ID# : 40787

Solution name :

HostBridge Version 6.78

Solution description :

HostBridge is integration software for CICS and System z. Using HostBridge Web services/XML, organizations integrate mainframe applications and data with any distributed application, Web app, WOA, SOA, or cloud. Running on System z, high-performance HostBridge and all of its integration/SOA workloads are 100% zIIP-eligible.

HostBridge is a complete XML/Web services integration solution for CICS and System z. Enterprises worldwide use HostBridge to modernize legacy resources with rich Web interfaces or as reusable Web services for application, WOA, SOA, and cloud integration. HostBridge integrates anything mainframe with anything distributed. Exploiting CICS/System z interoperability technologies, HostBridge delivers high-performance, high-fidelity mainframe integration. Mainframe-based HostBridge auto-converts CICS screens to XML for immediate Web-enablement or rapid development of reusable Web services using the JavaScript-based HostBridge Process Automation Engine and Eclipse IDE. With HostBridge, organizations orchestrate and automate complex transaction micro flows as a single Web service, write Web services of any type, script dynamic higher-level processes, and extend the value of System z applications and data. Adhering to industry-best interoperability standards – XML, SOAP, REST, ECMAScript/JavaScript, etc. – HostBridge ensures integration flexibility, easy development, rapid deployment, no screen scraping, and no changes to existing applications. HostBridge includes integration modules and connectors for VSAM, DB2, DL/I, and Datacom; Pega, Siebel, and Oracle; and CA applications/data. HostBridge for zIIP, a v6 module, makes HostBridge and its integration/SOA workloads 100% zIIP-eligible, reducing processing costs, lowering mainframe TCO, and improving integration performance.

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  • Functional details

    Mainframe-resident HostBridge generates XML from application screens for ready integration and for Web services development in the HB Process Automation Engine. Leveraging JavaScript’s object-oriented/imperative paradigm, HostBridge orchestrates/automates CICS transaction micro flows, accesses System z data, and enables flexible, reusable Web services/scripts for integration with any distributed application, WOA, SOA, or cloud. HostBridge includes data access modules for VSAM, DB2, DL/I, and Datacom; connectors for Pega, Siebel, and Oracle; and modules for CA application/data integration. With HostBridge for zIIP, HostBridge processes and integration/SOA workloads are 100% zIIP-eligible.

  • Business problem

    Now more than ever, organizations must do more with existing systems, particularly the mainframe. Legacy systems are proven performers that represent decades of investment. Yet they are one just part of a complex, still-siloed IT infrastructure. They are difficult for today’s users, who expect easy access to everything. And there is always pressure to cut costs and streamline processes. For many, integration is an optimal solution.

  • Business opportunity

    So long as technology and business evolve, mainframe integration will represent opportunity. Enterprises use integration to modernize the mainframe for millions of new users – employees, partners, and customers; break down proprietary silos; streamline information-based processes; add value to existing investments; and create new business and revenue. HostBridge customers gain these benefits by integrating System z applications and data with the widest possible range of distributed systems: - A financial institution serving millions of customers worldwide uses HostBridge Web services to make account applications accessible via web browsers, ATMs in all 24 time zones, and to its entire IT infrastructure. - HostBridge RESTful services enable an auto maker to integrate a lease management application and VSAM files with a Siebel CRM system; the manufacturer chose HostBridge in part for its breadth of application and data access – 3270 BMS, 3270 non-BMS, COMMAREA, Natural/Adabas, MQ, DB2, VSAM, etc. – and is now developing further services. - One of the largest schools systems in the U.S. uses HostBridge to integrate CICS financial applications with .NET applications on a Microsoft BizTalk Server. They recently implemented HostBridge for zIIP to shift integration workloads from the GPP to the zIIP, freeing up capacity, improving response times dramatically, and reducing costs. - An international insurance provider uses HostBridge to integrate policy applications with Pegasystems BPM and CRM solutions, streamlining operations and improving productivity for in-house employees and nationwide agents.

  • Return on investment

    Higher ROI: - Improved efficiency of information-driven business processes - Increased productivity - Higher satisfaction for employees, partners, customers - Broader usability, increased value of mainframe resources - Reduced operational costs - Lower mainframe TCO, deferred capacity upgrades, improved performance for integration workloads Better integration solution: - Two-hour installation - Standards-based solution for integrating anything mainframe – applications and data – with anything distributed - Easier, faster development of Web services/scripts - Faster time to market with new services solutions - Highest performance, reliability, scalability, fidelity to mainframe resources.

  • Competitive advantage

    - HostBridge runs as a System z application to ensure mainframe levels of performance, reliability, stability, scalability - Optimizes integration by exploiting CICS/System z tools – CWS, Link3270 Bridge, Enhanced MRO, CICS channels and containers, SOAP/WSDL support, CICS Explorer, CICS Event Processing, zIIP - Delivers the highest-fidelity integration by orchestrating/automating transaction micro flows in one Web service - Provides complete access to CICS applications, including industry-specific and custom apps, and System z data - Ensures flexible integration via industry-standard technologies – XML, ECMAScript Edition 3/JavaScript 1.8, E4X, SOAP/WSDL, REST, HTTP, etc. - Speeds development and time to market with familiar, flexible JavaScript Web services/scripting engine and Eclipse IDE - Easy to install, use, and maintain - No changes to existing applications, no screen scraping.

  • Industries

    Aerospace & Defense Industry
    Automotive Industry
    Banking Industry
    Chemicals & Petroleum Industry
    Computer Services Industry
       System Integration
    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

    Aerospace & Defense
    Chemicals and Petroleum
    Consumer Products
    Energy and Utilities
    Financial Services/Banking
       Operations & Processing
    Healthcare and Pharmaceutical
       Administration Systems and Services
    Travel and Transportation
    Wholesale Distribution
    Cross industry
       Computer Services
       System and data management
          Services Oriented Architecture (SOA)

  • 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

    Canada , United States , Virgin Islands, U.S.

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  • Hardware/OS platforms

       IBM Systems: z Systems
    z/OS 1.7
       IBM Systems: z Systems
    z/OS 1.8
       IBM Systems: z Systems
    z/OS 1.9
       IBM Systems: z Systems
    z/OS 1.10
       IBM Systems: z Systems
    z/OS 1.11
       IBM Systems: z Systems
    z/OS 1.12
       IBM Systems: z Systems
    z/OS 1.13
       IBM Systems: z Systems

  • Services

    Infrastructure Solutions: Services Oriented Architecture & Web Services
    Services: Integration

  • Software

    IBM Information Management
       Information Management
          DB2 for z/OS
    IBM WebSphere
       CICS Family
          CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V4.1
          CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V4.2
          CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.1
          WebSphere Application Server
          WebSphere MQ
          WebSphere MQ for z/OS

Date last modified:    Oct 24, 2017


Contact information

Ferrel Johnson


HostBridge Technology, LLC
100 E. 7th Ave.
Stillwater, OK 74074
United States

+1 405 5332960

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