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 …

HostBridge and the State of Mainframe Integration 2020

In Strategy by Russ Teubner

The start of a new year gives us all time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going. HostBridge Technology is entering its third decade of helping enterprises modernize and make their CICS applications available via an API. I want to share my thoughts on mainframe integration with our customers, partners, prospects, and the IT community in general. …

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 …