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Here are the show notes for Episode 7 “We Were On a Break”. The show is called “We Were On a Break” because:
It’s been a very long time since we last recorded an episode. You should read nothing into other than our schedules and, in particular, Martin’s long holiday put paid to recording for a while.
But now we’re back…
We had one piece of follow up:
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Our “Mainframe” topic was a discussion on Continuous Delivery.
Marna talked about four important references to understand what the z/OS platform is doing for Continuous Delivery. (IBM is embracing Agile development for many new functions, and will be providing those functions to customers in a Continuous Delivery method.)
March 18, 2016 Redpaper on the z/OS base operating system’s usage of Continuous Delivery: IBM z/OS Continuous Delivery
May 24, 2016 General IBM announcement on what an IBM product might do for Continuous Delivery: IBM Software Support Lifecycle Policy is enhanced with a continuous delivery support model for eligible, on-premise IBM software products
April 19, 2016 IBM MQ for z/OS announcement for usage of Continuous Delivery: IBM MQ for z/OS, V9.0 delivers new, more flexible delivery and support options, standards-based messaging support for additional environments, and improved management and administration capabilities. Note “… From this version of IBM MQ onwards, IBM offers a new delivery and support model that separates out the delivery of defect fixes from the delivery of any new function. …”
July 12, 2016 IBM CICS Transaction Server announcement for some functions using Continous Delivery: IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, V5.3 is enhanced with continuous delivery and the IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, V5.4 open beta offering is introduced . Note “….delivered using the standard CICS service channel..”
Takeaway: some products will be putting their new functions in the service stream, while others might be putting them in releases. Read announcements carefully to see which of your products is following which model.
Our “Performance” topic was an extension of this blog post of Martin’s: Why Do We Keep Building Bigger Machines?
We acknowledge this is quite a high level treatment but it’s a question that we’re sure has been in the back of lots of minds.
We’ve ideas to take some of the subtopics and make them topics in their own right.
In our “Topics” section we discussed what we (especially Martin) are using for creating presentations these days.
Products Martin mentioned were:
These are all available in some form or other for both Mac OS and iOS.
And, of course, other tools are available.
Where We’ll Be
Martin is going nowhere fast. 🙂 Seriously, his travel plans are relatively local for the next few weeks.
Marna is going to:
Interesting Customer Requirements
Here’s two customer requirements we’ve taken notice of. Of course, IBM may or may not decide to do them, but they might be interesting if you’d like to vote on them.
“zFS Definitions of Greater Than 4 GB Not Being SMS-Managed Should be Available Under IDCAMS”, ID 92523
“Let IBM Knowledge Center search within a manual and simplify the use”, ID 93288 .
Request for Enhancements (RFEs) can be found here. Most z/OS items are under Brand “Servers and Systems Software”, and Product “z/OS”. Hint: use “I want to specify the brand, product family, and product” when searching.
On The Blog
As well as Why Do We Keep Building Bigger Machines?, Martin posted to his blog since our last episode:
A Record Of Sorts – about using DFSORT SMF 16 with SMF=FULL creatively to track record counts across job steps.
Fearful Symmetry – about why things are out of balance.
Correlation Not Corroboration – about DB2 SMF 101 Accounting Trace Not Accounted For Time.
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