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February 24th 2010

Product highlights

CICS TS V4.1 new function APARs

New Function APARs PK89844 and PK66866 upgrade the CICS-MQ Adapter to support new WebSphere MQ V7 application programming interface commands (APIs) for message properties, publish subscribe, and asynchronous consume. This includes twelve new WMQ API verbs for CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) V3.2 and V4.1 applications.

New Function APARs PK95579, PM01622, PK83741, and PK98426 add support for distributed identity propagation to CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) V4.1. If you are using z/OS V1.11, this allows security identities operating in the distributed environment to be associated with security identities used on the server (z/OS user IDs).

SupportPac CN01: TXSeries in-bound SOAP Support

SupportPac CN01 introduces a basic Web services framework into TXSeries, allowing TXSeries to act as a Web services provider. Existing transactions and programs, such as CICS programs written in C and COBOL, can then be exposed as Web services. It is now possible for you to write new programs and transactions that can be exposed as Web services. The SupportPac can be downloaded from


Share Spring Conference 2010

If you'd like to get an in-depth understanding of the new capabilities in CICS TS V4, you should attend the Share Spring Conference, held this year in Seattle, WA, from March 14 to 18. With around 30 sessions in the CICS track, plus many more covering other System z technologies, this is a great event, so, for more information and registration, visit (link resides outside of

If you would like to learn Why Business Rules are important to CICS Users, be sure to attend the Lunch and Learn session on Tuesday March 16th.

Impact 2010

The Impact 2010 conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from May 2 to 7, is the premier conference for Business and IT leaders, with an expanded focus on Business Leadership and a continued technical focus through Smart SOA and BPM Technology. Within that program, the Dynamic Application Infrastructure track highlights the IBM middleware technologies that are dynamic and critically important in supporting enterprise applications. This infrastructure is industrial-scale, distributed, and heterogeneous systems with rigorous requirements for performance, scalability, fault tolerance, and extensibility. CICS is well represented, with around 35 sessions and 2 labs, an expanded System z demo suite covering an even wider range of products, and our regular Wednesday night Spotlight session, which this year will feature an "Ask z Experts" panel discussion.

With just a few days to go before the Early Bird registration and housing offers expire, there's no better time to register - just follow this link

Conferences: Other CICS related events planned for 2010

To help you plan for this year, here are some of the international events where CICS will be featured, with speaking sessions, exhibits and demonstrations.

To learn more about these events, visit the CICS Events web page at

Webcast: Opening the door to your enterprise infrastructure

Business event processing allows business users to proactively define, analyze, and take action on changes occurring in the business, to seize critical business opportunities, or to mitigate risks. Join us for this complimentary teleconference and learn about IBM WebSphere® Business Events, a software system designed specifically for managing the business events flowing across systems and people with the goal of providing timely insight and response.
This session provides a technical overview of the product and its capabilities with an emphasis on the support provided for System z®, specifically CICS® and IMS™ support.

Link to register:

Seminar: Revitalizing your CICS - Hursley comes to North America

There’s plenty of opportunity for growth in today’s demanding economy. but companies must be agile, flexible and adaptable enough to turn these challenges into a competitive advantage. At this seminar, taught by the IBM Hursley UK lab team, you’ll be introduced to the newest version of CICS Transaction Server, a cost-effective application platform that allows you to compete in the marketplace, comply with regulations and control costs. You'll also learn how to achieve increased flexibility, manage risk more effectively, and do more with less.

If you are an IT Manager, System Programmer, Application Developer, or an Architect, this full-day seminar is designed for you, so please come and listen to the Hursley team in a city near you during March and April. Current dates are:
Boston - Mar 2, Palisades - Mar 4, Markham, Canada - Apr 8, McLean - Apr 13, St Louis - Apr 15

For more information, or to register, please visit:

Seminar: System z Technology Summit

Take advantage of your mainframe’s potential ... attend one of our free mainframe technical seminars
Keeping up on the latest technology is essential — from hardware to software to the tools that maximize their value. Join us at a city near you for this unique technical update and learn how System z solutions (including CICS) can help you stay on top of your job and your business.

Whether you’re an IT manager trying to run a smarter enterprise, an application developer wanting to master new approaches to asset reuse, a proactive DBA or system programmer trying to stem the drain on resources, or an architect seeking insight into connectivity issues, this unique IBM technology update has a track for you and your peers.
The Technology Summit will visit seven cities in North America in during from January to March 2010. There are still three sessions to come in March (Chicago – March 4, Dallas – March 9, and New York City – March 16), so don't miss out! Register now at

CICS resources

Redbook: Extending the CICS Explorer

If you have ever wanted to extend the CICS Explorer, you have no excuse now that this new IBM Redbook is available: Extend the CICS Explorer: A smart way to manage your CICS.

The objective of this Redbook is to show you how you can use the extensible design of CICS Explorer to complement the functionality already provided, with added functionality which is tailored to the needs of your business. It will show you how to:

It provides some useful examples of plug-ins which were developed during the residency using the methodology described. The starting point for the book is that you already have CICS Explorer installed and configured with connectivity to your CICS region or CICSPlex®, and that you are looking for ways to customize CICS Explorer

Download this Redbook here (link resides outside of


Using CICS Explorer: Altering definitions on a SMSS region (AVI, 00:02:07)

Performance comparison CICS TS V3.2 - CICS TS V4.1 with WLM (link resides outside of (soon to be on the IBM website for download

CICS Links

issue 5 of the CICS Links pdf is now available, with all your best resources for CICS related products:


Visit for the latest in our series of Did You Say Mainframe? podcasts. Recent contributions include Daniel Donnelly (ILOG Synergies) on why business rules are important, and Joe Winchester speaking about CICS Configuration Manager and the CICS Explorer.

We add new podcasts fairly frequently, so to be notified when they appear, why not subscribe to the podcast series RSS feed but popping this URL into your favourite feed reader

Business Partner News

CICS TS V4 support

We have compiled a list of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who have indicated that they support CICS TS V4.1 . That list is available from the CICS TS web page, or directly by following this link If you plan to upgrade to CICS TS V4 and are reliant on vendor products which are not shown, please communicate that directly to your ISV or contact your local IBM representative. ISVs who have software that supports CICS TS V4 who would like to be added to this list should contact us (

Partners in the news - Progress Data Direct

A short podcast published by eBizQ featuring Gregg Willhoit, chief architect of the Shadow product from Progress DataDirect talking about the benefits found in CICS TS V4.1. To download the podcast, follow this link (link resides outside of

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