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Extending COBOL to SOA, Web Services, and Beyond: A Look at the Architecture with a Mainframe Perspective
In the rush to explore the “next big thing” in software technology, it’s easy to forget the huge investment you’ve already made in mainframe assets. These

mainframe cobol  the Architecture with a Mainframe Perspective In the rush to explore the “next big thing” in software technology, it’s easy to forget the huge investment you’ve already made in mainframe assets. These assets have performed the business functions that they were designed for, but it’s OK to remain open to new solutions too. By leveraging existing assets while moving to a service-based architecture, you can extend your existing business resources while saving money. Read More...
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A New Platform to Battle Software Bloat?
Lawson has unveiled a new standards-based business applications platform designed to increase overall application quality and improve the product lifecycle

mainframe cobol  Lawson initially provided custom mainframe software for Burroughs and IBM installations, the company has continually recognized and anticipated new computing trends by broadening its platform support and adding products. For example, it added IBM System/38 in 1981, IBM AS/400 (now IBM iSeries ) in 1988, UNIX in 1990, and Microsoft Windows NT in 1998. The company fully embraced open systems technology in 1985 by moving all development to a UNIX-based computer-aided software engineering (CASE) tool. In Read More...
Choosing a Key Management Solution
The modern enterprise deploys a variety of server platforms, operating systems, and programming languages. A major barrier to deploying encryption has been the

mainframe cobol  especially helpful to the mainframe developer to have sample Cobol source code as a guide for implementing key retrieval via a DLL interface. The sample code will help the developer understand the DLL architecture for key retrieval, and provide a quick method to validate key retrieval in the more complex z/OS environment. Key Retrieval From Java The Java language is popular because applications written in this language can be deployed on a wide variety of hardware platforms and operating systems. Key Read More...
Evoke Software Releases Axio Data Integration Product
Evoke Software Corporation has announced the release of Axio™, an e-business integration product designed to web-enable multiple different data sources into a

mainframe cobol  data is stored in mainframe files, a great percentage of that is VSAM. Many legacy applications had no data validation routines (it was common for data entry clerks to type anything into a field where they didn't know the correct value, just so they could get on to the next field). The product's capabilities to assist in data cleansing, discovery, and validation could prove invaluable. Read More...
Microsoft .NET Enablement: Analysis and Cautions
Using technologies that are intrinsically compatible should result in faster and less costly development. Thus, any application suite rewritten in the Microsoft

mainframe cobol  the market (and even mainframe roots), like to create the belief that under SOA, no old code is bad old code. But the truth can be quite different. Some legacy systems have been around for forty years or more, and even though they may still be working, and doing something useful, not all of them are worth keeping as is. In many circumstances, companies can get away with wrappering as a temporary measure. Eventually though, and contrary to what many vendors say, both vendors and user enterprises will be Read More...
IBM Buys What’s Left of Informix
In another sign of consolidation within the database vendor market, IBM has announced that they are acquiring the assets of Informix Software (the database

mainframe cobol  strong presence in the mainframe and AS/400 worlds. On the positive side, existing Informix customers can now be assured that a financially viable corporation will still provide support for the products, whereas the continued existence of Informix as a going concern was growing increasingly questionable. According to Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive at IBM Software, Informix customers can be confident that their investments in existing Informix products are secure. These customers Read More...
Taking Stock of Infor’s HCM “Inventory Items” - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started by expressing the “New Infor” sentiments (backed up with concrete examples and rationale) following my recent attendance of

mainframe cobol  which are even on mainframe, such as: Infinium HR—now Infor10 HCM Infinium , might still be occasionally sold to new customers that like IBM System i Masterpiece/HR —stemming all the way back from Computer Associates (CA) Smartstream (from the Geac Computer acquisition)—now Infor HCM Smartstream Anael (also from Geac)—now Infor HCM Anael HR These customers will be maintained and the products enhanced (depending on the install base size). Some of these customers seem very content, with no urge to Read More...
Security Begins on Your Desktop
The documents, spreadsheets, databases and other files on the personal computers used to conduct business are corporate assets. It cost money to create them

mainframe cobol  company resides in its mainframe systems. Older studies showed that more than 50% resided in unstructured formats in file cabinets and the remainder was stored in personal files. Today, the personal computer has assumed the role of personal and even work group file cabinet. However, it has not assumed its privacy, security, and asset management capabilities. Work group file cabinets are obviously company property, as are their contents. Ownership of data in personal computers is not so obvious, by Read More...
Architecture Evolution: Service-oriented Architecture versus Web Services
Collaboration and interoperability are critical where multiple business units reside under one larger corporation, or where there is a requirement to integrate

mainframe cobol  see Architecture Evolution: From Mainframe to Service-oriented Architecture and Architecture Evolution: From Web-based to Service-oriented Architecture . SOA can in part be defined and explained by Web services, which according to Microsoft are self-describing software modules, semantically encapsulating discrete functionality, wrapped in and accessible via standard Internet communication protocols like XML and SOAP. Web services are revolutionizing how applications talk to other applications (or, more Read More...
Justification of ERP Investments Part Three: Costs of Implementing an ERP System
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation costs can be divided into one-time costs and ongoing annual costs. Both types of costs can be segmented into

mainframe cobol  several million for some mainframe packages. The number of concurrent users generally drives the software costs, so that smaller systems cost less. For illustrative and general guideline purposes, the software package costs range from $50,000 to $200,000 (USD) for smaller manufacturers. In addition to the ERP software package, one-time costs may include systems software, development of customized software, or integration with other applications. Hardware . Hardware selection is driven by the firm's Read More...
Agile ERP Vendor Ditches a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Alliance for, well, its own CRM Solution (Part II)
Part I of this blog topic has revisited Agresso's post-implementation agility capabilities (as to accommodate businesses living in a change -- so called BLINC's

mainframe cobol  generations of technologies: from mainframe, via client/server and Web Services to service oriented architecture (SOA). However, Agresso offers SOA-based deployments of disparate applications with one caveat: if underlying software components (services) are badly designed, an SOA concoction will be badly delivered . In other words, combining loosely-coupled applications will not provide business agility. We will have to see how Agresso will blend native VITA-based and non-native SOA-enabled plug-in solu Read More...
IBM Server Line Redrawn
IBM has continued its renaming binge, moving from PCs to servers.

mainframe cobol  IBM's existing server and mainframe product lines (previously known as S/390, RS/6000, AS/400, and Netfinity) will now carry the eServer name and logo, starting with the first shipments, expected sometime this quarter. In addition to the renaming, IBM has announced new features, including: Capacity upgrade on demand (CUoD), similar to Sun's feature of turning on existing processors without a physical upgrade Logical partitioning (LPAR) across the entire eServer product set All servers will be Linux Read More...
JuxtaComm And IBM Integrate Their Integration Products
JuxtaComm Technologies has announced a relationship with IBM to provide a “universal adapter” capability by implementing the IBM MQSeries Integrator as a

mainframe cobol  equation only if legacy mainframe data is involved, or if there is a need for asynchronous communication between the different systems. Also note that the Transform Engine for JuxtaComm Integration Broker currently runs on 32-bit Windows platforms only. The vendor is considering the value of a UNIX port based on customer demand. Read More...
ROI Case Study: Sterling Commerce and Crowley Maritime
Crowley Maritime, offering a range of services such as shipping and barge towing, needs rapid customer billing and invoicing. The company’s electronic data

mainframe cobol  using EDI over its mainframe and a value-added network (VAN) in order to complete transactions and orders with customers, as well as partners such as railroads, United States Customs, and freight forwarding companies. After evaluating its systems, Crowley determined that it had a number of challenges that made it difficult for employees to cost effectively and rapidly onboard and complete transaction with customers, including: Cost. Access to the VAN cost the company an average of $24,000 per month, Read More...
ERP Vendor Lawson Software Extends to IBM's DB2 Universal Database
Lawson Software, a major privately held provider of enterprise resource planning software, today announced the delivery of its enterprise software applications

mainframe cobol  can leverage their existing mainframe or client/server infrastructures as significant components of their e-business strategies. The combination of Lawson Software and IBM DB2 Universal Database provides our customers with a competitive means to achieve their e-business goals, said Jim Kelly, vice president, Marketing, IBM Data Management Solutions. In the arena of e-business, speed is a distinct competitive advantage, and companies need a highly-scaleable, available and extensible database to power Read More...

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