IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, V5.2 takes service agility, operational efficiency, and cloud enablement to a new levelIBM United States Software Announcement 214-107
April 7, 2014
|Table of contents|
(Corrected on August 26, 2014)The Additional information section is revised.
|At a glance|
IBM® CICS® Transaction Server (CICS TS) V5.2 builds on the many advances in service agility, operational efficiency, and cloud capabilities delivered in CICS TS V5.1. These include the following significant enhancements:
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CICS TS for z/OS®, V5.2 builds on the many advances in service agility, operational efficiency, and cloud capabilities delivered in CICS TS V5.1 and includes the following significant enhancements:
CICS TS V5.2 significantly enhances the portability of web applications into CICS, by upgrading WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile to Version 8.5.5 and supporting a broader set of its features. Java database connectivity, transactionality, and security infrastructure are all functionally enhanced. This makes applications written in Java even more capable.
Service-oriented architecture (SOA) support is extended by integrating the JSON and REST capabilities, introduced in the CICS TS Feature Pack for Mobile Extensions, into CICS TS V5.2. This makes it easier to interact with mobile devices and mobile-optimized gateways, such as Worklight Server.
The service enablement capabilities of CICS TS are enhanced. Data mapping for SOAP and JSON now supports UTF-16 data types, as well as additional COBOL data clauses. IP interconnectivity (IPIC) is extended to support more high availability scenarios.
For operational efficiency, the number of supported policy thresholds is expanded to cover an increased number of threshold types, safeguarding critical runtime resources. This enables a wider range of service-level agreement thresholds to trigger automatic actions.
The integration of CICS applications with distributed security standards has been simplified by incorporating the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) support, introduced in the CICS TS Feature Pack for Security Extensions, into CICS TS V5.2. Also introduced is support for Kerberos security tokens and stronger cryptographic ciphers. SAML support is provided for both inbound and outbound use of SAML tokens, and SAML tokens can now be augmented by adding new attributes.
The operational efficiency capabilities of CICS TS are enhanced. A transaction channel allows applications to be able to use containers throughout the transaction without the need to restructure COMMAREA-based programs. Performance enhancements include a reduction in 31-bit storage usage for web services and an increase in threadsafe support.
Major advances are made in CICS TS V5.2 in the area of cloud enablement, to enhance application lifecycle management by allowing different versions of a multi-program application to run concurrently, and simplify deployment of application updates or to easily rollback to an earlier version if required.
Application versioning assists with the consolidation of applications onto fewer CICS regions.
Platforms are enhanced to define and create new 'top down' topologies, and to add and remove regions from installed platforms.
Twice as many traditional CICS resources can be defined and managed in CICS bundles, compared to previous CICS TS releases.
CICS Explorer V5.2 is updated to add support for the new and enhanced capabilities of CICS TS V5.2.
Additionally, if you use CICSPlex® System Manager (SM) workload management (WLM) can use CICS Explorer to define and manage workloads.
CICS TS open beta program
A CICS TS V5.2 open beta program is available to provide the opportunity to participate in a limited time trial of the latest developments in CICS TS, with no charge or financial commitment.
By joining the CICS TS V5.2 open beta program the potential of new CICS capability can be explored, its value to the business can be assessed, and planning can begin for its adoption at the earliest opportunity. The CICS TS V5.2 open beta offering is an Early Release version of CICS TS that shows how new workloads, such as those driven by mobile devices, can be quickly and efficiently incorporated into existing CICS systems. Participants in the open beta program may also get direct access to CICS development resources, with the opportunity to provide early feedback and are well-positioned to gain the advantage of being one of the first to try the new beta offering.
The CICS TS V5.2 open beta offering is available for download, direct from IBM, by visiting
IBM does not warrant that any version of CICS TS that is formally released or made commercially available (if any) will be similar to, or compatible with, Early Release versions.
CICS TS Developer Trial
CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2, a try-before-you-buy edition of CICS TS V5.2, has a zero-cost license charge and does not initiate any single version charging (SVC) period. If you want to assess the value that could be gained from a CICS TS upgrade, before making an upgrade decision, you should order this product. The CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2 is now fully supported and can be upgraded to CICS TS V5.2 or CICS TS VUE V5.2 without the need for a full reinstallation. For more information, visit
CICS TS Value Unit Edition
CICS TS Value Unit Edition (VUE) V5.2 offers a one-time-charge (OTC) price metric for eligible workloads that are deployed in qualified System z® New Application License Charge (zNALC) logical partitions (LPARs).
The term Eligible Workload is defined as net new Java workload that executes within the CICS TS VUE Java Virtual Machine (JVM) server environment, on condition that the workload is qualified and approved through the zNALC qualification process.
The OTC price metric provides an alternative pricing model for new CICS Java applications and new CICS Java-based, service enablement workloads.
CICS TS VUE V5.2 is available through the normal ordering channels for IBM z/OS software. For more information, an IBM representative should be contacted.
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The minimum required level of operating system for CICS TS V5.2 is IBM z/OS V1.13 (5694-A01).
The minimum required level of Java is IBM 64-bit SDK for z/OS, Java Technology Edition, V7 SR1.
For additional information, refer to the Technical information section.
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|Planned availability date|
June 13, 2014
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CICS TS V5.2 gives existing CICS TS clients, and those new to CICS products, the opportunity to participate in a no-charge trial of the latest developments in CICS TS, without any financial commitment.
Version 5.2 builds on the many advances in service agility and operational efficiency delivered in CICS TS V5.1 and includes significant enhancements in cloud enablement, while also satisfying many client requirements.
CICS TS V5.2 includes the latest WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile, V8.5.5. This can help to make Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (JEE) web applications even more portable, and can benefit from CICS support for a much broader set of additional Liberty features.
CICS TS V5.2 delivers enhanced capabilities in the Liberty JVM server web container. These include Java API for XML Web Services (JAX-WS), Java Naming and Directory Interface (JNDI), JDBC type 2 data sources, and Java Transaction API (JTA). This new support provides the ability to deploy Java-based, web service provider or requester applications into a Liberty JVM server, along with transactional support for applications to use the JDBC DataSource API to access relational data stored in either a local DB2® database, managed by CICS, or a remote database using a type 4 JDBC driver.
Additionally, the full range of WebSphere Liberty Profile application security functions are now integrated with the CICS Liberty security feature. This includes an extended range of authentication options, including HTTP basic authentication, single sign-on using LTPA cookies, form login, Trust Association Interceptors, and SSL client certificate mapping. Authorization options include both JEE role authorization and CICS transaction and resource security, based on the authenticated SAF userid. In addition, the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) support in the Liberty JVM server HTTP listener is extended to support certificates stored in both System Authorization Facility (SAF) keyrings and Java keystores.
The JSON and REST support, that was introduced in the CICS TS Feature Pack for Mobile Extensions, is integrated into CICS TS V5.2, to make it easier than ever to interact with mobile devices and mobile-optimized gateways, such as IBM Worklight Server.
Support is added for Unicode in the CICS mapping service for SOAP and JSON web services and the TRANSFORM API. Unicode characters are mapped to UTF-16 data types in COBOL, C, C++ and PL/I. Unicode is the widely adopted standard for handling most of the characters in use today and can be used as a basis for globalization of CICS applications. In addition, to further enhance the scenarios when existing CICS applications can be service-enabled, the COBOL data clauses OCCURS DEPENDING ON (when the depending field is last in the structure) and OCCURS INDEXED BY are now supported.
IPIC is extended to support recommended high availability scenarios. Groups of regions from CICS TS V5.2 can be clustered together and accessed through shared, TCP/IP end point from other client regions of CICS TS V5.2. This support enables individual CICS regions to be removed as a single point of failure, while permitting planned or unplanned outages of individual components. It provides a migration path for VTAM® generic resource support when moving from SNA to an IP network.
For operational efficiency enhancements, CICS TS V5.2 includes a major expansion of the number of policy types, support for key distributed, security standards, and further performance and scalability improvements.
CICS TS V5.2 delivers more policy conditions to trigger automatic actions for user tasks. This can enforce a broader range of service-level agreement thresholds. These include the total elapsed time for a task, the number of START requests, the number of SYNCPOINT requests, the number of temporary data and temporary storage queue requests, and the number of bytes to be written to the temporary storage queue. All these policies are for a task.
There are a number of performance and scalability enhancements. Enhancements for web services include reductions in 31-bit storage usage for web services, and a reduction in TCB switching when invoking transactions defined with DYNAMIC(NO), by optimizing when the routing program is called. More system programming interface commands are made threadsafe, and additional dispatcher and transaction manager metrics are collected to aid understanding of threadsafe application usage. There are also improvements to the efficiency of sysplex enqueues with optimization of retry processing, and improved efficiency of Java applications when using the default trace settings.
The SAML support, that was introduced in the CICS TS Feature Pack for Security Extensions, is enhanced and integrated into CICS TS V5.2. This allows web services and client-written applications to consume inbound SAML tokens and requester pipelines to insert SAML tokens in outbound web service requests. SAML support also provides the capability to augment SAML tokens by adding new attributes.
New support for stronger cryptographic ciphers is delivered to meet guidelines in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-131A, which includes support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2. The definition of cipher lists was simplified to allow separation of the definition of allowed ciphers from resources which use them. These security improvements, together with new support for Kerberos security tokens, enable CICS services to integrate more easily and securely with distributed partners.
Channels and containers are enhanced to introduce transaction containers that are created in the DFHTRANSACTION channel. This channel does not go out of scope when the link level changes; it is always accessible in the transaction. This allows all applications to use containers, including those applications that use COMMAREAs in program links.
CICS TS V5.2 enables a platform to host multiple versions of the same application, and multiple applications at the same time. New versions of an application can be deployed to the platform without the need to disable or remove the previous version, and be made available to users without service interruption. This can improve service agility and reduce the business risk of deploying applications as users can be progressively switched to the new version to gain confidence in it, or switched to an older version if there are any issues.
The type of resources that can be defined in CICS bundles and managed as part of a platform is broadened to include files, JVM servers, pipelines, TCP/IP services, and web services. In addition, library and program resources that are defined in CICS bundles as part of an application are made private to that version of the application. This facility avoids resource name clashes between applications and application versions, and is particularly useful for server consolidation.
Applications can now have two application contexts. The initial context that is used to monitor each application and application operation resource usage across tasks and CICS regions, and a new current context. The current application context changes each time the task passes through an application entry point and is used for workload management, and is queried through programming interfaces. URIMAP resources can be set as application entry points in addition to PROGRAM resources.
First-class platforms provide the ability to define and create new topologies, and to add and remove regions from installed platforms.
CICS Explorer, the strategic management interface for CICS TS, is upgraded to CICS Explorer V5.2. This is a major update to support the latest CICS TS and CICS Tools capabilities.
CICS Explorer V5.2 is updated to include support for the new and enhanced capabilities of this CICS TS deliverable, such as:
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Core foundational CICS tools
Five core foundational CICS Tools are updated to exploit and augment the latest operational efficiency and service agility enhancements made in CICS TS V5.2.
CICS Configuration Manager for z/OS (CICS CM) V5.2 improves DevOps collaboration with new plug-in support for migration schemes and deployment analysis. New support to manage CICSPlex SM topology and workload management definitions allows dynamic mobile workloads to be quickly reconfigured.
CICS Deployment Assistant for z/OS (CICS DA) V5.2 introduces a new RESTful API that allows the deep insight captured in the discovered model to be shared with other management tools, or viewed from mobile devices and browsers. New cloning options deliver value to a wider range of client environments. A new compare option highlights key differences in region configuration and helps to ensure standards conformance and system reliability.
CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS (CICS IA®) V5.2 collects more information about applications and platforms, to help clients create a more dynamic CICS cloud environment. The new Command Flow visualization provides yet more insight into program behavior. A new variable sampling technique is introduced to help reduce the CPU overhead by up to 75% whilst collecting data. This technique can be applied to production regions to balance the impact of collection, the fidelity of the data collected, and production throughput.
CICS Performance Analyzer for z/OS (CICS PA) V5.2 supports the CICS cloud with new performance summary reports for platforms and applications, while multi-version application support enables fine-grained analysis of ever-changing mobile applications. New, simply configured, batch reporting of CICS TS and CICS TG statistics provides a wealth of valuable diagnostic and planning information. Plug-in enhancements, which include new performance alerts, and more advanced visualization and analysis, help development and systems staff to identify and resolve performance issues quickly.
CICS VSAM Recovery for z/OS (CICS VR) V5.2 adds new support for extended address volumes (EAVs), and delivers usability, installation, coexistence, and customization enhancements. CICS VR provides disaster recovery support for online data and operation support for batch to minimize the batch window. Both CICS TS and CICS VR support the replication of VSAM data for IBM GDPS® Active-Active continuous availability, enabling cross-site workload balancing and continuous availability, and disaster recovery.
For information on core foundational CICS Tools, refer to Software Announcement 214-153, dated April 7, 2014.
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Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act
CICS TS V5.2 is capable, as of June 13, 2014, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested, at
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CICS TS is the premier, enterprise grade, mixed language, application server. For over 40 years, CICS consistently delivered innovative solutions that companies have used to differentiate themselves by creating, extending, and evolving mission-critical applications.
CICS TS is designed to enable clients to create and maintain a competitive advantage by building custom, differentiated CICS applications. For these clients this is the fastest and most effective ways to maintain and extend the leadership position they have earned.
IBM creates innovative and essential CICS TS technologies that enable clients to deliver on their business imperatives. CICS TS is continuously enhanced to help clients add value to their core CICS assets, first by extending them to the Internet, then by embracing Java workloads, and more recently by building comprehensive service-oriented architectures (SOAs) from existing systems.
CICS TS V5.2 satisfies over 100 client requirements that help solve the 2 most pressing challenges companies face today that drive operational efficiencies, while increasing service agility.
New and enhanced capabilities in CICS TS V5.2 are delivered in a way that positions CICS users for the next transformational era in technology to move them towards a service delivery platform for cloud computing.
CICS TS Developer Trial
CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2 is also available as a try-before-you-buy edition of CICS TS V5.2. It has a zero-cost license charge and does not initiate any single version charging (SVC) period. Clients who want to assess the value that could be gained from a CICS TS upgrade, before making an upgrade decision, should order this product.
CICS TS Developer Trial contains the complete set of CICS TS features and functions. However, there are a number of imposed restrictions, in performance and capacity, licensing terms, and a fixed expiry date, that make CICS TS Developer Trial suitable only for use in non-production environments.
Clients can now obtain support from IBM for CICS TS Developer Trial. Furthermore, if clients order a full product version of CICS TS V5.2 or CICS TS VUE V5.2, then they can upgrade from the CICS TS Developer Trial without the need to reinstall the product.
CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2 is available through ShopzSeries as a standard offering. In countries where ShopzSeries is not yet available, contact your IBM representative (or IBM Business Partner) to handle their order using the traditional IBM ordering process. For more information, visit
CICS TS Developer Trial is complemented by the continuing availability of IBM Rational® Development and Test Environment for System z, which provides a low-cost, System z environment for developing and testing mainframe applications on Intel and Intel-compatible platforms. For more details on the features and benefits of Rational Development and Test Environment for System z, visit
CICS TS Developer Trial V5.1 withdrawal and replacement
At general availability, CICS TS Developer Trial V5.1 is replaced by CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2 and will no longer be available to order. Furthermore, after October 31, 2014, CICS TS Developer Trial V5.1 will expire and will no longer initialize. To continue to use CICS TS Developer Trial, your clients will need to order and install the latest release. For more information visit
Alternatively, contact your IBM representative (or IBM Business Partner).
CICS TS VUE
CICS TS VUE V5.2 offers an OTC price metric for eligible workloads that are deployed in qualified zNALC LPARs.
The term Eligible Workload is defined as net new Java workload that executes within the CICS TS VUE JVM server environment, on condition that the workload is qualified and approved through the zNALC qualification process.
The OTC price metric provides an alternative pricing model for new CICS Java applications and new CICS Java-based, service enablement workloads.
Support for the zNALC metric offers a reduced price for the z/OS operating system on LPARs that run a qualified application.
CICS TS VUE V5.2 can connect to other supported versions of CICS TS for z/OS (whether in zNALC or non-zNALC environments) for the purpose of workload federation and systems management.
CICS TS VUE is a separately licensed program and does not initiate any Single Version Charging (SVC) period for monthly license charge (MLC) versions of CICS TS. This means that new CICS TS VUE applications can federate with existing CICS TS V3, CICS TS V4, and CICS TS V5 workloads, without mandating an upgrade of those systems.
IBM offers free, customized CICS seminars that are delivered by CICS technical experts, at your clients' location and with the opportunity to choose the topics and time. Given to a mixture of personnel involving operations, development, and strategy, this can provide an effective discussion on how CICS can deliver real value to your clients' business. For more details, contact an IBM representative by email, at email@example.com.
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If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).
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IBM Software Announcements
The following software announcements are relevant to CICS TS V5.2:
For information on CICS CM, V5.2, refer to Software Announcement 214-153, dated April 7, 2014.
For information on CICS DA, V5.2, refer to Software Announcement 214-153, dated April 7, 2014.
For information on CICS IA, V5.2, refer to Software Announcement 214-153, dated April 7, 2014.
For more information on CICS Optimization Solution Pack for z/OS, V5.1, refer to Software Announcement 213-487, dated October 22, 2013.
For information on CICS Online Transmission Time Optimizer for z/OS (CICS OTTO), V1.2, refer to Software Announcement 206-187, dated August 1, 2006.
For more information on CICS Modernization Solution Pack for z/OS, V5.1, refer to Software Announcement 213-487, dated October 22, 2013.
For information on CICS PA, V5.2, refer to Software Announcement 214-153, dated April 7, 2014.
For information on CICS TG, V9.0, refer to Software Announcement 212-323, dated October 3, 2012.
For information on CICS TG, V9.1 open beta, refer to Software Announcement 214-105, dated April 7, 2014.
For information on CICS TS, V5.1, refer to Software Announcement 212-325, dated October 3, 2012.
For information on CICS TS Value Unit Edition, V5.1, refer to Software Announcement 213-168, dated April 23, 2013.
For information on CICS TS Feature Pack for Dynamic Scripting, V2.0, refer to Software Announcement 213-323, dated August 13, 2013.
For information on CICS TS Feature Pack for Mobile Extensions, V1.0, refer to Software Announcement 213-177, dated April 23, 2013.
For information on CICS TS Feature Pack for Modern Batch, V1.0, refer to Software Announcement 213-177, dated April 23, 2013.
For information on CICS TS Feature Pack for Security Token Extensions, V1.0, refer to Software Announcement 213-461, dated October 8, 2013.
For information on CICS VR, V5.2, refer to Software Announcement 214-153, dated April 7, 2014.
For information on CICS VT, V2.1, refer to Software Announcement 211-355, dated October 4, 2011.
For information on Enterprise PL/I for z/OS, V4.1, refer to Software Announcement 210-232, dated July 22, 2010.
For information on IBM 64-bit SDK for z/OS, Java Technology Edition, V7, refer to Software Announcement 211-265, dated October 4, 2011.
For information on IBM Application Performance Analyzer for z/OS, V12.1, refer to Software Announcement 212-119, dated April 24, 2012.
For information on IBM Communications Server for Data Center Deployment, V7.0, refer to Software Announcement 212-338, dated October 3, 2012.
For information on IBM DB2 11 for z/OS, refer to Software Announcement 212-364, dated October 3, 2012.
For information on IBM Debug Tool for z/OS, V12.1, refer to Software Announcement 212-119, dated April 24, 2012.
For information on IBM Explorer for z/OS, V2.1, refer to Software Announcement 213-141, dated April 23, 2013.
For information on IBM Fault Analyzer for z/OS, V12.1, refer to Software Announcement 212-119, dated April 24, 2012.
For information on IBM File Manager for z/OS, V12.1, refer to Software Announcement 212-119, dated April 24, 2012.
For information on IBM z/VSE®, V5.1, refer to Software Announcement 212-070, dated April 3, 2012.
For information on IMS 13 Transaction and Database Servers, refer to Software Announcement 212-373, dated October 3, 2012.
For information on Rational Developer for System z, V8.5, refer to Software Announcement 212-186, dated May 29, 2012.
For information on Rational Host Access Transformation Services, V8.5, refer to Software Announcement 212-186, dated May 29, 2012.
For information on TXSeries for Multiplatforms, V8.1, refer to Software Announcement 213-462, dated October 8, 2013.
For information on WebSphere Application Server, V8.5, refer to Software Announcement 212-109, dated April 24, 2012.
For information on WebSphere eXtended Transaction Runtime, V2.1, refer to Software Announcement 212-125, dated April 24, 2012.
For information on WebSphere ILOG® Rules for COBOL, V7.1, refer to Software Announcement 212-109, dated April 24, 2012.
CICS web pages
For up-to-date information on CICS, refer to
For the latest information on CICS TS V5.2, refer to
The CICS support web page can be used to search for terms, phrases, error codes, and APAR numbers
CICS SupportPacs that extend and complement CICS TS are available free of charge. Visit
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Program Program name VRM number CICS Transaction Server for z/OS 520 5655-Y04 CICS Transaction Server for z/OS Developer Trial 520 5655-Y30 CICS Transaction Server for z/OS Developer Trial 520 5655-Y15 S&S CICS Transaction Server for z/OS Value Unit Edition 520 5722-DFJ CICS Transaction Server for z/OS Value Unit Edition 110 5722-DFK S&S
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Support for IBM GDPS Active-Active continuous availability
CICS TS V5 and CICS VR V5 provide support for the replication of VSAM data for IBM GDPS Active-Active continuous availability. The Active-Active Sites concept is two data center sites, separated by unlimited distances, running the same applications and having the same data to provide cross-site workload balancing and continuous availability and disaster recovery. This is a fundamental paradigm shift from a failover model to a continuous availability model. This concept is designed to achieve unlimited distances between data center sites AND to achieve the recovery time objectives of one minute or less previously available only in a metro area solution. The previously available active-standby configuration supported replication of DB2 and IMS data. This is now expanded to include VSAM data. Additionally, with a new Active-Query configuration, it is possible to use the capacity in the secondary site and take advantage of an additional workload balancing capability.
VSAM datasets requiring replication can be defined with new replication attributes. CICS TS produces replication log records capturing the updates made to the VSAM files by online transactions. CICS VR provides the same replication logging support when the VSAM datasets are offline and being updated by batch. The replication log records are used by InfoSphere® Data Replication for VSAM for z/OS which provides the cross site replication capability. IBM Multi-site Workload Lifeline provides routing services while IBM GDPS Active-Active, IBM System Automation for z/OS, and IBM Tivoli® NetView® Monitoring for GDPS provides the automation platform, as well as the monitoring and visualization of key performance and availability metrics.
Updates of five core foundational CICS Tools exploit and augment the latest operational efficiency and service agility enhancements made in CICS TS V5.2.
For more information refer to Software Announcement 214-153, dated April 7, 2014.
The CICS TG V9.1 open beta offering
IBM Problem Determination Tools
IBM Problem Determination Tools Studio V12 delivers an Eclipse-based, rich client platform, which is pre-loaded with plug-ins for the following IBM Problem Determination Tools:
Problem Determination Tools Studio V12 is built on the z/OS Explorer and provides users with a consistent experience, regardless of the platform. CICS users can quickly extend Problem Determination Tools Studio with the CICS Explorer SDK and CICS tools plug-ins to produce a powerful, multi-functional CICS workbench for all technical roles. To download Problem Determination Tools Studio z/OS, V12.1, visit
IBM HourGlass V7.1 provides support for time simulation in z/OS. With HourGlass, any date and time that can be represented by the underlying computer hardware can be simulated, such as past, present, or future, without changing application code or modifying the MVS system clock.
Administrators of CICS systems can test for differing dates or time zone offsets at the region, user, transaction, or terminal ID level, without requiring separate CICS regions or test systems. With allowances for performance differences, HourGlass can be used in production operations to eliminate the need for separate LPARs or regions that are based on time differences.
The benefits of using HourGlass in a CICS environment include:
HourGlass also provides global-level and user-level control in a CICS system environment:
HourGlass provides support for altered time in EXEC CICS START TRANSID(name) TIME(hhmmss), by using the TIME(hhmmss) specification on the DELAY, POST, or START TRANSID CICS API commands. This support can be implemented in a CICS region on the CICS XICEREQ user-exit point. When implemented, this program is given control by CICS at the onset of the CICS time-interval processing. If certain conditions are satisfied, the AGGICGX program applies the current HourGlass time offset value to the TIME(hhmmss) specification on the subject DELAY, POST, or START TRANSID CICS API command.
HourGlass provides a CICS transaction to dynamically modify the date or time setting. The modified date or time setting is passed into HourGlass through a sequential dataset, as defined in CICS as a transient data queue.
For more details on HourGlass V7.1, refer to Software Announcement 213-428, dated October 1, 2013.
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|Stabilization of support and discontinued functions|
CICS TS ApplicationHandler Java interface
The CICS TS ApplicationHandler Java interface, which can be used to write SOAP web services provider pipeline application handlers in an Axis2 JVM server, is deprecated. Clients who want to write SOAP web services for CICS TS in Java, or to customize pipeline processing in Java, are encouraged to use Java API for XML Web Services (JAX-WS) facilities in the Liberty JVM server web container, built on WebSphere Application Server Liberty profile technology.
CICS Distributed Data Management (DDM)
From the release of CICS TS V2.1, in March 2001, CICS Distributed Data Management (DDM) provides Parallel Sysplex® support for VSAM data sharing, Sysplex-wide logging and journal management, and CICS temporary storage data sharing for CICS TS. CICS DDM is no longer available from IBM and support was discontinued, as of December 31, 2003. CICS DDM is no longer available in CICS TS from Version 5.2 onwards.
Support for defaulting cyphers weak and medium
In CICS TS V5.2, support for defaulting ciphers WEAK and MEDIUM has been withdrawn. Instead, CICS TS V5.2 now supports stronger cryptographic ciphers, as defined in NIST Special Publication 800-131A.
CICS use of Partitioned Data Set (PDS)
In CICS TS V5.2, Partition Data Sets (PDS) can be used for libraries which contain CICS modules, such as hlq.SDFHLOAD or hlq.SEYULOAD (where hlq denotes high level qualifier). However, use of Partitioned Data Set Extended (PDSE) has many benefits, and has been available on z/OS for over 20 years. Some of the CICS libraries already use PDSE; for example, hlq.SDFJAUTH. CICS TS also makes use of Generalized Object File Format (GOFF) for CICS modules.
Use of PDSE and GOFF in CICS TS may, in some cases, require review of utilities which manage the CICS library data sets. Most PDSE interfaces are indistinguishable from PDS interfaces and can be used in place of nearly all PDSs. For more information visit
Note that the use of PDSE over PDS would not affect user load libraries used for application programs.
CICS TS Feature Pack for Dynamic Scripting
Clients are reminded that:
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IBM training provides education to support many IBM offerings.
Call IBM training at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.
The core training offerings for CICS are listed below. Versions of these courses will be available for CICS TS V5.2. Refer to your country's IBM education delivery organization for specific course codes and class schedules.
For additional information, or to check for the latest updates, visit the IBM Education web page at
Select your country to view the available offerings. This site has links to descriptions for all classroom and self-study courses available in each country. The web page also contains information on course schedules and enrollment procedures.
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Specified operating environment
CICS TS V5.2 runs on any IBM System z machine that supports the required z/OS operating system.
Parallel Sysplex support
A Parallel Sysplex environment is not required for CICS TS V5.2 but can be exploited by each of the following data-sharing facilities supported by CICS, and by the usage of the MVS system logger's log stream merging facility:
System z cryptographic hardware
Appropriate System z cryptographic hardware is required if clients need to exploit signature verification functions with WS-Security. For System z 800 and 900, this hardware is the Cryptographic Coprocessor Feature and the PCI Cryptographic Coprocessor. For System z 890, 990, z9® and z10, it is the CP Assist for Cryptographic Functions and the Crypto Express® 2 Coprocessor. For System z196 it is CP Assist for Cryptographic Functions and the Crypto Express 3 Coprocessor. For zEnterprise® EC12, it is the CP Assist for Cryptographic Functions and the Crypto Express4S.
Katakana terminal devices
CICS TS has to issue certain messages in mixed-case, and is therefore not supported with displays or terminal emulators that are restricted to the non-extended single-byte character set (SBCS) Katakana part of code page 930.
z/OS V1.13 or later is required. CICS TS V5.2 will not initialize in an environment with a lower level of operating system installed.
Java Runtime Environment
The IBM 64-bit SDK for z/OS, Java Technology Edition, V7 SR1 or later, or V7.1, is required if using Java application programs, SAML support, JSON web services, the CICS Web Services Assistant, or the CICS XML Assistant. The IBM SDK for z/OS is available, without charge, on tape or by download. Visit
CICS to IMS connection, by using TCP/IP
For CICS TS V5.2, connection to IMS Transaction Manager (TM) using TCP/IP requires IMS 13, which supports the CICS IP interconnectivity (IPIC) protocol.
CICS Explorer V5.2 requires CICS TS V5.2 in order to make use of the latest functionality provided. Details of other system requirements for both the CICS Explorer and CICS Explorer SDK are available at
Details relating to service and support for CICS Explorer are available at
For additional information on software requirements, refer to the relevant Program Directory. For online information, click on Detailed system requirements for CICS TS for z/OS V5.2 from document Detailed System Requirements for CICS Transaction Server . Visit
Details are provided in the Product documentation section.
Application programming summary
The high-level programming languages and compilers that are in service on z/OS and have CICS translator support are detailed in the "High-level language support" topic in the CICS TS V5.2 product documentation.
At general availability, performance information is available in both the online product documentation for CICS TS V5.2 and downloadable in the Performance Guide (SC32-7286).
The following Request for Enhancements (RFEs) have been satisfied or partially satisfied in CICS TS V5.2:
Requirement Description number 14725 Support concatenation of WS Bind file directories on WSDIR Pipeline Definition 15291 CICS Web Services should support Unicode (UTF-16) 17382 Signature-Validation of a incoming SAML-Bearer-Token 17383 Parsing of a incoming SAML-Bearer-Token 17384 Signing of a pre-built SAML-Bearer-Token 17385 Creation of a SAML-Bearer-Token 17614 Easier Migration path for CICS TS Developer Trial v4.2 to full product 17642 CEMT Set WebService command with NEwcopy or PHasein option 17896 Update IBM provided RDO PPT for DFHPGADX to specify "threadsafe" 18047 Support multiple WSBind directories on WSDIR PIPELINE definition (SHARE requirement SSCICS11011) 18120 DFHLS2WS improvements to avoid manual edit and DFHWS2LS usage. 19324 CICS Explorer - lacking DUMP Views 20195 Correct CMAS Status on WUI picklist when assigning CMAS to a CICSplex. 20379 Include TCB CPU/Disp Ratio for QR TCB in DFHPDxxx 'DS' output 20531 Provide Upgrade Plan from CICS Developer Trial to production 20543 SHA-2 SSL support for CICS 21086 Transaction Server 4.2 Support for TLS 1.1 + 22340 CICS Explorer - CPSM Admin Function Priorities 22345 CICS Explorer - Rational Developer for System Z Relationship 22681 DFHDH0300 & DFHPA1909 could be more user friendly. 22917 Access TACB Fields 22933 Integrated compilation support for EXCI batch program 22950 The sysplex_enqueue_waiter value needs to be adjustable 23048 Produce in any case a systemdump for U0999 abends without the need for the user to add the code into the SRT 23639 Make SPI INQUIRE SYSTEM, PROGRAM, TRANSACTION THREADSAFE (SHARE requirement SSCICS07004) 23834 Allow CEMT, CECI & EXEC CICS INQUIRE display residency status of programs 24166 Additional Short On Storage message needed 24167 NQEA Freechain storage is not freed until CICS is recycled. 24242 Issue a warning message when total number of DB2 threads is greater than the TCBLIMIT on the DB2CONN definition. 24351 CICS IPIC port sharing for high availability purposes 24394 Reduce minimum delay for interval control wait. 24579 CICS Statistics Reporting enhancement 24628 Support Kerberos authentication with CICS 24636 Improve error messages in WS-assistant 24691 Enhance WebServices for COBOL Occurs Depending On clause (SHARE requirement SSCICS08005) 24718 Method for determining the state of the SIT MSGCASE parameter 24723 Provide INQUIRE SYSTEM SMFID and INQUIRE SYSTEM MVSSYSID (GSE Requirement GGCIC07014) 24902 CICS Information Center search results should reveal area/topic/manual 24919 Allow a Specific Library name to be specified on a PPT definition (SHARE requirement SSCICS08024) 24921 Complete DFHDU0203I message with important informations (GSE requirement GGCIC09003) 25402 DFHWS2LS requires an exclusive lock on the partitioned data set to which it writes. 25403 Enhancement to DFHWS2LS: add additional parameters to control URIMAP settings and wsdl/wsbind file permissions 25405 CICS unable to identify which Web Service will be installed during the startup 25426 CICS Channel/Container : new API option to extend the life of the CONTAINER 25431 Improvements to CICS SSL processing to be able to support FIPS 140-2 25440 Extend EXEC CICS API to provide 'Link Level' number 25446 CICS unable to process Webservice Requests after Warm Start 25452 The CICS Web services Assistants only support applications with EBCDIC interfaces. 25770 CICS DFHEIENT R13 as CODEREG 25806 CPSM WUI server should fail to initialize if WUIPARM DEFAULTWARNCNT is zero 25830 Allow a WUI server to start without CICS auxiliary trace on (GSE requirement GGCIC09001) 25899 Resource TSMODEL, atribute EXPRYINT with values less 1h (intervals in minutes or seconds). 25938 Allow more than one transaction add for WUI TRANGRP (SHARE requirement SSCICS07001) 26182 record the time when peak/MXT happens in statistic 26383 Enhance DFH0STAT for TSPOOL reporting 28039 CICS Explorer - Add Ability to View GLUES and TRUES (SHARE requirement SSCICS12001) requirement 28051 inactive TSQ deletion interval less than one hour 28514 Ability to control the usage of TS resource. 28726 allow DUMPCODE on CEMT PERFORM DUMP 28831 AD2S documentation 30018 Remove comma from CPSM Resource Table Object: "CICSPLEX" Attribute: "TRANSITCNT" Field: "DESCRIPTION" 30208 Display CPSM Message EYUWM0423I on z/OS Console 30674 remove shared TSQ in CF automatically 30723 Update DFHWB0732 explanation 30883 CICS TS retries zFS errors that are temporary 31112 DFHLS2WS and modification of Xshareclasses name parameter. 31304 Change DFHDBFK to use LSR rather than NSR, 31551 Shared TSQs in CICS Explorer 31809 Filter Attributs in Editor 31868 Add elapsed time limit to CICS Transaction Server policies 31893 CICS SAML support - scenario 1 - validate SAML 31894 CICS SAML support - scenario 2 - propagation of SAML 31895 CICS SAML support - scenario 3 - create a SAML assertion 31896 CICS SAML support - scenario 4 - extend a SAML assertion 31897 CICS SAML support - scenario 5 - resign a modified assertion 31922 CSFE Status 32215 CICS ENQ - adjustable delay time for re-checking resource available 32260 Provide additional information for E.C.FORMATTIME 32327 SHA-2 support in CICS TS for z/OS 32494 EYU9XLOP is called regardless of DYNAMIC(YES) specification 33572 Extend the EXPIRYINT attribute for TSQ servers 34580 Support more than one programs with same name load from different library in one CICS region 34583 Support of the CICS V5.1 Trial Product and future ones 34610 Expose the application context 36155 JRIO OPDATA Tracking for DFHLS2WS 36176 existing DB2Tran gets deleted when changing an other DB2Entry 36550 support timeout base on elapsed time of task 37724 Program Load Date and Time 37756 Custom logic within the Liberty authentication process. 38269 DB2 Datasource Connection in Liberty 38317 RFE for eclipse EFS OSGI bundle exporter 38916 Supply CICS API for verification of Kerberos tokens 39002 Improve error message for AC2249 system dump 39865 key product after using CICS trial 40433 Cics DB2 Type 4 Support from Java 40964 Must have SEYUAUTH in STEPLIB if CPSM and Explorer not used 41298 SAF key ring support in CICS/Liberty 41353 Allow more flexible BUNDLE definitions 43009 Support of SHA-256 hashing algorithm by CICS TS SSL 44053 Support of JAX-WS in CICS/Liberty 45269 DFHPI1009 diagnostic enhancements 46247 Ability to extend evaluation period of the Developer Trial version of CICS TS without reinstalling 46248 Require full APAR support for the Developer Trial versions of CICS TS
Requirements for CICS TS can be created, viewed, and voted for, in the IBM Request For Enhancement (RFE) community. Visit
Elements included in CICS TS V5.2
The base CICS element of CICS TS V5.2 is CICS V6.9.
The CICSPlex SM element is CICSPlex SM V5.2.
Other elements of CICS TS V5.2, that were previously available as separate IBM products, are:
CICS TS V5.2 is shipped with CICS Service Flow Runtime, which allows the deployment of CICS business services (or service flows) created by the Service Flow Modeler component of Rational Developer for System z, V7.6 or later. The service flow runtime capability of CICS TS V5.2 is fully compatible with CICS Service Flow Feature V3.2. For clients upgrading to CICS TS V5.2, the integrated support for business services in this latest release of CICS TS can be used as a direct replacement for CICS Service Flow Feature V3.2.
CICS Application Migration Aid (5695-061) V1.1 is no longer provided as a separate element of CICS TS V5.2.
The following hardcopy documents and CD-ROM are shipped, together with the basic machine-readable material for the product:
Certain other items, such as specification sheets of related IBM products, might be included.
The following CICS Information Centers are available for download from the IBM Publications Center:
PDF versions of CICS product documentation are also available for download from the IBM Publications Center. See the section on Product Documentation for details.
Visit the IBM Publications Center at
At general availability of CICS TS V5.2, clients can also download and use CICS Explorer V5.2. This release of CICS Explorer can be used with each supported release of CICS TS and is available as a no-charge optional feature. Further information is available at
Security, auditability, and control
Information about security is available in both the online product documentation for CICS TS V5.2 and the RACF® Security Guide (SC32-7288).
CICS TS V5.2 uses the security and auditability features of the operating system under which it is running.
The client is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
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Ordering z/OS through the Internet
ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS ServerPac or CBPDO. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present your new configuration based on z/OS. Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). ShopzSeries is available in the US, Canada, and several countries in Europe. In countries where ShopzSeries is not available yet, contact your IBM representative (or IBM Business Partner) to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit the ShopzSeries website at
To simplify the ordering process for CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2, the "evaluation" order option in ShopzSeries should not be selected.
Orders for new licenses can be placed now.
Registered clients can access IBMLink for ordering information and charges.
Shipment will not occur before the availability date.
Unless a later date is specified, orders entered before the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date of one week following availability.
New users of CICS TS should specify:
Type: 5655 Model: Y04
Parallel Sysplex License Charge (PSLC) basic license
To order a basic license, specify the program number and quantity of MSU.
If there is more than one program copy in a Parallel Sysplex, the charge for all copies is associated to one license by specifying the applicable PSLC license options and quantity represented by the sum of the Service Units in Millions (MSUs) in your Parallel Sysplex. For all other program copies, specify the System Usage Registration No-Charge (SYSUSGREG NC) Identifier on the licenses.
Program name: CICS TS V5.2 Program ID: 5655-Y04 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 Basic MLC, PSLC below 3 MSU Basic MLC, PSLC AD SYSUSGREG NC, PSLC AD
Advanced Workload License Charge (AWLC) basic license
To order a basic license, specify the program number and quantity of MSUs. If there is more than one program copy in a Parallel Sysplex, the charge for all copies is associated to one license by specifying the applicable AWLC license options and quantity represented by the sum of the Service Units in Millions (MSUs) in your Parallel Sysplex. For all other program copies, specify the System Usage Registration No-Charge (SYSUSGREG NC) Identifier on the licenses.
Program name: CICS TS V5.2 Program ID: 5655-Y04 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 Basic MLC, AWLC
Advanced Entry Workload License Charge (AEWLC) basic license
To order a basic license, specify the program number and quantity of MSUs.
Program name: CICS TS V5.2 Program ID: 5655-Y04 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 Basic MLC, AEWLC
Workload License Charge (WLC) basic license
If there is more than one program copy in a Parallel Sysplex, the charge for all copies is associated to one license by specifying the applicable WLC license options and quantity represented by the sum of the Service Units in Millions (MSUs) in your Parallel Sysplex. For all other program copies, specify the Workload Registration Variable WLC Identifier on the licenses.
Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 Basic MLC, Variable WLC Workload Registration, Variable WLC
Entry Workload License Charge (EWLC) basic license
To order a basic license, specify the program number and the quantity of MSUs.
Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 Basic MLC, Entry WLC
System z usage license charge basic license
Specify the applicable System z usage license charge option.
Charges will be based upon the Peak MSUs. Usage reported between thresholds of features 1, 2, or 3, will be rounded up to the next MSU level. Above 1.0 MSU, usage will be rounded to the nearest whole MSU. For example, 2.4 MSUs would round to 2.0 MSUs for pricing, and 2.5 MSUs would round to 3.0 MSUs for pricing.
The client pricing will be determined by selecting either:
Program name: CICS TS V5.2 Program ID: 5655-Y04 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 0 to 0.25 MSU Base 0.26 to 0.5 MSU Base 0.51 to 1.0 MSU Base Level A Chg/MSU (2 to 11 MSUs) Level B Chg/MSU (12 to 44 MSUs) Level C Chg/MSU (45 to 78 MSUs) Level D Chg/MSU (Above 78 MSUs) Level D Chg/MSU (Above 78 MSUs), per 50 MSUs
Examples for ordering
A client with a measured usage (from the IBM Measured Usage report) of 0.3 MSU would order quantity 1 of the 0.26 to 0.5 MSU base feature.
A client with 6.6 MSUs (from the IBM Usage report) would:
A client with 15 MSUs (from the IBM Usage report) would:
A client with 50 MSUs (from the IBM Usage report) would:
A client with 85 MSUs (from the IBM Usage report) would:
System z Entry License Charge (zELC)
To order zELC software, specify the program number and z800 model.
Specify the zELC monthly license option. Program name: CICS TS V5.2 Program ID: 5655-Y04 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 Basic MLC, zELC
Single version charging
To elect single version charging, the client must notify and identify to IBM the prior program and replacement program and the designated machine the programs are operating on.
Charge metric (for CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2)
Program name PID number Charge metric CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2 5655-Y30 No charge Unlimited installs
Basic license (for CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2)
CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2 Basic license: No charge. Unlimited installs Feature Feature description number Program Package 0001
To order, specify the program product number and the appropriate license or charge option. Also, specify the desired distribution medium. To suppress shipment of media, select the license-only option in CFSW.
Program name: CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2 Program ID: 5655-Y30 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S0172F9 CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2 No charge Unlimited installs Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S0172F8 Multilingual 3590 tape Subscription and Support PID: 5655-Y15 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S016Z0T CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2 No charge Subscription and Support Unlimited installs SW S&S Reg, No Charge Orderable Supply ID Description S016Z28 CICS TS Developer Trial S&S Hardcopy
Charge metric (for CICS TS VUE V5.2)
Program name PID number Charge metric CICS TS VUE V5.2 5722-DFJ Value Unit
The programs in this announcement all have Value Unit-based pricing.
Program number Program name Value Unit exhibit 5722-DFJ CICS TS VUE V5.2 VUE007
For each System z IPLA program with Value Unit pricing, the quantity of that program needed to satisfy applicable IBM terms and conditions is referred to as the required license capacity. Your required license capacity is based upon the following factors:
Value Unit exhibit VUE007
MSUs MSUs minimum maximum Value Units/MSU Base 1 3 1 Tier A 4 45 0.45 Tier B 46 175 0.36 Tier C 176 315 0.27 Tier D 316 + 0.2
Value Units for mainframes without MSU ratings:
Hardware Value Units/machine MP3000 H30 6 MP3000 H50 8 MP3000 H70 12 ESL models 2
The total number of Value Units is calculated according to the following example.
If your required license capacity is 1,500 MSUs for your selected System z IPLA product, the applicable Value Units would be:
Translation from MSUs to Value Units MSUs * Value Units/MSU = Value Units Base 3 * 1.00 = 3.00 Tier A 42 * .45 = 18.90 Tier B 130 * .36 = 46.80 Tier C 140 * .27 = 37.80 Tier D 1,185 * .20 = 237.00 Total 1,500 343.50
When calculating the total number of Value Units, the sum is to be rounded up to the next integer.
Basic license (for CICS TS VUE V5.2)
CICS TS VUE V5.2 is eligible for On/Off CoD with a temporary use charge calculated based on MSUs per-day usage.
Program name: CICS TS VUE V5.2 Program ID: 5722-DFJ Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S01770R CICS TS VUE V5.2 Basic OTC, Per MSU-day TUC
Program name: CICS TS VUE V5.2 Program ID: 5722-DFJ Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S01770R CICS TS VUE V5.2 Basic OTC, per Value Unit Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S01770P Multilingual 3590 Tape Subscription and Support PID: 5722-DFK Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S01770Z CICS TS VUE V5.2 Basic ASC, per Value Unit SW S&S No charge, decline SW S&S Per MSU SW S&S registration Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S01770X Multilingual Hardcopy pub
Subscription and Support (for CICS TS VUE V5.2)
To receive voice technical support via telephone and future releases and versions at no additional charge, Subscription and Support must be ordered. The capacity of Subscription and Support (Value Units) must be the same as the capacity ordered for the product licenses.
To order, specify the Subscription and Support program number (PID) referenced above and the appropriate license or charge option.
IBM is also providing Subscription and Support for these products via a separately purchased offering under the terms of the IBM International Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance. This offering:
When Subscription and Support is ordered, the charges will automatically renew annually unless cancelled by you.
The combined effect of the IPLA license and the Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance gives you rights and support services comparable to those under the traditional ICA S/390® and System z license or its equivalent. To ensure that you continue to enjoy the level of support you are used to in the ICA business model, you must order both the license for the program and the support for the selected programs at the same Value Unit quantities.
Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order to specify the delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.
Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) receives the order. ISC will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.
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CICS TS V5.2 product documentation is provided in three ways:
Online information in IBM Knowledge Center
Online documentation for CICS TS V5.2 is now hosted in IBM Knowledge Center. IBM Knowledge Center provides information for over 2,500 IBM products. The information that was previously provided in product Information Centers is in IBM Knowledge Center. IBM Knowledge Center provides integrated tools for finding, filtering, customizing, saving, and sharing information.
For more information about the features of IBM Knowledge Center, see the welcome page, at
For the CICS TS V5.2 product documentation in Knowledge Center, visit
Online documentation for CICS TS V5.2 is provided for download to a client's environment in an Information Center. The CICS TS V5.2 Information Center consists of an IBM User Interface Help System, built on Eclipse, and information content as a set of document plug-ins. All documentation for CICS TS V5.2 is provided in a single, downloadable, Information Center, making it simple to obtain. The following CICS Information Centers are available for download from the IBM Publications Center:
To obtain a CICS TS V5.2 Information Center, visit the IBM Publications Center, at
Documentation for CICS TS V5.2 is provided for download in PDF format. Clients can download individual manuals or a complete set, known as a Product Kit (PKIT). The PDF manuals are listed below and available for download from the IBM Publications Center. To download manuals or PKIT, visit the IBM Publications Center at
Publication Form number CICS TS for z/OS V5.2 - base (Program Directory) GI13-3326 CICS TS for z/OS V5.2 - activation module (Program Directory) GI13-3352 CICS TS for z/OS Developer Trial V5.2 - activation module (Program Directory) GI13-3353 CICS TS for z/OS Value Unit Edition V5.2 - activation module (Program Directory) GI13-3354 Product Kit of all CICS TS 5.2 manuals SK4T-2710 Application Programming Guide SC34-7266 Application Programming Reference SC34-7267 Business Transaction Services SC34-7268 Customization Guide SC34-7269 C++ OO Class Libraries SC34-7270 Data Areas GC34-7271 CICS DB2 Guide SC34-7272 Debugging Tools Interfaces Reference GC34-7273 Diagnosis Reference GC34-7274 Distributed Programming Reference SC34-7275 CICS External Interfaces Guide SC34-7276 Front End Programming Interface Guide SC34-7277 CICS IMS Database Control Guide SC34-7278 Installation Guide GC34-7279 CICS Intercommunication Guide SC34-7280 Internet Guide SC34-7281 Java Applications in CICS SC34-7282 CICS Messages and Codes Volume 1 GC34-7283 CICS Messages and Codes Volume 2 GC34-7284 Operations and Utilities Guide SC34-7285 Performance Guide SC34-7286 CICS Problem Determination Guide GC34-7287 RACF Security Guide SC34-7288 Recovery and Restart Guide SC34-7289 Resource Definition Guide SC34-7290 CICS Shared Data Tables Guide SC34-7291 CICS Supplied Transactions SC34-7292 System Definition Guide SC34-7293 System Programming Reference SC34-7294 CICS Trace Entries SC34-7295 Upgrading from Version 3.1 GC34-7296 Upgrading from Version 3.2 GC34-7297 Upgrading from Version 4.1 GC34-7298 Upgrading from Version 4.2 GC34-7299 Upgrading from Version 5.1 GC34-7300 Web Services Guide SC34-7301 What's New GC34-7302 CICSPlex SM Administration SC34-7303 CICSPlex SM Application Programming Guide SC34-7304 CICSPlex SM Application Programming Reference SC34-7305 CICSPlex SM Concepts and Planning SC34-7306 CICSPlex SM Managing Business Applications SC34-7307 CICSPlex SM Managing Resource Usage SC34-7308 CICSPlex SM Managing Workloads SC34-7309 CICSPlex SM Messages and Codes GC34-7310 CICSPlex SM Monitor Views Reference SC34-7311 CICSPlex SM Operations Views Reference SC34-7312 CICSPlex SM Problem Determination Guide GC34-7313 CICSPlex SM Resource Tables Reference Volume 1 SC34-7314 CICSPlex SM Resource Tables Reference Volume 2 SC34-7315 CICSPlex SM Web User Interface SC34-7316
National language versions
Translated PDF editions of the What's New publication are available:
Title Form number What's New (Brazilian Portuguese) GC43-0289 What's New (Japanese) GC43-0234 What's New (Simplified Chinese) GC43-0250 What's New (Spanish) GC43-0422
Other translated PDF documentation is also available. For more information, visit the IBM Publications Center, at
Printed publications and CD-ROM
The following documentation is delivered printed or on CD-ROM with the product:
Title Form number Licensed Program Specifications CD-ROM (for CICS TS GC34-2939 V5.2 only) License Information CD-ROM (for CICS TS Developer GC34-2974 Trial V5.2 only) License Information CD-ROM (for CICS TS VUE V5.2 only)GC34-2975 Memo to Licensees(printed copy only) GI13-3349 CICS Optimization Solution Pack Datasheet (printed copy only) GI13-3345 CICS Product Documentation Flyer (printed copy only) GI13-3348 CICS Technical Services Flyer (printed copy only) GI13-3350
Other CICS publications
For information on IBM Redbooks®, visit
For information on IBM Redpapers, visit
Workshops are available from IBM education services to help clients make the most of CICS and related CICS products. Available courses include:
Course name Code Duration IBM CICS and Web services WRB032 2.5 days IBM CICS tools and CICSPlex SM WRB033 3 days IBM CICS Java development WRB030 3 days Integrating CICS applications in an SOA WRB053 3 days SOA application modernization on z/OS WRB051 2 days IBM Workload Manager: Controlling system performance WRB061 3 days Analyzing and optimizing system performance for your installation WRB058 5 days Cross site data sharing ITS748 2 days IBM z/OS diagnostics and analysis WRB034 2 days
For more information visit
Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.
Product deliverables are shipped only via CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac.
CBPDO and ServerPac are offered for Internet delivery in countries where ShopzSeries product ordering is available. Internet delivery reduces software delivery time and allows you to install software without the need to handle tapes. For more details on Internet delivery, refer to the ShopzSeries help information at
You choose the delivery method when you order the software. IBM recommends Internet delivery. In addition to Internet and DVD, the supported tape delivery options for CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac include:
Most products can be ordered in ServerPac and SystemPac the month following their availability on CBPDO. z/OS can be ordered via all three offerings at general availability. Production of software product orders will begin on the planned general availability date.
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|Terms and conditions|
The terms for CICS TS V5.1, as previously announced in Software Announcement 212-325, dated October 3, 2012, and licensed under the IBM Customer Agreement (ICA) are unaffected by this announcement.
IBM Operational Support Services - SupportLine
Educational allowance available
Applicable to CICS TS V5.2 VUE (5722-DFJ) only.
Yes. A 15% education allowance applies to qualified educational institution clients.
Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (for CICS TS VUE V5.2)
The following agreement applies for Software Subscription and Support (Software Maintenance) and does not require client signatures: IBM Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance (Z125-6011)
This program is licensed under the IBM Program License Agreement (IPLA) and the associated Agreement for Acquisition of Software Maintenance, which provide for support with ongoing access to releases and versions of the program. This program has a one-time license charge for use of the program and an annual renewable charge for the enhanced support that includes telephone assistance (voice support for defects during normal business hours) as well as access to updates, releases, and versions of the program as long as support is in effect
IBM System z Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel is an option if you desire added services
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|IBM Electronic Services|
Electronic Service Agent and the IBM Electronic Support web portal are dedicated to providing fast, exceptional support to IBM Systems clients. The IBM Electronic Service Agent tool is a no-additional-charge tool that proactively monitors and reports hardware events, such as system errors, performance issues, and inventory. The Electronic Service Agent tool can help you stay focused on your company's strategic business initiatives, save time, and spend less effort managing day-to-day IT maintenance issues. Servers enabled with this tool can be monitored remotely around the clock by IBM Support, all at no additional cost to you.
Now integrated into the base operating system of AIX V5.3, AIX V6.1, and AIX V7.1, Electronic Service Agent is designed to automatically and electronically report system failures and utilization issues to IBM, which can result in faster problem resolution and increased availability. System configuration and inventory information collected by the Electronic Service Agent tool also can be viewed on the secure Electronic Support web portal, and used to improve problem determination and resolution by you and the IBM support team. To access the tool main menu, simply type smitty esa_main, and select Configure Electronic Service Agent. In addition, ESA now includes a powerful web user interface, giving the administrator easy access to status, tool settings, problem information, and filters. For more information and documentation on how to configure and use Electronic Service Agent, refer to
The IBM Electronic Support portal is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. This portal enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems. The My Systems and Premium Search functions make it even easier for Electronic Service Agent tool-enabled clients to track system inventory and find pertinent fixe s.
Increased uptime: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to enhance the Warranty or Maintenance Agreement by providing faster hardware error reporting and uploading system information to IBM Support. This can translate to less wasted time monitoring the symptoms, diagnosing the error, and manually calling IBM Support to open a problem record. Its 24x7 monitoring and reporting mean no more dependence on human intervention or off-hours client personnel when errors are encountered in the middle of the night.
Security: The Electronic Service Agent tool is designed to be secure in monitoring, reporting, and storing the data at IBM. The Electronic Service Agent tool securely transmits via either the Internet (HTTPS or VPN) or modem, and can be configured to communicate securely through gateways to provide you a single point of exit from your site. Communication is one way. Activating Electronic Service Agent does not enable IBM to call into a your system. System inventory information is stored in a secure database, which is protected behind IBM firewalls. It is viewable only by you and IBM. Your business applications or business data is never transmitted to IBM.
More accurate reporting: Because system information and error logs are automatically uploaded to the IBM Support Center in conjunction with the service request, you are not required to find and send system information, decreasing the risk of misreported or misdiagnosed errors. Once inside IBM, problem error data is run through a data knowledge management system and knowledge articles are appended to the problem record.
Customized support: Using the IBM ID entered during activation, you can view system and support information in the My Systems and Premium Search sections of the Electronic Support website at
My Systems provides valuable reports of installed hardware and software using information collected from the systems by Electronic Service Agent. Reports are available for any system associated with your IBM ID. Premium Search combines the function of search and the value of Electronic Service Agent information, providing advanced search of the technical support knowledgebase. Using Premium search and the Electronic Service Agent information that has been collected from your system, you are able to see search results that apply specifically to your systems.
For more information on how to utilize the power of IBM Electronic Services, contact your IBM Systems Services Representative, or visit
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Program number 5655-Y04
Program name: CICS TS V5.2 Program ID: 5655-Y04 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 Basic MLC, zELC z800 models 0A1 0B1 0C1 001 0A2 002 003 004
Program name: CICS TS V5.2 Program ID: 5655-Y04 Entitlement identifier Description License option /Pricing metric S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 Basic MLC, PSLC below 3 MSU, SYSUSGREG NC, PSLC AD
Program name: CICS TS V5.2 Program ID: 5655-Y04 S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 Basic MLC, AWLC
Program name: CICS TS V5.2 Program ID: 5655-Y04 S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 Basic MLC, AEWLC
Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 Basic MLC, Variable WLC Workload Registration
Sub-capacity charges for VWLC products
Sub-capacity charges for VWLC products are based on product LPAR utilization capacity. Product LPAR utilization capacity for a VWLC product is the highest number of MSUs utilized by the combined LPARs in which a VWLC product runs concurrently during a reporting period. The number of MSUs is based on the highest observed rolling 4-hour average utilization used by the combination of the relevant LPARs during the reporting period.
Sub-capacity charges terms and conditions
System z software charges at less than full machine capacity for eligible VWLC products apply when z/OS is running in z/Architecture® (64-bit) mode on an IBM System z 900, no other MVS-based operating system is licensed to that server, and the required information is provided by the client in accordance with the applicable terms.
Sub-capacity charges for a VWLC product is based on the utilization of the LPARs where/when the product executes. To obtain charges at less than full machine capacity for VWLC products, the client is required to:
Program name: CICS TS V5.2 Program ID: 5655-Y04 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing Metric S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 Basic MLC, Entry WLC
Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S0172DF CICS TS V5.2 0 to 0.25 MSU Base 0.26 to 0.5 MSU Base 0.51 to 1.0 MSU Base Level A Chg/MSU (2 to 11 MSUs) Level B Chg/MSU (12 to 44 MSUs) Level C Chg/MSU (45 to 78 MSUs) Level D Chg/MSU (Above 78 MSUs) Level D Chg/MSU (Above 78 MSUs), per 50 MSUs
Program name: CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2 Program ID: 5655-Y30 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S0172F9 CICS TS Developer Trial V5.2 No charge Unlimited installs Orderable supply ID Language Distribution medium S0172F8 Multilingual 3590 tape Subscription and Support PID: 5655-Y15 Entitlement identifier Description License option/Pricing metric S016Z0T CICS TS Developer Trial No charge Subscription and Support Unlimited installs Orderable supply ID Description S016Z28 CICS TS Developer Trial S&S Hardcopy
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