Top Insurance Provider Simplifies Complex LIFE-COMM Integration with HostBridge

In Case studies, Hybrid IT by Jerry Rackley

A leading provider of insurance and annuity products relies on many different information systems, ranging from decades-old mainframe applications and databases to the latest workflow programs and web applications. To integrate its mainframe with its numerous distributed systems, such as LIFE-COMM, the company relies on the HostBridge JavaScript Engine (HB.js) as its corporate standard for mainframe application integration by making …

Integrating CICS with Cloud Applications

In How-to, Hybrid IT by Jerry Rackley

Using mainframe JavaScript, it’s a simple matter to create an API for integrating CICS with cloud applications. The HostBridge team recently prototyped such an integration with the mother of all cloud-based applications, Salesforce. Background The sales team for a large financial services company is using Salesforce. The company had looked for a solution for integrating a CICS billing application with …

CICS Integration is Not One Size Fits All

In How-to, Strategy by Jerry Rackley

There are two key considerations for integrating CICS applications: What type of CICS applications do you need to integrate? What type of integration will do the best job? Type of CICS Applications Some CICS applications, such as BMS, were written for human use. They were originally designed for interaction via a 3270 terminal. Other types, such as COMMAREA, exist to …

Using Node.js to Run Web Services Inside CICS

In Hybrid IT, Strategy by Jerry Rackley

The HostBridge team recently attended the fall SHARE conference, and several presentations were given about Node.js (Node) running inside of CICS. Indeed, IBM itself is spreading the message that Node now runs in CICS. We’re noticing an increase in the amount of information about using Node with legacy applications, like Paul Scott’s excellent article in Enterprise Tech Journal. Around HostBridge …

Teaching Old CICS Apps New Tricks

In Case studies, How-to, Performance by Jerry Rackley

The HostBridge team recently spent time working onsite with a global financial services company. The purpose of the engagement was to accomplish three different but equally important goals related to making CICS applications available while remaining sensitive to performance and CPU cycle usage: Reduce CPU consumption from high volume CICS socket I/O Identify other performance issues with these high-volume CICS …