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Ivory provides technology to integrate CICS® and IMS™ applications with distributed systems. Distributed systems could be full application environments like .Net or Java™. It could also be browser based solutions, and mobile applications integrated with mainframe systems.

Ivory Studio, a graphical tool for building application flow for Web Services follows a modeling process. Services integration is done through standards based SOAP web services, JSON or RESTful requests. This breadth of support for different service requests enable our clients to pick the technology they want to use, and know it could be integrated with their system z® applications in CICS, or IMS.

No XML knowledge is required by CICS/IMS Application programmers to provide SOAP based Web Services.
The Studio in conjunction with the Server provides the ability to build multi-operation WSDL files for Web Services. Target applications on CICS can be any combination of 3270 BMS, COMMAREA and IMS processing.

This support provides Composite application processing, which can also include external Web Service applications accessed by Ivory on behalf of the CICS system. CICS developers can use Ivory to access Web Services via an API call to Ivory, the outbound SOAP API is a simple CICS LINK process passing a COMMAREA or GETMAIN storage area. Ivory supports HTTP/HTTPS and security functions via standard CICS TCPIPSERVICEs.

Ivory provides top-down & bottom-up Web Service development for CICS.

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  • + Functional details

    Ivory Server is a CICS® Transaction Server process that provides the SOAP processing without the need for any middle tier servers. Ivory Server processes the information collected by Ivory Studio and calls the IBM® 3270 Bridge and/or CICS COMMAREA applications. The server accepts XML input, and uses processing rules and the WSDL (Web Services Descriptor Language) SOAP packet to process the business rules defined in the graphical model. It then builds results for the return SOAP packet.

    Ivory Server provides SOAP support via HTTP and HTTPS protocols. There is no need for IBM® BTS (Business Transaction Services) support. Outbound SOAP processing API for CICS applications.

  • + Business problem

    • Expose mainframe application in CICS®, and IMS™ via services
    • Integration between pureSystems™ and system z® applications
    • Ease integration between mainframe, and non mainframe systems
    • Support multi-platform deployment (Windows®, Linux®, Linux on z, CICS, z/OS®)
    • Exploit specialty engines on z.OS (zIIP, zAAP)
    • Integrate mainframe with browser application
    • Integrate mainframe with mobile solutions

  • + Business opportunity


    • Mainframe integration
    • CICS® integration to distributed application
    • IMS™ Integration to distributed application
    • Provide users with a common and familiar interface to host based systems eliminating the need for retraining
    • Give remote users secure access to host data without expensive hardware or software
    • Reduce traditional emulation hardware and software support requirements
    • The simplicity of a 2-tier architecture
    • Works on Windows®, UNIX®, Mac® and LINUX® based clients


  • + Return on investment

    ROI with Ivory is provided by very fast time to market for SOA based solutions. Development time is reduced to hours instead of weeks for each Web Service. The development time savings alone justify the price of the product.

    WSDL files are created by Ivory removing that process from developers. All SOAP XML processing is provided by Ivory removing the need for developers having to parse XML.

  • + Competitive advantage

    Ivory Service Architect provides an integration solution between disparate systems based on industry standards – SOAP, JSON, and JavaScript®. People on these different systems do not learn technologies on systems they do not use. Ivory makes this integration transparent to them.
    Ivory Studio is used to define the orchestration of mainframe applications, and its use of use means clients see results very quickly.
    Differentiators for Ivory Service Architect is easy graphical tooling to build service flows, multi-platform support for Ivory servers (Windows®, Linux® (Intel®, Linux on z), CICS®, z/OS® started task, and all of these benefits assure speed to market for new applications you need to develop in your business.
    Ivory services are standards based and can use consumed by .Net, and Java™ application, but also from a browser or mobile device.

  • + Industries

    Aerospace & Defense Industry
    Automotive Industry
    Banking Industry
    Chemicals & Petroleum Industry
    Computer Services Industry
    Consumer Products Industry
    Education Industry
    Electronics Industry
    Energy & Utilities Industry
    Financial Markets Industry
    Government Central/Federal industry
    Government, State/Provincial/Local Industry
    Healthcare Industry
    Industrial Products Industry
    Insurance Industry
    Life Sciences Industry
    Media & Entertainment Industry
    Professional Services Industry
    Retail Industry
    Telecommunications Industry
    Wholesale Distribution & Services Industry

  • + Solution areas

    Cross industry

  • + Customer size

    Midmarket Business (100 to 499 employees)
    Midmarket Business (500 to 1000 employees)
    Large Business (greater than 1000 employees)

  • + Languages supported


  • + Countries/regions available for distribution

  • + Solution collateral

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  • + Hardware/OS platforms

    Red Hat Enterprise Linux family
       IBM Systems: System z
    Other Linux family
       Other non-IBM servers
       IBM Systems: System z
       IBM Systems: System p
       IBM Systems: System x
       IBM Systems: System z
    Windows 2000
       IBM Systems: System x
    Windows Server 2003
       Hewlett-Packard servers (incl. Compaq)
       Other non-IBM servers
       Fujitsu Siemens servers
       Sun Microsystems servers
       IBM BladeCenter HSxx (Intel processor-based)
       IBM BladeCenter LSxx (AMD processor-based)
       Dell servers
       IBM Systems: System x
    Windows XP family
       IBM Systems: System x
    Other Operating System (Software as a Service)
       Other non-IBM servers
       IBM Systems: System x
       Desktops and Notebooks (all brands, including ThinkPad/ThinkCentre PCs by Lenovo)
       Other non-IBM servers
       Sun Microsystems servers
       IBM BladeCenter HSxx (Intel processor-based)
       IBM BladeCenter JSxx (POWER processor-based)
       IBM BladeCenter LSxx (AMD processor-based)
       IBM Systems: System z
       IBM Systems: System p
       IBM Systems: System i
       IBM Systems: System x
       IBM Systems: Power
       Other non-IBM servers
       IBM BladeCenter HSxx (Intel processor-based)
       IBM BladeCenter JSxx (POWER processor-based)
       IBM BladeCenter LSxx (AMD processor-based)
       IBM Systems: System z
       IBM Systems: System p
       IBM Systems: System i
       IBM Systems: System x
       IBM Systems: Power
    Windows Server 2008 (inclusive)
       IBM BladeCenter HSxx (Intel processor-based)
       IBM Systems: System x
       IBM Systems: System z
       IBM Systems: System p
       IBM Systems: System x
       IBM Systems: Power
    z/OS 1.12
       IBM Systems: System z
       IBM Systems: System z
       IBM Systems: System p
       IBM Systems: System x
       IBM Systems: Power
       IBM PureSystems: PureFlex System and Flex System
    z/OS 1.13
       IBM Systems: System z

  • + Services

    Application Enabling Services
    Custom Systems Integration Services
    e-business Services
    Education & Training
    Geographic Specific
    Hardware & Software Support Services
    Industry Leadership Solutions
    Managed Data Network Services
    Managed Electronic Transaction Services
    Managed Intranet & Internet Services
    Managed Messaging & Collaborative Services
    Network Outsourcing Services
    Network Services
    OneWeb Internet Services
    Product Support Services
    Professional Services
    Site & Connectivity Services
    Small & Medium Business Solutions
    Strategic OutSourcing
    Systems Management & Networking Services
    Total Systems Management Services
    Other Network Services
    Other Services

  • + Software

    IBM Information Management
       Information Management
          DB2 for z/OS
          IMS Transaction Manager
    IBM WebSphere
       CICS Family
          CICS Transaction Gateway
          CICS Transaction Gateway for Multiplatforms
          CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V4.1
          CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V4.2
          CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.1
          CICS Universal Client
          WebSphere Application Server
          WebSphere Application Server - Express
          WebSphere Application Server Community Edition
          WebSphere Application Server for Developers

Date last modified:    May 22, 2013


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GT Software, Inc.
6255 Barfield Road Northeast
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Atlanta, GA 30328-4332
United States

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