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New Solution Enables Mainframe Apps to Consume Web Services from SOA

New Solution Enables Mainframe Apps to Consume Web Services from SOA

With the release of ServiceBuilder Web services Consumption (WsC) 2.0, ClientSoft offers enterprise developers a comprehensive tool set that enables mainframe applications to consume Web services from more modern service-oriented architectures (SOA).

"Mainframe-based enterprises can increase their flexibility and reduce their risk by restructuring established systems around a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA)," states Gartner analyst Dale Vecchio. "Mainframes can provide a robust SOA platform that should be thought of as both a publisher and consumer of Web services. This approach provides the strongest leverage of an existing application portfolio as well as the strong quality of service of the platform."

Part of the ServiceBuilder product suite, ServiceBuilder WsC empowers the mainframe within more modern service-oriented architectures, allowing developers to not only publish mainframe transactions as Web services, but also permit the mainframe to consume service-centric functionality residing on distributed platforms such as J2EE or Microsoft .NET. Key features include:

  • Rich development environment integrated with Visual Studio 2005
  • Integrates with a wide variety of mainframe languages / environments including COBOL, Natural, CA-IDEAL, ASSEMBLER, FORTRAN, and PL/1
  • Automatic parsing of Web services into COBOL copybooks (WSDL-First Development)
  • Generation of runtime infrastructure
  • Generation of COBOL programs from copybooks
  • Generation of JCL for compilation and testing of new COBOL programs By enabling mainframe applications to easily communicate with Web services, ServiceBuilder WsC provides the mainframe community with seamless access to a wide array of Web service data sources - CRM systems, ERP applications, and distributed databases to name a few.

    Other benefits of ServiceBuilder WsC 2.0 include enhanced security features, increased performance metrics and scalability, as well as a reduction in mainframe cycles and overall footprint on the mainframe. For more information, see www.clientsoft.com.

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