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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 8.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Microsoft Application Server (deprecated) ranks higher in 1 feature set: Application Servers

Application Servers

8.4

IBM CICS

84%
8.7

Microsoft Application Server (deprecated)

87%
IBM CICS ranks higher in 3/6 features

Security management

10.0
100%
1 Rating
9.1
91%
8 Ratings

Administration and management

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.0
80%
8 Ratings

Application server performance

7.0
70%
1 Rating
9.1
91%
8 Ratings

Installation

10.0
100%
1 Rating
8.8
88%
8 Ratings

Open-source standards compliance

5.0
50%
1 Rating
8.1
81%
7 Ratings

IDE support

N/A
0 Ratings
8.8
88%
8 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • IBM CICS is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

IBM CICS

100%
1 Rating
8.1

Microsoft Application Server (deprecated)

81%
8 Ratings

Usability

IBM CICS

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Microsoft Application Server (deprecated)

100%
1 Rating

Support Rating

IBM CICS

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

Microsoft Application Server (deprecated)

90%
9 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

IBM

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.
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Microsoft

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.
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Pros

IBM

  • De facto standard in the legacy enterprise
  • Multiplatform connection
  • Native connection with DB2
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Microsoft

  • Microsoft Application Server has proven to be highly reliable and effective at deploying to all of its clients.
  • Application performance is surprisingly good and responsive even in bandwidth-constrained environments and generally very reliable.
  • All software programs are manageable from a single location, even when bandwidth is limited.
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Cons

IBM

  • Direct internet connection
  • Social connectors
  • Speak Java not only with Websphere
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Microsoft

  • Some security hotfixes and general release updates require restarts.
  • We wish it supported more applications out of the box.
  • Thin client support would be great for MS Application Server.
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Pricing Details

IBM CICS

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

IBM CICS editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Microsoft Application Server (deprecated)

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Microsoft Application Server (deprecated) editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Usability

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      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.
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      Support Rating

      IBM

      No answers on this topic

      Microsoft

      Stability is one of the first things we consider when evaluating software. MS Application Server has been rock solid and has reduced the time that our IT staff dedicates to maintaining our legacy applications.
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      Alternatives Considered

      IBM

      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.
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      Microsoft

      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.
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      Return on Investment

      IBM

      • More scalability than servers
      • More reliability than servers
      • More security
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      Microsoft

      • Our ROI has been great since it has enabled our IT staff to have a central location to perform application updates which enables us to save time and money.
      • Deployment is very easy since the internal applications that required constant updating are now updated in one central location.
      • It's a lot easier to be within compliance protocols requirements.
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