Utilities that make your life with IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS easier
apsware easy provides vital add-on functionality offering major enhancements to the existing IBM Workload Scheduler for z/OS (IWS) feature set that is of immediate benefit to your operations personnel, application developers and your business results.
apsware easy unload/load
Explicitly or generically unload any or all IWS for z/OS base definitions in a standardized sequential format allowing for mass changes, application cloning, introduction into a change/configuration management process and archiving.
Users have the ability to generically filter on many different fields to qualify what will be unloaded. Users can even qualify applications and then specify that all resources associated with those applications be downloaded as well.
Mass changes can be performed on partial or whole strings of the base definitions using literal values or variables. Specific application parameters can actually be mass changed directly within the AD database, without an unload/load process. Based on these features, users can clone subsets of base definitions with their resources and easily port them to other IWS for z/OS systems; for example, moving applications and resources from TEST to PROD or visa versa. Mass deletions can also be performed removing unused resources.
apsware easy is ideally positioned to enable IWS for z/OS for DevOps initiatives.
Export and import of all IWSz definitions
- Application Definitions
- Operator Instructions
- Workstation information
- JCL Variable Tables
- Special Resource Descriptions
- Run Cycle Groups
- Support for the unloading/loading of ALL base definitions
- DevOps enablement of IWSz
- Integration into change management process
- Easy and fast application cloning
- Time savings in dealing with base definitions
- Backup and archiving of IWS definitions
apsware easy setup
Trial simulation and resolution of JCL with TWS variables during any JCL edit from the AD, LTP or CP, verifying production JCL and eliminating OJCV errors during batch execution.
Pre-substitution of JCL variable values at any point in time for an unlimited number of jobs, instead of submit time, saving significantly on job setup time.
JCL variable coding aide (edit macro) that simplifies variable coding while reducing errors.
Working with IWS JCL variables in a secure way
Testing IWS variables in JCLs through substitution avoids costly errors resulting in downtime. The trial setup function of Setup Mode allows you to simulate variable substitutions for jobs in applications from within ISPF, or in batch, without submission. Substitution and resolution can be derived from the IWS AD, LTP or CP. When based on the AD users can also specify any input arrival date and time. Based on explicit or generic filtering one or more applications may be selected for simulation.
The real setup function of Setup Mode allows you to pre-substitute, or “prime”, your variables at any point in time, for an unlimited number of jobs, rather than only at submission time. This saves significant amounts of time during the job setup phase.
The IBM Redbook Maximizing your OPC/TWS/IWS Throughput states as follows: “Preliminary stage JCL: Move as much JCL as possible to the JS file before it reaches a ready state, using a program interface staging program. If severe problems are encountered it may be necessary to do this manually. The preferred method is to use an IWS PIF program.”
The VAR Edit macro of Setup Mode provides support for users in coding of IWS supplied variables providing a “point and and shoot” method of creating variables. This method reduces the risk of errors while speeding up the definition process.
- Reduced downtime resulting from OJVC errors
- Increased reliability
- Enhanced performance during IWS job submission
- Significant time savings working with job variables
application definition and planning
Automate dynamic ad-hoc batch jobs
Automated generation of dynamic IWS ad-hoc Jobs
Applications can be defined and planned both in dialog and in batch. Using apsware easy ADP in batch allows for the generation of dynamic ad-hoc jobs. For example a database utility could run and generate ad-hoc jobs through ADP Mode that will compress the appropriate databases.
- Easy submission of ad-hoc jobs
- Automation of dynamic ad-hoc jobs