• October 20, 2020

IBM Db2 Cloning Tool: Previewing a New Face for a Powerful Product

IBM Db2 Cloning Tool high-level description The IBM Db2 Cloning Tool (Cloning Tool) moves Db2 for z/OS objects and data like an earthmover moves land, while performing some very precise and surgical checks and updates. If you are not familiar with the product, the highest-level descriptions would be to: Create clones of entire Db2 subsystems/data […]

Legendary Help: Preparing Public Services for Increased Demand

Across the globe, government services are experiencing an increased demand to connect with public services. As non-essential businesses remain closed and economic downturn looms, more people are accessing social services for government help and benefits. The COVID pandemic has also highlighted an issue that has been threatening government services but was intensified by the pandemic. […]

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. […]

Reducing Shadow IT Through Digital Transformation

All businesses today have a hybrid IT environment. They pay for collections of servers,  be they UNIX servers, Windows servers, cloud servers or mainframe servers. Other IT spending includes mobile,  desktop and end-user devices. In many cases, those budgets might be by server domain, so the mainframe budget is separate and independent of the rest […]

Common Disasters: Preparing for Outages

As we struggle with unprecedented challenges around the globe, IT departments are gearing up to enable remote access, work-from-home, and ongoing business operations in ways that they never anticipated before. It’s heroic work done with limited warning—and it’s keeping companies around the world operational. The Critical Role of Core Systems It’s in precisely these times […]

Rethinking the role of the IBM Z during the COVID-19 quarantine

The COVID-19 quarantine is changing a lot of our lives, including working from home 100% of the time. This makes it a great time to revisit how your business is using its IBM Z. There are some terrific capabilities that can dramatically improve your business’ responsiveness to problems. These include reacting to spikes in business […]

JIRA for Rocket Aldon

Everyone loves JIRA (well, almost everyone). And what’s not to love? Many consider Atlassian’s JIRA the go-to tool for managing projects for many reasons. It’s highly customizable, it’s not restricted to a single platform, and it can be hosted on-prem or in the cloud.  Its capability to include requirement and change management processes adapted to […]

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 […]

Modernization

AS/400: Ready for New Challenges

There’s an old adage about how a fish can’t see the water — just as we can’t see the air. It’s there, it keeps us alive, and we don’t give it much thought until it’s missing. The same is true for legacy systems like AS/400. It’s there, it’s keeping the business alive, and it’s definitely […]