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Technique for Enhancing the Operability of MVS Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099539D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 35K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Sayer, JP: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a technique for enhancing the operability of MVS systems which can be used whenever a separate monitoring program is used. Using this technique the number of display screens that operators must monitor can be reduced and a wider range of exceptional conditions can be brought within the scope of existing automation tools. System availability is improved because more effective monitoring is possible and operator productivity can be increased though automation.

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Technique for Enhancing the Operability of MVS Systems

       Disclosed is a technique for enhancing the operability of
MVS systems which can be used whenever a separate monitoring program
is used.  Using this technique the number of display screens that
operators must monitor can be reduced and a wider range of
exceptional conditions can be brought within the scope of existing
automation tools.  System availability is improved because more
effective monitoring is possible and operator productivity can be
increased though automation.

      MVS provides facilities for programs to write messages to the
operator.  These messages can be displayed on the screen receiving
system messages.  This facility (WTO - Write to Operator) can be used
by system monitoring programs to send messages to the operator when
exceptional conditions arise.  The operator therefore only needs to
monitor the display screens receiving system messages to determine
the status of the system.

      Current tools for automating operations tasks are triggered by
system messages.  Writing a system message when a monitor detected
exception occurs allows existing automation tools to be used to
automate responses to detected exceptions.  The message issued should
contain as much information as possible about the exception.  As a
minimum, the exception type and severity should be given.

      Facilities also exist for consolidating system messages from
multiple MVS systems onto a single...