Monitor and Profile API Calls and Back-End Services

    APIs are the interface between your z/OS resources and the outside world. Issues at the API or service level can be very difficult to address without the right visibility.

    IntelliMagic Vision enables performance analysts to manage and optimize their mainframe API environment, and to profile the requests coming into your system for essential management reporting and resource planning.

            
        

            
        

    Optimize Your Mainframe API Environment and Elevate Your Capabilities

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    Optimize Your Environment and Profile Requests

    Seamlessly access critical information, such as significant drivers of demand, API rates and response time, service levels, and more.

            
        

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    Save Time and Quickly Resolve Issues

    Quickly spot and resolve issues using thousands of out-of-the-box reports, built-in live edit, compare, share, and drill down features.

            
        

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    Expedite Learning and Enhance Domain Expertise

    Detailed built-in explanations, guided drilldown options, and end-to-end z/OS support facilitates easy system understanding and knowledge transfer.

            
        

    How Does IntelliMagic Vision Unlock the Full Potential of Your Analysis?

    Business-Level Reporting

    zOS Connect Business Level Reporting for Management

    Business and technical management alike need to see their workloads in terms that are meaningful to them, and a picture is worth a thousand words.

    IntelliMagic Vision makes it easy to share any of our 30,000+ pre-built reports, or pre-built and custom dashboards, charts, and reports. For z/OS Connect, sharing request rates and response times for different API calls over time helps facilitate communication and planning between Business and IT.

    Capacity Planning Data

    Capacity Planning Data for zOS Connect Reporting

    Capacity planners are the bridge between lines of business and deep-dive product specialists. They need easy-to-produce and easy-to-consume data at a business workload level, including peak requirements and trends over time. Constantly evolving business plans may require various levels of granularity, from System all the way down to SOR, or anything in between.

    IntelliMagic Vision provides tremendous flexibility to report any of the provided z/OS Connect metrics at the level you need.

    Response Time vs Transaction Rate

    Response Time vs Transaction Rate in zOS Connect Reporting

    Viewing the overall transaction rate and response times in the same view lets you quickly narrow the problem space in case of issues, or profile your workloads for trending analysis.

    You also see the response time breakdown into components such as Time Spent in System of Record (SOR). As with all the other data presented in IntelliMagic Vsion, this could be as granular as you want, all the way down to the individual API level, as well as profiled over days/weeks/months.

    API Call to Service Mapping

    Number of Requests For API Name 'SCOF-LEDGER-CORRECTION-API-V1' by Service Name

    Many API calls invoke a single service, but that is not always the case. Drilling down from a specific API to the services invoked will provide a clear picture of these relationships and allow you to investigate changes or problems at the service or SOR level.

    Call volumes and response times are available at any level within IntelliMagic Vision, and filtering to a specific API, service, or server will help you quickly narrow down the problem space in the event of issues.

    API Provider and API Requester Data

    API Provider and API Requester Data from zOS Connect

    APIs may be used to provide access to mainframe resources (Provider), or to allow mainframe applications to request data from off-platform (Requester).

    IntelliMagic Vision makes analysis and reporting for both types of calls easy and intuitive. Where differences exist between the call types, such as the response time components reported, you have access to all the key metrics provided for that type of call.

    System of Record Detail

    API provider usage

    A full understanding of your API Provider applications requires a knowledge of the back-end systems invoked.

    With IntelliMagic Vision you can easily map services to the System of Record (SOR) Identifier and System of Record Resource to identify, for example, the CICS region and transaction invoked by a particular service.

    This can be very helpful for problem determination, and for capacity planning and optimization efforts. The report also shows that data can be presented in either tables or charts depending on your preference and need.

    API Requester Detail

    API requester

    When analyzing the API calls being made off-platform by your mainframe applications, you need to know who made the calls, the endpoint, payload information, and of course call volumes and response times.

    With IntelliMagic Vision, all of this data is available, and more, and can be presented in either tabular or chart formats to fit your needs.

    Dynamic Report Customization

    Dynamic zOS Report Customization

    Advanced report customization capabilities facilitate quick ad hoc analysis without requiring programming or complicated steps and enable data to be viewed in the manner best suited to the current inquiry.

    In this example, transaction rate is added to a response time chart to evaluate possible correlation. Numerous intuitive customization options including report type, summarization level, filtering, and interval comparisons.

    Customized Shared Dashboards

    Customized Mainframe Shared Dashboards

    Customizable dashboards collect and display at a glance live views of any collection of metrics of interest to you. When shared, they promote collaboration and provide a common truth for an entire organization.

    Users can expand any report and leverage drill down capabilities to pursue further analysis of metrics they find of interest.

    AIOps via SaaS Delivery

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    Advantages to adopting a cloud model include rapid implementation (no lead time to install and setup the product locally), minimal setup (only for transmitting SMF data), offloading staff resources required to deal with SMF processing issues or to install product maintenance, and easy access to IntelliMagic consulting services to supplement local skills.

    Business-Level Reporting

    zOS Connect Business Level Reporting for Management

    Business and technical management alike need to see their workloads in terms that are meaningful to them, and a picture is worth a thousand words.

    IntelliMagic Vision makes it easy to share any of our 30,000+ pre-built reports, or pre-built and custom dashboards, charts, and reports. For z/OS Connect, sharing request rates and response times for different API calls over time helps facilitate communication and planning between Business and IT.

    Capacity Planning Data

    Capacity Planning Data for zOS Connect Reporting

    Capacity planners are the bridge between lines of business and deep-dive product specialists. They need easy-to-produce and easy-to-consume data at a business workload level, including peak requirements and trends over time. Constantly evolving business plans may require various levels of granularity, from System all the way down to SOR, or anything in between.

    IntelliMagic Vision provides tremendous flexibility to report any of the provided z/OS Connect metrics at the level you need.

    Response Time vs Transaction Rate

    Response Time vs Transaction Rate in zOS Connect Reporting

    Viewing the overall transaction rate and response times in the same view lets you quickly narrow the problem space in case of issues, or profile your workloads for trending analysis.

    You also see the response time breakdown into components such as Time Spent in System of Record (SOR). As with all the other data presented in IntelliMagic Vsion, this could be as granular as you want, all the way down to the individual API level, as well as profiled over days/weeks/months.

    API Call to Service Mapping

    Number of Requests For API Name 'SCOF-LEDGER-CORRECTION-API-V1' by Service Name

    Many API calls invoke a single service, but that is not always the case. Drilling down from a specific API to the services invoked will provide a clear picture of these relationships and allow you to investigate changes or problems at the service or SOR level.

    Call volumes and response times are available at any level within IntelliMagic Vision, and filtering to a specific API, service, or server will help you quickly narrow down the problem space in the event of issues.

    API Provider and API Requester Data

    API Provider and API Requester Data from zOS Connect

    APIs may be used to provide access to mainframe resources (Provider), or to allow mainframe applications to request data from off-platform (Requester).

    IntelliMagic Vision makes analysis and reporting for both types of calls easy and intuitive. Where differences exist between the call types, such as the response time components reported, you have access to all the key metrics provided for that type of call.

    System of Record Detail

    API provider usage

    A full understanding of your API Provider applications requires a knowledge of the back-end systems invoked.

    With IntelliMagic Vision you can easily map services to the System of Record (SOR) Identifier and System of Record Resource to identify, for example, the CICS region and transaction invoked by a particular service.

    This can be very helpful for problem determination, and for capacity planning and optimization efforts. The report also shows that data can be presented in either tables or charts depending on your preference and need.

    API Requester Detail

    API requester

    When analyzing the API calls being made off-platform by your mainframe applications, you need to know who made the calls, the endpoint, payload information, and of course call volumes and response times.

    With IntelliMagic Vision, all of this data is available, and more, and can be presented in either tabular or chart formats to fit your needs.

    Dynamic Report Customization

    Dynamic zOS Report Customization

    Advanced report customization capabilities facilitate quick ad hoc analysis without requiring programming or complicated steps and enable data to be viewed in the manner best suited to the current inquiry.

    In this example, transaction rate is added to a response time chart to evaluate possible correlation. Numerous intuitive customization options including report type, summarization level, filtering, and interval comparisons.

    Customized Shared Dashboards

    Customized Mainframe Shared Dashboards

    Customizable dashboards collect and display at a glance live views of any collection of metrics of interest to you. When shared, they promote collaboration and provide a common truth for an entire organization.

    Users can expand any report and leverage drill down capabilities to pursue further analysis of metrics they find of interest.

    AIOps via SaaS Delivery

    Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) icon

    Advantages to adopting a cloud model include rapid implementation (no lead time to install and setup the product locally), minimal setup (only for transmitting SMF data), offloading staff resources required to deal with SMF processing issues or to install product maintenance, and easy access to IntelliMagic consulting services to supplement local skills.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I track my API calls over time?

    Yes, you can report and trend call rates over time by API, system, server, service, SOR, or any of the other key metrics available, or by any combination or filtering of those. The same is true for response times, response time components, or payloads.

     

    Can we see which back-end system of record is being invoked for an API call?

    Yes, the Service Provider Name, System of Record Identifier, and System of Record Resource fields allow you to identify the back-end SOR and transaction ID, as applicable.

     

    Do you report on individual API requests?

    No, our reporting is for intervals that match your other SMF data, such as 15-minute intervals. We roll up the API requests per interval.

     

    Can you distinguish which API’s are served by a particular z/OS system or z/OS Connect server?

    Yes. All reported metrics can be summarized or filtered by z/OS system, z/OS Connect server name, service provider, calling application or many other views. This can be very powerful for ensuring balanced systems or for investigating problems.

            
        
    Do you report CPU time for each API call?

    No, the SMF 123 record does not record CPU time. However, you can correlate to WLM Report Classes, address-space level CPU data for the z/OS Connect server, and to subsystem data for the back-end SOR if you have those modules.

     

    Can you tell how much time is spent in the back-end system of record for an API call?

    Yes, we provide a breakdown of response time components that includes time spent in SOR, as well as time spent in the z/OS Connect server.

     

    What version of the SMF 123 record do you support?

    We support version 2 of both SMF 123 subtypes (subtypes 1 and 2). Version 1 had limited data and has been effectively deprecated.

     

    Can I see the complete end-to-end response times from the cloud application to the mainframe and back?

    For API Requester calls that originate from mainframe applications, you can see the end-to-end response time including the HTTP call to the external API Provider and return. For API Provider calls in which the mainframe provides the service and the system of record, you only see the times on the mainframe, not the network times.

            
        

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    IBM’s z/OS Connect provides a simple, intuitive way to bring the power of APIs to the mainframe for cloud, mobile, and web applications.

    Mainframe sites that use IBM’s z/OS Connect rely on it to connect z/OS applications and data with hybrid cloud applications using RESTful APIs. The cloud app workloads are often mission critical. Without a way to unlock the data, teams managing z/OS Connect miss out on crucial insights into:

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    IntelliMagic Vision applies its built-in expert knowledge and artificial intelligence to automatically extract these insights and provide it in an intuitive and easy to use graphical interface. This eliminates the need for time-consuming manual coding  efforts, and greatly enhances domain expertise and expedites learning about this new area of the z/OS infrastructure.

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