Notes from Share, Boston
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I'm sitting at the airport in Boston after a really great Share conference and this seems like a good time to go over a few of my notes from the week. I presented two presentations on the CICS cloud and a session on best practice for zFS usage with CICS.
I wasn't really sure what interest there would be for the CICS cloud at the conference. CICS TS V5.1 is hot out the door and the cloud is a whole new concept. I shouldn't have worried though as the sessions were packed. Although CICS Applications and Platforms (the key artifacts for a CICS cloud) are about simplicity and enhancing collaboration between development and operations, it really requires users buy-in to the CICS bundle model for packaging resources and this change plus the move to using zFS for storage of these CICS, Application and Platform bundles can at first glance seem a little overwhelming. The reality is with a little zFS setup, customers can be up and running with the CICS cloud very quickly and with the new enhanced CICS Explorer wizards for resource and Appl
There was an excellent presentation from Lisa Fellows (Bank of America), introducing the CICS Explorer. There was some excellent tips in there about generally using Eclipse based applications like Explorer plus a way to serve your CICS Explorer connections directly from CICS. This allows you to control your users default connections to CICS without having to role out new connections to the desktop clients. It was great to see so much interest in the CICS Explorer generally and see how much take-up it has had.
Getting a little more technical, I really enjoyed the introduction to Web Services from Ezriel Gross (Circle Software Inc). Very clearly explained and showed just how quickly you could get up and running. Similarly Russ Evans (Russ Evans Consulting Group), explained what, why and how to get your applications safely threadsafe. Russ Teubner's "Tales from the Trenches" presentation, talked us through a real customer problem and what HostBridge Technology has done to resolve it. I really enjoy these user sessions as you get a completely different perspective on the topic.
Going even deeper technically, IBM's own, Ed Addison (Level 2 CICS support) walked us through CICS dumps to demonstrate how to use them effectively to resolve Abends. There was some great information in there about how to connect information from each CICS domain together with the reported Abend. I actually took a hard-copy of the slides back with me as a reference for the future!
Incase you missed it, this is a great conference with a lot of useful content! It also runs every 6 months, so check out the next conference in Anaheim in sunny California if you can.