Enterprise Performance Strategies

At Enterprise Performance Strategies we are z/OS performance experts. We use our Pivotor performance reporting software to provide companies a comprehensive view of their mainframe systems. We also offer classes in related topics, most notably WLM. Finally, if you need help resolving z/OS performance issues, our two-day "war room" consulting engagements are an affordable way to quickly get to the heart of the problem.

Pivotor

Pivotor reads data (most commonly, but not limited to, z/OS SMF performance data) and produces information in the form of charts and reports. Related reports can be grouped into report sets. Report sets are accessed from a calendar view that makes it easy to find the reports that you need for the time you're interested in.

calendar view

Want a demo? Send us your data and we'll generate a full set of reports for you and then schedule a webinar with you to go through your data with you. While certainly not a full analysis, it's not unusual for interesting things to come to light during this walk-through. Click here to get started

Broad input data support

Pivotor processes a wide range of SMF records, with all the key / major SMF records supported. However, Pivotor is not limited to SMF data. Pivotor can absorb customer- and vendor-specific data files, as well as a variety of other non-SMF z/OS performance data sources.

Expert knowledge

Pivotor’s performance report sets were designed and developed by z/OS performance experts with decades of z/OS experience. More than just echoing the raw data in a pretty graph, many reports contain calculated data and recommended thresholds. Report sets are designed to contain logical groupings of reports that enable high-level to low-level performance reviews.

Software as a Service First

Pivotor has always been available as a software service, and that continues to be how most customers use Pivotor. Every day, customers securely submit their SMF data via FTP which is then processed to produce extensive sets of performance reports. Pivotor is also offered as an installable product.

Custom Reporting

As part of the initial configuration and setup of a new Pivotor customer, Enterprise Performance Strategies often develops custom reports for customers. While most customers find that the wide scope of standard reports delivered with the Pivotor service already covers the vast majority of their reporting requirements, custom reports are always an option.

Easy Overview

All Pivotor report sets are initially displayed to the user in thumbnail format. It is often possible to scan a large volume of reports very quickly in the thumbnail view to find anomalies. Our rolling 8-day report set is particularly helpful for finding things that might have gone wrong yesterday.

Avoid Spending Mainframe Cycles

Some mainframe performance reporting solutions require the use of expensive mainframe resources. Pivotor as a service simply requires a daily FTP of SMF data to our server. As an installed product, it can run on multiple platforms and databases, but when run on z/OS, Pivotor makes extensive use of zAAPs or zIIPs.

Either way, Pivotor is quite affordable. Pricing starts at $0!

Educational Workshops

There's no better way to learn than by doing, and in our workshops, you will follow the progress of the topic in your own data so you can immediately relate the concepts discussed to your own situation.

WLM Performance and Re-evaluating Goals

This 4½ day class taught by Peter Enrico (sometimes joined by Scott Chapman) will give you a deeper understanding of WLM functions and abilities. You will learn considerations for re-evaluating goals over time and how to better monitor, tune, and control how WLM manages your workload.

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Register to join us June 12-16, 2017 in Dallas Texas or September 25-29 in Minneapolis, MN for this class.

Parallel Sysplex and z/OS Performance Tuning Workshop

In this 3 day web-based workshop you will also learn how to effectively measure, monitor, and tune coupling facilities and structures. If you are new to parallel sysplex, have no fear, we will start by reviewing the basic concepts and latest details of XCF, Parallel Sysplex, coupling facilities, and data sharing.

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Register to join us online August 29-31, 2017 for this class.

Essential z/OS Performance Tuning

This 4½ day seminar is for those responsible for the performance measurement, analysis, and tuning of their company's z/OS systems, sysplexes, and I/O subsystem. You will leave the seminar with a workload analysis and a performance review of your DASD I/O subsystem, processors, and storage.

Click here for more detailed information.

We're currently planning this seminar for late 2017 in Columbus, OH. Contact us to let us know your interest.

Consulting

War Rooms

Have a performance issue that you need help getting to the bottom of? Need an in-depth Health Check® of your z/OS systems? Our two-day war room sessions provide an excellent value to help with these situations. We'll have you send us data from relevant time periods, as well as certain configuration information that we'll review before coming to your site for two days of in-depth discussion. Some time after the engagement we'll follow up (if you wish) by processing another set of data and reviewing the results with you via a webinar.

To get started with a War Room engagement, contact Peter.

Other Engagements

We also have extensive contacts in the industry and can bring experts in other areas such as DB2 and CICS to you for a Health Check® or war room type of engagement.

At this time we are not accepting new long-term consulting engagements.

Meet The Team

Be sure to say hi when you see us at your favorite conference. Our schedule is here.

Peter Enrico

Our founder and President, Peter brings a wealth of knowledge gained from his years working at IBM on the design and development of WLM and RMF as well as his years of experience helping customers solve their z/OS performance problems.

Scott Chapman

Scott has over 25 years of diverse experience in mainframe performance and capacity, having been an application developer, application performance analyst, system programmer and capacity planner.

John Baker

John is known for his deep performance expertise in the areas of I/O subsystem analysis, batch application and job stream analysis, MSU reduction strategies, and WLM.


Thomas Beretvas

Over his almost 30 year career at IBM, Tom focused on MVS system, storage, and paging performance. Since 1992, Tom has been active as a consultant, educator and mentor, specializing in storage performance issues.

Free Resources

Free z/OS Performance Reporting

Yes, that's right: Pivotor pricing now starts at zero! Click here for more details about the free tier.

Free Cursory Performance Review

Click here for information about getting a free cursory performance review of your z/OS environment.

EPS Presentations

Click here for presentations and papers from the experts at EPS.

WLM to HTML

Click here to access our WLM to HTML tool

Get in Touch

If you have any questions or would like a demo, please get in touch with us.

Contact Info

Enterprise Performance Strategies
3547 - 53rd Avenue West, #145
Bradenton, FL 34210
P: 813-435-2297 F: 813-435-2298