Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tivoli Pulse conference next week

If you happen to be in Las Vegas next week, the IBM Pulse conference will be taking place.  Pulse is IBM's annual all things Tivoli event.  There are quite a few sessions with z/OS specific content at Pulse.  Here's a list of the z-relevant sessions:

  • Analyst Insight: Importance of Service Management in integrating Mainframe into Cloud
  • System z Meet the Experts
  • The Power of Automation
  • Trends in System Automation on z for the Smaller Enterprise
  • Unlocking the power of System Automation 3.4
  • System and Batch automation integration
  • IBM & ISO Collaboration to Reduce TCO of Tivoli Suite of Products
  • Automating your IMSplex with System Automation for z/OS
  • The magic of Tivoli System Automation
  • Approaches to enterprise-wide monitoring and problem solving on z
  • Integrating Operational Tools Through NetView on z/OS
  • OMEGAMON XE what's new with z Monitoring
  • Integrating monitors and automation
  • Anatomy of a Disaster Averted: How Poland's Ministry of Justice Protected Its Registries
  • Customer migration experience from BMC IMF to Omegamon for IMS and System Automation on zOS
  • The OMEGAMON Mashup
  • Monitoring And Controlling Virtual Tape Units In A GDPS Environment
  • PARMGEN Configuration Method with OMEGAMON XE Migration from 4.2 to 5.1 User's Experience
  • zBx Automation with System Automation Application Manager
  • Integrated z/OS Storage Management - Providing a more efficient solution.
  • Customer panel discussion discussing value in System Automation for z/OS
  • Customer panel discussion discussing value in OMEGAMON v 5.1
  • IBM zEnterprise Automation & Availability
  • What's New in GDPS V3.10
  • Integrating automation between batch and transmissions
  • Building a Private Cloud on zEnterprise with Tivoli
  • How TCS integrated SA for z/OS health statuses into their operations console.
  • Applications modernization with improved visibility and control using TADz and CICS-IA: a customer story
I will be at the booth for the trade show.  If you are attending Pulse, feel free to stop by.

To attend Pulse, here's a link:

Friday, February 22, 2013

How region occupancy is calculated by OMEGAMON IMS

Region occupancy in OMEGAMON IMS is a useful measure of how busy the various message regions are in an IMS subsytsem.  The higher the percentage, the busier the message regions are.  Region occupancy can be a good indication as to when it may be time to adjust IMS message regions or add new regions.

Region occupancy is calculated by OMEGAMON IMS as part of the various region displays (for example as a minor of the RGND command in classic interface).  However, it takes some time to be able to calculate region occupancy.  Until the monitor has had enough samples to do the math, the display will just show -init-  versus an actual value. 

What is the formula?  How exactly is it calculated?  This technote will shed a little more light on the process.  Here's a link:

Friday, February 15, 2013

A couple more informative Share presentations

There were a couple other presentations I attended at Share in San Francisco that I found quite informative. 

One of them was "Managing the Mainframe from an end to end perspective".  This was done by Mike Bonett of IBM.  As with all of Mike's presentations, this one was interesting and had a lot of good content.  Here's a link:

The other was "Diagnosing Sysplex Problems".  This was a  very interesting presentation with a lot of content and detail.  Lot of ground covered in just one hour.  Here's a link:

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Running historical reports with OMEGAMON CICS

You may or may not have noticed, but OMEGAMON CICS V5.1 no longer comes with historical reporting.  You have the CICS task history (ONDV) feature, but that is for looking at near term task history interactively within the 3270 interface of the tool.  However, if you want to run performance reports, that's a different requirement.   Long term, the direction is to get CICS Performance Analyzer (CICS PA).  CICS PA has a myriad of reporting options. 

But, if you still want to run the old OMEGAMON reporter, there is still a way.  This technote shows a couple different ways to run the old reporter.  You can still download the old code, or if you happen to still have the old V4.20 libraries around (specifically the TKANMOD) then so much the better.

Here's a link to the technote:

Friday, February 8, 2013

OMEGAMON relevant sessions at Share

Here's links to the OMEGAMON relevant sessions at Share (including my sessions)

DB2 Performance Tuning Using Omegamon DB2 Performance Expert - Use Case Examples and Practical Applications  

Understanding The Impact Of The Network On z/OS Performance (one of my presentations)  

Automated Performance Management Using IBM Tivoli: Techniques And Best Practices ( a new presentation I created for this Share event)  

What's New for z/OS Network Performance Monitoring with OMEGAMON

Using NetView for z/OS for Enterprise-Wide Event Management and Automation

More Share presentations

There were quite a few good presentations at Share this week.  Lot's of updates on things like z/OS 2.1, CICS TS V5.1 and IMS V13, to name a few. 

If you are interested in an update on what's in CICS TS V5.1 here's a good overview:

If you are interested in IMS V13 here's a good overview:

Thursday, February 7, 2013

What is zAware?

At Share this week I learned about a new IBM offering called zAware.  zAware is an interesting piece of technology that looks at the z/OS console logs over time, parses and analyzes the logs, and looks for anomolies in z/OS log information over time.  zAware provides a web interface to view the informaiton, the trends, and the anomolies. 

There were a couple interesting presentations on zAware.  The fisrt presentation is "IBM zAware - Using Analytics to Improve System z Availability".     Here's a link:

The next presentation is "Improve Service Levels with Enhanced Data Analysis".  This presentation also mentions how Tivoli is looking at expoliting zAware in the future.  Here's the link:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Share in San Francisco

Well, it's Share week in San Francisco.  As always, Share has an excellent mix of z/OS and z/OS related sessions.  If you're interested in z and the Cloud, Linux on z, Big Data, new stuff in z/OS, CICS and IMS, you name it, there are a lot of good sessions this week.

One session I found interesting was "What's new in z/OS V2.1".  This was a good overview of what is likely coming with the new z/OS release.  Here's a link for the presentation: