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MigrationWare assists John Lewis in reducing IT costs, risks by moving to COBOL, CICS and DB2

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MigrationWare, the specialist applications migration and modernisation company, is in the process of completing the delivery of a significant conversion solution to the department store division of the John Lewis Partnership, a prominent UK retailer.

John Lewis is one of Britain's best recognised department store chains. Stocking hundreds of thousands of separate lines in its department stores, and through its Web site, John Lewis services a wide ranging set of products.

GT Software’s Dusty Rivers Named IBM Champion for Second Straight Year

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Program recognizes innovative leaders and mentors in the IBM technical community

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 28, 2011

For the second year in a row, IBM has named GT Software’s Dusty Rivers an IBM Champion for his innovative leadership within the data management community. An IBM Champion is an IT professional, developer or educator who leads and mentors those in the IBM technical community and helps them make the best use of IBM solutions and services.

“On behalf of IBM, it is with great pleasure that we recognize Dusty as a 2011 IBM Champion,” said Beth Flood, IBM Champion Program Manager. “Thank you for your leadership and contributions to the data management community. You continue to be among a very small group to be chosen for this recognition.”

Rivers, a Principal Technical Architect for GT Software, has an extensive 33-year background in global mainframe systems integration, primarily focusing on IMS. Rivers has played an integral role in the design and implementation of distributed mainframe projects for a distinguished list of FORTUNE companies throughout the finance, government, manufacturing and insurance industries. Well-regarded within the technology community, he is a frequent presenter at conferences in the United States, as well as in Europe, South Africa and Australia.

CICS TS 4.2 plug-in for the CICS Explorer is available and compatible with earlier releases of CICS TS

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There is a new version (V1.1) of the plug-in for CICS Explorer that became available with CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) V4.2. This plug-in is backwards compatible with CICS TS V4.1, V3.2 and V3.1. If you are running the earlier releases of CICS TS, IBM would like to encourage you to take advantage of this free update.

IBM Chose CICS as Icon of Progress

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IBM recocnized CICS as an Icon of Progress as part of it's 100th celebration. This announcement coincides with the GA of CICS TS V4.2 (homepage).

First, as I'm sure you know, CICS TS V4.2 is generally available from today. There is already plenty of information about this release online, so I won't try to repeat it here. But I will say that we have tried very hard to make sure that there is something in this release for everybody. I’m sure you will let us know if we succeeded or not!

Secondly, to coincide with the GA, IBM has today announced that CICS has been recognised as an 'Icon of Progress'. This means that CICS has been chosen as one of the 100 most important ideas in IBM's entire 100 year history. It's one of fewer than 10 software products to make this list so far something that I know everybody here in the CICS team in Hursley is very proud of. If you have a few minutes spare, take a look at the list below and browse through some of the icons.

	Andrew Bates, CICS TS Product Manager, IBM Hursley


Read more about the Icons of Progress here.


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