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Guest post by Warren Harper


The mainframe – already by that word, most people who question me about my job either have no idea what I’m talking about, or are shocked that one even exists anymore. One person even asked me, “Why would you want to work on something so old?”  What’s interesting to me about this comment is its uniqueness to computing. Ford came out with its first automobile long before IBM came out with its first mainframe, but engineers and designers of cars are not hassled about working on dinosaurs. So, what’s the difference here? Why is old synonymous with obsolete in our industry?


I think the cause of this is visibility. And I don’t mean this in some kind of abstract manner; quite literally, the general population, for all intents and purposes, doesn’t see or hear about mainframes. Cars can be seen, touched, and explicitly used every day. Likewise, people use their smartphones, tablets, and PCs constantly. But 20 years ago, people weren’t walking around with smartphones and tablets. It might seem like a revolutionary change, but for the most part people are still accessing much of the same information. The difference is the device we use to get to it.


If we imagine the auto industry taking on this same trend, there would be something like an “iBench” which carries people around. Moving the bench would be a car driving underground with a big magnet that applies the necessary force. After years of not seeing wheeled cars driving around, of course people are going to doubt the relevance, and probably even the existence, of cars. However, the need to move people from one place to another doesn’t go away. Likewise, the need for reliable, fast computing isn’t going to disappear with the next iPhone. The mainframe satisfies this essential paradigm, and has for a long time, so it’s hard to imagine a future without it.


What do you think about the mainframe as a career choice?

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To celebrate the mainframe’s 50th anniversary, BMC has created a commemorative coin for mainframe users.  This coin is a celebration of all the amazing things mainframers have accomplished with the mainframe over the years.  And, it is our promise to you that BMC will
continue to deliver incredible innovations to help IT take the mainframe into its next 50 years.  Each 2” polished nickel coin has a unique serial number, so every coin is a one-of-a-kind remembrance of the mainframe.  You can request your own coin here: [link to coin form page]

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At SHARE Anaheim, BMC introduced the mainframe 50th anniversary commemorative coin as a way of paying tribute to not only the history of the mainframe, but also the future we look forward to.  There has been a lot of interest, and much appreciation for the tribute to mainframers embodied in the BMC coin.


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Now, those who are not at SHARE can request a coin of their own online.  Coins are available only as long as supplies last, so if you want to get this piece of mainframe history, request one at the following link:

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The last fifty years of mainframe contributions can be broken into five periods in which mainframes transformed business and
government.  Here is an “E”asy way to think of them:


Empower (2000-present): mainframes empower transformation as part of the technology ecosystem


Engage (1990-2000): organizations’ customers engage more directly with the business on the shoulders of mainframe systems and data


Enrich (1980-1990): mainframes open up entire new vistas of possibilities by providing rich data on business, markets and customers


Expand (1970-1980): enterprises recognize the ability to expand market offerings through mainframe systems


Enable (1964-1970): business, government and science start to do incredible things, enabled by mainframe computing.


For more on the timeline of mainframe history and innovation, visit

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I’m really excited about the upcoming SHARE conference at the Anaheim Marriott starting on March 10th. A wide variety of companies and technical professionals will come together to share their insights and knowledge from years of mainframe experience. In fact, it’s all about the 50 years of mainframe experience. 


Rock Music and the Mainframe

Think about it. When the mainframe was invented, the Beatles just hit the scene. Skipping forward, you met the music of Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Boston, Journey, Kiss, Van Halen, Heart, Foreigner, Styx, Rush, Jefferson Starship, and onto the likes of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Matchbox 20. Excuse me if I’ve left off your favorite. The mainframe has evolved similarly. From being useful and new—to being great and powerful—to being something we cannot imagine our world without.


We were rockin’. We were rollin’. We were computin’. Can you say Data Jam?


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We might see it all at SHARE

I’m anticipating that we’ll see some awesomeness at SHARE this year…unlike we’ve ever seen…and perhaps never see again (until Mainframe 100!).


For example, BMC will be putting on quite a show. When you arrive, you’ll be hard-pressed to miss our booth—not just because of its size, but because of its location—right by the food and beverage. So come on by, grab some food, and check out our stuff. Like free Mainframe 50 T-shirts, a commemorative Mainframe 50 Coin, and a Keurig coffee maker as a raffle prize.


You’ll also see great demos of industry-leading products, like Cost Analyzer (on the BIG screen, no less!). Staying at the Marriott? You’ll see us on your room key. Going to the sessions? You’ll see us on the session signs. BMC loves the mainframe, and we love SHARE. Here’s to rocking out with you at the conference!             


I’ll finish with an interesting question: I wonder what number we would see if we add up all the years of mainframe experience from everyone who attends SHARE in Anaheim….Wow!  Any guesses?

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Mainframers have been I.T. heroes for fifty years, helping their organizations grow, prosper, and transform on the strength of the mainframe platform.  In 2014 we celebrate fifty years of mainframe – but we also celebrate fifty years of the heroic actions of I.T.  The mainframes – and the I.T. heroes who support it – have always been ready to lead business into revolutionary ways of advancing the enterprise's success.  Many of you can (fondly?) recall nights and weekends spent in the data center ensuring the mainframe was ready to deliver the “next big thing” for your business.


That kind of effort deserves recognition, and so BMC has created a Mainframe 50th Anniversary commemorative coin, which will be distributed at SHARE Anaheim March 10 -12.  If you will be at SHARE, stop by booth 511 to get your serial-numbered commemorative coin.  Display it on your desk, to remind you – and anyone who stops by your desk - of all the amazing things you have done with the mainframe.

And, of the incredible things yet to come.

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The start of the mainframe heralded by the delivery of IBM(R) System/360 in April, 1964, enabled computing for business and government.  As business back-office work was computerized, IT was asked to manage the systems and not just operate them.  This meant having some way to find out what the systems were doing.


In 1967, Boole and Babbage (acquired by BMC in 1999) developed seminal programs, CUE (Computer Utilization Evaluator) and PPE
(Problem Program Evaluator) to report on how the resources in a computer were being used.  Not only did these software tools answer the immediate need for IT, they spawned systems management solutions that would continue to be invented and enhanced over the ensuing five decades of the mainframe.


BMC Innovations that Changed Mainframe Management (1964 – 1970)

(Watch this blog in coming weeks for reminiscences about these innovations.)


1967 - PPE
was the first tool to give IT visibility into how programs were executing and
using CPU resources.


1967 - CUE
was the first tool to give IT visibility into how devices were being accessed
and used.


You can also view a fifty year timeline and more information on our mainframe anniversary page at


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BMC Software has been a sponsor at Share for the past ten years, so we’re happy to announce we’ll be a silver sponsor for this year’s 50th Anniversary of the Mainframe show. SHARE, now in its 61st year, is the renowned mainframe technical conference for IT management and end users. The conference delivers expertise, hands-on instruction, as well as important professional networking opportunities in mainframe technologies and trends. We hope you'll join us for some of the festivities.


Here are 14 reasons to join BMC Software for this Mainframe fiftieth anniversary show:


1. Automation for IMS: Why It’s Needed, Who benefits, and What the Impact Is (Session 14771)


Monday, March 10, 2014: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Grand Ballroom Salon B

Speaker: Duane Wente (BMC Software)

Policy driven database management insures that key space and tuning objectives are being applied on a consistent basis no matter how many databases need oversight on an ongoing basis. Today’s performance, availability and recoverability requirements do not allow for simply individual expertise as the basis for managing production IMS environments.  The best staff and technology strategy is to provide a real-time management solution that increases productivity, increases effectiveness, and reduces costs by only doing necessary work.

2. Lessons Learned in the Meeting of Generations on the Mainframe (SHARE Panel 15309)Harper.jpg

Monday, March 10, 2014: 4:30 PM-5:30 PM

Platinum Ballroom Salon 8 (Anaheim Marriott Hotel)

Speakers: Reg Harbeck (Mainframe Analytics Ltd.), Warren T. Harper (BMC Software) and Cameron Seay, Doctorate, Educational-Psychology, Master's, Business, Information-Systems, Economics (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University)

A new generation has arrived and begun to learn about your environment - and about how to learn about your environment. At the same time, your most experienced people are gaining new experiences and insights as mentors. How does it all come together? This panel discussion will give people at the front line of this meeting of the generations a chance to consider and discuss this


3. Mentoring the New z/OS Professionals: Do You Have a Plan? (Session 15012)


Tuesday, March 11, 2014: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Grand Ballroom Salon H

Speaker: Greg Caliri (BMC Software)

As older z/OS professionals reach retirement age, newer ones are coming up and taking their places -- or are they? The complications of convincing young professionals to embark on a career in "big iron", plus assisting and instructing those individuals on things that are and are not "in the books" must be reviewed. There is a rich culture that needs to be shared.


4. You and the Mainframe: Where You’ve Been and Where You’re Going - A Lively Discussion (Lunch & Learn)download (1).jpg

Wednesday, March12, 2014: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Platinum 2 (Anaheim Marriott Hotel)

Speaker: Jonathan Adams VP and GM of Data & Select Technologies BMC Software

You and the mainframe have been together for many years. You have a lot of memories—some good, some you’d rather forget. Reliving those memories enables you to see more clearly into the future and what the mainframe has in store.

Lunch is on us and so are the prizes! Come join us and share your experiences in this interactive session. Meet with mainframe colleagues and Jonathan Adams, General Manager of BMC’s Mainframe Solutions business and author of the Mainframe Revolution blog, to talk about where the mainframe is going in the next 50 years. We’d love to hear about your mainframe highlights and how you’ve watched the mainframe transform your business over the years.

5. IT Service Management Best Practices for the Data Center (Session 14525)

Friday, March 14, 2014: 9:30 AM-10:30 AM


Platinum Ballroom Salon 1

Speaker: Anthony Orr (BMC Software)

Best practices are important for realizing value within the data center. Today, best practices such as ITIL, project management (PMP, Prince2), and LEAN are helping organizations realized business value from their IT initiatives. This session will help you understand these best practices, and more, for your practice of service management. At the end of the day, managing service, and not just technology or process, will help your organization become more customer focused and relevant. Anthony Orr, an ITIL v3 2011 author, examiner and industry thought leader will simplify and enhance your understanding of best practices for value realization.


6.  Great Conversations at our Exhibit Booth #511:

BMC’s mainframe solutions reduce your overall mainframe costs and ensure highest availability of applications and business services. See how this is done at our booth #511:

Conference:  March 9th – 14th, 2014      

Exhibits:  March 10th – 12th, 2014

Monday: 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm    

Tuesday: 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm    

Wednesday: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

7. CAZE v1.1 Booth Theater Demo

Join us for an in-booth theater session to learn how to simplify processes and optimize applications that contribute to peak usage and high MLC costs, address the skills gap, and save critical resources for other strategic initiatives.

8. Workbench for DB2 Booth Demo

Increase productivity and offer a better user experience with solutions that provide secure, self-service access to database information.

9. Application Accelerator for IMS Demo

Reduce MIPS/MSUs and their associated costs for IMS batch applications — and improve availability by reducing elapsed time.

10. Mainview – Systems Automation and Management for Mainframe Demo

When it comes down to it, your mainframe needs to do more than manage data. It needs to reduce costs. Diagnose problems. Minimize risks. BMC MainView does it all.

11. Capacity Management Demo

Facilitate ‘just-in-time’ hardware procurement by identifying when current resources will no longer meet service levels. Reduce costs by “right-sizing” the capacity requirements for your organization and make informed capacity procurement decisions based on historical, current, and future business application performance.


12. Pick up a "50 Years of Mainframe" T-Shirt

Show your enthusiasm for Mainframe with our limited run, 50 Years of Mainframe T-Shirt.


13. See the Special BMC Mainframe 50 Commemoration

Check out our special, limited run, 50 Years of Mainframe commemoration, minted just for BMC's Mainframe 50 celebration, and get your hands on your own!



14. Enter to win a Keurig

With BMC Software, you might not need to brew a full pot for your next project, so we're giving you a chance to win a Keurig!


There you have it. Join us for Share in Anaheim, and celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Mainframe. What are you most excited to see at SHARE? What are your earliest memories on Mainframe? Let us know in the comments below.


More Info-

BMC SHARE Speaker Session List

Mainframe 50th Anniversary

50 BMC Innovations Celebrate Mainframe's 50th Anniversary blog post by Jay Lipovich
Share 2014 from BMC Events

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The introduction of System/370 expanded the ways business harnessed computing.  In putting more business work on the mainframe, IT had to shift from executing programs to managing business work on the systems.


In the second half of the decade Boole and Babbage (acquired by BMC in 1999) introduced solutions for monitoring and reporting on business transactions, and for providing real-time monitoring of the systems.  In addition, BGS Systems (acquired by BMC in 1998) introduced the first analytical modeling capability for predicting the performance and capacity of mainframes.   These innovations guided IT into the next phase of their evolution.


BMC Innovations that Changed Mainframe Management (1970 – 1980)

(Watch this blog in coming weeks for reminiscences about these innovations.)

1978 – Control/IMS(R) Realtime offered real time monitoring for IMS.

1977 – CMF provided mainframe systems with a real-time monitor

1976 – BEST/1 delivered the first commercial “what-if?” modeling tool for mainframes.

1976 – Control/IMS Performance Reporter and Transaction Accounting introduced IMS transaction-level batch performance reports


You can also view a fifty year timeline and more information on our mainframe anniversary page at


(R) Trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, in other countries, or both.

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The mainframe became more powerful and was employed to solve more business problems.  But also during this period, the introduction of the IBM(R) DB2(R) relational database opened up entirely new vistas for business by enriching the data and information the organization could acquire, store and analyze. This massive influx of data created difficult new challenges for IT as they mastered how to copy,
load/unload, transform and recover what was becoming one of the organizations most valuable and critical resources.


It was during this period that the legacy BMC Software company began delivering solutions to manage the databases and optimize the performance of the IT systems, anticipating ways in which they could power IT success and inventing solutions that delivered.


BMC Innovations that Changed Mainframe Management (1980 – 1990)

(Watch this blog in coming weeks for reminiscences about these innovations.)

1989 - COPY PLUS for DB2 created a faster way to copy a DB2 data base

1989 - Reorg Plus for DB2 provided a faster method for reorganizing DB2 tablespaces and indexes to help meet outage windows and SLAs

1988 - IMAGE COPY PLUS engineered a faster way to back up an IMS(R) data base

1988 - Catalog Manager for DB2 simplified the tasks required for DB2 catalog management

1987 - ALTER for DB2 automated DB2 change processes to reduce time required and eliminate manual errors

1985 - Control-M for MVS automated the scheduling and management of mainframe batch job execution

1984 –DELTA IMS eliminated outages when changing IMS system definitions

1984 - DATA PACKER/IMS used compression to reduce storage required for data bases

1984 - AutoOPERATOR/IMS automated responses to IMS system events

1980 - 3270 Optimizer/CICS and /IMS optimized network traffic to/from 3270 terminals


You can view about BMC's mainframe 50th celebration at


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The mainframe faced two crucial challenges in this time: 1) the cost of mainframe computing power (MIPS) was under pressure from distributed computing; 2) the monolithic application model was being replaced by n-tier client/server computing.  Mainframes responded to the former with the introduction of CMOS technology and substantially cheaper MIPS.  For the second challenge, the mainframe, with its twenty plus years of development, housed critical business logic and data, and became the key source of the information that end-users wanted to access.  Organizations created application structures that resulted in their customers engaging with the mainframe, even though they likely did not recognize they were doing so.


IT attention had to shift to the end user and managing quality of service, and BMC innovations pioneered new systems management techniques along with improvements in their solutions that resulted in even more mainframe availability.


BMC Innovations that Changed Mainframe Management (1990 – 2000)

(Watch this blog in coming weeks for reminiscences about these innovations.)


1999 - MainView Explorer delivered browser- based real-time monitoring of mainframe performance without the need for outboard hardware implementations

1999 - APPLY PLUS for DB2(R) offered an extremely fast STATIC SQL processor as an alternative to free DYNAMIC versions

1998 - Recover Plus for DB2 (Recover Backout) was the first alternative way (using backouts) to recover from DB2 data base errors

1998 - Fast Path Online Reorg & Image Copy provided faster method for reorganizing IMS(R) DEDB data bases while data is still online

1997 - Reorg Plus for DB2 SHLEVEL CHANGE Allowed full update ability to a tablespace during 99% of the REORG process eliminating the need for application outage

1995 - DATA ACCELERATOR Compression compressed data to improve performance of applications using the data

1994 - APPLICATION RESTART CONTROL for DB2 and IMS automatically manage batch job failures and restarts

1993 - XBM (Snapshot Upgrade Facility) was the first product to take advantage of software caching and intelligent hardware to reduce the COPY time and outages

1992 - Change Manager for DB2 automated and simplified schema management for DB2

1992 -  ULTRAOPT reduced loading on networks to improve performance without having to add network bandwidth

1991 - Recover PLUS for DB2 offered a faster time to recover from DB2 data base errors

1991 - LoadPlus/UnloadPlus for DB2(R) provided a faster method for loading/unloading DB2 tables

1990 - RECOVERY PLUS for IMS(R) delivered a faster time to recover from IMS data base errors


You can also view a fifty year timeline and more information on our mainframe anniversary page at


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As macro conditions changed, the mainframe was once again challenged on the basis of cost-effectiveness. New mainframe technology continued to provide price/performance improvements, but businesses and organizations focused on the large line item cost that was the mainframe.


IT frequently had to figure out how to reduce costs without compromising service, at the same time that mainframes were empowering all
aspects of business and playing various roles in big data analytics, social, mobile and cloud.  For much of the zSeries era, IT had to find ways to do more with less.


Once again BMC innovations found a way to solve IT’s toughest problem.  Engineering ways to make BMC systems management footprints smaller, BMC led the mainframe cost optimization charge, with firsts such as enabling zIIP offload of their solutions, and addressing MLC cost management needs.


BMC Innovations that Changed Mainframe Management (2000 – present)

(Watch this blog in coming weeks for reminiscences about these innovations.)


2013 - Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise provided the first comprehensive reporting and planning solution for managing and reducing MLC software costs

2013 - Workbench for DB2(R) brought a Self-service, browser-based access to DB2 catalog information to developers and DBAs

2013 - Application Accelerator for IMS provided automatic, dynamic optimization of IMS(R) batch jobs

2012 - MainView Analytics delivered automatic, dynamic recommendation of thresholds for operational monitoring based on the unique use patterns in the operation

2011 - Control-M Self-service created a mobility solution enabling self-service management of batch workflows

2009 - Change Manager for DB2 introduced the ability to convert External SQL Procedures to Native Procedures

2007 - Log Analyzer for IMS made it easy to diagnose problems using massive amounts of log data from the IMS log

2007 - COPY PLUS for DB2 (Cabinet Copy) introduced a process to stack Image Copy Files as one dataset to minimize I/O processing

2007 - COPY PLUS for DB2 (Online Consistent Copy) provided the first outage-free consistent copy for data migration and recovery

2007 - First mainframe zIIP Exploitation by systems management solutions, additional exploitation in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

2005 - MainView Transaction Analyzer correlated business transactions across mainframe technology subsystems for comprehensive near real-time view of business transaction performance

2004 - Database Performance for DB2 allowed smaller numbers of DB2 DBAs to monitor and generate required maintenance for DB2 objects

2004 - BMC Batch Impact Manager enabled IT to proactively determine the business impact of a failure or delay in a batch process

2003 - Database Administration for DB2 introduced Worklist Parallelism for faster implementation of large schema changes

2003 - Database Advisor for IMS and DBA Toolkit introduced intelligent advice on actions to take to improve IMS data base performance and availability

2002 - LoadPlus for DB2 LOAD from CSV file enabled easier transport of data into DB2 from non-mainframe platforms

2001 - Backup and Recovery Solution for IMS created integrated IMS database backup and recovery management

2001 - Application Analyzer delivered the first automatic cross-technology transaction correlation of CICS, DB2, IMS, MQ transactions for
performance reporting and capacity planning

2001 - LoadPlus for DB2 SHRLEVEL CHANGE REPLACE offered the first LOAD utility to allow full update access to a DB2 tablespace while data was being replaced via LOAD REPLACE

2000 - MainView Batch Optimizer automated the optimization of batch jobs without JCL or application code changes


You can also view a fifty year timeline and more information on our mainframe anniversary page at



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On one hand, the last fifty years of the mainframe have been a story of mainframe technology advances that changed the way business and government operates.  But as enterprises embraced mainframe potential, there is also the compelling story of how IT had to step up to support the new ways organizations found to harness computing for business advancement.  In that part of the story, IT evolved from the early computer operations to today’s business facilitator and partner.


And when we recognize the changes and growth in IT, we see how BMC innovations were at the heart of mainframe management  advancement.  The BMC innovations enabled IT to make the leaps that their organizations needed in order to capitalize on the
promise of each mainframe technology advancement.


So it is altogether fitting that we celebrate the mainframe’s 50 years by sharing 50 BMC mainframe management innovations from the past (nearly) fifty years.  These innovations include the contributions of all the companies that are now part of the BMC mainframe solutions offerings, which go all the way back to 1967.  Below is the list of innovations we are highlighting – and it was tough work to narrow the list down to the 50 that seemed most appropriate.  In the weeks ahead we will post reminiscences of each of the innovations – many from the architects, authors and developers who first recognized the needs and created solutions, before IT realized there was a gap that needed filling.  Check back to read more about these BMC Innovations, and then share your mainframe memories and stories of how you used a BMC innovation yourself.  Your mainframe colleagues would love to re-hash and re-live some of the memories
that make mainframes so magnificent.


You can also view a fifty year timeline and more information on our mainframe anniversary page at


50 BMC Mainframe Management Innovations

2013       Cost Analyzer for zEnterprise(R)

2013       Workbench for DB2(R)

2013       Application Accelerator for IMS(R)

2012       MainView Analytics

2011       Control-M self service

2010       DB2 Database Management Advisors

2009       Change Manager for DB2

2007       Log Analyzer for IMS

2007       COPY PLUS for DB2/Cabinet Copy

2007       COPY PLUS for DB2/Online Consistent Copy

2007       First mainframe zIIP exploitation by systems management solutions

2005       MainView Transaction Analyzer

2004       Database Performance for DB2

2004       BMC Batch Impact Manager

2003       Database Adminstration for DB2

2003       Database Advisor for IMS and DBA Toolkit

2002       LoadPlus for DB2 LOAD from CSV file

2001       Backup and Recovery Solution for IMS

2001       Application Analyzer

2001       LoadPlus for DB2 SHRLEVEL CHANGE REPLACE

2000       MainView Batch Optimizer

1999       MainView Explorer

1999       APPLY PLUS for DB2

1998       Recover Plus for DB2/Recover Backout

1998       Fast Path Online Reorg & Image Copy

1997       Reorg Plus for DB2 SHLEVEL CHANGE

1995       DATA ACCELERATOR Compression


1993       XBM - Snapshot Upgrade Facility

1992       Change Manager for DB2

1992       ULTRAOPT

1991       Recover PLUS for DB2

1991       LoadPlus/UnloadPlus for DB2

1990       RECOVERY PLUS for IMS

1989       COPY PLUS for DB2

1989       Reorg Plus for DB2

1988       IMAGE COPY PLUS

1988       Catalog Manager for DB2

1987       ALTER for DB2

1985       Control-M for MVS

1984       DELTA IMS

1984       DATA PACKER/IMS

1984       AutoOPERATOR/IMS

1980       3270 Optimizer/CICS and /IMS

1978       Control/IMS Realtime

1977       CMF

1976       BEST/1

1976       Control/IMS Performance Reporter and Transaction Accounting

1967       Configuration Utilization Evaluator

1967       Problem Program Evaluator


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We've been running mainframes for a long time now (50 years), but every time we think there is nothing new to be done, along come some more innovative mainframe management solutions.  Managing service desks is similar in some ways - it has been done for so long you're not sure it is possible for there to be anything new.


If that's what you think, check out the Pink conference this week, where BMC is once again shattering the myth that everything has already been accomplished with the launch of the New IT.  You can learn more at

Jonathan Adams

Movie award season

Posted by Jonathan Adams Feb 17, 2014
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The annual movie award season is in full swing. The Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA ceremonies have already taken place, and the Academy Awards are just around the corner. Movies are big business now.


While our Quick Courses (short educational videos) won't win any of these highly publicized awards, they will show you how to use BMC mainframe products. And we have more available than ever - over 350, in fact - covering topics from APPTUNE to MainView for z/OS. We even offer a subset of Quick Courses with Chinese and Japanese subtitles.


The complete library is available in the BMC Documentation Center (BMC Support ID required) and on a DVD that your account manager can order. Most are also available without a login here.


Check out these movies. They are free - and informative. And you don't have to drive to a movie theater to see them.


The postings in this blog are my own and don't necessarily represent BMC's opinion or position.

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