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” …

Get a HostBridge Health Check

In Performance, Strategy by James Alexander

The second law of Thermodynamics states: “The entropy of an isolated system not in equilibrium will tend to increase over time, approaching a maximum value at equilibrium.” This law applies not only to mechanical, but software systems as well. However you define entropy – disorder, chaos, inefficiency – it’s just as harmful to software as hardware systems. This law is …

Can JavaScript Help Mitigate the COBOL Skills Shortage?

In Strategy by Russ Teubner

Editors note: We shared last week’s blog post, “Creating CICS APIs with HostBridge Mitigates COBOL Skills Shortage for one of Nation’s Largest Banks” through our social media. It elicited this comment from a reader: “Using the technique documented here I do not understand how it solves the problem where a COBOL statement is coded incorrectly. Someone must change the program, …

Letter to the HostBridge Community about COVID-19

In Strategy by Russ Teubner

As the COVID-19 virus continues to be our new reality, HostBridge is proactively working with its clients and employees. We are adhering to recommended protocols for keeping everyone safe. We have also given much thought to how we can help, as many of you are sending employees home, and your customers are staying away. The COVID-19 situation is disrupting many …

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 …