IBM’s CICS user conference – a gathering of CICS community was recently held in
Agenda was well laid out with a good mix of CICS, Rational tooling and TXSeries topics. Matt Whitbourne, CICS product manager spoke about CICS updates and recent innovations that have been happening in the CICS area. Hearing him it left us impressed on how a product > 40 years old continues to innovate and make sense for customers. CICS 4.1 is the latest release of CICS and has come in with a host of cool features, one of which being business events. Matt was talking about examples of innovation on how he got text messages from his bank on withdrawals, I was just thinking while it’s a good example but banks in
Like CICS, innovation continues on z hardware. New zEnterprise system which can host power blades as well begins a new era in enterprise systems. Other topics of interest were IBM’s latest offering (IMAT) on the TXSeries product to enable Oracle Tuxedo migrations and Rational developer tooling for CICS. Was interesting to see a demonstration on IMAT that shows how a migration across middleware could be achieved with such ease. Rational continues to provide developer tooling to support CICS platforms. RDp is their latest offering with support for COBOL , C , C++ and so on for power platform. Definitely of great interest for the TXSeries customers as it brings great value in terms of application development for TXSeries. You can develop, debug and deploy applications using RDp.
This was the third such CICS conference in