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CICS is an on-line transaction monitor subsystem that is widely used on various IBM platforms, and variants of CICS are also available for many other computer platforms as well.

IBM, in conjunction with a major electric utility company, developed the Customer Information Control System in the late 1960s. Originally, keeping track of the information about the utility's customers -- service and billing address, meter readings, service orders, and the like -- was the purpose of the system, and was the source of its name.

CICS was originally available for IBM System/360 computer systems running OS/360, the operating system used in the larger IBM System/360 environments. CICS' value was quickly recognized and its use quickly spread to the smaller System/360 shops running DOS/360, the Disk Operating System for System/360.

Today, CICS in its various flavors may be the most widely used data communications monitor system in the world, in terms of the number of end-users or transactions processed. CICS systems can have tens of thousands of concurrent, active users, and manage some of the most complex on-line business applications for some of the most progressive businesses in the world.

You can find more about CICS at the IBM CICS site.

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