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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 technical@watsonwalker.com.  (That email goes to both Frank and Cheryl. His direct email is frank@watsonwalker.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, and Australia.

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 List #170.

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 Cheryl 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.
 

RECENT EVENTS
    Cheryl Watson's Tuning Letter 2014 No. 2 was emailed to active subscribers on 
    August 1, 2014. 

    The 2014 DVD-ROM, which contains all material published from 1991 through 2013 was mailed to Tuning Letter subscribers on March 6, 2014.

    The July 2013 System z CPU Chart was emailed to electronic subscribers on 
    August 8, 2013. 
    The latest release of BoxScore is V2R2b. For more information or to request an update, please email boxscore at watsonwalker.com.
    The latest release of
    GoalTender is V1R1. For more information or to request an update, please email goaltender at watsonwalker.com. 
    The latest Cheryl's List was emailed on September 29, 2014. To view any previous Cheryl's List, go to Archives. To register to receive Cheryl's List, sign up here . It's free. 

Cheryl Watson's 
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.

Cheryl Watson's 
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.

Cheryl 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 here to find out more.

Articles and Presentations
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!

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