What is JCLplus+?

Detecting JCL Syntax and run-time errors before they occur is your first key to successful JCL management. 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 runtime simulation available.

Features of JCLPlus+

JCLplus+ thoroughly validates JCL syntax, automates the enforcement of site standards and automates changes to JCL. JCLplus+ is engineered for high-speed, accurate syntax checking, simple yet powerful automated change functionality and cross-platform needs.

How JCLplus manages JCL within the mainframe and it's architecture

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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

    A view of the JCLplus functionality such as syntax checking and run-time validation, which is key for successful JCL management

  • JCL Formatting

    Clearly and consistently formatted JCL is critical for management to be able to spot errors and omissions that, if left undetected, could be costly. Well-formatted JCL also allows you to understand your JOBs and PROCs at a glance for increased productivity. JCLplus+ automatically reformats your JCL to your 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, 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.

    JCLplus+ - JCL Standards Enforcement

  • JCL Changes and Refurbishment

    In the dynamic 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; it also optionally validates the accuracy of these updates all in a single operation, offering very dynamic JCL management.

  • Resolution of Scheduling Variables

    To meet critical batch window requirements, modern Mainframe data centers employ job schedulers that often add yet another level of complexity to JCL management. 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 syntax checking and validation, JCLplus+ can not only detect improperly specified variables and directives, it also ensures 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
    • DevOps integration with IDE-ready Eclipse plug-In, Visual Studio and Zowe Scripts, Jenkins and others.

    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 and validate investments made in your JCL products and Best Practices.

    JCLplus+ - Reporting and Metrics