CICS & Mainframe Integration and Optimization
Perspectives on Web, Application, SOA & Cloud Integration
HostBridge Solutions pages present business, technical, and industry perspectives on mainframe integration and optimization.
A Web services layer between CICS and the outside world allows CICS to interact with virtually any other information system – other business applications inside the company, systems running at partner sites, cloud resources, and Web servers connecting to client devices of every kind. Make CICS a full participant in the world of modern interoperability.
SOA may be the single most effective and efficient means of unifying disparate information systems. Organizations that adopt SOA as their overarching IT strategy streamline operational processes, improve workforce productivity, increase business agility, cut costs, and create revenue opportunities. By integrating CICS and System z into an SOA, these organizations add a whole new level of value to their most trusted and powerful platform.
Enterprises Web-enable legacy applications to modernize the mainframe for today’s employees, partners, and customers, and to provide self-service access to high-value applications and data. Web interfaces – ranging from enhanced “green screens” to rich Web 2.0 composites – extend the mainframe to many new users, streamline business processes, increase productivity, reduce costs, create business opportunities, and generate new revenue.
Carry the mainframe in the palm of your hand. From iPads to Android phones, and anything in between, HostBridge WIRE delivers access to users anywhere, at any time. From the floor of a warehouse, to the broad environment of a health insurance/healthcare cooperative, the mobile mainframe allows personnel, partners, and customers at all levels to access the data they need on demand.
Whether you have a diverse infrastructure of mainframe and distributed resources or have deployed multiple applications to carry out the same business process over time, you can integrate applications using Web services to reduce redundancy, reduce operating costs, avoid expensive re-engineering or migration, and increase returns on trusted assets.
As IBM continues to add cloud capabilities to System z, enterprises increasingly see the mainframe as the platform of choice for cloud deployments. While most discussion revolves around infrastructure and platform services, CICS applications also offer software-as-a-service opportunities.
Organizations shift workloads from general purpose processors (GPs) to the less expensive and possibly faster zIIP to increase use of certain workloads, reduce processing costs, and lower mainframe total cost of ownership (TCO), and defer GP upgrades. Businesses that use software from licensed ISVs such as HostBridge for CICS integration can now zIIP-enable CICS Web services and integration/SOA workloads. HostBridge is 100% zIIP-eligible.
Terminal emulation is a limiting technology. It sustains an outdated user interface, increases IT costs, and often hinders organizations from adopting more advanced web interface solutions for and System z. Organizations can address these problems by replacing 3270 or 5250 terminal emulators with a modern mainframe web-enablement solution such as HostBridge WIRE, the Web Interface Rules Engine.
HostBridge empowers organizations to maintain and extend investments in CA development environments, including CA Ideal™ for CA Datacom®, CA Telon®, CA Gener/OL™, and CA ADS™ for CA IDMS™. HostBridge has unique capabilities for integrating CA-based applications that deliver higher performance and higher fidelity integrations that other solutions. HostBridge integration solutions for CA applications are CA Validated.
Mainframe data and business logic can take an increasing vital part in business process flows and business process management (BPM). HostBridge simplifies and expedites BPM interactions with CICS by managing and automating navigation through sequences of mainframe screen. It returns only the requested information as XML or web services that can be readily consumed by BPM software solutions or formatted for direct, actionable presentation to business analysts can understand.
By providing a reliable XML interface to CICS applications, HostBridge helps financial institutions meet industry requirements for reduced settlement cycles (T+1). HostBridge works securely within Web Support (CWS) and other IBM-provided components for secure data transactions.
Under Section 508, United States government agencies have had to find new ways to transform legacy systems into Section 508-compliant interfaces that are accessible to people with disabilities. HostBridge makes it easy to build new interfaces from XML and improve accessibility of critical CICS applications.