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IBM CICS Early Programs

May 9, 2008 Leave a comment

If you had a chance to go to Impact 2008, you might have been given one of these cards:

If you didn’t go to Impact 2008, and you think you are up to the challange of getting involved in CICS Early Program offerings, get in touch with the BetaWorks team at


Some more Impact 2008 blogging from the front line

April 18, 2008 2 comments

Industry analyst James Governor, has been blogging about Impact 2008 and he gives this blog a mention, so I thought we should return the favour. Another CICS blogger to add to the list. Thanks James.


Categories: blog, CICS TS, IBM, Impact 2008

Not just SOA

During Impact 2008, it was mentioned that perhaps CICS had forgotten its roots as it pushed towards SOA enlightenment. It was easy to see where this came from since Impact is a very SOA-focussed conference and we just released a whole ton of web-services functionality on our customers.

Personally, I see SOA as another opportunity for customers to take advantage of their existing assets. Rather than a move away from what we do, I see it as an embracement of current technology and using that to grab more value from the time and effort that customers have already invested into CICS. One thing that CICS director (Dave Andrews) mentioned numerous times during the CICS Q&A was that we were looking at non-disruptive technologies as a way to do just this. Hence all the focus around SOA, Atom feeds, CICS WEB interfaces and such like. There is a reason we are seeing some of our fastest adoption rates for the new release.

As I said previously, I may just be biased and I’ve only been at this a little under 3 years but that would be my take on it. I wouldn’t assume that because we are doing SOA, that we aren’t working our butts off improving, innovating and building on the traditional aspects of CICS TS 3.2 as well.


Categories: CICS TS, Impact 2008, Q&A

Twittering Impact

April 8, 2008 2 comments

I will be putting up a couple of write-ups from yesterdays CICS Q&A sessions at Impact later on today but in the mean-time if you are looking to connect with people at Impact 2008 this year may I recommend to you a micro-blogging web tool I use called twitter. There are quite a few people already at Impact that are using this to document their day and to keep in touch with others throughout the conference.

If you do decide to sign-up, then do say hello, you might also want to add your username to the comments below so others can get in touch with you. You can find my tweets here:

Give it a try and if you hate it then at least you tried but you might find it changes the way you network for good!


If you want to follow most of the Impact 2008 tweets you can do so here.

If you want your tweets to appear there as well then simply include #impact2008 somewhere within your tweet.  You will also need to follow @hashtags for your tags to be read.

Categories: blog, Impact 2008, twitter

CICS Tech Zones @ Impact 2008

April 7, 2008 2 comments

Starting Monday, the CICS Tech Zones are kicking off. These are basically just a an excuse to stop by for an informal chat. You should have a listing of all the Tech Zones in your registration pack.

I’m going to be at two of the CICS Tech Zones this year, so if you want to come along for a chat about anything CICSPlex SM related or just for a chat about the blog please do stop by.

If you want to say hello I’ll be there Monday 15:45 – 17:00 and on Thursday 10:30 – 11:45.  These are local Vegas times.

Hope to see you there!

Update: The times specified are local to Vegas. Thanks Kevin.

Impact 2008

WebSphere Impact 2008 is coming up in April this year and there are numerous CICS Technical Tracks available.

I’ll be presenting a couple of the tracks this year so if you are planning on attending the event please come over and have a chat if you spot me. I’ll be posting updates and photos throughout the conference and perhaps one or two meet-up times if you want to come chat to me and any other unsuspecting CICS developers I drag along.

Look forward to meeting up with you all and stay tuned for updates throughout the conference!

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