IBM Ties Web Services to Mainframe Apps
CICS SOAP Technology Preview will provide access to CICS mainframe applications via Web services.Capitalizing on the strengths of its heritage, IBM announced Wednesday that it will offer a CICS SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) Technology Preview to provide connectivity to CICS mainframe applications via Web services. Bob Sutor, director of Web services for IBM, said the company will release its mainframe support for Web services as a CICS SOAP preview on the companys alphaWorks site. CICS, or Customer Information Control System, is IBMs legacy transaction processing software platform for mainframes. Sutor said the free download will be available later this month, and the functionality will be added into a future version of CICS, with developer support added into IBMs WebSphere tools. IBM views this move as a big boost for its mainframe customers who are looking to breathe new life into legacy applications and business processes by providing new access to them via Web services, Sutor said.
"All the mainframe infrastructure running the world, most of that is CICS-based," Sutor said. "And on a given day, most of those mainframe transactions are CICS-based." He said 70 percent of the worlds business data is on IBM servers.