IBM Extends Mainframe z/OS Support to Anaconda

The recent IBM announcement of the release of Anaconda and the Python language for the IBM z/OS mainframe in conjunction with Rocket Software is an exciting development: IBM Extends Mainframe z/OS Support to Anaconda:

Without wanting to state the obvious, the availability of Anaconda and Python on the mainframe is likely to provide major growth in Big Data analytics run native on z/OS. In parallel, this increases the need to ensure the validity of the data being analyzed. This new deployment onto z/OS is another major win in the Open Source world and it fully utilizes IBM z/OS UNIX Systems Services (was OMVS). It can also be expected to accelerate the use of Python on z/OS for application coding as well as other cross-system languages such as Java, C and C++, making the mainframe increasingly accessible to the new generation of programmers and applications.

Softdate/z for z/OS is unique for DTS (date and time simulation) time travel testing in the z/OS UNIX System Services environment under which the analytics processing will run. Only Softdate/z fully supports DTS testing of the languages and products used in the USS environment, such as Java, C, C++, WebSphere and such enterprise software as SAP. This is our company’s focus and, with our Softdate date and time simulation software, we uniquely allow the validation of program logic that actually creates the data, under new z/OS environments.

DDV Softdate & A Large Federal Goverment Agency case study

A large Federal Government Agency has recently performed SOA Date and Time Simulation Testing across their Enterprise Architecture using DDV Softdate.

The organization in this case study is a large US Federal agency, more than three quarters of a century old, supporting over 1,400 offices responsible for providing service to over 300 million clients nationwide. With such a large client portfolio, the agency had a need to ensure that its critical applications would always function correctly on all of their IBM mainframe and associated platforms, across all the United States time zones.

The agency provides sophisticated social insurance workers’ programs consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits, including their spouses and children, and to the survivors of insured workers. The agency works with other municipal, county, state, local, federal and International partners to increase access and approval of benefits for those who are legally eligible.

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Softdate/z for z/OS version 4.5

Softdate/z version 4.5 is in full release with multiple new enhancements and features as it moves towards demand of DevOps by our clients and prospects. Softdate/z for z/OS is the only SOA product in the z/OS DTS world with an ongoing program of very active enhancement and support. We listen to our client partners and the new version 4.5 once again adds and extends features and functionality. As a virtual time machine, Softdate/z executes across IBM’s z/OS batch, CICS, IMS (including FastPath), DB2, TSO, WebSphere Application Server and all program languages including Java for z, plus more. Software AG support includes all ADABAS and Natural levels.

Softdate/z Beyond-2042

The Softdate/z Beyond-2042 option is in full release with Softdate/z Version 4.5.

Many applications must deal with business events that will occur more than 25 years into the future.  Some examples are life insurance policies, long-dated investments, pension funds, 30-, 50-, 100 long-term loans and so on.

It is a limitation of current IBM zSeries hardware and software that the system clock cannot return a date beyond 7 September 2042.  However, to allow testing of the logic in your applications that must handle events beyond this date, it is important that your Date and Time Simulation (DTS) processes can manage simulated dates greater than 2042 and return them to your applications. For example, many people who were born in 1978 (aged 37 in 2015) could in today’s theory retire after 2042 (65 years old) with a superannuation policy that ends beyond 2042 but no one knows if any of the business app logic is correct; a high risk problem where date and time simulation testing is the simple key solution.

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