IMS

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IBM Information Management System (IMS), built on IBM System z, is the lowest cost transaction and hierarchical database management system for mission critical OLTP.

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IMS review by Nathan S.
Nathan S.
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"Time-Tested Reliability for High-Volume Transaction Processing"

What do you like best?

IMS is a reliable database and transaction system. IMS is very efficient and is able to balance the resources that programs need.

What do you dislike?

One issue that tends to come up is the reputation that it's "old". That's more of PR issue than an issue related to IMS' capabilities.

Recommendations to others considering the product

IMS is extraordinarily reliable, and I believe a lot of that stems from it being based on the IBM Z platform. It's great to see IBM making the necessary investments to make IMS and the IBM Z platform (as a whole) ready for a new generation of IT Professionals. There is a bit of a learning curve of using TSO and ISPF, but navigating comes naturally after some practice (similar to learning the command line and applications like Vi and emacs on UNIX/Linux). IBM is also creating new interfaces through the Eclipse IDE. That gives IT Professionals and companies a little more flexibility in equipping administrators and developers with tools that they are likely accustom to already.

Understanding the structure of IMS databases and the DL/I interface with the database may take some time to get used to, IBM is enabling the use of SQL to access and administer IMS Databases. That will give developers and administrators, who may not be accustom to the mainframe or DL/I experience, a familiar language to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are building out some of the newer infrastructure pieces of IMS so that applications developers can take advantage of the more modern features of IMS. We are also using IMS Replication and Change Data Capture to leverage the data stored on our IMS databases to be made available to processes and systems used in data analytics. The IBM Z platform and IMS proves time and time again to be incredibly reliable.

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IMS review by Renato C.
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"A little bit confuionary"

What do you like best?

The fact that with the console for IMS one can manage virtually anything regarding databases in those systems. It is what it is built for and it works, managing databases, tables, indexes, processes and users is really well put together on the UI.

The utilities information available as popup box by just left-clicking on the system is very very useful and speeds up a lot of maintenance and control operations. Especially since it can show warning from the databases.

What do you dislike?

The main view in the console really really need a more simple hierarchical view, the selection process from systems to databases to tables and indexes is not intuititive at all (select first then drop down list then select). It is not very useful for minor deployments, it is useful only when one scales to bigger infrastructure.

Also the learning curve is quite steep, especially knowing where every feature is and how it can be used.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider only for big deployments

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Speeds up maintenance operations on databases for big deployments.

What Other Non-Relational Databases solution do you use?

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IMS review by User in Insurance
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"IMS - 9 out of 10 stars!"

What do you like best?

I love the ease of this system. It is based on Windows formatting and is very user friendly. The reports are easy to access, easy to print and easy to read.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the fact that most windows have to be closed before opening another window, but you get used to that after a while.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I really recommend looking into IMS for any physician practice. The reports are easy, the scheduling is easy and the training videos are top notch and can be accessed from anywhere at any time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a billing company and this system really keeps everything in perspective. This is also a benefit because you don't get lost in the numbers.

IMS review by User in Oil & Energy
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"Easy to use and navigate. "

What do you like best?

A variety of categories to select from and easy to set up searches

What do you dislike?

Slightly complicated on first use. Could be made simpler.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Market research of potential industries

IMS review by User in Public Policy
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"IMS Database for Financials"

What do you like best?

After you learn how to use the program it works great when you need access to data, to analyse information and storing documents.

What do you dislike?

While not necessarily the most intuitive program, it functions well for our needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this system for all financial aspects of our business.

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