This is a complete list of all Interskill self-paced elearning courses grouped by curriculum. Our learning designs are informed by contemporary learning theory and are interactive, contextualized and responsive to diverse learning styles. We believe in immersing learners in relevant authentic activities designed to motivate, engage, and produce quantifiable change.
The Assembler Introduction course discusses the basics of mainframe assembler programming covering number systems, architecture, instructions, syntax and addressability.
The Assembler Instructions course describes how to code instructions which will perform: arithmetic calculations, data comparisons and branching. Details of various Assembler linkage conventions and how they are used are also discussed.
The Assembler Macros course describes the syntax and coding required to create an Assembler macro. The course also looks at the function of several system macros that are available for use.
The Assembler Programming course addresses advanced programming techniques, discussing topics dealing with re-entrant programs and programs that utilize access registers to address data spaces. This course also looks at the interpretation of program listings.
Assembler z/OS Advanced
The z/OS Assembler course covers introductory concepts, Instructions, z/OS Architecture, etc. It instructs the student on programming using assembler language mnemonics, provides a machine code specific introduction to the z/OS architecture and covers number systems and program compilation / execution.
Assembler Cross Memory Services
The z/OS - Cross Memory Services course describes the components involved in cross memory communications that allow a service provider's address space to connect with a user's address space. You will also look at the linkage stack and service provider coding with an emphasis on Program Call (PC) routines and the cross memory user. Finally, you will see how data is traditionally copied in a cross memory environment, and also look at how this is performed using Data-in-virtual.View series →
The Blockchain Technologies course provides you with a solid understanding of the business issues surrounding the emergence of blockchain, explaining its value and general structure. It then describes applications that are currently using this technology and provides an insight into its potential. For those just starting out, it suggests existing frameworks and platforms where blockchain can run, and because blockchain is still in its infancy, where more information of this topic can be obtained. The last module covers the more technical aspects of blockchain, discussing the use of hashes, block content, and how blockchain data is created and distributed throughout the network.View series →
Introduction to CONTROL-M for z/OS
The Introduction to Control-M for z/OS course begins by describing the need for workload scheduling, introducing BMC Control-M for z/OS and describing its general function. It then looks at how this product is accessed using a traditional 3270 interface, as well as the Control-M EM GUI.
Defining and Scheduling Jobs Using Control-M for z/OS
The Defining and Scheduling Jobs Using Control-M for z/OS course works through the process of creating definitions used to schedule jobs. It begins by introducing the concept of calendars, and describing how various types of calendars can be created. It then jumps to the actual job definition, describing how it can be used to provide diverse scheduling requirements. Automated actions performed following job completion are also discussed. The final module delves into the use of system and user-defined variables and describes how they can be used to dynamically modify JCL submitted from a Control-M job definition.
Monitoring and Managing Job Processing
The Monitoring and Managing Job Processing course describes how jobs are monitored using the Active Environment screen, looking at job statuses and commands used to manipulate jobs. It then turns to the monitoring and management of other Control-M components, including the log, conditions, and control and quantitative resources. In the final module, an overview of the utilities that run automatically, and those that can be invoked manually, are discussed, as well as the types of reports that can be run, are covered.View series →
MainView – Overview of the MainView Environment
This course introduces you to the architecture common to MainView products, discussing the function of several address spaces, and the Next Generation Logger. Following this, the MainView 3270 interface is examined, looking at its structure and commands that can be used to manipulate the screen content. Details describing how historical data is accessed is also provided.
MainView – Advanced MainView Screen Functionality
This course examines advanced MainView screen functionality such as hyperlinks and EZ Menus, which are used to quickly navigate between related MainView screens. Filtering and customization of screen data is covered in detail, highlighting options that can be used to more clearly identify specific data.View series →
C/C++ on z/OS for C Programmers
This course provides the user with a broad overview of C/C++ programming in the z/OS environment, providing examples of the types of z/OS subsystems that C/C++ programs can be used to interact with. Use of the IBM XL C/C++ compiler, and the role of the Binder are discussed when explaining how executable modules are created. The final section of this course discusses a number of z/OS features that C/C++ programmer need to be aware of when coding for the z/OS environment.View series →
CA 1® Tape Management – Using Tape Media
The CA 1® Tape Management - Using Tape Media course describes the use of the CA 1® Tape Management system, the online facility and its uses, and the standard daily maintenance processing required by CA 1.
CA 1® Tape Management – Identifying and Resolving Media Problems
The CA 1® Tape Management - Identifying and Resolving Media Problems course describes the structure of the CA 1 Tape Management system, its chaining process, AIVS and tape stacking facilities, problem determination, and the utilities available for correcting structural problems and reporting.View series →
CA Workload Automation Restart Option for z/OS Schedulers Overview
The Workload Automation Restart Option for z/OS Schedulers Overview course introduces the components, functions, and capabilities of CA 11, and describes how job information is stored and processed by this product.
Managing CA Workload Automation Restart Option for z/OS Schedulers
This course looks at the interaction that users have with CA 11 in order to determine the status and attributes of job information stored in the CA 11 database. It also identifies how CA 11 data can be used for generating reports. Common online commands and batch generation programs are discussed in detail, while the last module focuses on possible CA 11 problems and resolution and includes an overview of backup and recovery strategies associated with CA 11.View series →
Introduction to CA Workload Automation – CA 7® Edition
This course introduces the learner to the CA 7 environment and its structure. It describes the methods used to schedule a job and explains how jobs progress through the CA 7 system. A description of initialization parameters used and how they can be invoked at CA 7 startup are provided along with CA 7 general access and navigation instructions.
CA 7 Workload Automation – Scheduling Batch Processing
This course describes job attributes required when defining a job in CA 7 and explains how CA 7 keeps track of data sets used by jobs under its control. The Date/Time and Event driven scheduling methods are discussed thoroughly along with manual methods used to run ad-hoc jobs under CA 7.
CA 7 Workload Automation – Monitoring and Managing the Batch Processing Environment
This course describes techniques for monitoring CA 7 job throughput and the functions that can be applied to jobs residing on Request and Ready queues. Commands used to forecast workload demands are explained and advanced manipulation of CA 7-managed JCL using CA Driver procedures and global variables are provided. The use of virtual resources to control job submission is also covered along with CA 7 job documentation processes.
CA 7 Workload Automation – System Programmer Interaction with CA 7
This advanced course describes how communication with CA 7 is possible using various interfaces and then focuses on the management and performance aspects of CA 7 using workload balancing macros and reporting.
CA 7 Workload Automation – Backup, Recovery and Problem Resolution
This advanced course covers the types of backup and recovery options, techniques and products that are available to CA 7. It looks at defining attributes associated with CA 7 disaster recovery mode and how some automatic recovery can be configured. Preventing and resolving common CA 7 issues is also provided.View series →
CA Endevor™ Software Change Manager Introduction and Basic Usage
The CA Endevor™ Software Change Manager Introduction and Basic Usage course provides an overview of change management practices and describes the role that CA Endevor SCM plays. A general description of CA Endevor SCM configuration defaults is provided along with details of foreground and batch processing tasks that can be performed.
CA Endevor™ Software Change Manager Package Processing and Facilities
The CA Endevor™ Software Change Manager Package Processing and Facilities course describes the purpose of packaging and how it is performed in foreground and batch modes. A comparison of functions available using CA Endevor SCM Quick Edit and the CA Endevor SCM ISPF Interface is discussed. The Query facility is also described, along with how to use the Automated Configuration Management data.View series →
The CA OPS/MVS® Event Management and Automation – Overview, Components and Features
The CA OPS/MVS® Event Management and Automation - Overview, Components, and Features course explains the need for system automation in today's enterprise environment and describes the role of CA OPS/MVS. An introduction to of OPSVIEW panels and OPSLOG is also provided.
The CA OPS/MVS® Event Management and Automation – Rules and OPS/REXX
The CA OPS/MVS® Event Management and Automation - Rules and OPS/REXX course describes how automation rules are defined and used in event automation, and how the EasyRule facility can be used for this purpose. An introduction to the CA OPS/MVS REXX interface and the associated commands, variables and functions that can be referenced, is also provided.
The CA OPS/MVS® Event Management and Automation – Automating Events Using the Relational Data Framework
The CA OPS/MVS® Event Management and Automation - Automating Events Using the Relational Data Framework course discusses the use of relational database tables and SQL to build event automation.
The CA OPS/MVS® Event Management and Automation – Automating Events Using the System State Manager (SSM)
The CA OPS/MVS® Event Management and Automation - Automating Events Using the SSM course describes how the System State Manager (SSM) is used to create relational tables used for event automation purposes. The testing of event automation using SSM is also discussed.
The CA OPS/MVS® Event Management and Automation – Schedule and Group Managers for Event Management
The CA OPS/MVS® Event Management and Automation - Schedule and Group Managers for Event Management course introduces the Schedule Manager and explains how it is used to manage automated events. The function of the Group Manager and its role in managing automated events is also discussed.View series →
CICS TS – CICS Transaction Server Introduction 5.6
The CICS TS - CICS Transaction Server Introduction course provides an overview of the CICS Transaction Server product and how it is used to process work. A description of the components that comprise CICS TS and how they are integrated.
CICS TS – CICS Explorer Fundamentals 5.6
This course describes how to access a CICS TS system using CICS Explorer, and how the CICS Explorer window can be modified to display various CICS TS data. Details describing how CICS Explorer help can be accessed, and the creation and integration of customized help is also covered.
CICS TS – Controlling CICS Transaction Server Operations 5.6
The CICS TS - Controlling CICS Transaction Server Operations course focuses on CICS startup and shutdown processes and commands, and the handling of system-related CICS problems.
CICS TS – CICS Command Simulation 5.6
A number of simulations are provided that the student can use to assess their skills and knowledge in relation to the entering of commands, and interpretation of output produced, when monitoring and manipulating CICS resources, and starting/stopping CICS.View series →
CICS TS – Programming Basics 5.6
The CICS TS - CICS Programming Basics course provides an overview of the CICS Transaction Server product and describes how it is used to process work. It looks at the application code required for programs working with CICS, using various programming languages. It also describes the major interfaces used to interact with this product.
CICS TS – Program Control and Communication 5.6
The CICS TS - Program Control and Communication course describes the methods used to transfer data from one CICS program to another, and the commands used to achieve this. It also explains the various CICS communication facilities and features that can be used for interaction between CICS programs and other programs: both within and external to CICS. This course also introduces the CICS programmer to more basic CICS issues including serialization, threadsafe, containers, and CICS data areas.
CICS TS – Files and Databases 5.6
This course discusses how CICS applications can be used to access and update data, and also looks at the code and interfaces required by CICS to communicate with Db2.
CICS TS – Storage and Transient Data 5.6
This course looks at some of the features provided by CICS for application programs, including; storage, temporary storage queues, and transient data queues.
CICS TS – Programming for Web Access 5.6
This course discusses the options available to programmers when there is a need to connect to CICS using web-based interfaces. It addresses the HTTP, SOAP, and JSON protocols and the code required to send and receive requests from them.
CICS TS – Using CICS Transaction Gateway 5.6
This course looks at the CICS Transaction Gateway product, describing when and how it is used to facilitate communication with CICS.
CICS Terminal Communications 5.6
The CICS TS - CICS Terminal Communications course looks at traditional CICS communication methods with terminals, and expands this further by describing how Basic Mapping Support (BMS) maps are created and used in today's environment.
CICS TS – Using SDF II to Maintain CICS TS Maps 5.6
This course provides you with an overview of the SDF II product and describes how it is used to create BMS maps.
CICS TS – Programming for Recovery 5.6
This course addresses how CICS code, and general CICS system facilities can be configured to handle errors, and perform recovery.
CICS TS – Debugging CICS Programs 5.6
The CICS TS - Debugging CICS Programs course looks at several different CICS supplied transactions and system facilities that can be used to identify, and diagnose problems. The CEMT command is discussed in length, providing examples that show how CICS resource details are displayed and updated. The invoking of CICS debugging transactions and interpretation of results is covered, as well as the use of system dumps and traces.View series →
For organizations to successfully transition their business to the cloud they should consider strategies that will minimize associated risks. This course introduces concepts around what cloud adoption and cloud governance is and what strategies and processes are needed to ensure a business utilizes tools to aid it in a successful transition to the cloud.
Introduction to Cloud Computing
This course provides an overview of cloud computing concepts including key characteristics, cloud services, and cloud deployment models. It discusses the mainframe’s role in cloud computing and then looks at the future developments around cloud computing.
Understanding Cloud Architecture
This course looks at cloud architecture and what technologies and methods are utilized to develop and deploy modern cloud applications.
This course provides an overview of the security measures that need to be considered when implementing an organization's cloud environment. It discusses the importance of security and compliance, and highlights some of the tools and security mechanisms that can help ensure an organization's data integrity and security is maintained.View series →
Coaching and Mentoring for Technical Specialists
The Coaching and Mentoring for Technical Specialists course begins by explaining how learning has evolved from the traditional on-the-job and classroom training, to a myriad of learning resources to suit a wide range of people. Coaching and mentoring are introduced, describing how they differ and the benefits they can provide. These items are then discussed in more detail outlining various coaching and mentoring models, and how they can be implemented and managed. Several scenarios involving technical coaching and mentoring are presented, allowing you to relate to how these types of programs can run in your environment.View series →
COBOL Programming – Basics
The COBOL Programming Basics course introduces the COBOL language and its basic structure. It describes the syntax and use of program logic statements in the procedure division of a COBOL program. It examines the standard loop and conditional statements, and the available arithmetic operations. It also describes the use of basic screen and printing instructions.
Data and Datafile Definitions in COBOL
The COBOL Data and Datafile Definitions course explains how the COBOL programming language describes and defines data. It also shows how COBOL data definitions can be used to manipulate the way data is used. It explores display and computational formats, and the use of redefines to reference data in different ways.
COBOL Programming – Manipulating Data
The COBOL File Handling course describes how COBOL can be used to define and process several of the common file types used in system processing. It details how sequential and direct files can be defined in the environmental division of the program, and the instructions and processes used to access data sequentially and directly through an index.
COBOL Programming – Advanced
The COBOL Programming - Advanced course examines the use of tables in a COBOL program, and the methodologies used for file sorting. It details the use of subprograms and the linkage section. It also shows how parameters are passed to a program.
COBOL – IBM Enterprise COBOL 6.3 for z/OS
The COBOL - IBM Enterprise COBOL 6.3 for z/OS course is designed for learners with a basic understanding of generic COBOL who need to extend its use to the z/OS environment. It describes how COBOL programs are made available through compile and bind processes and discusses coding and options specific to the z/OS environment. The use of IBM's Language Environment is presented, and a number of coding techniques used to improve the performance of COBOL running on z/OS, is also shown.
Accessing IMS Databases from COBOL
The Accessing IMS Databases from COBOL course details the structure and use of an IMS/DB database. It gives examples of the DL/I data access language and shows how to use DL/I in COBOL programs to read and update IMS data. The concept of backup and recovery, particularly in the context of batch programming runs, is also explained.View series →
This course begins by discussing the evolution of encryption, describing its importance, benefits and how pervasive encryption has only recently become a viable solution for organizations looking to meet data security requirements and compliance regulations. Major components of the z14 infrastructure are provided, describing how at-rest, and in-flight data associated with those components supports new and existing encryption capabilities.
Implementing Pervasive Encryption on z/OS – Expert Videos
This expert video series introduces and discusses the types of z/OS data you should consider encrypting and the levels of encryption available. It begins by looking at full disk encryption, then moving to methods used for encrypting individual disk data sets. Information on encrypting other at-rest data residing on tape and the coupling facility is presented, as well as how unique data such as JES2 spool data sets, and database data can be secured. A look at in-flight data and how that is encrypted is also discussed. Finally, some best practice for determining which data you should encrypt is presented.View series →
Big Data, Hadoop, and Analytics
This course is designed to introduce and guide the user through the three phases associated with big data - obtaining it, processing it, and analyzing it. The Introduction to Big Data module explains what big data is, its attributes and how organizations can benefit from it. It also provides a snapshot of job roles, and available certification and training, in order to forge a career in big data.
Machine Learning and Spark
This course is designed for those working with organizations looking to implement Machine Learning solutions. It is also of benefit for those looking to implement Spark on z/OS. It begins by explaining what Machine Learning is, how it works, and how organizations can benefit from it. The course then focuses on IBM's Machine Learning for z/OS solution, describing its features and components. In the final course, a description of Apache Spark and how it is used in a Machine Learning solution on a z/OS system, is presented.View series →
Storage – Introduction to Storage and Disk Systems 2.4
This course describes how data center storage has evolved and its future in this environment. It then focuses on the hardware and software that comprises today's disk systems and how this meets the need of the data center.
Storage – Understanding Tape Storage 2.4
This course discusses how tape usage in data centers has evolved and looks at the purpose of this medium in today's environment. An overview of tape storage capabilities is discussed before looking at the emergence of virtual tape and how it is either replacing traditional tape systems, or working with them, to meet the data storage demands of the enterprise.
Storage – Networks, Administration, and DASD Management Using ICKDSF 2.4
This course provides an overview of network storage configurations and the monitoring and management tasks associated with the Storage Administrator role are also discussed.
Storage – Managing z/OS Data Using DFSMS Constructs 2.4
This course introduces you to the family of DFSMS products that are used to manage z/OS data and then focuses on the creation and implementation of data, storage and management classes, as well as storage groups, to automate processes in the storage environment.
Storage – Storage and Tape Administration Using DFSMShsm and DFSMSrmm 2.4
Initial content discusses space administration needs looking at data center backup and migration requirements, and then showing how this is achieved using DFSMShsm. The management of tape volumes and labels using DFSMSrmm is also covered in detail.View series →
Db2 – Introduction to RDBMSs and Db2 v12
The Introduction to RDBMSs and Db2 course describes from a Database Administrator's (DBA) viewpoint how Db2 is used and the types of Db2-related tasks that the DBA performs. The course also looks at Db2's system configuration requirements and how it is implemented in a z/OS environment.
Db2 – Manage Data Definitions with Db2 v12
The Manage Data Definitions with Db2 course describes how SQL is used to define a Db2 database and its associated objects. It looks at SQL statement syntax and the methods used to invoke SQL statements.
Db2 – Db2 SQL Fundamentals V12
The Db2 SQL Fundamentals course looks at some of the more common SQL statements used by programmers when starting out. It addresses the code used to obtain Db2 table data, sort it, as well as methods used for inserting, deleting, updating and merging table data.
Db2 – Advanced Db2 SQL V12
The Advanced Db2 SQL course discusses some of the more advanced SQL code used to manipulate table data. Various methods used for joining tables is presented, along with examples of SQL statements and subqueries used to filter data results.
Db2 – Create and Maintain Db2 Programs v12
The Create and Maintain Db2 Programs course describes how SQL is invoked from an application program and the interaction that can occur between the application program and Db2. This course also discusses how a Db2 COBOL Program is created.
Db2 – Db2 Stored Procedures v12
The Db2 Stored Procedures course describes how stored procedures are used and the platforms on which they can be implemented. The benefits derived from using stored procedures are discussed as well as security implications associated with them.
Db2 – Optimize Db2 Application Performance v12
The Optimize Db2 Application Performance course describes the methods used by Db2 when processing application programs containing SQL, and provides details of the tools and utilities that can be used to measure and analyse their effectiveness.View series →
Db2 – Db2 Fundamentals v12
The Db2 Fundamentals course describes what Db2 is, how it is used and the components that comprise its structure. An overview of the SQL language, which is used to communicate with Db2, is provided along with details on how it is used with SPUFI.
Db2 – Managing Db2 Operations v12
The Managing Db2 Operations course looks at Db2 from an Operations viewpoint, describing Db2 startup and shutdown, common operator tasks, message interpretation and restart and recovery considerations. A number of commands used to analyze the status of Db2 components are discussed as well as the facilities associated with backup, recovery and restart.View series →
DevOps – Introduction to DevOps in the Workplace
The DevOps - Introduction to DevOps in the Workplace course begins by discussing traditional software development and deployment, and how DevOps can be used to improve this process. A holistic view of DevOps is broken down to its core components describing the people and processes involved with each phase. The continuous DevOps integration, delivery, and deployment phases are explained along with common release management deployment techniques. An overview of the types of monitoring and reporting required to measure the effectiveness of DevOps practices is also provided showing how it feeds back into the DevOps cycle.
The Agile Fundamentals course discusses the business value of adopting an Agile philosophy, introducing a real-life software development project, and describing how Agile is used to restructure traditional software development and deployment tasks. The values and principles associated with the Manifesto for Agile Software Development are explained, while an overview of common frameworks used to adopt Agile philosophes is provided, along with their benefits. Additional Agile training, accreditation, and related supported products and practices are also mentioned throughout the course.View series →
Ensuring Data Center Business Continuity
This course begins by immersing the learner in a full scale disaster, getting them to think about all the elements involved in not only recovering data, but also ensuring that the overall business runs as per expectations. It then describes what business continuity is, citing well known events, and where disaster recovery fits in. The course is then extended to explain common business continuity strategies and looks at standards, in particular ISO22301, to see how current standards tackle this important facet of business life.View series →
IDz – IBM Developer for z/OS Basics
This course introduces the programmer to the IBM Developer for z/OS (IDz) product describing its purpose and features, how it is installed, and access to resources on a host system.
IDz – Creating and Managing Applications Using IDz
This course describes the methods used to create, manage and maintain applications under IDz. It provides details on the benefits of projects and subprojects within IDz and the application tasks that can be performed within this structure. IDz testing and debugging capabilities are discussed in detail, in particular the ZUnit testing framework, and the IBM z/OS Debugger. The final module addresses the IDz features that allow you to create applications for Db2, CICS, and IMS.View series →
z/OS Explorer – IBM Explorer for z/OS
The IBM Explorer for z/OS (also known as z/OS Explorer) course discusses the evolution of this product and how it fits into IBM's strategy of producing powerful modern looking tools that can be used easily by both experienced and entry-level personnel. The product's eclipse-based framework is discussed in detail with considerable emphasis on the use of the Remote System Explorer (RSE), z/OS and Resource perspectives, and the related views used to display and manage z/OS data.View series →
IBM Mainframe Communications Concepts
The IBM Mainframe Communications Concepts course provides an overview of traditional SNA and TCP/IP communication protocols and the logical and physical components associated with them.
The VTAM commands course discusses the use of commands to display the status and attributes of VTAM resources. An explanation of the processes used to start, activate, deactivate and stop VTAM resources is also provided.
Mainframe TCP/IP Commands
This course provides the learner with a basic understanding of IBM mainframe networks with z/OS. It introduces traditional SNA subarea, SNA APPN networks and mainframe TCP/IP networks, including some of the network equipment associated with each. Current topics such as the future of SNA, and concepts of using TCPIP to transport SNA traffic are also covered. Finally, the learner is introduced to basic VTAM and TCP/IP commands needed to use, control and investigate mainframe networks.
VTAM Command Simulations
A number of simulations are provided that the student can use to assess their skills and knowledge in relation to the entering of commands, and interpretation of output produced, when monitoring and managing VTAM.View series →
Z Performance – Introduction to Mainframe Performance
The Introduction to Mainframe Performance course provides the learner with a core understanding of what performance measures are required when managing a mainframe environment. Measuring the usage of critical resources is discussed, and potential issues that can affect the performance of tasks running in a z/OS system are presented.
Z Performance – z/OS I/O Performance and Capacity Planning
In this course you will examine the I/O process and see how I/O performance problems are detected, and the metrics used to determine where a problem may exist. Methods used to improve I/O performance are also discussed.
Z Performance – z/OS Performance Tools and Software Pricing
In this course you will discover how SMF is used to capture important system activity and store it as specific record types. You will see how these records are structured and the utilities used to convert their content into a readable format. Commands used to display, configure and manipulate SMF are covered, as well as the process of archiving SMF records and creating your own SMF records. Following this, an introduction to software licensing is presented, describing common licensing models and the metrics they use to determine the cost to the customer. This information will assist the user in determining ways to minimize software licensing costs.
Z Performance – z/OS Workload Manager
The Z Performance - z/OS Workload Manager course provides the learner with steps describing how WLM components are created and linked, to form a WLM policy. The course then progresses to discussing in detail various workloads and the goals and importance that should be assigned to them. This is followed by an overview of performance information that can be obtained through SMF records, MVS commands, and SDSF.View series →
IBM MQ – Introduction to IBM MQ
This course provides the learner with basic information about IBM MQ, initially describing how it is used and then branching out discussing its features. A detailed breakdown on IBM MQ components and their structure are provided, providing you with an overview on how it could be configured in your environment. Finally, the use of IBM MQ in a z/OS environment is covered with details on how it differs from other platforms.
IBM MQ – MQ Operations and Administration
This course begins by describing IBM MQ, and its common deployment options, and then is expanded to show how an IBM MQ queue manager is created. Various commands used to interact with MQ components are discussed throughout the remaining content, showing how definitions are created and displayed, and modifications that can be made to them. A focus on the security of MQ resources and the authentication required to access them is also presented.
IBM MQ – MQ Operations and Administration for z/OS
This course looks at the differences between traditional MQ, and how it is implemented and run in a z/OS environment. It discusses the use of z/OS datasets and files that need to be created as well as the procedures used to enable MQ in z/OS. You will see how traditional MQ commands map to z/OS, and how MQ resources are managed using z/OS online facilities and batch utilities. Security for MQ resources on z/OS is examined along with tools and utilities used for monitoring aspects of MQ performance.
IBM MQ – MQ for Application Programmers
This course begins by identifying the basic programming code used by applications to interact with IBM MQ. It describes the MQ messaging process and then delves more heavily into the commands that can be used to get and put MQ messages, and manage MQ objects. Details on programming with MQ in a z/OS environment is provided, explaining core differences when using that platform.View series →
This course is designed to provide a system administrator with no prior AIX experience an introduction to the background and the fundamental components of AIX. The course covers essential knowledge including concepts, system access and management, and commonly used administrative commands.
AIX Fundamentals for UNIX System Administrators
This course is designed to provide existing UNIX administrators a path to understanding the critical differences with AIX. Topics examined include the essential components of AIX, system management, performance improvements, and AIX system troubleshooting.
AIX Virtualization, VIO Server and Management
This course is designed to provide the learner with an understanding of the tasks involved in creating and managing a virtualized AIX environment, and assumes the learner has a basic understanding of AIX. Topics covered include the fundamentals of virtualization in AIX environments, an examination of the Virtual I/O Server, and the use of management devices such as the HMC, IVM, or SDMC.View series →
IBM i – Fundamentals
The IBM i Fundamentals course provides learners with an introduction into IBM i from an operations point of view.
IBM i – Introduction to IBM i for System Operators
The IBM i Introduction to IBM i for System Operators course provides learners with an introduction into IBM i from an operations point of view. The course will familiarize you with the IBM Navigator for i and 5250 emulation interfaces and provide examples of some of the tasks that can be performed using them.
IBM i – Monitoring and Managing IBM i Workloads
The IBM i Monitoring and Managing IBM i Workloads course provides learners with an overview of the processes involved in monitoring, managing and controlling IBM i workloads and printing is also provided.View series →
IBM i – CLP – Control Language Programming
The CLP - Control Language Programming course introduces programming that uses the IBM i Control Language (CL). It explains how to use the variables utilized in a CL program and control its processing.
IBM i – CLP – Programming Functions and Messaging
The CLP - Control Language Programming Functions and Messaging course describes the more advanced features of Control Language programming. It focuses on how to use CL message handling to monitor the correct execution of CL programs.View series →
Query – Database Basics and the Need for Query
The Query - Database Basics and the Need for Query course describes the IBM Query for i sort, report and analyze capabilities providing examples on how IBM Query for i is used to create business reports. Basic concepts relating to database structure and the data that can be accessed by IBM Query for i are explained in detail.
Query – Creating a Simple Query
The Query - Creating a Simple Query course begins by describing how database files are joined, enabling IBM Query for i to more easily reference data. This is followed by the identification of data that will be required by IBM Query for i and the subsequent coding required to extract that information. Details on options used to save the query and print, or display, the resulting report are also covered.
Query – Advanced Query Features and Management
The Query - Advanced Query Features and Management course begins by looking at more complex capabilities associated with query definitions. It then moves into the management of queries, explaining how queries can be copied, modified, deleted, printed and run. The Data File Utility and its purpose are discussed, and finally a number of tips when managing queries are provided.View series →
The RPG/400 - Introduction explains the fundamental features and structure of a Report Program Generator (RPG) program. It also describes the concepts of RPG programming.
The RPG/400 - Coding course explains the fundamental Report Program Generator (RPG) operation codes that enable programmers to manage field values, perform numeric operations, and manipulate dates for retrieval and viewing.
The RPG/400 - Programming course explains how to use Report Program Generator (RPG) features to write reports. It also describes structured programming and how to affect the flow of control.
RPG/400 Workstation Programming
The RPG/400 - Workstation Programming Introduction course shows how to design and develop screen layouts and how the program can interact with the user to deliver and accept data.
RPG/400 Advanced Workstation Programming
The RPG/400 - Advanced Workstation Programming course shows how to use the standard IBM i tools to write and compile RPG/400 programs. This course also covers the design and use of dynamic databases in your program.View series →
IBM i – System Administration Fundamentals
The IBM i System Administrator Fundamentals course introduces the learner to administrator tasks they will be expected to perform and begins with the basics; the role of the IBM i system administrator, configuration, backup and recovery strategies, and monitoring tools.
IBM i – Security Implementation
The IBM i Security Implementation course introduces the learner to tasks they will be expected to perform relating to security implementation, managing user access and authorities, resolving security problems, and security auditing.
IBM i – Journal Management
The IBM i Journal Management course introduces the learner to journaling and how to manage journals.
IBM i – Storage Management
The IBM i Storage Management course introduces the learner to IBM i storage management and redundancy.
IBM i – Logical Partitioning and Virtualization
This course looks at logical partitioning and the benefits that can be gained from implementing this feature on your IBM i system. Details of the products that can be used to define partitions as well as the process itself is provided, and the management and performance of partitions is also discussed in detail.View series →
SA z/OS – IBM Z System Automation
The SA z/OS - IBM Z System Automation course provides the learner with a basic understanding of what IBM Z System Automation is and how it can be used in today’s modern enterprise. The course begins with looking at some of the benefits the product provides in managing system resources through automation. The course also covers the various components that enable automation functionality. Finally, the course delves further into what tools are available for IT personnel to interact with use with IBM Z System Automation.
SA z/OS – IBM System Automation: Planning, Installation, and Customization
The SA z/OS - IBM System Automation: Planning, Installation, and Customization course, takes the user through the steps required to install, and configure SA z/OS V4.2 onto their system. Initial content covers implementation considerations, and provides the learner with tools used in the planning and installation process. The configuration assistant section describes how some of these implementation tasks can be automated. The Customization Dialog module describes how this product is used to build an SA z/OS automation policy database. It guides the learner through the creation of database entries, to the compilation of the Systems Operations Configuration File, enabling it for distribution and use by an automated system.
SA z/OS – IBM System Automation: Operations
The SA z/OS - IBM System Automation: Operations course, focuses on the SA z/OS administration and monitoring tasks performed by operations and administrator personnel. Initial content looks at initializing SA z/OS, and describes start-up options that can be invoked for the automation manager and automation agent. Tasks that allow you to refresh automation configuration data, and enable automation through the use of automation flags, pacing gates and runmodes is also discussed. SA z/OS functionality that may unintentionally inhibit automation activity, and how these issues are resolved is also covered.A detailed look at the commands and tools used to display and manage SA z/OS activity is provided, and details associated with diagnosing and resolving common problems is discussed.
SA z/OS – Automation Definitions Introduction and Workshop
The SA z/OS - Automation Definitions Introduction and Workshop course, begins by describing the key Entry Types that can be defined in an SA z/OS policy database, and their purpose. Following this, a workshop-style module provides you with hands-on exercises used to create an application, application group and related automation definitions.
SA z/OS – Advanced Automation and Reporting
The SA z/OS - Advanced Automation and Reporting course, introduces the learner to some more advanced implementation and configuration possibilities focusing on end-to-end automation, and the automation of CICS, IMS, and Db2 environments. It also looks at various methods used to report on the policy database content, automation activity, and statistics produced by SMF relating to automation usage.View series →
zWS – Understanding How IBM Z Workload Scheduler Processes Work
The Understanding How IBM Z Workload Scheduler Processes Work course discusses the need for workload scheduling in today's enterprise organization, and provides general information describing how IBM Z Workload Scheduler (formerly IBM Z Workload Scheduler for z/OS, or TWSz) processes jobs.
zWS – Monitoring and Managing the IBM Z Workload Scheduler Environment
The Monitoring and Managing the IBM Z Workload Scheduler for z/OS Environment course describes how IBM Z Workload Scheduler is used to monitor and manage batch processing flows. Details relating to job restart and recovery using this product, are also provided.
zWS – Scheduling with IBM Z Workload Scheduler
The Scheduling with IBM Z Workload Scheduler course explains how JCL is configured for the IBM Z Workload Scheduler (formerly Tivoli Workload Scheduler for z/OS, or TWSz) environment and how job schedules are created.
zWS – Maintaining the Integrity of IBM Z Workload Scheduler
The Maintaining the Integrity of IBM Z Workload Scheduler for z/OS course describes the creation and modification of current plans and long-term plans and the backup and recovery associated with them.View series →
IMS 15 Introduction
The IMS 15 Introduction course provides a broad overview of IMS describing its purpose, strengths and weaknesses, functional components, and processing concepts.
IMS 15 Commands
The IMS 15 Commands course explains the different methods in which IMS commands can be invoked and provides examples of commands used to display various IMS system activity. A detailed description of the IMS startup and shutdown process and the associated commands is also provided.
IMS 15 Databases
The IMS 15 Databases course covers in detail how data is stored within an IMS database and describes how it is referenced and accessed from a number of different sources. Instructions describing how to create database definitions, allocate databases and components, are also provided. IMS backup and recovery strategies are discussed as well as the use of maintenance utilities used in day-to-day operations.
IMS 15 Transaction Manager for Programmers
This course describes how IMS Transaction Manager (TM) is used by application programs to communicate with an organization's database content. It describes how IMS TM processes messages and the types of requests it can receive from application programs. The student is then shown how to code an IMS program and prepare it for execution. Examples using COBOL, PL/I, C, and Pascal are provided. Details on how the completed program needs to be defined to IMS is covered, as well as the use of terminals and how they are configured for IMS TM use.View series →
IBM (z/OS) – Introduction to the IBM Enterprise Environment
This course examines what a mainframe is, why it has survived and the IT personnel that need to interact with it. It then discusses the basic hardware, software and networking components and the methods used to access and process data on the mainframe.
IBM (z/OS) – z/OS Systems Programming Fundamentals
This course provides the learner with a more in-depth view of the z/OS system and covers concepts such as virtual storage, system initialization and how system data sets and parameters can be modified in response to system and network issues.
IBM (z/OS) – IBM Development Environment Overview
This course discusses the use of mainframe data sets and database files to store organizational data and examines the batch and online methods used to process that data. Widely used mainframe programming languages such as COBOL, PL/I, C++, REXX, CLIST and Java are introduced, and a description of the Language Environment used to provide many of these languages with common runtime routines is presented.View series →
Java on z/OS for Java Programmers
This course is designed for Java programmers who need to port their skills and knowledge to Java in a z/OS environment. It explains how Java uses features associated with z/OS UNIX, and is supported by Java Software Development Kit. A step-through showing how Java programs are compiled and run in the z/OS environment confirms the similarities between this platform and other Java-enabled environments. You will also see how Java programs can be invoked from batch, CICS, IMS, Db2, and WebSphere.
Java Introduction for the IBM Enterprise
This course is intended for experienced Mainframe Programmers, particularly COBOL programmers who need to understand Java and the basic concepts of object orientation and how it differs from programming languages traditionally used in an enterprise environment. The majority of content focuses on the structure of the Java language, and the tools and utilities that support the Java environment.
Java Programming for the IBM Enterprise
This course is intended for experienced Mainframe Programmers, particularly COBOL programmers who need to be able to use Java as an alternative language to COBOL and to use Java to extend enterprise systems to the Internet. A breakdown of code commonly used with Java programming is supplied, providing equivalent COBOL examples along the way.
Java Data Access for the IBM Enterprise
This course is intended for experienced Mainframe Programmers, particularly COBOL programmers, or Java programmers new to the IBM enterprise environment who need to understand the following: the Java datafile and database access, I-O methods, the special requirements and facilities used to access the IBM Enterprise systems unique data storage facilities, to use JavaBeans as reusable objects and enterprise JavaBeans for accessing the facilities provided by enterprise systems.View series →
JCL (z/OS) – Introduction to JCL
The Introduction to JCL course discusses the organization's need to run batch processing, describing the people that utilize it, and the types of tasks performed with it. It explains where batch job JCL can be stored and the tools that can be used to access it. From there the course moves into the structure of JCL, explaining the basic syntax requirements and the types of accompanying parameters.
JCL (z/OS) – JCL Coding Basics – JOB and EXEC Statements
This course describes the purpose of commonly used JOB and EXEC JCL statements, and concentrates on the parameters encountered when working with these statements.
JCL (z/OS) – JCL Coding Basics – DD Statements
The DD statement is the most often used JCL statement, responsible for defining the input and output resources required when running a program. This course describes the parameters required when dealing with existing data sets, and if needing to create new ones. It also looks at the coding for printed output and job sysout.
JCL (z/OS) – Advanced JCL Data Set Use
The courses presented to date have concentrated on simple sequential and partitioned data sets. In this course you will look at other types of data that can reside on a mainframe, in particular VSAM data sets and z/OS UNIX files and how they can be accessed. You will also see the benefits of creating generation data sets and the JCL code used to create and reference them. The last module concentrates on placing data onto tape, providing some best practices when dealing with this medium.
JCL (z/OS) – Controlling Job and Step Processing
While JCL is generally rigid in the way that it runs programs and related jobs, in recent years there have been several advancements in code that can be used to conditionally run steps, and schedule jobs. This course discusses the use of the traditional COND parameter to control step processing, and the use of the IF/THEN/ELSE/ENDIF construct as an alternative. New basic job scheduling capabilities are also discussed.
JCL (z/OS) – Working with Procedures and Symbols
Previous courses have described many of the statements and parameters to build a basic job. This course looks at some advanced JCL capabilities including the storing of JCL code externally and calling it in the form of a procedure or an INCLUDE group. You will also see how symbols can be incorporated into JCL, and the benefits and flexibility they can provide.
JCL (z/OS) – Running and Debugging JCL
In previous JCL courses you have been presented with many examples of the types of errors that can be produced when running your JCL. This course consolidates many of these and looks at general problem and resolution practices associated with batch job submission, resource allocation, and abends. JCL restarts are also discussed, identifying any processing clean-up that needs to be performed, and the methods used to rerun or restart your job.
JCL (z/OS) – Advanced – Tips & Tricks
This course contains many JCL-related tips, tricks, techniques, and best-practice items that you may find useful in your day-to-day activities. It covers a number of new areas of functionality associated with z/OS 2.2 2.3 and 2.4, and provides details on statements and parameters that have evolved over the last few years.View series →
JES2 – System Initialization and Shutdown v2.4
This course describes how and why JES2 evolved and introduces the major JES2 components, their purpose, and general terminology. A number of scenarios are presented that describe how JES2 devices are used, their possible statuses, and how jobs are processed. The final module discusses operational aspects associated with JES2 including how it is automatically and manually started and stopped, and commands that can be used when there are problems with these processes.
JES2 – Monitoring Batch Jobs with JES2
This course describes the JES2 command syntax and provides numerous examples explaining the scenarios in which JES2 commands are used. After an initial overview of commonly used JES2 commands, modules focus on the commands used for displaying printer, initiator, and batch job attributes and status.
JES2 – Using JES2 in Scheduling Batch Jobs v2.4
This course builds from the previous and discusses some of the more commonly used JES2 commands used to manipulate initiator, printer resources and batch job activity. A focus on the JES2 commands associated with modifying batch job attributes as they progress through the JES2 queues is also provided. The display and management of network related JES2 components is also discussed.
JES2 – Identify and Resolve JES2 Batch Problems v2.4
This course provides you with examples of common JES2 batch job-related problems and explains the process and JES2 commands that are used to display, analyze and resolve those issues. Detailed information relating to the function of JES2 checkpoints, their placement, and attributes is provided along with steps required to resolve problems associated with this resource.
JES2 – Identify and Resolve JES2 System Problems v2.4
This course looks at JES2 initialization parameters used to define JES2 system resources and the subsequent JES2 commands used to display and resolve problems that occur with these items. The JES2 shutdown process is revisited in more detail, providing information on problem resolution techniques if JES2 cannot be shutdown gracefully.
JES2 – Command Simulations v2.4
A number of simulations are provided that the student can use to assess their skills and knowledge in relation to the entering of commands, and interpretation of output produced, when monitoring and manipulating the JES2 subsystem and its resources.
JES2 – Advanced – Tips and Tricks v2.4
This course contains many JES2-related tips, tricks, techniques, and best-practice items that you may find useful in your day-to-day activities. It covers several new areas of functionality associated with z/OS 2.3 and 2.4.View series →
JES3plus – JES3plus Fundamentals
This course provides an introduction to the evolution of mainframe processing, which led to the development of the job entry subsystem, JES3plus. Key concepts about JES3plus and how it manages system resources and workflow are covered along with details on who needs to interact with JES3plus regularly.
JES3plus – JES3plus for System Operators
This course gives system operators insight into JES3plus commands that are used in performing inquiries on jobs and devices, how to modify a job’s properties, and how to vary the status of devices. Also discussed are commands used to start and stop JES3plus and what start options can be used and when.
JES3plus – JES3plus for System Programmers
This course provides learners with an introduction into how JES3plus is initialized at start up and how the initialization stream is used to identify system resources to JES3plus. Following on, the learner is shown what resources need to be defined to JES3plus such as spool data sets, checkpoint data sets, mains, storage, and buffers among others which are all vital to JES3plus’ processing functionality.
JES3plus – JES3plus for Application Programmers
In this course application programmers are shown how, through the use of job control language (JCL), JES3plus control statements can be used to provide special instructions to JES3plus to perform on their jobs during job processing. Also discussed is how deadline scheduling can be implemented to make the best possible use of available resources along with dependent job control which can be used to control the flow of jobs based on specific conditions.View series →
Introduction to Linux
The Introduction to Linux course provides you with an overview of the Linux operating system and describes how it is used in today's System z environment. Information on interfaces used to access the Linux environment and standard communication tools are also discussed.
The Linux File System
The Linux File System course describes the file structure within the Linux environment and explains how files are accessed, displayed and manipulated. Details of security measures in relation to Linux files is also provided. A number of general tasks associated with monitoring and managing the Linux file system are also discussed.
Editing with VI
The Editing with vi course describes how the vi Editor is used to open, and update text files. Editing techniques such as searching, filtering, finding, copying and replacing text is covered and some advanced material relating to the editor configuration and programming support is also provided.
Linux Shell Programming
The Linux Shell Programming course describes the use of coding components such as variables, parameters, expressions, and functions that can appear within a shell script. Details relating to conditional execution and looping that can be programmed into the script is supplied along with the handling of script errors.
The Linux Operations course describes the purpose of Linux Processes and explains how these activities can be monitored and managed. Information describing how to create Linux jobs and optionally schedule them to run is discussed along with other operational tasks relating to system logs and shell customization.
Linux on IBM Z Fundamentals
The Linux on IBM Z Fundamentals course discusses available Linux distributions for the IBM Z environment, its operational implementation, and the general monitoring and management of Linux. The final module provides an overview of the performance monitoring and management tasks performed by the Linux Administrator, and contains tips for best practice in these areas.View series →
Introduction to Sampling Performance Tools
This course introduces sampling-based performance tools such as Compuware Strobe, IBM Application Performance Analyzer, and Macro4 FreezeFrame, which are available for z/OS environments. It describes what these tools are, the information that they provide, and how this assists with application performance tuning. It includes information on the tools currently available, performance implications when using them, and how to minimize any impact they may have on the system. It also steps through how sampling sessions can be started, and the key parameters for such sessions.
Mainframe Application Performance Tuning
A general introduction to mainframe application performance. In this course, you will be introduced to the basic concepts of improving application performance by tuning. This course includes suggestions on when and why to tune, tuning for CPU vs service time, and also considers batch and online performance objectives.View series →
Labs – COBOL (z/OS) – COBOL Basics
The Labs – COBOL (z/OS) – COBOL Basics course provides a range of exercises that can be run in your organization’s mainframe training sandbox. Initial exercises focus on compiling, binding and executing existing COBOL programs, and then move to creating basic COBOL code used to display formatted output.
Labs – COBOL (z/OS) – COBOL and VSAM Data Set File Processing
The Labs – COBOL (z/OS) – COBOL and VSAM Data Set File Processing course provides a range of exercises that can be run in your organization’s mainframe training sandbox. Exercises in this course focus on copying data into a VSAM data set, and then for part of that data to be updated.
Labs – COBOL (z/OS) – COBOL and Sequential Data Set File Processing
The Labs – COBOL (z/OS) – COBOL and Sequential Data Set File Processing course provides a range of exercises that can be run in your organization’s mainframe training sandbox. Exercises in this course focus on accessing records from a sequential data set and performing various actions with that data.
Labs – COBOL (z/OS) – Working with COBOL Data
The Labs – COBOL (z/OS) – Working with COBOL Data course provides a range of exercises that can be run in your organization’s mainframe training sandbox. Exercises in this course are more difficult than those from the Labs – Basic course, focusing on a range of arithmetic operations, calling programs and passing information between programs.
Labs – TSO/ISPF (z/OS)
The Labs TSO/ISPF course provides a range of exercises that can be run in your organization's mainframe training sandbox. Initial exercises focus on modifying TSO session defaults and allocating data sets, while later modules deal with copying and manipulating mainframe data using ISPF panels and utilities.
Labs – JCL (z/OS)
The Labs JCL (z/OS) course provides a range of JCL exercises that can be run in your organization's mainframe training sandbox. Initial exercises focus on basic coding and resolving syntax errors and increase in complexity throughout the course.
Labs – JES2 (z/OS)
The Labs - JES2 (z/OS) course provides a range of exercises that can be run in your organization's mainframe training sandbox. Initial exercises focus on entering JES2 commands to manage batch jobs and SYSOUT. In later modules, more advanced JES2 tasks associated with spool offload, JES2 checkpointing and JES2 initialization are presented.
Labs – SDSF (z/OS)
The Labs - SDSF course provides a range of exercises that can be run in your organization's mainframe training sandbox. Initial exercises focus on configuring SDSF screen defaults and then move on to managing batch jobs and their output using a number of SDSF options. Several exercises relating to searching and saving data from system and user logs are also provided. The last two exercises are for more experienced personnel and deal with JES2 initiator manipulation, and locating data that can assist if there is a JES2 resource shortage.
Labs – z/OS Operator
The Labs - z/OS Operator course provides a range of exercises that can be run in your organization's mainframe training sandbox. Exercises focus on the major tasks performed by the z/OS Operator including responding to system messages, displaying system activity and identifying the status of hardware and software.
Labs – z/OS System Programmer – Basics (z/OS)
These mainframe exercises provide scenarios where you are required to perform tasks and resolve simple and more complex z/OS-related problems, using your organization's training sandbox.
Labs – z/OS UNIX (z/OS)
These mainframe exercises provide scenarios where you are required to perform tasks and resolve simple and more complex z/OS-related problems, using your organization's training sandbox.
Labs – IMS
Labs – Database (Db2) (SQL)
Labs – CICS
Labs – Introduction to Mainframe Networks
Labs – Introduction to z/OS Security
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Managed File Transfer for Operations
This course describes how file transfer requirements have grown in importance over the years to the point where it has become an integral part of the daily workload processing. It then focuses on the elements of file transfer covering security aspects such as encryption and hashing algorithms as well as discussing the pros and cons of popular file transfer protocols. This knowledge is paramount when needing to manage and monitor a file transfer environment. The final part of this course discusses the common features associated with general Managed File Transfer (MFT) products, looking at tasks that need to be undertaken to ensure that compliance, internal regulations and SLAs are met, and that data integrity and security is maintained.View series →
Parallel Sysplex – Fundamentals 2.4
This course begins by describing how the Parallel Sysplex evolved and why it is integral component of today's enterprise IT environment. Its key features are discussed in terms of the benefits it provides to the organization - system availability, data integrity, workload and data sharing, and automated recovery to name a few. A break-down of the major Parallel Sysplex components is then presented, describing their importance and how they can be configured.View series →
PL/1 Fundamentals and Data Representation
The PL/1 Fundamentals and Data Representation course introduces the PL/1 language. It explains the basic building blocks, particularly how data and program storage is represented and defined in the language.
PL/1 Program Design Techniques
The PL/1 Program Design Techniques course builds on the PL/1 Fundamentals course. It explains how to build a structured program in the language. It also describes many of the common built-in functions.
PL/1 Accessing Data in Files
The PL/1 Accessing Data in Files course explains how to use PL/1 to access and update data in both sequential and random access files. It also describes how to handle file and generic error conditions.
PL/1 Preprocessor, Debugging and Advanced Coding
The PL/1 Debugging and Advanced Coding Techniques course explains the reasons for program errors and describes the tools available to debug a PL/1 program. It also explores some more advanced coding techniques in the language.View series →
Introduction to Project Management and PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition
The Introduction to Project Management and PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition course describes what projects are, and how they are part of every day life. It looks at the main components of a project and how they can be broken down.
Project Integration Management
This course is suitable for anyone who needs to develop an understanding of Project Integration Management and Change Control principles aligned to the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition.
Project Scope Management
This module is suitable for anyone who needs to develop an understanding of Project Scope Management principles aligned to the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition.
Project Schedule Management
This course is suitable for anyone who needs to develop an understanding of Project Time Management principles aligned to the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition.
Project Cost Management
This course is suitable for anyone who needs to develop an understanding of Project Cost Management principles aligned to the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition.
Project Quality Management
This course is suitable for anyone who needs to develop an understanding of Project Quality Management principles aligned to the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition.
Project Resource Management
This course is suitable for anyone who needs to develop an understanding of Project Resource Management principles aligned to the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition.
Project Communications Management
This course is suitable for anyone who needs to develop an understanding of Project Communications Management principles aligned to the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition.
Project Risk Management
This course is suitable for anyone who needs to develop an understanding of Project Risk Management principles aligned to the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition.
Project Procurement Management
This course is suitable for anyone who needs to develop an understanding of Project Procurement Management principles aligned to the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition.
Project Stakeholder Management
This module is suitable for anyone who needs to develop an understanding of Project Stakeholder principles aligned to the PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition.
CAPM Practice Test for PMBOK® Guide-Sixth Edition
This practice test will help you prepare for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or the Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications. It is important to note that both certifications have additional requirements with regards to project management experience and education. This test contains 150 multiple choice questions with detailed feedback. The feedback is shown after you answer each question. Each time you take this test you will be presented with a different set of questions drawn from a pool of over 200 questions. There is no time limit on this test as you are allowed to view the feedback as you answer each question. Note: The PMI CAPM Exam is a computer-based test with 150 multiple choice questions, 15 of which are unscored. Test-takers have three hours to complete the PMI CAPM exam.View series →
Rational Developer for System z Basics Training Course
This course introduces the learner to the IBM Rational Developer for System z (RDz) product describing the general tasks that can be performed using it, as well as its configuration and other features. A guide to RDz's GUI interface is provided including details on connecting to resources on a host system.
Creating and Managing Applications Using RDz
This course describes the methods used to create, manage and maintain applications under RDz. It provides details on the benefits of projects and subprojects within RDz and the application tasks that can be performed within this structure. RDz testing and debugging capabilities are discussed in detail, in particular the zUnit testing framework, and the IBM Integrated Debugger. The final module addresses the RDz features that allow you to create applications for Db2, CICS and IMS.View series →
REXX with z/OS and TSO/E
The REXX with z/OS and TSO/E course explains how REXX is used in TSO and z/OS environments.
Introduction to the REXX Programming Language
The Introduction to REXX Programming Language course introduces the REXX programming language and explains how it is run. It also reviews and describes the major elements that comprise a REXX program.
REXX Keyword Instructions
The REXX Keyword Instructions course discusses the common keyword instructions used in REXX coding and describes how looping and execution control instructions are invoked.
REXX Built-In Functions
The REXX Built-In Functions course describes the standard built-in functions that are available with REXX.View series →
SDSF – Concepts and Operation 2.4
The SDSF - Concepts and Operation course describes the purpose of SDSF, providing details on how it is accessed and how you interact with it. The course then explains how data is located and the use of filtering commands to display specific information. Details of SDSF initialization and shutdown are provided with solutions to common problems. Finally, a description of SDSF logs and how they are used is covered.
SDSF – Using SDSF to Control Job Processing 2.4
The SDSF - Using SDSF to Control Job Processing course describes how job activity can be displayed using the Input, Display Active and Status SDSF panels. It discusses how the attributes of jobs including their status, can be modified by overtyping existing values, or by entering commands. Control of overall batch job activity through the use of MAS, Scheduling Environments and Initiators is also discussed.
SDSF – Using SDSF to Display, Manipulate and Print Job Output
The SDSF - Using SDSF to Display, Manipulate and Print Job Output course describes how held and non-held output is displayed, and provides information on the commands that can be used to modify output attributes or delete the output altogether. Details associated with displaying and modifying printer attributes and activity are also covered.
SDSF – Using SDSF to Manage System Resources and Devices 2.4
The SDSF - Using SDSF to Manage System Resources and Devices course describes the use of the IBM Health Checker and explains commands that can be used to run, delete, restore, activate and deactivate a check. Displaying and interpreting JES2 resource data is covered along with the process of handling system requests and action messages. Details associated with displaying and managing spool, and JES2 node and line activity are also explained.
SDSF – Advanced – Tips and Tricks 2.4
This course contains many SDSF-related tips, tricks, techniques, and best-practice items that you may find useful in your day-to-day activities. It covers several new areas of functionality associated with z/OS 2.3 and z/OS 2.4.View series →
Introduction to Mainframe Security v2.4
This course provides the learner with a basic understanding of z/OS security. It introduces basic security concepts as they relate to z/OS, including the reasons for security, physical security and the Logon ID. It covers both traditional z/OS security issues such as data set protection and TSO/E, together with recent developments including LDAP and passphrases. Sections on security auditing, event recording, and a detailed explanation of the Authorized Program Facility (APF) are also covered.View series →
RACF – Introduction 2.4
This course introduces the learner to IBM’s RACF security software, explaining how it has evolved and how it is typically used in z/OS, and can interact with non-z/OS workloads. It discusses the importance of security, and the types of resources it protects. The course then introduces the concept of user and group profiles and describes from a user perspective, RACF’s interaction with day-to-day user tasks. Examples showing how various users can interact with RACF are also provided.
RACF – Defining and Managing Users 2.4
The “RACF - Defining and Managing Users” course details the skills that are required by a security administrator, programmer, or DBA in using RACF to secure systems and data. It explains how to define and maintain individual users within RACF, using several interfaces.
RACF – Managing RACF Groups and Administrative Authorities 2.4
The “RACF - Managing RACF Groups and Administrative Authorities” course follows on from the “RACF - Defining and Managing Users” course describing how users can be connected to group profiles and can be assigned special privileged access.
RACF – Protecting Data Sets Using RACF 2.4
The “RACF - Protecting Data Sets Using RACF” course describes how RACF is used to define access to z/OS data sets. Information on the profiles used to provide this access is also discussed in detail.
RACF – Protecting General Resources Using RACF
The “RACF - Protecting General Resources Using RACF” course describes how RACF is used to define access to system resources such as DASD and tape volumes, load modules (programs), and terminals. Details of the profiles used to provide access to these items is also discussed in detail.
RACF – RACF and z/OS UNIX 2.4
The “RACF - RACF and z/OS UNIX” course describes the requirements for configuring security in a z/OS UNIX environment using RACF. It covers the creation and use of UID and GID definitions as well as file and directory permission bits and access control lists that are referenced when accessing those z/OS UNIX resources.
RACF – Managing Digital Certificates 2.4
In the “RACF - Managing Digital Certificates” course you will see how encryption keys are used to securely manage data, and the standards that enforce encryption protocols. You will be introduced to various types of certificates and see how data that is stored in them. From a z/OS perspective you will see how IBM’s Digital Certificate Access Server (DCAS) provides password free access to that environment using a certificate. Commands used to generate and manipulate digital certificates, and keyrings is discussed in detail.
RACF – For System Programmers 2.4
The “RACF - For System Programmers 2.4” course describes how the RACF database is structured and configured, and the skills needed to ensure that it runs optimally.
RACF – For Auditors 2.4
The “RACF - For Auditors” course describes the various types of data center audits and discusses the role of an internal auditor when performing a RACF audit. It expands this to look at the general steps to ensure that RACF managed security is aligned with both organizational security standards, and external compliance regulations. RACF auditor privileges are discussed in detail describing how audit information is stored and the commands used to request the capture of specific events. The type of data that can be unloaded from SMF, and the RACF database, is explained along with details on how ICETOOL can be used to process this information to create audit reports.View series →
CA-ACF2® – Introduction
These courses describe how CA ACF2™ is used to protect and secure the system against accidental and malicious access and damage. It instructs the student on how CA ACF2™ works and how to define users, rules and parameters, to restrict access to the system and its resources.
CA-ACF2® – Defining Environment Controls
These courses describe how CA ACF2™ is used to protect and secure the system against accidental and malicious access and damage. It instructs the student on how CA ACF2™ works and how to define users, rules and parameters, to restrict access to the system and its resources.
CA-ACF2® – Protecting System Access
These courses describe how CA ACF2™ is used to protect and secure the system against accidental and malicious access and damage. It instructs the student on how CA ACF2™ works and how to define users, rules and parameters, to restrict access to the system and its resources.
CA-ACF2® – Protecting Data Integrity
CA-ACF2® – Protecting General Resources
CA-ACF2® – Maintaining ACF2
CA-ACF2® For Auditors
Service Oriented Architecture
This course describes what Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is and why businesses today are looking at implementing it. It outlines the components and architecture associated with an SOA environment and explains the challenges and barriers to SOA adoption.View series →
ISPF (z/OS) – Using Online System Facilities – TSO/ISPF
The Using Online System Facilities - TSO/ISPF course explains the purpose of TSO is and how it is accessed. It then describes how to log on to ISPF and provides details of navigation methods, program function key definition and explains how basic ISPF settings can be configured.
ISPF (z/OS) – Managing Data Files and Definitions with ISPF/PDF
The Managing Data Files and Definitions with ISPF/PDF course explains how to use the ISPF menu options to display the contents of Data Sets and how functions such as; copying, printing, renaming, and deleting are performed on these objects.
ISPF (z/OS) – Maintaining Data in Files with the ISPF Editor
The Maintaining Data in Files with the ISPF Editor course explains how the ISPF Editor is used to view, browse, and edit data within a data set.
TSO/ISPF – Advanced – Tips & Tricks
This course contains many TSO and ISPF-related tips, tricks, techniques, and best-practice items that you may find useful in your day-to-day activities. It covers several new areas of functionality associated with z/OS 2.3 and z/OS 2.4.View series →
Utilities – General Data Set Utilities 2.4
This course looks at the IEFBR14, IEHPROGM and IEBCOPY utilities and discusses how they are used to create, copy, and delete data sets. The JCL requirements for these utilities, along with their control statement syntax, is also covered in detail.
Utilities – Data Utilities 2.4
This course looks at the IEBGENER, ICEGENER, IEBCOMPR, IEHLIST and DFSORT utilities and provides real-life examples describing how they are used to interrogate and modify data set content. The JCL requirements for these utilities, along with their control statement syntax, is also covered in detail.
Utilities – Advanced – Tips and Tricks
This course contains many Utility-related tips, tricks, techniques, and best-practice items that you may find useful in your day-to-day activities. It covers several new areas of functionality associated with z/OS 2.3 and z/OS 2.4.View series →
z/VM – Concepts, System Initialization, and Shutdown
The z/VM Concepts, System Initialization and Shutdown course describes how virtualization, and in particular z/VM, has become more popular in Data Centers and examines the processes used for z/VM start-up and shutdown.
z/VM – Monitoring and Controlling z/VM Operations
The Monitoring and Controlling z/VM Operations course describes the tasks associated with displaying z/VM system status and activity, and management of z/VM resources.
z/VM – Managing Guest Operating Systems
The Managing Guest Operating Systems course describes the types of guests that can be installed under z/VM and the methods used to create, display and manipulate CMS files.
z/VM – Identifying and Resolving z/VM Problems
The Identifying and Resolving z/VM Problems course looks at the tools and methods used to gather information that assists with problem resolution, and discusses how performance issues and general problems are resolved. The processes and utilities used for backup and recovery are also described.
Linux on z Systems Fundamentals
The Linux on z Systems Fundamentals course discusses common Linux distributions for the z systems environment, how Linux is accessed, its operational implementation, and the general monitoring and management of Linux. The Administrator module provides an overview of the tuning, monitoring, and analyzing tasks performed by the Linux Administrator and contains tips for best practice in these areas.View series →
VSAM – Introduction to VSAM 2.4
This course provides the learner with a basic understanding of the VSAM access method and VSAM data sets on z/OS. It introduces what VSAM is and when it is used. It includes information on the different VSAM data set types, when each is used, and their internal structure. Information on creating, copying, deleting, and managing VSAM data sets using JCL, TSO/E commands, the IDCAMS batch utility, and other tools is also covered. Finally, other products used to manage VSAM data sets are introduced - both from IBM and other vendors.
VSAM – Managing VSAM Data 2.4
This course explains how VSAM data can be configured, allowing it to be shared by jobs, TSO users, UNIX processes and started tasks. It also addresses recovery options available when VSAM data is shared. A detailed explanation of parameters affecting VSAM performance is covered as well as the types of utilities used to capture VSAM performance statistics.
VSAM – Advanced – Tips and Tricks 2.4
This course contains many IDCAMS utility tips, tricks, techniques, and best-practice items associated with VSAM data.View series →
WebSphere – Introduction to Java and WebSphere Application Server
This course introduces Java, one of the most popular programming languages in modern IT and its extended version, Jakarta Enterprise Edition (Jakarta EE), which itself is another popular version of Java that has found its place supporting and running back-end enterprise applications. The course also introduces IBM’s WebSphere Server Application and how it serves in implementing Java/Jakarta EE services within an enterprise IT environment.
WebSphere – Introduction to Java and WebSphere Application Server on z/OS
In this course you are introduced to how Java works in a z/OS environment and some of the tools available. The course then introduces you to WebSphere Application Server for z/OS and WebSphere Application Server for z/OS Liberty and their key features. The course then looks deeper into how WebSphere Application Server for z/OS and its Liberty variant interact and work with z/OS resources.View series →
Introduction to the IBM Z Systems
This course describes how IBM Z hardware has evolved to cater for today's enterprise data processing needs.
Managing IBM Z Enterprise System Hardware
This course looks primarily at the Hardware Management Console (HMC) and provides an overview of the functionality and features of this product. It also discusses common HMC tasks and the authorization required to perform them.
IBM Z Hardware Models
This course discusses current IBM Z enterprise, and LinuxONE, system models and their predecessors. It provides details on their components and their functionality.View series →
IBM Z – Introduction to LinuxONE
In this course, you will see how IBM has addressed evolving IT trends and embraced Linux, surrounding it with enterprise standard hardware and software. You will delve inside different LinuxONE servers and look more closely at how they are structured and how they can be configured. You will also see technical improvements from previous LinuxONE models and how the LinuxONE III LT1 compares to the z15, the entry-level LinuxONE III LT2, and the LinuxONE III Express.
IBM Z – Hardware Models – z13
This course introduces the IBM z13 mainframe server, describing its capabilities and features. It then focuses on the key z13 hardware components and the I/O structure used to transport data through the system.
IBM Z – Hardware Models – z14
This course introduces the IBM z14 mainframe server, describing its capabilities and features. It then focuses on the key z14 hardware components and the I/O structure used to transport data through the system.
IBM Z – Hardware Models – z15
This course introduces the IBM z15 mainframe server, describing its capabilities and features. It then focuses on the key z15 hardware components and the I/O structure used to transport data through the system.
IBM Z – Hardware Models – z16
This course introduces the IBM z16 mainframe server, describing its capabilities and new features. It then focuses on the key z16 hardware components and the I/O structure used to transport data through the system.
IBM Z – Introduction to the IBM Z Systems
This course describes how IBM Z hardware has evolved to cater for today's enterprise data processing needs.View series →
z/OS – Concepts and Components
The z/OS Concepts and Components course describes the evolution of mainframe computing and provides descriptions of the major components that comprise today's z/OS environment. Details of general z/OS processing concepts are also provided.
z/OS – Initializing and Terminating the z/OS System
The Initializing and Terminating the z/OS System course describes what actions occur as part of a z/OS system initialization, and then delves into the system data sets and configuration libraries responsible for defining z/OS system characteristics. The final module in this course simulates a z/OS system start-up and shutdown, describing the most common commands and operator responses.
z/OS – Monitoring the z/OS System
This course introduces z/OS commands that can be used to display the status and attributes of various z/OS tasks and devices. An overview of system monitoring tools and facilities such as RMF, z/OSMF, traces and EREPS are also provided as well as a description on how SMF data is created and controlled. This course also discusses the need for message suppression and describes how this is achieved.
z/OS – Identifying z/OS System Problems
The Identifying z/OS System Problems course explores some of the processes, commands, and tools that are used in identifying system problems. It describes how common system problems are recognized, and the steps that can be taken to assist with problem resolution, including dumps and analyzing the catalog address space.
z/OS – Resolving z/OS System Problems
This course describes the processes and commands required to resolve common z/OS system problems. It also describes when cancel and force commands should be used and how to handle command flooding.
z/Architecture – Processing Workloads
The z/OS Architecture - Processing Workloads course describes how today's z/OS system processes workloads, focusing on the concepts of address spaces showing how they provide the environment under which tasks can run. You will look at the different types of CPUs that can be configured in a z/OS system and see how programs issue instructions to the CPU. Diving down deeper you will then look at the CPU chips themselves and view the components that comprise them, looking at their involvement in processing work. Finally, the major components that comprise the mainframe's I/O structure are presented to show how work moves throughout the z/OS environment.
z/Architecture – Memory, Address Spaces, and Virtual Storage
Processor storage, real storage, or central storage. Whatever you call it, it is the memory where z/OS programs and their data need to reside before they can be processed, and like other mainframe resources it can be virtualized. In this z/OS Architecture - Memory, Address Spaces and Virtual Storage course, you will see how the address spaces discussed in the previous course, access and free the memory they require to process work. You will also see how virtualization of this resource occurs, which for IT specialists will provide them with knowledge to troubleshoot memory-related issues.
z/OS – Advanced – Tips & Tricks
This course contains many z/OS-related tips, tricks, techniques, and best-practice items that you may find useful in your day-to-day activities. It covers several new areas of functionality associated with z/OS 2.3 and z/OS 2.4.
z/OS MVS Command Simulations
A number of simulations are provided that the student can use to assess their skills and knowledge in relation to the entering of commands, and interpretation of output produced, when monitoring and manipulating MVS system resources.
z/OS System Shutdown and IPL Simulations
Two simulations are provided that the student can use to assess their skills and knowledge in relation to the manual shutdown and start-up of a z/OS system.
SMP/E – Introduction to SMP/E
Ensuring that all of your organization's z/OS system software is current, and that any fixes and improvements have been applied, is paramount to maintaining system availability. This course looks at the SMP/E software and how it is used by the z/OS Systems Programmer to provide best practice installation, management and reporting of z/OS system software.View series →
z/OS Connect EE – IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition V3
The z/OS Connect EE - IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition course discusses the need for organizations to open up their mainframe data to cloud, mobile and web customers and describes how z/OS Connect EE provides this capability. The course also covers what IT specialists need to know on how resource access and data communication is performed by z/OS Connect EE.View series →
z/OSMF – The IBM z/OS Management Facility
This course provides the learner with a basic understanding of the z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF). It begins with basic concepts: what z/OSMF is, why it is used, how it is configured, and first steps in logging on and using it. The course then delves further, providing the student with the skills needed to use all the z/OSMF features: problem management, configuration of WLM and TCP/IP, software management and deployment, capacity provisioning, performance monitoring, and workflow creation.View series →
z/OS UNIX – z/OS UNIX System Services Basics
This introductory course looks at the evolution of UNIX on the mainframe and describes how it interacts with today’s z/OS system products. It provides an overview of the z/OS UNIX System Services major components and shows typical workload processing in this environment. Details of the various file systems that are supported under z/OS UNIX are explained along with scenarios on when they would be used.
z/OS UNIX – Interacting with the z/OS UNIX System
This course discusses commonly used interfaces to z/OS UNIX and then concentrates on common tasks and how they are performed within those interfaces. Interfaces covered include: OMVS Shell, ISPF Shell, ISPF’s z/OS UNIX Directory List Utility, and batch processing.
z/OS UNIX – Working with z/OS UNIX
This course discusses commonly used interfaces to z/OS UNIX and then concentrates on common tasks and how they are performed within those interfaces. Interfaces covered include: OMVS Shell, ISPF Shell, ISPF’s z/OS UNIX Directory List Utility, and batch processing. You will also see how shell scripts are created, and will be introduced to code that is used to perform common z/OS UNIX tasks. Finally, you will discover how file security is structured and managed within z/OS UNIX, and look at some of the methods used to perform backup and recovery of z/OS UNIX files.View series →
The z/VSE Basics course discusses mainframe operating systems and identifies the types of organizations using z/VSE. It provides an overview of the z/VSE infrastructure describing the personnel likely to interact with it and provides examples of typical data processing on this system.
z/VSE for Operators
The z/VSE for Operators course looks at z/VSE from an Operations viewpoint, describing how they access the system and perform startup and shutdown processing. A description of common operator tasks, and the commands used to display, monitor, and resolve problems associated with the z/VSE system are also provided.
z/VSE Machine Learning Introduction
This course is designed for those working with organizations looking to implement Machine Learning solutions. It begins by explaining what Machine Learning is, how it works, and how organizations can benefit from it. The course then focuses on IBM's Machine Learning for z/OS solution, describing its features and components.View series →
The Zowe Fundamentals course begins by describing the features of Zowe, and the major components that comprise this product: Zowe Application Framework, Zowe Command Line Interface (CLI), Zowe Explorer, Zowe Desktop, and API Mediation. Examples show how users interact with these Zowe components and the advantages of using them. The course then dives into more detailed information, describing how Zowe and its components are started and run, describing any prerequisites that are required. The default capabilities of each component is presented as well as methods that can be used to create or import additional functionality. The final module in this course looks at the installation and customization possibilities when dealing with Zowe server and client components.View series →
Courses marked with "★" are available to clients with Enterprise licenses only.
Note: these elearning courses are online, on-demand and self-paced. They are accessed via the MyInterskill LMS or via your organization's LMS. Interskill licenses access to all the courses for a year. Courses are not available individually.