Manage data sets, control mainframe printers, and more with SYSD

SYSD is a CICS-based complement to ISPF/PDF and SDSF. SYSD offers:

  • ISPF-like edit, browse, and job submission
  • Print routing and control of system and CICS printers
  • JES2 spool display and monitoring
  • CICS monitoring and debugging tools
  • DASD utilities

SYSD supplies the most commonly needed functionality of ISPF and SDSF to CICS users, without requiring them to leave the CICS session or have access to TSO and ISPF.

SYSD excels in its support of casual users. Because SYSD is CICS based, it allows casual users to have ISPF- and SDSF-like functionality without needing access to TSO and ISPF. Even having scores of users doing equivalent work in ISPF would not be practical.

The familiar interface of SYSD, which is similar to and simpler to use than the ISPF interface, helps users with repetitive or limited tasks focus on the functions they need.

SYSD reduces support needs by reducing usage questions and requests for TSO. SYSD allows systems programmers and administrators to restrict casual users to just the functions they need. Because users remain in CICS, support personnel have the flexibility to better manage computing cycles. And, SYSD honors current security access restrictions.

CICS and other developers will find that many development projects can be accomplished without ever using TSO and ISPF. Getting into and out of CICS is much faster, and response time is generally better than with TSO.

JES2 spool display, host-directed printing, and print management

The spool display, print, and print management facilities provide a CICS-based alternative to SDSF. SYSD makes it practical to expand distribution of online and printed mainframe data reports to many users in scattered locations. Hundreds of printers are easily supported.

Other utilities and tools

SYSD also provides utilities for creating and maintaining disk data sets and managing DASD data sets. Additionally, SYSD provides a set of facilities for managing CICS and debugging CICS programs.