Want to Know What New Stuff Is Coming in PTFs?

(Repost from October 28, 2013)

New stuff, new method to find out.

Well, I'm still here, just have been so busy with z/OS V2.1 and travelling that I haven't been able to blog in a while.  I do have some topics that have been building up, so I think my blog will be more active now.  First up:  New Function APAR Notification!

SHARE had requirements for knowing what new functions (lovingly referred to as "SPEs" or "New Function APARs") were introduced.  After some closed door clarifications of the requirement, I'm happy to let you know that it's officially been delivered to you!  We opened a WSC TechDoc on it here: http://www-03.ibm.com/support/techdocs/atsmastr.nsf/WebIndex/PRS5188 .  You can find the details, but I'll give you a very high level view.

The vehicle we used for this notification is the Service Portal function "MyNotifications".  You probably are using MyNotifications today, and this is just an additional capability there.  On the TechDoc, there are two files - one is a PDF that you can use step-by-step to sign up for New Function notification, the other is text file "backlog" of New Function APARs that we gathered on 7 October 2013.  (I can re-gather a more current list periodically, for those that sign up later and have a gap in what is on this list and what is in their subscription.)

The idea is that you subscribe to all the z/OS New Function APARs, and then you decide how you want to get notification of them through the normal process in MyNotifications - email or folder.  You can't scope it to just BCP or RACF or whatever...it is z/OS platform wide.  The notification will tell you the APAR number, component name (so you can see if you are interested in that component), a brief abstract of the APAR, and a URL link to get you to more information on it on the web.  

I hope you signup for this, since it was one of SHARE's requirements.  I'll advertise on IBM-MAIN, but you guys should get the first scoop on it.  What's that saying...you asked for it, you got it :)!