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 …

Using Node.js to Run Web Services Inside CICS

In Hybrid IT, Strategy by Jerry Rackley

The HostBridge team recently attended the fall SHARE conference, and several presentations were given about Node.js (Node) running inside of CICS. Indeed, IBM itself is spreading the message that Node now runs in CICS. We’re noticing an increase in the amount of information about using Node with legacy applications, like Paul Scott’s excellent article in Enterprise Tech Journal. Around HostBridge …

Create a Web Services Boundary to Make CICS Screens and Logic Available to the Cloud

In Hybrid IT by Scott Glenn

Organizations now are complex environments which implement their own internal clouds made up of many types of machines.  In this Hybrid IT environment, the mainframe is one participant in the cloud.  At HostBridge, our relationship with many customers began because of problems letting their mainframes fully participate in their cloud strategy. For the cloud to work, the machines need to have …