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IBM Announces the Quality Partnership Program for IMS 14

On October 7, IBM announced the planned start of the Quality Partnership Program (QPP) for its premier enterprise database and transaction processing system, IMS. The client partners in the QPP represent the leading-edge IMS users, those who leverage the strategic features of IMS to support their business objectives. Their efforts help to ensure the ongoing performance and quality long associated with IMS.

IMS Mobile Feature Pack

The IMS Mobile Feature Pack (IMS Mobile) and its tooling component, IMS Explorer for Development, is a comprehensive solution that allows you to discover, model, enable, and publish services based on trusted IMS assets. These services can be consumed by mobile and cloud applications, which can access IMS assets on z/OS in a secure, managed, governed, and optimized way.

IMS Mobile leverages the IBM WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile and its z/OS Connect feature (z/OS Connect). The WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile provides an integrated Representational State Transfer Technology (REST) endpoint, which supports the lightweight data-interchange format JavaScript Object Notation (JSON). z/OS Connect is a fast, secure, scalable, and reliable connector that can reach any z/OS asset, including IMS, and provides common services and management for consistent operations.

IMS Mobile supplies a one-of-a-kind integrated platform for full discovery of existing assets, metadata modeling, service enablement, and publication of IMS transactions as services. IMS Mobile can supplement existing roll-your-own mobile solutions as well as mobile solutions that use either IBM Worklight, or IBM WebSphere DataPower, or both.

If you have a licensed copy of WebSphere® Application Server for z/OS Liberty Profile V8.5.5.2 or later, you can download the IMS Mobile Feature Pack from the WebSphere Application Server for z/OS Liberty Profile repository and install it as a feature.

The IMS Mobile Feature Pack, when ordered through Shop z as part of IMS Enterprise Suite V3.1.1, includes a limited use copy of WebSphere Application Server for z/OS Liberty Profile. For WebSphere Application Server for z/OS Liberty Profile usage restrictions in this context, see the license information that is supplied with IMS Enterprise Suite for z/OS V3.1.1.

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In a technological era in which the critical nature of Enterprise IT is sometimes overlooked due to the hyperbole around social messaging volumes, this milestone reminds us that our clients' data, and everything it represents, is the infrastructure upon which your business is built.

A History of Leadership

April 23, 1987. IBM Santa Teresa Lab, San Jose, California. A single IMS system is benchmarked at 1012 TPS. The project, code named ONEKAY, was known only to the IMS Performance team at the lab and a few engineers across IBM who made improvements to their products so this mainframe milestone could be achieved. Why a secret? It was not supposed to happen. IMS was a 20-year old product intending to reclaim its greatness at a time when the industry was becoming enamored with enterprise relational database systems (RDBMS), this despite the fact that the benchmark for an SQL database in 1987 topped out at 208 TPS, roughly one-fifth of the IMS benchmark.

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