RealTime Standards (RTS)

RTS’s functionality summarised in one phrase:

   enforcement of


   real-time adjustable

   installation standards.

The following expands this summary a little, and introduces the chief features and facilities of RTS. But first, a brief summary of the need for standards enforcement would be helpful.

z/OS offers an immensely wide range of services and options. It is no great overstatement to say that just about everything is there which just about anybody might need.

Unfortunately, the real resources which your installation can offer are far more limited. With maybe hundreds of thousands of batch jobs, on-line users, on-line transactions and the like, there will be at best chaos, and at worst death by strangulation, if everybody is free to use as much as he wants of whatever he wants, whenever he wants.

Every installation must direct and limit its users - “... you can’t use this, you can’t have so much of that ...“. Installation standards are required - and people being what they are, enforcement is also required!


RTS addresses these issues through the following features and facilities:

Ready-to-run standards enforcement functions

RTS incorporates a wide range of standards enforcement functions, “ready-to-run“.

z/OS offers a broad range of customisation possibilities, but these possibilities are only a base; actual functionality must be provided from external sources.

RTS provides the actual standards enforcement functionality and, as will be seen shortly, the range provided by RTS is far more extensive than that which typically exists at z/OS installations.

Unparalleled processing control facilities

RTS provides real-time administrative control over all aspects of standards enforcement, through highly flexible facilities which allow you to control the scope of its processing. For example, you may have RTS

  • process all jobs, or just selected jobs which you specify,
  • vary, from one job to another and one time to another, the actions taken by RTS, and
  • vary, from job to job and from time to time, whether RTS should perform real processing, or just simulation (e.g., for learning or evaluation purposes)

all fully automatically, on the basis of specifications which you supply.

Furthermore, there is ISPF panel support for the creation and maintenance of all your RTS specifications, and for the displaying of information about the standards enforcement actions actually taken by RTS.

And naturally, the on-line nature of this ISPF support allows you to adjust your standards real-time. Simply update your RTS specifications on-line, and your systems will automatically begin to enforce your adjusted standards.


Additional information about RTS