Product announcements

H&W's new SYSB-AJR for native batch available now

SYSB-AJR is new mainframe software from H&W that automatically recovers VSAM files after a batch abend. This software works with files that batch is processing natively).

  • Recovers VSAM files automatically, before you even know an abend occurred.
  • Takes the guesswork out of determining which changes you need to back out manually.
  • Virtually eliminates time and stress on staff from doing recovery manually.
  • Restore test environments easily to be prepared to retest more quickly.

Find out more by contacting H&W at or 1-800-338-6692.

SYSB-II 6.7 with enhanced recovery GA and ready to ship

The new SYSB-II 6.7 release is now GA.

  • Anyone with any implementation of SYSB-II—JCL, Minimal JCL or No JCL—can take advantage of automated recovery to reduce the time and complexity associated with manual recovery.
  • Easily set up automated recovery via the control file, without changing JCL. (Setting up recovery using JCL is still an option.)
  • Use automated recovery to restore to the original state quickly after each test in QA to make testing faster.
  • Specify the new journaling technique that uses multivolume data sets up to 4 GB to help ensure enough space for longer journals.
  • Opt for SMS-managed data sets for journaling, which are now easier to work with, to enforce rules about where the data sets are stored.

The new version is free to customers current on maintenance. Customers can order the GA release by contacting H&W at or 1-208-377-8436.

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 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.

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