Using z/OS Connect with 3270 Terminal CICS Applications

In Hybrid IT, Strategy, z/OS Connect by Russ Teubner

IBM z/OS® Connect Enterprise Edition is IBM’s strategic REST gateway that enables valuable IBM z applications to participate in the API economy. This IBM solution is used to transform z assets into APIs that make it possible to include the mainframe into hybrid IT strategies. Using APIs to make mainframe assets available as REST/JSON services is an ideal way to …

Taking the Risk out of Legacy Modernization

In Modernization by Jerry Rackley

As enterprises pursue digital transformation strategies, most must decide what role legacy applications will play. For some, automating the mainframe is the solution. Others go down the path of legacy modernization, and still others combine automation with modernization. Interest in legacy modernization continues to grow. The 2020 BMC Mainframe Survey reveals that mainframe modernization is a high priority: As enterprises …

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 …