CICS: It's everywhere and at work billions of times every day!
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Sometimes we take for granted the mundane tasks we do in our lives; they are unavoidable, not the tasks, but the taking for granted part. However, if we put our software hat on for a minute and stop and think about what is really happening when we perform these tasks then the application itself will take over and provide the necessary processing, a la CICS.
If you have ever withdrawn money from an ATM, taken out an insurance policy, paid a utility bill or shopped in a large retail store, then you have most likely used CICS.
As Steve Mills said a couple of years ago, "Forty years young, with at least 40 more years to go, CICS is the backbone of so many companies around the world. When I think of CICS, I think of industry-leading transaction processing. I think of something that is really at the very core of IBM’s value proposition. CICS is clearly one of IBM’s flagship products and a great part of our portfolio.”
Silvia Ruksenas of the OMEGAMON for CICS on z/OS development team has graciously provided this article: