IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 50

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SIMPLIFYING Solutions
The new z/OSMF Workflows feature optimizes sets of system programming tasks

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ith z/OS* Management Facility (z/OSMF), users get a product that
simplifies, optimizes and modernizes the z/OS system programmer
experience, delivering solutions in a task-oriented, Web-browserbased UI with integrated user assistance. While the OS has been delivering
simplification since it was introduced, z/OSMF brings a new dimension and
focus to simplification.

Anuja
Deedwaniya
is a senior
technical staff
member for the
z/OS Development
lab and a software
architect for the
z/OS Simplification
and System
Management
initiative and IT
analytics.
George Ng
is a senior certified
IT management
consultant for
IBM Systems and
Technology Group
Lab Services.

This article primarily focuses
on a new core feature available
in z/OSMF version 2.1 called
Workflows, which further enhances
z/OS simplification initiatives.

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scenarios to improve the time to
implement other features in z/OS

What Is z/OSMF?

Configuring a product or
component on z/OS can be
complex. Customers want a

Helping simplify and automate
the most common systems
programmer (sysprog) tasks,
z/OSMF not only reduces the
time it takes to deal with everyday
issues, but it also provides
a simpler interface for new
programmers. The need for it was
brought about by an increase in the
number of new sysprogs due to the
retirement of older sysprogs and the
increased scope of responsibilities
for the mainframe programmers. z/
OSMF won't replace sysprogs, but
it can reduce the time it takes to do
many tasks and reduce the chance
of errors. z/OSMF can help:
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productivity and software
management capabilities
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systems programmers
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practices

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What Is z/OSMF
Workflows?

consistent, simplified and less
error-prone way to configure
products on z/OS. z/OSMF
Workflows is a new function
introduced in z/OSMF V2.1
that is part of the z/OSMF
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framework for implementing a
guided, step-based activity flow

Benefits of z/OS V2.1 Migration
Though z/OSMF V2.1 is a prerequisite for using the z/OS*
V2.1 migration information, benefits for using the z/OS V2.1
migration workflow files include:
s 4HE Z/3 6 POST
INSTALLATION MIGRATION ACTIONS CAN BE
assigned and tracked once you have z/OSMF V2.1 up and
running
s 9OU CAN DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE MISSED ANY Z/3 6
migration actions by using the workflow to ensure appli
cable actions weren't overlooked
s 9OU CAN GET A HEAD START LEARNING HOW TO MANEUVER IN THE
z/OSMF Workflow ahead of the migration so that subse
quent use of the Workflow for the actual migration is
familiar to you
s 9OU CAN PROVIDE EARLY FEEDBACK ON EXPLOITING Z/3
V2.1 migration with z/OSMF Workflow, helping improve
FOLLOW
ON DELIVERABLES FOR Z/3 MIGRATION THAT MAY COME
s 9OU CAN IDENTIFY ANY ITEMS THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL FOR Z/3
migration within the z/OSMF Workflow itself


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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Moving in the mobile world
IBM Perspective: Mobile money thanks to the mainframe
Partner PoV: A clean IT audit does not guarantee network or computer security
Focus on Storage: How Elastic Storage helps remove bottlenecks and lower costs
Currents: IBM Smarter Storage puts businesses in control of their data
Trends: Choosing the best proprietary or open-source applications
Case Study: Cooperative Consolidation: The Credit Union System of Brazil saves millions of dollars by virtualizing on the mainframe
Cover Story: The Mobile Mainframe: System z is a perfect fit for the growing trend
Feature: Connecting Applications and Data: WebSphere Liberty z/OS Connect makes business assets accessible to mobile devices
Tech Showcase: How Linux on System z has become a go-to solution for businesses
Administrator: IBM tests show finding the optimal number of n-way processors helps maximize performance
Tech Corner: The new z/OSMF Workflows feature optimizes programming tasks
Solutions: OMC-FLASH 4.7.0; z86VM; Storage Director 4.2
Stop Run: IBMer's passion for engineering puts his house to work
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Editor's Desk: Moving in the mobile world
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - IBM Perspective: Mobile money thanks to the mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Partner PoV: A clean IT audit does not guarantee network or computer security
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Focus on Storage: How Elastic Storage helps remove bottlenecks and lower costs
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Currents: IBM Smarter Storage puts businesses in control of their data
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Trends: Choosing the best proprietary or open-source applications
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Case Study: Cooperative Consolidation: The Credit Union System of Brazil saves millions of dollars by virtualizing on the mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover Story: The Mobile Mainframe: System z is a perfect fit for the growing trend
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Feature: Connecting Applications and Data: WebSphere Liberty z/OS Connect makes business assets accessible to mobile devices
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Tech Showcase: How Linux on System z has become a go-to solution for businesses
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Administrator: IBM tests show finding the optimal number of n-way processors helps maximize performance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 48
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Tech Corner: The new z/OSMF Workflows feature optimizes programming tasks
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Solutions: OMC-FLASH 4.7.0; z86VM; Storage Director 4.2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 55
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Stop Run: IBMer's passion for engineering puts his house to work
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - RF2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September 2014 - 2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition
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