IBM CICS Performance Analyzer for z/OS V1.4 enhancements support IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS on
IBM United States
Software Announcement 206-236
October 3, 2006
CICS Performance Analyzer (CICS PA) for z/OS V1.4 can help optimize system and application
Back to top
Providing comprehensive performance reporting for your CICS systems
Helping tune, manage, and plan CICS systems effectively
Continuing to add, via the service channel, additional support for IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS
on z/OS V1.4
CICS® Performance Analyzer (CICS PA) for z/OS® produces a wide range of standard or
customized reports and extracts on all aspects of CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) application
performance. These reports help tune and manage the performance of CICS systems, as well as plan
capacity for future use.
CICS PA for z/OS complements IBM Tivoli® OMEGAMON® XE for CICS on z/OS for extensive CICS
performance analysis and understanding of usage trends. It helps to identify and eliminate trends
leading to online performance problems.
CICS PA and OMEGAMON XE for CICS together play an important role in day-to-day (OMEGAMON XE for
CICS) and long-term (CICS PA) performance management strategy, and they are critical to meeting
service-level agreements in IT governance.
IBM will deliver, via the service channel, further integration between OMEGAMON XE for CICS and CICS
PA by supporting additional, OMEGAMON-recorded data from the CICS SMF 110 performance records. For
example, CICS PA will be enhanced to support the OMEGAMON XE for CICS user fields that can be added
by OMEGAMON into the CICS Monitoring Facility (CMF) performance (SMF 110) records.
Since the general availability of CICS PA for z/OS V1.4 in March 2005, other enhancements
delivered via the service channel are:
Precision added to Historical database (HDB) Extract panel
Ability to load HDB and export to DB2® in a single job
Shared System Definition enhancements
z/OS V1.7 System Logger enhancement
CICS PA V1.4 publications update
In addition, SupportPac, CP12 CICS PA for z/OS Historical Database Reporting has also been
created to explain how to transfer data from CICS PA into a DB2 table or comma separated value (CSV)
file and to show how to create reports and charts.
Back to top
CICS PA runs on:
CICS TS for z/OS V2.2, or later
z/OS V1.4, or later
To exploit IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON data, IBM Tivoli OMEGAMON XE for CICS on z/OS V4.1 is required.
Back to top
CICS PA analyzes the System Management Facilities (SMF) records created by the CMF, CICS Statistics,
CICS Server Statistics, and related subsystems (including DB2 and WebSphere® MQ) to produce a wide
range of reports and extracts that will help tune and manage your CICS systems. CICS PA also
provides z/OS system logger reports using the system logger data (SMF 88 records).
CICS PA reports on all aspects of your CICS system activity and resource usage. You can use the
CICS PA Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) dialog to generate your report and extract
requests. It assists you in building the reports and extracts specific to your requirements without
you having to understand the complexity of the CMF data, CICS Statistics and CICS Server Statistics
data, and the DB2 Accounting and WebSphere MQ Accounting data.
CICS PA reports and data extracts analyze many aspects of your CICS systems, including:
CICS application performance
CICS system resource usage
Cross-System performance, including MRO, ISC and DB2 Subsystems
Transaction Resource Usage
File and Tsqueue resource usage
External Subsystems used by your CICS applications, including WebSphere MQ, DB2 and IMS (DBCTL)
MVS Workload Manager (WLM)
CICS Business Transaction Services (BTS)
Transaction Groups, for example, CICS Web Support, ECI over TC/IP Internet Inter-Orb Protocol
The flexibility of CICS PA allows you to easily tailor your report and extract requests to meet your
specific performance reporting and analysis requirements. CICS PA allows you to keep pace with
the ever-changing nature of CICS by providing a flexible and easy-to-use dialog that lets you report
on all aspects of your CICS system's performance.
Additional capabilities of CICS PA include:
HDB facility which provides a flexible and easy-to-use facility for managing and reporting
historical performance and statistics data for your CICS systems
Online Statistics Reporting
Facility to optionally extract performance and statistics history data into comma-separated-variable
(CSV) format data sets for off-line analysis
New enhancements to CICS PA V1.4 will be added through the service channel.
For example, support for OMEGAMON CMF performance (SMF110) MCT User fields (PTF for APAR PK30209)
will be implemented.
CICS PA will be enhanced to support the OMEGAMON XE for CICS user fields that can be added by
OMEGAMON into the CMF performance (SMF 110) records.
The CICS PA Performance List and Summary Report will be enhanced to include a new field category to
support the OMEGAMON version, warnings, User Work area, CA-IDMS, Adabas, CA-DATACOM, and Supra
requests and user event fields. This will provide enhanced performance reporting for customer
applications using these OMEGAMON functions and database products. These fields will include the
Resource limiting (RLIM) warnings received for DB2, DLI, VSAM, Adabas, IDMS, or DATACOM or Supra
RLIM warnings received for CPU TIME, ELAPSED TIME, DSA, EDSA, EXEC CALLS, or User Events
CICS PA V1.4 enhancements already available through the service channel
The following PTFs delivered important functional enhancements, implemented in response to customer
requirements, and to improve ease of use. The key enhancements are as follows:
In addition a SupportPac CP12 CICS PA has been created which explains how to transfer data from
CICS PA into a DB2 table or comma separated value (CSV) file. It shows how to create reports and
charts. Specifically, this document shows you how to use CICS PA to:
Load CICS statistics or performance data from an z/OS SMF data set into a CICS PA HDB.
Export data from an HDB to DB2 tables or a CSV file.
Example scenarios are included and serve two purposes. First, they create reports or charts that
help answer common CICS performance-related questions. Second, they demonstrate different tools and
Accessibility by people with disabilities
Features of CICS PA that support use by people with disabilities include:
Ability to use assistive technologies such as screen readers and screen magnifier software
Facilities to customize display attributes such as color, contrast, and font size
Capability of operating using only the keyboard
The product documentation includes a
These are available in softcopy (PDF) format. They are also available (in HTML format) as part of
the accessible CICS TS V3.1 Information Center.
Users with limited vision who work with screen reader software might find the following require
Performance Graph Reports
These reports are composed of character output. Screen readers can report all of these to you but
they are unlikely to convey the overall impression of the graph.
All the data used to produce Performance Graph Reports is available from CMF performance class data.
You might find it more helpful to work with, for example, the Performance Summary reports or the
Performance Export Extract.
Pop-up windows CICS PA uses the ISPF function that produces pop-up windows for some tasks. The
pop-up and its frame are just the text that overlays the underlying information of the displayed
panel. The frame of such a pop-up is not usually recognized as such by screen reader software, so
you may need to gain some familiarity with reading such panels before information becomes
A version of the product documentation, that is more suitable for use with screen reader software,
can be made available on request.
A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on the
products accessibility compliance can be requested via the IBM Web site
Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act
CICS PA for z/OS V1.4 is capable, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of
satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any
assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.
Back to top
In an increasingly complex and competitive business environment, managers, system programmers,
application developers and performance specialists come under pressure to operate their systems at
peak level. Adoption of on demand business strategies leads to more complex CICS business-critical
applications, increasing the risk of missing Service Level commitments. CICS customers need tools
to help them reduce downtime, and plan for the future, while keeping systems-management costs down.
IBM offers a comprehensive solution for CICS performance management, which meets requirements of
everyone involved in CICS performance measurement, monitoring, analysis, and planning.
CICS PA is an off-line reporting tool that complements OMEGAMON XE for CICS to help our customers
with the tasks of ongoing CICS performance reporting, trend analysis, tuning, and capacity planning.
Benefits of CICS PA
Improves tuning and capacity planning analysis
Helps take proactive approach to CICS systems tuning
Provides detailed performance bottleneck analysis
Uncovers trends leading to poor CICS performance or even outages
Helps plan capacity for optimal performance
Helps review application performance and identify potential to improve application design
Complements the on-line monitors with in depth analysis vital for fast problem resolution
CICS PA also complements the enterprise-wide historical performance capabilities of IBM Tivoli
Decision Support for z/OS with the additional deep and detailed CICS-related performance data, which
can be used for focused CICS performance problem determination, bottleneck analysis, tuning and
capacity planning. For a complete solution, CICS PA can complement Application Performance
Analyzer, which is used to step through the application code and fix the root cause of the
performance problem within the application.
CICS PA is a part of the System z tools portfolio supporting the CICS environment, which can help
to support application transformation and CICS technology-based SOA implementations, reduce
complexity and cost of CICS system and application management, improve CICS application and data
availability, and comply with regulations like the U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act., and enable easier CICS
version-to-version upgrades (especially to CICS TS V3.1.).
Back to top
CICS PA documentation and Redbook information
CICS Performance Analyzer for z/OS V1.4 User's Guide (SC34-6307)
CICS Performance Analyzer for z/OS V1.4 Report Reference (SC34-6308)
CICS Performance Analyzer for z/OS V1.4 Program Directory (GI10-2570)
Redbook: CICS Performance Analyzer (SG24-6063), visit
Redbook: Migration Considerations for CICS using CICS CM, PA & IA
Where applicable, the books have been updated for the new function.
These books are available in PDF format for download. However, the
is delivered in hardcopy with the product.
In addition, the system logger Redbook and the supporting Redpaper
discuss and show the use of CICS PA. These are:
Back to top
Systems Programmer's Guide to z/OS System Logger (SG24-6898), visit
Performance Considerations and Measurements for CICS and System Logger
For the original announcement of CICS PA for z/OS V1.4, refer to Software Announcement
, dated February 22, 2005.
For CICS SupportPacs, visit
SupportPac, IMS, MVS, System z, and Redbooks are trademarks of
International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other
countries or both.
CICS, z/OS, Tivoli, OMEGAMON, DB2, and WebSphere are registered
trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United
States or other countries or both.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service
marks of others.