Enterprise Computing Conference - June 2014
Not Your Grandparents’ Enterprise Computing
Documentation Anymore
Rita Beisel (beisel@us.ibm.com)
Jodi Everdon (jeverdon@us.ibm.com)
Ann DePaolo (annd@us.ibm.com)
Geoff Smith (gksmith@us.ibm.com)
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 Let’s reminisce (History of information at IBM)
 Our documentation today
–Authoring at IBM (DITA, OASIS)
–Information Architecture, User Experience and Design Thinking
–IBM Wave for z/VM® (IBM Wave)
–IBM z/OS® Management Facility (z/OSMF)
–IBM Information Centers and information challenges
–IBM Knowledge Center (Navigating, finding, and customizing content, and creating a PDF file)
 Proof of concept
 Q&A
 Additional resources
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Let’s reminisce
z/OS product documentation has gone from a pallet of hardcopy books delivered to your shop with your
mainframe in 1964 to electronic delivery only (no physical media) today.
Hardcopy Books
Softcopy on DVDs
Mobile Internet
connections and
pervasive information
3270 green screen
“online” information
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Information timeline
Large volumes of
information demand
electronic search.
System 360
Hardcopy books
IBM creates
BookManager Softcopy
The IBM Publications
Center and all hardcopy
books go the way of
PDF files for print and
BookManager® for
Internet connected
desktops & laptops
become pervasive.
IBM develops
Internet friendly
Information Centers
Dependent on
Google search and
other search
engines to unite
Mobile computing
changes everything.
Business needs to
adapt instantly to
constant change.
We are here.
IBM develops the IBM
Knowledge Center
To bring all IBM
information together, IBM
Knowledge Center makes
it easier to document
solutions, and serve
mobile user needs.
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Authoring documentation today using DITA
 DITA was initially developed at IBM to meet the challenges of today’s environment.
 DITA makes information modular so it is easily re-used and re-purposed.
 Information is authored as standalone “Topics” (Tasks, concepts or reference).
 Each Topic is complete and can be assembled in sequences using DITAMAPS.
 DITA has been adopted by OASIS* as a standard XML markup language that nearly all structured editors understand.
 Large industries, like the car and airlines industry, have adopted DITA to standardize their documentation and promote easy
 For more information see:
– IBM Introduction to DITA: www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/x-dita1
– Read all about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_Information_Typing_Architecture
– Most all XML editors understand and can author in DITA. For a list: www.ditawriter.com/list-of-dita-optimized-editors/
– WYSIWYG –FrameMaker® understands and lets you author content in DITA.
– The DITA Open Toolkit is free and offers many tools to get you started. Download the toolkit at
* OASIS is a non-profit, international consortium that creates interoperable industry specifications based on public standards such as XML.
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Advantages of electronic delivery
 There are many advantages of electronic delivery including making it easier to provide information
currency and providing more time for late changes and improved information quality.
 Google and other powerful search engines make getting to the right information easier.
 Softcopy kits contain all the files and shelves you are accustomed to and they are zipped up for
download from the IBM Publications Center.
 Cheaper and “Greener” because there are no physical deliverables to fill up landfills.
 Advances in the Internet and connectivity (Wired connection Wireless  Cellular) and
pervasive computing (tablets, smart phones) means users are always connected to it.
 Can be easily transformed to a variety of formats:
 HTML for any browser on any device.
 PDF files for high quality print.
 ePub format for better accessibility and delivery to tablets and e-readers.
 Lends itself to collaboration and continual improvement using online commenting in social media.
 Easily repurposed and customized for a customer unique environment.
 Always “Cloud” friendly.
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Information Architects, User Experience and Design Thinking
 “Good design is good business” – Thomas J Watson
 IBM’s Information Developers have always had the
advantage of being closer to the user experience.
Often, we serve as the customer advocate because
we are the first to see how hardware, software, and
information come together to form the “User
 Today, we are Information Architects that get involved
early to ensure a good user experience.
 We are also involved in IBM’s new mission, “Design
Thinking”, which helps IBMers improve the usability
and usefulness of our offerings by delivering great
user experiences that delight the people who use our
products. Design Thinking creates both business
and personal value for our clients.
Design Thinking methods really bring to bear four primary
things that you have to do. You have to first understand
problems and develop empathy with users. You have to
explore those problems and explore solutions typically by
rapid prototyping. And then, you have to evaluate those and
change and iterate. So, this notion of understanding,
exploring, prototyping, and then evaluating is what we call
Design Thinking.
We work with development teams to ensure the user
experience for the final offering is a good one. We
are no longer just writers. We are Information and
User Experience architects who look holistically at
the entire interaction with our products.
 We work closely with the consumers and
stakeholders in an interactive process to ensure what
we deliver provides our customers with a product and
documentation they require to use it efficiently and
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IBM Wave for z/VM
IBM Wave for z/VM® is a provisioning and productivity management solution from IBM that simplifies
control and use of virtual Linux servers and z/VM. It significantly reduces the learning curve
needed to manage and control z/VM and Linux guests by use of our patent pending GUI
environment providing all the necessary procedures and functions needed to carry out routine
management and provisioning tasks as well as special operations. This innovative design and
expert system level know-how of both the Linux and the z/VM side of things places IBM Wave for
z/VM as a "best of breed" tool for z/VM and Linux provisioning and management.
 FAQ: https://ibm.biz/BdRhAw
 Multimedia : z/VM User Actions (00:05:24)
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z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF)
 IBM z/OS Management Facility (z/OSMF) provides a modern, web-based interface that allows you
to manage various aspects of your z/OS® systems through a web browser at any time and from
any location.
–Internal help system eliminates the need for lots of documentation.
 Check out the YouTube demo of migration workflows in z/OSMF:
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Our documentation today
Partners In Design
Example: IBM WAVE offering for cloud on System z
Integrated into our products
z/OSMF: www.ibm.com/systems/z/os/zos/features/zosmf/
Electronically delivered and continually updated
IBM Knowledge Center: www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/
IBM Publications Center: www.ibm.com/e-business/linkweb/publications/servlet/pbi.wss
IBM System z Redbooks® : www.redbooks.ibm.com/portals/systemz
z/OS Hot Topics: www.ibm.com/systems/z/os/zos/library/hot-topics/hot-topics.html
To download an entire collection kit of PDF files and keep them current, use IBM Softcopy
Librarian available at IBM: www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg24000640
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IBM technical publications @ ibm.com: IBM Information Centers
Large volume of documentation
Information Centers: Technical publications
• More than 2200 IBM products
• More than 850 individual URLs @ ibm.com
• More than 60M individual pages
• More than 30 languages across information
• More than 60M unique visitors per year in total
• More than 200M internal search queries per year
(queries within the information center search
framework, not organic search to get to the
information center)
Information Center: User experience
• Too many individual sites to work with multiple
IBM products
• User experience inconsistent information center
to information center
• Search relevance can be poor and is impossible
across product information centers
• Performance and availability issues
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Today’s information landscape and challenges
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IBM Knowledge Center - One stop shopping for all IBM documentation
IBM Knowledge Center is one central repository that contains ALL IBM product documentation. It
contains all the existing Information Centers in a single application, at a single URL.
– IBM Knowledge Center brings together IBM hardware and software product information in a single location. See your
products more easily or scan multiple versions of a product to compare their features.
– IBM Knowledge Center brings personalization and customization to our documents. IBM Knowledge Center remembers
your profile preferences and search queries, allows you to sort search results easily, and can help you create and publish
custom documents.
– IBM Knowledge Center is easy to use. You can filter extraneous content to focus on what matters to you. You can easily
build your own personalized library, save search queries, and create persistent, personalized collections.
– IBM Knowledge Center promotes continuous improvements by letting you rate topics and comment on their user
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IBM Knowledge Center
 The following slides contain a preview of KC. We will use them to show:
 Personalization.
 How to navigate KC.
 How to effectively filter and search for the information you need.
 How to use KC to create collections to help you narrow your scope for frequently accessed
information, such as messages and codes.
 If you require access to documentation offline, how to download your own collections of indexed
PDF files and how to search them effectively.
 Collaboration features.
 Continuous improvement.
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Knowledge Center sign-in provides personalization
Sign in with your IBM
ID to make your
customizations and
collections persistent.
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Navigating the content
The navigation is based on the IBM product taxonomy.
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Finding content in IBM Knowledge Center
Fast search results
 Simple type and enter keyword search, with type ahead.
 Also supports word wildcards, Booleans, and complex
 Search across all IBM products or only those you want.
Find products quickly to narrow searches
Type ahead for Product Pages (all versions of a product)
and to select Product Filters for search or add products
directly for search filtering.
Simple queries
with type ahead
Complex queries across products or product versions
Bookmark search queries and filters directly
 Share queries by emailing the IBM Knowledge Center
 If you use systems without stable bookmarks, or where you
cannot always get to your bookmarks across systems, log
in and save up to ten searches.
Find keywords, product pages (with all
versions) or apply a product filter for search
results with one click
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Finding content in IBM Knowledge Center
Search results are always available to you as you work with content:
– You can switch from Contents to Search Results and My Collections.
– Search results show titles, summaries, and what product and version topics are available.
Search facets for fine tuning results:
– Sort results by date, by task or by operating system, in addition to relevance.
– Save your searches, or just bookmark them!
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Navigating content in IBM Knowledge Center
When you land on the new product page from a Web search (like Google)…
…You can find the version of the product you want in the product links.
… You can find related
resources from IBM
Redbooks, developerWorks
and White papers.
The new product pages in IBM Knowledge Center contain all the versions of a
product in one place, gives you links to product related pages, and highlights
product–specific content from IBM Redbooks, White papers, and developerWorks.
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Navigating content in IBM Knowledge Center
Move through content like you did before…
Navigation maintains hierarchy like information
centers and other user assistance.
By default, navigating through products adds
them to product search filters—automatically!
You can “move up” to see families of related
products or all of IBM’s product documentation
in IBM Knowledge Center.
Topics always synchronize with the page.
You can view only the topic by closing the Table
of Contents or launching just a topic
in a tab for ease of reading.
Navigate document structure with breadcrumb links
Open topics directly in a new tab
with a right-click
Need to return to a topic (or query with search filters)?
Just bookmark it!
— If you cannot use bookmarks for topics, log in and
create collections of topics you’re interested in.
They’ll be there wherever you log in again.
If Google takes you to the right product topic, but
the wrong product version, find different product
versions of a topic in IBM KC at the end of each
content page.
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Customizing content in IBM Knowledge Center
My Collections lets you add one
topic--or many topics--to a personal
view of IBM content (based on your
ibm.com log in):
– You can arrange and annotate your
own collection in ways that make sense
to you.
– You can view your collections anytime
you log in to IBM Knowledge Center.
Annotate your collection (note
edited collection name)
Create PDF File output “on demand”
of your collection for printing or
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Sharing and commenting on content in IBM Knowledge Center
 Share topics directly to LinkedIn, Twitter, or by email
 Rate topics you like
(or those you don’t)
 Write comments on topics and ask questions (at the bottom of every topic)
 Send us private feedback on topics or on IBM Knowledge Center (in the footer section)
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IBM Knowledge Center: the customer installed version
IBM Knowledge Center 1.5 “Customer Installed” (IBM KC CI) edition is a repackaging of IBM
Knowledge Center 1.5 @ ibm.com for local product delivery to a fat client, customer intranet, or
disconnected use.
Ease of use
• You can search, browse, and filter content in the same way they would with KC Hosted.
There are no “log-in” profile-based functions, however (no commenting, no personal
collections, no sharing or saving of information, no entitled content).
• Products can present IBM KC CI in “full view” or in a content-only mode, for those
products wanting to use it in a very simple fashion or from web interfaces.
• Customers can use IBM KC CI in a variety of contexts, including as a standalone Web
application with a built-in server, a WAR file, and as a local client application that will run
from local, ROM, or portable media.
Ease of content contribution
• IBM authors (and IBM partners and customers) can contribute content to IBM KC CI in the
same way as IBM KC Hosted.
• Authors can provide pre-built search indexes for performance or IBM KC CI will
dynamically build them.
• Authors can provide branding for products in the banner area of KC CI.
Ease of packaging and distribution
• Products can package and distribute IBM KC CI along with their products. Customers will
receive IBM KC CI with their IBM products and can distribute IBM content easily to their
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 IBM Knowledge Center@ibm.com contains IBM technical publications in a single location at
ibm.com. Over time, we will add more technical content and integration with other technical content
 IBM Knowledge Center@ibm.com allows you to find and navigate technical content more efficiently
and easily. There's improved search, filtering and user experience, and customer-installable and
mobile-optimized editions of IBM Knowledge Center planned for the future.
 With IBM Knowledge Center@ibm.com, you can create your own collections of IBM documents
and produce PDF files on-demand.
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Digital Resources
 Live Stream of Mainframe50: www.livestream.com/ibmsystemz
 IBM Mainframe50 Landing Page: ibm.com/mainframe50
 Mainframe50 Tumblr: mainframe50.tumblr.com/
 The IBM Mainframe Weekly Paper.li: paper.li/IBM_System_z/1386866312
 Engines of Progress: (Launching April 7) www.ibm.com/mainframe/enginesofprogress
 Master the Mainframe: www.ibm.com/systems/z/education/academic/masterthemainframe
 You Tube IBM System z: www.youtube.com/user/IBMSystemz
 z/OS Hot Topics: ibm.com/systems/z/os/zos/library/hot-topics/hot-topics.html
 You Tube Destination z: www.youtube.com/user/destinationz1
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Facebook and Linked In
 IBM System z: www.facebook.com/IBMsystemz?ref=tn_tnmn
 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest: www.facebook.com/MasterTheMainframe?fref=ts
 IBM Destination z: www.facebook.com/IBMDestinationz
 SHARE Inc: www.facebook.com/SHAREonSocial
 System z Advocates: www.linkedin.com/groups/System-z-Advocates155723?mostPopular=&gid=155723
 IBM Mainframe – Unofficial Group: https://ibm.biz/BdRJgg
 IBM System z Events: www.linkedin.com/groups/IBM-System-z-Events3053018?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr
 MainframeExperts Network: www.linkedin.com/groups/Mainframe-Experts-Network55779?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr
 SHARE: www.linkedin.com/groups?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr&gid=1803278
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Blogs and additional resources
 IBM Mainframe Insights: www.ibm.com/connections/blogs/systemz/?lang=en_us
 Millennial Mainframer: www.millennialmainframer.com
 #MainframeDebate blog: mainframedebate.blogspot.co.uk
 SHARE blog: www.share.org/p/bl/et/
 IBM Destination z: www.destinationz.org/Community.aspx
 Publications such as Enterprise Executive, Enterprise Tech Journal, IBM Systems Magazine, and
CMG Measure IT are all great resources that typically are little to no cost for subscriptions. Most of
these publications also have websites with up-to-date industry news.
 IBM MAIN is a news group (listserv). For best results, subscribe to the daily digest.
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Proof of Concept
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IBM Knowledge Center Mobile proof-of-concept: Overview
What is the problem we are trying to
solve? Why a mobile proof-of-concept?
• IBM Knowledge Center @ ibm.com works well on laptops,
netbooks, workstation computers, and standard-sized tablets
•Small form factor devices (small tablets and smart phones)
offer their own unique issues—and opportunities!
actual iPhone / Safari
screen shots of IBM KC @
ibm.com: it works but is
cumbersome (too small;
typical navigation (not shown)
is almost impossible
What is the scope of the proof-ofconcept?
•IN PROGRESS: We are running these sessions and a
design effort to end soon.
•Focusing on iOS and Android devices; focus on
web-delivery (not native apps).
•After talking with customers, we are focusing on IBM KC
extended search across IBM technical content on small form
factor devices: “Get an answer to a question” and “connect
my mobile experience with other devices”.
What are our goals for doing this effort?
•We want to decide if this project is worth pursuing: Are we
providing you with value?
•We want customer help in shaping the design.
•If we get the right basic solution (“in the ballpark”), then we
can deploy a real and useful solution more quickly on
ibm.com at a forthcoming IBM KC mobile URL.
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IBM Knowledge Center Mobile proof-of-concept: “Level Zero” design points
Simple search and relevant results
iPhone® screen shots of IBM Knowledge Center Mobile “level 0” code
Simple search query; note
that products and content
sources across IBM can also
be selected.
2. Type-ahead assist.
3. Actual search results.
4. Summary reveal.
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