IBM Z Systems - for Managers

This new one-day overview course is an essential for all technical managers working in the Z Enterprise environment. The course explains the essentials of IBM's System Z at a conceptual and terminological level, de-mystifying much of what managers will often encounter on a daily basis.
Attendees will also learn about the relationships between the various harware and software components, as well as the many organizational issues involved in running a complex Z Enterprise infrastructure.
The course is taught by System Z specialists with both in-depth technical expertise and line-management experience in large-system data centres.

This course is available 'on demand' (minimum 2 students) for public presentation live over the Internet, via RSM's Virtual Classroom Environment service and for exclusive, one-company presentations.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • explain how Z Enterprise systems fit in with other platforms
  • describe the hardware components associated with the Z Enterprise environment
  • understand how workload managements works in a Sysplex
  • describe the operating systems and their associated software
  • appreciate how a Z Enterprise environment is organised and describe the various job roles
  • describe the z/OS operating system, including UNIX System Services
  • describe the main subsystems such as CICS, MQ, Db2, IMS and WAS.

Who Should Attend

The course is suitable for all managers whose responsabilities encompass the Z Enterprise platform.




1 day

Fee (per attendee)

£600 (ex VAT)


This includes free online 24/7 access to course notes.


Hard copy course notes are available on request from

at £50.00 plus carriage per set.

Course Code



The Mainframe Computer

Origins; Types of computers; General purpose; Scientific; Today's real world; What is a mainframe?; What can it do?; Hardware and software; Types of computing; Batch; Batch processing today; Interactive; On-line.

Enterprise Computing Hardware

Enterprise computing hardware; An IBM mainframe computer room and its contents; The processor complex; Parallel sysplex; Logical partitions; Channels; Controllers; LCUs; I/O units; Addressing; Local and remote; Disk storage; Storing data on a traditional disk; The cylinder/track concept; Cache storage; Disk Mirroring (RAID-1); Data Striping (RAID 5/6); Remote Disk copy (PPRC); Virtual disks; Why magnetic tape?; Tape cartridges; High performance tapes; Automated Tape Libraries; Virtual Tape Servers; Other Input/output peripherals.

Z Systems - Programs

What is software?; Types of software; System software; Exits; Application software; What does a program comprise?; Main module; Subroutines and procedures; Functions; Data; EBCDIC; ASCII; Building a program; Programming languages; Executing a program (JCL).

Z Enterprize Organisation

Who runs the IT environment?: Operators, Help Desk Operatives, Security Administrators, Systems Programmers, Storage Administrators, Network Analysts, Application Developers/Support, Database Administrators.

Mainframe Operating Systems

Mainframe operating systems; z/OS operating systems; zVM operating systems; z/VSE operating systems; Linux operating systems; z/TPF operating systems.

z/OS Operating System

The z/OS (MVS) operating system; Some important definitions; Address spaces; Common area; Private area; Main components of MVS; MVS processing environments; On-line; TSO; VTAM; TCP/IP; JES: JES2, JES3; Transaction Servers: CICS, IMS; Databases: Db2, IMS; UNIX System Services; WebSphere Application Server.

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