Using a Shortest Path Algorithm for CICS Integration

In How-to, Letters from the Trenches by James Alexander

One of the challenges of integrating 3270 screen-based CICS applications is the complexity of screen navigations. These applications were originally developed for human operators at a terminal. Completing a business process often required an operator to step through a complex sequence of screens. The HostBridge technical team has seen CICS applications that require extensive user training. Using these applications could …

Mainframe Optimization With CICS Integration Analytics

In Hybrid IT, Integration Analytics, Mainframe optimization by Jerry Rackley

Most enterprises that rely on the mainframe want their host applications to fully participate in a hybrid IT environment. Nowadays, the mainframe services requests from a range of sources, such as application servers, macros, and RPA bots. As integrations between these non-mainframe applications and the mainframe proliferate, the IT group will see mainframe transaction volumes increase. What it lacks is …

Mainframe Optimization in the Age of Hybrid Applications

In Hybrid IT, Integration Analytics, Mainframe optimization by Jerry Rackley

In this age of hybrid IT, CICS applications serve as the critical back-end to many web, cloud, or mobile applications. Those who manage these hybrid applications are able to accurately monitor what’s going on outside the mainframe with relative ease. Likewise, the IT group can get precise data about what is happening inside the mainframe. The difficulty is understanding how …

High Performing CICS Integrations: HostBridge Customer Benchmark

In Performance by Jerry Rackley

When enterprises include CICS programs as part of integrated, hybrid applications, they care very deeply about performance and reliability. Mainframe applications are known for high availability, reliability and sub-second response time. These characteristics are often the reasons why enterprises continue to run their businesses with mainframe applications. Technology to create high performing CICS integrations is a prerequisite to the success …

Integrating Screen-Based CICS Applications: UI versus API

In How-to, Hybrid IT, Strategy by Russ Teubner

The introduction of CICS in 1969 began a transaction processing revolution, the impact of which is still felt today. Mainframe applications written decades ago continue to deliver value and reliability at scale. Indeed, many of the largest enterprises in the world still rely on CICS to run their core business applications. The IT industry often refers to these as “legacy” …