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How long has it been since you considered your program preload list in IMS?  Are you taking advantage of the Wait for Input (WFI) designation for your transactions, or the Pseudo Wait for Input (PWFI) for your regions? Do you know where to start tuning your IMS Scheduler?

 

It is amazing how a small change in designation of a transaction or region can influence the amount of throughput and processor used by and IMS region or transaction. Exclusively available with the latest release of the MainView for IMS Management solution BMC provides the information to help you tune the IMS Scheduler.  BMC provides insight into the elapsed and CPU time to the schedule to first DL/I call.  This will help you to identify the largest users of CPU just to get to the first call, pointing out potential candidates for addition to the preload list.  BMC also provides the ratio of transaction executed per program schedule improving this ratio may help with CPU utilization and throughput utilizing the WFI for a transaction or PWFI for a region and isolating the transaction can cause major improvements to your IMS ecosystem and reduce your overall cost of running IMS in your datacenter.

 

For more information on how this new feature works please watch the quick course video.

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As mobile and server connected environments grow, more and more applications within CICS TS face lag-time issues associated with networks.  This has led to customers writing more applications that use native TCP/IP sockets rather than web services or Communication server callable routines.  These socket resources need to be monitored as they can be the source of underlying task delays.  With the latest release of MainView for CICS 6.7 we have added the ability to monitor native TCP/IP resources and accumulate their usage across the life of the task.  This can help to pinpoint issues with network delays among the active tasks running within CICS TS.  This enhances your ability to isolate problems that were difficult to identify in the past leading to a shorter mean time to their resolution.

 

For more information on how this new feature works please watch this quick course video.

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How many times have you had buffer overruns and missed the pertinent data being recorded to the trace or had to look through thousands of transactions to find the ones with issues? Now available in MainView users can utilize our capability Easy Trace Analysis to filter and analyze IMS detail traces.

 

This feature helps you get the diagnostic data you need and points out the DL/I and ESS calls that are having performance issues based on your criteria.

 

Detail traces contain thousands of record and if you run out of space you miss valuable data, this feature will allow you to choose the criteria identifying the records should be written to the trace dataset based on the information you need to collect.  This will reduce the amount of data that is being gathered and reducing the chances of missing the records needed for diagnosis.

 

The filtering capability can also be used to analyze the trace pointing directly to the problem DL/I and ESS calls.  So as an example it will only show data in programs that used more than a certain amount of CPU time.  Reducing the amount of data you have to read through to identify problem transactions. Reducing the time to problem identification and resolution.

 

This new capability is exclusively available in BMC’s December release of the BMC MainView for IMS Management solution. 

For more information on how this new feature works please watch the quick course video

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The BMC MainView for Java Environments beta program has been very active. We are now expanding this program for additional applicants to partner with us in shaping the leading mainframe monitoring solution. As a member of the beta program, you can take part by test-driving an evolving version of MainView for Java Environments. Sharing your feedback with BMC will help create next-generation system performance management solutions.

MainView for Java Environments was designed to deliver valuable insights to unlock the full potential of your Java environments. This provides a single-system view across your mainframe subsystems. The offering will be a simple solution that lets you manage Java Runtime Environments to quickly and automatically identify abnormalities before they impact your business.

 

This is an exceptional opportunity for your team to gain working knowledge of the industry’s first Java monitoring solution.

 

To apply for our beta, please contact your BMC sales representative or susan_rice@bmc.com

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In the last couple of releases of MainView for CICS BMC has made quite a few changes to the Task Kill exit.  Prior to release 5.3, which became available in December of 2015, BMC added the capability to kill tasks based on the Temp Storage usage and number of File I/Os.  BMC also added the ability to take these values into consideration even if they are in a remote CICS region.  In the latest release, BMC has provided the ability to have dual thresholds.  A set to provide a warning that a transaction is getting close to the kill threshold and then the standard kill thresholds.  This new feature answers many customer request for enhancement.

 

The capability to have warning thresholds provides the ability to test kill thresholds before implementing them as well as providing the capability to proactively take action before transactions are terminated.  The warning thresholds can provide messages in the journal or the log that can allow automation to take a specific action prior to the transaction being killed that may allow the transaction to continue avoiding a potential failed customer interaction.  In this day of digital transactions many mobile applications are really interacting with CICS in the background. We all know if there are response-time issues or failures, customer can switch to the next online shopping application to make their purchase or to get a quote from a different insurance company.

 

Transaction throughput is still a critical component of all businesses today and MainView for CICS has added even more capability to help you proactively monitor and manage your environment.

 

 

For more information on how this new feature works please watch the quick course video.

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Just in time for the holidays! Today, we are extremely pleased to deliver MainView for CICS® Release 6.7 and MainView AutoOperator (SPE).  Both of these releases offer day one support for IBM® CICS® Transaction Server (TS) V5.3.

MainView for CICS offers additional holiday cheer such as:

  • New metrics for TCPIP Socket Usage Data:  Provide greater visibility into network traffic
  • Now IT Staff have the option to set dual thresholds on non-responsive applications
  • And more.

 

To discover more about MainView for CICS Management and MainView Automation

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The long awaited IBM® Information Management System™ has finally arrived.  IMS V14 provides enhancements in performance, scalability, usability and availability.  BMC is proud to announce our latest MainView for IMS release is IMS 14 ready.

 

With the deployment of mobile applications, internet of things and other factors has led to an explosion in the number of transactions and nonstop activity by users worldwide. Optimizing your mainframe resources to do more with less is must have in today’s modern IMS environment.

 

In addition to supporting IMS 14, BMC MainView solutions offer additional new enhancements such as:

 

MainView NOW Delivers IMS HOTSPOTS Reporting

Now in MainView IT staff can quickly identify – which mission critical BMPs or transaction or applications are performing badly before they impact the business. Before, to find those with the worst DL/I or ESS calls, IT staff had to dig to find the detail call view for each one.  We all know this wasn’t practical because there are way too many of them and some of the calls might not in the details trace, because the buffer filled up (long running BMP).


Using MainView IT staff can quickly see which BMPs or transaction have bad call in the high level views then with a click of button they can drill down using MainView hyperlinks to the lower level.  No more wasting time chasing the wrong BMPs or transaction.  With MainView you can pinpoint the performance issues quickly.  In addition, you can filter what goes into the detail trace buffers, so you are less likely to miss the important call detail.


MainView NOW Delivers Actionable Intelligence

In the past IT staff had to blindly select which applications to pre-load.  MainView takes the guess work out of scheduling which applications need to be preloaded by offering IT staff actionable intelligence to highlight which applications should be automatically preloaded. Modern day performance challenges need a modern day solutions which only BMC MainView can provide.


To Discover More and for a complete list please of new capabilities in BMC MainView for IMS Management please visit BMC Product
Availability and Compatibility Utility.

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BMC continues it’s commitment to the mainframe, as promised earlier this year, proudly offering toleration and exploitation in our solutions to provide day one support for IBM z/OS® Version 2 Release 2. By offering day one support, BMC enables our customers to take immediate advantage of the latest z System 2.2 enhancements.

 

 

Significant investments were made across BMC’s mainframe portfolio to ensure day one support.  MainView takes advantage of the new z/OS 2.2 architecture, RoCE capabilities, additional CMF records and more being offered in z/OS 2.2. To ensure our customers receive a superior solution, BMC partnered with early support program (ESP) customers and IBM to deliver a quality solution that only BMC can provide.

 

Earlier in the year, BMC certified the solutions to run on the new IBM z13 processor. In addition, BMC shipped mainframe solutions to exploit new z13 function such as, Crypto Express 5S, 4TB of real memory, simultaneous multithreading, PCI Express metrics and more.

 

To find out more about our z/OS 2.2 and z13 support and toleration, please contact BMC Product
Availability and Compatibility Utility

Discover more about MainView.

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Have you ever had a mainframe job taking up an unusual amount of resources? Or ever wondered, “What is that job doing?” “Why is that job taking so long to run?” Now available in MainView, using unique technology that no one else offers, MainView Loop Check identifies abnormal job application performance parameters, such as job looping or exceeding thresholds. Then MainView automatically takes corrective action, such as printing a WTO message, cancelling the job, or quiescing the job.

Now, how cool is that? A mainframe performance management solution that takes action proactively and solves performance issues before your users even notice

 

Check out www.bmc.com/mainview for more information.

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Time is Money. Automate. Save time and reduce operational risk.

 

Save time by automating your rule generation process, which will significantly reduce your development time and reduce risk. Picture this... opening a web browser, then simply click on options from a drop down menu, after a couple clicks - viola! You rule has been created.  It's that easy. This new process is dramatically easier than manually writing automation rules in RDL2 language, a proprietary language. Now you can point and click using our new MainView Console Management 1- step wizard, form based rule generation to build automation rules. Creating a rule is as easy as checking your favorite teams scores.  This is just one example of new features in our MainView Console Management Solution.

 

NEW MainView Console Management 3.3.0.0 and MainView SecureHMC 3.3.0.0 are packed with many more automation process to streamline routine process and reduce risk, such as:

  • Avoid - “Did I do that?” moment with Peer Review

Have you ever issued the wrong command? Or accidently issued a command without thinking? What system programmer hasn’t done this in their career?  Everyone has done it – even me. MainView Console Management prevents those “Did I do that” moments with our new peer review.  Now critical commands will be sent automatically to be reviewed prior to issuing them to reduce the risk of accidental disruption of service when issuing critical commands.

  • 1-Step wizard to automate rule generation with Form Based Rule Definition

With MainView Console Management, it is simple to create, manage and deploy powerful tasks – without writing RDL2 code.  To get more information please visit our blog, Creating a rule is as easy as checking your favorite teams scores.

  • You asked for Unix System Log Support – now you have it

Our customer asked, BMC delivered and now our customers have single point of control for z Systems and Unix/Linux Systems across heterogeneous platforms.

  • Are your ports talking but you’re not listening? Start listening with SNMP Listener

Network monitoring SNMP traffic serves as your eyes-and-ears, alerting
you to any issues on your network. Now AutoOperator receives SNMP based events via BAROC from MainView Console Management to improve system analyzes.

  • MainView now speaks Remedy

Streamline your MainView problem to resolution. Find a problem in MainView - NO PROBLEM.  With a click of button users can easily and simply create a MainView problem ticket. MainView Console Management is now integrated with BMC Remedy. Opening a ticket has never been easier.

NEW MainView for DB2 - NOW - automates the cumbersome process of advising and dynamically setting DB2 thresholds.  In the past database administrators (DBAs) had to manually determine the best threshold for DB2 thresholds throughout the business cycle. MainView for DB2 automates this process by utilizing it's NEW built-in analytics to recommend and dynamically set critical DB2 thresholds. Our solution understand the different phases in your business cycle so as your cycle changes MainView will automatically dynamically set accurate thresholds.  Now you know, when an alarm is triggers - it's real! Your system will not cry wolf anymore.

 

This new release, MainView for DB2 11.2, included a lot of new features, such as:

  • IDAA Support - MainView for DB2 Let's Get Analytical blog
  • Workload Monitor CPU Support – new RFE for CPU Objective
  • Simulated Buffer Pool Statistics
  • DB2 Health Navigator
  • Dynamic Thresholds with Threshold Advisor – New Self learning capabilities
  • Dynamic Trace in Data Collector
  • New Data Collector Batch Reports
  • New Views and Applications
    • Threads by ASID (Job)
    • Trace Package
    • Monitor Profile
    • Utility Status
    • Stored Procedure Status
    • Location Statistics
    • Static SQL Cache
  • New DTRAC Events
  • New Dynamic SSI Context – Data Sharing Group
  • DB2 Release Independence – No RELEASE keyword in BBIJNT00 member
  • Full Screen Options Replaced by Windows Mode Options
  • New Performance Reporter Tables

 

To find out more information please see our What’s new video for MainView Console Management 3.3.0.0 and MainView SecureHMC 3.3.0.0http://www.bmc.com/support/mainframe-demonstrations/msmdemo-mv-console-mgmt-whats-new-04-2015.html.

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Can you afford to waste resources on a mainframe.  Of course you can’t – because of your MLC  - 4 Hour Rolling Average will cause your mainframe costs to go through the roof. If you’re not effectively managing your mainframe workload inefficiencies then you’re wasting money and not maximizing system availability.

Mainframes are the most cost effective platforms; assuming they are balanced and optimized. How do you know if your mainframe is optimally tuned. How do you know if your workload is tuned. After being in the business for more than 15 years, I realized – alerts are usually set incorrectly.

How are you going to increase system availability and reduce workload inefficiencies if your alerts are not set properly?  Alerts are your first line of defense. A good system programmer shouldn’t have their eye-on-the-glass watching their monitoring solution. They should get an alert when something is wrong.  This is why it’s imperative to have your alerts set correctly.

Does your UI looks like a Christmas tree with lots of pretty red and yellow lights on it? Or do you have the cry wolf syndrome.  Cry wolf syndrome is when you choose to ignore an alert because it’s always on. Or you could have the complete opposite, which is what really scares me the most - it’s all quiet - everything is green and the storm is building up momentum but you don’t know it.

In today’s fast paced and complex mainframe environments, a good way or the only way to set alerts is by using MainView threshold advisor.  It’s a self-learning analytical feature. Only MainView has, which analyzes your historical performance data and dynamically sets thresholds based on changes in during your business cycle.  No matter what time of day, your alerts will be accurate, no more false alarms, no more Christmas tree lights on your screen, and your mainframe will be optimized.

Now what happens when an alert is thrown, such as high CPU utilization?  MainView automatically detects the problem condition and initializes strobe data collection, reducing the need for eye-on glass attention and missing the chance to gather performance data during the high CPU utilization caused by the workload.  This deep dive analysis is used to pinpoint workload inefficiencies.

This is just one example of how these solutions working together can work together to quickly, easily to increase system availability
and reduce workload inefficacy.

To learn more about this coming integrated solution please see our press announcement.

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MainView Console Management NEW 1 step rule generation wizard writing a rule to escalate important messages and automating the shutdown/IPL process is simple.  As you know automating the IPL process is one of the more difficult and most important tasks because of the manual intervention required to perform an IPL process.

 

With the 3.3 release of MainView Console Management, writing an IPL rule is dramatically easier.  Instead of creating a rule from scratch using IBM’s proprietary language and typing in key elements (which consume time and are prone to error), the rule writer will simply launch a form and copy/past elements of a message into the form. Just fill in the blanks by, for example, defining the trigger (a specific job ID), choosing an action (send an email) and appropriate details (email address), and – voila! - You’re off and running. The form has created the bulk of the rule. Save, compile, and apply.  Done.

 

As you can see creating a rule has never been easier.  It’s just like checking your favorite team scores. You open a browser, enter your teams name or title what you’re naming your rule followed by some quick and easy mouse clicks, and voila! – You have your teams’ scores or in our situation you just generated an automation rule. 

 

To see rules generation wizard in action watch our video.

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What's the biggest innovation in computer GUI's in the last generation?  My money says, the web browser is the best innovation. From checking one’s bank balance, to following a favorite sports team, to placing a bid on an item on eBay, the web browser is both easy-to-use and universal.  Anyone who's used a desktop or notebook knows how to use a browser.

 

MainView Console Management allows you to view everything you need in one spot – fast, fluid, and relevant to the task at hand. Users can now launch and administer the product from any place, anywhere and anytime. No flipping from one application to the next. This means NO client software has to be installed, making MainView Console Management imminently portable.   A machine running Windows® operating system can be instantly used to monitor, manage and automate zOS consoles enterprise-wide, as long as there is path to the MVCM server. No worries, it’s safe, as the user is always authenticated and all traffic encrypted.

 

To check out our reimagined user interface see our video.

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BMC customers, we have heard your input and have redesigned the Common Install Tool in response to your ideas. The new version 2.4 simplifies, streamlines and automates installation.

 

What We Heard

  • Reduce time/effort
  • Improve efficiency
  • Simplify
  • Address deployment needs
  • Enhance documentation

 

What We Did           

Working with customers directly and with our Software Consultant, the install team initiated an extensive project to deliver the improvements you have been asking for. Key components of the redesigned tool are:

  • Projects that capture and enable reuse of your input
  • Separate Installation and Configuration workflows
  • Reduced and streamlined menus, with sequential numbering of actions
  • Site-wide defaults for common or repeated information

          

We focused on installation experience improvements with Quick Start manual guides, improved and updated online help content, customized checklists for each install activity, and a new Installation Reference manual.

 

We also created 17 Quick Course videos, each one focused on a specific topic, enabling easy and rapid learning about the new tool.  The Quick Course videos are available on the BMC Support web pages. 

    

You can get more details on the 2.4 Common Install Tool by reviewing the Release Notes, and the new manuals, also available on the Support site.

    

As you use the tool, we invite you to share your experience in using it.  Your input got us to this point, and will continue to help determine our directions.

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MainView for USS Version 1.7 has added  process-level enhancements for more rapid identification and diagnosing of performance issues.  MV/USS can monitor resource usage, including CPU percentage, by z/OS Unix process.   Plus, it now has the ability to trace system calls for z/OS Unix System Services processes.  Tracing processes can reduce the time it takes to isolate and solve problems.

 

New monitoring capabilities include monitoring of:

  • Zombie processes, with information about the parents of zombie processes
  • File system growth patterns, with information about not only usage but also change in usage.  This enables proactive action in response to file system growth before an outage is triggered.
  • Latch Contention, to see the serialization latches in the zFS environment, in order to identify which USS tasks are hung and why they are waiting.

The release now uses standard external security manager (ESM) definitions when performing actions,  supports z/OS version 2.1, and features enhanced installation using BMC’s new Common Install Tool, version 2.4  For a complete list of enhancements, see the
Release Notes and available Quick Course training video.

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