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 …

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 …

CICS Integration: It’s Not About the Screens, It’s About the Flow

In Business case, Strategy by Jerry Rackley

Editor’s Note: We recently had the opportunity to brief an analyst at a well known IT analyst firm. The topic was how HostBridge enables CICS integration, orchestration, and modernization. This post summarizes what HostBridge CEO Russ Teubner gave in response to one of the analyst’s questions. During our briefing last month, we were asked about the scalability of the HostBridge …

HTAC Brings CICS to Your IT Ops Platform

In Performance, Products, Strategy by Jerry Rackley

In March 2019, HostBridge CEO Russ Teubner demonstrated the HostBridge Transaction Analytics Connector (HTAC).  The demonstration showed how hybrid IT organizations can gain end-to-end visibility of hybrid application performance when those hybrid applications include CICS. HTAC is software that correlates non-mainframe service requests to the actual work done inside CICS to process those requests. By using HTAC, organizations that rely …

What You Need to Know About JavaScript on the Mainframe

In Strategy by Jerry Rackley

In 2017, the rumors about Node.js on the mainframe were confirmed! Since then, there’s been a crescendo of interest and information about JavaScript on the mainframe. HostBridge has a strong vested interest in JavaScript on the mainframe, having pioneered the use of JavaScript on the host over 10 years ago as a CICS integration and orchestration layer. Now that Node.js …