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SoftBase Announces General Availability for Batch Healthcare Release 3.3.1

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 SoftBase Announces General Availability for Batch Healthcare Release 3.3.1

Latest release of DB2 optimization utility enhances user productivity; adds additional features to further improve application efficiency while expanding platform support


Asheville, N.C. — August 16, 2016SoftBase, a leading global provider of DB2 z/OS tools that optimize DB2 utilization, today announced the General Availability of its Batch Healthcare solution, version 3.3.1 (BHC331).

This latest release adds features for both the Attach Facility and DeadLock Advisor components of Batch Healthcare that improve user productivity and expand the tools’ existing capabilities. The new version also provides support for all current versions of DB2 up to and including v11NFM and supports DB2 v11 expanded RBA and LRNS. Read the full list of enhancements below:

  • Attach Facility MRF Feature enhancements
    • New MRFPKG() parameter provides additional options for binding MRF DB2 Collections, allowing users the ability to share the MRF packages under a single collection ID.
    • MRF support for EBCDIC and UNICODE Package Encoding, which provides MRF with the ability to search the DB2 Catalog for application packages, regardless of the DB2 subsystem encoding scheme.
    • More comprehensive messaging, making it easier for users to quickly identify and resolve MRF related issues.
  • Deadlock Advisor now dynamically adds the DLA sub-system after each IPL which:
    • Precludes the requirement for operations issue SETSSI MVS commands.
    • Provides an alternative to those sites that do not want to update their IEFSSNxx member of PARMLIB.
  • Support for all current versions of DB2 up to and including DB2 v11NFM
  • Support for DB2 v11 expanded RBA and LRSN


“Batch Healthcare new capabilities were requested by existing or prospective customers,” said product development manager Jim Spires.  “Our development is driven by customer requests, as well as market relevant features such as MRF.  Being sensitive to both our customers’ specific needs and the continuously changing needs of the DB2 z/OS community gives us the competitive edge to create software with unique capabilities that you won’t find anywhere else.”



About Batch Healthcare

Batch Healthcare provides a far more cost-effective and reliable solution to shorten your batch run times than purchasing expensive CPU upgrades. The Batch Healthcare Solution consists of 4 features:

  • Batch Analyzer Facility™ allows companies to quickly diagnose and treat a wide variety of health problems that eat up excessive CPU cycles and contribute to production job failures and expensive CPU upgrades.
  • In the event a production DB2 job fails, Checkpoint Facility™ will allow you to checkpoint, restart and complete these jobs as quickly as possible.
  • Attach Facility™ enhances the batch DB2® environment by eliminating the use of TSO and by providing many features that enhance the batch DB2 environment, making it a valuable addition to the application developer’s toolkit. Attach Facility’s Patent-Pending MRF feature enables applications to take advantage of multi-row FETCH without source code changes.
  • DeadLock Advisor™ identifies the source of deadlock timeouts and resource unavailable conditions and presents that information in the offending and offended batch job’s log.


About SoftBase

Headquartered in Asheville, N.C., SoftBase, a division of Fresche Legacy, has provided industry-leading DB2 application testing and performance-tuning solutions for 25 years. With a combination of proven testing and performance-tuning tools and unrivaled customer support, SoftBase creates a better DB2 experience for application developers and DB2 administrators, enabling faster and easier creation of reliable, high quality DB2 applications. For more information, call 1-800-669-7076 or visit

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Announcing Softdate Version 4.5

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We’re please to announce that Softdate version 4.5 is available now.

The Softdate Date and Time Simulation (DTS) Data Protection Suite allows you to simply and easily test date and time logic in your key applications by “time traveling” to future dates and times that are significant to your business logic.

New features in 4.5 include:

  • Beyond year 2042 support. Current hardware and software limitations in zSeries systems and z/OS restrict the maximum date that the system clock can handle to 17 September 2042. Now Softdate v4.5 uniquely allows you to test your applications with dates greater than 2042, meaning you can now test application logic around long-dated events such as mortgage and life insurance policy maturation.
  • Different virtual clocks for distributed DB2 users. Different distributed users of a single DB2 subsystem can now each run with different virtual clock settings, allowing maximum flexibility when testing distributed apps.
  • SETS enhancements for distributed DB2. The exclusive SETS (Softdate Enterprise Time Synchronization) cross-platform feature was already available in v4.4. Now, in v4.5, SETS can automatically synchronize virtual clocks for distributed DB2 users across z/OS, Windows and Linux/Unix to enable seamless cross-platform enterprise app testing.
    Softdate/z version 4.5
  • Java support in multiple concurrent Softdate/z systems. Softdate/z was already unique in being able to run multiple copies in the same z/OS image to allow easy migration to new releases. However, Java (and TIME PC) support could only be active in one of these systems. Now, with v4.5, Java and TIME PC support can be turned on in multiple concurrently running Softdate/z systems.
  • Other miscellaneous enhancements, such as daily warning messages as licence expiry approaches, and removal of the need to disable JIT-compilation for Java date/time classes for Java 7.1 and above.

Contact us to learn more about this release.

SoftBase Announces General Availability for TestBase Release 5.2

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TestBase 5.2 further improves test data management with Enterprise COBOL optimization, improved data privacy features, and DB2v11 support.


TestBase helps DB2 shops test new database applications faster and with fewer resources, reducing both time to market and overall development costs. The newest version, 5.2, includes several features that enable faster extraction and manipulation of test data by through Enterprise COBOL optimization, in addition to performance enhancements inherent in DB2v11. Enhanced data management features enable users to extract a subset from an existing subset, in addition to being able to mask data by replacing the target data with data from a different source.


New features in TestBase 5.2 include:

  • Pre-Compiled with DB2V11 and DB2V10
  • V5.1 with highest level of optimization which seems to yield about a 10% performance enhancement resulting in faster file extracts, data masking and load
  • TestBase Privatize and Populate option now provides the ability to extract from an existing subset of slice data
  • TestBase Mandatory Masking (Data Privacy) now allows users to replace the object being masked with a different source (table, view, TestBase view, etc.)
  • TestBase Slice – Lock table process allows for the removal of statements from a source library
  • Some TestBase install tables add keyword VOLATILE to protect against inadvertent RUNSTATs
  • TestBase file compare – Option added to eliminate tables that match from the report


Click here to view the full release summary.

Interested in TestBase?

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Interesting Article: Back to the Future with the mainframe

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We ran across an interesting mainframe article on CA’s website: Back to the Future with the mainframe

The author, CA’s Michale Madden, makes a humourous comparison between today’s mainframe programmers and the characters from the 1980’s hit movie ‘Back to the Future’. Michael makes some excellent points as to why the mainframe isn’t going away anytime soon, and discusses how today’s cloud platforms can learn a thing or two from the mainframe, including:

  1. Multi-tenancy
  2. Dynamic scaling
  3. Unique user experience
  4. Fine-grained usage monitoring
  5. Support thousands of users with a small group of admins

You can read the full article here.

Test like you mean it! Shorten DB2 z/OS development time by increasing testing.

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WEBINAR: Test like you mean it! Shorten DB2 z/OS development time by increasing testing.
DATE: | Watch the recorded webinar here

Application Development and QA Management often find themselves caught between the need for applications to meet rigorous quality standards and the ever-increasing pressure to get new code into production as fast as possible. In many cases, the development process becomes bottle-necked by testing requirements.

TestBase, SoftBase’s test data management solution for z/OS, both accelerates application development and helps your code meet high quality standards by empowering developers to test faster and more thoroughly than ever.

Join us for this free webinar for a brief webinar where you’ll learn how TestBase can help you improve your application development and QA process:
• Test faster with referentially intact subsets of data instead of full production data
• Test more completely by establishing and reusing important test cases
• Test concurrently and independently with individually managed test areas of the same database

Even if you can’t attend the live event, sign up anyway, and you’ll receive a link to the recording. We look forward to seeing you there!


Learn more about TestBase or contact us.

DB2 z/OS Development Webinar: Better Testing = More Testing

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WEBINAR: DB2 z/OS Development: Better Testing = More Testing
Watch the replay here

Is your DB2 application development process bottle-necked by testing? Does the quality of your application suffer because there is insufficient testing?

Driven by cost constraints and expectations of instant gratification, DB2 shops have less time than ever to get new code into production, yet applications should still pass rigorous QA standards.

TestBase, SoftBase’s test data management solution for z/OS allows you to meet these contradictory goals. It accelerates and improves DB2 z/OS application development and implementation by empowering developers to perform tests faster and more thoroughly and by consolidating the test data management processes.

Watch this recorded webinar where DB2 expert Neal Lozins will show you how TestBase can help you:

TEST FASTER with referentially intact subsets of data instead of full production data

  • Reduce test load, setup and run time by using less data
  • Use less disk space and avoid fighting for DASD acquisition
  • Perform iterative tests and verify results quickly and easily
  • Do more testing with fast and simple setup and verification

TEST MORE EFFICIENTLY by establishing and reusing important test cases

  • Store, find and quickly retrieve test cases using TestBase’s documented test case inventory
  • Ensure test cases are retained, even if table changes occur, with automatic data conversion

TEST CONCURRENTLY & INDEPENDENTLY with individually managed test areas of the same database

  • Execute multiple tests against the same database at the same time without interference
  • Empower users to load test cases to their own test region and test at any time
  • Remove hesitance to share test data by making it repayable on demand

Watch now

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[Podcast] Fastest DB2 Test Data Subsetting: From 300M rows production to 100,000 rows RI test data in <2 minutes

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One of our TestBase customers, a very large Federal Agency, recently broke what we think must be a world record for fastest RI DB2 test data extraction and subsetting live DB2 production data. Listen to the 6-minute podcast below to learn how this company was able to:

  • Extract a 100,000 row subset of Referentially Intact (RI) DB2 data (to be used for testing) from a 300M+ row database of live customer production data in UNDER 2 Minutes
  • Took advantage of several clever DB2 features to help facilitate this extremely fast transfer, including
    • Multi-Row Fetch
    • Multi-Row Inserts
    • Global Temporary Tables
    • Key Value Assignments

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Not mentioned in the audio above, the same customer was also able to create a similar extract of 25M rows of RI DB2 test data from the same live production database in under 40 minutes – quite an impressive feat.

Click here to learn more about TestBase or feel free to contact us here.

Webinar Replay: Top 10 Best Practices for Date Time Simulation Testing z/OS Application

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Watch the replay of Tuesday’s webinar: Top 10 Best Practices for Date Time Simulation Testing z/OS Applications.

James Phillips with our partner company DDV Technologies did a great job explaining the need, tools and techniques for proper Date/Time Simulation testing.



Below is a link to the webinar slide deck and some resources we referenced in the webinar:

Slide Deck – Top 10 Best Practices for SOA Date and Time Simulation Testing.pdf

SoftBase SoftDate Webinar Best SOA Practices for DTS.pdf

Case Study – SoftDate and Large US Federal Agency.pdf

SoftDate’s Total Cost of Ownership.pdf

SoftDate and SOA.pdf

SoftDate zOS Date & Time Simulation Datasheet.pdf

Webinar: Top 10 Best Practices for Date Time Simulation Testing z/OS Applications

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Date/Time: Tuesday, August 20th 2:00-3:00pm Eastern;  Register here

Most z/OS mainframe applications are designed to perform special actions at certain dates or times, such as: the last day of the week, month, quarter or year; public holidays; the clock rollover at midnight; policy renewal and anniversary dates; etc.  Without running them under a simulated future date and time, these applications can’t be fully verified and may cause unforeseen, and potentially highly visible, problems in production.

Accurate Date/Time Simulation (DTS) testing:

  • Prevents IT downtime
  • Protects against financial errors due to wrong dates and times
  • Reduces regression testing costs

Unfortunately, DTS testing usually involves additional expensive LPARs, time consuming and error-prone IPLs, or inflexible tools that force manual workarounds during system upgrades. SoftBase and DTS industry leader DDV Technologies have teamed up to bring you an educational presentation on the Top 10 Best Practices for DTS testing z/OS applications, with special emphasis on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). In this 60 minute webinar, you’ll learn how to perform DTS testing:

  • On time and under budget
  • Across all critical mainframe z/OS environments
  • Without requiring manual workarounds
  • While keeping dedicated system resources to a minimum!

Join us to learn how to most effectively complete DTS testing for your z/OS applications! Click here to register.

BHC 3.2.2 GA Release Announcement

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General Availability (GA) Release

All Facilities:


  • Integration of all fixes from previous releases
  • Provides full support for DB2 v10NFM*

*Exception – Checkpoint Facility CKPTCSR() feature (‘Cursor Trigger’)

Attach Facility:


  • MRF – More efficient catalog accesses
  • MRF – More comprehensive messaging

DeadLock Advisor Facility:


  • Code changes to resolve storage overlay issue

The most up-to-date list of revisions is available at: