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February 03 , 2008

An Introduction to IMS

Your Complete Guide to IBM Information Management System


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IBM’s Definitive One-Stop Guide to IMS Versions 12, 11, and 10: for Every IMS DBA, Developer, and System Programmer


Over 90% of the top Fortune® 1000 companies rely on IBM’s Information Management System (IMS) for their most critical IBM System z® data management needs: 50,000,000,000+ transactions run through IMS databases every day. What’s more, IBM continues to upgrade IMS: Versions 12, 11, and 10 meet today’s business challenges more flexibly and at a lower cost than ever before. In An Introduction to IMS, Second Edition, leading IBM experts present the definitive technical introduction to these versions of IMS.

More than a complete tutorial, this book provides up-to-date examples, cases, problems, solutions, and a complete glossary of IMS terminology. Prerequisite reading for the current IBM IMS Mastery Certification Program, it reflects major recent enhancements such as dynamic information generation; new access, interoperability and development tools; improved SOA support; and much more. Whether you’re a DBA, database developer, or system programmer, it brings together all the knowledge you’ll need to succeed with IMS in today’s mission critical environments.


Coverage includes


  • What IMS is, how it works, how it has evolved, and how it fits into modern enterprise IT architectures
  • Providing secure access to IMS via IMS-managed application programs
  • Understanding how IMS and z/OS® work together to use hardware and software more efficiently
  • Setting up, running, and maintaining IMS
  • Running IMS Database Manager: using the IMS Hierarchical Database Model, sharing data, and reorganizing databases
  • Understanding, utilizing, and optimizing IMS Transaction Manager
  • IMS application development: application programming for the IMS Database and IMS Transaction Managers, editing and formatting messages, and programming applications in Java™
  • IMS system administration: the IMS system definition process, customizing IMS, security, logging, IMS operations, database and system recovery, and more
  • IMS in Parallel Sysplex® environments: ensuring high availability, providing adequate capacity, and balancing workloads
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