The production of paper reports from computers has been commonplace for many decades. Over the years, many programs have been written to create reports on printed mediums. This is especially true in the traditional IBM mainframe environment. The IBM mainframe can now house much more information than its predecessors from years past. Today, it is not feasible, nor prudent, to print all the data produced by these programs. As new applications are developed, there are still issues regarding delivery of information to those who require it. People still need information, but they want to be more selective of what they view and print. They would also like to print on demand, from their desks, to a printer they normally use. JES2Mail and JES2FTP allow z/OS installations to “package” spooled print data into a modern form of electronic packaging, and deliver this package to the end-point through electronic means.
The end user may view this information from a desktop computer, and print what they wish, when and where they need it. JES2Mail and JES2FTP address these old and new issues. With the advent of the Internet, coupled together with JES2Mail/JES2FTP components, you can open up new methods of allowing applications to succeed in overall deployment. You may now create reports, and store them into application data stores to be made available to their web-based applications, or deliver them through e-mail.