IMS Database Administrator at Ensono (Chicago, IL or Remote)

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The Database Administrator creates, maintains, designs, monitors and troubleshoots Ensono or client databases. They use specific relational database management systems, develop and implement database recovery mechanisms and procedures. And coordinate security measures to safeguard database integrity.
  • Bachelor's degree required and/or equivalent work experience.
  • 10+ years of professional experience in IMS for administration and systems programming support. CA and IBM tools for IMS a plus
  • Extensive experience with the following:
    • Know ledged in best practices of software management, maintenance and documentation
    • Configure and manage IMS in a parallel sysplex environment
    • Develop innovation, strategies, processes and best practices in IMS systems programming
    • Establishing policies and procedures pertaining to database management, DR, security, maintenance and utilization
    • Reviewing new versions of IMS for functionality, advising how they benefit the client
    • Evaluating change requests and determine impact to assigned clients
    • Vendor consultations for problems and questions
    • DR recovery of application objects
    • Troubleshooting and solving production database issues
    • Demonstrated ability to respond quickly and effectively to support requests from multiple clients
    • Supporting multiple customer for after hours on-call
    • Database Administration
      • Knowledge of IMS database organization using access methods of VSAM and OSAM
      • Full function database organization types
      • Definition and use of LOGICAL databases
      • HALDB (partitioned): PHDAM, PHIDAM, ILDS, PSINDEX, etc.
      • Fast Path databases (DEDBs)
    • Database Design and related utilities
      • DBD source coding and DBDGEN
      • PSBGEN source coding and PSBGEN
      • How databases are processed using secondary indexes (PROCSEQ=)
      • Correct usage of PROCOPT= to minimize database locking
      • ACBGEN
      • Online Change
      • IMS commands related to ACB and FORMAT changes
    • Coding and usage of IMS reorganization utilities (including IBM, BMC, CA)
      • Unload
      • Prefix resolution
      • Reload
      • Prefix update
      • Secondary index build
      • Image copy
      • Pointer checker
    • Support planned (disaster recovery) and unplanned (emergency) database recovery activities
      • Knowledge of log archive and change accumulation utilities
      • How to perform a log archive on demand
      • Knowledge of IMS DB recovery utility
      • How to use DBRC to generate JCL for forward recovery and point-in-time database recovery.
    • Database monitoring
      • Space management
      • Database dataset space reporting for proactive outage avoidance.
      • How to immediately fix an out of space condition for a VSAM database dataset
    • Identification and resolution of performance issues
      • Online tracing - Usage of IMS TRACE commands and associated utilities for spot monitoring of online program/transaction activity
      • Extracting information from IMS logs using DFSERA10 and related utilities DFSUTR20 and DFSUTR30
      • Use of DFSDDLT0 utility to access data
      • Program/transaction monitoring - Familiarity with usage of IBM's IMS performance Analyzer product is a plus
      • Using DBRC to monitor database activity
Roles and Responsibilities:
  • The successful candidate will perform mainframe database software upgrades coupled with administration and tuning to support our customers' IMS environments.
  • The individual will need to work with vendor personnel to achieve timely solutions of database problems.
  • The individual will be responsible for day-to-day database maintenance such as creating backups, performing restores, monitoring file extent growth, scheduling reorganizations, creating and maintaining DR procedures and overall support of customer needs and requests.
  • The successful candidate will be called upon to perform a variety of database optimizations that will include general reporting and analysis of the efficiency of the database configuration and periodic review of database performance.
  • Expertise and work efforts will focus on the development and support and/or the customization of new services and support efforts.
  • System programming knowledge of multiple DBMS's is a bonus.
  • The individual will need to participate in on-call responsibilities.
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Our HQ is 22 miles from the Loop; near Belmont station, BNSF line. Plenty of places to eat & shop!

An Insider's view of Ensono

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I find the culture to be very open and collaborative. One can be on a call with a customer and ask your technical resource across from you a specific question or run into our CEO in the hallway while grabbing a cup of coffee. We allow feedback to be given and changes to be heard. Leadership constantly finds ways to make it an exciting workplace

Bailey Cahill

Senior Manager - Partner & Alliances

What does your typical day look like?

A typical day in our Full Stack DevOps world is collaborative, affords room for creative problem-solving, offers unique opportunities and challenges. Our work involves using cloud technologies to solve application’s needs, research datalake technologies and architect to process large amounts of performance data. We also lay 6 man variation of ping

Jake Frazier-Flores

Software Engineer

What are Ensono Perks + Benefits

Ensono Benefits Overview

Benefits include - generous maternity and paternity leave, generous paid days off and company paid holidays. Sabbatical, adoption, compassion and bereavement leave days, adoption assistance and flexible spending account. Healthcare and 401K eligibility on 1st day of work. Paid volunteer days.

Wellness programs - designed to help us be our best! Fitness week, Virgin Pulse® platform, wellness plans for credits and discounts on medical plan contributions.

Fun ergonomic workplace - free snacks, onsite gym & trainer, yoga classes, Beer O'Clock days.

Volunteer in local community
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Beer O' Cart every month!
Casual Dress
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Onsite gym available!
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

15 options for coffee and chocolate drinks (its a coffee machine with an IP address after all!) Also, Starbucks machine with chai latte counts, right? And then after the free snacks and all the hot chocolate - get some steps in while checking your emails in our fitness center. We have associate discounts on various products and services locally and nationally.

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