Product announcements

Capacity assessment software BoxScore II 1.1 now available

The new BoxScore II 1.1 developed with Cheryl Watson and Watson & Walker is available now and contains these features:

  • Ability to verify the promised value of new hardware and software against your actual workload mix to allow you to renegotiate the contract if something underperforms, potentially saving tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Also use the data to agree to fair chargeback rates, if used.
  • Tools for comparing performance week to week to find hidden issues that configuration changes caused, before they result in excess charges on future workload-licensing bills or a premature need to add capacity.
  • Analysis and product functionality based on proven calculations and guidance from mainframe expert Cheryl Watson.
  • Ability to end dependence on homegrown solutions that are ever more complex to maintain and difficult for newer staff to use.
  • An intuitive, browser-based interface for viewing workloads that allows less-experienced or less-technical staff to understand the impact of configuration changes.
  • Ability to view data exceptions, visualizations of hotspot insights, and worst-performing work, which BoxScore II identifies automatically.
  • Visuals for seeing specific transactions and programs that a configuration change is affecting.
  • Mouseover and clickable messages to provide access to an extensive knowledge base.
  • Fast response times to adjust and rerun assessments quickly.
  • Ability to print and export data for further analysis.
  • Ability to exclude nonrelevant "outlier" information to focus on what’s important.

Find out more or become a BoxScore II customer by contacting H&W at or 1-800-338-6692.

New SYSB-II 6.6 release available now

SYSB-II 6.6 is now GA and includes these features:

  • A new version of the control file to manage parameters more easily.
  • A new web-based interface to manage the control file with features like automatic staging of changes, improved search capabilities, access based on an installed security package, and ability to share a control file among multiple SYSBINIT started tasks.
  • A new History File Viewer in the web-based interface to shows a historical perspective of a job’s performance and helps you consider potential performance and tuning measures.
  • A new History File Manager in the web-based interface to switch and allocate history files automatically based on predefined time intervals, as well as create new history files from templates.

Customers can order the GA release by contacting H&W at or 1-208-377-8436.

New 7.2 release of SYSD, CPMS is GA

H&W has announced general availability (GA) for the 7.2 version of the SYSD and CPMS software. Highlights in the 7.2 release include:

  • Support for z/OS 2.1.
  • Support for CICS 5.1.
  • Added control when purging data sets.
  • Easier access to the last SYSOUT report for a job.

Customers can order the GA release by contacting H&W at or 1-208-377-8436.

H&W also announced that November 20, 2013 marks the end of support for SYSB-II release 6.3.

Customers can order the GA release by contacting H&W at or 1-208-377-8436.

H&W releases SYSS 5.1

H&W has announced the release of SYSS 5.1. This release of the software supports z/OS 1.13. You must be running SYSS 5.1 with z/OS 1.13. SYSS 5.1 also supports z/OS 1.12 and 1.11.

H&W releases JES2Web 1.3

H&W has announced the 1.3 release of JES2Web, which allows users to receive JES2 output from the mainframe in PDF or text format, e-mail reports, and manage and reuse the mainframe data on a PC.

JES2Web 1.3:

  • Converts JES2 output to PDF or text documents and e-mails them to distribution lists automatically as a job step of a scheduled or unscheduled batch process
  • Allows users to create custom JES2 reports from certain jobs or job elements, choose a format, and e-mail the JES2 reports to selected recipients using the browser-based interface to the mainframe
  • Provides a customizable browser interface with multiple interface views
  • Allows access to JES2 output from any location that has browser access to the mainframe
  • Uses standard security interfaces to provide secure access to JES2 report output
  • Encrypts mainframe data sent via e-mail

For more information about JES2Web and a complete list of features, see JES2Web.