refreshers on CICS and DB2.My questions is where and how do I go about getting the refresher and retooling. Can anyone make suggestions? Much appreciated.-Samuel
for refreshing CICS did you try this?
I love this moshix channel on YouTube!
https://skills.yourlearning.ibm.com you will find some stuff on Redbooks for CICS. I found that most stuff for DB2 is paid though. There are lots of free badges that you can study online and get digital free badges. https://ptech.yourlearning.ibm.com and https://cognitiveclass.aiTake care.
I live in Brazil and my professional story is pretty like yours. I graduated in business systems analysis and worked as a mainframe programmer and analyst in the early 80's. Since then, I jumped to IT and business management positions until retiring very recently.
In Early 2019 I started my plan for retirement and decided to go back to the basics and revising my mainframe knowledge to apply for COBOL programmer jobs, given the demand for such professionals down here and worldwide, especially in the banking and credit card industries.
The first big question was what school offered a course and access to an IBM mainframe with languages, DBMS, and development tools. Very soon I found that only few colleges still offered such environment for students dedicated to a graduation program lasting 4 or 5 years.
After a lot of searching, I found IBM Master the Mainframe and have been participating in its challenges since 2019. But MTM was a kind of swiss knife and did not go deeper into COBOL, VSAM, DB2 and other tools, but these were available anyway. The big lack in fact was CICS, which I tried to have access to an environment but I was told it was not available and I should try IBM Z Trial. I enrolled to IZT; however, I was allowed to utilize CICS only for few days.
I researched few other options, such as installing Hercules with MVS 3.8J Tur(n)key Version 4 emulators, but CICS was also unavailable. Early 2020 I found an online course in Brazil where I could access their CICS environment in a server running ADCD, but they will shut it down next month.
Meanwhile, I took some Udemy classes about z/OS, TSO, JCL, ISPF, SDSF, VSAM, DB2 and COBOL (guess what… no CICS again).
Recently, I read the article How to get a Mainframe access - Mainframe Nation where Abhishek Rathi shows his extensive research of options for accessing mainframe environments, including CICS, at no or low cost.
I hope that sharing with you my experience on finding a viable path for training on an IBM environment can reduce your efforts and shorten your way.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for further details.
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