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):
Early Access Program - how to design monitoring
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