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” …

An Integration Analytics Primer

In Hybrid IT, Performance by Jerry Rackley

Enterprises that run core business applications on mainframes have, for decades, integrated those applications. Today’s normal is for the mainframe to function as a key part of a hybrid IT environment. The first challenge enterprises face is how to complete these integrations. When integrations are complete, a new challenge emerges: understanding how these integrated, hybrid applications are performing. It’s often …

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 …