The IMS™ Enterprise Suite is a set of components that support open integration technologies to enable new application development and extend access to IMS transactions and data. The IMS Enterprise Suite provides user-friendly standard interfaces, simplifies IMS metadata generation, and enables mobile services. The IMS Enterprise Suite simplifies and expands IMS development (including Java™ and XML), administration, and access. Graphical user interfaces and standards-based programming models are provided through tooling support from the WebSphere® and Rational® product families.
The IMS Enterprise Suite includes components that are available for both z/OS® and distributed platforms, and is a no-cost product for unlimited installs. The IMS Enterprise Suite components are designed to complement IMS 13 and IMS 12.
IMS Enterprise Suite Components
IMS Mobile Solution allows you to easily enable your IMS transaction assets as services for mobile and cloud consumption. The IMS Mobile Solution includes the IMS Mobile Feature Pack, which is the service provider that leverages the z/OS Connect feature of WebSphere Application Server for z/OS Liberty Profile, and IMS Explorer, which provides service creation and administration function.
IMS Enterprise Suite Explorer (IMS Explorer) is an Eclipse-based graphical tool that simplifies IMS application development tasks. Use the IMS Explorer to display and edit IMS databases, segments, fields and more. This tooling also provides mobile server administration to the IMS Mobile Solution.
IMS Enterprise Suite Data Provider for Microsoft .NET enables you to use standard SQL queries to access IMS data from .NET applications. It delivers high-performing, secure access to IMS data and simplifies the development of Microsoft .NET applications (for example, C# and Visual Basic) that access IMS.
IMS Enterprise Suite SOAP Gateway allows you to get more value from your trusted IMS application assets in an SOA environment, without requiring any changes to your business logic. With SOAP Gateway, your IMS applications can call out to web services, or be called from web services, independent of platform, environment, programming language, or programming model. With IBM API Management, you can discover and publicize SOAP Gateway web services to be called from mobile and cloud applications.
IMS Enterprise Suite Connect APIs for Java and C extend connectivity of distributed platforms to IMS and simplify application development for stand-alone, user-written IMS Connect clients.
IMS Explorer for Administration is an extension to the IBM Tools Base Administration Console for System z. It provides tools to gather information about and administer IMS transactions, databases, application programs, Fast Path routing codes, and IMSplex members. You can use the IMS Explorer for Administration to query and start and stop IMS resources from an easy-to-use browser interface. The IMS Explorer for Administration does not require any additional IBM IMS Tools products.
Installable information center framework, included in IMS™ Enterprise Suite Version 2.2, lets you run a local information center or an information center server on a Windows XP or Windows 7 system. The installable information center framework provides the flexibility to install documentation for only those products that you are interested in. An update mechanism helps ensure that the documentation in your installable information center is always current. The installable information center framework will no longer be included in IMS Enterprise Suite, starting Version 3.1. You can download the framework for a limited time from the download site.
Two limited use licenses (without support) of IBM Rational Developer for System z for Enterprise Suite Soap Gateway are provided for each physical System z mainframe for which IMS Version 11 or Version 12 is licensed. Terms and conditions are outlined in the Rational Developer for System z licensing information. Rational Developer for System z IMS Edition can be downloaded from the IMS Enterprise Suite download website under IMS Enterprise Suite 2.1 and 2.2 SOAP Gateway. V8.0.3 is the last version for which an IMS edition is made available to IMS customers. For newer versions and for IMS Enterprise Suite 3.1, you can download the trial version for an evaluation period of 90 days from www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads/r/rdz/.