What is ODDS?
ODDS (Operator Dynamic Dialog Subsystem) is a power mainframe management software that's packed with monitoring tools for better execution of projects on the Mainframe. The expert console automation system is used to manage and monitor all primary mainframe data center functions. By automating console functions, as well as online applications, ODDS enables data centers to increase productivity, save time, and run more efficiently.
ODDS features automation for virtually all data center functions—including job scheduling, startup and shutdown, and even a Mainframe monitoring tool to view system performance and alerts. When paired with our proprietary middleware technology, the ODDS capabilities can be easily extended beyond the z OS platform to integrate with other automation solutions that operate in different environments such as Unix, Linux, Windows, IBM i/AS400 systems, and more. By automating these essential functions, ODDS provides faster speed and productivity compared to what can be done manually by operators. For example, an ODDS-automated initial program load (IPL) can be done 95% faster than a manual IPL performed by an operator.
Features of ODDS
The ODDS mainframe management and console automation software provides a multitude of features and benefits, including improved system operator productivity and the elimination of production bottlenecks. Through its Mainframe monitoring tool, ODDS can reduce critical z OS system errors and restrict potentially dangerous system commands.
ODDS can be used as a complete Virtual Telecommunications Access Method (VTAM) application transaction scheduler, system startup, shutdown automation manager, system and network performance monitor, job scheduler, Write to Operator (WTO) and Write to Operator with Reply (WTOR) manager, and command manager.
The design of our mainframe management software ODDS was created and is continually improved to be user-friendly. The user defines “rules” through the AutoRule Facility or Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) and stores them as members of a partitioned dataset (PDS). Using various ODDS built-in functions within these rules, the user defines actions to be taken based upon some triggered event, usually, a message being displayed or command being issued. The ODDS AutoRule Facility allows mainframe data centers to define and implement more than 90% of all console automation rules using preprogrammed functions.
ODDS View is a feature of the ODDS Mainframe management software. It provides two significant enhancements to the capabilities of ODDS: Automated Task Network Startup and Shutdown and Timer Event Scheduling.
Multiple Console Support
The ODDS Multiple Console Support Facility allows users to route Write to Operator (WTO) and Write to Operator with Reply (WTOR) messages from z OS-defined consoles to time-sharing option (TSO) terminals. The facility can also be used to issue ODDS commands from TSO terminals. The Console Tutorial Facility allows operations personnel to document critical system and applications procedures for viewing from any operator console or TSO/E terminal.
Message Log Support
The Message Log Support Facility keeps track of all actions taken by ODDS and produces a logical audit trail. The user can also set up separate logs for each of the existing subsystems at the installation.
VTAM Application Automation
The VTAM Application Automation Facility allows the data center to access and execute online transactions defined by ODDS console automation rules. This facility may be used to automate batch schedules in conjunction with the use of an automated job scheduler, like our CSAR, to ensure batch process continuity. ODDS can sign on to CICS and open and close files as required by batch workloads.