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At a glance

Dynamically create and maintain all file definitions required by CICS.

Powerful file maintenance using the file service functions, allowing you to display, modify, add and delete records to any file known to CICS

Define nearly any file in the system to CICS by using FCTD, allowing you to have online maintenance functions to virtually any file in the environment

Eliminate the system requirement of re-assembling the FCT when a new file is introduced

Improve your CICS startup performance

Gain new insights through statistical reporting

Improve audit control and satisfy compliance requirements with ease

Isolate duplicate keys

Schedule file deactivation


Improve productivity and performance with time-saving file definition capabilities.

FCT administration

Eliminate the need for coding entries and re-assembling the CICS-FCT each time a new file is introduced.

Hot FCT updates to CICS

Bring new files on-line without having to re-initialize CICS.

Increase CICS performance

Significantly improve your CICS start-up times files by avoiding initial file opening.

Mitigate CICS downtime

Avoid scheduling problems that arise from CICS downtime.

File availability

Reduce overall application development time by making files immediately available for testing.

Reduce CICS resource utilization

Only allocate CICS resources to file processing at the time of a request to open a file.

Increase productivity

Improve productivity through menu-driven displays with "window-type" help screens to guide in the creation and maintenance of file entries.

Automated file deactivation

Free up system resources by automatically closing and deactivating files that have not been used for a specified interval of time.

Schedule file closure

Automatically close files at a specified time of day.

Easy file maintenance

Simplify your file maintenance and control activities.

File Audit

Complete file status and file definition information is instantly available for inquiry or authorized modification.

Status code

Eliminate the need for operator intervention by assigning file status codes.

BDAM integrity

Prevent abnormal CICS termination when an improperly defined or not found BDAM file is opened (DOS users).

Batch capability

Open and close online files from a batch partition or region.

Transaction and program disablement

Disable transactions and/or programs associated with a file that is closed and then enable when the file is opened.

File statistics and reporting

Complete reporting of file definitions with up-to-the-minute statistical information.

Support for remote file definitions

Support for most types of file definitions, including remote file definitions.

Online file manipulation

Display, alter, add, delete and browse CICS file records with file service functions.

Hex view and update facility

Display data records in both hex and character, and make changes in either mode.

Record search

Search data records for the presence of a hex or character string.

Search using LOCATE

Search an entire file using the LOCATE function. Queries can be constructed using boolean logic and selected records can be displayed, modified, deleted, added to another file, or printed.

Online record reformatting

Use the LOCATE function to reformat data records online.

Duplicate key isolation

Isolate duplicate key data using the LOCATE function.

Non-numeric search

Find non-numeric data fields using the LOCATE function.

Extend variable length records

The length of variable-length records can be changed with the file service functions.

Sequential file administration

Sequential files can be displayed, updated and searched.

Batch interface

Service requests for files can be varied to UPDATE or NOUPDATE through the batch interface program.

Documentation and help facility

Extensive help is included, providing detailed displays for every field in the FCTD system.
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