Can Big Iron run New Era Web Applications?

Thursday 9 October 2014, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA. The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Ivan Hargreaves


Mainframe servers such as the IBM zSeries with the CICS transaction monitor are well known for running traditional enterprise online applications written in COBOL. But can they run the new style Java applications appropriate for today’s web environment? This talk will outline how the latest version, CICS Transaction Server Version V5.2, not only supports Java and other contemporary languages but also supports a new lightweight implementation of the IBM WebSphere Application Server, known as WebSphere Liberty Profile (WLP). This provides a local environment for running Enterprise Java Beans and is designed to be fast starting and dynamically deployable for both developer productivity and production workloads. This talk will introduce WLP, recap the integration of Java-based technologies into CICS, and describe the particular challenges in running the WebSphere Liberty Profile inside CICS on z/OS.


Ivan D Hargreaves is a Software Engineer working at IBM’s Software Development at Hursley Park, near Winchester in Hampshire. He has 19 years of industry experience, 14 of which have involved working on mainframe software. Ivan holds a first class M.Eng (hons) degree in Computer Systems Engineering (1996). He joined IBM in 2000 and has been Lead Developer/Designer of IBM's JVM server technology since its inception. More recently, he has led and designed the adoption of IBM WebSphere® Application Server Liberty Technologies in CICS.


Free. To gain admission please email your name to our Membership Secretary, Algirdas Pakstas, at in advance of the meeting, including the title of the event and your name in the subject line of your email. Attendance lists will normally be finalised on the Monday preceding each meeting but late admission may be accepted by signing in to the Davison Building as a visitor.

This meeting will be followed by the Advanced Programming Specialist Group AGM and a buffet reception with wine.


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