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” …

Guide to UiPath Mainframe Integration

In Case studies, How-to, Mainframe RPA by Jerry Rackley

HostBridge, in conjunction with Element Blue, has published the Guide to UiPathTM Mainframe Integration. This free resource is for UiPath users who use or plan to use RPA within an IBM Z System environment. We wrote this technical, “how-to” guide for RPA programmers, enterprise IT architects, and system administrators. The guide shares how to use RESTful HTTP services rather than …

Creating CICS APIs with HostBridge Mitigates COBOL Skills Shortage for one of Nation’s Largest Banks

In Case studies, How-to by Jerry Rackley

Wanted: COBOL Programmers The demand for programmers that know COBOL, a decades-old programming language in which many mission-critical applications were written, is reaching new heights. In April 2020, the Governor of New Jersey put out a plea for COBOL programmers to help the state update its unemployment processing application. Other public and private-sector organizations are clamoring for COBOL skills as …

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 …

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 …