This product update forwards updates to both software and documentation. The
software update is Release 8.1.0 of CPExpert. The release number indicates that it
is the first release of 1998.
This release (1) provides support for OS/390 Version 2 Release 5 (V2R5); (2)
provides support for CICS/Transaction Server for OS/390, Release 1.2; (3) updates
the WLM Component to analyze MVS (Goal Mode) problems with a CA-MICS
performance data base; (4) provide updated documentation on CD-ROM; and (5)
corrects errors that have been reported.
OS/390 Version 2 Release 5.
OS/390 V2R5 was made Generally Available (GA)
by IBM at the end of March, 1998. Since Computer Management Sciences is a
Partner in Development with IBM, I normally can provide support for new releases
of MVS within 30 days of GA of the new IBM release.
CICS/Transaction Server for OS/390.
The CPExpert CICS Component has been
updated to provide support for CICS/Transaction Server for OS/390 (CICS/TS)
Release 1.2 (also known as CICS Version 5.2). Additionally, the CICS Component
User Manual has been updated with specific references to IBM documents for
Update the WLM Component.
The WLM Component has been updated to support
analysis of information in a CA-MICS performance data base. When the WLM
Component code originally was engineered, I did not have data from a CA-MICS
performance data base to analyze; only data in an MXG performance data base
was available. Consequently, I could not implement the analysis for a CA-MICS
performance data base, and the WLM Component code worked only if you had
I would like to say "Thank you" to Gerd Krohm (Westdeutsche Landesbank,
Dusseldorf, Germany) and Bryant Osborn (NationsBank, Richmond, Virginia). These
users provided MVS (Goal Mode) test data from a CA-MICS performance data base,
so the WLM Component could be enhanced to support CA-MICS.
Provide documentation on CD-ROM.
The CPExpert documentation currently is
more than 2,000 pages, and grows larger with each new release of CPExpert.
This documentation is updated twice a year and many pages in the user manuals
get updated to reflect the latest version of MVS or CICS - particularly with regard
to the page or section references related to CPExpert findings.
Since IBM plans
to issue new releases of OS/390 approximately every six months, and since
CPExpert will be updated to reflect the new OS/390 features, the CPExpert
document updating process would be increasingly burdensome for you.
Consequently, I now distribute the documentation on CD-ROM.
The CPExpert documentation is accessible via Adobe Acrobat Reader, and the CD-ROM contains a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Adobe Acrobat Reader
should be installed on your PC under Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows for
Workgroups, or Windows NT. Installation of the Reader will require about six
megs of space on your hard drive.
There is no additional charge for the CD-ROM versions of CPExpert
documentation. If any user does not have the capability to access documentation
on CD-ROM (or simply prefers to have hard-copy documentation), please give me
Correct errors that have been reported.
I've added a new member titled SOURCE(
GENERR72) which contains a listing of the errors that were discovered
in CPExpert code for Release 7.2
, and an acknowledgment of the user who found
I really appreciate calls from users reporting problems or simply asking questions.
As I said in the original delivery letter for CPExpert, if errors occur with your
please don't waste your time trying to solve the error
. Just give me
a call and I will quickly fix the problem!
I suggest that you use the following steps to install Release 8.1.0:
Create a new PDS titled "prefix.CPEXPERT.V81.SOURCE".
Create a new PDS titled "prefix.CPEXPERT.V81.USOURCE".
Install CPExpert into the "prefix.CPEXPERT.V81.SOURCE" using the normal
installation procedures described in the CPExpert Installation Guide.
Copy your old USOURCE members into "prefix.CPEXPERT.V81.USOURCE".
This step should be done so you do not have to recreate all of your unique
parameters. There are no changes to the variables in USOURCE members,
unless you are exercising new options provided with this code.
If you elected to receive updates to CPExpert on a diskette, the software is
distributed on the CD-ROM that contains the CPExpert user documentation.
I have created a BAT file for you so that you can easily upload the new
software. This file is titled "UPLOAD.BAT" and will be located in the
SOFTWARE directory of the CD-ROM. The BAT file was created per your
instructions (i.e., using SEND, etc.).
I would like to say "Thank you" to the following individuals. These folks have
discovered errors, proposed new features, or suggested documentation changes since
the last Update Bulletin:
I particularly appreciate the support provided by users who sent me data to analyze!
While IBM provides data to me (as a part of the Partners in Development program),
it is invaluable for me to have data from the user community. CPExpert analysis gets
better mostly by users providing data to me. I can analyze the data, identify
performance problems, devise solutions for the problems, and develop code to
automate the process in CPExpert.
- Jill Billings (First Data Corp., CO)
- Glen Bowman (Wakefern Food Corporation, NJ)
- V. Lee Conyers (US Department of Transportation, DC)
- David Ehresman (University of Louisville, KY)
- Bill Hatcher (Veteran's Administration, TX)
- Mike Jacques (Branch Bank & Trust, NC)
- Gerd Krohm (Westdeutsche Landesbank, Germany)
- Janice McQueen (Yellow Services, KS)
- Barry Merrill (Merrill Consultants, TX)
- Bryant Osborn (NationsBank, VA)
Please visit my web site (www.cpexpert.com) for information about CPExpert. I post
answers to frequently answered questions, list errors reported by users for the
current release of CPExpert, and provide information about CPExpert components that
you might not license.
Please call, fax, or send me a note on the Internet if you have suggestions, you want
new features, or you would like to see more or different reporting done by CPExpert.
Computer Management Sciences, Inc.
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