C\Prof by Circle Software

What is C\Prof?

C\Prof, by Circle Software, is a new way of analyzing problems in CICS by exposing the intrinsic value of the CICS internal trace.

Time to value is very quick for the following reasons:

  • C\Prof requires no changes to CICS itself. It requires no exits, agents, or resource definitions. CICS is unaware of C\Prof activity, and is completely unaffected by it.

  • C\Prof jobs operate at arm's length to CICS. It is a lightweight, low-overhead solution.

  • C\Prof has few configuration requirements. Setup is fast and efficient using C\Prof's ability to automatically discover your CICS regions. Manage and monitor data collection across multiple LPARs directly from a single, easy-to-use interface.

  • C\Prof provides a unique perspective of the transactions processed by CICS. The user interface provides an analysis capability that is better than an application trace facility:

    • View transaction summary information.

    • See the application calls are being made by the transaction.

    • View every EXEC CICS, DB2 SQL, IMS DLI, and MQ call and their response codes.

    • See where performance bottlenecks may be occurring.

    • Understand where programs are linking to other programs and which resources are used.

    • Perform deep-dive analysis into the trace events themselves using the advanced features of the C\Prof trace viewer.

    • Import auxiliary trace files produced by the CICS auxiliary trace facility.

  • C\Prof's unique snap feature allows you to take a point-in-time snapshot of the CICS internal trace. When paired with your automation tools, you can set up automated problem capture and use the C\Prof user interface for advanced analysis.

C\Prof completely replaces the CICS auxiliary trace facility. If desired, you can write to auxiliary trace data sets whilst receiving the benefits of C\Prof's collection management and advanced analysis capabilities.

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