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Improving Your CICS Transaction Server v3.1 Throughput With OTE

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Running CICS® on Open Transaction Environment (OTE) provides a real performance boost, but until recently, only CICS and DB2® applications could benefit. With CICS Transaction Server V3.1 enhancements, you have greater flexibility for more applications to run on open TCBs. -Improve the performance of C/C++ applications using the XPLink feature of z/OS® -Use more simultaneous SSL connections -Migrate any hot-pooling (HPJ) compiled Java™ program objects to run in a Java Virtual Machine (JVM™) -Invoke more than one Java program within the same CICS task using the CICS program-link mechanism

PHP coming to a Mainframe near you.

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EDIT: I moved this story back to the top after Wayne Duquaine replied to the comments I made on PHP on CICS. Thank you for your input Wayne.
You can read Wayne's comments HERE

eWeek posted an article by Darryl K. Taft titled PHP Puts Mainframe Developers in Prime Time.
In the article Wayne Duquaine of Grandview Systems announced that IBM "is coming out with PHP on the mainframe in the next six to nine months..." and that Grandview systems will produce a CICS plug-in for PHP.

What Is You're Primary Job Responsibility?

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CICS and Websphere MQ
14% (29 votes)
CICS and Another product (Please leave a comment and let us know what it is)
14% (29 votes)
CICS Only
12% (25 votes)
CICS and DB2
6% (13 votes)
CICS, IMS and Websphere MQ
1% (3 votes)
CICS and IMS
1% (2 votes)
Total voters: 201

Working on mainframes not just for old fogies

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A new generation of developers rises to the occasion. By Ann Bednarz, Network World, 07/31/06 At 23, Harper is among the new generation of mainframe professionals gearing up to take the place of retiring veterans. This new generation is sparse: Industry watchers say there aren't enough new recruits to replenish the ranks. When research firm Gartner surveyed 100 mainframe users late last year, 25% of respondents said their company already is affected by a mainframe skill shortage, and 40% said they expect to be affected in the next couple of years.

No more IMS Tech Conference

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IBM Information On Demand 2006 - Six Conferences Combined into one Premier Global Conference! A few months ago I said something about the dwindling attendance at the CICS Tech Conference over the last few years and that IBM should think about letting CICS and MQSeries go their separate ways. And maybe consider combining the CICS and IMS conferences. And that is exactly what IBM did.. OK with one minor difference, they combined the IMS conference with no less than 5 other conferences.
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