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IBM Information Management System (IMS), built on IBM System z, is the lowest cost transaction and hierarchical database management system for mission critical OLTP.

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IBM Information Management System (IMS), built on IBM System z, is the lowest cost transaction and hierarchical database management system for mission critical OLTP.


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IBM
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SWX:IBM
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Phone
1-866-277-7488
Year Founded
1911
HQ Location
Armonk, NY
Total Revenue (USD mm)
$77,147
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@IBM
615,531 Twitter followers
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www.linkedin.com
519,733 employees on LinkedIn®
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IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world's most advanced servers and supercomputers.

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Technology Lead
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I'm really impressed on how this age old monk has evolved over the time. I got an opportunity to work IBM IMS for 7-8 years. I must brag about it's processing speeds for the High Volume Of Records, Robustness, Impressive scalability, Economically Viable,

Secured environments and No fear of Runtime exceptions. To be honest, I never faced an outage in my service. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is a scope of improvement in the areas like user friendly GUI and in creating user manuals that imparts issue resolution and knowledge on the fly. It's an hard nut for a new learners. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used it for one of the largest insurance provider. And, There was a need for storing and retrieving huge chunks of data and printing millions of documents on daily basis. We have leveraged IMS that worked seamlessly. It is an absolute pleasure in terms of robustness, efficiency, Security, scalability and performance. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Associate Consultant
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The IMS have some unique features which makes this IMS database from relational database and the design of algorithm is implemented in such a way that the best result will get in the least amount of time. This makes the transaction process fast and user friendly. It can handle thousands of processing requests in a single go. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The restoring process takes much time in IMS as compare to other relational databases. There are very rare instances in the banking industry where we need to retrieve the 1000 days back data but when it is required in case of IMS database it is taking bit much more time than relational database. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am working in banking industry and for the optimization purposes I suggest the solutions to the clients which they can solve thru the IMS database like handling of bulk transactions request, reducing transaction processing time, restoring the large files,e.t.c . So in such a way this is helping the business by providing the solutions to the clients. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Programming Analyst II
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I have been part of Life Insurance, Telecom and Credit Card Industries for more than 12 years .

As a programmer Analyst implementing and deploying data conversation between back end and front end system have always been a challenge to me. Database Management with IMS was very

helpful since the hierarchical data storage allows us to communicate with data for industries

with direct consumer needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Naturalization of Data in IMS is predated where the searchability of data is slower. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deploying and Understanding Customer Account relation in Telecom Industry is much convenient on IMS . Major benefit on placing the consumer and data retrieval at convenient. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Developer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Security

Reliability

Big volume of data. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It should be more flexible

not being a DB relational penalizes its use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

We have built a database of a network of bank branches with all the needs of security and recovery/restart. It requires knowledge of obsolete maintenance languages and perhaps it is too rigid in the schemes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have built a database of a network of bank branches with all the needs of security and recovery/restart. It requires knowledge of obsolete maintenance languages and perhaps it is too rigid in the schemes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Member Technical
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Quick access to the data even if the data records span to millions. Highly reliable both in batch and online environments. I have worked in large enterprise applications that use IMS, the experience has always been top-notch. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Lack of SQL like interface to perform data operations. The query constructs are not easy to understand for a beginner or an intermediate programmer. The learning curve is quite steep compared to other RDMS systems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Providing online reservations , accounting , book keeping, and inventory management Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Manager IT Planning (BSS /OSS) Etisalat Pak
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

IMS is a message-based transaction manager and hierarchical-database manager for z/OS®. External applications can use transactions to interact with applications that run inside IMS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The IMS Database component stores data using a hierarchical model, which is quite different from IBM's later released relational database, Db2 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great Product Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IMS is a message-based transaction manager and hierarchical-database manager for z/OS®. External applications can use transactions to interact with applications that run inside IMS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Data Analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Good for simple input or display of data in concise, organized manner. Facility available to display sub-records in a scrollable format. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

seems to be on it's way out in favor of more modern looking interfaces. can be a bit cumbersome in terms of setting up online transactions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Primarily used to create simple, easy-to use screens to display or update data within a mainframe environment. Good for basic use if you don't care about all the bells and whistles. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Engineer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Data stored and retrieved are very secure since it resides inside the Mainframe server. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

This type of storing data is getting degraded and getting replaced by conventional DB2. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Projecting data in the front end user screen by accessing the data points in the backend server helps a lot. The data is hard to tamper with, if its not from inside. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Consultant
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

IMS calls are faster than any other type of Databases Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Lack of expertise in IMS....it seems many new people coming does not have better understanding of IMS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Again it been there for long and still going strong.

Using ims is easy to learn Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use ims online transaction for our warranty application

When using ims trans it is faster when compared to relation DB Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Associate - Tech and Support Lead, Technofunctional analyst
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

1.helpful in checkpoint restart logic 2. Data retreival time in IMS is very fast as compared to DB2 system Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Complicated hierarchical structure of IMS database Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Problems solved with IMS - checkpoint restart issue is solved easily with IMS

Benefits - Faster access of data Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AT
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

applications can be created, controlled and changed, regardless of the kind of network or platform on which they run Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Due to big network architecture troubleshooting is complex Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been working on VoLTE, VoWifi and emergency solutions, with IMS I find it easy, stable and one common core solution regardless of access networks. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Assistant Consultant
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like the High Security of IMS. The performance is also good. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

this does not support the non-relational databases. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

if anyone wants to run small and medium enterprise grade application, then IMS is a great choice Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Providing business intelligence in applications Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Consultant
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Easy to understand and navigate. The availability to show result set is good Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Automatic suggestions for errors to route to ibm page. Troubleshooting is complex. There should be more ims specialists Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Checkpoint logic in ims for GSMA makes it better Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UA
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Check-in and check-out process and also we can keep each and every revision easily. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I like to use IMS , nothing is there to dislike it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Comparison between old files and new files are easy and saving my time too. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CA
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

IMS 15 uses pervasive encryption of data and reduces the cost of generating deep insights by keeping your data on IBM Z Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Risk to leak important information data. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Yes Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Open access to IMS database through Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) and SQL enables our organization to fully use your data where it resides. lowering development and operational costs to exploring new revenue streams, data management and optimization Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Self Employed
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Processing Power, reliability, maintainability. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Ancient technology that is not a strategic platform by IBM Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IMS is the iron workhorse. It just works. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UC
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Its lowest cost transaction db management system, merts all standard requirements with one set of policies, reduced cost in audits Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Nothing as such to mention here but problems can come up with ims is lack of resources when u jave more than one month systems Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A well planned IMS operation most cost effectively than separate mgmt systems and help in decision making Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mainframe hardware specialist
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

Its reliability. I have experienced outages very rarely. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Its hard to find IMS specialists. This should be taken into account. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am interacting with IMS team for the DBA stuff. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Staff
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Has great throughput, can do DB & DC simultaneously Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Hierarchical databases are old technology Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Continue to support existing systems Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Consultant
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Growth in future and learning curves is very good Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Need to work on more new and niche technology work. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Setting data pipeline and it's sharpen my career Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UT
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I like High level performance of the database Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It is not much flexible to use and conversion of DL/I calls is not easy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend IMS for someone requiring a secure DB and having a huge amount of transactions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Checkpoint restart logic in IMS for GSAM makes it better for usage. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CP
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The precise data.I recommend companies to use IMS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I have not felt IMS is not helpful anytime Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used IMS data to compare the business between competitors Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UT
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

OLTP systems are harder to manage but with IMS its easier Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Relatively expensive hardware compared to RDBMS or other DBs requirement. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Large OLTP in Telecom sector Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UB
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

it is hierarchical database and it is easy to retrieve the data via IMS. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

it is old technology and DB2 will take the place of IMS in upcoming years. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

it is hard to write the code that is the biggest problem.benefit is easy to understand. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AB
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Its very likely to have IMS for all connections Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Its mandatory that some one added premium for connecting Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

100% Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can connect easily with anyone i wanted to connect in this world. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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