IBM United States
Software Announcement 201-339
November 27, 2001

IBM CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS and OS/390, V1.1 Helps Identify Resource Interdependencies within CICS Systems

 ENUS201-339.PDF (28KB)

(Corrected on January 14, 2002)

The money-back guarantee period was revised.

At a Glance

IBM CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS and OS/390 can be used to help maintain, enhance, and migrate CICS business applications by:

  • Detecting and reporting on the interdependencies between your CICS resources
  • Allowing you to query its reports online

Used in a run-time dynamic environment, CICS IA provides the information for the systems programmer to split workloads and therefore allow for efficient Work-Load Balancing across CICS Plex and Sysplex. Work-Load Balancing helps to smooth out the peaks and troughs particularly associated with e-business.


IBM CICS® Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS™ and OS/390® (CICS IA) is a run-time tool that helps you identify resource interdependencies within your CICS system using report data stored in a DB2® database. These reports, which can be interrogated online, will help you to improve your ability to maintain, enhance, and migrate your business applications.

Key Prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware Requirements and Software Requirements sections.

Planned Availability Date

December 14, 2001


IBM CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS and OS/390 (CICS IA) is a series of software modules that identify the sets of CICS resources used by individual CICS transactions. CICS IA intercepts EXEC CICS commands and records those that act upon transactions, programs, BMS maps, files, TS queues, and TD queues.

CICS IA supports all current levels of CICS TS and CICS/ESA® 4.1.

CICS IA runs in each production CICS region, capturing the CICS resource interdependencies as they occur. Each CICS region has its own set of CICS IA datasets where the captured data is held. At the end of the day, or when chosen, the CICS IA is stopped in each region, the datasets are closed, migrated to a QSAM dataset, and re-opened, and the CICS IA is started again. This QSAM dataset is used as the input file to the Database Update Procedure where the data is run through a suite of jobs to update the DB2 database.

The database is accessed via a front-end query process, which runs as a set of CICS transactions.

The CICS IA data can also be accessed via a DB2 Client from a personal computer, enabling the data to be interrogated and graphs or charts produced. Alternatively the data can be accessed over the Internet/intranet using "Net.Data®."

The product comprises the following components:

  • DB2 Database Tables
    • Actual DB2 tables that make up the database
      • Base tables
      • Facilitating tables
      • Views
  • Front-End Query Process
    • Online query process to access the database
      • CICS transactions
      • CICS programs
      • BMS maps
  • Database Update Procedures
    • Batch procedures to keep the database up to date
      • Batch suite (run when chosen) — COBOL and ASM programs to update database
      • Manual updates — SQL required to maintain some of the base tables

Accessibility by People with Disabilities

The CICS Interdependency Analyzer is operated using the keyboard. The product displays standard 3270 panels which have been tested for use by people with visual impairment using the JAWS screen reader. A hardcopy of the product User's Guide is shipped with the product and a softcopy (.pdf) accessible version will be made available on request.

Euro Currency

This program is not impacted by euro currency.

Value Unit Based Pricing

Value Unit based pricing will help to align the prices of this product 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 will also be a price benefit when customers grow their capacity. Additional capacity will be based on the number of Value Units (MSUs) the customer has already installed, that is, 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. The customer may 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 (PoE). It is the customer's 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.


z/OS is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
CICS, OS/390, DB2, CICS/ESA, and Net.Data 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.

Offering Information

Product information is available through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:


The following publications are shipped with the product:

 Title                                                 Number
CICS(R) Interdependency Analyzer                       SC34-6080
 User's Guide and Reference
Program Directory:  CICS                               GI10-2547
 Interdependency Analyzer

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements

IBM CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS™ and OS/390® operates on any hardware supporting CICS/ESA® Version 4.1 (5655-018), CICS Transaction Server (5655-147), or CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (5697-E93).

Software Requirements

IBM CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS and OS/390 operates with the following (minimum levels required) CICS, DB2®, and OS/390 configurations and requires SMP/E Version 1 (5668-949) for installation and maintenance:

  • CICS/ESA Version 4.1 (5655-018) and DB2 V2.3 (5665-DB2) with OS/390 V2.6, or later
  • CICS Transaction Server V1.1 (5655-147) and DB2 V5 (5655-DB2) with OS/390 V2.6
  • CICS Transaction Server V1.3 (5655-147) and DB2 V5 (5645-DB2) with OS/390 V2.8, or later
  • CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V2.1 (5697-E93) and DB2 V5 (5655-DB2), or later, with OS/390 V2.8 (5647-A01), or later

Planning Information

Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided by IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line. This fee service enhances customers' productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line will help answer questions pertaining to usage and suspected software defects for eligible products.

Installation and technical support is provided by Global Services. For more information call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

Packaging: The package in which the product is delivered contains:

  • The runtime component of the product on 3480 ½-inch tape cartridge
  • CICS Interdependency Analyzer User's Guide and Reference (SC34-6080)
  • Programming Directory (GI10-2547)
  • License Information (C34-6081)
  • IPLA Booklet (Z125-3301)
  • IPLA Pointer Sheet (Z127-1000)
  • Proof of Entitlement

Security, Auditability, and Control

IBM CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS and OS/390 uses the security and auditability features of the supported OS/390 systems.

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

Ordering Information

IBM CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS and OS/390 is an IPLA product with a single charge based on Value Units.

The product also has a Software Subscription and Support orderable, required in order to provide the same level of support as is delivered with standard IBM S/390® ICA offerings, including voice defect support, together with code updates. It has a single annual charge which, if ordered, must be purchased in the same quantity as IBM CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS and OS/390.

                                      Program          OTC Feature
Description                           Number           Number
CICS Interdependency
Analyzer for z/OS and OS/390
Per Value Unit                        5655-G76         0001

OTC = One-Time Charge

The product in this announcement 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. Information on MSU capacities can be found in the IBM System/370™, System/390®, and zSeries Machine Exhibit (Z125-3901).

Value Units for zSeries will be based upon full MSU capacity as defined in the Machine Exhibit.

A tool is 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.

Translation from MSUs to Value Units

                  MSUs             MSU
Base              1-3              1.00
Tier A            4-45             0.45
Tier B            46-175           0.36
Tier C            176-315          0.27
Tier D            316+             0.20

Value Units for Non-MSU-Based S/390 Processors

MP3000 Models
  H30             = 6.00 Value Units
  H50             = 8.00 Value Units
  H70             = 12.00 Value Units
ESL Models        = 2.00 Value Units

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

If the customer has installed 1,000 MSUs, the applicable Value Units would be:

Translation from MSUs to Value Units

                             Units/             Value
           MSUs      *       MSU        =       Units
Base          3      *       1.00       =         3.00
Tier A       42      *       0.45       =        18.90
Tier B      130      *       0.36       =        46.80
Tier C      140      *       0.27       =        37.80
Tier D      685      *       0.20       =       137.00
Total     1,000                                 243.50

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

Basic License: To order, specify the program number, feature number 9001 for asset registration, one or more OTC feature numbers, and feature number 5802 for the distribution medium.

New Customers: The CFSW configurator stand-alone path for 5655-G76 will be updated to support price proposals on November 27, 2001. For 5655-G76, the medium is shipped only via Customized Offerings (ServerPac, Systempac®, and CBPDO). CFSW configuration and order entry capability will commence with CBPDO on December 11, 2001.

For CBPDO orders, shipments will begin one week after general availability.

Description              Number         Medium
CICS IA                  5802           3480 1/2-inch tape

                         Program        Feature
Description              Number         Number
CICS Interdependency     5655-G76
Analyzer for
z/OS and OS/390
  1 Value Unit                          0001
  250 Value Units                       0002

Subscription and Support: IBM is providing Subscription and Support for this product 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 the customer is not entitled for new products.

To order, specify the support program number (5655-G77), feature number 9001 for asset registration, medium feature number 6535, and the Annual Support Charge feature number shown below.

  • The capacity of Subscription and Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the product licenses.
  • Once Subscription and Support is ordered, the charges will renew automatically annually unless cancelled by the customer.

To decline , specify the support program number (5655-G77), and the Decline Software Subscription and Support feature number shown below.

                                   Charge      Medium
                       Program     Feature     Feature
Description            Number      Number      Number       Medium
Subscription           5655-G77                6535         Paper
 and Support
 for CICS Inter-
 Analyzer for
 z/OS and
  1 Value Unit                     0001
  250 Value                        0002
Decline Software                   0003
 and Support
 (No Charge)

Customization Options: Select the appropriate feature numbers for expedited shipments.

Description                                         Number
Expedite Shipments
Local IBM Office Expedite                           3445
 (for IBM use only)
Customer Expedite Process Charge                    3446
 ($30 charge for each product)

Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.

Customized Offerings

The product medium is shipped only via Customized Offerings (that is, CBPDO, ServerPac, Systempac). Noncustomized items (CDs, diskettes, source media, media kits) will continue to be shipped via the stand-alone product.

Terms and Conditions

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

This product is licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA), and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Support, and the Addendum for Support (Z125-6435), which provides for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. This program has a one-time license charge for use of the program and an ongoing recurring charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect. S/390 and zSeries IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line is an option for those customers who desire added services.

Limited Warranty Applies: Yes

Program Services: Available until December 31, 2003

Money-Back Guarantee: 30 day, money-back guarantee

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: No

Volume Orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage Applies: No

Passport Advantage Subscription Applies: No

IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line: Yes

AIX®/UNIX® Upgrade Protection Applies: No

Entitled Upgrade for Current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Licensees: No

AS/400® Software Subscription Applies: No

Variable Charges Apply: No

Educational Allowance Available: Yes, a 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.


Contact your IBM representative for charges information for this announcement.


z/OS and System/370 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
CICS, OS/390, CICS/ESA, DB2, S/390, System/390, Systempac, AIX, and AS/400 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
UNIX is a registered trademark is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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