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Status Future consideration
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 13, 2017

zRES logging behaviour - integration with z/OS Console

Hi all,

ODM must be
highly available (no outages allowed) and we must be able to react on
very short notice (real-time) if a problem occurs.
If ODM is not responding for whatever reason, all
transactions will be blocked/cannot be executed.

Current situation:
At current state, the error messages, warnings and information are only
written and stored in the USS log files.
For mainframe standard software, it is common that the program
exchanges information through the zOS console. This would enable us to
react on short notice to a problem and ensures that the business impact
can be reduced.
At least the critical situations must be reported also in the zOS
console (not only to the Unix log files).
For example:
No connection between ODM and DB2 (rules cannot be accessed by ODM)
Notification Server Outage (already happened more than once)
Abend of ODM
In general: all situations which will cause an unexpected behavior of
ODM (for e.g., rule calls cant be answered properly, a memory error,
mismatch of copybook and etc.). Ideally, the warnings should also be
included as it could lead to an error/outage.
As already mentioned, we are actually not able to recognize such
problems fast, which could end in an outage with big business impact .

Future state:
Error messages, warnings (and may be also information) are available in
the zOS console.

Idea Priority High
Use Case
zRES is used as the core component of a mission critical system (7X24) and needs to be operated according to the standard procedures (z/OS console monitoring).
RFE ID 114198
RFE URL
RFE Product IBM Operational Decision Manager
  • Guest
    Sep 17, 2020

    Hello,

    Thank you for taking the time to suggest this enhancement to IBM Operational Decision Manager for z/OS. Your request may not be delivered within the release currently under development, but the theme aligns with our current roadmap and, as such, is being tagged for future consideration. IBM may consider and evaluate any community feedback for your request through activities such as voting and we may reach out to you about this request to discuss additional details with you in the future.

    We truly value our relationship with you and appreciate your willingness to share details about your experience, your recommendations, and ideas.

    If you have any additional feedback or thoughts, or if there is anything else I can do, please do not hesitate to reply to this message to continue the conversation.

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    Sincerely,
    Chris Backhouse
    Offering manager, IBM Operational Decision Manager for z/OS