50 BMC Mainframe Innovations – 308x/3090Period (1980-1990)

The mainframe became more powerful and was employed to solve more business problems.  But also during this period, the introduction of the IBM(R) DB2(R) relational database opened up entirely new vistas for business by enriching the data and information the organization could acquire, store and analyze. This massive influx of data created difficult new challenges for IT as they mastered how to copy,
load/unload, transform and recover what was becoming one of the organizations most valuable and critical resources.


It was during this period that the legacy BMC Software company began delivering solutions to manage the databases and optimize the performance of the IT systems, anticipating ways in which they could power IT success and inventing solutions that delivered.


BMC Innovations that Changed Mainframe Management (1980 – 1990)

(Watch this blog in coming weeks for reminiscences about these innovations.)

1989 – COPY PLUS for DB2 created a faster way to copy a DB2 data base

1989 – Reorg Plus for DB2 provided a faster method for reorganizing DB2 tablespaces and indexes to help meet outage windows and SLAs

1988 – IMAGE COPY PLUS engineered a faster way to back up an IMS(R) data base

1988 – Catalog Manager for DB2 simplified the tasks required for DB2 catalog management

1987 – ALTER for DB2 automated DB2 change processes to reduce time required and eliminate manual errors

1985 – Control-M for MVS automated the scheduling and management of mainframe batch job execution

1984 –DELTA IMS eliminated outages when changing IMS system definitions

1984 – DATA PACKER/IMS used compression to reduce storage required for data bases

1984 – AutoOPERATOR/IMS automated responses to IMS system events

1980 – 3270 Optimizer/CICS and /IMS optimized network traffic to/from 3270 terminals


You can view about BMC’s mainframe 50th celebration at http://www.bmc.com/mainframeanniversary


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Jay Lipovich

Jay Lipovich

G. Jay Lipovich is a Principal Product Manager for mainframe systems management and cost optimization at BMC Software. He has many years’ experience in the design and development of strategies and solutions for infrastructure and data management. This includes design strategy and performance evaluation for a mainframe hardware vendor; infrastructure performance consulting for industry and US government agencies; and design and development of strategies and solutions for infrastructure management solutions. He has published numerous articles in trade journals defining approaches to infrastructure performance management and cost optimization. Mr. Lipovich is ITIL Foundation and CDE certified.