Hello from the home of IMS!
The second quarter of 2009 has been very eventful for IMS™. We were all saddened at the passing of Vern Watts,
long considered the Grandfather of IMS, on April 4, 2009. Vern, often called "Mr. IMS," held the role of chief
architect for IMS for decades. Although he had officially retired in 2004, his unique position as the first Emeritus Distinguished
Engineer in IBM® made it possible for Vern to continue dispensing his wit and wisdom to IBM colleagues up until his passing.
He will be greatly missed.
A key focus for IMS in 2009 is Application Development. New communities in support of IMS Application Development are
emerging in developerWorks® and Rational® Cafes. The Enterprise Modernization Sandbox for System z® includes two
new IMS tutorials: one for MFS SOA Support and one for IMS Web 2.0. The IMS Information Center includes many new enhancements
to help you find the information you need even faster. DataSniff, an IBM Business Partner, shares with us new solutions for
real-time access to IMS data. And IMS Tools gives you new ways of looking at the TSO SPOC Audit Trail.
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The IMS Development organization is pleased to announce a new collaboration between IBM and Marist College: z/OS IMS
Application Programming training, now available online! In this unique partnership, Marist College is offering coursework
that, when successfully completed, awards a z/OS IMS Application Programming Certificate.
This program's objective is to address the need for new IMS technical skills worldwide.
Read more about this exciting opportunity!
DataSniff is an IBM development partner that specializes in mainframe data access and delivery. This article highlights
the tools that can be used in conjunction with IMS to enable Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance and provide mainframe
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions, and describes two real-world scenarios for the use of these solutions.
Since the summer of 2008, IMS™ customers have been able to try out the IMS SOA solutions first-hand,
without having to install any front-end tooling, middleware, or back-end IMS host system, by logging into the IBM® developerWorks Enterprise Modernization Sandbox for System z®. This article previews
two new demos in the Sandbox: The IMS Web 2.0 solution, and IMS MFS SOA support!
Okay, it’s not really a console in the traditional sense, but the IMS TSO SPOC (single point of control)
Audit Trail display lets you display IMS operator messages, as well as issue IMS operator commands. This article describes the
features and functions of the SPOC Audit Trail display.
IMS product information continues to evolve! Five years ago, we introduced the IMS Information Center. (Can it really
be that long ago?) IBM continues to enhance the Eclipse-based framework of all IBM information centers. Read about
how the IMS Information Development team is taking advantage of these enhancements to help you find the IMS information you
need faster than ever.
Are you an Application Programmer responsible for maintaining and enhancing COBOL applications for IMS? Are you an
Application Architect responsible for Enterprise Application Modernization? Then you are in the right place. The worldwide
community for IMS application programmers is coming together!
In this edition of the IMS Newsletter, we profile Maria Querales from the IMS SOA Initiative team.
In this edition of the IMS Newsletter, we profile Michael Toussaint of the IMS Database Service Team.
In this edition of the IMS Newsletter, we profile Anu Vakkalagadda, the IMS Commands Architect.