CICS/Message allows you to send messages to:
- an individual CICS terminal by Termid or Netname
- all CICS terminals (including console operator)
- all CICS terminals matching a generic Termid or Netname
- an individual CICS user by OPID or USERID
- all CICS terminals matching a generic operator id (OPID or USERID)
- all terminals/operators in a user specified list or
- the console while preserving the contents of the user's previous screen.
Common examples of Message usage include:
- notifying users that the system is coming down
- notifying users that a file is being closed/re-opened
- asking users to end a transaction
- notifying console of a problem
- notifying a group of users about a meeting
- user to user communication
With Message, messages can be up to nine 18-line screens long and can be sent to any terminal. After receiving the message the terminal operator simply presses a PF key and the original screen and transaction are fully restored.
A message can be originated by:
- Entering a CICS transaction
- LINKING to the message program from a CICS program
- Batch JCL if our MacKinney Batch to CICS or CEMT from Batch products are installed.