What is ODDS?
ODDS (Operator Dynamic Dialog Subsystem) is an expert console automation system 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 automates virtually all mainframe data center functions—including job scheduling, startup and shutdown, and system performance monitoring and alerting. When paired with our Cross Platform Commander (CPC) middleware technology, the ODDS capabilities can be easily extended beyond the z OS platform to integrate with other automation solutions that operate in dissimilar environments such as Unix, Linux, Windows, IBM i systems, and more. By automating these essential functions, ODDS provides orders-of-magnitude greater 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
ODDS console automation provides a multitude of features and benefits, including improved system operator productivity and the elimination of production bottlenecks. Through its monitoring capability, 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, and 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 central concept around the creation and operation of ODDS is user-friendliness. The user can define “rules” through the AutoRule Facility or Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) and store them as members of a partitioned dataset (PDS). Using various ODDS built-in functions within these rules, the user can define actions to be taken based upon some triggered event like a message being displayed or command issued. The ODDS AutoRule Facility allows data centers to establish implement more than 90% of all console automation rules using preprogrammed functions.
ODDS/View is a feature of the ODDS product. It provides two major 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
VTAM Application Automation
The VTAM Application Automation Facility allows the mainframe 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 SEA’s CSAR, to ensure batch process continuity. ODDS can sign on to CICS and open and close files as required by batch workloads.