Archive for August, 2009

Day 2 at Share 2009, Denver

August 27, 2009 1 comment

Day two starts on the CICS track with an Event Processing pitch by Scott Clee.

Scott Clee aka Mr January

Scott Clee aka Mr January

Who by slide 3 had already had about 12 questions. Mainly these centered around his pronunciation of the word processing (pro-cess-ing or proh-sess-in) – he was backed up by knowledgeable locals in the session – Steve Zemblowski and Ed Addison.

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Categories: CICS, conference, share, Share2009

Day 1 at Share 2009, Denver

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

CICS Marketing manager, Nick Garrod (@cicsfluff) has kindly agreed to throw away his buzz-words and shiny marketing foils to give us a little peek at what is going on at Share 2009 this week. If you are visiting Share and spot him, please go have a chat and demand he puts your picture on the blog! 🙂  Thanks to Nick and everyone out at Share! Now over to Nick for day 1 at Share. More to follow as I get it…


CICS is well in evidence at Share 2009.

CICS banner at Share 2009

CICS banner at Share 2009

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Categories: CICS, conference, share, Share2009

CICS Explorer: Security

August 21, 2009 Leave a comment

So you have seen the light and decided to install CICS Explorer? Well done, great decision!

However, depending on your site, this might be easier said than done – not because installing Explorer is hard, but because people will probably start worrying about security now that this easy to use CICS tool is available.

The point of this post is to try explain a little about CICS Explorer and security, so that you can be primed to answer any questions that may arise.

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A different style

August 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Just incase you had a niggling feeling something was different but couldn’t quite put your finger on it.. we have applied a new theme to the blog. The main improvement is that everything seems to be a little bit clearer and easier to read and the sections down the side of the blog are better laid out.

Grant is a little sad about losing our nice blue colour but I think he is going to be OK! 😉

Enjoy the new theme and as always if you have any feedback just let us know in the comments section below.

Categories: blog, theme

Royal Bank of Canada & CICS Transaction Gateway

Just a very short post here, to highlight a short new video with Roger Middlemiss from Royal Bank of Canada discussing his experience of using CICS Transaction Gateway and IBM’s Betaworks programme. In particular, interesting to hear how RBC are looking to move all CICS TG installations to z in the near future for high availability and consolidation reasons.

Categories: CICS, CICS TS, community, IBM, Q&A, WebSphere

CICS community

August 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Over the past couple of years I’ve slowly seen the CICS community find other avenues to communicate and share great information about CICS. Apart from all of the new blogs popping up everywhere there are a whole ton of new CICS, System z and DB2 folks on twitter.  So I thought I would spend a little time to try and pull all of the various sources together in one place and share some of my favourite people (some IBMers, some not). Feel free to add your own favourites in the comments sections (even if you just want to plug your own CICS blog). It’s about time I updated the CICS bloggers section again anyway.

It’s a great way to stay up to date with all the latest news and links. So give it a go and take your pick from my list below. I’m @chrishodgins, so give me a follow and be sure to say hello!

CICS community on Twitter


@chrishodgins – Chris Hodgins (CICSPlex SM) – did I mention you should follow me? 😉

@IBM_CICS – The latest links straight from IBM CICS support

@CICSfluff – Nick Garrod (CICS marketing manager) – expect lots of links to videos, whitepapers and events. Some great content if you like to stay up to date. CICS marketing rock star!

@dianegjohnson – Diane Johnson (IBM zSoftware Partner Programs) – The ultimate CICS evangelist, more energy than a formula 1 car and a true passion for CICS and System z.

@KatSharp – Kat Sharp (CICS Explorer) – Part of the CICS Explorer team and one of us “young ones” (Grant’s term not mine). Super enthusiastic and helping to drive forward the new face of CICS. Go Explorer!

@crshnburn – Andrew Smithson (CICS Transaction Gateway) – lots of experimenting with CICS and sMash of late. This guy knows a scary amount about CICS Transaction Gateway. A definite follow.

@MattWhitbourne – Matt Whitbourne (CICS Product Manager) – Links for CICS and IBM in general, innovation++

@MartinPacker – Martin Packer (Mainframe performance expert) – currently doing some very odd things with SMF records. Mainframe performance guru and firefox extension hacker. A worrying combination for any manager. 😉

@IBM_System_ZSherrie Abshire (System z marketing manager) – lots of nice linkage about our beloved mainframe

@wfavero – Willie Favero (DB2 on z/OS) – a genuinely interesting read. I don’t know huge amounts about DB2 but I’m always interested in what Willie has to say.

Other CICS/Mainframe/DB2 related folks I follow

@hostbridgeHostbridge – Top of this list because they have the best CICS logo in their profile! Need I say more!

@theCICSguySteve Baugh (author of theCICSguy blog) – Lots of linkage and a really great blog about CICS.

@HerbPayne – Herb Payne (Thesaurus []) – CICS dude!!

@TroyColeman – Troy Coleman (DB2 on z/OS) – Product manager at CA and a great DB2 blog. Well written and lots of good content.

@zBobThomas, @MainframeZone – Bob Thomas (publisher of zJournal and author of MainframeZone blog)

@ShareHQShare headquarters

@MainframeMagIBM Systems Magazine

@WebSphere_EduGene Fiorina (All of the latest WebSphere education news)

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