Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Attend a webcast on the latest capabilities of OMEGAMON V5.1

On August 29th there will be a complimentary webcast that will cover the latest updates on what is new with OMEGAMON V5.1. 

The webcast will cover new features and functionality in the OMEGAMON family to support increased demands around mobile, cloud and big data.  The speaker is Rich Edwards, Program Director, Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure Product Management, IBM Software Group.

The webcast will happen at 11 AM Eastern Time on August 29th.  

Here's a link to register:

Monday, July 29, 2013

In case you missed the July 23rd announcements

If you missed the announcements last week, on July 23rd IBM announced a new zEnterprise server, the BC12. Here's a link to the announcement:


Some items to note from the announcement:

"The new zBC12 provides clients with superior levels of performance, flexibility and scale. Compared to its predecessor the z114, it boasts a faster processor at 4.2 GHz and two times the available memory; and, it allows clients to grow into their system with a pay-as-you-grow approach."

New innovations for the latest zBC12 and zEC12

"New hardware functions provide CPU and storage savings by compressing data on the server.  For example, there is a new high speed, low latency I/O connection for enabling up to an 80 percent reduction in network latency.  Also, with z/OS 2.1, IBM delivers not only performance and scale but simplified management with z/OSMF. There is also a new 2:1 ratio for zIIP and zAAP special purpose engines for improved workload economics. And with z/VM 6.3, clients can now consolidate up to 520 virtual servers in a single footprint with the increase in real memory and the new HiperDispatch function."

Oh, and also,

"For cloud, IBM enhanced the IBM OMEGAMON for z/OS family to detect performance problems in the cloud and minimize impact to the business and increase analytics visibility. "

Some interesting stuff, eh?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Attend a webcast on some exciting new zEnterprise announcements

On July 23rd there will be some very interesting new announcements on zEnterprise.  You are invited to attend the event, 'zEnterprise: The Best Gets Better'.  This is a virtual event that will cover such topics as:
  • Energize your enterprise applications to foster growth
  • Save money by consolidating workloads and exploiting the cloud
  • Improve security on the industry's most trusted and resilient
  • Improve performance, flexibility and scale    
 Here is a link to register to attend:

Thursday, July 11, 2013

OMEGAMON V5.1.1 Announcement

IBM has just announced the following: 

 Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/OS V5.1.1
 Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for Mainframe Networks on z/OS V5.1.1
 Tivoli OMEGAMON Management Suite on z/OS V5.1.1
 Tivoli OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux V4.3

The OMEGAMON Management Suite is an integration of OMEGAMON OMEGAMON z/OS, Mainframe Networks, and OMEGAMON Storage.

The announced date for OMEGAMON z/OS V5.1.1, OMEGAMON Mainframe Networks V5.1.1, and OMEGAMON z/VM and Linux is July 26, 2013.  The announced date for the Management Suite is September 6, 2013.

Here is a link to the announcement:


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Here's a new link to the ITM V6 Newsletter

ITM V6 is commonly used to refer Tivoli distributed platform monitoring.  If you are an OMEGAMON user on z/OS you may still have an interest in ITM V6 since, of course,  the Tivoli Portal component of OMEGAMON uses theTivoli Portal infrastructure in common with distributed monitoring. 

Te following newsletter is primarily focused on distributed monitoring, but there is information relevant to OMEGAMON agents running on z/OS.

Here's a link to the newsletter:

Friday, July 5, 2013

Considerations when using SORTCOLS in e3270ui

On an earlier post I demonstrated an example of how you can add sort capability to a column on an e3270ui panel using the SORTCOLS statement. 


This can be nice to add when you need a specific sort sequence on a display, but the panel did not provide a sort option for that particular field out of the box.

There are a couple things to be aware when adding columns to SORTCOLS.  First you can have a maximum of 15 columns on the SORTCOLS statement.  If you add more than 15 columns, you will not necessarily see an obvious eyecatcher or message.

Another thing to be aware of is that when adding a column to SORTCOLS, the e3270ui interface will keep information sorted within the e3270ui address space (commonly called the TOM).  This may be a concern when displaying a table with a large number of rows of information.  So be advised.  SORTCOLS is useful, but be aware of how much data you may be sorting.