IBM Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 improves performance and application integration

IBM United States Software Announcement 207-335
December 11, 2007

 

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TOC link Planned availability date TOC link IBM Electronic Services
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At a glance

IBM Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 provides:

  • Exploitation of DB2 V8 or V9
  • Optional use of DB2 for all ASF databases
  • Improved post-installation procedures
  • Easier to manage customer-written exit routines
  • Enhanced batch utilities
  • Reduced prerequisites

The updated Document Connect for ASF feature provides:

  • Service oriented architecture (SOA) integration, including support for Portal and Web services clients
  • Support for multinode high availability installations of WebSphere Application Server
  • Support for zAAP processors
  • Improved performance
  • Enhanced control over the paragraph selection process

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).
 
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Overview

IBM Application Support Facility is an integral part of output management solutions, allowing users and customer applications to create documents based on pre-defined templates, paragraphs, and data. When using the Document Composition function in Application Support Facility V3R3, you define the document layout and formatting using IBM Document Composition Facility (DCF.) Optionally, if you have Document Composition function, you can use Document Connect for ASF to allow users to create documents from a Web client rather than the traditional 3270 interface. When using the Document Writing Feature of Application Support Facility V3R2 you define the document layout and formatting using IBM DisplayWrite®/370.

With Application Support Facility V3R4, you can move to a single release and support all of the following environments:

  • Document Composition function, including the related Document Connect for ASF feature
  • Document Writing Feature
  • OfficeVision/MVS™ compatibility

Enhancements delivered in Application Support Facility V3R4 that apply to the Document Composition function include:

  • Exploitation of IBM DB2® V8, or later, for customers using DB2
  • Optional use of DB2 for all ASF databases
  • Access to documents not created with Application Support Facility
  • Batch utilities enhancements
  • Installation, customization, and access control improvements

Enhancements delivered in Application Support Facility V3R4 that apply to the Document Connect for ASF feature include:

  • Service oriented architecture (SOA) integration
  • Support for portal and Web services clients
  • Support for multinode high availability installations of IBM WebSphere® Application Server
  • Increased ability to integrate the Document Connect for ASF client with other applications
  • Support for zAAP processors
  • Additional document output options
  • Improved performance

Although the enhancements delivered in Application Support Facility V3R4 are focused on the Document Composition function and Document Connect for ASF, all Application Support Facility customers should move to this new release.
 
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Key prerequisites

Application Support Facility for z/OS® V3R4 requires:

  • z/OS V1.7, or later
  • One of the following:
    • IMS™ V9, or later
    • CICS® Transaction Server for z/OS V2.2, or later

 
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Planned availability date

December 14, 2007
 
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Description

Enhancements to the Document Composition function

When choosing to use DB2 as your Application Support Facility database platform, you can now optionally use DB2 for all Application Support Facility databases. Previously, Application Support Facility required VSAM or DL/I for the scratch databases. In addition to the continued support for VSAM and DL/I, DB2 is now supported for these databases. If you are interested in configuring Application Support Facility to use DB2 for these databases, contact the Application Support Facility support team at IBM through your normal support channels before beginning the migration.

The utilities to transfer items between Application Support Facility databases have been significantly enhanced.

  • The resource unload utility now allows you to download items from a Completed Document Library (CLL) database to a flat file and then reload them to another CLL database. You can also use this utility to delete items from the CLL database.
  • For customers storing Application Support Facility databases in IBM DB2:
    • The resource unload utility is now able to restrict processing to only those versions of a General Information Library (GIL) record that fall within a specific time frame.
    • The resource unload utility can now directly transfer items from the Saved Document Library (SLL) database to the CLL database in one step, improving overall performance for this task.
  • When processing the SLL database, up to 32,767 single document requests can now be specified.

The improved post installation steps for Application Support Facility V3R4 more clearly differentiate between the three transaction managers supported: IMS, CICS, and DB2. Only those parameters which apply to the selected environment are presented to the system programmer for customization. The jobs generated to run Application Support Facility are then contained in transaction manager specific JCL libraries.

Many customer environments include databases containing documents or text in line-mode format that have not been created using Application Support Facility. Previously, these documents could only be displayed through separate applications, many requiring 3270 emulation. Application Support Facility V3R4 allows you to display the contents of these documents as part of your Application Support Facility user interface, whether you use the 3270 panel interface or the Web client interface available with Document Connect for ASF.

Application Support Facility V3R4 has improved the way you manage customized programs. The Application Support Facility tailoring members have been separated from the program code and are now in separate load libraries. In addition, customer-written exits are now separate programs, making them easier to maintain and move to production.

In order to customize Application Support Facility messages and panels, many customers overwrite labels provided in the Application Support Facility message pool. This practice made it necessary to redo these changes after applying PTFs for the message pool. Application Support Facility V3R4 now provides a customer message pool designed for customer modifications, making these customizations easier to maintain during the service process.

PL/I is no longer required to modify or create exit routines in Application Support Facility. You can use any available language supported in your z/OS environment.

Improved access control lets all Application Support Facility batch programs run in Authorized Program Facility (APF) libraries. In addition, the definition of a document template supports separate authorization levels for modifying a paragraph and inserting a new paragraph.

Enhancements to the Document Connect for ASF Feature

With Application Support Facility V3R4, Document Composition functions can be optionally executed using DB2 stored procedures as an alternative to CICS or IMS transactions. This allows you to choose the transaction manager that is right for your installation.

If you store Application Support Facility databases in IBM DB2 V8 or V9, you may realize performance improvements during the document composition process from a Web client. These improvements are due to Application Support Facility's exploitation of DB2 functions such as multiple-row read and multiple-row write. The most significant improvements can be seen in Distributed Relational Database Architecture™ (DRDA®) environments, where DB2 data is requested from a remote location.

In addition, the performance of spellchecking, opening and saving paragraphs, and previewing documents from the Web client has been improved.

Now the Document Connect for ASF server component performs as a standard J2EE application that can be invoked from different clients. This includes a Portal client, a Web services client, and a Web client. In support of these clients, Application Support Facility now provides services that can be integrated with SOA applications. In addition, Document Connect for ASF includes improvements to the graphical user interface.

You can now integrate the Document Connect for ASF client with other applications:

  • A new C++ API (MFC client) allows the integration of Document Connect for ASF with C++ applications on Windows®.
  • A new C# API (.NET client) allows the integration of Document Connect for ASF with .NET applications on Windows.
  • A new Java™ client API (Java client) allows the integration of Document Connect for ASF with Java applications on Windows.
  • A new HTTP POST API (Web client) allows the integration of Document Connect for ASF with Web client applications.
  • A new Java server API (runtransaction API) allows the integration of Document Connect for ASF with enterprise applications on WebSphere Application Server.

Document Connect for ASF supports the system management of multinode high availability WebSphere Application Server installations. By using WebSphere Application Server variables for setup parameters and file locations, you can configure WebSphere Application Server for use with Document Connect for ASF on one system and use that configuration for multiple systems.

Many of the Document Connect for ASF server functions that run on WebSphere Application Server are now able to run on zAAP processors. This lets you offload some of Document Connect for ASF's Java and XML workload to separate processors, freeing the general purpose processors for other System z™ workloads.

The updated Document Connect for ASF feature provides improved integration of datastream transforms. You can now use more than one datastream transform (such as AFP™ to PDF) on one system. Selecting a specific transform for a specific document can be done at run time. In addition, Application Support Facility line output can now be converted to xsl&colon.fo for further processing with an xsl&colon.fo formatter.

The contents of the SLL and CLL databases play an important role in output management systems based on Application Support Facility. Customer applications may have a need to process particular documents in these databases outside of Application Support Facility. With Application Support Facility V3R4, Document Connect for ASF users can now search these databases and generate a list of items that meet the search criteria. In addition, Document Connect for ASF users can display a list of SLL and CLL items for further processing.

Document Connect for ASF now includes additional controls over the paragraph selection process used by users. This includes the ability to preselect paragraphs and mark paragraphs available for modification in the paragraph selection tree displayed for the user. In addition, two new exits are provided. The first lets you control and modify the attributes of the paragraphs shown: paragraphs can be added or removed and their modification attributes can be changed. This lets you protect or hide paragraphs from the user's view so that they may not be changed. The second exit lets you display additional paragraphs for insertion into the paragraph selection tree, allowing you to retrieve paragraphs more dynamically.

You can now integrate your own help files with Document Connect for ASF. The files must be in HTML format.

With the updated Document Connect for ASF feature, you can more easily e-mail composed documents, sending them as e-mail attachments. Using standard parameters, other information contained in the e-mail (such as sender, recipients, and subject) can be supplied by the application invoking Application Support Facility. With the improved integration of datastream transforms, it is now possible to use AFP for document preview and PDF as the format for e-mail attachments.

A new toolkit is provided allowing you to verify the conversion of standard paragraphs from DCF to HTML and from HTML to DCF based on the customization settings on the Document Connect for ASF server.

The updated Document Connect for ASF feature installs more easily with WebSphere Application Server. You are no longer required to modify WebSphere Application Server classpath, libpath, or shared library settings.

The number of prerequisite products required to use Document Connect for ASF has been reduced:

  • The Java Runtime Environment is no longer required on the Web client.
  • When using WebSphere MQ or CICS Transaction Gateway to connect WebSphere Application Server to the Application Support Facility host, you no longer need to install the connection product on the application server. Since Document Connect for ASF now uses WebSphere Resource Adapters, WebSphere MQ or CICS Transaction Gateway is only required on the z/OS host.

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 is capable as of December 14, 2007, when used in accordance with IBM's associated 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. A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested via IBM's Web site


 
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Product positioning

Application Support Facility V3R3 and its Document Composition function allowed you to create documents using IBM Document Composition Facility (DCF) while Application Support Facility V3R2 and its Document Writing Feature allowed you to create documents using IBM DisplayWrite/370.

Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 supports both the Document Composition function and the Document Writing Feature. In addition, Application Support Facility V3R4 supports OV/MVS™ compatibility, allowing all Application Support Facility customers to move to V3R4.

Hardware and software support services

SmoothStart™/installation services: IBM SmoothStart and Installation Services are not provided.

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 207-335

Trademarks

 
OfficeVision/MVS, IMS, Distributed Relational Database Architecture, System z, AFP, MVS, and SmoothStart are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
DisplayWrite, DB2, WebSphere, z/OS, CICS, and DRDA are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows is a registered trademark 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.

Additional services available

The IBM Application Support Facility development team can provide customized services for Application Support Facility customers. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Product training for end users or Application Support Facility administrators and system programmers
  • Migration from previous releases or products to Application Support Facility V3R4, or from previous database platforms to DB2®
  • On-site analysis of existing integration between Application Support Facility and your applications, including suggestions for improvement or exploitation of recent Application Support Facility enhancements

For more information, contact the product development and support team at IBM through your normal support channels.
 
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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Application Support Facility for z/OS® V3R4 will operate on any hardware that supports z/OS V1.7, or later, and the prerequisite software.

The Document Connect for ASF server will operate on any hardware that supports the prerequisite software, including the installed release of WebSphere® Application Server.

The Web client for Document Connect for ASF will operate on any hardware that supports the prerequisite software.

Software requirements

All prerequisites and corequisites for these products apply.

The products listed are supported only while service is available for those products.

Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 requires the following:

  • z/OS V1.7, or later (5694-A01) including Language Environment®
  • One of the following:
    • IMS™ V9 (5655-J38)
    • CICS® Transaction Server for z/OS V3.1, or later (5697-E93)

The Document Composition function requires the following additional software:

  • Document Composition Facility V1R4 (5748-XX9) with at least the following PTFs installed:
    • PTF UN15120 (APAR PN12161)
    • PTF UN58443 (APAR PN27883 and APAR PN39828)
    • PTF UN79261 (APAR PN71567)
    • PTF UN87763 (APAR PN76775)
    • PTF UN89989 (APAR PN83692)
  • To use the continuous formatting, release control, and versioning functions, or to create cross-reference listings, one of the following is required:
    • DB2 V8 (5625-DB2)
    • DB2 V9 (5635-DB2)

The Document Writing Feature requires the following additional software:

  • DisplayWrite®/370 for MVS™/CICS V2R2 (5685-101)

The Document Connect for ASF server requires the following additional software:

  • The following are required on z/OS for connectivity between WebSphere Application Server and Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4:
    • When running under CICS, one of the following:
      • WebSphere MQ for z/OS V6.0 (5655-L82)
      • CICS Transaction Gateway for z/OS V6.0, or later (5655-M69)
      • CICS Transaction Gateway for z/OS V7.0, or later (5655-R25)
    • When running under IMS, one of the following:
      • WebSphere MQ for z/OS V6.0 (5655-L82)
      • The IMS Connect function included in IMS V9 (5655-J38)
  • The following are required on the WebSphere server where the Document Connect for ASF server is deployed, regardless of the platform:
    • When connecting to CICS using CICS Transaction Gateway, CICS ECI Resource Adapter V6.0.1 is required.
    • When connecting to IMS, IMS Connector Resource Adapter V9.10.21 is required.
    • An HTTP server supported by WebSphere Application Server V6.0, for example, IBM HTTP server 6.0, or later.

In addition, the following software is required, depending on the Document Connect for ASF server platform:

  • For z/OS:
    • WebSphere Application Server for z/OS V6.0.11, V6.02.22, V6.1, or later (5655-N01)
  • For Windows®:
    • Microsoft® Windows 2003
    • WebSphere Application Server V6.0, or later
    • All prerequisites for the above software
  • For AIX®:
    • AIX 5L™ V5.3, or later (5765-E61)
    • WebSphere Application Server V6.0, or later
    • All prerequisites for the above software
  • For distributed Linux™ platforms:
    • Any version of Linux supported by WebSphere Application Server V6.0, or later
    • WebSphere Application Server V6.0, or later
    • All prerequisites for the above software

When using the Document Connect for ASF client , users require a workstation with:

  • One of the following:
    • Microsoft Windows XP SP2
    • Microsoft Windows Vista®
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 6.0, or later, running in the local intranet security zone, and with ActiveX controls and JavaScript enabled
  • Microsoft Windows Installer 2.0

In addition, the following products are required to use specific functions of Document Connect for ASF:

  • To preview documents in AFP™ format, an AFP viewer plug-in for Internet Explorer is required. An AFP Viewer plug-in is delivered with the product.
  • To preview documents in PDF format:
    • A solution for converting AFP to PDF on the server is required. InfoPrint® Transform for AFP to Adobe PDF V2.1 for z/OS (5655-P20) is one example.
    • A PDF viewer plug-in for Internet Explorer must be installed on each user's workstation. Adobe Acrobat Reader is one example.
  • To archive the final documents produced by users, an archive solution is required. The IBM Content Manager family of products is one example.
  • To invoke the Web client from within a 3270 emulator session, one of the following is required:
    • IBM Personal Communications V4.3, or later
    • Attachmate EXTRA! Version 6.4, or later
    • WRQ Reflection for IBM Version 8, or later
    • Reflection for IBM 2007, or later

Compatibility

Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 is upwardly compatible with:

  • Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R3
  • The combined solution of Application Support Facility V3R2 and its Document Writing Feature
  • Application Support Facility V3R2 for OV/MVS compatibility

Planning information

Installability: If you are installing Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 over Application Support Facility V3R2, or earlier, contact the Application Support Facility support team at IBM through your normal support channels before beginning the migration.

Packaging

The following deliverables are available with Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4:

  • Application Support Facility V3R4 Base only, which includes
    • One SMP/E installable tape, which includes the base code, the Document Composition function, and the Document Writing Feature. Licenses to use each of these features and functions are required.
    • One copy of the Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 Program Directory (GI19-0020).
    • One copy of the Application Support Facility Licensed Program Specifications (GH12-6738).
  • Application Support Facility V3R4 plus Document Composition, which includes
    • One SMP/E installable tape, which includes the base code, the Document Composition function, and the Document Writing Feature. Licenses to use each of these features and functions are required.
    • One copy of the Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 Program Directory (GI19-0020).
    • One copy of the Application Support Facility Licensed Program Specifications (GH12-6738).
  • Document Connect for ASF, which includes
    • One SMP/E installable tape containing the product code for running the Document Connect for ASF server on z/OS. Installation instructions are documented in the Program Directory for Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 (GI19-0020).
    • One CD-ROM containing the product code for running the Document Connect for ASF server on Windows, Linux, or AIX (LCD4-5359).

    The remaining information for administering and using Document Connect for ASF is contained in the Application Support Facility for z/OS publications.

  • Document Writing Feature, which includes one copy of the Document Writing Feature Licensed Program Specifications (GH12-6889)
  • Softcopy publications collection kit, which includes one copy of the collection kit on CD-ROM (SK2T-0730)

All other publications are provided in softcopy format on the product Web site

System integrity

IBM will accept APARs where the installation of this licensed program causes an exposure to the system integrity of z/OS.

This program is intended to run unauthorized.

z/OS system integrity applies: Yes

Security, auditability, and control

Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 and its features use the security and auditability features of the host hardware and operating system software. 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

Ordering z/OS through the Internet

ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS ServerPac or CBPDO. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present 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., Canada, and several countries in Europe. In countries where ShopzSeries is not available yet, contact your IBM representative (or IBM Business Partner) to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit the ShopzSeries Web site at

Current licensees

Current licensees of Application Support Facility for z/OS must order this release via MES. Ordering instructions are scheduled to be mailed from IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment to all current licensees by December 21, 2007. You can continue to order Application Support Facility V3R2 and V3R3 prior to December 14, 2007.

New licensees

Orders for new licenses can be placed now.

Registered customers can access IBMLink™ for ordering information and charges.

Shipment will not occur before the availability date.

Unless a later date is specified, orders entered before the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date of one week following availability.

Orders entered after the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date for the week following order entry.

New users of Application Support Facility for z/OS should specify:

  • Type: 5655
  • Model: 002

To order, specify the program number, a feature number for supply, and a feature number for a monthly license charge (MLC.) For MLC charges, use one of the following:

  • Parallel Sysplex® License Charge (PSLC)
  • Growth Opportunity License Charge (GOLC)
  • Flat Workload License Charge (FWLC)
  • System z Entry License Charge (zELC)
  • Tiered Workload License Charge (TWLC)

When Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 is available, V3R2 and V3R3 will no longer be available.

PSLC basic license: To order a basic license, specify the program number and quantity of MSU.

If there is more than one program copy in a Parallel Sysplex, the charge for all copies is associated to one license by specifying the applicable PSLC license options and quantity represented by the sum of the Service Units in Millions (MSUs) in your Parallel Sysplex. For all other program copies, specify the System Usage Registration No-Charge (SYSUSGREG NC) Identifier on the licenses.

Application Support Facility, Base only

Entitlement                               License option/
identifier   Description                  Pricing metric
 
S014GD2      Application Support Facility
              Base only                   Basic MLC, PSLC below 3 MSU
                                          Basic MLC, PSLC AD
                                          SYSUSGREG NC, PSLC AD

Application Support Facility, Base plus Document Composition

Entitlement                               License option/
identifier   Description                  Pricing metric
 
S00XJ55      Application Support Facility
              Base plus Document
              Composition                 Basic MLC, PSLC below 3 MSU
                                          Basic MLC, PSLC AD
                                          SYSUSGREG NC, PSLC AD

Application Support Facility, Document Writing Feature

Entitlement                               License option/
identifier   Description                  Pricing metric
 
S00176N      Application Support Facility
              Document Writing Feature    Basic MLC, PSLC below 3 MSU
                                          Basic MLC, PSLC AD
                                          SYSUSGREG NC, PSLC AD

Application Support Facility, Document Connect for ASF Feature

Entitlement                               License option/
identifier   Description                  Pricing metric
 
S00XJ53      Document Connect for
              ASF Feature                 Basic MLC, PSLC below 3 MSU
                                          Basic MLC, PSLC AD
                                          SYSUSGREG NC, PSLC AD

Workload license charge (WLC) basic license: Flat workload license charge features

Application Support Facility, Base only

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S014GD2      Application Support Facility     Flat Workload
              Base only                        License Charge

Application Support Facility, Base plus Document Composition

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ55      Application Support Facility
              Base plus Document              Flat Workload
              Composition                      License Charge

Application Support Facility, Document Writing Feature

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S00176N      Application Support Facility     Flat Workload
              Document Writing Feature         License Charge

Application Support Facility, Document Connect for ASF Feature

Entitlement                               License option/
identifier   Description                  Pricing metric
 
S00XJ53      Document Connect for         Flat Workload
              ASF Feature                  License Charge

TWLC: To order TWLC software, specify the TWLC monthly charge feature number from the following table.

Application Support Facility, Base only

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S014GD2      Application Support Facility
              Base only                       Tiered Workload
                                               License Charge

Application Support Facility, Base plus Document Composition

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ55      Application Support Facility
              Base plus Document              Tiered Workload
              Composition                      License Charge

Application Support Facility, Document Writing Feature

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S00176N      Application Support Facility
              Document Writing Feature        Tiered Workload
                                               License Charge

Application Support Facility, Document Connect for ASF Feature

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ53       Document Connect for
              ASF Feature                     Tiered Workload
                                               License Charge

GOLC: To order a basic license, specify the program number and the correct level.

Application Support Facility, Base only

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S014GD2      Application Support Facility
              Base only                       Growth Opportunity
                                               License Charge

Application Support Facility, Base plus Document Composition

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ55      Application Support Facility
              Base plus Document              Growth Opportunity
              Composition                      License Charge

Application Support Facility, Document Writing Feature

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S00176N      Application Support Facility
              Document Writing Feature        Growth Opportunity
                                               License Charge

Application Support Facility, Document Connect for ASF Feature

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ53      Document Connect for
              ASF Feature                     Growth Opportunity
                                               License Charge

zELC: To order zELC software, specify the program number and z800 model.

Application Support Facility, Base only

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S014GD2      Application Support Facility
              Base only                       System z Entry
                                               License Charge

Application Support Facility, Base plus Document Composition

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ55      Application Support Facility
              Base plus Document              System z Entry
              Composition                      License Charge

Application Support Facility, Document Writing Feature

Entitlement                                   License option/
identifier   Description                      Pricing metric
 
S00176N      Application Support Facility
              Document Writing Feature        System z Entry
                                               License Charge

Application Support Facility, Document Connect for ASF Feature

Entitlement                               License option/
identifier   Description                  Pricing metric
 
S00XJ53       Document Connect for
              ASF Feature                 System z Entry
                                           License Charge

Basic machine-readable material

Application Support Facility V3R4

Orderable
supply ID: Language  Distribution medium  Description
 
S014HZP    Multiple  3480 Tape Cartridge  Base only
 
S00XFGS    Multiple  3480 Tape Cartridge  Base plus
                                            Document Composition
 
S014HZR    Multiple  3480 Tape Cartridge  Document Writing Feature
 
S012CDX    Multiple  3480 Tape Cartridge  Document Connect for ASF
                                            Feature

Customization options: Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order to specify the delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.

Example: If publications are not desired for the initial order, specify feature number 3470 to ship media only. For future updates, specify feature number 3480 to ship media updates only. If, in the future, publication updates are required, order an MES to remove feature number 3480; then, the publications will ship with the next release of the program.

Feature                                                   Feature
description                                               number
 
Delivery w/o publications (for this specific order only)  3470
Delivery w/o machine readable material                    3471
Delivery w/o publications for this product
(including follow ons)                                    3480
 
Delivery options
feature                                                   Feature
description                                               number
 
Internet Electronic Delivery                              3451
 
Other option types used in ESW:
Capacity Mode Options
Certificate Options
License Management Options
Maintenance Options
Partition Options
Package Options
Preload Options
SubCapacity Options

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.

Optional machine-readable material

To order, select the feature number for the desired distribution medium:

Application Support Facility V3R4

Orderable
Supply             Distribution
ID        Language Medium        Description
 
S0107G2   English  CD-ROM        Softcopy publications collection kit

Unlicensed documentation

The following publications are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material for Application Support Facility:

 
                                                          Order
Title                                                     number
 
Application Support Facility V3R4
    Program Directory                                     GI19-0020
 
Application Support Facility V3R4
    Licensed Program Specification                        GH12-6738

The following publication is supplied automatically with the Document Writing Feature:

                                                          Order
Title                                                     number
 
Application Support Facility V3R4
    Document Writing Feature
    Licensed Program Specification                        GH12-6889

Displayable softcopy publications

The following publications for Application Support Facility for z/OS V3 are offered only in displayable softcopy form:

  • Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 Administration Guide
  • Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 Application Programming Interfaces
  • Application Support Facility for z/OS V3R4 Diagnosis Guide

These displayable manuals are available on the product Web site

They are also available on the Transaction Processing and Data Collection Kit, which can be ordered as a feature of this product.

Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.

Customized Offerings

Product deliverables are shipped only via Customized Offerings (for example, CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac®). CBPDO and ServerPac are offered for Internet delivery, where ShopzSeries product ordering is available. Internet delivery of ServerPac may help improve automation and software delivery time. For more details on Internet delivery, refer to the ShopzSeries help information at

Media type for this software product is chosen during the customized offerings ordering process. Based on your customer environment, it is recommended that the highest possible density tape media is selected. Currently offered media types are:

  • CBPDOs — 3480, 3480 Compressed, 3490E, 3590, 3592*
  • ServerPacs — 3480, 3480 Compressed, 3490E, 3590, 3592*
  • SystemPacs — 3480, 3480 Compressed, 3490E, 3590, 3592*

*
3592 is highest density media. Selecting 3592 will ship the fewest number of media.

Once a product becomes generally available, it will be included in the next ServerPac and SystemPac monthly update.

Production of software product orders will begin on the planned general availability date.

  • CBPDO shipments will begin one week after general availability.
  • ServerPac shipments will begin two weeks after inclusion in ServerPac.
  • SystemPac shipments will begin four weeks after inclusion in SystemPac due to additional customization, and data input verification.

 
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Terms and conditions

The terms for Application Support Facility for z/OS, as previously announced in Software Announcement 203-057 , dated February 25, 2003, licensed under the IBM Customer Agreement are unaffected by this announcement.

IBM Operational Support Services — SupportLine: Yes
 
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IBM Electronic Services

IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a Web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services 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. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit


 
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Prices

Program number: 5655-002

GOLC

Application Support Facility, Base only

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S014GD2         GOLC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Base plus Document Composition

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ55         GOLC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Document Writing Feature

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S00176N         GOLC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Document Connect for ASF feature

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ53         GOLC, Basic MLC

zELC

Application Support Facility, Base only

Entitlement    License option/
identifier     Pricing metric
 
S014GD2        zELC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Base plus Document Composition

Entitlement    License option/
identifier     Pricing metric
 
S00XJ55        zELC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Document Writing Feature

Entitlement    License option/
identifier     Pricing metric
 
S00176N        zELC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Document Connect for ASF Feature

Entitlement    License option/
identifier     Pricing metric
 
S00XJ53        zELC, Basic MLC

PSLC

Application Support Facility, Base only

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S014GD2         PSLC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Base plus Document Composition

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ55         PSLC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Document Writing Feature

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S00176N         PSLC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Document Connect for ASF Feature

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ53         PSLC, Basic MLC

FWLC

Application Support Facility, Base only

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S014GD2         FWLC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Base plus Document Composition

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ55         FWLC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Document Writing Feature

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S00176N         FWLC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Document Connect for ASF Feature

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ53         FWLC, Basic MLC

TWLC

Application Support Facility, Base only

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S014GD2         TWLC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Base plus Document Composition

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ55         TWLC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Document Writing Feature

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S00176N         TWLC, Basic MLC

Application Support Facility, Document Connect for ASF Feature

Entitlement     License option/
identifier      Pricing metric
 
S00XJ53         TWLC, Basic MLC

For additional product information, refer Software Announcement 203-057 , dated February 25, 2003.
 
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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).

 Phone:      800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
 Fax:        800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
 Internet:   callserv@ca.ibm.com
 Mail:       IBM Teleweb Customer Support
             ibm.com Sales Execution Center, Americas North
             3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4
             Markham, Ontario
             Canada
             L3R 2Z1
 
 Reference:  LE001

The Americas Call Centers, our national direct marketing organization, can add your name to the mailing list for catalogs of IBM products.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
IMS, MVS, AIX 5L, AFP, IBMLink, System z, and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
DB2, z/OS, WebSphere, Language Environment, CICS, DisplayWrite, AIX, zSeries, Parallel Sysplex, and SystemPac are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows, Microsoft, and Windows Vista are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both.
 
InfoPrint is a registered trademark of Ricoh Co., Ltd., in the United States, other countries, or both
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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