The Virtual IMS user group is an independently-operated vendor-neutral site run by and for the IMS user community.
The Virtual IMS user group was established as a way for individuals using IBM's IMS hierarchical database and transactional processing system to exchange information, learn new techniques, and advance their skills with the product.
This Web site provides a central point for coordinating periodic meetings (which contain technically-oriented topics presented in a webinar format), and provides articles, discussions, links, and other resources of interest to IBM IMS practitioners. Anyone with an interest in IMS is welcome to join the Virtual IMS user group and share in the knowledge exchange.
The Virtual IMS user group is free to its members.
Much like BMC sponsors the IMS Listserv, so our user group needs support. We are pleased that Fundi Software is able to help us maintain the independence and existence of this group.
The most recent virtual meeting of the user group on 3 December included a presentation by Dusty Rivers, Principal Technical Architect with GT Software, entitled, "IMS in the Connected World - Why You Should Pay Attention!".
Copies of this presentation in PDF format are available for download here.
You can listen again to the whole of the last meeting here.
The next meeting will be on 3 December 2013.
The meetings take place at 10:30am CST (which 16:30 GMT), and 10:30 CDT (which is 15:30 GMT) during Daylight Saving Time. Because Summer Time and Daylight Saving Time start and end dates differ in different countries, take care to get online for the meeting at the correct local time!
The latest User Group newsletter is available for download. The contents include information about future meetings and dates, a round-up of the latest IMS-related news, and recent IMS articles.
Click here to download...
The newsletter is also available in flipbook format here.
Earlier issues are available here.
We've formed an open user group on LinkedIn, where you can keep up-to-date with all the latest IMS and user group news, and also start your own discussion. Click on the icon to find the group and join.
If you're an IMS user then the Tools page on this Web site contains a list of all the software that runs alongside IMS.
If you're a vendor, then please make sure that the information about your software is complete and up-to-date.
A complete list of Tools available to IMS professionals can be found here.
CA Technologies has released Version 7.1 of CA LISA.
IBM has announced IMS 13.
Driving Data Management on a Solid Track Record by Sandy Sherrill in IBM Data Magazine (November 2013).
The mainframe user survey for the 2014 edition of the Yearbook has now closed. I'll let you know when the new edition of the Yearbook is available for download.
Do you have a hot topic in mind that you think other IMS users would like to hear about? Know of a dynamic speaker who can educate and entertain? Send us a note!
Click HERE to join the Virtual IMS User Group and to receive announcements of upcoming meetings.