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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

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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 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 and MainView SecureHMC 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 and MainView SecureHMC

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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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