CICS Screen-Scraping Persists (And It’s Still a Bad Idea)

In How-to, Strategy by Jerry Rackley

The original inspiration for founding HostBridge and launching our integration software was to eliminate CICS screen-scraping. Over 20 years ago, the first HostBridge customer licensed our software specifically because it did not rely on screen-scraping. From the beginning, we warned enterprises of the perils and limitations of screen-scraping as an integration technique. Harping on a point for two decades can …

HostBridge and the State of Mainframe Integration 2020

In Strategy by Russ Teubner

The start of a new year gives us all time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going. HostBridge Technology is entering its third decade of helping enterprises modernize and make their CICS applications available via an API. I want to share my thoughts on mainframe integration with our customers, partners, prospects, and the IT community in general. …

Robotic Process Automation and the Mainframe: What You Need to Know

In Case studies, Hybrid IT, Mainframe RPA by Jerry Rackley

Chances are, Robotic Process Automation is already firmly entrenched in your enterprise and interacting with your mainframe. Gartner defines Robotic Process Automation (RPA) as “digital enablement technology that predominantly leverages a combination of user interface (UI) and surface-level features to create scripts that automate routine, predictable data transcription work.” RPA “bots” equip end-users to self-solve many of their data retrieval …

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 …