SO-04-001 IBM Mainframe Batch Job Processing

Issue Date:  11/01/2007

Revision Effective Date: 11/01/2007 


This standard specifies correct use of the automated scheduler (Control-M) and tools to modify batch job data for IBM Mainframe Production and Test jobs. These standards will ensure that a uniform method is used by all state agencies managed by GTA-ITIS.


The scope of this standard applies to all GTA-ITIS managed computer facilities in all affected Georgia state agencies.


Production Batch Processing Standards

  1. Batch jobs shall run only during the following schedule:
  • Monday through Friday from 7:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M.
  • Friday from 7:00 P.M. to Monday 7:00 A.M.
  1. GTA-ITIS is responsible for all computer managed environments which includes backing up production libraries, operating systems, utilities, and middleware.
  2. The agency is responsible for maintaining and backing up production data.
  3. GTA-ITIS Operations will manage all production batch jobs using the automated scheduler Control-M after meeting the Production Acceptance Standards documented in Doc Ref Number OP_STD_0003. The following are set-up standards for the libraries in Control-M:
  • Production jobs must point to the Change Man production library. For example:
    • (CCJP.PROD.JCL or #CCOP.PROD.JCL for the Department of Revenue)
  • Use the Override library only as a single event to correct a problem. If the correction is permanent, then a permanent change needs to be made to the production library.
  • The Documentation library must point to the Change Man documentation library. For example:
    • (CHNM.PROD.DOC or CHNM.PRODRT.DOC for the Department of Revenue)
  1. The production job class must never change. See “Batch Job Class Standards” on Doc Ref Number: OP_STD_0003 for a list of valid production batch job classes.

Test Batch Processing Standards

  1. Test jobs must point to Test libraries.
  2. Test jobs must only use test job classes. The following are valid test job classes:

Test Job Classes




No Tapes – 2 Hours Maximum


2 Concurrent Tape Drives – 2 Hours Maximum


No Tapes – 10 Minute Time Limit

  1. Test jobs must not run as production jobs or use production resources.
  2. If Test jobs exceed the time limit of the job class, GTA-ITIS will cancel the test job after Operations contacts the programmer.
  3. System utilities and products that permit manipulation of data without an audit trail are restricted to the Test environment. For example, File-AID™ can only be used in the Test environment.
  4. Test jobs are not required to run through Control-M.


O.C.G.A. §§ 50.25-1


If a production batch job(s) requires processing during the on-line processing window (Monday – Friday 7:00 A.M.- 7:00 P.M.), agencies shall receive advance approval from GTA-ITIS through the exception process.