Thursday, January 23, 2014

IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.2 open beta offering

"IBM beta programs for software allow customers to sign up for and acquire early releases of a product for the purposes of testing, prior to it being made commercially available. Open beta programs do not usually require customers to register before taking part in the program. Typically, product offerings, that are provided by a beta program:
Details of the terms and conditions of the beta program are found in the supplied license files for the offering.

Participants in the beta program gain insight into IBM strategy and direction, and are able to build skills and develop expertise. They also obtain earlier benefit and payback from new function, may gain competitive edge, and the opportunity for public recognition as a technology leader. Participants are encouraged to provide feedback and articulate their own requirements to IBM, with the potential to help influence the shape future IBM products.

An online forum is provided for discussion and debate. The CICS development team will attempt to answer any questions and resolve any problems that may be encountered in the beta. Participants can also benefit from other participants' experiences, becoming part of a group, with a close working relationship with IBM development.

The CICS TS V5.2 open beta offering is available for download, direct from IBM from the date of availability onwards, by visiting
To register your interest in the CICS TS V5.2 open beta program, prior to the date of availability, contact the CICS Early Programs coordinator by email, at
As you can see, I just quoted the text straight from the announcement (ZP14-0021) as it describes so well how the open beta works. You can find the announcement over here.

A couple of extra details : availability date is February 24, 2014 and minimum z/OS version is 1.13.

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