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CICS Explorer Plug-in: What’s new? Part One

Hello this is John Knutson; in this short demo I’m going to show you some of the new features in the CICS Performance Analyzer version 3.2 plug-in for the CICS Explorer.

Let’s start over here in the records view. This is where all the data comes from in our past releases we supported the performance summary records and that was the only records we supported. Now we’ve added all of the CICS statistics records so we’ve needed to have a new table selector dialogue where you can still see the performance summary but you can see a lot of other information as well for different sorts of statistics records. For transactions for example we see transactions and transaction classes and request models and what you see in parenthesis, in brackets; after the statistics type is the data range showing what data is available and when data is valid, in this case, June 2009 to just a couple of days ago in November, if I select this option here what happens is, all of the options where data isn’t available are hidden. So you don’t get overwhelmed with data for statistics types that you aren’t collecting in CICs. So I’m going to start by just looking at the forms that we did. Here I see a list of Applids for which data is available I need to select one of these in order to see some of that data in this performance for what is called a spreadsheet tab. Whatever you select here or here or here will be shown in this first tab on the left. It has special meanings, first tab. What you can do is you can say ‘well when do you want to see the data from? Do you want to see it from 2009, you can go back here like this?’ or you can say things like, ‘I want to see yesterday’s data; well I didn’t have any data yesterday, what about last weeks data? Yeah, I’ve got it all here’ so again I can do what I did before, either Control  Select to be able to select multiple regions, now there’s 26 rows, now there’s 66 rows, or I can do things like Shift  Select and I can select all the data, 141 rows. The options that you used to be able to do here for example, to sort by the task-termination count, so you see the large, the most popular transactions to be able to do things like do a performance history, and see a detail. Breakdown- that capability is still around. What else you can do though is you can do things like select a record and then come over here to this new reports view and say, ‘well I’d like to see CPU time graph, for that for that one instance, or pie chart, or a timeline.’ So these are the options that you used to be able to do before implicitly- now you can actually run them explicitly. Something else you can do- instead of doing a run, is you can do a run using, so this gives you a little more scope, you can say ‘well I’m not really interested in the date, I want to see all the records that I had and now here you see them all with the use counts for the different time periods. So we can talk about some more of these capabilities later.

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