IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 11

IBM calls this Product
ServerPac, and it's intended to
let you order products in the sets
you want to install, migrate and
maintain together. Unless you
run exactly the same products
on every system, this can help
reduce the number of system and
subsystem builds and individual
product installations needed to
create the product sets you want
to have available for deployment
to different environments within
your enterprise.

Many Options
However, there's more to do.
ServerPac is perhaps too flexible
in offering its plethora of options,
and it's more complex than it
needs to be.
The three standard IBM
offerings available in most
countries are ServerPac, CBPDO
and the Standalone Products and
Fixes ordering path. Worldwide,
IBM has no fewer than six
different ways to order and install
products on the z/OS platform
supported in the online ordering
and delivery solution Shopz.
Shopz presents these offering
choices before you can see what
products stand behind each one,
and not all products are available
in all of the offerings.
So let's take a step back. If you
were in charge at IBM, how many
ways would you want to have for
your clients to order and install
software from its Shopz ordering
portal? Most people would
probably say "one."
Let's assume one is the right
number. What do we start with?
ServerPac has the greatest
degree of completion for any
z/OS platform offering, and two
important attributes we must
retain: product aggregation and
service integration. The first
makes it possible to use a single
procedure to order and install all
of the products in a package at

once. The second removes much or most
of the work required to achieve service currency
prior to deployment. No other IBM offering
achieves these objectives. So we should start
with ServerPac.
However, ServerPac needs to do more. Many
product setup tasks remain after you exit its
installation path on the first system where you
install the products it includes, and many must
be repeated when you pick up those products
and deploy them elsewhere. ServerPac lacks the
infrastructure to handle either the additional tasks
or repeating them for additional environments.
Many products remain on the "not available
in Product ServerPac" list. In its current form,
ServerPac requires all products it includes to be
packaged using SMP/E. Finally, ServerPac has no
capability to allow tasks to be directed to different
people in different roles.
In the meantime, z/OS Management Facility
(z/OSMF) is being built out as base element of z/OS

starting with z/OS V2.2. z/OSMF
has a Software Management
plug-in, or application. Software
Management supported
operations called "deployments,"
which strongly resemble
installation activities. z/OSMF
also supports constructs called
"workflows," which can keep
your place in a series of tasks and
coordinate them among team
members.
Defining "installation" as the
set of tasks required between the
time you get a product from a
software vendor and readiness
to use it in production, as I do,
you might have looked back
and forth at ServerPac and
z/OSMF and pondered
questions such as:

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Trusting the System
Partner PoV: A Reliable Advantage: Use z/OS resources and tools for data protection
Currents: Simplifying Offerings: The direction is to streamline product installation on the z/OS platform
R&D: Unintended Emissions: IBM uses low-cost sensors to help address climate change issues
Trends: Dedicated Support Staff: IBM Technology Support Services offers protection for business resiliency and continuity
Special Report: Security, Cost and Talent: Magazine Reader Survey reveals top concerns among mainframe users
Cover Story: Trusting the System: The new IBM z14 emphasizes security, insights and a connected ecosystem
Feature: Paradigm Shift to Encryption: Pervasive encryption is the no-compromise approach to data protection on IBM z14
Administrator: A Step Up: Java with z14 features hardware facilities for secure, high-performance transaction processing
Solutions: MegaCryption V6.4.2 for z/OS, Advanced Software Products Group Inc.; SCRTPro, Watson & Walker
Stop Run: Attuned to Business: Rocket president encourages employee coloaboration with house band
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2017 Mainframe Solutions Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Editor's Desk: Trusting the System
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Partner PoV: A Reliable Advantage: Use z/OS resources and tools for data protection
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Currents: Simplifying Offerings: The direction is to streamline product installation on the z/OS platform
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - CT1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - CT2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - R&D: Unintended Emissions: IBM uses low-cost sensors to help address climate change issues
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Trends: Dedicated Support Staff: IBM Technology Support Services offers protection for business resiliency and continuity
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Special Report: Security, Cost and Talent: Magazine Reader Survey reveals top concerns among mainframe users
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SR16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Cover Story: Trusting the System: The new IBM z14 emphasizes security, insights and a connected ecosystem
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Feature: Paradigm Shift to Encryption: Pervasive encryption is the no-compromise approach to data protection on IBM z14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 48
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 50
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Administrator: A Step Up: Java with z14 features hardware facilities for secure, high-performance transaction processing
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 52
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 54
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Solutions: MegaCryption V6.4.2 for z/OS, Advanced Software Products Group Inc.; SCRTPro, Watson & Walker
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Stop Run: Attuned to Business: Rocket president encourages employee coloaboration with house band
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 2017 Mainframe Solutions Edition
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SE2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - SE3
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