|Mainframe Utilities and Development Tools Software|
IBM Corporation provides utility programs for organizing and maintaining data in its mainframe operating systems. The utilities perform frequently used functions. The functions and control provided by a utility fall into three categories: system, dataset utilities, and independent.
System utilities are programs for maintaining and manipulating system and user datasets and entire volumes. The programs are required to reside in an authorized library and are controlled by JCL and utility control statements.
Dataset utility programs reorganize, change, or compare data at the dataset or record level. The programs are controlled by JCL statements and utility control statements. The utilities are used to manipulate partitioned, sequential or indexed sequential datasets, or PDSE: partitioned datasets extended provided as input to the programs. Data can be manipulated from fields within a logical record including up to an entire dataset.
Independent utilities are programs to prepare devices for system use when the operating system is not available. Independent utilities operate outside of the operating system and are controlled by utility control statements. An independent program supports the mainframe operating system, but cannot be invoked by a calling program.
SYS-ED's cadre of system consultants are recognized experts in application development with legacy programming languages and mainframe system software. For the better part of a a quarter century, we have been
teaching integrated hands-on exercises for mainframe utilities and development tools for the IBM mainframe environment. Members of our staff participated in first generation implementation of the mainframe utilities and developments tools which in most cases predates the current corporate ownership of the software:
InterTest, Panvalet, Roscoe, Vollie, Wylbur, DYL-280, Endevor, File-AID family of products, TSO Xpediter, CICS Xpediter, Easytrieve, SDF-II, and Syncsort.
Better than the Training Offered by the Big Three:
IBM, Computer Associates, and Compuware
SYS-ED has been called on by leading software companies, IBM, Computer Associates,
Compuware, and Serena Software, to train their clients how to code and debug legacy programming languages in mainframe system software environments.
In conjunction with teaching industry standard mainframe utility and development tools courses, guidelines are provided:
|CA Endevor SCM
||Installation specific release and emergency packages recommendations.
||Accelerating and improving application development and system testing under CICS InterTest with the Assembler, COBOL, and PL/1 programming languages.
||Customizing data to operational requirements and enhancing the reliability of data in a production system.
||Accelerating the coding and debugging of programs and automating the analysis, testing process, and implementation of applications.
The SYS-ED advantage, for Fortune 1000, government municipalities, healthcare providers, and consulting companies is that not only do we know the utilities, but we are recognized experts on the systems software - VSAM, IMS, CICS, and DB2 and operating systems: z/OS, Z/VM, and z/VSE. And truth be told, when it comes to a difficult assignment; such as when IBM software developers needed guidance in designing and coding products to compete with Compuware software or when Computer Associates does not have a multidisciplinary employee on its staff to teach DYL-280(VISION:RESULTS) in a
DL/1 VSE shop, these industry leaders call on SYS-EDís system consultant instructors to ďexplain and teachĒ.
An impartial analysis of the featureset of the IBM Tools is provided in relation to the third party mainframe utilities and development tools software.
Mainframe Training by SYS-ED
When it comes to legacy programming languages - COBOL, Assembler Language, PL/1, Fortran, and REXX, evolutionary systems software - VSAM, CICS, IMS, DB2, IDMS, and
ADABAS and new technologies integrated with IBM mainframe systems - WebSphere MQ, SYS-EDís credentials in terms of consultancy experience and advanced degrees in many situations will be superior to that of the employees from the source software companies. We recognize and differentiate between industry standard content and educational consulting.
SYS-ED will not accept a mainframe utilities and development tools assignment without a consultation with the prospective client organization. We review the background of the employees to be trained, operating environment, documented standards, and project specifications, and use that information to select the code snippets, examples, skeleton programs, and hands-on exercises. We then prepare a training strategy: lesson plan, modular courseware, training aids, and validation assessment. The pre course consultation allow us to identify and differentiate between teaching an industry standard course
as compared to the clientís true need for educational consultancy: guidelines and best practices. And when not confident that we can provide a superior training outcome, will politely turn down an assignment.
SYS-ED reviews information in the public domain distributed by software companies, international standards committees, and purveyors of open source software. We perform our own independent analysis and assessment of benchmarks for software updates and new products. Vendor documentation and third party content is
interpreted and selectively incorporated into our courseware and training aids. SYS-ED clients are invited to submit mainframe questions. Our system consultants and CETi
answer, explain, and where applicable reference source documentation. Questions are reviewed and answered on a first-come/first serve-basis. This service is
available through our categorized and software specific mainframe websites.
SYS-ED courseware incorporates industry standard content and consultancy derived techniques for utilizing third party and IBM mainframe utilities to manage datasets and simplify application development. An important component in the delivery of the
programming language training was the development of courseware: student handouts, walkthroughs, examples, workshops, and training aids. The principles of adult learning have been applied to the content, interpreting and translating subject matter into performance objectives, narrative descriptions, and diagrams which explain the architecture, design, and logic of the programming language. Our courseware library has been incrementally
augmented, revised, and maintained. It is highly valued where there is a scarcity of up to date textbooks. For organizationís which have a requirement for its own employees to teach mainframe utilities and development tools courses or present the courseware through a
web-based learning medium, courseware will be licensed for utilization in the client's presentation system.
Courseware as Learning Center
SYS-ED's mainframe utilities and development courseware has been extended for utilization in a distance-learning delivery medium and integration with the web-based mainframe curriculum.
It is a by product of a commitment to excellence and helping information technology professionals learn. Courseware as a learning center is used in conjunction with teaching mainframe training programs.
It is available for use in an advertising free environment for prospective client organizations to prequalify the employees to be trained and provide remedial instruction.
Feedback is used to augment and refine the reference documentation to address operational requirements.