CICS TS V5.1 announced today - Operational
efficiency and service agility with cloud enablement. Here is a snippet of what CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.1 is offering: Driving operational efficiencies: Greater Capacity: achieve cost savings through consolidation Managed Operations: reduce cost and risk through automation Increased Availability: reduce the need for planned downtime Deeper Insight: improve decision making and audit readiness Increasing service agility: First-class Applications: create agile services from existing assets... [More]
Take a look at the new Redpaper - IBM CICS Performance Series: CICS, DB2 and Thread Safety.
It highlights the findings of a study about the factors that affect the performance of CICS transactions that access IBM DB2 resources through the CICS DB2 attachment facility.
We have a new article in the August/September issue of the Enterprise Tech Journal - See the link below. http://enterprisesystemsmedia.com/article/using-cics-tools-to-modernize-traditional-cics-applications
One of the advantages of using the latest version of CICS TG to provide mobile enablement of CICS programs is that we are not limited to using CICS Transaction Server, we can use any of the CICS family of transaction servers that are supported by CICS TG.
In this post I show how to create a RESTful API for customer data using the mobile support introduced in CICS TG V9.1, to invoke transactions on TXSeries. With this API a user can add, retrieve, update or delete a single customer record as well as getting a list of all the customer IDs... [More]
It has come to our attention that an incorrect version of the CICS
TS V5.1 open beta program directory was made available on the open beta
download site. This error has now been corrected - we apologise for any
inconvenience this may have caused. If
you are in any doubt about the version of the manual you have, or have
any questions please send a note to email@example.com and we will
respond to you directly. You can download the CICS TS V5.1 open beta here:
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ITSO have just published the public review draft of a new IBM RedBooks publication: Architects Guide to CICS on System z.
The abstract reads:
CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS) has now been available in different guises for over 40 years, and continues to be one of the widely used pieces of commercial software. This IBM Redbooks publication helps application architects discover the value of CICS Transaction Server to their business.
This book provides a broad understanding of the value and capabilities... [More]
A number of our users create special perspectives tailored to their company, or workflow, pulling together the critical set of views for their situation. For a single user, it's simple enough to customize the perspective and save it using the Window > Save Perspective As... menu, but it's difficult to share these between users. The correct way to share perspectives between users is by Eclipse's extensibility features.
As an example, we're going to create a CICS Web Hosting Perspective that shows the information needed... [More]
The CICS team are very proud to announce the beta release of the CICS TS plug-in to enable deployment of CICS applications using IBM UrbanCode Deploy .
UrbanCode Deploy is a tool to orchestrate and automate the deployment of applications, middleware configurations and database changes into development, test and production environments. UrbanCode Deploy V6.1 and enhancements in V6.1.1 announced today include the zOS Utility plug-in to deploy zFS files and MVS datasets, and to run your REXX, UNIX,... [More]
We have just released a new and exciting Statement of Direction on support for mobile applications and pricing options. Make sure you read all about it here - http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21625509 What do you think to this latest progression of CICS Transaction Server?
CICS Transaction Server V5.1 introduced the capability to combine and manage multiple disparate application resources as a single entity, which can be versioned and moved rapidly through the development, test, and production lifecycle. Dependency management is handled, and you can measure entire applications for resource use and internal billing. You can also dynamically manage applications by applying policies during run time.
CICS Transaction Server V5.2 builds on this functionality by introducing the concept of application... [More]
Hidden in the release notes for the latest CICS Explorer V5.1.1 you will see an enhancement that provides the “Ability to edit a CICS Platform project, CICS Application project, or CICS Application Binding project”. The required server-side APAR PM81540 is now available.
These new editors are a significant improvement to the user experience of working with CICS Applications, CICS Bindings and CICS Platforms so if you are interesting in the cloud enablement capability in CICS TS V5.1 please try out... [More]
The latest refresh for Developer Trial - 18.104.22.168 is now available.
CICS TS Developer Trial V4.2 is for evaluation (non-production) use only, offering a full set of features but with restricted performance and limited operational lifespan.
For more information, please visit, http://www-01.ibm.com/software/htp/cics/cicsdt/index.html
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When we talk to customers about z/OS Explorer and CICS Explorer we get a lot of positive vibes. There's talk of how it can help their teams, how it can simplify some of their tasks, and sometimes how they want to extend it with plug-ins they already use.
When we get onto discussing how it can be deployed to their teams, the concepts sound good in theory but we've seen that people of get confused, in practice. This is compounded because of the large number of ways it can be installed (to cater for the difference needs of different... [More]
The University of Florida have provided us with an up to date case study of how they have utilized CICS V4.2. Their business need was to provide students with
information that would help them get around the 2,000-acre campus and
meet their academic responsibilities. To see the solution to this need use the below link to take you to the full case study. http://www-01.ibm.com/software/success/cssdb.nsf/cs/CPAR-8Z8N47?OpenDocument&Site=corp&ref=crdb