• July 8, 2020

IBM Z for the Next Generation: What New Graduates Need to Know

“Why is IBM Z® important?” It’s a phrase I hear often when I talk with fellow coders who ask what kind of developing I did at Rocket Software. My answer to this question is usually, “Well, they are still widely used in almost every essential service across the world.”.” I’m the first to admit that, […]

Adapting to the new normal: Remote work and the mainframe

Work from home has become an essential business proposition and it’s not just for today. It’s something that we’re going to live with for many years. As a result, we need to rethink how we’re connecting to the mainframe today. Accessing the mainframe First things first, a connection is necessary. Rocket BlueZone Web 3270 emulator. […]

DB2 Cloning Tool: Enabling Db2 for z/OS Provisioning (PH00169)

Are you looking for a way for Db2 for z/OS to participate in your company’s DevOps processes? Have the requests for test object and data creation, and refreshes, in support of Agile sprints, increased as developers strive to meet business demands? The Cloning Tool stands ready to help. Sure, the IBM Db2 Cloning Tool can […]

People are asking “What is Db2 DevOps Experience for z/OS?”

This article was originally published on the IBM community blog and was written in collaboration with Patrick Bossman, an STSM for Db2 for z/OS at IBM, Paul McWilliams, an Information Developer for Db2 for z/OS at IBM, and Paul Bartak, Principle Solutions Advisor for Db2 Tools for z/OS at Rocket Software. IBM Db2 DevOps Experience […]

Db2 Cloning Tool: Enhanced App Cloning Index Processing (PI99726)

If you perform Application (Tablespace) Cloning with the Cloning Tool, chances are that you will experience a free performance boost after applying APAR PI99726 (PTF UI57180). It is likely that indexes are included in your cloning LISTDEF definition or via the COPY parameter, ALWAYS-COPY-INDEXSPACES. With this enhancement, the Cloning Tool Source job will be able […]

Db2 Cloning Tool: What is Skeleton Cloning?

Unless you’ve seen a presentation on the Cloning Tool, you may not be aware of support for something called Skeleton Cloning. The only references to “skeleton” in the user guide are in the context of ISPF, and there’s no mention of it in the panels or profiles.  Skeleton Cloning is a subset of Subsystem Cloning, […]

Now available: open-source drivers for IBM Db2 Connect

The marriage of mainframe applications and open source software continues to deliver innovative solutions for Enterprise customers. Companies are always looking for ways to take advantage of the unmatched reliability of these systems as well as continue to leverage their legacy investments. Many global banking and financial services organizations as well as major airlines and […]

DB2 change accumulation tool tips

Data availability is the key to ensure your customers can do business around the clock. Many times, taking data offline for DB2 utility maintenance is difficult to do. But with the DB2 Change Accumulation Tool, you can easily take SHRLEVEL REFERENCE image copies that can be used to restore data, all without touching the production […]

DB2 Utility Monitor Tools

Have you ever wanted to enforce which DB2 utility parameters people can execute? Do you wish you could change the severity of a DB2 message? The DB2 Utilities Enhancement Tool enables you to do just that. The Utility Monitor feature allows DBAs to customize how DB2 utilities are executed from end to end. Track who […]