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BMC AMI Strobe is a performance management and analysis solution for mainframe applications that helps performance analysts pinpoint application inefficiencies causing excessive CPU consumption and prolonged execution time.

Reduce the complexity of mainframe application performance management

Strobe makes it easy to pinpoint inefficiencies that impact performance, improving code efficiency, transaction response time, and throughput.

  • Take application performance measurements early and automatically in CI/CD pipelines
  • Identify tuning opportunities to reduce monthly software licensing costs (MLC)
  • Create and schedule automatic, reusable measurements to detect performance problems before they impact customers
  • Empower developers to shift left and conduct performance tests earlier in the software development lifecycle so performance issues are reduced in production—now 64-bit ready
  • Apply analytics to captured data to report on high resource consumption and applications that need tuning
  • Measure activity of both online and batch-processing applications in single and multi-system environments
  • Enable new users to be productive quickly with built-in intelligence and an intuitive user interface (UI)

Reduce the time it takes to find and fix application performance problems

Expose hidden performance issues

Strobe reporting and analytics interface

Using iStrobe, a browser-based Strobe reporting and analytics interface, performance analysts can identify and view:

  • Program statements consuming excessive CPU resources
  • Percentage of CPU time used within modules and control sections
  • Procedure names and statement numbers
  • Complete lines of source code
  • Treemaps of CPU usage and wait report details, enabling easy navigation to performance issues along with drill-down capabilities
  • IBM® Db2® SQL analysis to understand performance impact

Create easy and repeatable measurement processes

Easy Repeatable Measurement Process
  • Intuitive, easy-to-use measurement request form provides helpful targeting, sampling, and reporting options, plus suggestions to help users of all experience levels easily create and submit repeatable Strobe measurements
  • Proactively initiate a measurement when abnormal behavior occurs in a program
  • Use Strobe’s Global Monitoring System Management Facilities (SMF) collection to identify and initiate measurements on the jobs using the most CPU, running the longest, and performing the highest I/O
  • See the most important tuning targets available in categories like COBOL®, Db2®, IBM® Language Environment, and file access

Boost productivity with predictable, repeatable measurement

AutoStrobe Global Batch Monitoring

AutoStrobe includes Global Batch Monitoring, a feature that automates the detection of performance problems by using a rolling average of CPU consumption and elapsed time metrics for cost-aware performance tuning. When it encounters and issue, Batch Global Monitoring initiates measurement of the job so you can see what’s going on and correct it.

  • Execute reports to find problems across profiles
  • Query SMF data to determine what jobs should be measured
  • View analysis for all major subsystem components
“It is important for us to keep our MIPS consumption as low as possible. BMC AMI Strobe helped us accomplish this by enabling us look at the resource consumption and identify actions we could take to reduce that consumption.” — Head of Mainframe System Services, s IT Solutions Austria

"As mainframes continue to play a pivotal role in high performance transaction processing, BMC Software is working to include mainframes into end-to-end DevOps. As a leader in this space, BMC are deserving of this award.”

- Alan Shimel, DevOps.com

DevOps Dozen Winner 2023

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