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home » software » Application to Application Products » HostBridge Tue, Oct 23, 2007

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Product:  HostBridge

A flexible, scalable, secure, and easy-to-use solution that makes CICS applications usable in e-Business by converting application data to XML.
Category:  Application to Application Products
Details:  HostBridge provides a flexible, scalable, secure, and easy-to-use solution that makes CICS applications usable in e-Business by converting application data to XML. Unlike screen-scrapers, there is no need to identify field locations on a screen, so if CICS developers make changes to their applications by adding or removing data from fields on a screen, web applications that use HostBridge to access the CICS applications will not be affected. This saves time and money for development staff and reduces the chances that users will receive errors when they access your web applications.

Many current host application access solutions run on intermediate UNIX or NT web servers. Running alongside an SNA stack and a web server, these products receive a 3270 datastream, parse it, and then convert the datastream to HTML for presentation in web browsers. Because so much work is done on the single UNIX or NT machine, these products are unable to scale. They are sufficient for simple business-to-consumer (B2C) applications where occasional users logon to check account status or to see if a library book is on the shelves, but when it comes to the needs of B2B applications that produce hundreds of thousands of transactions each day, traditional web-to-host technology simply cannot keep up.

HostBridge combines mainframe and Internet security technologies into a single solution, so that using it to access CICS applications is actually more secure than using a TN3270 client. This means you can ensure safety of corporate data while simultaneously making that data available for B2C and B2B transactions.

HostBridge is not a next-generation product - it is a first-generation product. It is not just a tool to convert host screens to HTML, it is a solution that allows other applications to access legacy data and use it in innovative ways to reduce training costs associated with teaching employees how to use complicated host applications, improve business efficiency, and unlock the valuable data companies spend years accumulating in their mainframes.
More Information:
Developer:  HostBridge Technology, Inc.
Environment:  CICS Transaction Server
Purchase Info:  Commercial
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