Welcome to the 2012 IOD edition of the IMS Newsletter! We hope you continue to find our articles interesting,
educational, and relevant.
It's been a busy year since our last publication. IMS 12 has been in the field for a year now and is showing aggressive adoption by customers
worldwide. We've also met with our IMS RUG participants in cities far and wide and even conducted a few sessions electronically. Our Customer
Advisory Councils continue to give us new insights into what you need from us, so thank you for that!
In this issue, we're pleased to present our feature article from Saarstahl, who like to refer to themselves as "IMS'
smallest customer." Their technical team, Ralf Ahlemann and Walter Pressman, describe their IMS™ environment and
their modernization efforts.
Our new IMS Director, Dinesh Nirmal, has been on something of a world tour in his first year on the job, but he took time
to sit down with us to share his thoughts on IMS and its worldwide community.
We just announced the start of our IMS 13 Quality Partnership Program. (We like to think that 13 is a very lucky number!)
In addition, Jim Martin from Fundi shares how the IBM Transaction Analysis Workbench can help you build IMS skills, perform
problem determination with ease, and better understand and exploit your IMS system. And if you are wondering whether OSAM
or VSAM is the way to go, we have new data from the IMS Performance Laboratory to help make your decision.
A lot of rich, new function was added to both IMS and the IMS Enterprise Suite, and we'll bring you up-to-speed on:
- Using the IMS catalog to identify how you can leverage IMS database metadata
- Monitoring your SOAP Gateway for system health, server transaction history, performance analysis, and transaction
- Using the latest enhancements to the IMS Tools portfolio to move IMS database administration further toward automation
The IMS worldwide community continues to expand, and we have three new I AM IMS profiles to showcase
interesting people from our community—you won’t want to miss those.
We look forward to seeing you at the IBM Information On Demand 2012 Conference, October 21-25, 2012, in Las Vegas. Make sure to check out
the IMS sessions and presentations. You will see a lot of variety in our session offerings, spanning topics
from new key integration efforts, several Customer Sessions, lots of demos, and more. Stop by our booth at the Expo and introduce
Join us at the IBM IMS Technical Symposium in Königstein, Germany, November 12-15, 2012! This symposium is IBM’s
premier IMS event in Europe—dedicated to not only helping you learn more about IMS, IMS Tools, and IMS solutions, but
also networking with other IMS technical professionals, Business Partners, product architects, and others.
continue to offer regional user group events around the world. As always, refer to ibm.com/ims for the latest on our IMS events and teleconferences.
looking for your feedback on any IMS topic. Send comments anytime to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued interest in IMS, and enjoy our upcoming events!
IMS Newsletter Managing Editor
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||IMS Catalog: Simplifying IMS Database Metadata and Usage Management|
Kyle Charlet, STSM, IMS SOA and Modernization
The IMS catalog extends the open access capabilities that were introduced with IMS Open Database by providing a single
trusted online source for IMS database and application metadata information, fully managed by IMS.
IMS Senior Technical Staff Member Kyle Charlet shares his insights into how you can make IMS Catalog part of your
how you can take advantage of IMS Catalog
||Monitoring Your SOAP Gateway for Distributed Access to IMS Applications|
Jenny Hung, Anu George, and David Hanson, IMS Development
IMS SOAP Gateway allows your IMS applications to call out to web services, or be called from web services,
independent of platform, environment, programming language, or programming model.
When a response takes longer than usual, how do you find the bottleneck? How do you check the health of your SOAP Gateway?
New monitoring features in IMS Enterprise Suite V2.2 SOAP Gateway provide essential information for arriving
at the solutions.
more about the new enhancements to SOAP Gateway
||The CPU Efficiency and Cost Saving Benefits of OSAM Databases|
Hiram K. Neal, Yu Ying Wang, Kevin Hite, and Cedric Chen, IMS Performance Specialists
Are you planning a VSAM-to-OSAM database conversion using partitioned databases? You might have heard that OSAM databases
perform IMS transactions more efficiently than VSAM databases, but what about partitioned databases—do the performance
characteristics change? What are the benefits?
This article provides recent performance testing data that can help you make more informed decisions.
more about the cost saving benefits of OSAM databases
||Autonomics and Modernization: Putting Information to Work |
Joel Hamill, IMS Tools Team Lead and Writer, and Eric Radzinski, DB2 and IMS Tools Technical Editor
Building upon the recent delivery of IMS Tools solution packs, which provide comprehensive solutions to particular database
needs, the latest enhancements to the IMS Tools portfolio move IMS database administration further toward automation, freeing
up database administrator skills for more important tasks.
more about how IMS Tools is helping you automate your tasks
||Ensuring That IMS Is “Fit for Purpose”|
Jim Martin, US Representative, Fundi Software
The IBM® Transaction Analysis Workbench for z/OS®, an IBM IMS tool, can help you demonstrate how IMS can continue
to met your company's business needs and is still the right solution.
Jim Martin from Fundi Software shares his insights into how this tool can help you ensure that IMS is very much fit
for purpose in your enterprise.
more about how IMS Transactional Analysis Workbench keeps IMS fit for purpose
| Meet our latest
I AM IMS - Craig Stouffer|
Craig Stouffer is an Enterprise Architect for SunLife Financial, a financial services company based in Canada.
I AM IMS - Jasdeep Singh|
Jasdeep is a Performance Specialist for the IMS On Demand team at IBM Silicon Valley Lab.
I AM IMS - Mark Delahoussaye|
Mark is a Mainframe Systems Programmer for USAA, a financial services company based in Texas that serves current
or past members of the US Military.
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