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 email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued interest in IMS, and enjoy our upcoming events!
IMS Newsletter Managing Editor