Yes, we have apps related to the mainframe. Don’t be surprised. Mainframes are no longer what someone might think: Age-old dinosaurs that occupy entire rooms, use card punch input and require bits and bytes programming. Mainframes have come a long way in modernization. They are now size of your typical refrigerator and super fast, running critical data for top industries, day in and day out.
To keep in line with the modernization today’s mainframes are known for, there are mobile apps available to help. Let’s look at some of the best mainframe apps that every mainframe professional should know about. Search for these apps in your App Store or Google Play store to install.
The IBM Redbooks app lets you access Redbooks publications. Redbooks offer excellent information on various mainframe topics such as new solution guides, product guides, point-of-view publications, blogs, etc. Get more IBM resources at your fingertips.
IBM Doc Buddy
If you ever wanted to look up information about a message quickly, then Doc Buddy is your best buddy. This app enables you to retrieve IBM Z message documentation. The newest version, V2, add some nice features. It aggregates IBM Z trends, updates and other top news. It also provides product overviews and basic product information that helps new IBM Z users understand a product quickly. IBM Doc Buddy supports online and offline message search for 119 releases of 59 products.
IBM myHMC is an app that lets you connect and monitor your HMCs. The dashboard on this app lets you quickly review the health of your machine. You can monitor LPARs, resource groups and more.
SHARE Mobile App
SHARE is an independent, volunteer-driven information technology association that provides education and professional networking, especially when it comes to mainframes. This app gives you all the details you need about SHARE, including session information. This is a must-have app if you frequently attend SHARE conferences.
Technically, EventsXD isn’t a mainframe app. As its name says, it’s an event management app. The reason I listed it here is because Computer Measurement Group [[ LINK: cmg.org ]] conferences are available on EventsXD. CMG conferences have a mainframe wing with excellent sessions. If you’re a mainframe professional attending CMG conferences, you need to use this app. It saves lot of time in planning days while at the conference.
IBM HMC Mobile
IBM HMC Mobile for Z and LinuxONE allows you to manage your system through this app. You can receive alerts and notifications.
This app for IBM Z admins helps keep an eye on systems. zServiceAdvisor can reduce the amount of time needed to optimize Db2 and CICS.
There are some terminal apps like TN3270
that I haven’t used it. (Get it on iTunes
.) The TN3270 app provides TN3270 emulation for IBM mainframe terminal access. It supports all standard 3270 emulation features. There is light version that is no charge to use before purchasing the paid app.
I personally use the Redbooks, Doc Buddy, SHARE and EventsXD apps for my needs.
Did I miss anything? what other mainframe apps you use? Please leave a comment for everyone’s benefit.
Hemanth Rama is a senior software engineer at BMC Software. Hemanth is a mainframe expert specializing in performance, IBM Z software costs and workload manager and he holds three patents. Hemanth is recipient of the 2018 IBM Z Champion award. Hemanth writes regularly for many popular IT websites and also on his personal blog. He passionately speaks about mainframe technologies at various conferences, symposiums and user groups. He worked on BMC Mainview for z/OS, CMF Monitor, Sysprog Services performance monitoring products and currently works on intelligent capping for zEnterprise (iCap) product which optimizes monthly license charge cost