Mainframe Integration: Making the Right Connections
Project and Program: Application Architecture Development and Integration
, Application Development Integration and Infrastructure
, SHARE in Pittsburgh 2014
There are a number of great tools that can help you integrate your mainframe application using Services (SOA) and Web services. But, how do you determine what to integrate and make sure that the backend mainframe processes are the ones that you want to connect. What if the integration for that new customer portal demands some changes to the current mainframe functionality. It is critical to identify the mainframe implementation paths for those integration fields / services to make sure you are integrating the capabilities you expect. Rarely do the current mainframe processes meet the needs of a new web enabled portal, so the aggregation of data fields in new ways demands a way to understand how and where each field presented is currently processed so changes can be made to support the new services or web functionality.
blackboxIT will share a number of approaches to identify the critical integration points in your mainframe Cobol application and how those integration Data fields get populated for a complete understanding of mainframe processing so you make sure to get the “Right” functionality integrated. In addition, an example of how an applications architecture can impact your ability to integrate the needed processes along with reasons why integration can be a great first step in your mainframe modernization approach.-Roger L. Hammer-blackboxIT Inc.
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