20 September 2022

The z/OS performance management skills gap has created unacceptable risks for application availability and unnecessary software cost increases. IntelliMagic Vision’s intelligent z/OS operations analytics multiply the impact of expert team members and accelerates training and effectiveness of new staff. With version 11.6.0, IntelliMagic Vision for z/OS adds explanations for every supported SMF record type across its thousands of dynamic and pre-built interactive views. The explanations, including IBM field names and documentation, provide key context and related background information below each report – benefiting experts and newer staff alike.

IntelliMagic Vision has long provided contextual field descriptions, relevant observations about warnings and exceptions, and recommendations towards possible solutions. With IntelliMagic Vision version 11.6.0, IBM field names and documentation have been added to all supported record types.

Jean-Marc van der Kolk, product manager for IntelliMagic’s software solutions, explains: “Our customers have told us for years how helpful the field names and documentation have been for new staff and experts. We’ve made it a point in recent years to include this valuable data when implementing new functionality or supported areas. With this new release, we’re happy to announce these explanations for all of the supported data types within IntelliMagic Vision.”

The IBM field names and documentation, as well as observations and recommendations are captured in IntelliMagic Vision’s “Field Description” section below each report. An example is shown below. Figure 1 is a screenshot of a “Breakdown of address space service usage (top 20)” report from within IntelliMagic Vision, composed of the ten variables displayed in the legend on the right-hand side.

Example of an IntelliMagic Vision Address Space Service Usage report

Figure 1: Example of an IntelliMagic Vision Address Space Service Usage report


The meaning of the variables in this report are explained in the Field Description, below the report, as shown in Figure 2 below.

Example of the Field Description section below each IntelliMagic Vision report

Figure 2: Example of the Field Description section below each IntelliMagic Vision report


IntelliMagic Vision’s advanced IT Operations Analytics automatically process, correlate, normalize, and rate over 750 key metrics, and presents this data using intuitive, interactive, dashboards, saving analysts significant time. Built-in machine decision metric ratings and easy navigation focuses the efforts of staff on the most significant risks, reduces mean-time-to-resolution, and enables experts and newer staff to be effective even in areas outside their primary expertise.

This latest release is part of IntelliMagic’s larger effort to continue improving the explainability of the z/OS environment, multiply the impact of analysts, and accelerate learning for performance teams in the face of the ongoing z/OS skills gap.

About IntelliMagic

IntelliMagic delivers its solutions to Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s largest IT datacenters. IntelliMagic Vision for z/OS unlocks the full potential of mainframe infrastructure performance and configuration data by automatically applying z/OS-aware expert knowledge. Its modernized, intelligent interpretation detects risks before they impact production, uncovers true root causes, and identifies optimization opportunities. Ultimately, this enables a higher level of application service reliability at optimal cost.

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