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CICS TS V5.2 Open Beta

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CICS TS V5.2 open beta will be available for download from 24th of February 2014.

One of the new features that looks promising: Channels and containers allow applications to be able to use containers without the need to restructure COMMAREA-based programs.

IBM CICS Open Beta page : LINK

A Pragmatic and Practical look at Mainframe Migration from Gartner

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During 2012 and to 1H13, Gartner documented well over 100 distinct inquiries from clients who have been tasked with investigating the merits of moving away from their IBM mainframe environments.

Here is Gartner's analasys:

Follow a Multistep Process for Deciding Whether a Migration Off the Mainframe Is Warranted

Migration off the mainframe may or may not be the right decision for your organization. Infrastructure and operations leaders must understand the implications of key factors such as time, cost, workload, business impact, capacity planning, staffing skills and tools.

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IBM Unveils New Software to Enable Mainframe Applications on Cloud, Mobile Devices

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New compiler improves application performance and helps modernize COBOL business applications running on System z

ARMONK, N.Y., May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new software to help organizations extend crucial business applications running on System z mainframes to web, cloud and mobile environments. The software's performance improvements will enable companies to significantly reduce operating costs while helping businesses seamlessly and efficiently extend services for support of modern infrastructures.


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Today MATTER OF FACT SOFTWARE announce the launch of CICS JS/Server Version 2.
This new solution serves several popular Open Source Javascript Libraries from CICS on z/OS.

Modern business applications demand user interfaces with sophisticated features. Many such
features are provided by web browsers that communicate with server technology to access corporate
data and drive business processes. In many large corporations, the server of choice with which the
browser communicates is the IBM mainframe.

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