IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced for z/OS, V8.8 enables proactive decisions in the business moment on a z Systems server

IBM United States Software Announcement 215-348
October 6, 2015


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Key prerequisitesKey prerequisitesOrdering informationOrdering information
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(Corrected on December 10, 2015)
The Ordering information section is revised.



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IBM® Operational Decision Manager (IBM ODM) for z/OS®, V8.8 delivers new and enhanced capabilities that include:

  • Introduction of the new Decision Server Insights™ component for creating events-based solutions to build situation context and apply insight to optimize decisions at the time of interaction.
  • Extended decision management, flexible user administration capabilities, and an improved user experience in the Business Console
  • Upgrade support without operation interruption
  • Enhanced support for IBM WebSphere® Application Server Liberty profile

In addition, the IBM ODM Decision Server offerings are restructured to facilitate a gradual adoption of decision management capabilities with Standard and Advanced editions.

For ordering, contact your IBM representative or an IBM Business Partner. For more information, contact the Americas Call Centers at: 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255). Reference: LE001



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Smarter Process is the IBM solution for reinventing business operations, by infusing every process with intelligence and expertise to deliver greater customer centricity. This approach drives greater efficiency and optimization in to end-to-end processes through software capabilities, such as operational decision management, business process management, and case management.

IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8 enhances the Smarter Process portfolio by enabling you to identify business situations and make decisions faster. It provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use platform that allows you to detect situations in real time, capture, automate, and manage frequently occurring and repeatable business decisions. As a result, you can better identify opportunities, respond to market demands, minimize risks, and operate consistently. In addition, IBM ODM for z/OS 8.8 brings the benefits of decision automation and management with minimal resource impact to your production environments and optimal execution performances.

IBM ODM for z/OS V8.8 is extended with the inclusion of Decision Server Insights that enables real-time, context-rich, decision automation for proactive decisions in the business moment. With Decision Server Insights, you can build decision automation solutions that constantly evaluate opportunities and risks at the time of interaction for immediate business action.

The IBM ODM for z/OS offerings are restructured as Advanced and Standard editions to better support an incremental adoption of enterprise decision automation capabilities. IBM ODM Standard offers full transactional decision automation and management across the enterprise. IBM ODM Advanced further extends the offering to include Decision Server Insights and provides stateful, proactive decision automation in the business moment.

In addition, the following new and enhanced capabilities are offered in Version 8.8 for Decision Center and Decision Server Rules:

  • Rule management participants are offered additional management capabilities in the the Business Console that includes ruleflow visualization and navigation and decision-operation creation and management.
  • Decision Center administrators are delivered with a simpler, more flexible user interface to manage users and user permissions.
  • Further improvement in the business console help improve the user experience, including easier navigation of decision artifacts and better performing and a more scalable decision table editor.
  • Allows easier operation with streamlined upgrades without interruption of services.
  • Includes more options to use the Websphere Application Server Liberty profile with Rule Execution Server hosting on Liberty Profile in CICS® and support for Decision Center.
  • Additional platform support includes Java™ 8 and updates Rule Designer for use with Eclipse 4.4, Rational® Application Developer for WebSphere Software 9.5, and Rational Solution Architect Designer 9.5.

IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8 supports organizations in virtually every industry by:

  • Automating and governing operational decision-making across business processes and applications to help improve business insight and consistent outcomes
  • Helping detect opportunities and risks in real time
  • Easily and consistently helping business stakeholders implement, test and deploy decision changes to meet new market demands and policy requirements
  • Understanding how business decisions that drive operations are made
  • Applying decisions consistently across applications


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Key prerequisites
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IBM z Systems™ processor, which includes IBM z13™, IBM zEnterprise®, and IBM z10™, or an equivalent hardware server that is capable of running z/OS V2.1 or V1.13

For details, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.



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Planned availability date
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December 11, 2015

Refer to the Availability of national languages section for national language availability.



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Description
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The ability to effectively automate decision making within and across business systems helps maximize organizational efficiency. This helps to increase employee productivity, and improve the quality and consistency of operational decisions that are made repeatedly in the course of the business day.

IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8 helps address decision-automation challenges by enabling organizations to build highly flexible, adaptable solutions that can detect and react to threats and opportunities and quickly adapt to changing business conditions. IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8 provides extended control to stakeholders to help manage the automated decisions for which they are responsible. IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8 enables business policy updates to be more easily managed and governed.

IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8 delivers Decision Server Insights for z Systems™ servers. Decision Server Insights is a new component that enhances and extends the IBM Smarter Process portfolio value proposition by helping organizations detect business situations of interest and respond to those situations in an optimized way. Deeply rooted in decision management and complex event processing, IBM ODM Decision Server Insights brings

  • High-value capabilities to address the real-time analytics
  • Decision support
  • Decision automation challenges enterprises face when engaging in operational intelligence and intelligent business operations initiatives

Decision Server Insights introduces rich time modeling, reasoning, and analytics to:

  • Detect and respond to intricate patterns and trends.
  • Provide innovative global analytics to extract valuable insights over populations of business entities in real time.
  • Provide generalized, business-friendly modeling over all aspects of the decision model design.

Decision Server Insights is designed to enable you to identify opportunities and mitigate risks in day-to-day business operations. This is accomplished by taking advantage of event-driven architecture to wire the enterprise for ubiquitous knowledge across channels, products, and lines of business. Decision Server Insights takes advantage of and expands on the event processing and decision modeling and management capabilities of IBM ODM.

IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8 also includes enhanced support for WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile on z/OS for Rule Execution Server and Decision Center. A new configuration process simplifies the creation of server instances and allows much greater flexibility in deployment options. New support is added for running Decision Center in WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile. Support is also added for the IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, V5.2, and later, Liberty profile environment for rule execution.

In addition, Decision Server Insights delivers built-in integration with IBM SPSS® to easily use predictive analytics at the time of interaction. Decision Server Insights was first introduced on distributed platforms in IBM ODM V8.7.

IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8 also includes:

  • Additional capabilities in Decision Center Business Console:
    • A new ruleflow viewer that allows users to see the details of ruleflow tasks and navigate between flows, tasks and rules
    • An improved explorer view to better display decision service projects, with additional information on content
    • A new editor to manage decision operations in decision services
    • A enhanced decision table editor with increased performance faster displaying large tables
  • Decision service projects as the new default container for rules in Decision Server Rules and Decision Center, with updated tutorials and samples.
  • New administrative interface in Decision Center to facilitate connection to LDAP directories and management of users and groups, with simplified permissions.
  • Extended support for rolling upgrades and module compatibility between IBM ODM 8.7.x and IBM ODM 8.8 (for Decision Server rules and Decision Center), with a new compatibility between Rule Execution Server and a set of decision engine versions.
  • More options to use the Websphere Application Server Liberty profile with Rule Execution Server hosting on Liberty Profile in CICS and support for Decision Center.
  • Support for additional platforms for Decision Server Rules and Decision Center, that includes support for Java 8 and updates Rule Designer for use with Eclipse 4.4, Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software 9.5, and Rational Solution Architect Designer 9.5.

IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8 consists of several orderable products, which together form a comprehensive platform for the management and execution of business rules and business events:

  • Decision Center for z/OS, V8.8. Provides an integrated repository and management components for line-of-business, subject-matter experts to directly participate in the definition and governance of rules-based, decision logic. Through the capabilities of Decision Center, which includes the Business Console, business and IT functions can work collaboratively to align the entire organization in the implementation of automated decisions and to accelerate the maintenance lifecycle as they evolve based on new external and internal requirements.
  • Decision Server Standard for z/OS, V8.8, previously known as Business Rules for z/OS. Provides the ability to adapt decision logic of applications at the speed of business. It has dedicated rule authoring and validation environments for business stakeholders, and gives visibility into, control over, and automation of point-in-time business decisions.

    Decision Server Standard for z/OS provides four, specific runtime options that allow development teams to choose a deployment strategy that best fits their mainframe applications and architecture requirements.

  • Decision Server Advanced for z/OS V8.8, previously known as Decision Server for z/OS. Extends the standard ODM capabilities and components with Decision Server Insights and the Insights Designer. These additional components enable the building of solutions that enable detection of actionable business situations and take appropriate action at the time of interaction.

IBM ODM for z/OS provides the ability to effectively automate a wide range of decisions across business processes and applications. Some examples of these kinds of decision-management applications include:

  • Product and promotional offers
  • Eligibility and pricing determinations
  • Case and customer prioritizations
  • Risk assessments and fraud determinations

IBM ODM for z/OS helps organizations adapt quickly to changing conditions, align across business and IT, and act with precision and reliability. It provides visibility to achieve clearer line of sight to business operations; collaboration capabilities to help foster cross-functional and cross-divisional outcomes; and built-in governance to align business operations with strategic intent in the face of change.



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For additional information on IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.7.1, and Business Rules for z/OS, V8.7.1, refer to Software Announcement 215-118, dated April 14, 2015.

For additional information on IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.7, and Business Rules for z/OS, V8.7, refer to Software Announcement 214-416, dated October 1, 2014.

For additional information on IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.6 and Business Rules for z/OS, V8.6, refer to Software Announcement 214-137, dated April 22, 2014.

For additional information on IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.5.1 and Business Rules for z/OS, V8.5.1, refer to Software Announcement 213-408, dated October 1, 2013.

For additional information on IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.5 and Business Rules for z/OS, V8.5, refer to Software Announcement 213-127, dated April 23, 2013.

For additional information on IBM ODM V8.8, refer to Software Announcement 215-104, dated April 14, 2015.

For additional information on IBM ODM V8.7.1, refer to Software Announcement 215-104, dated April 14, 2015.

For additional information on IBM ODM V8.7, refer to Software Announcement 214-415, dated October 1, 2014.

For additional information on IBM ODM V8.6, refer to Software Announcement 214-147, dated April 22, 2014.

For additional information on IBM ODM V8.5.1, refer to Software Announcement 213-411, dated October 1, 2013.

For additional information on IBM ODM V8.5, refer to Software Announcement 213-125, dated April 23, 2013.



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Availability of national languages
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Description Availability date Language
IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced for z/OS, V8.8 December 11, 2015 Multilingual (Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Dutch, US English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese Brazilian, Russian, Spanish)
IBM Operational Decision Manager Standard for z/OS, V8.8 December 11, 2015 Multilingual (Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Dutch, US English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese Brazilian, Russian, Spanish)

For the current list of supported languages, refer to

http://www.ibm.com/software/websphere/ilog_supported_languages.html



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Program number VRM Program name
5655-Y17 8.8.0 IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced for z/OS
5655-Y08 1.1.0 IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced for z/OS S&S
5655-Y31 8.8.0 IBM Operational Decision Manager Standard for z/OS
5655-ILH 1.1.0 IBM Operational Decision Manager Standard for z/OS S&S

Product identification number

IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced for z/OS, V8.8

Program PID number Subscription and Support PID number
5655-Y17 5655-Y08

IBM Operational Decision Manager Standard for z/OS, V8.8

Program PID number Subscription and Support PID number
5655-Y31 5655-ILH



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Education is a key component to ensuring software success. IBM creates a comprehensive portfolio of education material to help clients successfully deploy IBM software products to their maximum potential. The IBM education team is committed to providing the highest quality education content available to help your organization prosper in today's competitive marketplace.

The IBM education team works closely with IBM product developers and IBM services organizations to ensure that the courses we offer provide the most current technical and product information. IBM courses place an emphasis on the advanced knowledge and insight that only these sources can provide. IBM draws from a deep pool of IBM technical experience in the development of our courses, and pass that knowledge on to students. IBM courses emphasize hands on labs to develop comprehensive skills in using the product to solve business problems. The education offerings from IBM Training span the spectrum of skill needs, from introductory product overviews to advanced programming and product administration courses.

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For more information about available education offerings, search on the product name at

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Call IBM training at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.



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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi



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Publications
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The following publications are shipped with this program:

Title Order Number
IBM Operation Decision Manager Advanced for z/OS, V8.8 - Program Directory GI11-9605
IBM Operational Decision Manager Standard for z/OS, V8.8 - Program Directory GI11-9606

IBM ODM documentation is available on IBM Knowledge Center, which can be viewed from a web browser with Internet access or run locally. A local copy of the documentation can be downloaded and installed. Any new or updated version of the documentation can be added to a locally installed information center.

The English and national language versions of the IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8 documentation is available on IBM Knowledge Center.

Effective November 27, 2015, refer to the English and national language versions of the IBM ODM V8.8 documentation at

http://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSQP76_8.8.0/

IBM Knowledge Center is the new home for IBM product documentation. You can customize Knowledge Center to design the experience that you want with the technology, products, and versions that you use and by creating your own collection of documents, and you can also interact with IBM and with your colleagues.



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Software Services

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM z Systems processor, which includes IBM z13, IBM zEnterprise, and IBM System z10®, or an equivalent hardware server that is capable of running z/OS V2.1 or V1.13.

Software requirements

IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8 supports the following:

  • z/OS V2.1
  • z/OS V1.13

For a complete detailed list of hardware and software requirements for IBM ODM, visit

http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg27023067

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a readme file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.

Limitations

Refer to Usage restriction topic in the Terms and conditions section of this announcement, or to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf

Planning information

Packaging

The IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8 product package includes the following:

IBM ODM and ODM Standard Components Decision Server (Advanced) Decision Center ODM Standard
Program Directory GI11-9605-07 GI11-9605-07 GI11-9606-07
License Information CD GC34-2740-05 GC34-2739-05 GC34-2741-05
DVD Content
DVD1 (ODM Standard Prerequisites) LCD7-4256-07 LCD7-4256-07 LCD7-4256-07
DVD2 (ODM Decision Server) LCD7-4257-07   LCD7-4257-07
DVD3 Decision Center   LCD7-4264-07  
DVD4 (Installation Manager - Business Events) LCD7-4258-07    

This program, when downloaded from a website, contains the applicable IBM license agreement and License Information, if appropriate, and will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. For future reference, the license and License Information will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT.

Security, auditability, and control

IBM ODM Advanced for z/OS, V8.8 and IBM ODM Standard for z/OS, V8.8 use the security and auditability features of the host software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.



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The programs in this announcement all have Value Unit-based pricing.

Program number Program name Value Unit exhibit
5655-Y17 IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced for z/OS, V8.8 VUE007
5655-Y31 IBM Operational Decision Manager Standard for z/OS, V8.8 VUE007

For each z Systems IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity. Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:

  • The z Systems IPLA program you select
  • The applicable Value Unit Exhibit
  • The applicable terms
  • Whether your current mainframes are full capacity or sub-capacity


Value Unit exhibit VUE007

            MSUs      MSUs
            minimum   maximum   Value Units/MSU

 
Base          1         3       1
Tier A        4        45       0.45
Tier B       46       175       0.36
Tier C      176       315       0.27
Tier D      316         +       0.2

Ordering example

The total number of Value Units is calculated according to the following example.

If your required license capacity is 1,500 MSUs for your selected z Systems IPLA product, the applicable Value Units would be:

Translation from MSUs to Value Units
 
          MSUs    *  Value Units/MSU = Value Units
Base          3   *  1.00            =    3.00
Tier A       42   *   .45            =   18.90
Tier B      130   *   .36            =   46.80
Tier C      140   *   .27            =   37.80
Tier D    1,185   *   .20            =  237.00
 
Total     1,500                         343.50

When calculating the total number of Value Units, the sum is to be rounded up to the next integer.

Ordering z/OS through the Internet

Shopz provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS ServerPac or CBPDO. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present your new configuration based on z/OS. Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). Shopz is available in the US and several countries in Europe. In countries where Shopz is not available yet, contact your IBM representative (or IBM Business Partner) to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit the Shopz website at

http://www.ibm.com/software/shopzseries

Charge metric

Program name PID number Charge metric
IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced for z/OS, V8.8 5655-Y17 Value Unit
IBM Operational Decision Manager Standard for z/OS, V8.8 5655-Y31 Value Unit

Basic license


On/Off CoD

IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced for z/OS is eligible for On/Off CoD with a temporary use charge calculated based on MSUs per-day usage.

Program name: IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced for z/OS

Program PID: 5655-Y17

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S0170BV IBM Decision Server Advanced for z/OS Basic OTC, Per MSU-day TUC
S0170BP IBM Decision Center for z/OS Basic OTC, Per MSU-day TUC

IBM Operational Decision Manager Standard for z/OS is eligible for On/Off CoD with a temporary use charge calculated based on MSUs per-day usage.

Program name: IBM Operational Decision Manager Standard for z/OS

Program PID: 5655-Y31

Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric
S0170DB IBM Decision Server Standard for z/OS Basic OTC, Per MSU-day TUC

Translation from MSUs to Value Units

  MSUs Value Units/MSU
Base 1-3 1.00
Tier A 4-45 .45
Tier B 46-175 .36
Tier C 176-315 .27
Tier D 316+ .20

To order, specify the program product number and the appropriate license or charge option. Also, specify the desired distribution medium. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option in CFSW.

Program name: IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced for z/OS, V8.8

Program PID: 5655-Y17

Entitlement identifier Description License option/pricing metric
S0170BV IBM Decision Server Advanced for z/OS Basic OTC, Value Units
S0170BV IBM Decision Server Advanced for z/OS Trade-up from 5655-ILG or 5655-Y31 Basic OTC, Value Units
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium
S0170BS Multilingual 3590 tape cartridge

Websphere Application Server z/OS, V8 - Optional Code

Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium
S0177G3 US English 3590 tape cartridge
Entitlement identifier Description License option/pricing metric
S0170BP IBM Decision Center for z/OS Basic OTC, Value Units
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium
S0170BW US English 3590 tape cartridge

Websphere Application Server z/OS, V8 - Optional Code

Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium
S0177G3 US English 3590 tape cartridge

Program name: IBM Operational Decision Manager Standard for z/OS, V8.8

Program PID: 5655-Y31

Entitlement identifier Description License option/pricing metric
S0170DB IBM Decision Server Standard for z/OS Basic OTC, Value Units
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium
S0170DC US English 3590 tape cartridge

Websphere Application Server z/OS, V8 - Optional Code

Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium
S0177JD US English 3590 tape cartridge uncomp

Program name: IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced for z/OS S&S

Program PID: PID: 5655-Y08

Entitlement identifier Description License option/pricing metric
S016VN6 IBM Decision Server Advanced for z/OS Subscription and Support Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S
    No charge, decline SW S&S
    Per MSU SW S&S Registration
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium
S016VN9 US English Hardcopy publication
Entitlement identifier Description License option/pricing metric
S016VN7 IBM Decision Center for z/OS Subscription and Support Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S
    No charge, decline SW S&S
    Per MSU SW S&S Registration
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium
S016VNC US English Hardcopy publication

Program name: IBM Operational Decision Manager Standard for z/OS Subscription and Support

Program PID: 5655-ILH

Entitlement identifier Description License option/pricing metric
S016H0M IBM Operational Decision Manager Standard for z/OS S&S Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S
    No charge, decline SW S&S
    Per MSU SW S&S Registration
Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium
S016H0N US English Hardcopy publication

Subscription and Support

To receive voice technical support via telephone and future releases and versions at no additional charge, Subscription and Support must be ordered. The capacity of Subscription and Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the product licenses.

To order, specify the Subscription and Support program number (PID) referenced above and the appropriate license or charge option.

IBM is also providing Subscription and Support for these products via a separately purchased offering under the terms of the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance. This offering:

  • Includes and extends the support services provided in the base support to include technical support via telephone.
  • Entitles you to future releases and versions, at no additional charge. Note that you are not entitled to new products.

When Subscription and Support is ordered, the charges will automatically renew annually unless cancelled by you.

The combined effect of the IPLA license and the Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance gives you rights and support services comparable to those under the traditional ICA S/390® and System z® license or its equivalent. To ensure that you continue to enjoy the level of support you are used to in the ICA business model, you must order both the license for the program and the support for the selected programs at the same Value Unit quantities.

Customized Offerings

Product deliverables are shipped only via CBPDO and ServerPac. These customized offerings are offered for Internet delivery in countries where Shopz product ordering is available. Internet delivery reduces software delivery time and allows you to install software without the need to handle tapes. For more details on Internet delivery, refer to the Shopz help information at

http://www.software.ibm.com/ShopzSeries

You choose the delivery method when you order the software. IBM recommends Internet delivery. In addition to Internet and DVD, the supported tape delivery options include:

  • 3590
  • 3592

Most products can be ordered in ServerPac the month following their availability in CBPDO. z/OS can be ordered via CBPDO and ServerPac at general availability. Many products will also be orderable in a Product ServerPac without also having to order the z/OS operating system or subsystem.

Shopz and CFSW will determine the eligibility based on product requisite checking. For more details on the product ServerPac, visit the Help section on the Shopz website at

http://www.software.ibm.com/ShopzSeries

For additional information on the Product ServerPac option, refer to Software Announcement 212-272, dated July 7, 2012.

Production of software product orders will begin on the planned general availability date.

  • CBPDO shipments will begin one week after general availability.
  • ServerPac shipments will begin two weeks after general availability.



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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage® Agreement, and the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

Licensing

IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use.

Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance

The IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011) applies for Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) and does not require customer signatures.

These programs are licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. These programs have a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours), as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect.

IBM z Systems Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel is an option if you desire added services.

License Information number

IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8:

Program name LI number Form number
IBM Decision Server Advanced for z/OS, V8.8 L-ASAY-9YMJ52 GC34-2740
IBM Decision Server Standard for z/OS, V8.8 L-ASAY-9YMHZG GC34-2741
IBM Decision Center for z/OS, V8.8 L-ASAY-9YMJ33 GC34-2739

The program's License Information is available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement website

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf

Limited warranty applies

Yes

Limited warranty

IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.

IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, consult the IBM Software Support Handbook found at

http://www.ibm.com/support/handbook
IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

Program support

Enhanced support, called Subscription and Support, includes telephone assistance, as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect. You will be notified of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice.

Money-back guarantee

If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the program and you are the original licensee, you may obtain a refund of the amount you paid for it, if within 30 days of your invoice date you return the program and its PoE to the party from whom you obtained it. If you downloaded the program, you may contact the party from whom you acquired it for instructions on how to obtain the refund.

For clarification, note that for programs acquired under any of IBM's On/Off Capacity on Demand (On/Off CoD) software offerings, this term does not apply since these offerings apply to programs already acquired and in use by you.

Volume orders (IVO)

No

Passport Advantage applies

No

Usage restriction

Yes. Usage is limited to the quantity of Value Units licensed.

For additional information, refer to the License Information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf

Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. During the S&S period, for the unmodified portion of a Program, and to the extent problems can be recreated in the specified operating environment, IBM will provide the following:

  • Defect correction information, a restriction, or a bypass.
  • Program updates: Periodic releases of collections of code corrections, fixes, functional enhancements and new versions and releases to the Program and documentation.
  • Technical assistance: A reasonable amount of remote assistance via telephone or electronically to address suspected Program defects. Technical assistance is available from the IBM support center in the Customer's geography.

Additional details regarding Technical Assistance, that includes IBM contact information, are provided in the IBM Software Support at

http://www.ibm.com/support/handbook

S&S does not include assistance for:

  • The design and development of applications
  • Customer's use of Programs in other than their specified operating environment, or
  • Failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under the IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance.

S&S is provided only if the Program is within its support timeframe as specified in the Software Support Lifecycle policy for the Program.

For operating system software, the revised IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel offering will provide support for those operating systems and associated products that are not available with the Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) offering.

This will ensure total support coverage for your enterprise needs, including IBM and selected non-IBM products. For complete lists of products supported under both the current and revised offering, visit

http://www.ibm.com/services/sl/products

IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel

Yes

Other support

SoftwareXcel

System i Software Maintenance applies

No

Variable charges apply

Yes

Educational allowance available

Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

Sub-capacity terms and conditions

For each z Systems IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity. Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:

  • The z Systems IPLA program you select
  • The applicable Value Unit Exhibit
  • The applicable terms
  • Whether your current mainframes are full capacity or sub-capacity

For more information on the Value Unit Exhibit for the z Systems IPLA program you selected, refer to the Ordering information section.

Program number Program name Terms Parent, if applicable
5655-Y17 IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced for z/OS, V8.8 Execution- based Not applicable
5655-Y31 IBM Operational Decision Manager Standard for z/OS, V8.8 Execution- based Not applicable

Full-capacity mainframes

In cases where full capacity is applicable, the following terms apply.

Execution-based, z/OS based, full-machine-based: The required capacity of a z Systems IPLA program with these terms equals the MSU-rated capacity of the machines where the z Systems IPLA program executes.

For more information on mainframe MSU-rated capacities, refer to

http://www.ibm.com/systems/z/resources/swprice/reference/exhibits/

Reference-based: The required license capacity of a z Systems IPLA program with these terms equals the license capacity of the applicable monthly license charge (MLC) program. This MLC program is called the parent program.

Sub-capacity mainframes

In cases where sub-capacity is applicable, the following terms apply.

Execution-based: The required capacity of a z Systems IPLA sub-capacity program with these terms equals the capacity of the LPARs where the z Systems IPLA program executes.

z/OS-based: The required license capacity of a z Systems IPLA program with these terms equals the license capacity of z/OS on the machines where the z Systems IPLA program executes.

Reference-based: The required license capacity of a z Systems IPLA program with these terms equals the license capacity of the applicable monthly license charge (MLC) program. This MLC program is called the parent program.

Full-machine-based: The required license capacity of a z Systems IPLA program with full-machine-based terms equals the MSU-rated capacity of the machines where the z Systems IPLA program executes.

For more information on mainframe MSU-rated capacities, refer to The IBM z Systems Machines Exhibit (Z125-3901), or visit the Mainframes section of the z Systems Exhibits website.

For additional information for products with reference-based terms, z Systems IPLA sub-capacity programs with reference-based terms adds value to the parent program across the environment, regardless of where in the environment the z Systems IPLA program executes.

An environment is defined as either a single or stand-alone machine or a qualified Parallel Sysplex®. You may have one or more different environments across the enterprise. To determine the required license capacity for each z Systems IPLA program with referenced-based terms, each environment should be assessed separately.

When a z Systems IPLA sub-capacity program with reference-based terms is used in a qualified Parallel Sysplex environment, the required license capacity of the z Systems IPLA program must equal with the license capacity of the parent program across the Parallel Sysplex. Qualified Parallel Sysplex refers to one where MLC pricing is aggregated across the sysplex

Sub-capacity eligibility

To be eligible for sub-capacity charging on select z Systems IPLA programs, you must first implement and comply with all terms of either sub-capacity Workload License Charges (WLC) or sub-capacity Entry Workload License Charges (EWLC). To implement sub-capacity WLC or EWLC, a machine must be z Systems (or equivalent). On that machine:

  • All instances of the OS/390® operating system must be migrated to the z/OS operating systems.
  • Any licenses for the OS/390 operating system must be discontinued.
  • All instances of the z/OS operating systems must be running in z/Architecture® (64-bit) mode.

For that machine, you must create and submit a Sub-Capacity Report to IBM each month. Sub-Capacity Reports must be generated using the Sub-Capacity Reporting Tool (SCRT). For additional information or to obtain a copy of SCRT, refer to the z Systems Software Pricing website

http://www.ibm.com/systems/z/resources/swprice/

You must comply with all of the terms of the WLC or EWLC offering, whichever is applicable:

  • The complete terms and conditions of sub-capacity WLC are defined in the IBM Customer Agreement - Attachment for z Systems Workload License Charges (Z125-6516).
  • The complete terms and conditions for sub-capacity EWLC are defined in the IBM Customer Agreement - Attachment for EWLC, TWLC, and zELC License Charges (Z125-6587).

Additionally, you must sign and comply with the terms and conditions specified in the amendment to the IPLA contract - Amendment for IBM z Systems Programs Sub-Capacity Pricing (Z125-6929). Once the amendment is signed, the terms in the amendment replace any and all previous z Systems IPLA sub-capacity terms and conditions.

Sub-capacity utilization determination

Sub-capacity utilization is determined based on the product's own execution as reported to IBM in accordance with the requirements for reporting sub-capacity utilization for products.

On/Off CoD

To be eligible for On/Off CoD pricing, you must be enabled for temporary capacity on the corresponding hardware, and the required contract, Attachment for IBM z Systems On/Off Capacity on Demand (Z125-7883) must be signed prior to use.



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The pricing information for IBM ODM for z/OS, V8.8, as previously announced in Software Announcement 213-408, dated October 1, 2013, remains unaffected by this announcement.

Contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner for information on the current prices for this program.

Variable charges: The applicable processor-based one-time charge will be based on the group of the designated machine on which the program is licensed for use. If the program is designated to a processor in a group for which no charge is listed, the charge of the next higher group listed applies. For movement to a machine in a higher group, an upgrade charge equal to the difference in the then-current charges between the two groups will apply. For movement to a machine in a lower group, there will be no adjustment or refund of charges paid.

IBM Global Financing

IBM Global Financing offers competitive financing to credit-qualified customers to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings include financing for IT acquisition, including hardware, software, and services, from both IBM and other manufacturers or vendors. Offerings (for all customer segments: small, medium, and large enterprise), rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or visit

http://www.ibm.com/financing

IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States, and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government customers. Rates are based on a customer's credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment type, and options, and may vary by country. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension, or withdrawal without notice.

Financing from IBM Global Financing helps you preserve cash and credit lines, enables more technology acquisition within current budget limits, permits accelerated implementation of economically attractive new technologies, offers payment and term flexibility, and can help match project costs to projected benefits. Financing is available worldwide for credit-qualified clients.

For more financing information, visit

http://www.ibm.com/financing



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Phone: 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)

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