• Subject: Re: Performance solutions through hardware - points to consider
  • From: Ata510@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 29 Jul 1999 23:47:27 EDT

In a message dated 7/22/99 4:13:59 AM Central Daylight Time, 
fkolmann@revlon.com.au writes:

> MUCH APRECIATED.  I did not use SSA helpline to get this sort of info, but 
> the
>  same token this info was not volunteered by SSA nor did I have any idea 
> to ask
>  about it.  This discussion group is very valuable to me in that it gives 
> the
>  answers I need, in other words IT WORKS  he he he :) snigger:)

Ah, but you actually could have used the Helpline of either IBM or SSA to 
hear this! This Info APAR is in fact a result of the combined efforts of the 
IBM Helpline and the SSA AS/400 Technical Helplines! This APAR was only put 
up a few months ago (long after V4R2 was released). 

There are entries in the FAQ section of SSA OGS Online that mention the new 
APAR . . . . listed under FAQ questions such as "Are there any known issues 
with BPCS at V4R3?" 

I don't think there was/is a good way for SSA Helpline to let every customer 
in the world know about something like this existing, really, except via 
their own web site on OGS. If you're upgrading hardware/software - ask and 
search around is the best motto - preferable BEFORE you do the upgrade :-) 

Of course if you like to stay on the "bleeding edge" of technology the answer 
may not always be readily available and you may be the 'guinea pig' so to 
speak. :-) Remember, somebody has to 'discover' all the performance issues, 
PTFs and other things that relate to BPCS the hard way -- via their own 
frustrating problems! At least the Helplines are making an attempt to save 
others the same frustration when they upgrade, via this APAR; so I wouldn't 
knock 'em too hard.

You can also hit BPCS related issues by searching the IBM AS/400 Service site 
(http://as400service.rochester.ibm.com) in the APAR section and search on 
'BPCS' - BPCS by name is mentioned in several known APAR issues! You don't 
even need a password for the APAR and PTF cover letters search sections. It 
is also wierd to figure out how to use it well, but a very useful site once 
you get the hang of it. 

For the uninitiated to IBM-speak, APARs are the problem reports ('Authorized 
Problem Analysis Reports), PTFs are the fixes for the APARs. APARs can also 
be closed as Informational - that's when they get the 'II' pre-fix. The APARs 
can tend to be more detailed than the cover letters, from what I have 
noticed. Then you can search the PTF pages for the APAR number and find the 
related fixes (if any are available yet). An APAR closed out as code 'PER' 
means 'Program in ERror' and it is either going to be a PTF shortly or does 
have a PTF already. IBM Helpline can tell you more details that don't show up 
on the web site, like if a test fix is available for example.

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