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November 2007

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View from Development – Dave Andrews

Dave AndrewsThe November 2007 Transaction & Messaging Technical Conference (T&M) included more than 100 technical sessions covering the latest IBM products, technologies, best practices and solutions.

The event was a great opportunity for attendees to find out about the latest CICS technological advances and to gain an insight into future directions.

The conference contained 5 tracks covering the following: Transaction and Messaging Architecture, CICS , Enterprise Connectivity, Messaging and Security and Management.

The show also provided attendees with a wonderful opportunity to gain practical experience, network with IBM technical experts and fellow attendees, and even obtain IBM certification.

A key highlight during the event was the announcement of the latest CICS Interdependency Analyzer tool. CICS IA makes life simpler for CICS system developers by automatically identifying runtime relationships between CICS resources, recording the data in a DB2 database and analyzing information that can be used in daily processing.

Dave Andrews,
Director, CICS Development

CICS Scene – Rick Thomas

In early October 2007, IBM introduced Smart SOA - a set of guiding principles derived from the company’s experience with more than 5,700 customers worldwide who are using IBM Service Oriented Architecture offerings.

Smart SOA defines the different ways in which customers can adopt SOA (from the basic infrastructure to more advanced implementations). The goal of Smart SOA is to address customer business and IT requirements whilst at the same time ensuring that customers get more value from their SOA deployments.

Richard ThomasSmart SOA recognizes that the needs of IBM customers evolve as they progress from establishing an SOA strategy and implementing basic projects to focusing on end-to-end business processes and more advanced, transformational projects.

IBM’s Smart SOA offerings at the basic stage include enhancements to the SOA Entry Points, new hardware configurations and a free SOA Sandbox play area for customers to experiment and explore different SOA ideas. The sandbox is accessible from a link on the IBM developerWorks page.

IBM also intends to provide access to full-version software products for experimentation plus online hosted environments where customer developers can work through tutorials and get architectural guidance.

To find out more about smart SOA, read the press release.

Richard Thomas,
Program Director, CICS Marketing

CICS highlights

CICS Transaction Gateway gets 'pinged'
A simple 'ping' tool for CICS Transaction Gateway is now available as a SupportPac. This handy tool is designed for testing network connectivity and response times to a CICS Transaction Gateway and the associated CICS systems it is configured to use. More...

The editor asks...
This month we hear from Dermot Flaherty, Lead Architect IBM WebSphere MQ about the advantages of connecting business applications in a highly available, scalable and secure way with WebSphere MQ middleware technology.

Dermot FlahertyDermot explains how WebSphere MQ enables CICS applications (and other core applications hosted on System z) to interoperate with other applications running either on System z or on distributed platforms. Dermot also looks at why many organizations are under increasing pressure to implement such connectivity solutions. More... (56KB)

"Did you say mainframe?!" – a great new podcast series on developerWorks!
Yes we did! The mainframe is being reinvigorated. To complement this, a new series of podcasts on mainframe-related subjects is now hosted on IBM developerWorks. Listen to the experts and discover how IBM, with the help of a great product range, is revitalizing the mainframe as the platform of choice for modern, secure, services-based infrastructures, such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Listen to these recent additions to the series and watch out for more in future:

New Wiki for the CICS community!
A new CICS Wiki is now available. The site runs the same software as Wikipedia and provides a knowledge base aimed specifically at the CICS community. More...

CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V3.2 offers improved performance and enhanced features
In an interesting article in IBM Systems Magazine, John Burgess and Trevor Clarke from the CICS Transaction Server Performance Group at IBM Hursley Laboratory look at how the latest release shapes up. Learn more...


Register for these great SOA, CICS and System z teleconferences
These teleconferences cover a wide range of SOA, CICS and System z topics and can help you make the most of your systems. Click the link to find out more. More... (33KB)

Extend the value of your CICS applications with WebSphere MQ for z/OS
It is no secret that mainframes contain significant core assets in business data and applications, Organizations rely on IBM CICS Transaction Server to handle transactions valued at more than US$1 trillion per week, and IBM IMS systems to handle more that 50 billion transaction per day. The ability to continue deriving extra value from existing IBM System z assets by reusing enterprise data, applications and skills is one of the key considerations in hundreds of organizations. Connectivity problems can create barriers to value, for example:

Large heterogeneous environments have to be connected in a way which makes the most of the enterprise assets. WebSphere MQ for z/OS is designed just for that. It also lays the foundation for other projects, such as SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) or file transfer. IBM WebSphere® MQ can increase the processing capability of IBM CICS Transaction Server, by extending the reach of CICS from a wide range of computing platforms both inside and outside the enterprise to enable access to all types of business data (for example files and databases).

To help you learn more, IBM is offering a free one day seminar for your technical professionals, including IT architects, application development technical management and application developers. The seminar can be conducted at your preferred business location, or at the IBM Hursley Laboratory Briefing Center. The event will be specifically tailored to the connectivity needs of your organisation. You will hear about the latest enhancements in WebSphere MQ for z/OS technology from the subject matter experts, and you can discuss related technologies which can help meet your connectivity, SOA or file transfer requirements. This is an opportunity to discuss your unique requirements and to find answers to the architectural questions you might have.

For more information please contact Elena Wood.

If you are ready to evaluate WebSphere MQ for z/OS, you can request a free trial by completing the request form.

To understand more about how WebSphere MQ for z/OS can help your organization make the best use of its existing assets in an SOA, go to the WebSphere MQ for z/OS web page.

Are you ready for Impact 2008?

In April 2008, more than 6000 IBM Customers and Business Partners will come together to reset the pace for innovation. Be among the first to get the hottest information on new technologies from business and technical experts from IBM, analysts, and companies like yours who have implemented SOA solutions. This annual conference on SOA and WebSphere offers unparalled technical education about SOA and IBM thought leadership for LOBs, CIOs and practical application for users. From IT practitioners to senior business leaders, you'll get more value from the one conference that brings it all together. Click the link to register. More...

UK Student Mainframe Contest, October 16 - December 31
Today's new mainframe computers are growing in popularity in the industry and require a new generation of mainframe experts. IBM is looking for UK college and university students to take part in the Autumn Student Mainframe Contest with the chance to boost their CVs and win stunning prizes including T-shirts, Sony PSPs (PlayStation Portables) and Lenovo Thinkpads. Pass the word around to any student and university contacts you have. Students who are interested in entering should read the article about the contest which also ran earlier this year, and can register by clicking the link below. Learn more...

Teleconference: 'Discover, reuse and govern your mainframe services’, 5 December 2007
Find out how WebSphere Service Registry and Repository (WSRR) promotes reuse and eliminates redundancies by increasing visibility of services, applications and processes. Discover how WSRR enables governance and life-cycle management of high-value applications, such as WebSphere MQ and CICS. Click the link and register. More...

Teleconference: 'WebSphere Message Broker for z/OS: What it is and how to use it as an ESB’, 28 November 2007
Discover how Message Broker has evolved to become a comprehensive Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) that can connect just about any application or service to any other application or service. Explore broker concepts and the solution components that allow you to connect all the applications in an enterprise in innovative and dynamic ways. This teleconference is available for replay after the event. Learn more...


New white paper: 'IBM System z tools for CICS SOA development’
In this excellent new white paper, Michelle Cordes and John Knutson look at how the combination of formal processes plus the System z tools portfolio help users achieve the goal of implementing effective service oriented architectures (SOA) for their CICS systems. More... (359KB)

New Redbook: 'Threadsafe Considerations for CICS’
This Redbook is a comprehensive guide to threadsafe concepts and implementation in the context of CICS. The book also explains how to implement threadsafety in your own environment. Learn more...

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