What is JCLplus+?

Detecting JCL Syntax and run-time errors before they occur is your first key to successful JCL management within the DevOps environment. A one-character syntax error, a missing dataset, or an unexpected security violation can cost hours of lost production time. JCLplus+ prevents these errors by providing the most comprehensive run-time simulation available.

Features of JCLPlus+

JCLplus+ thoroughly validates JCL syntax, automates both the enforcement of site standards and changes to JCL to provide an agile DevOps environment. JCLplus+ is engineered for high-speed, accurate syntax checking, the simple yet powerful automated change functionality is a key feature for your cross-platform needs.

JCLplus Architecture for DevOps optimization

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  • The Most Thorough JCL Syntax Checking and Run-time Validation

    • Supports all z/OS keywords
    • Resolves all symbolics
    • Expands PROCS and INCLUDE groups
    • Finds common allocation errors
    • Supports user-defined rules for standards enforcement
    • Interfaces with all widely used data center software utilities
    • Leading edge integration/emulation of scheduling symbolics/directives
    • Comprehensive validation of Sort parameters

    JCL Syntax and run-time validation for Optimized Mainframe DevOps performance

  • JCL Formatting

    Clearly and consistently formatted JCL is critical to being able to spot errors and omissions that, if left undetected could be costly and devastating to your DevOps. Well- formatted JCL allows you to understand your JOBs and PROCs at a glance for increased productivity. JCLplus+ automatically reformats your JCL to your own specifications. An entire library of JCL can be quickly and easily reformatted eliminating numerous hours of error-prone hand coding.

  • JCL Standards Enforcement

    Tightly enforced standards in JCL coding practices, naming conventions, and resource utilization increase productivity by improving reliability, in turn reducing outages and protecting investments made in JCL optimization projects. JCLplus+ facilitates defining and enforcing JCL standards with its intuitive rules language. Standards enforcement rules can also be written in REXX, COBOL, or Assembler. Violations of in-house standards can virtually be eliminated, thus establishing a quick and effective DevOps environment.

    JCLplus+ - JCL Standards Enforcement

  • JCL Changes and Refurbishment

    In the dynamic DevOps environment of an enterprise data center, being able to respond quickly and effectively to change is critical. New operating systems, additional devices, software updates, and merged environments due to corporate acquisitions are just some of the factors that necessitate JCL modifications. JCLplus+ facilitates making these updates to your JCL across the entire enterprise. It not only ensures that changes and mods are applied correctly, but it also optionally validates the accuracy of these updates all in a single operation.

  • Resolution of Scheduling Variables

    Modern data centers employ job schedulers that often add yet another level of complexity to JCL management to meet critical batch window requirements. Systems like TWS/z, Control-M, ESP, Zeke, CA-7 and others allow your JCL to contain intricate strings of proprietary or non-standard variables and directives that are typically resolved at job submission time. JCLplus+ supports a wide range of these systems. By resolving job scheduler symbolics and directives before JCL syntax checking and validation, JCLplus+ can not only detect improperly specified variables and directives but also ensure that the JCL is error-free and meets your requirements.

    JCLplus+ - Resolution of Scheduling Variables

  • Flexible Modes of Operation

    • Runs as an ISPF Edit macro, as well as batch
    • Intuitive TSO/ISPF panels
    • Multiple exit points for maximum flexibility
    • Easily interfaced to SCM processes to improve process automation
    • IDE-ready with Eclipse plug-In

    JCLplus+ - Flexible Modes of Operation

    JCLplus+ - Flexible Modes of Operation

  • Reporting and Metrics

    All of the well-known Best Practices Frameworks including ITIL, CMMI, Six Sigma stress the importance of reporting and metrics in managing process maturity. JCLplus+ embraces this requirement by providing automated creation, collection, and reporting of JCL metrics to manage process maturity. It does this to validate the investments made in your JCL products, Best Practices, and to create an agile DevOps environment.

    JCLplus+ - Reporting and Metrics