PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: tcVISION v6 Overview and Updates

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Several exciting new features and updates are now in tcVISION v6, including new output targets Adabas LUW, DB2 BLU, EXASOL, Hadoop,and MongoDB. Additionally, new input sources include z/OS VSAM Logstream (CICS and Coupling Facility / Shared VSAM),z/OS VSAM Batch Extension, z/OS DBMS to Logstream, CA IDMS v17, CA Datacom CDC, IMS Active Log and SMF data.

Another feature recently announced is the tcVISION “Direct Loader” for BULK_LOAD processing. The function does not require output to a sequential file, and the loader utility for the target DBMS is called via API with data passed directly. Direct loader supports PostGreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server and DB2 LUW / DB2 BLU. The advantage of using the Direct Loader is the elimination of disk access in writing and reading the sequential loader data file. File output is still supported (e.g., where loader data is to be distributed to other machines).

Finally, as mentioned in a previous Treehouse Blog, with tcVISION v6 comes the newly enhanced web statistics functionality and web server. Any standard web browser can access this server (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari, etc.)

This valuable feature enables users to view data from the tcVISION Manager Monitor, and statistical and operational information from the tcVISION Manager network.


Find out more about tcVISION — Enterprise ETL and Real-Time Data Replication Through Change Data Capture

tcVISION provides easy and fast data migration for mainframe application modernization projects and enables bi-directional data replication between mainframe, Linux, Unix and Windows platforms.

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Visit the Treehouse Software website for more information on tcVISION, or contact us to discuss your needs.

Join us at the Software AG TechEd User Conference in Austin, Texas

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The third annual Software AG TechEd User Conference is planned for May 3-4 in Austin, Texas this year. In prior years, this event has developed a reputation for having the best source of technical information in our niche field, as we can learn from our peers and Software AG product experts about best practices, new features and use cases that you can apply on the job, and this year’s conference will be no exception. Of course, there is also the added benefit of being able to network with the largest collection of Adabas/Natural peers in North America.

Register here: http://www.softwareag.com/us/community/usergroup/events/default.asp

In addition to the presentations planned, there will be an Adabas Internals Class offered after the TechEd conference if there is enough interest. This class will be taught by Gene Miklovich with upgraded content for v8. Many people who attended last year’s TechEd conference expressed an interest in this topic, so if you were one of these people and/or are interested in this opportunity, please go to the Software AG Education portal to register.


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Product Spotlight: AUDITRE

by Joseph Brady, Manager of Marketing and Technical Documentation at Treehouse Software, Inc.

AUDITRE is Treehouse Software‘s generalized auditing facility for Adabas, applicable to a wide variety of use cases. Summary reports show the number of adds, deletes, and updates made to specified files and fields, while detail reports can track specific user activity and updating of individual fields and files. Data may be extracted to output datasets for use with reporting, analysis, and other software. As a batch facility processing the Adabas PLOG, AUDITRE does not require Adabas to be active in order for reports and extracts to be run.

The Adabas Auditing Challenge

Compliance testing presents the biggest challenge to the organization’s Auditors. Compliance testing requires the Auditor to learn if applications use the proper update procedure to change Adabas data. Compliance testing requires a record of exactly what changes an application program made to the database and the order in which the changes took place. Adabas provides no automatic method to generate audit data, making compliance testing difficult. This challenge leads some sites to invest substantial resources in the development of Embedded Audit Routines (EARs).

The Latest…

The new version of AUDITRE (v5.2.1) runs on z/OS and VSE, and can process Adabas protection log (PLOG) data that contains spanned records. What is a spanned record? – Adabas v8 allows a compressed record that exceeds one physical Data Storage Block by splitting the logical record into a number of physical record segments, each part fitting into a single Data Storage (DS) block. A spanned record is comprised of one primary record and one to four secondary records.

AUDITRE’s Function

As illustrated in the following diagram, a batch job or an on-line user executes an Adabas transaction. Adabas updates the physical database components and writes information about the transaction to the Adabas Protection Log.

The information on the Protection Log is voluminous and is not in an easily readable form. AUDITRE processes the Protection Log data.

Taking direction from the Auditor through AUDITRE parameter cards, and input from the Protection Log and the Field Definition Table, AUDITRE makes one pass over the audit data. In this one pass, AUDITRE determines the number and kinds of transactions (Adds, Updates, or Deletes) made and produces multiple reports or outputs the results to a sequential dataset(s) for later processing.

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AUDITRE Provides the Best Auditing Solution

AUDITRE requires no additional support systems such as extra programs, “audit exit routines,” or specialized files. Audit reports can be generated on other CPUs at remote sites for security, if desired.

Further, AUDITRE requires minimal installation and training time for the DBA and other users. Creation of new reports requires coding only a few simple parameter statements.

AUDITRE produces clear, organized reports of database modification activity including only the information desired. AUDITRE can base reports on files, fields, sets of fields, and logically related updated files. Reports contain only the files and fields desired. One pass of the Protection Log allows AUDITRE to generate multiple reports simultaneously.

For maximum long-term benefit, selected data or reports can be archived to tape or disk for processing later. This allows audits to occur “after the fact” for certain critical systems if Auditors later discover a problem.

AUDITRE Makes Adabas Auditing Easier

Consider a Protection Log containing over one million records. Adabas stored these records in a compressed, non-standard form, which makes them difficult to read. The Log contains all updates for all files for all fields (entire records) whether all fields changed or not. Records on the log are ordered chronologically, and are difficult to sort because Adabas stored them in the non-standard form.

Various Adabas utilities display Before and/or After Images of updated records as one large field in character and in hex. However, determining which field(s) changed from such a “dump” is difficult, especially when updates cause different-sized values, or when fields change to/from null values.

Which Organizations Can Benefit from AUDITRE?

AUDITRE can benefit many different types of organizations. For example in the petroleum industry, AUDITRE can verify changes to ownership interests in oil leases. Magazine publishers can use AUDITRE to monitor changes to subscribers’ EXPIRATION-DATEs. Stock brokerages can use AUDITRE to verify that a stock transaction took place as ordered by the client. Colleges and universities can track changes to alumni addresses for fund-raising purposes. Any organization needing a report of changes to Adabas data can find a good use for AUDITRE.

AUDITRE’s archiving capability is useful to many departments in the same organization. The Payroll Department may discover unauthorized salary increases. Meanwhile, the Marketing Department might use summary reports for several months of Protection Log data to determine how many new customers were gained during the year by tracking adds and deletes to the CUSTOMER database. The Purchasing Department could examine RECEIVING data for changes to expected RECEIVING-DATEs, etc., to determine if any suppliers frequently postpone merchandise delivery, causing supply shortages for the organization.

There are many other uses for AUDITRE. If a question can be answered by examining changes to the database, or a problem investigated by reporting on archived update data, AUDITRE can help.

For more comprehensive information on AUDITRE, a Product Overview is available for download from the Treehouse Software website.

Reminder that CA PLEU Customers Can easily Transition to AUDITRE!

If your company uses CA PLEU and/or CA APAS/Insight, you know that support for these products is no longer provided by CA. Treehouse Software extends a special offer to CA APAS/Insight and CA PLEU customers to adopt comparable Treehouse Software solutions, and enjoy the assurance of our commitment to supporting and updating AUDITRE (as well as TRIM, NatCDCSP, NatQuery, and our other solutions that complement ADABAS and NATURAL).

AUDITRE has features that specifically aid in a customer’s transition from CA PLEU, including:

  • Previous releases of AUDITRE limited the total size of the Protection Log Compressed Data Record Fields to be printed to 32K. AUDITRE now runs above the line, removing this limit.
  • AUDITRE was updated to allow sites to route detail and summary statistics to a separate file.
  • New analysis parameters allow specification of a begin point (STARTDATE/STARTTIME), which adds additional flexibility to the PLOG extract process.
  • Additionally, we recently assisted a longtime CA PLEU site in converting their existing CA PLEU extract to an AUDITRE extract, which provided identical results!

Treehouse Software representatives are ready to help you implement our solutions to address your key requirements, and at specially discounted pricing.

Not currently using CA APAS/Insight or CA PLEU? You’re in luck, because we’ll extend our same special pricing offers to you as well!


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Visit the Treehouse Software website, or contact us to discuss your needs.

Register Today for December’s Software AG TechEd 2015 User Conference!

By Wayne Lashley, Chief Business Development Officer for Treehouse Software

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This year, TechEd returns to Philadelphia, PA on Monday, December 7, 2015. I, and others from Treehouse Software will be attending, and I will be presenting “Essential Capabilities for Adabas-to-Adabas Data Migration”.

Share ideas with, and gain insights from, your contemporaries. Hear how Software AG can help you rise to the challenge of driving your business forward on the shoulders of Technology and Innovation.

I strongly encourage all Adabas/Natural customers to sign up for the *FREE* TechEd 2015 HERE.

See you in Philadelphia!

 

TREETIP: TRIM’s Real-Time Monitor Provides a Window into Your Adabas/Natural World

by Joseph Brady, Manager of Marketing and Technical Documentation at Treehouse Software, Inc.

Adabas/Natural customers need a reliable, effective, and efficient way to analyze and optimize performance. TRIM is a robust performance monitor for Adabas and Natural. The TRIM Real-Time Monitor provides a wealth of key performance statistics, including:

  • Adabas activity in various categories across time intervals
  • Session statistics
  • Adabas queues and tables
  • And much more.

TRIM screen shot examples…

TRIM Real-time Monitor Commands Per Minute Screen:

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TRIM Real-time Monitor Commands Within File Screen:

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This information can help the site quickly find and eliminate performance problems, and online help, PF-Keys, Direct Commands, and other features simplify TRIM usage.

Reminder of the Special Offer For CA APAS/Insight and CA PLEU Customers…

If your company uses CA APAS/Insight and/or CA PLEU, you have been notified that support for the products is longer be provided by CA. As a result, we are pleased to extend a special offer to CA APAS/Insight and CA PLEU customers to adopt comparable Treehouse Software solutions, and enjoy the assurance of our commitment to supporting and updating TRIM, AUDITRE, NatCDCSP, NatQuery, and our other solutions that complement ADABAS and NATURAL.

Treehouse Software representatives are ready to help you implement our solutions to address your key requirements — all at specially-discounted pricing.

Visit the Treehouse Software website, or contact us to discuss your needs.

Subscribe to Treehouse Software’s Monthly eBulletin…

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Register Now for Upcoming Software AG Eastern Region User Group Meeting in Reston, VA

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You are invited to the upcoming Software AG Mid-Atlantic Region User Group Meeting. Share ideas with and gain insights from your colleagues in the Metro area. Hear how Software AG can help you rise to the challenge of driving your business forward or better reaching your agency’s mission on the shoulders of Technology and Innovation.

Wayne Lashley, Chief Business Development Officer, will present “Revitalize and Maximize Adabas/Natural” on behalf of Treehouse Software.

September 24, 2015 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST

AAFMAA Partner Location – MetroStar Systems, Reston, VA 20190

Click Here to Register>>