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19 October 2014 - Shopz V4R1.0

 

Shopz has been moved to a new IBM Hosting Environment
Shopz has been moved to a new IBM hosting environment in order to improve the applications' reliability, availability, and serviceability characteristics.

Shopz is now enabled to use IBM Single Sign-On
Your IBM ID will be used by Shopz after you login to the IBM web space. IBM Single Sign-On allows your IBM ID to be used by multiple IBM applications without requiring you to (re)login separately to each of the participating IBM applications. Please review the Shopz Help page for more details at:
https://www-304.ibm.com/software/shopzseries/ShopzSeries_public.wss?action=hgsigninout

IBM z/OS software delivery enhancements: HTTPS direct-to-host download capability
Please refer to this IBM announcement letter for more details:
http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/1/897/ENUS214-311/index.html&lang=en&request_locale=en

IBM z/OS Preventive Service Ordering Changes
The following changes have been made to z/OS preventive service ordering on October 19, 2014:

  • In Shopz, the z/OS "all licensed products" service package type will be removed.
  • In Shopz, z/OS Internet delivery service subscriptions will be removed.
Please refer to this IBM announcement letter for more details:
http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/1/897/ENUS214-311/index.html&lang=en&request_locale=en

IBM System z Security Portal
If you are a System z customer (or their authorized representative), follow the steps described on this page
http://www.ibm.com/systems/z/advantages/security/integrity_sub.html
to obtain access to the System z Security Portal for System z Security/Integrity APAR information (currently z/OS and z/VM).


18 May 2014 - Shopz V3R8.1

 

Shopz is now deployed in Bulgaria.
 

Shopz is now translated to French Language for Canada users.
 

More product choices plus 24X7 access to the system z software you own
Shopz continues to extend the product catalog to include many of the latest IBM System z software products to further enhance the 'one stop shopping' approach. In the Shopz product catalog, you can now select the 'z/OS - Products - Standalone products' package type to order standalone entitled product refreshes and new standalone product licenses.

More Roles and Authorization Management (RAM) Enhancements for your company
RAM has been enhanced to support a new role called, 'product order creator for entitled orders only'. This new role enables you to control which Shopz users in your company can place new software license orders Vs entitled (no charge) software orders.


20 Oct 2013 - Shopz V3R8.0

 

Shopz is now deployed in Paraguay, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Rwanda.
 

Capture your new license order details in a file
Shopz has enhanced the facility that allows you to save your new license order details in a file prior to submitting it to IBM for processing. This facility can be used to capture your new license order information and use it within your own procurement systems, for example.

Improved Shopz Site Availability Information
Shopz has improved the Shopz sign in page and the Customer service page to include a new Shopz Site Availability link that will indicate the dates and times when the Shopz site will be unavailable for usage due to a scheduled maintenance window.

New ordering options for individual products and sets of products in ServerPac, without requiring IBM z/OS® or a major subsystem to be included in an order, within the CICS, NCP and IMS product lists
Using Shopz, you will be able to order eligible products in a Product ServerPac in the same manner as for regular ServerPac. Shopz will have a new triangle icon to indicate which products in the ServerPac catalog are eligible for a Product ServerPac. Because this is a ServerPac, Shopz product requisite checking will enforce requisites required for installation, but similar to CBPDO, Shopz will also display requisites that can be bypassed if you already have them installed on your system.

A Product ServerPac has the same characteristics as a regular ServerPac. IBM installs the product or product set when manufacturing your order and delivers the target and distribution libraries with service integrated (applied and accepted) to the latest RSU level and with HIPER and PRP service applied, and the SMP/E environment with a single GLOBAL zone and the minimum number of TARGET and DLIB zones required. By default, for the z/OS SREL, IBM delivers WebSphere® products in their own zone pair, IBM Installation Manager installed products in their own zone pair, and the rest of the products in a separate zone pair. The intent is for you to manage the products you ordered as a product set in the delivered SMP/E environment.

IBM Marketing Enablement
Shopz has been enabled to allow the display of various IBM related offers and promotions to enrich your shopping experience.

Improved Shopz user ID Management
Shopz has made some improvements to how user IDs are managed. Shopz will notify you in advance if your Shopz user ID is a candidate for future expiration due to inactivity. If you receive an email from Shopz indicating that your user ID is getting near its expiration, you can simply login to Shopz and 'reactivate' your user ID.

More product choices plus 24X7 access to the system z software you own
Shopz has extended the product catalog to include many of the latest IBM System z software products to further enhance the 'one stop shopping' approach. In the Shopz product catalog, please select the 'z/OS - Products - Standalone products' package type to order standalone entitled product refreshes and new standalone product licenses.

New option for secure delivery via FTP using Secure Sockets Layer (FTPS) for product and service downloads plus Enhanced connectivity test to verify your setup for secure delivery
The Shopz download pages will provide an optional method to download product orders directly to your z/OS host system using FTPS. The CustomPac installation dialog will allow you to specify your own FTP.DATA configuration file or will create one to use for the RECEIVE job. You can access a connectivity test site from Shopz to verify your system setup for Internet delivery by downloading a test package to your z/OS host system using FTP or FTPS, or download it to your workstation first using Download Director. It is recommended that you verify your system setup prior to placing your first Internet order or first attempt to download it using FTPS.

New look and feel
Shopz has been updated to the latest ibm.com Web design.


19 May 2013 - Shopz V3R6.0

 

Shopz is now deployed in India.
 

Important ordering information added to the product catalog
When you are placing your Shopz orders, a new facility has been added to the catalog to provide important information about the products you have selected. This facility will help to ensure that your orders are complete and accurate.

Find the products you need faster and easier
Shopz now contains a comprehensive searching and sorting facility for the product catalog. You can now quickly locate the products you need and sort them for display.

My licensed software reporting enhancements
The My license software page now contains a facility to save your IBM software license details report to a variety of file formats. The saved XML report files may be used by certain IBM system management tools to help you manage your software systems and assets. You may also save your software license details reports for in a file for later use.

Capture your new license order details in a file
Shopz provided a facility to allow you to save your new license order details in a file prior to submitting it to IBM for processing. This facility can be used to capture your new license order information and use it within your own procurement systems, for example.


17 Jan 2013 - Shopz V3R5.0

 

Important News for IBM customers in Germany:
https://www-304.ibm.com/software/shopzseries/BH_Germany.pdf

Important News for IBM customers in China:
https://www-304.ibm.com/software/shopzseries/BH_China.pdf


14 Oct 2012 - Shopz V3R4.0

 

New ordering options for individual products and sets of products in ServerPac, without requiring IBM z/OS® or a major subsystem to be included in an order, within the z/OS and DB2® product lists
Using Shopz, you will be able to order eligible products in a Product ServerPac in the same manner as for regular ServerPac. Shopz will have a new triangle icon to indicate which products in the ServerPac catalog are eligible for a Product ServerPac. Because this is a ServerPac, Shopz product requisite checking will enforce requisites required for installation, but similar to CBPDO, Shopz will also display requisites that can be bypassed if you already have them installed on your system.

A Product ServerPac has the same characteristics as a regular ServerPac. IBM installs the product or product set when manufacturing your order and delivers the target and distribution libraries with service integrated (applied and accepted) to the latest RSU level and with HIPER and PRP service applied, and the SMP/E environment with a single GLOBAL zone and the minimum number of TARGET and DLIB zones required. By default, for the z/OS SREL, IBM delivers WebSphere® products in their own zone pair, IBM Installation Manager installed products in their own zone pair, and the rest of the products in a separate zone pair. The intent is for you to manage the products you ordered as a product set in the delivered SMP/E environment.

Secure delivery via FTP using Secure Sockets Layer (FTPS) for product and service downloads plus Enhanced connectivity test to verify your setup for secure delivery
The capability to download Internet orders using FTPS for the Product Customized Offerings (CBPDO, ServerPac, and SystemPac® ), for Shopz service orders, and for SMP/E RECEIVE ORDER will be provided as outlined by the z/OS statement of direction, Software Announcement 212-086, dated April 11, 2012.

The Shopz download pages will provide the option to download directly to your z/OS host system using FTPS. The CustomPac installation dialog will allow you to specify your own FTP.DATA configuration file or will create one to use for the RECEIVE job. You can access a connectivity test site from Shopz to verify your system setup for Internet delivery by downloading a test package to your z/OS host system using FTP or FTPS, or download it to your workstation first using Download Director. It is recommended that you verify your system setup prior to placing your first Internet order or first attempt to download it using FTPS.

IBM Marketing Enablement
Shopz has been enabled to allow the display of various IBM related offers and promotions to enrich your shopping experience.

Get RAM. Get the key. Take control.
The Roles and Authorization Management (RAM) facility sign up form is now posted online to make it easier for you to join the IBM customers who have taken advantage of the added security and control that RAM supplies to Shopz users:
https://www.ibm.com/software/info/shopzram/enhancements.html


05 Aug 2012 - Shopz V3R3.0

 

Additional product ordering support
Shopz now supports product ordering in the following countries...Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates.

IBM contact module is now on all pages
Shopz has added the standard IBM contact module to every page to make it easier for you to contact IBM to get the help you need when considering a purchase.

More product choices plus 24X7 access to the system z software you own
Shopz has extended the product catalog to include many of the latest IBM system z software products to further enhance the 'one stop shopping' approach.
In the Shopz product catalog, please select the 'z/OS - Products - Standalone products' package type for more information.
Shopz now supports 24X7 on-demand downloads of the system z software products you own.
Please click on the 'My downloads' link on the Shopz left navigation bar for more information.


22 Feb 2011 - Media types withdrawal

 

Media types of 3480 and 3490E withdrawal
Effective February 22, 2011, IBM® will withdraw the following tape media types for IBM programs:

  • 3480 Tape Cartridge - compressed format
  • 3480 Tape Cartridge - uncompressed format
  • 3490E Tape Cartridge

After the effective date of withdrawal, you can no longer order IBM products or service on the withdrawn media.



23 Oct 2010 - Roles and Authorization Management (RAM) has been added for all Shopz Users WW! - Shopz V3R1.0

 

Productivity, plus.
Thousands of customers worldwide use the online convenience of Shopz to plan, place, and track orders online, 24/7. Now Shopz adds Roles Authorization Management (RAM) to its capabilities, empowering the enterprise customer to easily manage users and authorities within the tool.
Each client company names a Group Manager, who will be responsible for managing one or more group profiles, determining individual access requirements, and assigning access levels accordingly. These assigned roles can apply to product orders, service orders, or both:

  • Order viewer
  • Order creator
  • Order modifier
  • Order approver
  • Event subscriber (automatic notification of order activity)

Efficiency, and more.

  • RAM functionality drives a multitude of benefits for Shopz users, including:
  • Faster order and delivery process
  • Improved productivity
  • Improved team collaboration
  • Improved transaction transparency
  • Reduced maverick activity
  • Improved cost control in usage of Shopz

Get started now.

If your companys group profiles and user roles have already been defined and authenticated by your Group Administrator at IBM, youre all set to start leveraging the RAM enhancements in Shopz. If not, please contact your IBM representative to initiate migration to RAM. In the meantime, your users will still be able to access Shopz with pre-RAM functionality.



26 Jan 2009 - Shopz release 12.3.1

 

Additional product ordering support
Shopz now supports product ordering in China.

Simplified package selection
Package type selection for new Shopz orders is now consolidated on the Create new order tab of the My orders page.

Old z/OS installed software reports no longer supported
The old z/OS installed software reports which include just service or product information are no longer supported in Shopz. Only the consolidated reports are now supported for z/OS. Previously uploaded product and service reports are no longer available for use.


11 Aug 2008 - Shopz release 12.3

 

Princeton Softech products
Shopz now includes information regarding the acquisition of Princeton Softech products.

Korean translations
Shopz now supports the IBM.com translations of the masthead and footer into Korean.

User interface enhancement
Shopz has integrated an update to the IBM.com Web standards which fixes the shifting problem which occurred during page loading.


14 Jan 2008 - Shopz release 12.2.1

 

z/VM Internet delivery
The z/VM base operating system now supports Internet delivery.

Additional product ordering support
Shopz now supports product ordering in Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Turkey.


15 Oct 2007 - Shopz release 12.2

 

Additional product ordering support
Shopz product ordering support is being deployed in Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand. These deployments are being staggered over time. To determine if product ordering support has been deployed to your country, click on the Product catalog link in the left navigation area, and then search the catalog for your country. You will either see the available products, or a message indicating that support has not yet been deployed.


16 Jul 2007 - Shopz release 12.1

 

Additional product ordering support
Shopz now supports product ordering in Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia and South Africa.

CustomPac Internet delivery support
Shopz now supports Internet delivery of ProductPac, FunctionPac and SystemPac.

z/VSE 4.1 support
Shopz now supports the z/VSE 4.1 SIPO offering.

New look and feel
Shopz has been updated to the latest ibm.com Web design.


16 Oct 2006 - Shopz release 11.0

 

3592 tape support
Shopz now supports 3592 tape delivery for product orders.

Brazil support
Shopz now supports product ordering in Brazil.

Shopz service available in remaining countries
Shopz service ordering is now available in all countries (except for embargoed countries).


12 Jun 2006 - Service Only CBPDO and profile service withdrawal

 

Service-Only CBPDO and profile service withdrawal
Service-only CBPDO and service for your existing products in CBPDO product orders have been discontinued. Support for these options has therefore been removed from Shopz. You may still place CBPDO product orders in Shopz, but these orders will include service only for the ordered products. You may use any of the remaining z/OS service options in Shopz to order service for your existing products.


15 Jan 2006 - Shopz release 10.0

 

Enhanced CustomPac product support
CustomPac product offerings such as ProductPac, FunctionPac and SystemPac can now be ordered directly through Shopz in the countries which support those offerings.

Enhanced CustomPac service support
CustomPac service offerings have been restructured to make it even easier to get the service you need for your systems. The actual ordering of these offerings continues to take place outside of Shopz.

Report licensing issues
Shopz now allows you to quickly report any inaccuracies with your license information which you observe while using Shopz.


02 Oct 2005 - z/OS Service Enhancements

 

z/OS service enhancements
IBM has recently enhanced electronic service delivery capabilities through the introduction of SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval and improvements to Shopz. These changes will simplify and automate the tasks previously performed with ESO and Service-Only CBPDO. As IBM continues to leverage new function and technology that supports an on-demand environment, you will need to exploit these new capabilities.
SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval simplifies the acquisition of z/OS service. It also eliminates the complexity of managing a mountain of service tapes and the delays in shipping them to you. The automation available with SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval means you are able to obtain the right service at the right time.
IBM will continue to emphasize electronic rather than physical delivery of service and will continue to simplify the ordering, delivery and installation of z/OS service. To reduce the number of ordering interfaces and help assure timely delivery of new function, some older service delivery options are being simplified or discontinued:

  • Effective January 15, 2006, as previously announced in Software Announcement 205-034, dated February 15, 2005, the S/390 Service Update Facility (SUF) will be discontinued.
  • Effective March 2006, as previously announced in Software Announcement 205-167, dated July 26, 2005, new ESO and CBPDO (5751-CS8 and 5775-MVS) physical delivery subscriptions will not be accepted.
  • Effective June 2006, as previously announced in Software Announcement 205-167, dated July 26, 2005, CBPDO product orders will include service only for the products included in the order. Formerly, CBPDO product orders included service for other products licensed under the same customer number within the same SREL. To get service for other products, you can use SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval, Shopz, or a fee service offering.
  • Effective June 2006, as previously announced in Software Announcement 205-167, dated July 26, 2005, Service-Only CBPDO (5751-CS3) orders will no longer be accepted. An improved option for ordering service by SREL, or for all licensed products under the same customer number, will continue to be supported in Shopz. You can also get service based on what you have installed using SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval, Shopz, or selected fee offerings. Note that CBPDO product orders are not affected by this change.
  • Effective September 2006, as previously announced in Software Announcement 205-167, dated July 26, 2005, existing ESO and CBPDO physical delivery subscriptions will be discontinued. You can use a job scheduling system and SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval to get service at any interval you find convenient, or use the Internet delivery subscription option available in Shopz

To assist you with migration, the following list will help you identify which of the new options best meets your needs:

  • An electronic delivery replacement of an ESO or Service Only CBPDO physical subscription can be accomplished by using an SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval batch job to run at whatever frequency you need (nightly, weekly, etc). This will ensure you have the latest service available, based on your SMP/E installed inventory.
  • Shopz can also be used as a replacement of a physical subscription by selecting the Internet delivery subscription option. Using this option you can select which months and SRELS for which to receive service. Alternatively, within your Shopz profile you can select email notification of new monthly service levels. The email will serve as a reminder to place an individual service order. You can use any service acquisition tool to place your preferred type of order.
  • To obtain service for all licensed products in the same SREL at the time that you order new products, you will have to place a separate service order using Shopz. However, if you use a job scheduler, you can automate service acquisition using SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval, so a subsequent service order would not be necessary.
  • A replacement for the service-only CBPDO option can be accomplished by selecting the 'service for all licensed products in one or more SRELs (new and improved)' option in Shopz. Alternatively, you could use an installed service inventory to tailor your service order using SMP/E Internet Service Retrieval, Shopz, or one of the following fee service offerings:
    • US - SoftwareXcel, Resolve
    • Europe/Middle East/Africa - Enhanced Technical Support
    • Canada - SupportLine
    • Latin America - SupportLine
    • Asia Pacific/South - SupportLine


08 May 2005 - Shopz release 9.2

 

New look and feel
Shopz has been updated to the latest ibm.com Web design.

Canada support
Shopz now supports product ordering in Canada.

China and Hong Kong support
Shopz now supports service ordering in China and Hong Kong.

Roles Support
Shopz now supports using roles.


18 Feb 2005 - Shopz release 9.1

 

z/VSE now available
The z/VSE operating environment is now supported in Shopz.

z/VM, VSE/ESA and z/VSE service offerings now orderable through Shopz
z/VM, VSE/ESA and z/VSE customers can now order corrective service by PTF or APAR number, and preventive service (e.g. HIPER/PE PTFs) through Shopz for the operating systems and other program products. For z/VM, RSU and ESO service is also available. Select the service package category under the appropriate operating environment on the Create new order tab of the My orders page, and follow the five easy steps to complete your order.

Expanded availability of service subscriptions
Preventive service subscriptions for your z/OS and z/OS.e systems can now be ordered in many additional countries.


11 Oct 2004 - Shopz release 9.0

 

Limited availability of Internet delivered ServerPac
Internet delivery support has been extended to ServerPac. Previously, Internet delivery was available for CBPDO for all z/OS products except for the operating system itself. z/OS and z/OS.e are now enabled for Internet delivery, exclusively with ServerPac. You will have the option to have your order delivered physically on tape media or electronically over the Internet. This support is not yet available in all areas.

ASSIGN statements in service orders
All z/OS service orders built using your service or consolidated inventory (bitmap) will now include all of the ASSIGN statements for the PTFs in the inventory in addition to the ASSIGN statements for the PTFs shipped in the order.


26 Aug 2004 - VM SDO Version 5

 

VM SDO version 5 will be available for ordering through Shopz on 10 September 2004.



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