Unlock the Knowledge in
your z/OS Logs

Analyze, manage and store SMF data,
using only a minimum of mainframe resources.

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Easily Understand and Manage SMF Records

By extracting, sorting and merging relevant SMF records into logical job groupings, eSMF provides a simple yet complete way of tracking all z/OS-executed processes. The software identifies every step performed during every production run, then collects this data and consolidates it into a clear, detailed and publishable format. The solution's archiving capabilities make it practical to store years of SMF records.

eSMF's dashboards provide analytics, and show performance trends. The solution provides all the mission-critical information that matters, organised in the format that is most useful to your users.

 

Solution Advantages

eSMF's benefits aren't limited to its intuitive interface or how easy it is to create custom reports. The software offers numerous advantages:

  • Cross-platform design minimizes CPU use
  • Robust, dynamic research engine
  • Interface customizable for every user
  • Runs on a personal or shared server
  • A simple way to manage and archive SMF data
  • Multiple ways of formatting information
  • Designed for centralized or individual use
  • Produces statistics, charts and fully indexed reports

Made for Your End-Users

eSMF shows the exact metrics you need, no matter what your role within IT Operations. The software’s powerful research capabilities allow users to quickly combine and refine search results, showing the exact SMF data that you and your team need, right when it's needed.

Usersʼ Search Options

Time Frame
Daily, monthly, yearly statistics

 

File Type
Shows the life cycle for all types of files (Sequential, VSAM, PDS, USS, and others)

 

Level of Organization
Comprehensive views of executed steps, jobs, files, processes, etc.

Choice of Filters
Pinpoint precise data

 

Output Formats
Text, CSV, HTML, XML

eSMF's search function
eSMF's search function

Personalized Dashboards for Every User Group

eSMF’s customizable dashboards make it easy for your end-users. Your Operations specialists can choose what SMF data to access, when to see it and how to format it.

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eSMF Function

Analyzes processing and errors

Optimizes parallel processing

Generates reports

 

Surveys resource use (files, runtime classes, etc.)

Verifies safety compliance (security clearance, user submissions, etc.)

Monitors naming conventions and enforces standards of execution

 

Displays execution statistics

Generates incident indicators

Produces custom reports

eSMF IT Operations monitoring dashboard helps manage SMF data
IT Operations Monitoring dashboard

Efficient CPU Use

Since the bulk of eSMF’s data processing takes place on an open-platform server, the software requires only a minimum of your mainframe’s processing resources. Managing SMF data has never been easier.

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eSMF uses a client-server architecture that minimizes CPU usage.

 How eSMF Works

An extractor on the z/OS performs a targeted synthesis of SMF data dumps. This collected information is then transferred to eSMF’s cross-platform server, where the software exploits the information.

 

Windows users connect directly to eSMF’s server, effectively limiting usage of the z/OS operating system.

 

For specific personal needs, users can also build their own client-server environment on demand.

Optimized Archiving of SMF Data

eSMF makes it possible–even practical–for your business to keep years of historical data online. Consolidated SMF data is securely stored on the open-platform server in an autonomous “flat” file format to maximize archiving capacity.

Users can choose the level of detail to be included in eSMF’s database. Functional archiving provides summary information extracted from your mainframe SMF log, while technical archiving safeguards more detailed information.

An easily updated, comprehensive indexing system facilitates long-term archiving.