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z/OS Customers: Time to Swap Out Your Checkpoint Restart Tools

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Top reasons to swap your batch checkpoint solution today! 

If you’re running z/OS, in all likelihood, your batch processing jobs have been on a set-it-and-forget-it schedule for years. Your batch streams run without intervention and the people who set up those jobs are probably long gone. But batch processing remains a critical aspect of running z/OS and it is not prudent to wait till an issue sneaks up on you (a schedule over-running into an online window, output not received on time, etc.) to reassess the efficacy of your current checkpoint solution.   

There are two main reasons to consider swapping out your current z/OS batch checkpoint products:  

  • Exorbitant costs  
  • Substandard support  

Exorbitant costs:  

With the continuing rise in inflation, companies running z/OS are taking a hard look at their portfolios to simplify solution stacks and find cost savings wherever possible. But software vendors are still holding them hostage with excessive licensing and maintenance fees, with little to no software enhancements and very poor technical support. Many vendors have increased their prices dramatically. For some companies, the prices were already too high.   

One of the easiest ways to achieve cost savings is to switch to Db2 Checkpoint for your batch processing. We have been able to swap out other vendor batch checkpoint products with Db2 Checkpoint for customers to drive cost savings of 80+%.    

Substandard support:  

Software vendors have been acquired and reacquired multiple times in the mainframe space. Each time a product is acquired, not only does the cost go up, but many knowledgeable personnel leave.  What was the response time and resolution time of your last support call? Considering that batch restart products are usually part of mission-critical applications, was your vendor’s response commensurate with the critical nature of your application?  

What Does It Take: Cost & Time to Swap Out  

Changing batch application restart solutions does not have to be an intimidating task. Depending on what you have, many products can be swapped out with simple JCL changes. Others can use either a source conversion tool (SCT) or swap the pre-compiler for ours after making JCL changes.   

The point is that the task is not as daunting as you might think.  We are here to help every step of the way. We’ve been able to help a European government authority save over a million dollars a year in support fees. Additionally, a US-based insurance company has benefitted greatly from our legendary support.   

View the 30-minute session to see how easy and low risk a swap out is and the steps you can take. If you’d like to discuss your options or have any questions about the swap out process or pricing, please feel free to reach out to me at neal.lozins@freschesolutions.com or the support team at info@freschesolutions.com


SoftBase attending Regional Db2 Users Group meetings in September, 2019

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SoftBase will be represented at these Regional Db2 Users Group meetings:

St. Louis (STLDUG), September 10, 2019
Wisconsin (WDUG), September 11, 2019
Midwest (MWDUG), September 19, 2019


SoftBase sponsored lunch at the Central Ohio DB2 Usergroup Meeting December 4, 2018

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SoftBase sponsored lunch at the Central Ohio DB2 Usergroup Meeting December 4, 2018.

See the presentation on the SoftBase products

 


DB2 z/OS Development Webinar: SQLCODE -911 – Now What?

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WEBINAR: SQLCODE -911 – Now What?

Thursday, December 14 2017 2:00PM-3:00PM Eastern

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The Deadlock timeout, or Db2 z/OS sqlcode -911, is a problem that Db2 developers, as well as operations and production personnel, frequently encounter. It happens when a job attempts to access a resource, such as a row, page, table, or index that is locked by another job.

Identifying the ‘participant’ job holding the lock is critical for the developer trying to diagnose the problem. Developers often don’t even know that they caused an issue for the ‘victim’ job receiving the -911. Unfortunately, this can be difficult and sometimes impossible to identify without help from a DBA or someone with higher permissions. Left unresolved, the issue can cause serious production performance degradation.

Join SoftBase’s z/OS Db2 expert Neal Lozins for a webinar on December 14th at 2PM Eastern to:

• Learn common causes of SQLCODE -911
• Understand why troubleshooting -911 is challenging
• Review manual techniques for identifying -911 error source
• Discover automated tools that can help you quickly resolve -911

Neal will also show you a live demo where you’ll learn how to quickly diagnose a -911 code with SoftBase’s Db2 DeadLock Advisor and Db2 Catalog Guide.

 

Register now

 


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!

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

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

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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.


Webinar Replay: 6-Steps to Determining if DB2 Multi-Row Fetch is Right for Your Shop

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We had  a great turnout yesterday for our webinar 6-Steps to Determining if DB2 Multi-Row Fetch is Right for Your Shop. Scott did an excellent job explaining how to identify the programs and cursors with the highest potential savings from MRF and how to calculate the overall potential CPU savings from implementing MRF. Our DB2 Tech panel also did a terrific job answering attendee questions during the Q&A session.

Watch the video replay of the presentation below. The actual presentation ends at about the 18:50 mark, the remainder of the video includes the detailed Q&A session with our DB2 tech panel. Enjoy!


DB2 Multi-Row Fetch can reduce CPU time – but is it worth the effort?

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6-Steps to Determining if DB2 Multi-Row Fetch is Right for Your Shop

 

SoftBase is providing a free tutorial on how to identify the programs and cursors with the highest potential savings from MRF and how to calculate the overall potential CPU savings from implementing MRF.

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify the best program and cursor candidates for MRF
  • Calculate your potential CPU savings from MRF
  • Access free tools to help you calculate ROI from implementing MRF manually or automatically
  • Determine if an MRF retrofit project is valuable enough to pursue

Wednesday, May 8

2:00-3:00pm Eastern

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DB2 Parallel Development and Testing – Made Easy

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Watch the video below and learn how to:

  • consolidate your test environment into a single database in a single subsystem,
  • realize faster application time-to-completion and higher developer productivity,
  • overcome typical challenges of parallel and single-threaded testing, and
  • improve ROI on your existing test data management tools.

The Slice tool can be installed in less than a day. Learn more about it here.