IBM WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 Release — Advanced production workflow with MQ and portal integration

IBM United States Software Announcement 204-044
March 23, 2004

 ENUS204-044.PDF (121KB)

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Overview Publications
Key prerequisites Technical information
Planned availability date Ordering information
Description Terms and conditions
Product positioning IBM Electronic Services
Services support and solutions offerings Prices
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(Corrected on June 15, 2004)

Added information in Corequisite workstation software section. Clarified operating system requirements for zSeries server program 5655-BPM. In the Ordering information section updated information in Value Units for IBM 9672 Processors and for zSeries.
 

At a glance

WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 delivers advanced production workflow, leveraging open standards with WebSphere Portal and MQ-based integration:

  • Expanded workflow portal client functions
  • Generalized framework for service-oriented program execution
  • Search, sort, and audit processes for a common set of business variables defined as global data containers independent of the process templates
  • Automatic query of unattended activity instances of a process
  • Contextual online help in Web client, leveraging Internet connections to IBM eSupport resources
  • Improved platform currency
  • Support for three additional national languages: Arabic, Greek, and Slovenian

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).
 
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Overview

WebSphere® MQ Workflow V3.5 provides advanced transactional human workflow for WebSphere Business Integration that supports business process management (BPM) and business performance management initiatives. It includes new functions that support growing production implementations.

The workflow portal client extends its current support by adding workflow process monitoring.

The new expandable, pluggable framework for program execution simplifies the reuse of task implementations regardless of the message format or invocation protocol.

New functions for production-level implementations include:

  • The ability to search, sort, and audit processes for a common set of business variables defined as global data containers independent of the process template
  • The ability to query automatic unattended activity instances of a process
  • Support for contextual online help in the Web client, leveraging Internet connections to IBM eSupport resources

WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 is available stand-alone or as an integral part of WebSphere Business Integration Server and is fully supported with WebSphere Business Integration Modeler and Monitor V4.

You can analyze and design business processes by applying key performance indicators to monitor the use of distributed resources by WebSphere MQ Workflow processes in real time.
 
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Key prerequisites

WebSphere MQ Workflow servers are available for:

  • Microsoft™ Windows™
  • AIX®
  • HP-UX
  • Sun Solaris
  • z/OS® or OS/390®

 
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Planned availability date

March 26, 2004
 
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Description

WebSphere MQ Workflow Portal Client

The WebSphere MQ Workflow Portal Client offers capabilities beyond those of the WebSphere MQ Workflow Web Client by taking advantage of the WebSphere Portal Server environment. Using multiple instances of the WebSphere MQ Workflow List Portlets on a WebSphere Portal Server page, you can display lists of workflow items in parallel. These lists enable you to administer business processes and to work on activities in these processes.

You use the second portlet of the WebSphere MQ Workflow Portal Client, called the WebSphere MQ Workflow Action Portlet, whenever you have to provide additional input to complete a task in workflow, such as starting new processes with input data or handling work items. Both types of portlets can be integrated with other portlets on a page in Portal Server. You can display information from other back-end systems on the same page as workflow data, making additional resources available to users, without forcing them to switch back and forth between multiple programs.

  • Extend the Portal Client in the same way as you extend the Web Client.
  • Perform activity implementations using JavaServer Pages (JSPs) for a customized look and feel depending on the task at hand.

    If the default layout for the views on lists or information does not satisfy your needs, you can easily customize these views without creating new portlets.

  • Add functionality enhancements with a simple interface that integrates into the Portal Client's framework.

Based on the WebSphere MQ Workflow Web Client, the Portal Client exploits existing enhancements already implemented for the Web Client. Only minor changes have to be applied to the existing client code, when you move from the Web Client to the Portal Server environment.

New features in the Portal Client include:

  • Graphical process monitor
  • Activity instance lists
  • Ability to display detailed information on workflow items

WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 now supports the Portal Client on WebSphere Portal running on multiplatforms V4.1.x, V4.2.x, and V5.0, as well as on WebSphere Portal for z/OS V4.1.

Shared global data container (GDC)

A frequent task in managing business processes is to locate business processes based on business data. Because business data occurs in multiple processes of different process templates, combined queries have to run over a number of templates. With this new release of WebSphere MQ Workflow, you can store business data (global data container values) of different process templates in one shared query table. You can use the shared GDC query table for process templates with an identical set of business data. Using this feature results in significant performance gains and offers the option to sort over GDC attributes from different process templates. Because this function exploits new GDC rules, it reduces the proliferation of GDC query tables. Existing GDC structures can remain unchanged, and you can store the new process templates in separate query tables.

Generalized program execution framework

This new feature helps to reduce programming diversity in the creation of user-defined program execution servers (UPES). The framework takes away the tedious parts of writing UPES, such as externalizing application functions as service interfaces to the workflow process. It provides a common base mechanism for use with Web services as well as the integration of methods of Java™ objects, or other programs, as workflow activity implementations.

This standard UPES framework acts at the message level, enabling programmers to develop UPES tasks that map the service interface (data and invocation) required by a particular back end to the WebSphere MQ Workflow XML message formats for a specific process activity. A simple Basic UPES sample demonstrates how such UPES tasks can be developed.

A new expandable, pluggable framework integrates application interfaces as services that process activity implementations, regardless of the message transport or message format, or local interface, supported by the process. It simplifies the reuse of task implementations with emerging process standards in service-oriented architectures.

Activity instance list

In previous releases, you could check the status of automatic unattended activity instances only through the process monitor. With the activity instance list, you can query activity instances — even when no work item is associated. This new function helps process administrators to achieve transparency with process status; for example, when working on fully automated processes or when repairing automatic activities in error state.

LDAP Bridge enhanced with role-based authorization mapping

To ease the administration of a large number of user profiles, many organizations use a role-based authorization schema. This method links a person's authorization rights to just a few roles, reducing the number of employee-specific authorization profiles. As a consequence, the people that can assume such roles in a process also inherit the same authorization profiles linked with these roles.

In contrast, WebSphere MQ Workflow uses a staff-based authorization schema, meaning that authorization rights are linked to the person. With this new feature, the LDAP Bridge can map LDAP role attributes to WebSphere MQ Workflow-based person attributes.

eSupport

When clicking the eSupport button, you get contextual help information via Internet links. For frequently asked questions, IBM collects answers and solution proposals in IBM eSupport, based on input from the IBM Support Center. This way IBM can always provide the most current information.

Expanded currency for:

  • Operating platforms: Windows 2003 Server, AIX 5L V5.2, Sun Solaris V9
  • WebSphere Portal: V5.0 running on workstations
  • WebSphere Application Server: V5.02 running on z/OS, V5.1.0 running on workstations
  • Database support: Oracle 9.2 running on AIX, Sun Solaris, HP-UX
  • Flexible Oracle configuration:
    • Workflow Runtime environment
    • Easy setup of a two-tier or three-tier Workflow configuration
    • Existing instances
    • Customized database

Supported platforms

                                              Sun
                    z/OS,   AIX    HP-UX    Solaris   Windows
                   OS/390        (PA-RISC)  (Sparc)
 
Build-time                                               x
 
Runtime Server       x       x       x         x         x
 
Prog Exec Server     x
 
Prog Exec Agent              x       x         x         x
 
Admin Utility                x       x         x         x
 
XML API              x       x       x         x         x
 
Client API           x       x       x         x         x
 
Desktop Client                                           x
 
Web Client           x       x       x         x         x

Withdrawn features offered with previous releases

  • Support for Microsoft™ Windows NT™
  • Support for HP-UX V11.0
  • Support for Sun Solaris 7
  • Support for AIX V4: All releases
  • Documentation package (books remain orderable separately)

Deprecated features

  • Lotus Notes® API
  • RMI over IIOP communication
  • IPX/SPX communication
  • NetBios communication
  • APPC (SNA LU6.2) communication

Accessibility by people with disabilities

These products have the following accessibility characteristics:

  • Features for vision-impaired users:
    • Supports interfaces commonly used by screen readers (Microsoft Windows only)
    • Allows the user to request more time to complete timed responses
    • Supports customization of display attributes such as color, contrast, and font size
    • Communicates all information independently of color
    • Supports interfaces commonly used by screen magnifiers (Microsoft Windows only)
    • Supports the attachment of alternative output devices
    • Provides documentation in an accessible format
  • Features for users with mobility impairments or limited hand use:
    • Allows the user to request more time to complete timed responses
    • Supports the attachment of alternative input and output devices
  • Features for the deaf or hearing-impaired users
    • Supports alternative to audio information
    • Supports adjustable volume control
  • For the cognitively-impaired users, the user can request more time to complete the activity
  • Does not flash the screen at rates that could induce epileptic seizures

Minor limitation: The Web client includes a graphical representation of the process monitor without text equivalent.

Value Unit based pricing

Value Unit-based pricing will help to align the price of 5655-BPM and 5655-WFL to the principle of the PSLC pricing curve which provides for a lower price per MSU (millions of service units per hour) for larger capacities.

There is also a price benefit when you grow your capacity. Additional capacity is based on the number of Value Units (MSUs) you have already installed, for example, additional capacity will not be priced starting at the base with a higher price per unit but on the capacity that is already installed.

Note that Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another product.

IPLA and subscription and support considerations

IPLA licenses can be transferred from one machine to another within, but not limited to an enterprise. You can aggregate the capacity for all the processors the product is operated on to achieve a more economic price. This will result in a single Proof of Entitlement. It is your responsibility to manage the distribution of Value Units within the limits of the entitlement of the product license.

Subscription and support must cover the same capacity as the product license entitlement. Subscription and support will be available in the country in which the agreement is made.
 
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Product positioning

WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 is the business process workflow engine at the heart of Business Integration, supporting e-business customer initiatives for BPM, BAM, EAI, Web services, and portal integration. It supports long-running processes that may require human intervention and participation.

Optimized for parallel distributed processing, WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 executes process definitions captured during modeling and ensures that business functions are performed reliably and correctly using the transactional integrity of MQSeries®. It is extremely scalable, taking full advantage of multiple processors and clustering, and is particularly well suited to Web server farms. It executes processes running from subseconds to many months. Its full restart and recovery capability makes it truly fault tolerant. When you require high availability, essential in today's e-business on demand™ environment, WebSphere MQ Workflow is the engine you can bet your mission-critical business processes on.

Support by business user tooling for process monitoring, analysis, design, and simulation, WebSphere MQ Workflow gives you control and feedback on the execution of complete start-to-end business processes and the resources used. It brings humans and applications into a managed process environment.

Service-oriented architectures for workflow and business integration

Business processes are rarely performed by a single application, system, or person. They are often long-running and need to interact with various resources distributed throughout the extended enterprise.

A process architecture is well-defined in terms of process initiators, process participants, and reusable business services. Processes provide and consume business services and automate the flow of information between steps and the selection of the resources involved. Process initiators and process participants both refer to customers, employees, partners, and applications. A process architecture needs to ensure that processes can be performed consistently across multiple access channels and the myriad of back-end systems. A process infrastructure needs to ensure reliability and scalability of process performance, so that the architecture does not break when the demand for services and process workload increases. Reusable business services can refer to:

  • Long-running business processes and subprocesses
  • Shorter-running message flows, process collaborations, and public B2B protocols
  • User clients (portals, worklists, forms, e-mail), applications, adapters, and Web services

Service-oriented architectures enable the management of more complex end-to-end e-business processes by a separation of concerns and standards-based interactions. They enable managed process integration and promote loosely coupled, component-based, cross-technology solutions.

In a service-oriented process architecture, you can manage the what (business processes and metrics) separate from the how (resources provide services to a process via the network). Teams of people can contribute to automated processes with decisions, knowledge, physical work, and exception handling.

Processes can be streamlined by application development and integration projects to eliminate bottlenecks and resource constraints. Processes need to be visible, measurable, changeable, and in-sync with business design.

Separating business process logic from IT and organizational infrastructures enables your organization to be agile in a constantly changing and dynamic marketplace — vital in the competitive world of e-business. WebSphere MQ Workflow encapsulates process logic, enhancing e-business flexibility, and links process logic to application functions and human input from teams. It ensures that your business and IT requests are processed the way you want. It gives you the flexibility to change business processes separate from upgrades to individual applications, and provides process visibility to business users.

Leveraging open standards

Managing business process workflows in real e-business requires the integration of services provided by distributed resources, independent of the technologies used for implementation. WebSphere MQ Workflow allows you to fully leverage your existing resources in IT and organization infrastructures with your business process workflows. It supports a broad range of open standards and interfaces to support service-oriented architectures and process interactions with services provided by systems and people.

Web Services, XML, and J2EE are the standards that link business processes and applications; they are supported throughout all dimensions of the WebSphere software platform for on demand e-business.

XML, Web services, and Web Services Description Language (WSDL) describe process interfaces to the network

XML has standardized the data syntax for document processing and exchange, and has gained worldwide acceptance for the exchange of messages between applications. Message formats are often described in DTD or XSD, and can be parsed dynamically at run time.

Web services offer a standard for externalizing network application to the network, offering a predefined structure to message formats for process integration. Web services are often associated with, but not necessarily restricted to, SOAP messages and UDDI directories.

WSDL provides standard, extensible support for describing service interfaces, transaction and security needs, and transport protocols.

WebSphere MQ Workflow makes extensive use of XML in message-based application integration, audit event monitoring, and more. XML messages can be transformed using Java XSLT programs and complementary WebSphere Business Integration software.

J2EE application programs and user interfaces to business process workflows

Today, Java is one of the most mature and commonly used programming languages for building enterprise software. J2EE provides the open standards for hosting application transactions and user interface components for the Internet.

WebSphere MQ Workflow supports interaction with J2EE applications using XML messages and MQSeries Java programs (and XSLT, for example), JMS publish-subscribe (for monitoring audit events), and SOAP Web services.

WebSphere MQ Workflow includes Web browser access to business processes that provide built-in workflow, Web, and portal clients based on JSPs and servlets and can be hosted on standard J2EE run times such as WebSphere Application Server. A complementary JSP forms wizard further simplifies the creation of user interface applications to the process.

The new workflow portal client standardizes the integration of workflow client functions with user content from other sources (applications and databases) on the same Web page, and leverages the latest J2EE-based portlet technology.

Flow Definition Language (FDL)

FDL is the proven, open process definition interface to WebSphere MQ Workflow. It is a simple text-based flat file format and successfully used by all customers, partners, domain-specific solutions, and tools that support WebSphere MQ Workflow. Examples include IBM tools for process modeling and monitoring, an IBM bridge for IDS-Prof. Scheer ARIS Toolset (available as a support pack), Adonis, and the financial services workflow templates from IFW, WebSphere Business Integration for Industries. With FDL, you can exchange process interface definitions with other tools, for example with WebSphere Studio Application Developer via the JSP wizard, or with Web services Toolkit via the SOAP SupportPac™ (WA07), or with WebSphere Studio Application Developer Integration Edition via the flow engine interoperability between a WebSphere Application Server and the upcoming IBM SupportPac WA86.

This process definition language is independent from business process modeling and cost analysis methodology like LOVEM™, activity-based costing (ABC), or application development methodologies like UML. You can continue to use your methodology of choice. Tools like WebSphere Business Integration Workbench V4.2.4, add methodology support to FDL and capabilities to access process knowledge kept in other tools, such as UML and XMI used with Rational Rose®.

Business process workflow definitions in FDL can be mapped to WSDL and Business Process Execution Language for Web Services (BPEL4WS) with extensions, as demonstrated by current and upcoming IBM SupportPacs respectively, to ensure compatibility with emerging standards, investment protection, and future growth. BPEL4WS is a new extensible standard for process content for service-oriented architectures. It is based on XML, leverages WSDL for process interface definitions, and extends it with process content.

Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC)

IBM is a funding member of the WfMC.

Founded in August 1993, WfMC is a non-profit, international organization of workflow vendors, users, analysts, and university and research groups. The coalition's mission is to promote and develop the use of workflow through the establishment of standards for software terminology, interoperability, and connectivity between workflow products. The coalition has developed a framework for the establishment of workflow standards.

For more information, visit:

WebSphere MQ Workflow is designed according to the WfMC reference model. The referring APIs are available based on this modular architecture. IBM continues to be a major contributor to future standard development.

e-business on demand — Workflows and integration

Workflows are the parts of a business process that run on a computer. Business processes describe the typical operations of a company. They are sequences of activities, passing information automatically between steps and to the resources that perform a piece of work. Systems and humans can contribute to processes by providing a specific business service.

Processes are not necessarily run on a computer. A workflow model may be just a small part of a larger process model, or it may encompass the whole process model. Business processes are rarely performed by only a single application, system, or person. The vast majority of processes are a mixture of work steps performed by humans and applications.

Ultimately, companies may want to completely automate their processes. Applications are integrated and new application components are developed for routine steps in the process to automate standard tasks. People can enhance automated processes with human knowledge and skills, or physical work, for approvals, decisions, teamwork, as well as for solving exceptions, errors, and complaints that cannot be fully automated in a cost-effective way.

WebSphere MQ Workflow for Business Integration — BPM, BAM, EAI, Portal Integration: WebSphere Business Integration Server enables a blending of process management with integration on the process and the message level. WebSphere MQ Workflow is best used for long-running processes supporting human interaction, supporting WBI Workbench V4 for process monitoring and analysis using key performance indicators and proving integration support for CICS®, IMS™, WebSphere MQ, JMS, J2EE, Web services, and user clients (browser, portal, and Windows).

WebSphere Interchange Server and WebSphere MQ Integrator® Broker add integration support beyond standards, providing message flows, B2B public protocols, and process collaboration with packaged application adapters.

WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 enables the explicit management of long-running business process workflows as they interact with systems and people for service delivery. Workflow client support via Web browsers, native Windows desktops, and the workflow portal client enables the LOB workforce management to contribute work to business processes via integrated user interfaces.

Business activity monitoring and business process analysis

WebSphere Business Integration tools for business process analysis, design and simulation, and business activity monitoring are fully supported by WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5. Application and user interactions can be monitored via workflow processes, passing data container and process context information to the WBI Workbench V4. This can include application-specific events handled by process collaborations or message flows that interact with WebSphere MQ Workflow. In addition, processes designed with WBI Workbench V4 can be readily deployed to WebSphere MQ Workflow for execution.

Business process workflow and application workflow: Workflow, flow composition, and service choreography are common requirements for both the "build to integrate" and the "process integration" styles of integration. Many customers use WebSphere MQ Workflow successfully for business integration. Application developers want access to flow technology to create composite applications from existing software assets exposing service interfaces. A new range of J2EE-based flow capabilities with WebSphere Application Server V5 are now available for Java programmers to develop comprehensive build-to-integrate solutions.

J2EE, XML, and Web services are the open standards that link workflow capabilities using the same service-oriented architecture. You can extend your use of business process workflows to new J2EE-based flow technology embedded in Java applications, with flow engine interoperability.

WebSphere MQ Workflow continues to provide the central core of business process management function within WebSphere Business Integration. It features a top-down approach to business integration in which a business model is defined and then implemented by connecting to existing resources with little or no custom coding.

WebSphere Application Server is a delivery platform for developers to build powerful Web-based applications. This involves a bottoms-up approach to integration where new business logic can be built more effectively into new, easy-to-integrate Java applications.

WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 provides new functions and SupportPacs for Web services, WebSphere Application Server V5, and the new J2EE application development capability in WebSphere Studio Application Developer Integration Edition V5:

  • Publish process interface definitions in WSDL, as a Web service or for hand-over to WebSphere Studio Application Developer Integration Edition (via upcoming SupportPac WA86).
  • Interact with Web services and composite Java applications on WebSphere Application Server V5.

Trademarks

 
e-business on demand, SupportPac, LOVEM, and IMS are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
WebSphere, AIX, OS/390, z/OS, Lotus Notes, MQSeries, Rational Rose, CICS, and MQ Integrator are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows, Windows NT, and Microsoft are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Services support and solutions offerings

IBM is committed to working with industry vendors to define interfaces for higher-value functions, APIs, tools, and management functions for Business Integration. IBM also provides partnering opportunities for solution providers and system integrators. IBM works with several partners to make available complementary solutions, applications, tools, and system management and monitoring offerings.

System integrators can assist customers with their implementation and integration.

IBM Competency Centers work jointly with Business Partners to provide services to satisfy WebSphere® MQ Workflow customers.

SupportPacs

Generally, IBM makes available, free or for a fee, this category of add-on programs provided by various sources worldwide. For WebSphere MQ Workflow, new features are available without a charge.

IBM is continuously preparing new features that incorporate advanced technical functions. IBM will make them accessible as they become available. To download, visit

Workflow Competency Center services

These centers offer you additional, customized services for a fee:

  • Solutions assurance: Validates all product components and services based on your expectations.
  • Installation support: Installs and configures WebSphere MQ Workflow and prerequisites in heterogeneous environments.
  • Migration support: Helps you upgrade from MQSeries Workflow releases to this current offering:
    • Build-time process models
    • Run-time-data process instances
  • Application implementation: Consultants are available for your specific project implementations:
    • ActiveX exploitation: To customize the standard client, and to build customer-based worklists and other process-related applications on Microsoft™ clients.
    • Implementation of the Web Client: To design and develop a Workflow Internet application using the Web Client on an application server.
  • Generic API test and prototyping tools: Test and tune WebSphere MQ Workflow applications and evaluate their behavior. When you write application programs for APIs in C, Java™, ActiveX, and VisualBasic, these tools provide instant feedback and help in testing and training. The prototyping facility allows for:
    • Rapid definition of API scenarios
    • Load simulation on servers and clients
    • Easy performance measurements

Workflow development generates process models for WebSphere MQ Workflow with the assistance of skilled workflow engineers.

High-availability cluster multiprocessing maximizes system availability with services for:

  • Installation
  • Configuration
  • Customization
  • Testing
  • Tuning

Proof of concept serves as a commitment between new customers or prospects and IBM to support a statement of work. In most cases it includes a proposal to implement a business process management solution that meets your needs. The typical duration ranges from two to four weeks. You and IBM jointly define the requirements. Both sides provide the resources to ensure success.

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Education support

Visit

The curriculum includes the enhancements described in this announcement.

For available courses in your country, visit

IBM Learning Services, selected IBM Business Partners, and authorized Training Partners offer public, scheduled classes that comprise basic concepts and hands-on training on all aspects of WebSphere MQ Workflow. A modular curriculum features:

  • Modeling
  • Installation
  • Deployment
  • Administration
  • APIs for different categories (container APIs, worklist handler APIs) and languages (ActiveX, Java)

Ask your Business Partner or IBM representative for details and enrollment. Visit

To focus your individual education needs, customized classes can be arranged. Send your request to:
    workflow@ibmde
    workflow@de.ibm.com

Call IBM Education and Training at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.

Services designed to assist you in the installation and implementation of WebSphere MQ Workflow in your organization are also available.
 
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Offering information

Product information will be available on day of announcement through the Offering Information Web site at


 
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Publications

These publications apply exclusively to the zSeries® server program 5655-BPM, available in U.S. English only:

                                                            Order
Title                                                       number
 
WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS(R) V3.5
 Program Directory                                          GI10-0483
 Customization and Administration                           SC33-7030
 Programming Guide                                          SC33-7031
 Messages and Codes                                         SC33-7032

A Program Directory in hardcopy is included with the 5655-BPM program package.

The following publications are available in softcopy on the Documentation CD and on the Internet:

                                                            Order
Title                                                       number
 
WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS V3.5
 Concepts and Architecture (Introduction)                   GH12-6285
 Getting Started with Buildtime                             SH12-6286
 Getting Started with Runtime                               SH12-6287
 Installation Guide                                         SH12-6288
 Administration Guide                                       SH12-6289
 Programming Guide                                          SH12-6291

In addition, these books can be ordered in hardcopy separately by order number. Contact your Business Partner or IBM representative.

The IBM Publications Center

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the U.S.) or customer number for 50 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded worldwide free of charge.

The IBM Publications Notification System (PNS)

The PNS enables subscribers to set up profiles of interest by order number/product number. PNS subscribers automatically receive notifications by e-mail of all new publications defined in their profiles. These can then be downloaded via the Publications Center. The site is available in English and Canadian French.

Displayable softcopy publications: These publications are part of the basic machine-readable material and can be displayed with an HTML browser or with Adobe Acrobat Reader. The publications are stored as HTML and PDF files on a CD-ROM dedicated to softcopy documentation, which is shipped with the program CD-ROM.

The files can also be used with an HTML browser or with an Adobe Acrobat Reader to create unmodified printed copies of these manuals. Terms and conditions for use of the machine-readable files are shipped with the files.
 
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Technical information

Hardware requirements

The specifications are recommended numbers for a two-tier configuration (database and run-time server reside on the same system).

Build time

  • PC with Intel™-based processor architecture (for example, Pentium™)
  • Screen resolution: SVGA at 800 x 600 (minimum), 256 colors (minimum)

Operating environment (Microsoft Windows™)

  • DB2® Universal Database® (UDB):
    • Main memory: 512 MB
    • Hard disk: 1 GB
  • Jet Engine:
    • Main memory: 512 MB
    • Hard disk: 700 MB
  • Operating system: Windows 2000, Windows 2003 Server, or Windows XP Professional Edition
  • Build-time database: DB2 UDB Enterprise Server Edition V8.1 (on CD-ROM included in the media pack) or V7.2 with Fix Pack 7 or higher; or Microsoft Jet Engine

Run-time environments

General recommendations

  • The number and size of process models and process instances residing in the run-time database and the number of clients concurrently attached to the server heavily influence the demand for main memory and hard disk space.
  • For systems not used for production (for example, development, test, and demo systems), less main memory may be sufficient.

Servers for Windows: PC with Intel-based processor architecture

For test or demonstration purposes, a ThinkPad® or portable PC is acceptable.

Operating environment (Windows)

  • Main memory: 1 GB
  • Hard disk: 2 GB
  • Operating system: Windows 2000, Windows 2003 Server, or Windows XP Professional Edition
  • Communication: WebSphere MQ for Windows V5.3.1 with CSD04 (on CD-ROM included in the media pack)
  • Database: DB2 UDB for Windows V8.1 with Fix Pack 3 (on CD-ROM included in the media pack) or DB2 UDB for Windows V7.2 with Fix Pack 7, or higher

Clients for Windows: A PC with Intel-based processor architecture capable of running the operating system is recommended.

  • Operating system: Windows 2000, Windows 2003 Server, or Windows XP Professional Edition
  • Communication: WebSphere MQ for Windows V5.3.1 with CSD04 client (on CD-ROM included in the media pack)
  • Web application server: WebSphere Application Server V4.0, V5.0, or V5.1
  • For a Portal client: WebSphere Portal V4.1, V4.2, or V5.0
  • For the development of programs using the WebSphere MQ Workflow APIs, either:
    • Microsoft Visual Studio .Net 7 2002 (WebSphere MQ Workflow client APIs for C and C++)
    • IBM Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.3.1 or 1.4.1 or Sun JDK 1.3.1_04 for Java
    • VisualBasic V7 for Windows for WebSphere MQ Workflow ActiveX Controls
  • For a WebSphere MQ Workflow standard client, no additional prerequisites

Servers for AIX®

  • RS/6000® uniprocessor, SMP, or SP machine as supported by AIX
  • System for AIX 5L with PowerProcessor chip
  • Screen: Dedicated graphical display not necessary; the system console is sufficient

Operating environment (RS/6000)

  • Main memory: 1 GB
  • Hard disk: 2 GB
  • Operating system: AIX 5L V5.1 + fixlevel ML02, or V5.2
  • C++ Run-time environment: xlC.rte V6
  • Communication: WebSphere MQ for AIX V5.3.1 with CSD04 (on CD-ROM included in the media pack)
  • Database: One of the following:
    • DB2 UDB for AIX V8.1 with Fix Pack 3 (on CD-ROM included in the media pack), or DB2 UDB for AIX V7.2 with Fix Pack 7, or higher
    • Oracle V8.1.7.3 or V9.2
    • In a high-availability environment: HACMP, refer to WebSphere MQ Workflow SupportPac™ WC61

Clients for AIX: Workstation with PowerProcessor chip capable of running the operating system

  • Operating system: AIX 5L V5.1 + fixlevel ML02, or V5.2
  • Communication: WebSphere MQ for AIX V5.3.1 client (on CD-ROM included in the media pack)
  • Web application server: WebSphere Application Server V4.0, V5.0, or V5.1
  • For a Portal client: WebSphere Portal V4.1, V4.2, or V5.0
  • For the development of programs using the WebSphere MQ Workflow APIs, one of the following:
    • IBM C for AIX V6.0
    • VisualAge® C++ Professional for AIX V6.0
    • IBM JDK 1.3.1 or 1.4.1 or Sun JDK 1.3.1 or 1.4.1

Servers for HP-UX

  • HP 9000 workstation with PA-Risc
  • Screen: A dedicated graphical display is not necessary; the system console is sufficient

Operating environment (HP 9000)

  • Main memory: 1 GB
  • Hard disk: 2 GB
  • Operating system: HP-UX V11i
  • Communication: WebSphere MQ for HP-UX V5.3.1 with CSD04 (on CD-ROM included in the media pack)
  • Database: One of the following:
    • DB2 UDB V8.1 for HP-UX (on CD-ROM included in the media pack), or V7.2 with Fix Pack 7, or higher
    • Oracle V8.1.7.3 or V9.2

Clients for HP-UX: A workstation capable of running the operating system.

  • Operating system: HP-UX V11i
  • Communication: WebSphere MQ for HP-UX V5.3.1 client + CSD04 (on CD-ROM included in the media pack)
  • Web application server: WebSphere Application Server V4.0, V5.0, or V5.1
  • For the development of programs using the WebSphere MQ Workflow APIs:
    • HP ANSI C++ Compiler V03.33 for HP-UX
    • Java 2 SDK 1.3.1 or 1.4.1

Servers for Sun Solaris

  • Sun workstation with SPARC processor
  • Screen: A dedicated graphical display not necessary; the system console is sufficient

Operating environment (Sun SPARC)

  • Main memory: 1 GB
  • Hard disk: 2 GB
  • Operating system: Sun Solaris V8 or 9
  • Communication: WebSphere MQ for Sun Solaris V5.3.1 with CSD04 (on CD-ROM included in the media pack)
  • Database: One of the following:
    • DB2 UDB for Sun Solaris V8.1 (on CD-ROM included in the media pack), or DB2 UDB V7.2 with Fix Pack 7, or higher
    • Oracle V8.1.7.3 or V9.2

Clients for Sun Solaris: A workstation capable of running the operating system. WebSphere MQ Workflow runs in 32-bit mode only.

  • Operating system: Sun Solaris V8 or 9
  • Communication: WebSphere MQ for Sun Solaris V5.3.1 client + CSD04 (on CD-ROM included in the Media Pack)
  • Web application server: WebSphere Application Server V4.0, V5.0, or V5.1
  • For Portal client: WebSphere Portal V4.1, V4.2, or V5.0
  • For the development of programs using the WebSphere MQ Workflow APIs:
    • Sun Workshop Compiler Professional C++/SPARC V6.2
    • Sun Java 2 SDK 1.3.1, 1.4.1, or 1.4.2

Corequisite workstation software

For process modeling: WebSphere Business Integration Workbench V4.2.4, WebSphere Business Integration Modeler V4, WebSphere Business Integration Monitor V4

For Web client: WebSphere Application Server V4.0, V5.0, or V5.1, WebSphere Application Server for z/OS V4.0, or V5

For Portal client: WebSphere Portal for Multiplatforms V5 or WebSphere Portal for z/OS V4.1

For LDAP bridge: IBM Directory Server V5.1 or Microsoft Windows Active Directory

zSeries server program 5655-BPM

Machine requirements are those defined for the operating systems

  • Operating system: One of the following:
    • OS/390 V2 R10 (5647-A01)
    • z/OS V1 R2, or later (5694-A01)
  • Communication
    • WebSphere MQ V5.3.1, or later (5655-F10)
    • WebSphere MQ Client Attachment Feature V5.3.1, or later (5655-F10)
  • Database:
    • DB2 UDB for z/OS and OS/390 V7 (5675-DB2) with PUT tape 0311, or later

For the development of programs using the Workflow APIs and running on z/OS or OS/390:

  • IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS and OS/390 V3R1 (5655-G53) or later, or IBM COBOL for OS/390 and VM V2 (5648-A25)
  • IBM Developer Kit for OS/390, Java 2 Technology Edition, IBM SDK 1.3.1 or 1.4.1 (5655-D35)

To use the External Call Interface: CICS® Transaction Server for z/OS V2.2 (5697-E93), or later

To use the CPIC: IMS/ESA® V7.1, or later (5655-B01)

Corequisites for z/OS or OS/390: IBM XML Toolkit for z/OS and OS/390 V1.4 only (5655-J51)

Note: A higher release is not supported; V1.4 is packaged with V1.6

Web Application Server for z/OS or OS/390: To link a Web environment to a WebSphere MQ Workflow Server, the WebSphere MQ Workflow Web Client requires a computer system with sufficient main memory and mass storage to run:

  • WebSphere Application Server Standard Edition V4.0.1 (5655-F31), or WebSphere Application Server for z/OS V5 (5655-I35) with separately installed IBM Developer Kit for OS/390, Java 2 Technology Edition, SDK 1.3.1 or 1.4.1 (5655-D35)
  • WebSphere Portal for z/OS V4.1 (5655-K12)
  • Servlet container, Servlet API 2.1, or later
  • Servlet container supporting JSP 1.0

User access

  • For desktop access: a PC with Microsoft Windows and WebSphere MQ Workflow Desktop client
  • For Web user access to the Portal client: A browser supporting HTML 4 with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and supporting W3C DOM, such as Mozilla Navigator V1.5, or later, or Netscape V7, or Microsoft Internet Explorer V5.5 or V6.0
  • For Web user access to the Web client: A browser supporting HTML 4 with CSS; such as Mozilla Navigator V1.5, or Netscape V7, or Microsoft Internet Explorer V5.5 or V6.0

Compatibility: Process models created under previous releases can be imported to WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5.

Applications developed under previous releases can be recompiled and relinked as long as WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 supports the programming languages affected.

Limitations: To plan for optimum performance and capacity and for possible limitations, contact your IBM representative or Business Partner for a Solution Assurance review with a Workflow Competency Center expert.

Performance considerations: The performance of WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 depends heavily on:

  • Usage characteristics of the process models and organization definitions
  • Average and maximum size of worklists
  • Capacity and utilization of the WebSphere MQ Workflow and database server machines
  • Speed and memory size of the server and client machines
  • Transmission speed and load of the communication channels

To increase the number of users sharing the same processes, consider the use of multiple workflow servers sharing the same database.

This announcement partially satisfies requirements from several of the worldwide user group communities that include COMMON, COMMON Europe, Guide Share Europe (GSE), InterAction (Australia/New Zealand), Japan Guide Share (JGS), and SHARE Inc.

Planning information

Value Unit-based pricing: Value Unit-based pricing helps to align the price of 5655-BPM and 5655-WFL to the principle of the PSLC pricing curve, which provides for a lower price per MSU (millions of service units per hour) for larger capacities.

There is also a price benefit when you grow your capacity. Additional capacity is based on the number of Value Units (MSUs) you already have installed; for example, additional capacity is not priced starting at the base with a higher price per unit, but on the capacity that is already installed.

Note that Value Units of a given product cannot be exchanged, interchanged, or aggregated with Value Units of another product.

IPLA and subscription and support considerations: IPLA licenses can be transferred from one machine to another within, but not limited to an enterprise. You can aggregate the capacity for all the processors the product is operated on to achieve a more economic price. This will result in a single Proof of Entitlement. It is your responsibility to manage the distribution of Value Units within the limits of the entitlement of the product license.

Subscription and support must cover the same capacity as the product license entitlement. Subscription and support are available in the country in which the agreement is made.

Workstation program

Workstation licensing per processor: For WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5, customers pay a license charge based on the number of processors in the run-time and database server machine, regardless of whether all these processors are used to run the program; the charge unit is the Processor License Unit (PLU).

Charging: Charges for authorized use of WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 are based on PLUs. The use of WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 on any run-time and database server machine requires one PLU to be acquired (from IBM or an IBM Business Partner) for each processor contained in the run-time and database server machine on which any copy of the WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 is to run; usage of WebSphere MQ Workflow Buildtime is free.

PLUs are required for every run-time and database server machine on which the WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 is installed. You are also required to obtain a corresponding number of additional PLUs if the WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 installation is moved to a server machine with a greater number of processors, or if any additional processors are added to the runtime and database server machine on which the WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 is installed.

Failure to comply with the requirement for the appropriate number of PLUs will invalidate the terms of this license.

If you require licensing for machines with five or more processors, charges are eligible for special bid. Contact your IBM Business Partner or IBM representative.

Refer to the terms and conditions supplied with your copy of WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5.

Transferability: Customers who upgrade from an earlier release of WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 under Passport Advantage® do not need to order any additional PLUs if they retain the same number of processors.

Customers who upgrade from an earlier release of WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 under Passport Advantage and have a greater number of processors can use their existing Capacity Units (CUs) and then acquire additional PLUs to satisfy the licensing requirements. The CUs from the previous release will be converted to PLUs (at a rate of two CUs to one PLU) and counted as all or part of the customer entitlement.

Any "spare" CUs can be used towards other WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 entitlement, but are not refundable.

Customers without a Passport Advantage contract having acquired a number of CUs should retain their printed entitlement card from the original product as proof of entitlement.

Note that the pricing is based on the number of processors in the run-time and database server machine, regardless of whether they are all being used to execute the program.

Migration: Customers with CU-based licenses should migrate at the time of maintenance renewal. A standard conversion rate of two CUs to one PLU will be used. In the majority of situations, this conversion will ensure that customers have the correct number of licenses on the processor license unit metric.

However, when machines have five or more processors (and in a few other cases), the standard conversion will not give the required number of licenses. In this case, when contacted by IBM, you should discuss acquiring additional licenses so that you are correctly licensed under the processor-based pricing model. You will not be charged for additional licenses granted under this process, but maintenance renewal prices will be based on the number of processors that are licensed.

If you require licensing for machines with five or more processors, charges are eligible for special bid. Contact your IBM Business Partner or IBM representative.

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Usage restriction for WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 (on workstations)

Usage of WebSphere MQ: WebSphere MQ Workflow contains a copy of WebSphere MQ (WSMQ) which each licensed user is only authorized to use in association with the licensed use of WebSphere MQ Workflow.

Licensed users of the WebSphere MQ Workflow may use WSMQ on any machine that is:

  • Covered by PLUs for WebSphere MQ Workflow; this includes custom messaging applications using a WSMQ queue manager, as long as this queue manager runs on the same machine as a WebSphere MQ Workflow Server
  • Not covered by PLUs for the WebSphere MQ Workflow, as long as any usage of WSMQ is only by means of WebSphere MQ Workflow applications or APIs

Any other use of WSMQ, specifically with custom messaging applications, is not permitted without a full separate license for WSMQ.

A licensed user may transfer the copy of WSMQ included with WebSphere MQ Workflow, but only:

  • To a person who at the same time takes over all the corresponding WebSphere MQ Workflow materials from the licensed user, and accepts all these license terms
  • If the licensed user transfers all copies to such other person, and does not retain any copies of such materials for its own or any other use

Usage of DB2 Universal Database Components: WebSphere MQ Workflow includes components of DB2 UDB. Licensed users of WebSphere MQ Workflow are authorized to install and use these DB2 components only in association with their licensed use of WebSphere MQ Workflow for the storage and management of data used and generated by WebSphere MQ Workflow, and not for other data management purposes, except retrieving the data generated by the WebSphere MQ Workflow required for monitoring and report generation.

Licensed users are authorized to install and use these DB2 components only with and on workstations running WebSphere MQ Workflow Buildtime or Runtime Servers and Buildtime or Runtime Databases.

A licensed user of WebSphere MQ Workflow may transfer the copy of DB2 included with WebSphere MQ Workflow, but only:

  • To a person who at the same time takes over all the corresponding WebSphere MQ Workflow materials from the licensed user, and accepts all these license terms
  • If the licensed user transfers all copies to such other person, and does not retain any copies of such materials for its own or any other use
  • If you acquire the WebSphere MQ Workflow as a program upgrade, after you install the upgrade you may not use WebSphere MQ Workflow from which you upgraded or transfer it to another party
Your use of the DB2 components is subject to the terms and conditions of the license agreement which accompany the components except as limited in this license. The DB2 components may not be used for any other purpose. Contact your DB2 reseller if your needs exceed this license agreement, to obtain a full DB2 UDB program.

Usage restriction for WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS V3.5

On CD-ROMs included with WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS: Included with WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS V3.5 are CD-ROMs that contain WebSphere MQ Workflow server and client code running on workstations. Usage of such server code on workstations is not permitted; their usage is authorized only for one trial period, not exceeding 30 days.

Customer responsibilities

Installation and maintenance: On all workstations platforms, WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 is installable from CD-ROM.

Communication protocols: The components of WebSphere MQ Workflow communicate with each other via WebSphere MQ and DB2 UDB that support TCP/IP.

For the actual status, visit

Packaging

On workstations (multiplatforms): The Passport Advantage media pack includes:

  • One CD-ROM for Microsoft Windows containing all national language versions supported
  • One CD-ROM for AIX containing all national language versions supported
  • One CD-ROM for HP-UX containing all national language versions supported
  • One CD-ROM for Sun Solaris containing all national language versions supported
  • One CD-ROM containing the WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 softcopy documentation for the six workstations manuals in all national language versions supported, for the zSeries manuals in U.S. English only
  • WebSphere MQ V5.3.1 servers and clients for all supported workstations
  • DB2 UDB V8.1 program code for all supported workstations

The documentation CD-ROM includes six WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 manuals in softcopy:

  • Concepts and Architecture
  • Getting Started with Buildtime
  • Getting Started with Runtime
  • Installation Guide
  • Administration Guide
  • Programming Guide

CBPDO for 5655-BPM: These components are included:

  • WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS V3.5 server program code on 3480 IBM cartridge
  • One Proof of Entitlement
  • WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 workstations clients and Buildtime on CD-ROM
  • Hardcopy documentation: Program Directory
  • Softcopy documentation:
    • Program Directory
    • Customization and Administration
    • Programming Guide
    • Messages and Codes
  • International Program License Agreement (Z125-3301)
  • License Information GI19-0016-03
  • Service Statement
  • Customer registration card

The workstations program when downloaded from a Web site, contains the applicable IBM license agreement, and License Information (LI), if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. The license and LI will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT for future reference.

Security, auditability, and control

The security and auditability features are:

  • Access to WebSphere MQ Workflow program and data files is protected via local operating system security mechanisms.
  • User authentication is provided by means of an WebSphere MQ Workflow user ID and password. Passwords are not transmitted over the line, neither at user logon nor when users change their passwords. No clear text password is stored in the WebSphere MQ Workflow server databases.
  • DB2 security applies for access control to WebSphere MQ Workflow databases.
  • WebSphere MQ security applies for access control to WebSphere MQ Workflow queues.
  • Users must be authorized via FDL and WebSphere MQ Workflow Buildtime to access WebSphere MQ Workflow resources, such as processes, and to administer the system.
  • Auditing is provided via operating system security logs and WebSphere MQ Workflow audit log.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
 
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Ordering information

WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 (workstations program) is available only via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS V3.5 (5655-BPM) is available only via Custom Built Program Delivery Option (CBPDO). It is not available via Passport Advantage.

Product Group: Business Integration

WebSphere MQ Workflow Program number:

  • For multiplatforms: 5697-FM3
  • For z/OS and OS/390: 5655-BPM

Product Category: Business Process Management

WebSphere MQ Workflow is available on workstations as a client/server program. The number of processors in the machines that run the runtime servers and databases determine the license charge specified in PLUs; clients are not chargeable.

WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS is available on zSeries servers as a client/server program. The machine capacity of the runtime server determines the license charge calculated in Value Units (VU); clients are not chargeable.

A license for the run-time server entitles you to a free number of build-time users.

Current licensees: These options apply for customers who are licensed for WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.4:

  • Having acquired a license without Passport Advantage Subscription, customers are not entitled for free upgrades; to obtain this new release, the customer must place a new order under regular Passport Advantage charges.
  • Having purchased a license with Passport Advantage Subscription, customers automatically receive this new release, or any new version, release, or modification level upon its availability until the subscription expires.
  • Migration from MQSeries Workflow to WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5: Customers with existing CU license entitlements will migrate upon renewal of their maintenance contract. IBM will send a note that highlights the license change. For additional information, visit

Value Unit exhibit VUE007

               MSUs           MSUs
               minimum        maximum        Value Units/MSU
 
Base           1              3              1
Tier A         4              45             0.45
Tier B         46             175            0.36
Tier C         176            315            0.27
Tier D         316            +              0.2

Value Units for non MSU-based S/390 processors:

Hardware                      Value Units/machine
 
MP3000 H30                    6
MP3000 H50                    8
MP3000 H70                    12
ESL Models                    2

Ordering example: The total number of Value units is calculated according to the following example.

If the customer has installed 1,500 MSUs, the applicable value would be:

Translation from MSUs to Value Units

                          Value Units/
               MSUs   *   MSU           =    Value Units
 
Base           3      *   1.00          =    3.00
Tier A         42     *   .45           =    18.90
Tier B         130    *   .36           =    46.80
Tier C         140    *   .27           =    37.80
Tier D         1,185  *   .20           =    237.00
 
Total          1,500                         343.50

When calculating the total number of Value Units, the sum is to be rounded up to the next integer.

Example: In the above ordering example, for the product running on a machine with 1,500 MSUs requiring 344 Value Units, order feature number 0007, quantity 94, and feature number 0008, quantity 1.

                         Feature
                         Number
 
1 Value Unit             0007
250 Value Units          0008

Ordering z/OS through the Internet

ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS ServerPac or CBPDO. It analyzes your current installation, determines the correct product migration, and presents your new configuration based on z/OS. Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). ShopzSeries is available in the U.S. and several countries in Europe. In countries where ShopzSeries is not available yet, contact your IBM representative or Business Partner to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit

Passport Advantage

                                                            Part
Description                                                 number
 
WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5
 
Media pack multilanguage                                    BA0CLML
Processor License + SW Maintenance                          D524LLL
 1 Anniversary
 
Processor based SW Maintenance Renewal                      E00NCLL
Processor based SW Maintenance after                        D524NLL
 License 1 Anniversary

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed below are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

                                                            Part
Media pack                                                  number
 
MQSeries Workflow V3.3 and lower
 WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.4                                 BA0CLML
  Multilingual

5655-BPM has one charge unit — Value Units.

Value Units for IBM 9672 Processors will be based upon the full capacity of these systems. This is applicable to all S/390-based systems that are measured on MSU capacity. For information about MSU values and other software pricing information visit

It includes information previously published in exhibit Z125-3901.

Value Units for zSeries are specified based on customer-defined MSU capacity when eligibility for sub-capacity terms and conditions is established; otherwise, full machine capacity MSU applies.

There will be a tool available that provides support for transforming the MSU-based capacities of S/390 systems to new Value Units by calculating the applicable number of Value Units for a given number of MSUs.

Ordering the zSeries server program 5655-BPM

New licensees: The zSeries server code of 5655-BPM is contained on 3480 cartridges that will be shipped via CBPDO. Non-customized items (CD-ROMs) will be shipped the normal way.

To order the license, specify program number 5655-BPM, feature number 9001 for asset registration, and the one-time charge (OTC) feature number according to the aggregated capacity of the WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS Runtime Servers in your organization.

Enhanced support: To receive voice technical support via telephone during normal business hours, and future releases and versions at no additional charge, Subscription and Support must be ordered. The capacity of Subscription and Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the product licenses.

To order Enhanced Support, specify program number 5655-WFL, feature number 9001 for asset registration and the OTC feature number according to the aggregated capacity of the WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS Runtime Servers in your organization. IBM is also providing subscription and support for these products via a separately purchased offering under the terms of the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Support (IAAS). This offering:

  • Includes and extends the support services provided in the base support to include technical support via telephone during normal business hours.
  • Entitles customers to future releases and versions at no additional charge. Note that customer is not entitled to new products.

When you order subscription and support, the charges will automatically renew annually unless cancelled by the customer.

                                                            Medium
                                             Program        feature
Description                                  number         number
 
WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS
 
Code + License                               5655-BPM       5802
 U.S. English + multilingual
SW Sub. + Support                            5655-WFL       6488
 U.S. English + multilingual
SW Subscription & Support                    5655-WFL       1001
 Decline

Applicable IBM Value Unit Exhibit: VUE007

Order processing (5655-BPM)

  • Customers whose orders ship before March 26, 2004, will receive WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS V3.4.
  • Customers whose orders ship after March 26, 2004, will receive WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS V3.5.

Customized offerings

Product media for 5655-BPM is shipped only via CBPDO. Non-customized items (CDs, diskettes, source media, media kits) will continue to be shipped via the stand-alone product.
 
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Terms and conditions

WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 (workstations program) is available only via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS V3.5 (5655-BPM) is available only via CBPDO. It is not available via Passport Advantage.

Agreement: IBM International Program License Agreement. Proofs of Entitlement (PoE) are required for all authorized use.

Program support

WebSphere MQ Workflow V3.5 (workstations program): This program now includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Subscription and Technical Support, in the Passport Advantage Agreement.

IBM includes one year of Software Maintenance with the initial license acquisition of the workstations program. The initial period of Software Maintenance can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option.

While your Software Maintenance is in effect, IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short duration installation and usage (how-to) questions and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your IS technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. This assistance is not available to your end users. IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Guide at:

Software Maintenance does not include assistance for:

  • The design and development of applications
  • Your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment
  • Failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this agreement

For more information about the Passport Advantage Agreement, refer to Software Announcement 201-202 , dated July 10, 2001, or visit the Passport Advantage Web site at:

All workstations software licenses include Software Maintenance (software subscription and technical support) for a period of 12 months from the date of acquisition providing a streamlined way to acquire IBM software and assure technical support coverage for all licenses. Extending coverage for a total of three years from date of acquisition may be elected.

WebSphere MQ Workflow for z/OS V3.5 (5655-BPM): The following agreement applies for subscription and support and does not require customer signatures:

  • IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Support (Z125-6011)
  • Addendum for Enhanced Support (Z125-6435)

This program has a one-time license charge for use of 5655-BPM and an ongoing recurring charge (5655-WFL) for the Enhanced Support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as subscription and support for access to updates, releases, and versions of the program. Subscription and support will be available for a minimum of three years from the general availability date. IBM will discontinue support with 12 months' notice.

IBM Operational Support Services — SoftwareXcel: Yes

Additional technical support

If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

License information form number: For 5655-BPM: GI19-0016

Limited warranty applies: Yes

Warranty: This program has warranty for a minimum of one year from acquisition from IBM or authorized business partner. The warranty provided to the customer, for at least one year from acquisition, is access to databases (read Web sites) for program information, FAQs, including any known fixes to defects, which the customer can download or obtain otherwise and install at their leisure.

Money-back guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund. This applies only to your first acquisition of the program.

Copy and use on home/portable computer: No

Volume orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage applies: Yes and through the Passport Advantage Web site at:

Usage restriction: Yes. Refer to the Usage restriction sections for further information.

Software Maintenance applies for the workstations program: Yes

AIX/UNIX® Upgrade Protection applies: No

Entitled Upgrade for current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection licensees: No

iSeries™ Software Subscription applies: No

Variable charges apply: No

Educational allowance available: Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

Sub-capacity charges terms and conditions

zSeries software charges at less than full machine capacity for eligible tools apply when z/OS is running in z/Architecture™ (64-bit) mode on a zSeries 900. No other MVS™-based operating system is licensed to that server and the required information is provided by the customer in accordance with the applicable terms.

Sub-capacity charges for an eligible tool is based on the z/OS product-defined capacity. To obtain charges at less than full machine capacity for eligible tools, the customer is required to:

  • Determine the MSUs needed for each machine on which the tools will run. Only machines on which the customer has implemented sub-capacity Workload License Charges (WLC) according to the above terms and conditions, are eligible for charges at less than full machine capacity for the tools.
  • Use the product-defined capacity for z/OS (as specified on the Sub-Capacity Reports submitted to IBM for sub-capacity WLC) as the sub-capacity (MSUs) for each tool.
  • Submit any additional MSUs and/or Value Units required for each product along with the current entitlement in Value Units for each product.

Sub-capacity charges for tools

To be eligible for sub-capacity charges for tools, the machine on which the tools are running must be eligible for WLC sub-capacity charges terms and conditions. The customer must have signed the Attachment for zSeries Workload License Charges-Pre-ILM, Z125-6516, and submitted at least one Sub-Capacity Report to IBM as defined in the attachment.

With sub-capacity charges, the charge for an eligible tool is based on the z/OS product-defined capacity. To obtain charges at less than full machine capacity for each eligible tool for each machine, the customer should:

  • Determine the MSUs needed for the machine on which the tools will run. In a data sharing environment, determine the aggregate MSUs needed on the machine where the tools run. Use the product-defined capacity (MSUs) for z/OS (as specified on the Sub-Capacity Reports submitted to IBM for sub-capacity WLC) as the sub-capacity (MSUs) for each tool.
  • Submit any additional MSUs or Value Units required for each product along with the current entitlement in Value Units for each product.
  • If the use of sub-capacity pricing terms for tools results in a reduced requirement for Value Units, thus freeing up entitlements, you can reallocate the entitlement difference by distributing the Value Units across a larger or different set of systems, or reserve them for future growth. There will be no refunds for these freed up Value Units. Subscription and support volumes and entitlements for existing contracts will continue to be at the same levels as the acquired licenses.

Management of the Value Unit entitlements continues to be a customer responsibility. If one of the following occur on a machine to which tools are licensed, the customer must determine if additional Value Units and subscription and support need to be ordered for those tools to cover the increase:

  • The z/OS-defined capacity is increased.
  • The requirements for WLC sub-capacity charges are no longer met.

On/Off Capacity on Demand

To be eligible for On/Off Capacity on Demand pricing, customers must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract — Z125-6611, Attachment for Customer Initiated Upgrade and IBM eServer On/Off Capacity on Demand — Software — must be signed before use.
 
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IBM Electronic Services

IBM Global Services has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to put you on the road to higher systems availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that provides you with an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support on the IBM eServer. You should benefit from greater system availability due to faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and IBM Electronic Service Agent™.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. By using the news page, you gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent is a no-additional-charge software that resides on your IBM eServer system. It proactively monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic customer-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent tracks system inventory, hardware error logs, and performance information. If the server is under a current IBM maintenance service agreement or within the IBM warranty period, the Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to provide proactive service that maintains higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they are helping answer your questions or diagnosing problems.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit:


 
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Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Passport Advantage: For Passport Advantage information and charges, contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner. Additional information is also available on the following Passport Advantage Web site:

IBM Global Financing: IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified customers to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, both from IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all customer segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or visit

IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government customers. Rates are based on a customer's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.
 
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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers, your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

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