TXSeries for Multiplatforms is a distributed CICS transaction processor for mixed language applications.
IBM TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 delivers simplified interoperability with IBM CICS Transaction Server, improved system resilience, problem determination, and application development tooling.
* Robust and extensible distributed transaction processing platform for deploying CICS applications written in C, C++, COBOL and PL/I.
* Widely used for integrating data and applications between distributed solutions and enterprise systems such as CICS and IMS.
* Reuse existing CICS applications and application programming skill sets in your organization consistent with corporate distributed platform policy.
* Develop, test and diagnose CICS applications using COBOL, PL/I, C, and C++ for deployment to CICS Transaction Server for z/OS.
* TXSeries for Multiplatforms V7.1 delivers significant enhancements in integration and connectivity through containers and channels and TCP/IP based interoperability between CICS regions, and further improvements to system resilience, application development and problem determination tooling, Web administration console, and installation.
If you are a CICS developer or are interested in CICS products and looking out for some deep dive into CICS, here's the information that could be of interest for you.
A CICS developer conference is being conducted in two cities by the CICS User group in India in the coming week (7th to 11th December). Here's a quick look at the same,
* Keynote address by Senior IBM Executives
* Focus on Enterprise Modernization
* Showcase of new products and features in the CICS portfolio
* Number of feature demonstrations
* Customer success stories
* and many other...
Chennai - Dates: 7,8 Dec 2009
546, Anna Salai, Teynampet,
Bangalore - Dates: 10,11 Dec 2009
1, Golf Avenue Road, Near KGA Golf Course
Airport Road, Bangalore 560008.
For more details on registration and other links, visit http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/spaces/cug_india
India CICS User Group is a community of IBM CICS users in India. This space is meant for all CICS users in India to collaborate, share ideas, best practices and work with each other in enhancing their CICS productivity. Join the CICS User Group space today....@ http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/spaces/cug_india
TXSeries for Multiplatforms announced the availability of in-bound web services support natively in November, 2009. The feature is provided as a support pac named CN01 (can be downloaded from here,http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=1083&uid=swg24024193). CN01 provides support for in-bound SOAP requests to be translated to program invocations in TXSeries. It allows to expose existing or new transactions as web services. There is no requirement for additional products now to be able to perform this function. Prior to this support pac, clients had to use WebSphere Application Server and CICS Transaction Gateway to be able to do this.
With this feature, TXSeries acts as a Web services provider. Transactions written in C or COBOL programming languages can be exposed as Web services. A new tool, CICS WebServices assistant is provided with this SupportPac, which helps to create Web services description language (WSDL) files from the language structure. Various commands are available for using the tool. In addition, RDz (Rational Developer for System z) provides web services assistant tool that can be used to create WSDL files. Refer to RDz documentation for more information on usage and details of applicable options for TXSeries.
Note : The WSDL files created using the Web services assistant tool are compatible with CICS TS (CICS Transaction Server for z/OS). However, TXSeries does not support all the features or options that CICS TS supports.
This SupportPac is supported for use with TXSeries 7.1 Fixpack 1. SupportPac does not work with prior versions of TXSeries.
Some important information about the support pac below,
- Ability to expose CICS transactions as Web services. Does not support invocation of other Web services (outbound) from within TXSeries runtime.
- Supported only on English language
- Supports COMMAREA interface only. Does not support Containers & Channels.
Additional information and details available with following links ,
TXSeries has long existed now for close to 20 years and been there as a distributed CICS environment all the while supporting a subset of CICS on z/OS features and primarily intended for co-deployment with CICS TS – encouraging lower end workload running on TXSeries integrating with business critical applications deployed on CICS on zSeries.
More recently, customers or users have been interested in front ending most of their applications with a web based client, moving over from the traditional 3270 way of representing their screens. So, how is it that users can get the eventual connectivity of their web applications over into the business logic (possibly written in COBOL or C) running on TXSeries.
For customers working with web applications and having business logic in COBOL, with existing options, customers can use IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) and connect to IBM TXSeries through CICS Transaction Gateway (CTG). Typically, a connection across WAS – CTG – TXSeries looks like below,
Servlets, EJBs or JSPs written or hosted in WAS can connect to CTG using JCA with the help of CICS ECI Adapter and CTG makes calls into TXSeries using the ECI – External Call Interface. As you can see through the figure, the TXSeries CICS region in turn provides connectivity to a DB2 data base or an MQ queue or other services depending on the need. Ideal deployment in TXSeries these days includes an extension to the above picture, with a CICS on z/OS region on the extreme right.
This is a pure one-way or in bound connectivity from WAS over into business logic written in TXSeries CICS. WAS, CTG and TXSeries are three different products and all need to be configured and managed separately. None of these are part of the same logical unit, although using last participant support, you could get the TXSeries region to participate in a two-phase commit co-ordinated by a WAS instance.
On the same lines as in the above blog, through the last decade, the demands for connecting into an SOA environment kept on growing. As they say, demands for being able to participate in SOA grew as businesses kept growing in an unorthodox manner and required flexible connectivity across heterogeneous systems. Order of the day is to change or extend when demand warranted while not modifying existing systems. TXSeries enables end to end distributed mixed language SOA through integration with WAS and CICS Transaction Server on z/OS.
Imagine a simple extension to the figure shown in the blog below,
TXSeries participate in an SOA with
- JCA interface provided in CICS TG connecting TXSeries with products like WebSphere ESB, WebSphere Application Server etc.
- TXSeries and WebSphere MQ connecting to WebSphere Message Broker or any other product that WebSphere MQ can connect to.
Again participation is one way or in-bound only. But this enables disparate systems connecting into TXSeries and therefore connecting with existing , proven mixed language applications.
Regional IMPACT conference helps you experience Impact 2011 through such IMPACT comes to you seminars. IMPACT comes to you in Mumbai on 31st May is one such event where in IBM brings in it’s product experts and customers together. If you missed out on IMPACT 2011 in LAS WEGAS and if you are in India, this is your best chance to catch-up. Just one-day, on 31st May, see below for details.
Don’t miss the keynote session to be delivered by Katrina Troughton, VP, WebSphere GMU. There’s an interesting session on Transforming for Growth by the one and only Harsha Bhogle. If you are in India, you would surely have heard from him and been impressed, this is a great chance to see Harsha Bhogle face to face and hear him directly about lessons from the cricket pitch. Harsha Bhogle is the best commentator that India has produced and delivers his sessions with great passion.
Tracks in IMPACT India include “Application Infrastructure”, “Application Integration” and Banking. There’s an exclusive round-table for Insurance covering connectivity and integration patterns in the insurance industry.
Application Infrastructure track covers a set of key topics including WAS V7.next, WebSphere Cloud Technologies, Application Infrastructure – big picture among others. WAS V8 session includes new and improved features in WebSphere Application Server V7.Next, with a particular focus on broad programming model support, a fast, flexible and simplified application foundation, extensive deployment environments including virtualization and clouds, and integrated tooling. Ian Robinson, Architect WAS is going to talk about WAS v7.next features. Jagan Karuturi, Program Director WebSphere product management will cover the big picture on application infrastructure covering how the WebSphere Application Infrastructure provides the most flexible and adaptable platform to meet these varying demands.
There’s an exclusive session on WebSphere Cloud Technologies which covers a full list of WebSphere cloud and virtualization offerings.
Application Integration track cover a few sessions including WebSphere connectivity solutions. There’s a session on how to achieve business agility with IBM ESB, a session on simplifying integration with WebSphere connectivity and a deep dive into the rationale of message queuing, features of the core MQ Queue Manager, with a complete overview of how to leverage MQ and the family of messaging products - MQ Advanced Message Security, MQ File Transfer Edition, MQ Telemetry and MQ Low Latency Messaging to build a secure, flexible, and scalable messaging backbone for your business. Peter Broadhurst, WebSphere connectivity and integration expert would be doing the MQ deep dive session.
While in IMPACT, look forward to an exclusive Banking track covering a set of sessions around best practices and optimizations of core banking. Logan Vadivelu , who is the BPM technical leader in Software Sales, Growth Markets Unit in IBM India, will talk about SOA enabled core banking transformation by extending and re-using IT assets and also about how BPM enables smart banking processes and actionable visibility. There are a couple of more sessions about “securing your banking transactions with AMS and Data Power” and a High speed trading with low latency MQ LLM.
Mary Etta Cope will conduct an exclusive round table session for Insurance covering integration trends in insurance that drive business results using BPM, BRMS, and Events. It will cover connectivity and integration patterns in the insurance industry. Hear how Insurers are implementing their capabilities using SOA methods and products to deliver Business agility and IT efficiency. Also learn how BPM, Rules and Events drive business results through Insurance Processes that benefit from BPM Capabilities.
In addition, there’ll be panel discussions, exclusive preview on WebSphere next followed by an open forum. You can be part and spend time with WebSphere community in a session on WebSphere User Group.
In all, it’s a jam packed one-day session that you can benefit the most from. Come, be part and enjoy IMPACT in India @ Grand Hyatt in Mumbai. Looking forward to see you there!
Software Universe is one
of IBM’s flagship business and technical events. As they say “Come and find a
software that empowers you” is really what it means. Software Universe is an
event organized by IBM to showcase what’s happening in the software world. It’s
a software conclave that brings together thousands of IT professionals ,
business leaders, executives and so on. A get together of people who matter
with a set of highly informative and effective sessions and demonstrations of
all new stuff in software. Absolutely the right place to be if you are in IT.
Software Universe is a
yearly event and this year is being conducted in Mumbai on 19th and
20th of October at Hotel Renaissance. This is the 7th
edition of software universe and most appropriately carries the theme of “The
Next Big Wave”. This blog, a good read, writes on “Why Now” : http://www.ibmsoftwareindia.com/home/why-now-software-universe-2011-and-the-next-big-wave/
The two days of 19th
and 20th October, 2011 are going to be action packed days. Some of
the key speakers at the event include John Dunderdale, Vice President, GMU,
IBM, IBM India General Manager, Shanker Annaswamy, Pradeep Nair , Director,
Software Group , IBM India Software Sales.
Shanker Annaswamy begins
with his session on “Transforming India” and John Dunderdale delivers the key
note speech beginning all the discussions on the “Next Big Wave”. There are a bunch of other sessions under
various tracks like, “Information & Analytics”, “Integration & Business
Process Management”, “Infrastructure Management”, “Collaboration”, “Deployment
and Application Life Cycle Management”, “Smarter Commerce”. There will also be a set of solution centers
demonstrating solutions with IBM Software. If you are interested in
WebSphere , you should watch out for the “Integration & business process
management” segment and look for track details.
It does not stop with
this, if you would like some of IBM’s business and technology leaders, SWU 2011
brings them to you. IBM’s leaders from all over the world are showing up at
this years event including Vice Presidents, IBM Fellows, Distinguished
Engineers and so on. These are all technology and business gurus , absolutely
the right people to connect with. More information here on who are all going to
be present at SWU 2011, http://www-07.ibm.com/events/in/softwareuniverse/experts.html
There are also star
attractions on the two days , Martina Navratilova , you can clearly identify
someone to high performance and sustaining the same talking about “Sustaining
High Performance” and “The Different Champion”. Sure, a must – attend for all
of you out there who have grown up watching her play tennis. And if you are in Mumbai, there’s got to be
something Bollywood J Don’t miss the Gala Nite with Sunidhi Chauhan on
the 20th evening.
Much more information at http://www-07.ibm.com/events/in/softwareuniverse/index.html
Have got hold of some
interesting information about the Software Universe sessions and it’s a good
share. As I mentioned in the earlier write-up , a host of delegates from world
wide IBM are going to be there at the event, well, that’s enough to set a high
expectation is’nt it.
To begin with, John
Dunderdale, Vice President , Growth Markets is going to set the tone by talking
about “Harnessing the Next Big Wave of Technology” – tuned in line with
the theme of the conference “The Next Big Wave”. His key note address would touch upon how
Software has changed our lives over the last 100 years and how increasingly software
is becoming more vital to our day to day life and appearing in things that no
one really thinks of as computers, for example powering appliances, automobiles,
power grids, roadways, railways , waterways and so on. I’m sure many of you
would be ready to believe that anything that you do today, be it a reservation,
a banking transaction, a visit to the hospital or being at a game of sport,
software is pretty much everywhere. In
this session, you will also get a sneak preview into the 100 years of IBM
Innovation and also get an opportunity to drive into the next generation of
smarter software. Be there in time to
exploit this and be aware!
Pradeep Nair, Director
SWG, IBM India/SA will talk about unique capabilities of IBM Software and how
it is helping clients across the globe respond holistically to some of the most
critical business issues in this smarter planet. You will also see some of our
valued customers share the stage and talk about their experiences as well.
Martina Navratilova is no stranger to any of us is'nt it! Talk of consistent performance and one of the names that can easily pop up in anyone's mind is Martina Navratilova. So, if you would like to hear a few tips on sustaining high performance or being a champion, I'm sure you would look no further than her. Martina Navratilova is going to spend time at SWU on a couple of sessions. The first one on the 19th being about "Sustaining High Performance
" and the second one on 20th is about "The Different Champion: "Being" the Next Big Wave
". In a fun and highly interactive session Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova will share her experiences on what it takes to be a champion and creator of the Next Big Wave. Amassing an unmatched number of professional records and a wealth of experience as a Champion, her session will take you through:
- Knowing first-hand what it takes to overcome adversity, innovate and find success
- Strategies/Qualities/Skills of Champions in sports as well as other fields who have propelled themselves to success, creating big waves among fans and audiences worldwide.
- Insights on how technology is shaping the world of tennis.....that will include a sneek preview into IBM's contribution in tournaments such as the US Open and Wimbledon, where superior data analytics capabilities deliver real-time information to millions of fans and broadcasters around the world.
SWU 2011 should be a great experience if you make it there. Look forward to twitter updates with hash tags #ibmswuin.
Continuing on putting
together some information about the tracks, here’s some information about the Integration
and Business Process Management tracks.
A session on Private
Cloud [R]Evolution will talk about how you can optimize costs and
unleash innovation with virtualization and cloud infrastructure from IBM
A session on Building
High Performance, High Scale Systems will cover a technical overview of
WebSphere eXtreme Scale. The session will cover customer experiences and design
guidelines on building applications that run well within these systems. This
session gives you a quick look into how ICICI Bank IT team is able to support
aggressive growth plan, high customer satisfaction and able to roll out
innovate services to its customers across the globe.
A session on "Internet
of Things": Are You Ready?” would give an insight into next
generation middleware technology to understand how to remain competitive in
this ever changing global market place and see how businesses must be supported
by next generation application infrastructure and integration technologies.
A session on “High
Performance Integration with SOA appliances” would address you on how
you can simplify and accelerate application integration and also secure your
SOA, B2B and cloud environments while reducing TCO and increasing ROI
Another session on “Working Smarter with
Responsive Processes and Decision Automation” would cover how you can
address growing need of meeting customer expectations by managing your
processes efficiently and automating routine decisions. IBM Business Process
Manager is a comprehensive BPM platform giving you visibility and insight to
manage business processes. It scales smoothly and easily from an initial
project to a full enterprise-wide program. IBM Business Process Manager
harnesses complexity in a simple environment to break down silos and better
meet customer needs.
There are many more tracks and sessions across various brands. Look here for more details,http://www-07.ibm.com/events/in/softwareuniverse/agenda.html