The purpose of this class is simple!
To help you quickly identify and implement the functions that will deliver value to YOUR organization.
What will I learn from this three-day class?
It is a classic chicken-or-egg situation – if you only had more time, you could implement these new cost- and labor-saving functions, and if you had these new functions, you would have the time to implement them…
Every new z/OS release delivers hundreds of new features, functions, and capabilities. But who has the time to investigate and evaluate, much less implement, them all?
Between day-to-day fire-fighting, supporting your application developers and operators, and keeping the current system up and running, what time is left for adding new functions?
In three information-packed days, this class will provide you with the information you need to identify and implement the features that make sense for your company, saving you weeks of researching and investigating.
Be the Chicken AND the egg.
Want to double your manpower?
We constantly hear from our subscribers and many people that we talk to at conferences that they no longer have the manpower to exploit the new features that IBM provides with every new release. When they install a new release of any major software, the number one priority is to ensure that it works the same way as the previous release. Then they roll it out to all their systems, with the intention to come back and look at what new functions they can implement and start exploiting.
The fact is, they rarely have time, meaning that new cost- and time-saving functions never get exploited.
Exploit these new functions and start saving money.
What is the class objective?
We have evaluated the hundreds of enhancements in the last three releases of z/OS to identify those that can help you control or reduce costs.
For each important enhancement we describe its intent, its target environment or scenario, how things worked prior to the enhancement, how they work after the enhancement, and the steps required to implement it. Where appropriate, we will demonstrate how the enhancement works and how to drive the maximum value from it. We will provide a summary checklist that you can use to track the enhancements that will deliver value to your organization, creating a to-do list for yourself in the process. And we will give you the information that you need to create a quick-start user’s guide for your colleagues, so that they can quickly benefit from those enhancements.
The areas of savings that we focus on include:
- Using less capacity to do the same work (potentially leading to lower software bills)
- Providing better performance from the same configuration (helping you to postpone the need for more MIPS)
- Saving operator, system programmer, and application developer time (enabling your staff to concentrate on activities that deliver more value to your company)
- Delivering better availability (thereby avoiding penalties that might be triggered by missed SLAs)
The set of enhancements that we will cover will be based on our experiences as influenced by input from IBM, the most recent SHARE survey, and input from our subscribers. The following partial list will give you an idea of the topics that will be covered:
- SMF logger
- Catalog enhancements
- Coupling Thin Interrupts
- zEC12/zBC12 features
- Health Checker
- Flash Express
- JES2 Job Groups and Deadline Scheduling
- Planning for and managing Large pages
- Extensions to system symbol support in z/OS 2.1 and 2.2
- RACF Read-Only Auditor support
- XCF Resiliency enhancements
- PDSE Version 2 and PDSE member generations
- FIFO GDGs and Extended GDGs
This is just a sample of what we’ll cover. For each item we’ll show you where to start, and which will provide the most benefit to your installation.
How do I know if this class is right for me?
If you’re a z/OS System Programmer, performance analyst, capacity planner or responsible for internal staff training, this class is right up your alley. To get the best value from this class, students should have at least two years’ experience with z/OS and be familiar with the functions that are enabled in your environment, the products that you are using, and the challenges and goals of your production environment.
Save money by exploiting all the cost-saving functions in z/OS.
Did you know, very few classes are taught by the people who actually develop them?
Ours is an exception.
Cheryl, who has 50 years experience in mainframes, is best known for her Cheryl Watson’s Tuning Letter, and her award winning conference presentations. She has developed and taught classes in performance management, capacity planning, outsourcing, chargeback, workload manager, and parallel sysplex.
Frank Kyne, who has 35 years experience in mainframes, is best known for his work in IBM’s ITSO organization as well as writing and creating over 80 Redbooks. He was a very popular class developer and teacher for the ITSO workshops given around the world. IBM customers frequently requested Frank for resolving parallel sysplex problems. He is currently the editor of Cheryl Watson’s Tuning Letter, gives award winning conference presentations, and has a suitcase full of Irish jokes.
This class is developed by Cheryl Watson and Frank Kyne.