Welcome to the Virtual IMS user group

The Virtual IMS user group is an independently-operated vendor-neutral site run by and for the IMS user community.

The Virtual IMS user group was established as a way for individuals using IBM's IMS hierarchical database and transactional processing system to exchange information, learn new techniques, and advance their skills with the product.

This Web site provides a central point for coordinating periodic meetings (which contain technically-oriented topics presented in a webinar format), and provides articles, discussions, links, and other resources of interest to IBM IMS practitioners. Anyone with an interest in IMS is welcome to join the Virtual IMS user group and share in the knowledge exchange.

The Virtual IMS user group is free to its members.

Much like BMC sponsors the IMS Listserv, so our user group needs support. We are pleased that Rocket Software is able to help us maintain the independence and existence of this group.

Sponsorship opportunity »

In order for this user group to continue operating in 2020, we are looking for new sponsors.
We are looking for an organization to pay for the administration costs, host the 12 years' worth of resources on this Web site, and also provide access to Webex or similar so that we can hold the virtual user group meetings.

If you would like to find out more about sponsorship, please contact Trevor Eddolls at trevor@itech-ed.com.

Otherwise, this Web site and this user group will cease to exist at the end of this year.

Meeting »

The most recent virtual meeting of the user group on 3 December included a presentation by Gary Euler, Consultant at MainTegrity Inc and Al Saurette, VP Business Development at Maintegrity Inc. They were discussing, "Providing system integrity for multiple LPARs with improved GDPR and PCI/DSS compliance".
Copies of this presentation in PDF format are available for download here.
You can listen again to the whole of the last meeting here.

The meetings take place at 10:30am CST (which 16:30 GMT), and 10:30 CDT (which is 15:30 GMT) during Daylight Saving Time. Because Summer Time and Daylight Saving Time start and end dates differ in different countries, take care to get online for the meeting at the correct local time!

Newsletter »

The latest User Group newsletter is available for download. The contents include information about future meetings and dates, a round-up of the latest IMS-related news, and recent IMS articles.
Click here to download...

The newsletter is also available in flipbook format here.

Earlier issues are available here.

White paper »

Evolution of IMS to a complete Enterprise solution: White Paper by Vinodh Kumar Natanasigamani.
This white paper explains the key integration and access points enabling IMS assets to provide high value as part of a distributed, multitier architecture. It also focuses on the ways that organizations can integrate IMS assets across the enterprise to save time and money and achieve optimum results, without having to re-architect solutions.

User Group and social media »

Just click on the icons and follow the links.


We've formed an open user group on LinkedIn, where you can keep up-to-date with all the latest IMS and user group news, and also start your own discussion. Click on the icon to find the group and join. And you can now find out what's going on in the IMS world and with this user group by following us on Twitter or finding us on Facebook


IMS Tools »

If you're an IMS user then the Tools page on this Web site contains a list of all the software that runs alongside IMS.

If you're a vendor, then please make sure that the information about your software is complete and up-to-date.

A complete list of Tools available to IMS professionals can be found here.

Recent IMS news »

Dynatrace has extended Dynatrace, its AI-powered platform, to include IBM Z support for IMS, CICS, and middleware. This gives customers precise information about the performance of digital services across hybrid environments

Recent IMS articles »

IMS 15 Managed ACB Enhancement: OPTION(NOCHECK) to IMPORT DEFN SOURCE(CATALOG) by Ken Nguyen on z Systems Developer Community.

Arcati Mainframe Yearbook »

The brand new Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2020 is available now. It includes an annual user survey, an up-to-date directory of vendors and consultants, a resources guide, a strategy section with papers on mainframe trends and directions, a glossary of terminology, and a mainframe evolution section.
Click here to visit the download page. The Yearbook is available in PDF format and is completely FREE.

Suggestion Box »

Do you have a hot topic in mind that you think other IMS users would like to hear about? Know of a dynamic speaker who can educate and entertain? Send us a note!
Send it

Click HERE to join the Virtual IMS User Group and to receive announcements of upcoming meetings.