The Virtual CICS user group is an independently-operated vendor-neutral site run by and for the CICS user community.
The Virtual CICS user group was established as a way for individuals using IBM's CICS TS systems to exchange information, learn new techniques, and advance their skills with the product.
This Web site provides a central point for coordinating periodic meetings (which contain technically-oriented topics presented in a webinar format), and provides articles, discussions, links, and other resources of interest to IBM CICS practitioners. Anyone with an interest in CICS is welcome to join the Virtual CICS user group and share in the knowledge exchange.
The Virtual CICS user group is free to its members.
We are pleased that Hostbridge is able to help us maintain the independence and existence of this user group.
The most recent virtual meeting of the user group included a presentation by Stewart Francis, Lead Software Engineer at IBM, who was discussing "Extending CICS applications with Java using Maven and Gradle".
Copies of this presentation in PDF format are available for download here.
You can listen again to the whole of the last meeting here.
The next meeting will be on 7 July 2020 at 10:30am CDT (16:30 BST).
The meetings take place at 10:30am CST (which is 16:30 GMT) and 10:30am CDT (which is 15:30 GMT) during Daylight Saving Time. Because Summer Time and Daylight Saving Time start and end dates differ in different countries, take care to get online for the meeting at the correct local time!
The new User Group newsletter is available for download. The contents include information about future meetings and dates, a round-up of the latest CICS-related news, and recent CICS articles.
Click here to download...
The newsletter is also available in flipbook format here.
Earlier issues are available here.
We've formed an open user group on LinkedIn, where you can keep up-to-date with all the latest CICS and user group news, and also start your own discussion. Click on the icon to find the group and join. And you can now find out what's going on in the CICS world and with this user group by following us on Twitter or finding us on Facebook
If you're a CICS user then the Tools page on this Web site contains a list of all the software that runs alongside CICS.
If you're a vendor, then please make sure that the information about your software is complete and up-to-date.
A complete list of Tools available to CICS professionals can be found here.
IBM has announced new automated unit testing capabilities for CICS COBOL programs using Db2 with IBM Developer for z/OS (IDz).
CICS and Kafka Integration by Ailian Mi on CICS DevCenter (6 January 2020).
The brand new Arcati Mainframe Yearbook 2020 is available now. It includes an annual user survey, an up-to-date directory of vendors and consultants, a resources guide, a strategy section with papers on mainframe trends and directions, a glossary of terminology, and a mainframe evolution section.
Click here to visit the download page. The Yearbook is available in PDF format and is completely FREE.
Do you have a hot topic in mind that you think other CICS users would like to hear about? Know of a dynamic speaker who can educate and entertain? Send us a note!
Click HERE to join the Virtual CICS User Group and to receive announcements of upcoming meetings.