Wikipedia of IBM Mainframe Computers

List of Mainframe Software & Tools:

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Provides information after abends to assist in problem determination. Includes product-specific information for CICS, IMS, DB2, Websphere MQ and CA IDMS.


Adaptable DAta BAse System (ADABAS). Inverted list database management system first released in 1971 for DOS, and OS/MFT and OS/MVT (later MVS). Later ported to other systems including Open/VMS, UNIX and Microsoft Windows.



Application development system to generate COBOL and PL/I applications on several platforms including z/OS, Microsoft Windows, UNIX, and Unisys OS2200. On z/OS, supports batch, CICS and IMS applications. On z/VSE, supports batch and CICS. Database access support includes IMS and DB2 databases.



Airline Control System, IBM Transaction processing system, specifically designed for airline and hotel reservation systems. Provides z/TPF APIs for z/OS, allowing most z/TPF applications to run under ALCS. ALCS applications can use z/OS facilities such as Websphere MQ for messaging and DB2 for database access.


Access Manager for CICS

Access Oracle databases on z/OS from CICS applications.

ACI Acquirer

Multi-currency merchant management system.

ACI Issuer

Credit Card and account management system.

ACI Interchange

Central monetary transaction manager. The main transaction source for ACI Issuer and ACI Acquirer. Provides a clearing engine and manages settlement interfaces with the major international payment schemes. Multi-platform client/server application using DB2 on z/OS or Oracle/UNIX databases, and UNIX based applications.


Adaptable DAta BAse System (ADABAS). Inverted list database management system first released in 1971 for DOS, and OS/MFT and OS/MVT (later MVS). Later ported to other systems including Open/VMS, UNIX and Microsoft Windows.



z/OS based core banking application by Accenture. Alnova platform was first deployed in 1989, re-engineered in 2008 as Java front-end and COBOL back-end.


Alter for DB2

ISPF based tool to assist and automate tasks required to modify DB2 resources. Includes views to assist in identifying resource to be modified, determines how they can be changed, creates source and commands including DDL, DB2 commands and IDCAMS statements, and executes these statements.


American Software System z Suite

z/OS based accounting, ERP and manufacturing-related software.



Programming language for CMS (z/VM) and TSO (z/OS) systems. Compatible with IBMs Workstation APL2 - APL2 for UNIX and Microsoft Windows. Replacement for VS APL and APL/CMS.



Application Performance Analyzer by IBM, Will produce details statistics on I/O and processor usage, and wait times. Can provide detailed statistics about CICS, IMS, DB2 and Websphere MQ use. Programming language specific information for COBOL, PL/1 and assembler can also be produced.



Application Restart Control for DB2/IMS/VSAM by BMC, Software to provide checkpointing facilities for batch applications accessing databases. Batch jobs can be restarted from the last successful checkpoint. Requires no application of JCL changes



BMC Tool to analyze and monitor SQL performance.



z/OS Core banking application by FIS.



Payment engine used to acquire, authenticate, route, switch and authorize financial transactions. Includes card payment engine, e-payment support, and support for wide range of POS and ATM interfaces.



Basic language on z/OS. Released in the early 1980s.


Barcode Print Facility

Application programming interface (API) to create barcodes from mainframe applications. Languages supported include COBOL, C/C++, Assembler and PL/1.


Batch Analyzer Facility

Analyze DB2 batch application performance. Locate poor performing SQL.


BMC JCL Verify

Tool to check JCL syntax before job submission. Also checks security, dataset existance and other causes of JCL errors.



Create and view softcopy books online. Available on many platforms, including Windows, z/OS and z/VM. Books created by Bookmanager on any platform can be read by Bookmanager on any platform. BookManager is now included with z/OS.


Buffer Pool Tool for DB2

DB2 buffer pool performance tool. Can simulate effects of DB2 buffer pool changes. Includes PC based tool to graphically present data. Optional Buffer Pool Optimizer extension can assist in configuration and sizing of buffer pools.


C for System370

One of the first C compilers available for MVS. Based on Whitesmiths C. Replaced with C/370.



C compiler for MVS. First released 1988 with support for MVS and VM. VSE support added with C/370 2.1 in 1991. z/OS version replaced with 'XL C/C++ for z/OS'.



CICS HTTP server. Call CICS applications using HTTP. 


CA Accuchek

Dataset comparison utility. Replacement for IBMs IEBCOMPR. Supports sequential, PDS and VSAM datasets.



Mainframe security product. ACF2 was developed in response to IBM's RACF product.



Tape Library Management, market leader in the management, control and protection of tape data sets and volumes. It automates tape management tasks while ensuring protection against the inadvertent destruction of tape files. It includeS a Windows graphical management interface.



Facility to execute z/VSE programs in z/OS without recompiling. Often used as a z/VSE to z/OS migration aid.



CA Workload Automation SE, Product to manage and automate batch job scheduling.



Mainframe based software designed to assist in asset, problem and change management.



Workload Automation Restart, Automate the process of restarting your jobs. Failing batch jobs can be restarted at the failing step, and not necessarily from the beginning.



ADS/O, Software and programming language used to develop IDMS database applications.

CA Alchemist

Software Change Management (SCM) and version management.


CA Allocate

Manages disk dataset allocation. Can override allocation parameters for DFSMS and non-DFSMS datasets.


CA Audit

Analyze z/OS configuration and parameters for potential security exposures.


CA Datacam

Relational Database management system, First developed by Insyte Datacom in the late 1960s.


CA Easytrieve

Programming language designed to produce reports. Easytrieve is designed as an easy to use language for quickly generating reports from databases and other data sources.

Easytrieve can process input files (Sequential/VSAM) and read databases including Adabas, DB2, CA Datacom/DB, IMS and IDMS. It can sort and manipulate data, and invoke other programs for additional processing. Options to generate and view reports online from TSO/E and CICS are also available.


CA Endevor

Environment for Developers and Operations (ENDEVOR). Management of source code, JCL and other source-related objects. Provides security, change management, version control and audit functions. Web-browser interface available.


CA Faver

High speed VSAM dataset backup and restore utility. Includes facility to automatically generate IDCAMS statements to re-create restored datasets.


CA Gen/Coolgen

Computer aided software engineering tool and application development environment. A code generator creating code in languages including Java, C and COBOL. Includes a 4GL programming language. Other platforms supported include UNIX and Windows .NET.


CA Gener/SGT

Fourth generation programming language and application development environment for CICS applications.


CA Ideal

Interactive Developement Environment for an Application Life (IDEAL). 4GL programming language designed to use with Datacom database system. Options also available to access VSAM and DB2 data.  It provides direct access to all tables and views as well as VSAM and sequential files, and supports programs that use SQL or its own highly efficient set/based constructs.



Network-oriented database system developed by Cullinet in the 1970s. Originally written for GE computers, was later modified for IBM mainframes, as well as ICL and DEC systems. It supports client/server access through an ODBC/JDBC-compliant server, enabling Advantage CA-IDMS/DB data to be deployed over the web. In addition, a fully integrated teleprocessing monitor manages the concurrent execution of multiple batch and online application programs. Both an SQL and a proprietary high-speed DML are provided.


CA Interest

Tool to assist application developers to test and debug batch or CICS applications. Supports applications written in Assembler, COBOL and PL/1.


CA Jobtrac

Automated batch scheduling product.


CA Librarian

Software to maintain control of source code, JCL, documentation libraries and other source-related resources. Provides security, version control and audit facilities. Similar to CA-Panvalet and IBM SCLM.


CA Migrate COBOL

Tool to migrate older COBOL code to ANSI 85 COBOL II or COBOL/370. Source COBOL supported incudes OS/VS COBOL and VS COBOL. Also support CICS Macro to Command Level conversion and CICS Call Level DL/I to Command-Level.


CA Optimizer II

COBOL performance enhancer developed in the mid-1970s. Includes a pre-compiler to optimize COBOL code before it is compiled (together with additional reports and information), and software to optimize object modules. Its three components, Optimizer, Detector and Analyzer, improve system performance, programmer productivity and program dependability.


CA Panvalet

Leading product in the area of library management, Software to maintain control of source code, JCL, documentation libraries and other source-related resources. Provides security, version control and audit facilities. Programmers can benefit from member locking, a compare program and a comprehensive directory. Managers can benefit from access controls, extensive reporting, archival procedures and efficient DASD utilization.



Rapid Access Management Information System (RAMIS). Regarded as the world's first fourth-generation (non-procedural) programming language. Includes database access functionality. Can access data in QSAM and VSAM datasets, CA IDMS, CA Datacom, Adabas, IMS and TOTAL databases. Also has its own hierarchical database management system.

Ramis applications are portable between z/OS, z/VM and z/VSE. End user interfaces include CICS, TSO, CMS and VSE.


CA Sort

High performance sorting software. Can be called from batch to sort files, or from applications via published Application Programming Interfaces.



Fourth Generation programming language developed by Informatics in the 1960s. Often used to access and process data from DB2, IMS, VSAM and sequential datasets.



IBM call centre application, CICS based



Tool to assist in modifying DB2 resources and structures.



Customer Information Control System Transaction Server, Transaction management and processing system for z/OS and z/VSE. Also runs on other platforms including System i, AIX and Microsoft Windows.


CICS Configuration Manager

Manage CICS resource definitions (transactions, programs, files etc). Includes reporting and change management facilities.


CICS Transaction Gateway

External application access to CICS transactions and programs. External applications can run on many platforms including Microsoft Windows and UNIX. Supported clients include Java, C, Microsoft .NET and COBOL.


COBOL for OS/390 and VM

COBOL compiler. ANSI 1985 compliant COBOL. OS/390 replacement for VS COBOL II. Relies on Language Environment for runtime libraries. Replaced for z/OS by Enterprise COBOL in 2004.



COBOL compiler for z/VSE. ANSI 1989 compliant. Requires Language Environment for runtime libraries. z/VSE replacement for VS COBOL II. First released 2002.


COBOL Report Writer

COBOL compiler add-on to produce reports. Define report layout in the data division.


Transaction processor / transaction manager. Usually used with ADABAS and Natural.


Managed point-to-point file transfer between different platforms and operating systems including z/OS, System i (AS/400), UNIX, OpenVMS, HP NonStop and Microsoft Windows.



Automatically archive output and reports. Includes facilities to view output online through 3270 terminals, and web browsers (using Control-D/Web Access).



Automated job scheduling software. Originally developed for z/OS, later ported to other Microsoft Windows/UNIX platforms.



Facility to collect, archive, manage and view reports. A partner product to Control-D.



z/OS automated operations product.


Classic Suite 2000

Mainframe based accounting software. Uses CICS, and integrates with Global Software Harmonix General Ledger and Global Link products for desktop access. 



IBM's premier relational database management system. Initially released on MVS in 1983. In the 1990s, was made available for other platforms, including Windows and UNIX.


DB2 Administration Tool

ISPF based DB2 administration tool


DB2 Bind Manager

Reduces the number of DB2 binds by determining if an application change requires a DB2 bind. Only binds that are required are performed


DB2 Connect

Access DB2 databases on mainframes from non-mainframe systems including UNIX and Microsoft Windows.


DB2 Log Analysis Tool

Tool to extract data from DB2 logs.


DB2 Recovery Expert

DB2 database recovery tool.


DB2 Sort

High performance sort of DB2 data. Improves performance of other IBM DB2 utilities that perform sorting


DB2 SQL Performance Analyzer

DB2 SQL performance tool. Simulate query performance without running the query. Replaced DB2 DB/Explain.


DB2 Utilities Suite

DB2 utilities previously included in DB2, but separated as a separate product from DB2 V7. Includes the following:





DB2 administration tool by Compuware.



Software to manage z/VM files and datasets. Included as an optional feature of z/VM.



Dataset and disk copy, backup and restore. Includes Standalone Services to restore datasets from DFSMSdss backups without an operational z/OS or other OS. Currently an optional component of z/OS.



Automatically backup datasets. Also automatically archives inactive datasets to compressed disk and tape. Archived datasets are automatically recalled when opened. Currently an optional feature of z/OS.



Manage tapes and other removable media. Optional feature of z/OS.



Transactional VSAM Services (tvs). Allow batch jobs and CICS to update VSAM datasets at the same time. An optional feature of z/OS.



Data Facility Sort (DFSORT). High performance sorting software. Can be called from batch to sort files, or from applications via published Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Originally released as a separate product in the 1970s. Now an optional feature of z/OS and z/VSE.



Data Interfile Transfer, Testing and Operations (DITTO) Utility. Access, display, edit, migrate and maintain files and datasets. Browse, edit, copy, print and delete datasets. Work with lists of datasets, members and objects.



IMS-like hierarchical database system for z/VSE. Uses CICS as the transaction processing system.



Synsort DL/2, Tool to allow IMS databases to be migrated to DB2 without application changes. Applications continue to issue IMS DL/I calls. DL/2 convers these to DB2 SQL calls. Includes tools to assist in migrating IMS databases to DB2.



Process VSAM and non-VSAM dataset using a SQL-like query language. Can be used to browse selected records, and create reports and utility commands based on the contents of files. Includes ISPF panels.



Detects program abends and produces output to ease the job of problem determination. Provides a facility to view and analyze dump data. Support for batch, CICS, Websphere MQ, IMS, DB2 and Hogan.


Dump Detective for CICS

Software to assist in the analysis of CICS transaction dumps.


Enterprise COBOL

COBOL compiler for z/OS. ANSI 85 COBOL compliant. Relies on Language Environment for runtime libraries. First released 2002. VS COBOL II and COBOL for OS/390 and VM replacement for z/OS.


Enterprise PL/I

z/OS PL/I Compiler. First released 2001.



Online data entry system. Quickly define data entry screens, and output data formats. Executes as a VTAM applications, or under CICS.


Fault Analyzer

IBM Tool to assist in analyzing abends and failures. Produces information from abends to assist in problem determination. Includes product-specific information for CICS, Websphere, DB2 and IMS.


File Manager

ISPF based tool to browse and edit databases and datasets. Support includes IMS databases, DB2 databases, VSAM datasets, and Websphere MQ data.



Browse and edit any z/OS dataset (inculding VSAM), and databases including IMS and DB2.



Fourth generation (4GL) programming language created by Information Builders in 1975. Used to interrogate databases and other data sources, and produce reports. Most mainframe databases are supported, including DB2, IMS, CA Datacom, CA IDMS, SQL/DS and Adabas. Reports are portable between the different platforms supporting FOCUS, including UNIX, System i, HP NonStop, OpenVMS and Windows.



Software products to display graphics on mainframe terminals. Software includes:

GDDM Base - base features
GDDM-PGF - Presentation Graphics Feature. Tool to create graphic images.
GDDM - ICU - Interactive Chart Utility. Produce charts and graphs.
GDDM-GKS - Graphical Kernel System. ISO 7942 compliant API.
GDDM-IDM - Interactive Map Definition. Map creation.

First released in 1979 as separate products. Base is now included with z/OS. PGF and REXX are optional z/OS features.


HLASM Toolkit

HLASM (Assembler) application development tools and utilities, including a disassembler, interactive debug facility and structured programming macros.



Automated application testing software. Can record and replay 3270 keystrokes, Websphere MQ messages, TCP/IP and APPC traffic. Users can generate test data using scripts. Supports CICS, IMS, CA IDMS, TSO, Websphere MQ, TCP/IP and APPC



Core banking application first released in 1981 by CSC.


HTTP Server

First released in 1997 as Lotus Domino Go Webserver. Renamed to HTTP Server, and included with z/OS from OS/390 1.7 in 1999. Reworked to use Apache as a base from HTTP Server R6. However continues to include other features not available in the Apache HTTP Server.



Reports on the impact of application program changes, including associated programs, copy members and screen maps. Supports Assembler, COBOL and PL/1.



Information Management System (IMS). Hierarchical database management system and transaction management system. IBM's premier mainframe database system until the release of DB2. Originally designed in 1969 for the Apollo space program.


IMS Connect

Issue IMS commands and access IMS transactions and databases from any TCP/IP connected application, both local and remote. Also allows IMS applications to communicate using TCP/IP sockets.



Browse and edit different files and databases. Can provide application-related views of data. Can provide copies of production data with masking of sensitive information for testing. Can create XML format of data. IMS and DB2 database support available.



Interactive System Productivity Facility, A dialog manager for interactive applications. It provides control and services to permit execution of dialogs. ISPF is frequently used to edit, view and manage z/OS data sets via its Program Development Facility named PDF. When a user signs on to TSO they can start up ISPF/PDF. Through a menuing system this provides them access to many useful tools for application development and for administering the z/OS operating system.

ISPF/VSAM Facility

Browse and edit VSAM files online from ISPF



Interactive Output Facility, Tool to view and manage JES2 resources and jobs. Can run from TSO or CICS.


Java SDK for z/OS

The 64-bit SDK for z/OS, Java Technology Edition, Version 8 is the latest version of this software development kit (SDK).



Tool to check batch job JCL syntax and other possible causes of batch failure (such as the existence of datasets and security violations) before submitting the JCL. Also includes facilities to enforce JCL standards and re-format JCL source.



Tool to automatically route JES output to email. Includes features to email selected parts of JES output. Can operate as a batch job step, z/OS UNIX directory monitor, or JES output monitor. Output formats supported include PDF, HTML, XML and HTML. Includes functionality to encrypt or secure content.



Convert JES2 SPOOL output to PDF or text documents.



Tool to automatically transfer JES output via FTP. Includes features to transfer selected parts of JES output.



CICS based software to quickly create data entry screens without programming. Screens can receive and validate data input.


Life Cycle Manager

Software to maintain control of source code, JCL, documentation libraries and other source-related resources. Provides security, version control and audit facilities. 


Lotus Domino

z/OS version of IBMs multi-platform email and document sharing system. z/OS version first released in 1999



Send and receive email from CICS and batch applications.



System/Application Activity monitor by BMC



Programming language and application development environment first released by Cincom in 1978. Current features:

Eclipse based development environment
Direct SQL
Support for Websphere MQ
Multiple platform support, including UNIX and Open/VMS
Supra PDM, Supra SQL, DB2, and VSAM support



Fourth generation programming language first released in 1979. Usually used to access ADABAS databases, but can be used for other data sources. Supported on many platforms including UNIX and Microsoft Windows.



Reporting language to access legacy data sources such as VSAM, DB2 and IMS. Includes a JDBC interface for access to Oracle Database and Microsoft SQL Server.



Suite of software to route and manage z/OS network print output. Products include:



OfficeVision MVS

DIstributed Office Support System (DISOSS). Provides email and shared document creation and management. Originally supported for both z/OS and z/VSE



FORTRAN IV compiler for VM (CMS) and MVS. Replaced by VS FORTRAN.



MVS and VM PL/I Compiler.



COBOL compiler and runtime libraries. ANSI COBOL 1968 and ANSI COBOL 1974 compliant. First announces 1984. Replaced with VS COBOL II.



Batch utility to search and replace strings in PDS/PDSE datasets.



Human Resources, Financial and Supply chain software. Can run on different platforms. On z/OS, can use DB2 as the database engine. Structured Query Reporter (SQR) and Application Engine (AE) can also optionally run on z/OS.


Perl for z/OS

Perl language interpreter for z/OS. No charge IBM product.


PHP for z/OS

PHP programming language interpreter for z/OS. No charge IBM product.


PL/I for MVS and VM

MVS and VM PL/I Compiler. Support ended 2009.



Query Management Facility, Perform ad hoc SQL queries on DB2 objects. Features include:

TSO and CICS interface for z/OS version
QMF for Workstation - Eclipse based functionality
QMF for Websphere - access from web browser



z/OS Installation and upgrade tool.



Resource Access Control Facility (RACF). IBM External Security Manager (ESM) for the mainframe. Developed in 1976 in response to the 1974 SHARE Security and Data Management project's requirement whitepaper. z/VM support added in 1984 with RACF/VM PRPQ (now RACF). Originally a separate product. Now an optional component of z/OS.



Allow Java applications to use RACF for security.



RACF administration and audit tool. Features:

SMF reporting
Search facility
Online ISPF panels and batch interface



Generate RACF reports from SMF data. A RACF RACFRW replacement.



Tool to manage relationships between RACF users and groups.


Rational ClearCase

Multi-platform software to store, secure and manage source code. Software runs on Windows and UNIX platforms. Rational ClearCase z/OS extensions is a z/OS client to allow Rational ClearCase to manage z/OS source code.



Resource Management Facility, IBM software product that measures and reports on the performance and availability of a system. Optional feature of z/OS.



Write REXX applications to execute within CICS. From CICS TS 2.2 (announced 2001), included in the base CICS product.



Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.

A three-tier system separating database, applications and presentation - each can reside on different systems. Although a z/OS port of the SAP application server was released by SAP in 2000, z/OS systems today are used only for the database portion using DB2. SAP Central Services for communication and synchronization can also optionally run on z/OS. Includes:

accounts receivable
account payable
accounting and financial reporting
HR and payroll
procurement and logistics


Statistical Analysis System (SAS). Programming language for report generation and statistical data analysis. Available on many platforms including Windows, UNIX and z/OS.


SAS Fraud Management

SAS, CICS and DB2 based real-time fraud scoring system for bank card authorization systems. Includes the SAS OnDemand Scoring Engine. Developed in collaboration with HSBC bank in 2006.



ISPF based source control software, Software to maintain change control of source code and applications. Included as a base component of z/OS within ISPF at no charge.



Tool to develop CICS BMS maps.

Replaced with Screen Definition Facility II in 1986.



Screen Definition Facility, Software to develop 3270 screens including:

GDDM Interactive Map Definition


Session Manager

3270 session manager. Open multiple VTAM applications from one 3270 session.



Product to manage installed software components and service. No-charge software provided with MVS. Replaced with SMP/E. 



Product to manage installed software components and service. No-charge software provided with z/OS.



Access CICS applications as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), or web services. Also allows CICS and batch applications to access other web services. SOLA for IMS allows IMS applications to be accessed as web services. Features include:

COMMAREA Analyzer - create WSDLs from COMMAREAS
3270 Analyzer - create WSDLs from screen-scraping
Outbound Analyzer - import existing WSDLs, and convert to COBOL and PL/I copybooks.
Testing facilities for new web services created
HTTP and Websphere MQ transport
Monitoring facilities



Application performance monitor by Compuware. Provides detailed statistics during an actual run of a module. Metrics provided include I/O and processor usage, and wait times.

Environments suppported include DB2, CICS, IMS, Websphere MQ, Websphere Application Server, CA IDMS and ADABAS/Natural. Languages supported include Java, COBOL, C/C++, PL/I, FORTRAN, CA Optimizer and CA Gen.


Syncsort MFX

Developed in 1971, Syncsort at the time outperformed all other mainframe software. Very efficient sorting software that can be called from a program or batch job. Functionality includes:

Data manipulation functionality
Ability to access DB2 data
High speed IEBGENER replacement (SYNCGENR or BETERGENR)

Optional extensions include:

PROC MFX - a high performance replacement for SAS SORT
MFX PipeSort - a facility to perform parallel sorts (MFX PipeSort)
MFX ZPCopy - offload copy processing to zIIP processors
MFX ZPCompress - offload copy and sort of DFSMS compressed datasets to zIIP processors


Supra PDM

Hierarchical database management system developed by Cincom in the late 1960s. Regarded as the first commercial database management system not bundled with hardware or proprietary software.



ISPF based utility to display z/OS system information such as versions, memory and APF lists.


Tata BaNCS

Cross platform core banking solution running on z/OS, Microsoft UNIX and Windows by TCS. z/OS version uses DB2 as the database engine.



Transparent Data Migration Facility, Software based solution to move data between storage systems at the volume level without outages. Applications can continue to access data while it is being moved. Supports mainframe and non-mainframe systems.



Tivoli Software is a brand within IBM's Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure division to manage business infrastructure in real time.

List of IBM Tivoli products:
IBM Maximo Asset Management
IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager FastBack
IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler LoadLeveler
IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler
IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager
IBM Tivoli Framework
IBM Tivoli Configuration and Change Management Database
IBM Tivoli Identity Manager
IBM Tivoli Access Manager
IBM Tivoli Monitoring



IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE, is a software family of performance monitors for IBM zEnterprise computer environments. These products were produced by Candle Corporation, which was acquired by IBM in 2004. The OMEGAMON product family provides analysis of IBM mainframe operating systems such as z/OS and z/VM and various sub-systems such as CICS, DB2 and IMS.


Tivoli Monitoring

A cross-platform product to collect, manage, archive, process and present data from other IBM monitoring products including Omegamon XE and Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Transactions. Tivoli Monitoring is included with products using its services.



Eclipse based GUI tool to discover, visualize and manage both mainframe and non-mainframe data. Includes information on data relationships, and data browse/editing features. Data sources supported include VSAM, IMS, DB2, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. Released by Compuware in 2015.



Transaction Processing Facility (TPF). High performance transaction oriented mainframe operating system often used by airline and hotel reservation systems. Initially released as the Airline Control Program (ACP) in the 1960s, now renamed as z/TPF.



Application performance monitor. Will produce details statistics on I/O and processor usage, and wait times. Monitor is run over a period against an actual run of a module. Can provide detailed statistics about CICS, IMS, DB2 and Websphere MQ use. Programming language specific information for COBOL, PL/1 and assembler can also be produced.



System V UNIX operating system for System z mainframes



CICS based credit card transaction processing system.



FORTRAN IV compiler for z/VM and z/OS.

VS Pascal

Pascal language on z/OS and z/VM. First released 1987.

VS Cobol Interpreter

Run legacy OS/VS COBOL programs in recent CICS systems without application changes.


COBOL compiler and runtime libraries. ANSI COBOL 1985 compliant. Does not support COBOL previous to ANSI 1985. First announced 1988. Replacement for OS/VS COBOL (with programming changes and recompile). Replaced with COBOL for OS/390 and VM.



Synsort VS/2,Tool to migrate VSAM datasets to DB2 databases without application changes.



Gateway to allow any application to access VSAM using TCP/IP, HTTP, XML, SOAP, and WSDL.


Websphere MQ / MQSeries

Messaging middleware, or message oriented middleware (MOM). Supports asynchronous message transmission for tasks within one system, across systems, and across platforms. Performs messaging functions including translation, addressing, encryption, message integrity and guarantee of delivery. Removes the need for applications to perform these services. First released as Message Queue Manager (MQM) in 1993 by IBM. MQSeries for MVS was released in 1994. Renamed to Websphere MQ in 2002. Optional Client Attachments feature required for non-mainframe clients to communicate with a z/OS based queue manager.


Websphere Application Server

z/OS port of multi-platform Webpshere Application Server. J2EE and web hosting solution. z/OS port introduced with Websphere Application Server 4.0 in 2001.


Websphere Portal Enable for z/OS

z/OS version of Websphere Portal. Create web portals: centralized access points for web content and applications, tailored to individual users. Requires Websphere Application Server and DB2.


Websphere Adapter for SAP Software

Access SAP ERP on z/OS using Websphere Application Server.


XL C/C++ for z/OS

C compiler for z/OS. Originally released as a separate product. Now an optional feature for z/OS. Includes Metal C: C programs not requiring z/OS Language Environment.



Application analysis and debugging tool by Compuware. Languages supported include COBOL, Assembler, PL/I and C. Environments include CICS, IMS, TSO and DB2.



Test applications with different system dates and times without altering the system date or time. Simulates specific dates and times such as month-end and Year 2000.



Utility to test and debug batch applications. Supports COBOL, Assembler and PL/1 programs.



Yorktown Expert System/MVS Manager, is a continuous, real time expert system that exerts interactive control over an operating system as an aid to computer operators. IBM R & D project using expert systems for operational control of z/OS: includes facilities for scheduling batch work, JES queue management, incident reporting, performance monitoring, etc.




IBMs flagship mainframe operating system. Began as OS/VS2 - an operating system for the System/360 mainframe based on OS/360. in the early 1970s. Eventually became MVS in 1974. Name was then changed to MVS/SE, and then MVS/SP. Addressing was expanded from 24 to 31 bits in 1983, and the name was changed to MVS/XA. Changed again to MVS/ESA in 1988. MVS and other components required to run a system (including TSO, VTAM and DFP) were bundled together to a new operating system, OS/390, in 1995.

Converted to a 64 bit operating system in 2000, and renamed as z/OS. z/OS remains the world's most popular mainframe operating system, boasting leading security, reliability and performance.



System z mainframe operating system usually used for smaller-scale mainframe environments. First released as DOS/360 in 1966. Renamed to DOS/VS in 1972, then DOS/VSE (extended DOS/VS) in 1979. Bundled with other products required for DOS/VSE system such as VTAM and CICS in 1982 and called SSX/VSE (Small Systems Executive), later renamed to VSE/SP in 1986. Addressing expanded from 24 to 31 bits in the late 1980s, and renamed VSE/ESA. Renamed again to z/VSE in 1990.



Port of the Linux operating system running on System z mainframes. Can run stand-alone, or as a z/VM guest.


z/OS Management Facility

Free software to perform z/OS administration tasks from a web browser. Websphere Application Server based tool to perform administration tasks including:

TCP/IP configuration
System dump management and monitoring
SMP/E software deployment
RMF based performance monitoring
ISPF tasks
WLM administration.



Compress and encrypt datasets. Supported files include VSAM, HFS, JES/POWER, tape datasets, and FTP. Supports compatibility with GZIP, PKZIP and WinZip.


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