Bob Yelavich was very active with the introduction of the System/360 in 1964. After that he spent the rest of his career working with CICS. If Ben Riggins was the “Father of CICS” then, Bob was the “Godfather of CICS”. He was also the publisher of the cleverly titled newsletter, “Follow the Yelavich Road”.
During Bob's 40 year IBM career, he worked with CICS since its inception in 1968. Bob received numerous IBM awards for his work with CICS, including an IBM Outstanding Contribution award in 1970 for his development of early CICS eduction materials; an IBM Exceptional Achievement award in1983 for writing the CICS Macro Level Scan Program which assisted thousands of customer to migrate from macro level programming to the newer CICS Command Level interface; and in 1985, Bob was promoted to Senior Technical Staff Member, the first such promotion in the IBM marketing division. Since his retirement from IBM at the end of 1996, Bob has continued to be involved with CICS, presenting at IBM or IBM Business Partner sponsored CICS seminars, writing the very popular CICS Newsletter, presenting at the annual CICS Technical Conference, and consulting with many customers and Independent Software Vendors.
Bob Yelavich, former IBM’er and “the godfather of CICS“, passed away on January 21, 2009.