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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

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.

CICS TS for z/OS V5.1 Announcement Letter.

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The announcement letter for CICS TS V5.1 was posted on October 3, 2012.

(This is the US announcement I did not see any others.)

Planned availability date
Bottom rule


Some of the highlites:

There's a lot more! Read all about it here : Link to the CICS TS V5.1 Announcement Letter.


Open Beta : CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.1

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CICS Transaction Server for z/OS (CICS TS) V5.1 open beta introduces cloud-style CICS development, deployment, and operations, by delivering:

The combination of these two sets of capability areas will greatly simplify the assembly, deployment, and lifecycle management of CICS applications, delivering many of the characteristics found in private-cloud computing systems. CICS TS V5.1 open beta gives you the opportunity to explore the concept of a cloud-style CICS deployment in your own environment.

CICS TS V5.1 open beta is available for download, direct from IBM from the date of availability (13 July 2012) onwards, by visiting

More info link: Announcement Letter


RedBook: CICS Transaction Server from Start to Finish

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If you want to know what CICS TS is all about... This is the publication to get!


In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we discuss CICS®, which stands for Customer Information Control System. It is a general-purpose transaction processing subsystem for the z/OS® operating system. CICS provides services for running an application online where, users submit requests to run applications simultaneously.

CICS manages sharing resources, the integrity of data, and prioritizes execution with fast response. CICS authorizes users, allocates resources (real storage and cycles), and passes on database requests by the application to the appropriate database manager, such as DB2®.

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