Watson & Walker, Inc.
We are very pleased to introduce our new employee Frank Kyne.
Frank’s first job will be as our new Tuning Letter editor and author.
Frank is an exceptional talent, and we are excited to have him join us.
He'll enhance not only the Tuning Letter but also our consulting,
software, and education businesses. We anticipate starting our classes
and consulting again in the near future, so if you're interested, contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(That email goes to both Frank and Cheryl. His direct email is email@example.com.)
Frank has been working with MVS since 1978, first as a system programmer
with an Irish insurance company, then with IBM Ireland and since 1998,
with the IBM ITSO (International Technical Service Organization) in Poughkeepsie.
There Frank developed and taught ITSO courses throughout the world. His
specialties are Parallel Sysplex, high availability, exploiting z/OS and
new z/OS releases. He has also provided consulting for many of IBM's
largest and most complex System z customers in Europe, South America, Asia,
Our North American readers will be most familiar with Frank as the project
manager and contributor to over 80 IBM Redbooks and Redpapers. Frank was
my (Cheryl Watson) project manager when I worked on the Mean Time to Recovery
Redbook in 2009. At that time I decided he was one of the smartest and
most talented people I've ever met. You can see the list of the Redbooks
Frank has managed on our Cheryl's
I have been using and explaining mainframe operating systems since 1965.
We at Watson & Walker, Inc. offer practical mainframe performance and
measurement advice. Through our paid electronic publication
Watson's Tuning Letter, which comes out four times a year and Cheryl
Watson's System z CPU Chart, we assist system programmers, capacity
planners and performance analysts world wide using the IBM z/OS (previously
the OS/390 or MVS) operating system. Our goal is to provide vendor-independent
and very practical assistance and training, keeping our customers up-to-date
and saving them valuable time, money and resources. We also offer two software
products, BoxScore and GoalTender.
Please review all our offerings below, and while you're at it sign up
for our free "Cheryl's
List", a periodic emailing which contains such things as notices
of publication dates, brief summaries of recent newsletters, news of software
releases, and similar information.
Watson's Tuning Letter 2013 No. 4 was emailed to active subscribers
on January 25, 2014.
2014 DVD-ROM, which
contains all material published from 1991 through 2013 was mailed to Tuning
Letter subscribers on March 6, 2014.
July 2013 System z CPU
Chart was emailed to electronic subscribers on
The latest release of BoxScore
is V2R2b. For more information or to request an update, please email boxscore
The latest release of GoalTender
is V1R1. For more information or to request an update, please email goaltender
The latest Cheryl's List was emailed on April
3, 2014. To view any previous Cheryl's List, go to Archives.
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GoalTender is our latest software offering.
Cheryl Watson's GoalTender analyzes your Workload Manager service definitions
and SMF data and provides Cheryl's recommendations on how to best tune
your policies and your sysplex. Click here
to read about GoalTender.
BoxScore is our set of SAS programs which show
you the difference in CPU speed and CPU capacity after a hardware change,
a software change, a change in LPAR configuration, or a tuning change.
For instance, we identify the stable job steps or transactions that most
benefited from the change and also identify the job steps or transactions
that suffered the most (or benefited the least). Click here
to find out more.
Watson's Tuning Letter
Published since 1991, our Tuning Letter is
now available via DVD-ROM and EMAIL. You
receive every past issue of Cheryl Watson's TUNING Letter, plus a year's
subscription - all in electronic format, delivered via email and fully
searchable. Includes Cheryl Watson's
z/OS and OS/390 CPU Charts. Click
to find out more.
We've placed some important articles and presentations
on our Web pages, and we'll add to them from time to time. Check back often!
TUNING Tips and updates via email!
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