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IMS Immersion

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"Immerse" yourself in IMS with a full day of programming that will focus on advanced topics in IBM's Information Management Systems. This program is targeted at IMS mid-level and lighter skilled DBAs, Systems Programmers, Application Programmers and Architects, and will include a pre-event webinar with homework.


IMS Immersion
IMS Immersion: Welcome
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Coffee
8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Program Opening (Welcome & Introductions)
Part 1: IMS Database Management Services
8:50 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Overview of IMS Full Function Databases and Fast Path Databases

IMS Catalog

  • IMS Metadata Management
  • Database Versioning (including DEDB/HALDB Alter Function)
IMS Managed ACBs
Data Definition Language (DDL) Statements to Update IMS Resources and Schemas
Analytics Considerations
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
Part 2: IMS Transaction Manager Services
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Overview of IMS Communication Services for Network Connectivity
OTMA Clients
  • IMS Connect
  • Datapower

Mobile Capabilities

  • Liberty
  • z/OS Connect Feature
  • IMS Mobile Feature
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Demo: Management Console for IMS and DB2 for z/OS
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. IMS Java/COBOL SQL Application Programming
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
Part 3: IMS Systems Services
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. IMS System Configuration(s) Review

IMSPLEX Concepts

  • Common Service Layer (CSL)
    • Structure Call Interface (SCI)
    • Operations Manager (OM); Resource Manager (RM)
    • ODBM
  • Single Point of Control (SPOC) & Type 2 Commands

Dynamic Resource Definition

  • IMS Repository
  • Member Online Change - OLC
Cloud Enablement
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Demo: z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF)
IMS Immersion: Close
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Program Closing (Conclusion, Next Steps)

*Agenda subject to change. All events to take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

Meet the Instructors

Kenneth Blackman


Blackman is a Certified Consulting IMS specialist whose primary area of focus is integration solutions with IMS. He has participated as the IMS subject matter expert for z Systems Integration Architecture Workshops, for on-site consulting on IMS Connectivity and for IMS Application Modernization Proof of Concept projects. Blackman has 40 years of experience with IMS as a customer, as member of the IBM IMS development team at SVL and as a member of the IBM IMS Washington Systems Center Team. He has also presented at the IBM Insight conference, the IBM zEnterprise conference and at SHARE events, and is a member of the IBM Certification Board, with over 20 U.S. Patents.



Eichelberger has worked in mainframe computing since the early 1970s, supporting operating systems and database middleware systems, including IMS, since before Fast Path. He has been a user, a competitor, a business partner and a consultant to IBM and several other Fortune 500 companies. Eichelberger is currently a member of the IMS Support – Washington System Center (formerly Advanced Technical Skills/Support). In his free time, you will find him practicing the "gentle way" at the dojo. 





Stein is a Consulting I/T Specialist on the IMS Team of the Washington System Center. She has over 40 years of IMS and z Systems experience as a customer, IBM IMS Advocate, z IT Architect and IT Specialist. As a specialist, Stein assists customers with education and implementation of IMS features/functions, critical situation resolutions, performance and tuning exercises, and Proof of Concept and Proof of Technology projects. She also participates in z Systems Health Checks, Sysplex High Availability Studies, Enterprise & Application Architecture Workshops, and integration and modernization consultations. Furthermore, Stein works with the IMS Development Lab to create and deliver IMS education material, and has presented at IBM conferences and seminars, SHARE events, IMS Regional User Groups, IMS Roadshows, and on IBM webcasts and teleconferences.



Wendler is a Consulting I/T Specialist in the IMS team of the Washington Systems Center. Her major responsibilities include areas such as customer support, critical situation analyses, connectivity projects for cloud and mobile, integration security, onsite consulting projects, and Proofs of Concept. She has presented at several User Groups, including SHARE and the IMS regional user groups and has been involved in IBM-sponsored activities such as technical seminars, Insight, and IMS hands-on workshops.