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If you are still utilizing BMC ISR to download maintenance, you need to be aware that ISR will be withdrawn on December 31, 2020.  In December 2019, BMC announced support for IBM SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER for BMC mainframe products. This is our recommended method to obtain maintenance for your BMC products and solutions. 

 

In this announcement, it was noted that BMC ISR will be withdrawn from service.  As 2020 has flown by, we are quickly approaching the end of year, and now is a good time to switch to IBM SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER for BMC mainframe products for your ongoing maintenance activities. 

 

For information on using RECEIVE ORDER for your BMC Products and solutions, please visit Using SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER - Documentation for Installation System - BMC Documentation .

 

If you require assistance with IBM SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER for BMC mainframe products, please open a case to BMC Support (Support Central - BMC Software) using the Product Common Install – z/OS and Component RECEIVE ORDER Maintenance, and a support representative will help you!

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Putting you and your mainframe product community in the innovation driver’s seat!

 

Product communities are a great way to connect – crowdsourcing experiences, addressing pain points and finding technical information.  And now BMC Mainframe solutions has just made it better – allowing community members to leverage their mainframe peers to validate and promote requests for product enhancement ideas.

 

User-led design is the cornerstone of innovation and by submitting your ideas to enhance our products, you’ll not only be solving your pain-point, but possibly one your peer may have as well. Getting started is as easy as visiting the BMC mainframe product community page of your choice!

 

Submitting an Idea on Communities

Beginning September 1st, 2020, BMC customers will now enter request for product enhancements in the following way:

  1. Select the mainframe product community of your choice from the “Product Communities” menu at the top right of the page at Mainframe Communities.
  2. Once on the appropriate mainframe product community, use the “Actions” drop down on the righthand side to create your idea. After entering your Idea, remember to “Publish” it to have it saved.

Creating a product idea: Demo video

 

From the Ideas forum, you’ll be able to track your idea’s progress as well as comment and vote for your peer’s ideas that you are passionate about.

 

The popularity of an idea is what helps us identify the most pressing enhancements. So get engaged early and often – the more comments and votes an idea receives, the sooner it will be considered by the BMC Product Team for inclusion in our development roadmap.

 

Previous requests for enhancements will continue to be housed in our existing tracking system and viewable via BMC Support Central as today.

 

Additional Resources

  • Ideas FAQ: Review for more information on the idea entry process.
  • Ideas stages: Learn about the stages of when an idea is submitting to when it is accepted by BMC’s Product Team.
  • Communities Overview: New to BMC Communities? Access this overview to learn your way around and all that it has to offer.

 

We look forward to seeing your ideas on BMC Mainframe Communities!

On Tues Sept 1st, ideas will be activated for: MainView, BMC AMI Security, BMC AMI Data for Db2, Solutions for IMS and BMC AMI Capacity and Cost

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On June 8th, Search BMC Support upgraded to provide more relevant self-service solutions. This note provides a few tips and examples and more details than the original announcement on Knowledge and Search Tools Upgraded

 

First, note that – same as before – more solutions are provided if you login to www.bmc.com/support before searching.  This gives you access to additional content which is only accessible to logged in customers.

 

Second, be sure to set your Favorite Products to include the BMC products you use.   You can make these changes here. Designating your favorite products allows the website to provide more relevant information for the products you use.

 

 

Default search results provide more useful search results if you have designated your favorite products, and they are all in the same product family.    For example, a user who has designated all Mainview Products as their favorites, would see relevant results that are either recommended or frequently viewed by other Mainview customers as shown below.

 

 

 

Finally, the type-ahead query functionality has been enhanced.  So for example, when you begin entering a search, suggested queries will pop up based on what others have searched and accessed successfully. This feature also works better if you have logged in and designated Favorite Products. See below for another example for a Mainview customer.

 

 

 

We are always looking for ways to make you more successful with BMC Products and Solutions, and hopefully the tips above will help in that process.

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In fact

 

We at BMC Software are focused on providing a superior #customerexperience. So much that it drives our daily business decisions. John McKenny, SVP of ZSolutions Innovation and Strategy, discusses our commitment to providing a transcendent Customer Experience #CX and how its at the center of all we do – including our recent Compuware acquisition. 

 

See John's 2 minute reader and listen to Modern Mainframe Blog

 

BMC Plus Compuware: Laser Focused on a Transcendent Customer Experience – BMC Blogs

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Last week I discussed how to obtain BMC Enhanced HOLDDATA, how to Receive this data into your SMP/E environment and how to run and analyze the Exception SYSMOD report. Running this report on a regular basis will help you to avoid known problems and unnecessary outages in your environment by helping you to identify missing critical maintenance and the possible impact if this is not applied (see Part 2).

 

BMC Fix Categories (FIXCAT)

BMC Enhanced HOLDDATA also includes another useful feature called FIXCAT that provides the capability to identify maintenance that you do not currently have applied based on specific fix categories. BMC Fix Categories are provided in the form of SMP/E FIXCAT HOLDDATA statements which have a common construct to those used by IBM and the other ISVs. Further information on IBM Fix Category Values and Descriptions can be found here.

 

A Fix category might be used to support:

  • A particular hardware device
  • New release of software / operating system
  • Provide a particular software function

 

What Fix Categories are available?

BMC added support for FIXCAT categories in the Enhanced HOLDDATA in May 2018 (Technical Bulletin), the current list of available BMC FIXCAT categories can be found here.

 

The FIXCAT categories are useful when you want to check if you are missing any compatibility or interoperability maintenance. For example, questions that we often receive in the Customer Success Organization via Support cases may include:

 

  • What maintenance do I need to apply to my BMC products in order to.........
    • exploit the capabilities of the IBM z15 server?
    • be able to run on (Tolerate) the IBM z15 server?
    • exploit the capabilities of z/OS 2.4?
    • allow them to run with z/OS V2R4?
    • allow them to run with CICS V5R5 or CICS V5R6?
    • implement the 2005 DB2 SPE etc?
    • allow them to exploit FL 504 or FL505 of DB2 v12 etc?
    • allow them to run with (tolerate) FL 504 or FL 505 of DB2 v12 etc?
    • allow them to run with IMS V15?
    • allow them to run with IBM MQ V9R0M5?

 

There are FIXCAT categories available to assist with the all above questions (plus many more), always check the FIXCAT page for the latest list of available categories.

You can also check compatibility information using the Architecture Compatibility Modeler or by raising case with BMC Support. Using the SMP/E MISSINGFIX report will complement this information as the BMC Enhanced HOLDDATA is updated daily, so downloading and receiving the latest version and running the report on a regular basis will highlight if you are missing any  maintenance. As an example, at the time of writing PTFs have recently been released for CMF Monitor version 6.2 in order to add support for the z/15 Speed Boost feature so running the MISSINGFIX report with the "BMC.Device.Server.z15-8561.Exploitation" fix category would highlight these PTFs if they have not been applied in your environment.

 

Running the SMP/E MISSINGFIX report for BMC FIXCAT categories

The SMP/E REPORT MISSINGFIX command can be used to identify PTFs for particular fix categories that are missing in your Target zone. Before running the MISSINGFIX report, you must first download the latest Enhanced HOLDDATA file and Receive the Enhanced HOLDDATA into your SMP/E environment as described in Part 2 of this series.

 

To run the report, you can use JCL as shown below (this example shows how to identify all required fixes to exploit the capabilities of z/OS 2.4 that are not yet applied in the BMC0TZN zone - using the BMC.TargetSystem-Exploitation.z/OS.V2R4 Fix category).

 

 

This will produce a standard SMP/E report as shown below:

 

 

The fields in the report show:

  • FIX CATEGORY
    • If no missing SYSMODs exist in the zone, this field will contain ***NONE.
  • FMID
  • HOLD CLASS
  • MISSING APAR
  • HELD SYSMOD
  • RESOLVING SYSMOD NAME
    • The list of SYSMODs that can resolve the HOLD reason ID.
  • RESOLVING SYSMOD STATUS
    • Describes the current state of the SYSMOD that resolves the HOLD.
      • GOOD indicates that the SYSMOD is not held and has no known problems.
      • HELD indicates one or more error HOLDs exist for it.
  • RESOLVING SYSMOD RECEIVED
    • Indicates whether the resolving SYSMOD has been received and is found in the global zone or not.

 

Resolving SYSMODs identified in the missing FIXCAT SYSMOD report might have a status of HELD indicating that one or more error HOLDs exists for them. To identify SYSMODs that resolve these error HOLDs, a second part of the missing FIXCAT SYSMOD report is produced. If none of the resolving SYSMODs identified in the first part of the report are held for an error, then this second part of the report is not produced.

 

To combine FIXCAT categories into the one report, use syntax as shown below:

 

 

During SMP/E RECEIVE command processing, SMP/E translates fix category values into source IDs and assigns them to the resolving (fixing) PTFs identified on the HOLDDATA.

You can use the fix category values as source IDs when selecting a set of PTFs to be applied.

Example: If you have a Target zone named BMC0TZN, you can  install all required fixes for z/OS V2.4 that have already been received by using the following command:

 

SET BDY(BMC0TZN).

APPLY SOURCEID(BMC.TargetSystem-RequiredService.z/OS.V2R4)

CHECK.

 

Further Information

For further information, please see the YouTube video below or if you have any questions on using BMC Fix categories, please raise a case with BMC Support.

 

 

We would love to hear your comments on the use of Enhanced HOLDDATA and FIXCAT or if you have any other ideas or suggestions for topics in this series!

Next time I will cover some more hints and tips relating to obtaining maintenance from BMC so please stay tuned and stay safe!!

Chad Reiber

BMC Db2 Coffee Talk

Posted by Chad Reiber Employee May 21, 2020
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Spend your morning coffee or first coffee break with BMC Db2 professionals as they discuss how to help you administer, support and maintain your Db2 z/OS environment with innovated software from BMC.

 

On June 3rd at 10 AM Eastern time, spend 30-45 minutes understanding how Db2 Copies are taken … BMC Style. This will be our first talk with many more to follow.

 

Register @ https://bmcsoftware.webex.com/bmcsoftware/j.php?RGID=r1f268aad9821326dc2624edfaf8b7dea

 

BMC Db2 Coffee Talk

 

 

Db2 Copies – BMC Style

 

Host: BMC Db2 Technical Software Consultants

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

10:00 am  |  (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)  |  45 mins

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Introduction

Hello, I hope that everybody is keeping safe and well.

 

Last week, in part 1 of this series, I discussed how to ensure that the right people in your organization are receiving the product alert notification emails for your products. This week I would like to cover another technique that will help you to be proactive and avoid known problems and unnecessary outages in your environment. This is something that has been around for many years although our experience in the Customer Success Organization suggests that many users do not use or know about this feature: Enhanced HOLDDATA. I have worked on many high severity cases where we have collected logs, dumps and other diagnostics from a customer to discover that the problem is a known issue where a Flash or Technical Bulletin had already been published and also where BMC had flagged the problem in the Enhanced HOLDDATA file.

 

Enhanced HOLDDATA

The BMC implementation of Enhanced HOLDDATA uses the same published format as the IBM Enhanced HOLDDATA which is detailed here

 

You can use Enhanced HOLDDATA for the following purposes:

  • To ensure that you do not install PTFs or FMIDs with PTF-in-error (PE) or High Impact or Pervasive (HIPER) conditions.
  • To monitor critical maintenance and conditions that affect your SMP/E environments.

 

With Enhanced HOLDDATA, you can run and review the Exception SYSMOD report to detect critical conditions known to BMC, their relative severity, and how to fix them. The HOLDDATA is updated by BMC on a daily basis so downloading it on a regular basis and running the report will give an up to date view of error conditions that could impact your environment before you encounter the problem!

 

Obtaining Enhanced HOLDDATA from BMC

The BMC Enhanced HOLDDATA files are provided in a variety of formats (compressed binary or text and monthly, quarterly, yearly or three yearly) and are located in the Holddata directory. The directory also includes sample jobs for downloading, decompressing (if downloading the compressed binary format) and Receiving the Enhanced HOLDDATA into your SMP/E environment.

 

You can download Enhanced HOLDDATA by using any of the following methods:

  • Web browser
  • FTP command line
  • FTP batch file.
  • BMC RECEIVE ORDER or BMC Internet Service Retrieval (ISR).
    • Enhanced HOLDDATA is automatically included when you process a maintenance request via RECEIVE ORDER.

 

For further details on each of these methods, please see Downloading Enhanced HOLDDATA

 

Running the Exception SYSMOD report

Once you have downloaded and Received the Enhanced HOLDDATA you can run the Exception SYSMOD report by copying the JCL SampleReport.txt from the Holddata directory or by using the example shown below. Modify the job card, SMP/E datasets and Zone name for your environment.

 

 

 

Reviewing the Exception SYSMOD Report

A sample Exception SYSMOD report is shown below:

 

 

The report lists the exception SYSMODs, the APAR numbers, the resolving SYSMODs that have not been installed yet and the Hold symptoms. In the report, you can see there are four exception situations highlighted (2 HIPERs and 2 PE’d PTFs). The report can be used in parallel with Flashes/Technical Bulletins received via the Product alert notification emails to assess the exposure to potential problems that may be encountered in the environment. Applying the PTFs listed in the RESOLVING SYSMOD section will help you to avoid hitting these problems and from possibly having to raise a high severity case with BMC Support.

 

As an example, the first row in the report shows a HIPER situation for SYSMOD BBISS26 that is described by APAR BCI1333 and resolved by PTF BQI2608. Until the resolving PTF is applied there is a potential Function Loss as indicated by the ‘FUL’ Hold symptom. BMC published a Flash regarding this particular problem (ID 781) in October 2019 which highlighted an integrity issue that affects all MainView products. Similarly, the fourth row of the report shows that PTF BQU2263 is applied in this environment. This PTF was originally available in July 2019 but was subsequently marked in-error (PE’d) in March 2020. The report shows that PTF BQU2827 is required to resolve the error condition (also a potential Function loss). A Flash (ID 910) was also issued at this time providing more details on the problem.

 

The Common Enhanced HOLDDATA symptoms (as indicated in the HOLD SYMPTOMS column) are shown below:

 

 

Recommendations and More Information

The Enhanced HOLDDATA is updated daily so it is recommended that you download and receive the latest Enhanced HOLDDATA and run the Exception SYSMOD report on a regular basis. Always obtain the latest Enhanced HOLDDATA before you perform any of the following actions:

  • Install products (to prevent installing FMIDs with known issues)
  • Apply maintenance (to prevent applying maintenance with known issues)
  • Run the Exception SYSMOD report (to review the latest critical conditions known to BMC and how they may impact your environment)

Please see here for more information on using BMC Enhanced HOLDDATA and also this short video on the BMC Mainframe YouTube channel:

 

We would love to hear your comments on the use of Enhanced HOLDDATA or if you have any other ideas or suggestions for topics in this series!

 

Once you have BMC Enhanced HOLDDATA downloaded, you can utilize another useful feature: BMC Fix Categories (FIXCAT). I will cover that topic next week so please stay tuned! (See Part 3).

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Hello, I hope that you are keeping safe and well in these challenging times.

 

The Customer Success organization is here to ensure that customers realize value from their solutions.  We have often seen instances where support cases could have been avoided as they were caused by known defects or were issues that BMC had already publicised in Flashes or Technical Bulletins.

Introducing the Blog Series

Over the next few weeks I will be highlighting some steps you can take to avoid known problems and unnecessary outages by developing a proactive maintenance strategy. We will also discuss how you can engage with Customer Success before undertaking any installation or upgrade activity to help avoid all the common pitfalls. We are here to help you!

BMC provides two notification methods to inform customers of known problems or error conditions.

  • Product Alert Subscriptions (Proactive Notifications)
  • Enhanced HOLDDATA (I will be covering this topic next week)

 

Favorite Products and Alert Subscriptions

The first simple step is to ensure that the right people in your organization are receiving the Product Alert emails for all of your products.

To access your Product Alert Subscriptions, click on ‘My Support’ from the Support Central page and select “Favorite Products and Alert Subscriptions” from the menu:

 

                   

This will display a page as shown below

 

Use this page to update your favorite products and subscriptions.

 

Hints and Tips for Favorite Products and Alerts

The Alert subscriptions provide advance warning for critical situations avoiding a potential business crisis or can provide you with alerts when there is important new product information. You receive immediate email notification of critical issues which can save you potentially encountering the problem and having to raise a case with BMC.

On the above page, you’ll see a search window and a table section listing BMC products.

  • Use the search box to find a BMC product.
  • Use the ‘All products’, ‘My Supported Products’ and ‘My Selection’ buttons to filter the list of products.
  • ‘My Selection’ restricts the list of products to just your favorites and subscriptions.
  • ‘My Supported Products’ restricts the list to just your company’s owned products that you are supported on.
  • The ‘Supported’ column of the table shows you if you are currently supported to download, use and log support cases for a product.
  • The ‘Subscribed’ column in the table shows you if you are currently subscribed to Product Alert emails. Slide the switch to subscribe to a product’s emails. Slide it off to unsubscribe.
  • The ‘Favorited’ column shows you if a BMC product is in your favorites. Click the star to favorite a product. This will personalize BMC website and applications for you. Clear the favorite star to unfavorite a product.

 

 

If you need help, please use the self-help feature, or click the chat icon to chat with our Customer Care team.

 

Product Alert Types

The Product Alert Types include:

  • Flash Notifications
    • Flash notices inform you of a common or widespread Severity 1 issue found with any BMC Software product that could cause data loss, affect data integrity, introduce a security risk, or introduce a problem that is considered production-critical, high impact or PERvasive . Multiple flashes can be issued for a single product version. A flash can contain the following information:
      • The nature of the problem, including
        • Symptoms
        • Causes
        • Effects on system, performance, or data integrity
        • Prevention, if possible
        • A proposed user response or workaround (if any)
        • A description of a fix (if any) and how to access and apply it
  • Technical Bulletins
    • Technical bulletins describe the availability of fixes, announce updates, or describe any significant product issues that are either not already covered in the documentation or that arise after a product's release. Multiple technical bulletins can be issued for a single product version. Technical bulletins can include the following information:
      • Details about a product problem
        • Symptoms
        • Causes
        • Effects on system, performance, or data integrity
        • Prevention
        • A proposed user response or workaround (if any)
        • A description of a fix (if any) and how to access and apply it
  • Product Release Notes
    • Release notes announce a new product or product version, including maintenance releases. Only one release note is associated with a particular product version. Release notes can contain the following information:
    • A new product announcement
    • Enhancements (what's new and what's changed) with a new product version
    • Installation instruction updates
    • Last-minute product information
    • Documentation updates
    • Fixed and open maintenance items
    • Known problems and workarounds
    • Product trials
  • Third-Party Software Support Bulletins
  • Education Updates
  • Product Change Notifications

 

Remember to register new colleagues or if you are likely to be out of the office then redirect the alerts to a colleague (or request them to register as well). You can unsubscribe from any product just by moving the Subscribed column to the off position.

 

We would love to hear your comments on this article and if you have any other ideas or suggestions for topics!

 

Next week I will cover BMC’s implementation of Enhanced HOLDDATA so please stay tuned! (See Part 2)

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Join @BMCSoftware’s mainframe console management SME Paul Spicer, as he outlines the increasing need to securely manage mainframe consoles remotely and demos BMC AMI Console Management for zEnterprise®.  Register to learn more about the solution and it’s 90-day free trial! #mainframe #consolemanagement #remotework #wereallinthistogether

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Donald Zeunert

Michael Frost 

 

Thank you for sharing ! I'm looking forward to this YT live session: BMC Capacity Management - YouTube Update

 

Who :

Mr. Donald Zeunert from BMC Software will be hosting a public YouTube live event

 

What :

“BMC Capacity Management, A YouTube Update”, This YouTube session will provide an update on the enhancements to AMI for Capacity, Visualizer's Local VGD Menu system and UIE patches. It will include any updates since the June 27th 2019 Local VGD YouTube.

 

When:

Thursday May 7th at 9:00 AM central time.

 

Where :

 

 

See you there !

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As part of our ongoing mission to make business easier for our customers by using industry standard best practices, BMC is happy to announce that it now offers a new maintenance delivery service: Receive Order. This new delivery method uses the IBM SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER process to acquire BMC Mainframe product maintenance over the internet by securely submitting an order for PTFs and HOLDDATA to a BMC Order server.

 

You can reduce hours of maintenance time down to just minutes, making your system programmers more productive and allowing them to focus on higher value tasks. After a successful pilot program, Receive Order is already being used by several large BMC customers. Receive Order is standardizing maintenance retrieval and helping to make the mainframe platform viable for new mainframe professionals.

 

BMC Receive Order:

  • Eliminates time-consuming fix searches and the need to select maintenance manually through the BMC Support Portal
  • Automates delivery of BMC maintenance directly to your mainframe
  • Fulfills orders based on the status of your SMP/E environments
  • Enables scheduling of maintenance downloads
  • Facilitates an easier installation of BMC Recommended and Preventive services
  • Provides a secure transfer method to ensure the integrity of maintenance downloads
  • Replaces the BMC ISR application with a more secure, industry standard method

 

With the BMC support for Receive Order, you can acquire maintenance on demand or can schedule a SMP/E job to run regularly. The BMC Order server supports the IBM-documented order types, which include: ALL, APARS, CRITICAL, HOLDDATA, PTFS, and RECOMMENDED.

 

BMC customers can immediately start to use Receive Order for BMC maintenance acquisition and take advantage of all the listed benefits.

Get a head start on the new year here and download the documentation!

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A big thank you to our 2016 Voice of the Customer survey respondents for sharing with us their requirements for Google-like search precision.  As a result, the BMC mainframe team is excited to announce that our product documentation is now available in a highly-searchable Wiki format.  

 

To access BMC mainframe documentation, go to docs.bmc.com and login. Then click inside the search window to begin your search of online product documentation.  You can search through all of the spaces at once by entering a search term and pressing enter. The results list will include related topics along with the Wiki space in which they reside.  For more directed or faceted searches, you can filter your initial results by author, space, date modified or content type. 

 

For any topic you view frequently, you can mark it as a “favorite” to make it even easier to find the next time you need it.  If you’d like to be notified when content changes, click on the “Watch” icon in the topic header to receive an email notification. And you can create a PDF of only that content you want to save and/or print without having to save the entire manual.  If you do want a PDF version of the complete manual, you will find them on the Products A-Z List.

 

 

For examples of these and other tips, please view the video.

 

If you prefer to use the hierarchical drop-downs from our Products A-Z list instead of the new search feature, that remains available as well.

 

Customer support is our top priority, as always. Our goal is to continue to provide additional services that make your job easier. Please leave your comments and questions directly on the pages that interest you.  If you want to talk to one of our world-class Customer Support representatives, you can obtain technical support from BMC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at http://www.bmc.com/support. You may call also 1 800 537 1813 or send an e-mail message to customer_support@bmc.com.

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At BMC, we are extremely pleased that IBM has invested $1B toward improving the z platform and has taken substantial steps forward with the z13.  As an ISV, we applaud IBM’s continued commitment to the ecosystem and continued innovation to make the zSystems’ environment a cornerstone for mission-critical processing for years to come.

  

Some time ago, all of our products were certified to run on the new z13 processor. We are releasing our exploitation for the new Crypto Express 5S, 4TB of real memory, simultaneous multithreading, PCI Express metrics, and new SMF record collection throughout the month of April. Our capacity planning products are  updated with the new hardware tables, and our Cost
Analyzer product is being updated to support the recently released IBM discount models.

 

As IBM continues to deliver new features and enhancements, which are planned through the release of z/OS 2.2, BMC will proudly offer toleration and exploitation in our products.  BMC has a rich history of supporting this platform and helping our customers derive the highest value possible from zSystems.  For more information on BMC solutions for mainframes, visit http://www.bmc.com/it-solutions/mainframe.html

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Some exciting news has arisen recently with BMC Software product installation. BMC has made its solutions for z Systems™ much easier to install. This applies to DB2 solutions, IMS solutions, and MainView monitoring products.

 

The installation process and the configuration process (formerly known as customization) are now separated from one other. This separation makes it easier for one person to perform installation tasks and another person to perform configuration tasks.

The redesigned Installation System involves fewer panels, significantly reducing installation and configuration time. Also, the redesigned user interface features:

  • Menus that present tasks in sequential order
  • Consistent navigation and function keys
  • Highlighting for available options
  • Improved online Help


I think you’ll like this new installation facility. Give it a try and let me know what you think. 

For more information, see a short video: BMC Installation System - Installation System Release Highlights.

 

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The Story of Dick Barry, BMC, and CDB Software

 

In 1979, Dick Barry departed IBM® to develop the first IMS tooling products in the first days of BMC Software. Dick designed and wrote products like BMC/LOG+. Over the next six years, with Dick Barry as head of development, BMC began to rapidly grow, yet it maintained a small-company culture. Holiday parties included all employees and their families. Children, including Dick Barry’s who would one day join him in the industry, enjoyed running in the company hallways and playing in the machine room.    

By 1985, BMC was expanding quickly as a company. Mr. Barry decided to venture out on his own, establishing CDB Software to focus on IBM® DB2®, the newest database from IBM. CDB’s initial products were administration tools that let users explore and understand DB2. Then, in 1992, CDB shifted its focus to utilities.  

As DB2 grew, data began to outpace the capabilities of the native utilities. Some of the innovations of these early utilities are still unique to the solutions today. For example, a reorg that never calls a SORT, incredible parallelism, and built-In automation that eliminates the need for pre-processors are still unique highlights today. Over the years, startups came and went in the DB2 for IBM® z/OS® space. CDB continued to grow, maintaining a focus on innovation in the industry. In 1996, they launched the only reorg that never takes an object offline. 

 

In 2008, CDB again revolutionized the industry with an entirely new architecture that exploited the design of the IBM z Systems™.  New innovations, such as server technology that increased throughput and spread work across an IBM Parallel Sysplex®, made the CDB utilities the leading solutions for environments that struggled to handle the limitations of the native utilities.  

Now it’s 2015. Mr. Barry, CDB Software, and some of those children that played in the hallway are returning to BMC, marking the most interesting development in the DB2 utilities space in quite some time. In recent years, BMC has become a private company that operates like a small, agile business. The corporate culture promotes innovation and teaming to achieve common goals, and nimble development that promptly addresses customer needs. It’s completely fascinating to see how two pioneers in the DB2 industry will combine technologies to offer the “best of the best” in elapsed time execution and application availability. Employees, customers, and analysts alike are expressing their excitement and watching the future with hopeful eyes, anticipating true innovation on the mainframe, particularly in DB2-land, helping drive the digital economy and the next wave of the information age.  

 

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