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 …

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 …

Orchestrating CICS Transactions with JavaScript

In How-to, Videos by Jerry Rackley

Suppose you need to go to the store to pick up a dozen items. Most of us would make one trip, grab all 12 items, and return home. Imagine then, the inefficiency of making 12 separate trips to the store to pick up your items one at a time! It’s absurd to think that anyone would do that. Who has …

HostBridge Technical Q & A

In How-to by James Alexander

I recently presented a webinar that was hosted by IBM Systems Media: “Making CICS Applications Available as Web Services“. It was a technical, how-to presentation where I spent most of the hour doing a live build of a web service to expose a CICS application. If you have a need to make your CICS applications available in this way, or …

Conducting a HostBridge Pilot

In How-to by Jerry Rackley

For organizations with CICS applications, a HostBridge pilot is as risk-free an endeavor as you’ll find in the world of enterprise software. The reason is simple: the HostBridge team helps prospective customers install, test, and implement HostBridge via a pilot program before licensing it. Through a program called the Pilot Application Workshop (PAW), prospective customers can thoroughly test HostBridge without …