IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, V5.3 is further enhanced with the continuous delivery model and the IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS, V5.4 open beta offering is updated

IBM United States Software Announcement 217-006
January 10, 2017


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IBM® CICS® Transaction Server for z/OS® (CICS TS) is a powerful, mixed-language application server that is capable of processing hundreds of thousands of business transactions every second.

IBM is committed to a continuous delivery roadmap that delivers regular capability updates for current releases of CICS TS. The following key features are part of this continuous delivery release of CICS TS V5.3:

  • Enhancements to Java™ Enterprise Edition (Java EE) messaging in CICS Liberty JVM server
  • Support for IBM MQ as a JMS provider in CICS Liberty JVM server
  • Support for new deployment tasks in DFHDPLOY
  • CICS system autoinstall option for Language Environment® to simplify IBM z™/OS upgrades
  • New and enhanced CICS Explorer® capabilities

Additionally, the CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering is refreshed to add major new and enhanced capabilities in the following areas:

  • Enhanced CICS asynchronous API
  • Flow control at start-up and shutdown
  • CICSPlex® System Manager (SM) integration and resiliency

The CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering is available now for clients to provide further feedback on potential future capabilities.

The CICS provisioning toolkit, which was introduced in an earlier CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering, is enhanced and extended. It is now generally available as the IBM z/OS Provisioning Toolkit, V1.0.



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CICS TS for z/OS, V5.3 continuous delivery

CICS TS V5.3 is updated to deliver a number of new and enhanced capabilities that are delivered by using the standard CICS TS service channel and continuous delivery model.

Enhancements to Java EE messaging in the CICS Liberty JVM server

For a complete messaging solution, this update to CICS TS V5.3 supports the latest JMS 2.0 and MDB 3.2 APIs, together with the WebSphere® Liberty embedded JMS provider in the Liberty JVM server.

Support for IBM MQ as a JMS provider in the CICS Liberty JVM server

IBM MQ for z/OS (MQ) V9.0.1 resource adapter is now supported as a JMS provider in the CICS Liberty JVM server. The MQ JMS provider can connect by using the TCP/IP-based client mode transport with MQ V7.1 on any platform that is supported by IBM MQ, or by using cross-memory-based bindings mode to IBM MQ on the same logical partition (LPAR).

Support for new deployment tasks in DFHDPLOY

DFHDPLOY is enhanced to perform PIPELINE SCAN, PROGRAM NEWCOPY, and PROGRAM PHASEIN. This enables automation to be written to update these resources without requiring the direct use of the CICSPlex System Manager (SM) API.

CICS system autoinstall for Language Environment to simplify z/OS upgrades

CICS TS V5.3 now uses system autoinstall to install program definitions for Language Environment as required. This removes the need to maintain definitions in the CICS TS system definition (CSD) group CEE and dramatically simplifies the upgrade process when upgrading z/OS releases because the CEE group on all CICS CSDs does not have to be refreshed.

New and enhanced CICS Explorer capabilities

  • CICS Explorer V5.3 is enhanced to import view configurations from a web server.
  • zFS paths within CICS Explorer resource tables and editors are now rendered as hyperlinks. This enables rapid navigation to the underlying file or path.
  • When installing a bundle definition, the installation dialog can be set to verify that the bundle has enabled fully. This avoids the need to switch to the bundle operations view and perform a refresh manually.


CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering update

The CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering delivers updated capability to allow clients to assess and provide feedback on further, potential future CICS TS capabilities. New and enhanced features of this latest open beta offering include:

  • Enhanced CICS asynchronous API
  • Flow control at start-up and shutdown
  • CICSPlex SM integration and resiliency

Enhanced CICS asynchronous API

The EXEC CICS FETCH ANY command allows a parent transaction to receive a response from any completed child transaction, rather than waiting for a specific child to complete. In addition, both EXEC CICS FETCH commands now have non-suspending wait options, and also timeout controls.

Statistics for asynchronous services are now available to enable workload analysis and monitoring.

Flow control is enabled for asynchronous transactions to ensure stability for high and mixed workloads.

Flow control at start-up and shutdown

Flow control capability addresses the flow of work into a region at startup and shutdown. It now utilizes the z/OS WLM Health API so that Sysplex Distributor flows work gradually to a CICS region at CICS initialization. This helps to avoid problems whereby work arrives in a region before the region is truly ready to process it. The controlled shutdown of a region is also enhanced.

CICSPlex SM integration and resiliency

CICSPlex SM management tasks within a managed CICS region now run as system tasks. This removes the CICSPlex SM tasks from user task views and avoids problems caused by the inadvertent purging of these tasks.

Availability of the CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering

The CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering is available for clients who want to explore potential new CICS capability and assess the value to their business. It can be downloaded free, directly from the IBM CICS open beta website.


IBM z/OS Provisioning Toolkit

The CICS provisioning toolkit, which was introduced in an earlier CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering, is enhanced and made generally available as the IBM z/OS Provisioning Toolkit, V1.0. It is fully supported by IBM and delivers a simple command line utility for the rapid provisioning of development environments. It is available now, direct from IBM, to existing clients of IBM z/OS V2.1, or later, at no additional charge.



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CICS TS V5.3 (includes CICS TS Value Unit Edition V5.3 and CICS TS Developer Trial V5.3)

Minimum required hardware and software levels include:

  • IBM z Systems™ z9® or subsequent 64-bit z/Architecture® processors
  • z/OS V1.13 (5694-A01) operating system, with APAR OA38409
  • IBM 64-bit SDK for z/OS, Java Technology Edition, V7.0 SR1

CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering

Minimum required hardware and software levels include:

  • z Systems™ z10™ or subsequent 64-bit z/Architecture processors
  • z/OS V2.1 (5650-ZOS) operating system
  • IBM 64-bit SDK for z/OS, Java Technology Edition, V7.0 SR1


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  • The majority of CICS TS V5.3 continuous delivery enhancements that are presented in this announcement are available on January 10, 2017. The remainder of the continuous delivery enhancements will be available no later than March 31, 2017.
  • IBM CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering is available on January 10, 2017.



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CICS TS V5.3 update by using continuous delivery

CICS TS for z/OS, V5.3 was generally available in December 2015, enhanced again in July 2016, and in October 2016, by using a continuous delivery model 1 . With this release, CICS TS V5.3 is updated to deliver a number of new and enhanced capabilities that are delivered by using the standard CICS TS service channel and the continuous delivery model.

1 Details of CICS TS V5.3 and related software announcements for continuous delivery and general availability, containing ordering information, are available in the Reference information section.

Enhancements to Java EE messaging in the CICS Liberty JVM server

The WebSphere Liberty support for Java EE includes the ability for applications to communicate by using asynchronous messages. The Java JMS API enables applications to produce and consume messages, and JMS providers implement the JMS interfaces together with administrative and control features. The JMS API is commonly used by MDB as part of the Enterprise JavaBeans™ (EJB) specification to allow messages to be processed by Java EE components.

For a complete messaging solution, CICS TS V5.3 now supports the latest JMS 2.0 and MDB 3.2 APIs, together with the Liberty embedded JMS provider in the CICS Liberty JVM server.

Support for IBM MQ as a JMS provider in the CICS Liberty JVM server

IBM MQ provides robust, secure, and scalable enterprise messaging for connecting applications, systems, and services on-premise, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments. The MQ V9.0.1 resource adapter is now supported as a JMS provider in the CICS Liberty JVM server. The MQ JMS provider connects by using the TCP/IP- based client mode transport with MQ V7.1, or later, on the same LPAR, on another LPAR, or any platform that is supported by MQ.

Optionally, when using the CICS standard-mode Liberty and the CICS and MQ servers are located on the same LPAR, the MQ JMS provider 2 can connect using the cross-memory based bindings mode transport.

2 The MQ JMS provider, when used in the CICS Liberty JVM server, connects directly to the MQ server and is independent to the CICS-MQ adapter.

Support for new deployment tasks in DFHDPLOY

DFHDPLOY is a batch utility that was introduced in CICS TS V5.3 to support the automated deployment and undeployment of CICS bundles, Java applications within CICS bundles, and CICS applications. This DFHDPLOY utility is now enhanced to enable the update of the non-bundle-related PIPELINE and PROGRAM resources.

DFHDPLOY is enhanced to perform PIPELINE SCAN, PROGRAM NEWCOPY and PROGRAM PHASEIN. This enables automation to be written to update these resources without requiring the direct use of the CICSPlex SM API. These operations can now be performed using a simple batch script.

CICS system autoinstall for Language Environment to simplify z/OS upgrades

CICS TS V5.3 is enhanced to use system autoinstall to install program definitions for Language Environment as required. This removes the need to maintain definitions in the CICS CSD CEE group. An upgrade to the CSD is required to remove the CEE group from DFHLIST and to define a new group DFHLE, which contains four definitions for the CLER transaction. Any user-defined lists should add the DFHLE group and remove the CEE group.

By installing the program definitions for Language Environment automatically, only those programs that are used will have their definitions installed. This drastically reduces the number of installed definitions and simplifies the upgrade process when upgrading z/OS releases, because the CEE group on all CICS CSDs does not have to be refreshed.

This capability was originally introduced in the CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering. It is now enhanced and made available on CICS TS V5.3 using continuous delivery.

New and enhanced CICS Explorer capabilities

In addition to the previously available capability to import files containing view configurations, view configurations can now be added from a central Web server.

zFS paths within CICS Explorer V5.3 resource tables and editors are now rendered as hyperlinks. This enables rapid navigation to the underlying file or path.

When installing a bundle definition, the installation dialog can now be set to verify that the bundle has enabled fully. This avoids the need to switch to the bundle operations view and refresh manually.

CICS Explorer V5.3 views are updated to show information about local shared resources pools and buffer usage. These Local Shared Resource (LSR) Pools and LSR Pool Buffers views are located within the Files menu, under Operations.

In support of the Link to Liberty capability provided in an earlier continuous delivery release of CICS TS V5.3, a Link to Liberty sample is included with this release of CICS Explorer V5.3.

The following table provides details on the new capabilities that are made available:

Capability Availability method
Enhancements to Java EE messaging in the CICS Liberty JVM server Use CICS TS V5.3 APAR PI67640 and APAR PI58375.
Support for IBM MQ as a JMS provider in the CICS Liberty JVM server Use IBM MQ Version 9.0.1 resource adapter, available from IBM Fix Central. The resource adapter can connect to MQ V7.1, or later, servers.
Support for new deployment tasks in DFHDPLOY For CICS TS V5.1, CICS TS V5.2, and CICS TS V5.3 use APAR PI72104.
CICS system autoinstall for Language Environment, to simplify z/OS upgrades For CICS TS V5.3, use APAR PI60389. For CICS TS V5.1 and CICS TS V5.2 use APAR PI60388 and APAR PI73184.
New and enhanced CICS Explorer capabilities CICS Explorer V5.3.0.9 is required, available on the IBM Mainframe Developer Center and Aqua update website.


CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering

The CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering delivers updated capability to allow clients to assess and provide feedback on further, potential future CICS TS capabilities. New, enhanced features of this open beta offering include:

  • Enhanced CICS asynchronous API
  • Flow control at start-up and shutdown
  • CICSPlex SM integration and resiliency

Enhanced CICS asynchronous API

The CICS asynchronous API is a set of commands, which was introduced in an earlier CICS TS 5.4 open beta offering, enables application developers to rapidly create asynchronous processing models in their business applications.

The addition of the EXEC CICS FETCH ANY command allows a parent transaction to receive a response from any completed child transaction, rather than waiting for a specific child to complete. In addition, both EXEC CICS FETCH commands now have non-suspending wait options, and also timeout controls.

Statistics for asynchronous services are now available to enable workload analysis and monitoring. In addition, flow control has been enabled for asynchronous transactions to ensure stability for high and mixed workloads.

Flow control at start-up and shutdown

This flow control capability addresses the flow of work into a CICS region at startup and shutdown. The z/OS WLM Health API is now utilized so that Sysplex Distributor flows work gradually to a CICS region at CICS initialization. This helps to avoid problems when work arrives in a region before the region is truly ready to process it. The controlled shutdown of a region is also enhanced.

CICSPlex SM integration and resiliency

CICSPlex SM management tasks within a managed CICS region now run as system tasks. This enhancement removes the CICSPlex SM tasks from user task views and avoids problems caused by the inadvertent purging of these tasks.

Availability of the CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering

The CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering is available for clients who want to explore potential new CICS capability and assess the value to their business. It can be downloaded free of charge, direct from the IBM CICS open beta website.

You can register interest in future, managed CICS TS beta programs by email at CICS Early Programs coordinator.

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IBM z/OS Provisioning Toolkit

The CICS provisioning toolkit that was introduced in an earlier CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering has been enhanced and made generally available as the IBM z/OS Provisioning Toolkit, V1.0.

The z/OS Provisioning Toolkit, V1.0, delivers a simple command line utility for the rapid provisioning of development environments. It is fully supported and available to existing clients of IBM z/OS V2.1, or later, at no additional charge. It can be downloaded direct from IBM.

For further information on the z/OS Provisioning Toolkit, V1.0, refer to the Reference information section.

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

CICS TS V5.3 and the CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering are capable, 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.



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IBM makes the following statements of general direction:

  • IBM intends that a future release of IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition will provide the ability for IBM z/OS subsystems to become consumers of REST/JavaScript™ Object Notation (JSON) Open APIs.
  • IBM intends that a future release of IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition will include an alternative service provider component for IBM CICS integration, based on the CICS IP interconnectivity (IPIC) capability.
  • IBM intends that each service provider component supplied with a future release of IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition will be supported when deployed in a CICS Liberty JVM server runtime.

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IBM Services has the breadth, depth, and reach to manage your services needs. You can leverage the deep technical skills of our WebSphere lab-based services and the business consulting, project management, and infrastructure expertise of our IBM Global Services team. Also, IBM Services extends our reach through IBM Business Partners to provide an unmatched portfolio of capabilities. Together, IBM provides the global reach, intellectual capital, industry insight, and technology leadership to support any critical-business need. Further information about CICS services is also available.



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IBM Software Announcements

For information on the October-2016 continuous delivery update of CICS TS V5.3, refer to Software Announcement 216-354, dated October 4, 2016

For information on the July-2016 continuous delivery update of CICS TS V5.3, refer to Software Announcement 216-036, dated July 12, 2016.

For information on the October-2015 general availability release of CICS TS V5.3, CICS TS Developer Trial V5.3, and CICS TS Value Unit Edition (VUE) V5.3, refer to Software Announcement 215-363, dated October 5, 2015.

For information on IBM z/OS Provisioning Toolkit, V1.0, refer to Software Announcement 217-020, dated January 10, 2017.

The following software announcement is relevant to CICS TS V5.3 and includes information on each of the following CICS Tools:

  • CICS Configuration Manager for z/OS (CICS CM) V5.3
  • CICS Deployment Assistant for z/OS (CICS DA) V5.3
  • CICS Interdependency Analyzer for z/OS (CICSIA®) V5.3
  • CICS Performance Analyzer for z/OS (CICS PA) V5.3

Refer to Software Announcement 215-364, dated October 5, 2015.

For information on CICS TG V9.2, refer to Software Announcement 216-035, dated March 8, 2016.

For information on IBM Explorer for z/OS, V3.0, refer to Software Announcement 215-373, dated October 5, 2015.

CICS web pages

For up-to-date information on CICS, refer to the CICS home page.

For the latest information on CICS TS V5.3, refer to the CICS TS for z/OS home page.

The CICS support web page can be used to search for terms, phrases, error codes, and APAR numbers.

CICS SupportPacs

CICS SupportPacs are available, at no charge, which extend and complement CICS TS.



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5655-Y04 5.3.0 CICS Transaction Server for z/OS
5722-DFJ 5.3.0 CICS Transaction Server for z/OS Value Unit Edition
5722-DFK 1.1.0 CICS Transaction Server for z/OS Value Unit Edition S&S
5655-Y30 5.3.0 CICS Transaction Server for z/OS Developer Trial
5655-Y15 1.1.0 CICS Transaction Server for z/OS Developer Trial S&S
5655-BTA 5.4.0 CICS Transaction Server for z/OS open beta


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For CICS TS V5.3, IBM Knowledge Center includes the changes to product documentation as a result of the enhancements that are described in this announcement. These changes are not provided in other formats or other languages. For details of the product documentation that was provided at general availability of CICS TS V5.3, see relevant IBM Knowledge Center product pages.

For the CICS TS V5.4 open beta offering, product documentation is provided in IBM Knowledge Center. This open beta documentation is provided in English only.

Additional information, presented as articles, samples, and other downloads, is available in the CICS Developer Center website.

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.

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For additional information on the Product ServerPac option, refer to Software Announcement 212-272, dated July 31, 2012.

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