Web services have opened opportunities to integrate the applications at an
enterprise level irrespective of the technology they have been implemented
in. IBM's CICS transaction server for z/OS v3.1 can support web services. It
can help expose existing applications as web services or develop new
functionality to invoke web services.
One of the commonly used protocols for CICS web services is SOAP for CICS. It
enables the communication of applications through XML. It supports as a
service provider and service consumer independent of platform and language.
SOAP for CICS enables CICS applications to be integrated with the enterprise
via web services as part of lowering the cost of integration and retaining
the value of the legacy application. SOAP for CICS also comes along with the
implementation encoder and decoder. This article describes two cases where
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