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OfficeVision/MVS

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OfficeVision/MVS Details:

Program Number: 5685-106 (MVS/ESA) Release 3

OfficeVision/MVS provides:

  • Electronic mail to send and receive messages, notes, and documents. Users can also mail PC files, attach messages to documents, authorize other users to handle mail, and request an acknowledgment that a mail item has been acted on.
  • Electronic calendar to let users schedule personal and group appointments, reserve resources, and indicate sign-in or sign-out status. Multiple calendars can be checked for available time before scheduling a meeting. Users can confirm or deny meeting requests.
  • In-Basket and File Cabinet facilities to manage distributed items that have been received or that are being prepared for distribution. Items created by users can be filed in or distributed from the File Cabinet.
  • Creation and editing of notes and documents. DisplayWrite/370 can be used to create and edit complex documents that include text, data, graphs, and images.
  • Enterprise Address Book, an optional component, to provide a quick and easy access to address and personal information about individual users. Enterprise Address Book gives the user access to shared and personal address books and distribution lists. Enterprise Address Book uses the relational database capabilities of DATABASE 2™ (DB2®).
  • OfficeVision Productivity Facility/MVS (OVPF/MVS), an optional component, to make selected tasks quicker and easier to perform by addressing areas where additional function and usability are especially important. This set of usability enhancements is an extension of the end-user interface (EUI). OfficeVision Productivity Facility allows the user to gradually and selectively implement the new functions while maintaining the ability to switch back to existing interfaces from familiar menus.
  • OfficeVision Host Client/MVS (OVHC/MVS), an optional component, to increase user productivity with the look and feel of IBM's Common User Access® (CUA®). This interface replaces the existing end-user interface for Personal Services, Calendar and Enterprise Address Book. Using action bars, pull-down menus, and pop-up windows, OfficeVision Host Client provides many new functions to make OfficeVision/MVS a friendlier environment for office users. OfficeVision Host Client also offers mouse support for programmable workstations using IBM's Communications Manager (CM) Mouse.
  • A documented set of application programming interfaces (APIs) to provide the tools needed to link office communication functions with specific line-of-business applications.
  • Single-user logon to VTAM® with automatic logon to all subsequent environments (CICS®, IMS, and TSO).
  • Optional entry-level enrollment to allow the administrator to define user access to various Personal Services functions based on the individual user's needs.
  • Double-byte character set (DBCS) toleration to allow users to receive, view, edit, store, search, and distribute documents containing DBCS characters for some Asian character sets.
  • PC file transfer to provide the ability to transfer files between IBM programmable workstations and OfficeVision/MVS. End-user interface support is provided through the DOS Office Direct Connect feature for DOS workstations, through the Current OfficeVision/MVS Workgroup Program, or through Host Client.
  • OfficeVision/MVS is available for non-DISOSS customers who only need the services of a single OfficeVision/MVS environment. In the non-DISOSS environment, users can use a simple messaging, notes, and document management facility. If the user needs extensive library management, document formatting, communication with multiple OfficeVision/MVS systems, or communication with non-OfficeVision/MVS users, these OfficeVision/MVS functions can be utilized by adding DISOSS.


The following features and programs can enhance OfficeVision/MVS:

  • The Document Writing feature provides functions for data integration and text processing with DisplayWrite/370.
  • The Document Composition feature provides functions for creation and editing of correspondence.
  • The Application Connectivity feature of OfficeVision/MVS, when used with NetView Access Services, provides easy navigation across MVS subsystems (CICS, IMS, and TSO). Structured files can be exchanged between the CICS, IMS, and TSO environments, and files can be transferred from TSO to CICS.
  • The TSO Application Access feature provides environmental switching from CICS to TSO, data transfer from TSO to CICS, and access to TSO-based applications.
  • The DOS Office Direct Connect feature provides functions for a PC menu interface to access OfficeVision/MVS or workstation applications.
  • The Distributed Office Support System (DISOSS) provides functions for communicating with multiple OfficeVision/MVS users on the same or different DISOSS nodes and for communicating with other office system products. The DISOSS Library can be used as a corporate database where all your DISOSS users (including your OfficeVision/MVS users) can store and retrieve data. In addition, DISOSS provides transform, printing, and API services.
  • The DISOSS Library Services - Extended (DLS-E) program provides functions for controlled distribution and routing, forms applications, conferencing, and enhanced library services.

Note: National language support includes support for character sets, code pages, and keyboards for customers requiring support for non-US English data creation and communications.  The Multinational Character Set (MNCS) supports code page 500 for EBCDIC and code page 850 for ASCII, providing support for multiple countries.

For specific details, refer to the publications Planning for OfficeVision/MVS (SH21-0516) and Planning for DOS Office Direct Connect Feature with OfficeVision/MVS (SH21-0639)

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