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CICS Performance videos available

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John Burgess from the CICS Performance Team in Hursley has been very industrious, and has provided a selection of videos relating to CICS Performance and how it can be effected by outside influences.  These videos are normally 15 minutes or less (WLM has proved a bigger topic and we are currently recording part III so consequently is rather longer) and focus in on a specific CICS performance topic.  As of today, we have covered:

  • Introduction - why we created these videos
  • MIPS
  • MSUs and SUs
  • ITR (if you don't know what it stands for maybe you should view the video)
  • LPAR Fair Share
  • LPAR Capping
  • CICS and WLM Part I
  • CICS and WLM Part II

Coming soon CICS and WLM Part III

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.

Read the full report at

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