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Score 9 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM CICS

The strengths of CICS are certainly the scalability. The multilevel architecture of the CICS regions, security, and performance, manages to manage large volumes of transactions with efficient performances.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Application Server

Microsoft Application Server has been incredible this past year during COVID. Previously I would have said that we could go without it, but after this past season, I’m glad we have utilized it. Without having this software set up prior to COVID, we would have been in a tough situation. I mention COVID a lot because we were able to continue our work almost seamlessly this entire year.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Servers

IBM CICS
8.4
Microsoft Application Server
8.7
Security management
IBM CICS
10.0
Microsoft Application Server
9.9
Administration and management
IBM CICS
10.0
Microsoft Application Server
8.5
Application server performance
IBM CICS
7.0
Microsoft Application Server
9.9
Installation
IBM CICS
10.0
Microsoft Application Server
7.9
Open-source standards compliance
IBM CICS
5.0
Microsoft Application Server
8.0
IDE support
IBM CICS
Microsoft Application Server
7.9

Pros

IBM CICS

  • De facto standard in the legacy enterprise
  • Multiplatform connection
  • Native connection with DB2
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Application Server

  • Enables you to host on-prem and legacy applications remotely without the complexity.
  • MS Application Server has been rock solid and requires very little maintenance.
  • You have the ability to manage your on-prem and legacy applications in one centralized location.
  • Applications are very fast and responsive even while being access remotely.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

IBM CICS

  • Direct internet connection
  • Social connectors
  • Speak Java not only with Websphere
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Application Server

  • Wish MS Application Server has support for more third-party providers.
  • Patching the server requires reboots which is a common issue with MS hotfixes and service packs.
  • Cheaper technical support options from Microsoft would be great.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

IBM CICS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Application Server

Microsoft Application Server 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I have found Microsoft Application Server to be incredibly easy to use. I have used dozens of similar programs and have always struggled to navigate through all the functions. So far I have been able to adapt and learn this software with ease. I rarely run into a problem that I wasn’t easily able to move forward on with a few tips.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

IBM CICS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Application Server

Microsoft Application Server 9.0
Based on 5 answers
MS Application Server has been great for our company it has enabled us to free up IT staff and lowered the maintenance costs of our internal application maintenance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

IBM CICS

There is no comparison, in practice, the possibility of using the latest programming languages but, above all, the databases can be different and more modern than DL1.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Application Server

It has a similar feature to what Microsoft Application Server has but at a greater cost and also having to deal with another vendor when we could use a full Microsoft Stack for better training and support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

IBM CICS

  • More scalability than servers
  • More reliability than servers
  • More security
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Application Server

  • We are able to perform our accounting and timekeeping tasks in a worry free environment
  • Are employees are able to do their functions quicker, therefore leaving more time to focus on our children and clients.
  • We purchased the server at a great price at a time we were willing to pay just about any amount of money to purchase a new server since we the server we had previously crashed.
Frances LeClair | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

IBM CICS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Microsoft Application Server

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM CICS
10.0
Microsoft Application Server
9.0

Usability

IBM CICS
Microsoft Application Server
10.0

Support Rating

IBM CICS
Microsoft Application Server
9.0

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