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IBM CICS is a set of enterprise application servers with exceptional transactional performance and connectivity for mission-critical transactions.

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IBM CICS is a set of enterprise application servers with exceptional transactional performance and connectivity for mission-critical transactions.


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Technical Architect
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

IBM CICS is basically a medium through which you can make use of data stored on Mainframes which usually is not accessible because you need COBOL language for that. IBM CICS helps you to connect to mainframes with a java or .net or any other language which the front end supports.

We have made use of this product extensively because some of our clients were adamant that they don't want to move the data from Mainframes. So we shifted towards CICS and we were pleasantly surprised by the speed of the transaction, the volume it can support and high availability and ofcourse no hacking is possible because its Mainframes after all, most secured systems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Establishing the initial connection can be challenging task if you are doing it for the first time because there are a lot of things which you need to get absolutely right.

There arent a lot of experienced and knowledgeable resources available in market who are good in Mainframes and COBOL or assembly language. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If the project need is to interact with data stored on Mainframes then IBM CICS is the number one solution. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used it to get more business and client satisfaction has also increased because they know the data is safe and secure on mainframes. Secondly we have that data accessible to us all the time through IBM CICS at wire speed, handling massive volume and reliability is top notch because mainframes doesn't go down just like that. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Customer Information Control System more commonly knows as CICS is a proprietary product developed by IBM. It has been the bridge between mainframes and the latest technologies which want to leverage mainframes. CICS allows the developers to develop and execute online services in a Multiple Virtual Storage(MVS) controlled environment. CICS is an online system you can say where the job submitted are processes immediately and not kept in a buffer or spool.

CICS is a transaction processing system which can take millions of requests and still process them at wire speed. We have been using CICS for quite a while now and since our data was present on the mainframes and our application is java based. We decided to use CICS to bridge the gap for the two and it has worked really well for us as well.

We had to hire a resource though who understands the COBOL and Assembler language and then we made him work with the MQ person to get this whole thing working. IBM is really supportive as well in the beginning when we are establishing the connectivity for the first time. Slowly we have also learned a lot about CICS and where it should be used and how powerful it is. It is capable of handling massive transaction volumes without ever going down or slowing. The security provided by the mainframes is the best in the world. They have also been making a lot of changes in the CICS system and making it easier for even new people to start using it with a basic understanding of the tool. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

CICS has been a wonderful experience for us but in the start finding a resource who is well versed in COBOL and Assembler language, that was really tough. The learning curve associated with it is quite steep as well if you want to work on it on daily basis. Abend and Error handling needs to be worked on a lot to make it easier to find the issue. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a good choice for you if you are dealing with massive volume of data and you can not afford to go down each for very small time. This again is the correct choice if your data is sensitive and you want the system to grow as your business grows and do real time processing without any lags. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IBM CICS has proved to be very useful and scale-able because our volumes of online transactions has just got bigger and bigger with time but it was able to handle all that traffic without even going down or throwing an error because of the sheer volume. The security provided is again top notch and we never had a data breach. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

IBM CICS is a proprietary product from IBM which provides online transaction management and connectivity for applications on IBM mainframe systems under z/OS. It is essentially a bridge between modern technology applications such as Java, .Net, C# to communicate with data stored on mainframes.

The speed, security, and reliability are top of the line since mainframes are the most secure system ever. So, the backend in these cases usually is the Mainframes and since you can directly talk to mainframes, IBM made this transaction management system which makes it accessible of any application to converse with mainframes because a lot of applications still have their data present on mainframes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Well, this isn't as easy as it sounds because making the initial connection to the mainframes is a tough nut to crack because of all the security parameters which you should possess before connecting to mainframes.

Secondly finding people with that kind of a skill set is very rare because you can make changes at the front end but if you need something to be changed in COBOL at mainframes end then you might be in trouble. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If your backend is mainframes and you need a fast, reliable and secure connection and transactions to be done at wire-speed, this is the answer to all your problems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have increased our client base because now we can entertain clients whose data is stored on mainframes which earlier was not the case. The clients also feel safe with their data residing on the mainframes. The speed of fetching the data and performing the operations is wire-speed with top-notch security features and reliability and stability of mainframes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Information Technology and Services
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

IBM CICS is middleware designed to support rapid, high-volume online transaction processing. It is essentially a collection of mixed language application servers that supports online transaction management and connectivity for applications on IBM mainframe systems under z/OS. It helps you to interact with Mainframes, even if your application is not written in Cobol. It has many connectors and can support almost any language which you are working on. You can make a call to IBM Mainframes through CICS and fetch the data as per the requirement of your applications through Java language or MQ or .Net or any other language which you are working on. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The main thing which bothers me is that when we face an error and have to debug from the logs, that is a very cumbersome process. The cost associated with using IBM CICS and Mainframes is pretty substantial since these are legacy systems and their maintenance require a lot of resources. IBM is always there to help you out but again finding good resources to hire and train in your organization is going to be a challenge. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You should definitely give this a try if your data is residing on Mainframes or if you want to keep your data on Mainframes. It is highly scaleable, available and secure. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has made our project much more reliable, fast and secured since our data is stored on Mainframes and we all know Mainframes are the most secure option for storing data. Our Connectors once established didn't face any issues when the project scaled and the volume grew. It has been working very smoothly and all the stakeholders are pretty happy with the choice we made. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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What do you like best?

The people I worked with were the best around, I spent 20 years making the green screens web based, unfortunately assembler and cobol progammers are hard to come by. Those that know what they are doing can do it really well, and facilitate Java guys like me to make the most of things. Very stable in a highly controlled environment (assuming you have an operations team on hand 24/7, most large companies do). In my 20 years depending on it, I don't recall it ever going down, Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

lack of talented people , IBM support is great if you can narrow down the problem for them, they work 24/7 to help you in a crisis. Probably the cost would prohibit most companies from using it, as an employee, that's not my issue, it really is a workhorse that can handle anything. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I threw RESTFul services on top of CICS, had to write a lot of specialized XML and MQ calls, but in the end it all worked. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

super fast, sub second processing, never managed to write something to bog it down. We are able to process millions of web transactions a day with no issues, there seems to be no limit to the amount of code under the hood it can handle. At one point we had over 100 CICS developers, but all the people that know Cobol and Assembler are starting to retire, so that can be an issue. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

IBM CICS(Customer Information Control System) is a great platform to connect to IBM Mainframes and leverage the data stored on the Mainframes. It supports many languages and connectors. In my project we used JAVA and MQ calls basically. We use to integrate our new JAVA-based tool with IBM CICS to get the required information from the backend servers which were IBM Mainframes in this case and then present it to the customer on a webpage. It never slows down and the ability to handle volume is unparallel. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I am not sure if I disliked anything about IBM CICS. Although it is a little complicated when you are making the connections for the first time since there isn't much documentation around this subject on the IBM website. Second is the lack of well-experienced resources who have worked on CICS and have a deep understanding of the same. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking to connect to IBM Mainframes and that too in a fast, reliable and secure manner. Then look no further it will solve all your issues with ease. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have safely launched our new tool which connects to IBM CICS and fetches the information from the legacy systems which otherwise would have taken ages to first transfer to Oracle or any other database. Directly referencing the Mainframes is the fastest, secure and reliable way to scale as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The Best thing i liked about IBM CICS is the platform provided to integrating new Web applications while leveraging the Mainframe systems. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

In a Multi web application using CICS as the middleware to queue transaction , there is a downside to performance during peak timings Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great Product to leverage your existing Mainframe Servers while modernizing the Software Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to integrate our JAVA web application with our old mainframe servers , utilizing the IBM CICS. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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