OMEGAMON v5.1 will be generally available on March 9th. Announced on Feb 7th, this
release is what I would call a customer guided development piece of work. As part
of the effort Tivoli is expanding the Early Access Program. The EAP is a way
for customers and system programmers to follow along and comment and improve how
they want the OMEGAMON tools to function and work. The 5.1 releases will follow
what we call problem solving scenarios. The purpose of the scenarios are to ensure
that we just don't add metrics without the thought of how they relate to problem
solving. A major change required by the customers was to stop just putting data
on a screen and format the data as information that is organized around how they
use the tools to analyze and correlate key performance indicators. In zOS it is
about moving from a plex view, to an lpar view, to an address space and organizing
the flow of information to help keep related kpi's associated with problems as
defined by the system programmers as they tell us what are the common problems or
information they need to quickly get to the root cause from the same green screen.
The new Early Access Program will involve all OMEGAMON products. With the new
integrated architecture, it makes sense for us to have only one customer program
where if you participate you could follow along and comment on Messaging, DB2, IMS,
Storage, Mainframe Networks as well as the next CICS and z/OS development work.
It helps both development and customers focus on how tools are being used today.
For example, a CICS SME told us that one major issue in there environment was that
a user would call and say their session was hung. The normal procedure was to then
get a large amount of data and start whittling it down with sorts, filters trying
to find the users session. The business as usual was for monitors to return 140
thousand rows of data, spiking a cpu, then reduce and reduce. They told us on
average this process took about 2 hours. Innovation rules on opportunities to
provide problem solving scenarios like this. Now, we have instituted a FIND
command. The end user can usually tell you his user id and by typing find and the
user id, the query brings back not only a significant lesser amount of data and
reduces CPU cycles, but also shows where the user is connected in about a minute. It is
so cool, that plans now are to leverage a FIND or locate in all the other
monitors. By using the EAP program, you can follow along with only one monitor
or multiples, there is no need to actually download code, the sessions last about
an hour, all recorded for playback. So, if your a system programmer and want to
have an impact on the next release, think of it as designing the tool you use
to solve problems you need to solve, then join the program. And, last, look
me up at Pulse or SHARE in Atlanta.
Join the EAP..
Steps to participate:
1. A completed nomination form should be completed and submitted.
For Customers and Business Partners, please use the following link
(you will need to login with your IBM Web ID):
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Today Tivoli announced the OMEGAMON v5.1 CICS and z/OS products. I have been working with
customers and development for over 16 months on concepts, design and a usability. Much like
monitors that have grown up over time, Customers have asked, we need this metric, we need
that metric and the randomness of how subject matter experts perceived where this should be
viewed was almost always up to the individual developer. In deciding to change the course
and structure of the OMEGAMON portfolio, we decided we needed to talk with the system
programmers that used our tools to solve performance problems. Talk about folks that had
a lot of concerns to discuss. It wasn't about being able to view data splashes of huge
rows of data, it was about being innovative and how to organize metrics into information.
In some cases, the discussion was that we need to pull 90 thousand rows of data, then we
filter and sort all the while eating MIPS to find a single user who was hung or a single
transaction. That is the way it was done in the past, so thinking about what problem
they were trying to solve, a new find command. So don't return huge amounts of data,
simply return what I am trying to find. Most users can remember their user id. Even the
help desk folks could use this ability to free sessions and users . It was discussions
in early adopter programs and reviews with outside in design and interviews
with the SMEs that use our tools that generated what is the basis for the 5.1 releases.
The refresh of the portfolio was a little overdue and while some might think that enhancing
a green screen is a thing of the past, when you look at resource monitors across the
different technologies whether open systems or z, updates are always appreciated. There
is up and coming work for more early adopters programs and designs for this brand and
we will continue to enhance and deliver the changes required for SMEs for today's problems.
Here is an opportunity for system programmers responsible for solving today's performance problems on today's systems to
work with development to help design a tool that solves what they need to accomplish. Over
100 pieces of feedback went into these releases. We reviewed every month with the customers
who recommend changes in the design, metrics, use cases. One customers said he needed to
be able to work with web services. Agile means that bubbled to the top on the priority list
and was delivered in this CICS 5.1 release. I encourage others that as we update the
other branded OMEGAMONs and even start work on the next phase of CICS and z/OS that you
participate. Make sure that Tivoli is working to deliver tools that you find effective and
will solve today's performance problems. It is somewhat easy to add metrics, but innovation is using KPI data
and changing it to information to streamline how you solve problems and that is an important
part of the discussion that are ongoing with our agile development work. Most of today's
monitors were built awhile ago. Some are older than the young system programmer using them to
try and solve problems. Leveraging your knowledge and being innovative is a better path. While
looking at the past, we can make effective changes to revise and change the design the tools
you require for the job of the future. SME designed tools for SMEs that Tivoli builds and delivers. Neat.
If your at Pulse or SHARE, there are demos and presentations available and look me up. I will
be at both.