We are pleased to announce the CICS TS plug-in for IBM UrbanCode Deploy is now out of beta and generally available. The plug-in enables automated deployment of CICS applications supporting a modern DevOps infrastructure and continuous delivery.
UrbanCode Deploy is a suite of frameworks and plug-ins that together provide application release automation to all your environments such as development, test, and production and across the systems used in them, such as WebSphere, DB2, IMS, z/OS, and now CICS.
The plug-in provides steps to automate:
- installing CSD resources, groups and lists
- installing BAS resources, resource descriptions and groups
- discarding resources
- enabling and disabling resources
- opening and closing resources
- newcopying a resource and phasing in a resource
- scanning pipelines
UrbanCode Deploy provides a drag and drop designer for you to select a step, configure it, and then connect the steps together into a process. If required, scripts can be added to perform tasks such as processing logs and error handling. By using information provided by build systems and properties about the target environment, the process can be flexible and easy to understand. For an introduction to using the plug-in see our earlier blog post, First Steps with the CICS TS plug-in for UrbanCode.
The process can be started manually, using a calendar, or a build or enterprise automation system. When the process is run, the CICS TS plug-in connects to your CICSplex or region to make the changes. Progress can be monitored, and the results and combined logs viewed using UrbanCode Deploy.
We welcome your feedback, questions and suggestions via the CICSdev forums.
Download from the UrbanCode Deploy CICS TS plug-in page.