HostBridge Process Automation Engine
As a mainframe-resident engine, running under z/OS or inside CICS, HostBridge Process Automation also offers a uniquely powerful and flexible solution to the toughest CICS integration challenge – orchestrating and integrating the transaction micro flows of CICS terminal-oriented applications.
For information about the development facility, please refer to the HostBridge Eclipse IDE page.
HostBridge Process Automation ships with predefined program objects that can be used within a script, allowing it to perform a wide range of operations – virtually anything a COBOL program can do.
- Some predefined objects included with HostBridge Process Automation are:
- CICS command-level access
- CICS transaction execution
- COMMAREA program execution
- Simple API for XML (SAX) parser
- SOAP RPC response writing support
HostBridge Direct Data Access modules for VSAM, DB2, DL/I, and Datacom integration are also predefined in the HB Process Automation Engine. The modules are described on the HB Direct Data Access page.
Orchestrate & Integrate CICS Transaction Micro Flows
Terminal-oriented CICS transaction processes commonly require interaction with dozens or even hundreds of screens. Integrating these complex micro flows has been problematic. Users accessing early web-enabled CICS applications had to interact with CICS one screen/one transaction at a time. Similarly, distributed applications connected to the mainframe via middle-tier servers were limited to communicating with CICS on a transaction-by-transaction basis. Each interaction required a full request-response cycle and a full transit of the network, increasing process latency and impacting system performance.
HostBridge Process Automation handles transactions far more efficiently, effectively, and – in terms of system resources – economically. Accessing the mainframe via HostBridge Process Automation, distributed applications can now call a single service, invoking HostBridge Process Automation to complete the whole complex transaction sequence on the mainframe and then return a single response. The result is significantly higher system performance and a highly stable, reliable integration.
With HostBridge Process Automation automating CICS transaction processes, end-users enjoy a fast, familiar web experience when interacting with the mainframe, application and system interaction is streamlined for optimal performance, and legacy applications can more readily be integrated with AJAX and other new Web 2.0 technologies.