Into the sunset..

October 24, 2012 2 comments

I’m afraid this blog has reached it’s natural end and I’m going to sunset it in a few months time. However, this is not the end, we are just moving location.

There is a growing collection of informative new CICS blogs, including my own, now on developerWorks.

CICS, CICSplex and the CICS cloud Blog
- I’ll be blogging here from now on. Mostly about the CICS cloud and CICSPlex SM. I’ve just started so stay tuned! :)

CICSdev community and blog
- “The CICSdev Community is the place to discuss, share and learn about developing for CICS.”

WebSphere and CICS Support Blog
- “Technical experts from IBM share support knowledge for WebSphere and CICS products!”

CICSdev Forum
- For all your questions about CICS, head to the CICSdev forum and ask away.

Thanks for following us!

Update: Fixed the CICSdev blog link.

Categories: blog, CICS

System z webcast

January 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Hot off the press! Sign up now for this webcast and participate in the live Q&A session at the end. Bound to be lots of interesting discussion.

Join our experts, Ray Jones, Vice President, IBM System z® Software, and Kevin Stoodley, IBM Fellow and CTO for Enterprise Modernization Tools, Compilers and Security, to learn how IBM’s latest compilers, middleware and tools can help you stay on the technology curve. In this complimentary webcast, Ray and Kevin will discuss best practices and approaches to plan and execute a successful compiler migration, alongside CICS®, IMS™ and DB2® upgrades. They will also go over IBM’s strategy for compilers and tools on System z to help you better plan your overall development and upgrade efforts.

Register now for this webcast by logging onto http://ibm.com/software/systemz/webcast/15feb.

Join us after the webcast for a live question-and-answer session. The webcast will also be available for replay after the event.

Categories: CICS TS, SystemZ, Webcast

Cloud or fog?

December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

AppFog is intriguing – but is it a sign of how developers expect to get things done in the future? Imagine CICS and the mainframe being that friendly to developers –  Dream or nightmare?

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Joe Winchester’s blog – where the CICS Explorer action is

November 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Just a plug for Joe’s blog over on Developerworks - lots of good info on CICS Explorer and other Eclipse stuff.

For example, there’s Rational Developer for System z – enabling a full CICS Explorer experience and IMS and CICS – Exploring z/OS together.

Enjoy!

Categories: blog, CICS Explorer, links

CICS TS V4.2 education published

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment

We’ve just updated IBM Education Assistant with some education on the new features that are available in CICS TS V4.2. We’ve added presentations on features like system events, the JVM server and OSGi, transaction tracking, and system management enhancements. There’s also a technical overview and four minute pitch on the whole release. You can either listen along to the recording or download the PDFs with notes.

Feedback on any of the education that we’ve published is very welcome.

IBM business partners

November 24, 2011 1 comment

Check out the growing list of IBM Business partners with solutions that support the very latest CICS Transaction Server (CICS TS V4.2).

If you have a solution to add to this list, please drop an email to cicsetp@uk.ibm.com.

Categories: Business Partners, CICS

Sad news about Grant Shayler

November 16, 2011 3 comments

We are deeply saddened to inform the MasterTerminal community of the death of Grant Shayler. He died on 29th October 2011, aged 42. We have delayed this news until his loving sister and father have been able to deal with his affairs and return him to his native land of New Zealand.

Grant was a prolific contributor to this blog, both as a contributor of original articles, and as a respondent to Ask a Question. He also actively participated in the CICS-L mailing list. His depth of knowledge of CICS was outstanding.

Grant joined IBM in 1989. He was initially a tester of the CICS Security restructure, but his security expertise was so extensive that he became an honorary member of the design team. The complex table of CICS ISC userid selection was Grant’s creation.

He temporarily moved to WebSphere MQ to perform a similar service there.

Grant returned to CICS in the CICSPlex/SM Change Team, and later became a lead architect and developer for CICSPlex/SM for many years. In the last few years he led the team that brought in the CICS Deployment Assistant.

Grant was greatly respected by his friends and colleagues in the CICS and CPSM Development and Change Teams, both for his technical knowledge and for his friendly, helpful, and approachable character. He will be deeply missed by us all.

Categories: CICS, CICS-L, CICSPlex SM, Grant
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