The mission of the IMS project is to the improve member's effectiveness by fostering an atmosphere of information sharing with a focus on all aspects of IMS and its interactions with the Enterprise Information Environment. To this end, the project:
- Schedules sessions to provide valuable education from IBM, other vendors and users
- Schedules sessions in response to attendee requests
- Schedules forums to allow for information interchange
- Influences SHARE, IBM and other vendors based upon member input
The goals are:
- Increase the knowledge and effectiveness of member IMS technical people
- Increase member's awareness of industry trends and directions with regard to IMS connectivity and use from other platforms
- Communicate members tactical and strategic concerns to SHARE and IBM
- Assist IBM in improving current and future products
In order to achieve these goals, the IMS Project:
- Focuses on the technical requirements necessary to support an IMS system, particularly in the online environment. Support comprises IMS system installation and generation, IMS system maintenance, IMS Performance, tuning and IMS operations and application support.
- Is concerned with the interfaces to IMSITM. These include: APPC, TCP/IP, OTMA, MQSeries, IMS Connect, JAVA, XML, SOAP, and the WEB among others.
- Is concerned with the data management aspects of IMS/DB, including OBCTL, OOBA, ODBM, HALDB and partitioned databases, the IMS Catalog, and DB2 Stored Procedures. This includes how data is defined, documented and stored; the manner in which programs ask for data; methods of administering data, the integrity of data and the tools (both hardware and software) used to perform these functions.
- Attempts to foster good and strong working relationships with IBM and other vendors' development and technical support teams to help ensure their strong participation at SHARE.