It's as old as the moon landings, but IBM's real-time transaction system, CICS, is still in use on the majority of all mainframes
While most anniversary celebrations this month have centred around man’s first steps on the moon, IBM is celebrating another 40th birthday - that of its Customer Information Control System (CICS).
CICS, released by IBM on 8 July 1969, was one of the first three products for which it levied a software licence charge that saw it charge for software licences. The transaction management system was designed for rapid, high-volume online processing, and now runs on 90 percent of the world’s mainframes, handling in excess of 30 billion transactions per day.
With an installed base made up mostly of financial services Fortune 500 firms, CICS is used in banking and insurance applications, ATM systems and many other types of interactive or industrial production control systems running on IBM z/OS and z/VSE (Virtual Storage Extended) mainframe operating systems (OS).
Nick Garrod, IBM CICS Transaction Server worldwide marketing manager told eWEEK Europe another reason for marking the product’s fourth decade is its UK heritage, having been developed at IBM Hursley in Hampshire, Europe's largest Software Development lab.
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