the major application affinity types, eliminating the need for costly application rewrites.
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 and its z/OS tools - Stand Alone Environment (SAE) and Image Control Environment (ICE), which includes Image FOCUS, The Control Editor, New z/OS Release Analysis, NoTSO, IPLCheck, and StepOne.
NewEra is an active participant at many z/OS-centric Conferences, including SHARE, GUIDE SHARE EUROPE, IBM System z Technical University, and ISACA. It is a member of several IBM ISV programs, Destination z, and a supporter of IDCP, an educational initiative at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Product/service informationImage FOCUS is an Image Control Environment (ICE) application whose primary function is to provide Inspection and Baseline Services to z/OS, its subsystems and parallel sysplex. It monitors, detects and reports on changes made and, goes one step further to verify the changes for syntactical correctness and referential integrity following its “Virtual IPL”. Another ICE application, The Control Editor, will ensure z/OS baselines are maintained, configuration changes, both staged and dynamic, are identified and changes to the policies that dictate the operation of the site’s External Security Manager do not go unnoticed. New Release Analysis accurately simulates the operational environment of every available release of z/OS. It helps begin your migration to any new level of z/OS and reduces
the time and expense by at least 50%. IPLCheck is an integrated set of Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) “Health Checks” that evaluate z/OS configuration settings against “Industry Best Practices” to pinpoint the causes of potential system initialization failures. StepOne has been designed specifically for IS Auditors facing the challenge of auditing IBM’s zEnterprise and z/OS. NoTSO gives users access to ISPF when MVS is down and they have no access to JES, VTAM and/or TSO.
Stand Alone Environment (SAE) provides immediate access to system datasets without an active MVS system. It has five integrated applications including Fast DASD Erase, used to completely erase mission-critical, personal, financial and healthcare data at the end of Disaster Recovery (DR) tests and when decommissioning DASD, in accordance with many governmental and industry regulations and standards.
Activity: Systems integrator/VARSpecialist areas: System management; data management; storage 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 provide training, consultancy, and legacy migration services related to the z/OS and z/VSE platform. OGS also partners with principals for software distribution of database, performance, and utility tools.
Product/service informationOGS provides training in the mainframe environmentincluding z/OS, JCL, VSAM, CICS, and COBOL. Legacymigrations include migrations between databases and/orplatforms (one of which is the mainframe). Software toolsinclude DB2 z/OS database tools for performance,administration, and backup/recovery. Other tools includestorage management, tuning, and productivity add-ons.
OpenTech Systems IncAddress:405 State Hwy 121, Building C, Suite 130, Lewisville, TX 75067, USAPhone: +1 469 635 1500Email: [email protected]: http://www.opentechsystems.com
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: Disaster Recovery Products; Tape Data migration Products and Services; Data Center Consolidation / Relocation; securityMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Pricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, other.
Company profileOpenTech Systems, Inc. specializes in z/OS DisasterRecovery; Tape Data migration products, World-wide tape migration services as well as Data Center Consolidation / Relocation.
Product/service informationOpenTech offers a suite of software products for z/OS which identify, back up and recover disk and tape datasets (even those virtualized) that are required for disaster recovery. Using a sophisticated path analysis technique to analyze job flows and related data, the software can determine which datasets are required for application recovery, replicate them, and can automatically recover to a point-in-time. A GUI running under z/OS uses a standard PC browser to display information such as which required datasets are mirrored and which are not. The software includes simulations to help optimize DR by simulating the results of different DR strategies. Report filtering features quickly locate data required for local recovery or compliance.
OpenTech Systems offers “best practices” tape data migration software that has been trusted by storage vendors and outsource providers for over a decade. Using our Tape/Copy software and the experience gained from working with hundreds of customers around the world, our technicians can migrate tape datasets from any supported tape device (native or virtual) to any other tape device including migrating datasets from low density to higher density tapes or from physical tape to virtual tape libraries (VTL) and VTL-to-VTL migrations. Tape/Copy protects the original metafile data often used for life cycle management including the original creation date, creator, last user, last use date, etc.
OpenTech offers products and services that can help move the IBM z/OS workload component of a data center consolidation/relocation project. Workloads including system software, applications and their associated critical
datasets are moved whether they are on DASD, physical tape or virtual tape. Data collection is unobtrusive and does not interfere with production. Non-destructive, repetitive testing can be done to allow for verification of results before switching production from one data center to another. Only data changed between repetitions is collected for the next test. The repetitive testing process allows the user to revert to the original production system in the event of unexpected results thus ensuring uninterrupted production.
DR Automation• DASD Backup Supervisor (DBS) automates the
process of building JCL to create and recover DASD full volume backups and stack them on high density tape media. DBS automates replication technologies such as TimeFinder, Snapshot, and Flashcopy.
• Virtual Data Recovery (VDR) duplicates and catalogues ATL or VTL resident datasets for disaster recovery and data availability. VDR LE is similar to VDR but is especially designed to provide a reliable DR solution for the new breed of tapeless VTL products from IBM, EMC, Bus-Tech, and others.
• DR/Xpert automatically identifies, backs up and recovers critical mainframe application data. It eliminates redundant backups, thereby making the most effective use of your backup resources. DR/Xpert complements popular mirroring technologies. It also audits and tracks application backups for compliance requirements and offers selective encryption capability to protect your company’s data.
Tape Storage Management• Tape/Copy (T/C) offers dataset stacking to consolidate
tapes, tape migration from one format to another, media refresh, and ATL/VTL management.
Performance Optimization• Virtual Tape Advanced Recall (VTAR) provides an
efficient and flexible process to ensure that virtual tape datasets required by applications are in the VTL cache when called, thus eliminating delays caused by waiting for backend recalls on the VTL.
• HSM Advanced Recall (HSM/AR) performs a function similar to VTAR for HSM migrated datasets to improve production run times for applications calling HSM datasets that have been migrated due to HSM policies.
Data Security• CopyCrypt (CC) is a data encryption solution that
compresses and encrypts tape data for secure offsite storage or delivery to other organizations.
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; Mainframe 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 profileMunich-based PDFlib GmbH, founded in 2000, develops leading edge development tools for server-centric generation and processing of PDF documents.
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.
PDFlib GmbH operates worldwide with main markets in North America, Germany and Japan. PDFlib GmbH is led by Thomas Merz, internationally renowned expert on PDF.
Product/service informationThe PDFlib Product FamilyPDFlib is the leading developer toolbox for generating and manipulating files in Adobe’s well-known Portable Document Format (PDF).
The PDFlib product family is available in three different flavors: PDFlib, PDFlib+PDI (PDF Import), and PDFlib Personalization Server (PPS). PDFlib offers all functions required to generate PDF documents with text, graphics, images, and interactive elements such as annotations or bookmarks. 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 is a versatile tool for linearizing, optimizing, repairing, analyzing, encrypting, and decrypting PDF documents.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 from PDF documents.
PDFlib pCOSPDFlib pCOS provides a simple and elegant facility for retrieving any information from a PDF document which is not part of the page contents.
Phoenix Software International
Address:831 Parkview Drive North, El Segundo, CA 90245, USA.Phone: +1 310 338 0400Email: [email protected]: http://www.phoenixsoftware.com
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, online data entry system that is fully functional in IBM environments.
Key/101: (formerly Key/Master) 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 measures true end-to-end response times and line integrity by generating adjustable levels of network traffic.
PHX-Adders: allows you to handle decentralized or migrated data entry functions. Adders migrates and expands with your enterprise.
PHX-KeyPlus: an online data entry system that runs on IBM and IBM-compatible mainframes using standard 3270-type terminals. It incorporates features of off-line data entry systems with the benefits of online systems.
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.
Address:345 North Canal, Ste C202, Chicago, IL 60606, USA.Phone: +1 312 756 1000Email: [email protected]: http://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 i
Pricing 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 media with Enhanced Tape Processing
• Secure data using passphrase, OpenPGP and X.509 digital certificate-based encryption, allowing for flexibility depending on an organization’s infrastructure.
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]: http://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
Activity: Hardware vendor.Specialist areas: Total cost of ownership analysis; software/hardware/maintenance utilization analysis; reliability analysis; and data center environment planningMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390
Company profileQSGI, through its Data Center Maintenance group, offers hardware maintenance services on enterprise-class hardware – with our primary focus on the mainframe. Through its Data Center Hardware group, QSGI sells refurbished and certified enterprise-class hardware. We carry the world’s largest independent inventory of S/390 and zSeries hardware.
Our primary purpose is to provide the best value in hardware and maintenance services as an alternative to the manufacturer. QSGI can provide maintenance coverage in all major metropolitan areas throughout the United States and has an impressive list of Fortune 1000 references. Additionally, we buy and sell enterprise-class hardware throughout the world.
QSGI started as QualTech International and QualTech Services Group, but changed its name to QSGI after a merger with WindsorTech Inc in 2004.
Product/service informationWe sell and provide maintenance for:• IBM mainframe products (zSeries and S/390)• IBM mid-range products (pSeries and iSeries)• IBM storage products• HDS storage products• EMC storage products• IBM controller products• ESCON & FICON products• IBM front-end processors
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/testing
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.
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, z/LinuxPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based, other
Company profileRSM Partners specialises in IBM’s System z (mainframe) platform.
From the network and associated hardware, to the z/OS operating system – through the various subsystems and associated middleware – RSM leads the way in the UK with its specialised focus on the z platform.
Over the years RSM has built a flawless reputation for consistently delivering a ‘best practise approach’: whether specific skills; technical consultancy; support services; software; or training.
Commended by clients and IBM alike, RSM regularly receives high praise from senior management, not only for our professional conduct and approach, but for our industry knowledge and commercial awareness.
Product/service information RSM is highly valued for our assured handling of software migrations; the implementation & deployment of IBM & 3rd party z software; and delivery of training.
RSM also offers a number of niche software tools, each selected for delivering unique and significant value in addressing certain known issues within a z environment, at the same time targeting a rapid ROI.
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: http://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.
Address:13, avenue de Verdun 92130 Issy Les Moulineaux, France.Phone: +33141383500.Email: info@scort;com.Web: http://www.scort.com.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Asset and change management; programming/testing; web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based
Company profileScort is a major European software vendor specializing in mainframe applications integration in new Services Oriented Architectures (SOA).
Product/service information SCORT solutions offer a unified and scalable bridge between mainframe and J2EE worlds, thus maximizing past and future investments.
Serena Software Inc
Address:1900 Seaport Boulevard, 2nd FloorRedwood City, CA 94063-5587, USA Phone: +1800 457 3736 Email: [email protected]: http://www.serena.com.
Activity: Software vendor.Specialist areas: System management; asset and change management.Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: AIX, System i, other Unix, Linux, WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual licence, processor/capacity-based.
Company profileSerena Software is the largest independent Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) vendor. The company helps organizations orchestrate their application development, IT and business processes across mainframe, distributed, and multi-platform environments. More than 3,000 active enterprise customers, encompassing almost one million users worldwide, depend on Serena’s ALM and Process Management solutions to deliver great applications with confidence and to automate important processes for speed, auditability and efficiency.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Serena serves enterprise customers from 29 offices in 14 countries. Serena is a portfolio company of Silver Lake Partners, the leader in private investments in technology-enabled industries.
Product/service informationChangeMan ZMF is the industry’s leading mainframe software change management solution. It supportsmainframe modernization though an Eclipse plug-in, web user interface, JAVA development, and much more.
Serena Release Manager combines ChangeMan ZMF with innovative workflow capabilities powered by SBM 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.
StarTool IOO delivers dynamical I/O Optimization and tunes application processing functions to achieve dramatic throughput improvements. It replaces or enhances SDB’s reblocking function and performs reblocking on all sequential data sets, including managing programs with hard-coded DCBs.
Address:65th Yigal Alon St. Tel Aviv, IsraelPhone: +972 3 5615190.Email: [email protected]: http://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 need to get their job done. Built for system and application programmers, iSolve is delivered as a Cloud or On-
premise software. For more information see http://www.softlibsw.com/mvs.aspxt.
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: System management; data management; storage management; web integration and legacy reengineering tools; network performance/management; other.
Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/Linux, otherNon-mainframe platforms supported: IBM i, AIX, other Unix, Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: other
Company profile 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; and the first B2B server and SOA-based integration platform, webMethods.
We offer our customers end-to-end business process management (BPM) solutions. With our process-driven IT Modernization solution, we transform customers’ core applications into an adaptable and cost-efficient platform. Our industry-leading brands, ARIS, webMethods, Adabas, Natural, CentraSite and IDS Scheer Consulting, represent a unique portfolio encompassing: process strategy, design, integration and control; SOA-based integration and data management; process-driven SAP implementation; and strategic process consulting and services.
Software AG had revenues of €1.1 billion in 2010 and has 5,500 employees serving 10,000 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).
Product/service informationProcess-Driven IT Modernization is a full complement of software, services and methodologies to transform your core applications into an adaptable and cost-efficient platform while achieving Business Process Excellence. Depending on your modernization focus, our Global Consulting Services team can help you apply ready-to-use frameworks, best practice guides and industry-specific templates along with best-in-class products, such as:• NaturalONE is a high-productivity Integrated
Development Environment (IDE) based on open-source Eclipse. Developers can produce systems that support enterprise SOA and BPM and appeal to business users. They can code and test applications using the Natural language, expose Natural objects as Web services and create rich Web interfaces.
• Natural• Natural Engineer• Process Intelligence for Natural Applications• Adabas• Event Replicator for Adabas• webMethods ApplinX• webMethods EntireX• CentraSite• webMethods Integration Server• webMethods BPMS• ARIS Process Performance Manager
We have more than 2,000 active customers using Adabas and Natural, spread across 60 countries. An R&D investment of more than $1 Billion over the lifespan of Adabas and Natural has led to a consistent stream of product innovations.
Software Diversified Services (SDS)
Address:1322 - 81st Ave NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432-2116, USAPhone: +1 763 571 9000Email: [email protected]: www.sdsusa.com
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, Windows
Pricing 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 companies 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 uses web browsers to provide a modern graphic interface to z/OS.
Our software provides security and encryption for data at rest and 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 or NetMaster, applications bloated with features you never use, but pay for anyway. VNAC provides network and system automation, panel applications, and immediate response to system and network messages. VNAC makes it easy to search logs all across a sysplex.
VitalSigns for IP (VIP) provides real-time, browser-based management of TCP/IP networks on z/OS mainframes. VIP is noted for the breadth of its monitoring scope, for ease of use, and for minimal demands on CPU resources.
VitalSigns for FTP (VFTP) secures, monitors, automates, and audits FTP traffic through z/OS servers and clients. Coupled with Tectia software, VFTP automatically converts FTP to secure SFTP without re-writing batch jobs.
VitalSigns Detective monitors user interaction with legacy applications. It can record every screen, every keystroke, every message. Yet VitalSigns Detective works silently: Users don’t know it’s there. It does not consume z/OS resources. The records provide for diagnosis, performance analysis, regulatory compliance, and, if necessary, prosecution.
SDS also provides PGP(R) Command Line for z/OS, a data encryption and compression tool that integrates seamlessly into existing mainframe processes, meets the US FIPS standard, and complies with recommendations by the US NIST.
Software Engineering GmbH
Address:Robert-Stolz-Strasse 5, 40470 Dusseldorf, Germany.Phone: +49 (0)211 96149 0Fax: +49 (0)211 96149-32Email: [email protected]: http://www.seg.deCompany web site link : www.seg.de/englisch
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.
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]: http://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.
Specialist areas: Data management; asset and change management; programming/testing; Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: Other Unix, LinuxPricing options: Monthly/annual license
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.
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.
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.
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]: http://www.svgroup.hrhttp://www.svgroup.hr/index_eng.html
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
Company profileSysperTec is an international software publisher of over 20 years of experience with on-the-fly protocol conversion between mainframe and heterogeneous servers and terminals.
The company helps perpetuate life and value of the legacy enterprise applications by integrating new technologies (TCP/IP, HTML, XML...) that raise productivity and modernize ergonomics. SysperTec relies upon experts of 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 has for objective 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 all over the world in banking, service, insurance, government, manufacturing, and distribution.
Product/service informationWeb enabling solution:VIRTEL is a simple, fast, powerful, and cost-effective solution to help users extend legacy applications such as CICS, IMS or TSO to the Web, adapt their presentation and functionality, and reuse their proven core functions to
develop new Web applications.
It instantly extends mainframe applications and data to the Web; allows adding new dynamic Web 2.0 user interface with AJAX; allows developing bi-directional connections “mainframe/Web applications” to integrate them with SOA, Web Oriented Architecture or WebSphere.
Pure Web Architecture:At the core of VIRTEL is an on-the-fly protocol converter running under z/OS or z/VSE and combining a native VTAM relay with an HTTP and optionally an SMTP server. VIRTEL runs on mainframe and uses no client API, no 3270 emulation and no intermediate server. It doesn’t need to modify or re-host the applications, or install components outside the mainframe. Thanks to this two-tier all-mainframe-based architecture, VIRTEL preserves performance, scalability and availability of mainframe applications.
Terminal Agnostic:This Host-based thin-client architecture allows VIRTEL to be “client agnostic”, i.e. it works automatically with any web-enabled client whatever the OS and browser, even with Smartphones, PDAs and tablets. And therefore VIRTEL is not impacted by changes in web client technology.
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
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]: http://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.
Product/service informationMulti-platform refurbished hardware options• Hardware leasing• Pre-sales consultation• Environment planning and trending consultation• OS support for systems z, p, and i• Multi-platform hardware maintenance.
Address:1260 41st Ave Suite K, Capitola Ca 95010, USA.Phone: +1 831 465 7661Email: [email protected].
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.
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 is enabling customers to reduce and control ISV costs, eliminate exit migration issues, and provides an easy to use DFSMShsm Optimizer that can dramatically improve HSM performance.
zOperating System Environment Manager is one solution for total system management of z/OS, the goal is to simplify and modernize how we manage z/OS.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: System management; data managementMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390Pricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, processor/capacity-based, workload/usage based, other
Company profileTRILOGexpert is a leading provider of Application Quality Management (AQM) software and professional services. Our mission is to help Fortune 1000 companies implement Automated AQM programs to improve application quality, performance, and IT profitability. Our customers consistently defer mainframe upgrades and substantially reduce their IT operational costs using our integrated product suite consisting of TriTune and APC for TriTune to simplify and automate the task of identifying application performance bottlenecks. Major corporations rely on our products and services to turn their application performance tuning practices into a proactive process and strategic advantage.
TRILOGexpert has locations in Zurich, Switzerland and Munich, Germany. The US subsidiary AQM Solutions, Inc is based in Framingham, MA, USA. TRILOGexpert products are available worldwide.
Product/service informationTRILOGexpert’s measurement product TriTune helps corporations analyze applications and resources in their host environment, pinpointing application execution delays and presenting an in-depth performance profile through an easy-to-use, interactive interface. The software provides detailed delay and execution metrics that let analysts quickly improve the performance of all mainframe applications.
APC is the automation and datamining platform which is tightly integrated with TriTune. It automates the process of identifying, measuring, prioritizing and analysing performance bottlenecks, reducing manual tasks and focusing analyst efforts on applications with the greatest tuning potential. It does this by continuously tracking thousands of batch and online systems running across z/OS-based environments, discovering runaway tasks, and highlighting hidden tuning opportunities with minimal manual intervention.
Type80 Security Software
Address:211 North Union Street, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22315, USA
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; Mainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, z/LinuxNon-mainframe platforms supported: System 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.
Value-4IT are IBM and Microsoft Business Partners, while being the authorized UK distributor for several leading IBM Mainframe ISVs, focusing on software cost reduction.
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.
Vanguard Integrity Professionals, Inc.
Address:6625 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 100Las Vegas, NV 89119, USA.Phone: 702-794-0014Email: [email protected]: http://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 Vanguard ez/SignOn - Enterprise identity management and intrusion detection.
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, distributed Linux, Windows, otherPricing options: Public schedule and one company on-site options.
Company profileOn 1 November 2011, Verhoef Training was 17 years old. We continue to support the IBM Enterprise Server community, running a public schedule in the World Heritage city of Bath and delivering courses on customer sites. Our IBM courses are for z/OS, iSeries, AIX, and Linux encompassing all the disciplines of Technical Support, Operations, Applications, Communications, Audit and Security.
We have improved our offerings in, WebSphere, WMQ, Portal and Process Server, Java, DB2, virtualisation, testing, systems analysis and z/OS for auditors. Not all of our courses are scheduled as public events, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for then please go to our website.
If you do have training needs please consider us. We’re competitive, flexible, and friendly, just a call or a click away.
Product/service informationz/OS For Beginners; TSO/ISPF; Job Control Language; VSAM; COBOL, PL/1, Assembler, REXX, Java, C and XML; z/OS System Services; z/OS Basic & Advanced Operations; z/OS Systems Programming Introduction; z/OS Performance; z/OS Migration; z/OS Problem Analysis; RACF; SMP/E; Parallel Sysplex; Workload Manager; SMS Overview, Implementation and Control; Storage Management Fundamentals; HSM Implementation and Control; ICF Catalog Management; Capacity Planning; HCD and Dynamic Reconfiguration; HMC Hardware Management Console; JES2 and JES3 ; AFP Advanced Function Presentation; UNIX on z/OS; TCP/IP on z/OS; VTAM; SNA; APPN; z/VM In Depth; z/VM and Linux; WebSphere for z/OS and LUW; Application Server; Portal Server; Process Server; WebSphereMQ; WebSphere Message Broker; CICS for Applications Programmers; CICS 3.1 Structure and Debug; CICS 3.1 Systems Administration; CICS For Auditors; DB2 for z/OS and LUW; DB2 SQL for z/OS and LUW; DB2 Administration for z/OS and LUWl DB2 for Auditors; CA-Endevor; CA 7 Workload Automation; CA-Deliver; CA-View; Omegamon; Workload Scheduler for z/OS (OPC); Tivoli Information Management for z/OS.
Address:Park Lodge, 60 London Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1AY, UKPhone: +44 (0)1403 268251.Email: [email protected]: http://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: +1 877 723 0008Email: [email protected]: www.willdata.com.
Company profileFounded nearly 20 years ago, William Data Systems (WDS) is the pioneering developer of ZEN, cost saving z/OS network management and security solutions. Our products are trusted by major government, financial and commercial organisations, worldwide.
WDS pioneers the development of leading edge solutions for better z/OS network management. Based on delivering more functionality for less cost, ZEN solutions already reduce annual z/OS budgets and costs for many within the z/OS community.
As customer requirements evolve, so does ZEN, with mobile access from mobile phone and tablet PC’s.
WDS’s ZEN products and support services are availablefrom its offices and distributors in the USA, Europe,Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australasia and South America.
WDS products are also distributed via the IBM GlobalServices SystemPac. All ZEN products can bedownloaded for free evaluation from the WDS website.
ZEN products are easy to install, fast to use, andautomatically generate management information.
Product/service informationZEN, the cost saving suite of z/OS network management products includes: • 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 TRACE & SOLVE: Minimizes disruption to business operations via expedient problem diagnosis with intelligent network tracing offering faster problem analysis and resolution.
• ZEN FTP CONTROL: Overcomes FTP’s weaknesses by providing secure, audited use of ftp to minimize risk and maximize compliance, with FTP traffic monitoring and process automation.
• ZEN EE MONITOR: Eliminates poor APPN/HPR and/or Enterprise Extender (EE) routing for maximum network availability.
• ZEN EE SECURITY: Recycle SNA investments with secure, encrypted IP technology by adding SSL/TLS encryption and digital certificate authentication to Enterprise Extender (EE) without the need to re-write applications.
• ZEN OSA MONITOR: Provides an immediate, comprehensive and user-friendly picture of your most important mainframe network device, helping you maintain service levels with intelligent and unique monitoring capabilities.
• ZEN AUTOMATION: Save time, costs and skills, replacing expensive alternatives with scheduling facilities that allowing the ZEN suite to be orchestrated, creating customer specific network management solutions.
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.
Activity: Software vendorSpecialist areas: Web integration and legacy reengineering toolsMainframe platforms supported: z/OS, OS/390, VM/VSE, Linux Non-mainframe platforms supported: WindowsPricing options: One-time charge, monthly/annual license, workload/usage based, other
Company profileZephyr Development Corporation has been developing advanced terminal emulation and host integration solutions for Microsoft Windows since 1985. Zephyr is a Microsoft Certified Solution Partner, member of the Microsoft Developer Network, IBM Partner in Development, Cisco Enterprise Associate, and Citrix Premier Partner.
Product/service informationZephyr specializes in TN3270, TN3270E, TN5250, TN5250E, VT, Wyse, and SCO ANSI host access, terminal emulation, and host integration solutions for Microsoft Windows desktops and servers.
Zephyr’s PASSPORT product line includes both desktop and browser-based terminal emulation, as well as several programmatic API modules, allowing our customers to connect and integrate proven legacy applications with other PC, server and ActiveX/.NET applications.
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.
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]).
zJournalThomas Communications’ zJournal is the leading independent journal for z/OS and OS/390 users. It provides detailed coverage of developments on the IBM mainframe platform, and its e-mail companion zFlash contains regular updates and product news as well as highlights from the magazine. zJournal is now available from the MainframeZone Web site.www.mainframezone.com/z-journal
Mainframe ExecutiveT h o m a s C o m m u n i c a t i o n s ’ Mainframe Executive is aimed at CIOs and IT managers in enterprises with IBM mainframe systems. This is a less technical, but no less informative, stable mate of zJournal.www.mainframezone.com/mainframe-executive
Technical Support MagazineNaSPA started publishing Tech Support magazine after a hiatus of a couple of years. However, it’s difficult to tell from their Web site how many issues have been produced or when the last one was.www.naspa.com
INSIGHT-SPECTRAC3B Consulting’s INSIGHT-SPECTRA is a successor to its Middleware-Spectra publication. The October 2011 edition contains articles on topics such as: MoDM, MAD and MEM: managing mobile devices in the enterprise; Cloud ecosystems and their impact on the future of enterprise sofware and IT; Xooming: experiences with a Motorola Xoom Tablet; and Why understanding what IT costs matters.http://www.insight-spectra.com
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: Storage Progress in 2011 and 3 Predictions for 2012; Cloud Computing: We’ve Only Just Begun; and Disaster Recovery Driven By Tight Budgets, New Technology.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
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 set up the Mainframe Blog as part of the zNextGen initiative (http://mainframe.typepad.com). This has a number of short videos as well – I particularly like the chicken video about food distribution.
Another good blog is James Governor’s Monkchips site (http://www.redmonk.com/jgovernor), which contains links to Stephen O’Grady and Michael Coté’s blogs.
Also worth a look is Marc Wambeke’s Mainframe Watch Belgium at http://mainframe-watch-belgium.blogspot.com.
And don’t miss the Mainframe Update blog at http://mainframeupdate.blogspot.com, written by Arcati associate Trevor Eddolls.
There’s always interesting blog by CA’s Marcel Hartog at http://community.ca.com/blogs/execio/default.aspx.
Bob Thomas, who owns zJournal, is blogging at http://www.mainframezone.com/bobthomas/.
Willie Favero’s DB2 for z/OS blog is at http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/db2zos.
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 http://dancingdinosaur.wordpress.com.
I B M S y s t e m s M a g a z i n e , Mainframe EditionIBM Systems Magazine (formerly eServer Magazine) also comes in a Power Systems (IBM i and AIX) version. The content is now online with a monthly e-mail newsletter.www.ibmsystemsmag.com
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/mmisw
SearchDataCenterTechTarget publishes a range of Web-based newsletters, and its data center title provides plenty of interesting and relevant mainframe coverage.http://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/
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 http://eightbar.co.uk/
There are a number of very insightful blogs at IBM’s My developerWorks. You can click on the links from https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/?lang=en_us
Always up-to-date is Mark Fontecchio’s blog at Mainframe Propeller Head. He’s been a reporter for TechTarget since 2006. The URL is http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/mainframe-blog/
An occasional blogger is Steve Baugh, styling himself The CICS Guy. His blog is at http://thecicsguy.wordpress.com/
IBM Destination z hosts a variety of bloggers, who write on different topics each week. You can find the blog at http://www.destinationz.org/Community.aspx.
Other mainframe-related blogs that we’ve come across so far include: DB2utor by Troy Coleman at http://ibmsystemsmag.blogs.com/db2utor; An Expert’s Guide to DB2 Technology by Chris Eaton at http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/db2luw; The Master Terminal at http://themasterterminal.com; Practically Secure by Alan Harrison at http://practicallysecure.blogspot.com; It’s All About Mainframes! by M Manoj at http://manoj-mainframe.blogspot.com; Mainframe World by Trevor Eddolls at http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/mainframe-world; Drunken Data by Jon Toigo at http://www.drunkendata.com; Jeff Jonas by Jeff Jonas at http://jeffjonas.typepad.com; Irving Wladawsky-Berger by Irving Wladawsky-Berger at http://blog.irvingwb.com/blog.
IBM pages can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/IBM/107572525938726 for just IBM. At http://www.facebook.com/pages/IBM-DB2/10442975871 for DB2. At http://www.facebook.com/IMSFans for IMS, and http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=4907254593 for CICS.
There are mainframe-related discussions o n L i n k e d I n . F o r e x a m p l e , t h e r e ’ s MainframeZone at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/MainframeZone-2196066 and System z Advocates at http://www.l inkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=155723. For IMS users there’s the Virtual IMS user group at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Virtual-IMS-user-group-3792561. There’s the Virtual CICS user group at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Virtual-CICS-user-group-3847862. There’s the ESJ: Mainframe/Data Center Discussions for Enterprise IT Pros at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2993481. IDUG: The World Wide Independent DB2 Users Community at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/IDUG-World-Wide-Independent-DB2-46747. There’s the The mainframe academy at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=112716, and many others.
If you go to YouTube (www.youtube.com) there are numerous short videos about mainframes and mainframe-related topics.
On Twitter, here’s a fairly random assortment of good tweeters to follow: @IBM_CICS, @ m y z c o m m u n i t y, @ B a r r y S c h r a g e r 1 , @dianegjohnson, BMCMainframe, @virtualcics, @virtualims, @bethflood, @martinpacker, @Will iamDataSyst, @wcfink, @PlexSpy, @jondbray, @mwambeke, @ToolboxforIT, @CAUKI, @CAmainframe, @MainframeZone
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).
• WUG – the WebSphere User Group.
• International zSeries Oracle SIG.
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.
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.