Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A useful link on OMEGAMON maintenance and configuration

Here's a useful link that provides good information on OMEGAMON maintenance and configuration.   there are links from this URL to information on Parmgen, on configuring OMEGAMON enhanced 3270 ui, recommended maintenance, PSP information and more.

Here's the URL:

Friday, March 22, 2013

Can you see open situations in the Enhanced 3270?

Can you see open situations in the Enhanced 3270?  The answer is yes if you have PTF UA67643 applied.  Among other things UA67643 adds a new KOBSITEC panel to the enhanced 3270.  Once the maintenance is applied, the easiest way to find the panel is to  type in =KOBSITEC on the command line and press enter. 

Here's an example of what KOBSITEC looks like.

What this means is you can now create situations in the Tivoli Portal, and these alerts will be visible in the 3270 interface. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Interesting upcoming webcast on DB2 stored procedure analysis

The analysis of DB2 stored procedure performance can get tricky.  You can have a stored procedure that calls another stored procedure and on it goes.  How do you determine exactly what these routines are doing?

The upcoming webcast, "Expert stored procedure monitoring, analysis and tuning on System z" goes into the new stored procedure monitoring and analysis capabilities of OMEGAMON XE For DB2 Performance Expert (note you need to have Performance Expert for this support). 

The webcast will cover:
- Identifying and exposing the mystery behind slow performing stored procedures

- Drilling down to explore every facet of a stored procedure’s performance breakdown

- Identifying SQL performance problems quickly throughout layers of complex applications

- Grouping SQL statements into workloads to compare and track performance improvements

It sounds like an intereesting topic that covers a very powerful new OMEGAMON feature.

The speaker is Charles Lewis, DB2 Advisor and Senior Certified System z Software Technical Professional, IBM.  The event is April 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. 

To attend, here's the URL:

Friday, March 15, 2013


SMCONNECT is very nice blog site for those interested in Service Management.  There's a lot of information and a lot of links to a variety of blogs and wikis.  Here's what SMCONNECT looks like:

To see information related to System z,  just click on the System z link I've highlighted above. From there you will find a lot of information on OMEGAMON,  NetView, automation,  you name it.

Here's the URL:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A useful OMEGAMON DB2 link

OMEGAMON XE For DB2 PM/PE inlcudes a variety of user interfaces.  You have Classic 3270 and the new enhanced 3270 ui, along with ISPF interface.  On the GUI front you have support for the Tivoli Enterprise Portal and also what is commonly called the PE GUI. 

The PE GUI provides a nice GUI interface that offers some very detailed information on the DB2 susbystem, threads, real time and history.  The snapshot history mechanism in the PE GUI is very powerful and is unique to the PE GUI.  Note that whether or not you have PM or PE, you still can use the PE GUI.

A handy way to get the latest version of the PE GUI, here is a link to download the GUI:

An interesting business partner solution

While at the Pulse event last week I talked to a variety of IBM Tivoli business partners.  One in particular that I found interesting was a vendor called Derdack.  Derdack provides a variety of solutions around the name Enterprise Alert.  If you go this link at their website,  you will find information on their solution that integrates with IBM Tivoli monitoring. 

What I find interesting with their solution is that it adds some interesting alert management capabilities to ITM that ITM does not provide on its own.  Among these features include multiple formats of notification (voice with text-to-speech, SMS text, instant messaging, e-mail, fax, smartphone push), real-time tracking of notification delivery,  automated escalation chains, smartphone apps for remote incident management, and intelligent notification workflows. 

These all seem like very useful extensions to the monitoring and notification capabilities of base ITM.  While I have not used this solution personally, it looks like very good technology.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

About Pulse 2013 - get ready for SmartCloud

Well, Pulse 2013 had come and gone. If you went to the keynotes and various technical sessions, one message is clear.  Cloud is coming so get ready.  For a long time it has seemed as if cloud has been a murky all thigns to all people concept. 

But now you can see solutions and strategies around cloud really starting to emerge.  One keynote I attended cited a number that 50% of IT budgets in the next two years will be devoted to cloud based technology.  If at all accurate that is an amazing number.

With IBM Tivoli that means get ready for SmarCloud.  In the next few months you will be seeing SmartCloud all over the place.