July 6, 1999
Tivoli Inventory for OS/390 Provides a Cross-Platform Automatic Approach to Inventory Management
(Corrected on June 15, 1999)
At a Glance
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Tivoli Inventory for OS/390® provides OS/390 server support for Tivoli Inventory Management (5697-INV). Tivoli Inventory for OS/390 and Tivoli Inventory Management (5697-INV) provide system configuration information that is vital to managing the enterprise. These programs can help streamline and accelerate program deployment, service desk, and asset management efforts.
For a detailed description of the hardware and software prerequisites, refer to the Technical Information section of this announcement.
Planned Availability Dates
Tivoli Inventory for OS/390, in conjunction with Tivoli Inventory (5697-INV), gives you the system configuration information that is vital to managing your enterprise. Tivoli Inventory streamlines and accelerates software deployment, service desk, and asset management efforts. Following are some examples of how Tivoli Inventory might expedite your management efforts:
Enterprise Inventory Management
Tivoli Inventory makes enterprise system configuration information readily available to the people who need it by allowing them to automatically scan each system for vital management information. This information is stored in one of many popular relational database management systems (RDBMSs), and Tivoli Inventory provides powerful facilities to exploit this data. Tivoli Inventory also enables frequent updates to help keep the database accurate when the environment is large and network bandwidth is at a premium.
Complete Standards-Based Scanning
Tivoli Inventory tells you exactly what is installed in your enterprise. It can detect thousands of commercial PC and UNIX® applications, and you can easily configure it to identify custom-designed applications. Tivoli Inventory also captures detailed information about system architecture, model, operating system and hardware. In addition, with Tivoli Inventory's easy-to-use facilities, you can prompt end users for information that cannot be scanned.
Tivoli inventory data collected by the scanner program is written to Management Information Format (MIF) compliant files. The MIF files will be parsed in a separate step to create statements for storing data on the relational database management system (RDBMS) storage.
Powerful Open Data Access
Once the system information is collected, Tivoli Inventory uses RDBMS technology and powerful facilities to provide you with open access to data, including:
Tivoli Management Framework Query Service: An easy-to-use GUI that constructs queries for systems that meet selection criteria, and designates the return data for these systems. Queries can be saved and edited for later use. Once the RDBMS tables are populated with data obtained from hardware scanning, queries can be used, to select groups of homogenous targets to be scanned (using Inventory profiles) for platform specific software.
Tivoli Inventory is designed to help overcome the challenges associated with maintaining up-to-date configuration information on thousands of systems. RDBMS technology provides an industrial-strength data management engine to manage the enormous volume of information associated with large enterprise configurations. However, an enterprise-class solution must also perform frequent updates, so Tivoli Inventory enables you to:
This product is Year 2000 ready. When used in accordance with its associated documentation, it is capable of correctly processing, providing, and/or receiving date data within and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, provided that all products (for example, hardware, software, and firmware) used with the product properly exchange accurate date data with it.
Hardware and Software Support Services
Tivoli Professional Services (Tivoli-PS) provides fee-based enterprise management services to support Tivoli Inventory for OS/390. These services focus on a rapid installation and introduction of Tivoli Inventory for OS/390 into a customer's information technology environment. Tivoli-PS can provide services in the areas of planning, product migration, new installations, product customization, and exploiting the latest technologies employed by Tivoli Inventory for OS/390.
Refer to Software Announcement 298-327 , dated September 15, 1998.
Statements made in this announcement regarding Year 2000 are "Year 2000 Readiness Disclosures" under the Year 2000 Information and Readiness Disclosure Act of 1998, a U.S. statute enacted on October 19, 1998.
Training is offered through Tivoli Systems and IBM Learning Services.
For current information on Tivoli System education, call 800-2Tivoli (284-8654) (512-794-9070 outside the U.S.), send e-mail to email@example.com, or visit the Tivoli Systems home page on the Internet (select "Product" for training information) at:
For current information on IBM Learning Services courses in the U.S., contact 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322). Outside the U.S., contact your local IBM Learning Services contact. Worldwide information is also available on the IBM Learning Services home page on the Internet at:
Specified Operating Environment
To fully use the Inventory application function a database is required:
Limitations: This release does not offer endpoint support for OS/390. An OS/390 system cannot be used as a target system for inventory, with the exception of scanning for a custom Machine Installed File stored on the OS/390 Tivoli Management Region (TMR) server.
Security, Auditability, and Control
The announced program uses the security and auditability features of the 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.
Orders for new licenses can be placed now.
Shipment will begin on the planned availability date.
New users of Tivoli Inventory for OS/390 should specify:
Type Model 5697 F04
Also, specify the feature of the desired distribution medium.
Separate licenses of Tivoli Inventory (5697-INV) are required for every non-OS/390 client and server being managed from the Tivoli Inventory for OS/390 server.
For further information on ordering and licensing requirements for Tivoli Inventory (5697-INV), refer to the following Software Announcements:
Tivoli Inventory for OS/390
Feature Language Number Distribution Medium English (U.S.) 5702 4-mm Tape French 5712 4-mm Tape Brazilian 5732 4-mm Tape Portuguese German 5742 4-mm Tape Spanish 5752 4-mm Tape Italian 5762 4-mm Tape English (U.S.) 5802 3480 Tape Cartridge French 5812 3480 Tape Cartridge Brazilian 5832 3480 Tape Cartridge Portuguese German 5842 3480 Tape Cartridge Spanish 5852 3480 Tape Cartridge Italian 5862 3480 Tape Cartridge English (U.S.) 5801 9/6250 Tape French 5811 9/6250 Tape Brazilian 5831 9/6250 Tape Portuguese German 5841 9/6250 Tape Spanish 5851 9/6250 Tape Italian 5861 9/6250 Tape English 3450 Satellite Delivery
Refer to Services Announcement 696-033 , dated October 10, 1996, for additional information regarding electronic delivery.
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 Description Number Initial Shipments Serial Number Only (suppresses shipment 3444 of media and documentation) Ship Media Only (suppresses initial 3470 shipment of documentation) Ship Documentation Only (suppresses 3471 initial shipment of media) Update Shipments Ship Media Updates Only (suppresses 3480 update shipment of documentation) Ship Documentation Only (suppresses 3481 update shipment of media) Suppress Updates (suppresses update 3482 shipment of media and documentation) 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.
Tivoli Inventory for OS/390 U.S. Brazilian English Portuguese Japanese French Tivoli Inventory for OS/390 GI10-8047 English English English Program Directory Only Only Only Tivoli Inventory for OS/390 GC32-0316 G517-6831 GC32-0316 GC11-1573 Licensed Program (English) Specification Tivoli Inventory for OS/390 GI10-8048 G517-6836 GB88-7419 GI11-0093 Release Notes for OS/390 Tivoli Inventory for OS/390 GC32-0315 GC32-0315 GD88-7304 GC11-1572 Supplement (English)
Simplified German Italian Korean Spanish Chinese Tivoli Inventory GI10-8047 English English English English for OS/390 (English) Only Only Only Only Program Directory Tivoli Inventory GC32-0316 GC32-0316 GA30-0777 GC32-0316 GB84-0073 for OS/390 (English) (English) (English) Licensed Program Specification Tivoli Inventory GI10-8048 GI10-8048 GA30-0778 GI10-5246 GB84-0079 for OS/390 (English) (English) Release Notes for OS/390 Tivoli Inventory GC12-2716 GC32-0315 GA30-0776 GC32-0315 GC32-0315 for OS/390 (English) (English) (English) Supplement
In addition to the OS/390 publications for Tivoli Inventory for OS/390, a complete set of publications for Tivoli Inventory (5697-INV) are also included.
Tivoli Inventory (5697-INV) U.S. Brazilian English Portuguese Japanese French TME 10 Inventory 3.6 GC31-8381 G517-1365 GC88-6366 GC11-1471 User's Guide TME 10 Inventory SX75-0123 Shipped Shipped Shipped Schematic Poster in U.S. in U.S. in U.S. English English English TME 10 Inventory 3.6 GI10-3011 G517-6713 GB88-7851 GI11-0021 Release Notes TME 10 Inventory 3.6.1 GI10-8018 G517-6790 GB88-7900 GI11-0071 Release Notes
Simplified German Italian Korean Spanish Chinese TME 10 Inventory GC12-2612 GC13-2808 GA30-0613 GC10-3331 GC84-0621 3.6 User's Guide TME 10 Inventory SX75-0123 SX75-0123 SX75-0123 SX75-0123 SX75-0123 Schematic Poster (English) (English) (English) (English) (English) TME 10 Inventory GI10-3011 GI10-3011 GA30-0634 GI10-5195 GI84-0622 3.6 Release Notes (English) (English) TME 10 Inventory GI10-8018 GI10-8018 GA30-0679 GI10-8018 GI84-0769 3.6.1 Release (English) (English) (English) Notes
Additional copies of publications will be available for a fee after availability. These copies may be ordered from your IBM representative, through the System Library Subscription Service (SLSS), or by direct order.
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.
Terms and Conditions
The charges 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.
One-Time Program Number Charge 5697-F04 No charge
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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.