Automation products like IBM Tivoli Systems Automation and Tivoli Workload Scheduler revolutionised z/OS operations in the 1990s. No longer did we need people manually submitting jobs, and managing job schedules. No longer did we need operators constantly monitoring the z/OS console for errors, or manually entering commands at certain times of the day. Automation did all of this for us, and more.
But the basic facilities of z/OS, JES and other systems haven’t stood still. Today, there are many more automation features in the base products than there were. So do we still need this automation software?
This is what our two technical articles look at this issue.
In doing this, we also take a fresh look at some old and new z/OS and JES features, which are of use even for sites with automation software. In our first article, we take systems automation products that provde message and command automation like CA Ops/MVS and BMC AutoOperator. Our second article covers automated job scheduling software like CA-ESP and BMC Control-M.
Finally, in our opinion article, we argue that many sites are not keeping their message automation up to date. And this could be bad.
We hope you enjoy this issue.