Strategy

Can JavaScript Help Mitigate the COBOL Skills Shortage?

Editors note: We shared last week’s blog post, “Creating CICS APIs with HostBridge Mitigates COBOL Skills Shortage for one of Nation’s Largest Banks” through our social media. It elicited this comment from a reader: “Using the technique documented here I do not understand how it solves the problem where a COBOL statement is coded incorrectly. Someone must change the program, compile it and test...

Letter to the HostBridge Community about COVID-19

As the COVID-19 virus continues to be our new reality, HostBridge is proactively working with its clients and employees. We are adhering to recommended protocols for keeping everyone safe. We have also given much thought to how we can help, as many of you are sending employees home, and your customers are staying away. The COVID-19 situation is disrupting many traditional workflows and patterns....

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

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...

HostBridge and the State of Mainframe Integration 2020

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. HostBridge just completed its most...

CICS Integration is Not One Size Fits All

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 execute a business process....