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 14 April included a presentation by Suzie Wendler, a Consulting IT Specialist in the IBM IMS zGrowth Team, entitled, "Enterprise Application Modernization with the IMS ICAL".
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 9 June 2015.
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.
Compuware has announced Version 5.2 of Strobe, which provides insight into how application code (including IMS, DB2, COBOL 5.1, and MQ processes) consumes resources in IBM z Systems environments. Strobe 5.2 now collects information on IMS transaction performance including execution counts, elapsed times, and CPU times throughout the day, week, and month.
Accessing IMS Data Through the JDBC API by Richard Tran in IBM Systems Magazine (October 2014).
The brand new 2015 edition of the Arcati Mainframe Yearbook is now available. It includes an annual user survey, an up-to-date directory of vendors and consultants, a media guide, a strategy section with papers on mainframe trends and directions, a glossary of terminology, and a technical specification section.
Click here to visit the download page. The Yearbook is available in PDF format and is completely FREE.
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.