The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) wanted to give its students more direct access to needed informational resources through its Web browser. Their goal was to continue to use the legacy, 3270-based Student Information System, and students more direct access to class availability, current grade information and financial records without changing or rewriting applications. After analysis, refacing and remodeling solutions were chosen -- find out the whys and hows of this decision.
To do business on the World Wide Web, companies can start from scratch with new applications, or find a way to leverage their existing programs. Neither approach is easy, but leveraging existing mainframe applications can be far more productive than many companies expect.
The publication of status reports to the Gannett Fleming intranet gives project managers the opportunity to respond to potential problems up to one week sooner than in the past. A new host report Web publishing software package now automatically publishes the reports to the firm's intranet for immediate viewing by all authorized personnel.
Once a corporation has committed to migrating their legacy SNA networks to IP, they are in a position to exploit the power, flexibility and benefits of their new network. They are able to leverage the growing value of their mainframes, as well as the data and business logic that resides within. As such, corporations large and small, are looking toward the Web and Web-to-host connectivity as a path toward e-business and e-commerce.
The phenomenal growth of the Internet in the latter part of the 1990s will lead to a fundamental shift in the information technology industry in this decade. No questions linger as to whether application hosting will catch on, but questions abound as to how the service will be delivered.
When Air Products and Chemicals Inc. opened for business, it had a single product line and a data center with one IBM mainframe. Over the years, the complexity of its operations has transformed the data center into an intricate installation of multiple platforms supporting a multitude of operations. Such complexity prompted the company to seek a method to implement a solution that encompassed all platforms.
Enterprises with a large remote user community or plans for Web-based trading services can garner significant benefits through a Virtual Private Network. By allowing companies to securely sahre sensitive information, a VPN service pays for itself in more than encryption.
Information is a perishable item. To stay competitive, companies must be able to make application changes quickly and cost-effectively by leveraging exisiting mainframe applications.
There is a revolution happening in the enterprise -- sharing core data is becoming a prerequisite for successful business activities in the new electronic economy.
Delta Dental gets a new online verification sytem for its patients, while becoming a revolutionary in the healthcare industry.
Changing business needs and technological advancements are prompting many companies to migrate their legacy applications to the Web. Java offers a cost-effective and flexible solution.
With widespread recognition of the value that Web technology can provide, there is a tremendous pull on expanding its use. When integrating host access in this dynamic environment, the ability to prioritize, maintain flexibility and support HTML directly is crucial.
"E-COBOL," the marriage of COBOL-based programming and e-commerce, gives COBOL-trained companies a chance to enter the ever-expanding market of e-business with as little difficulty as possible.
With their hands in everything from spirits and wine, to music and film entertainment, industry icon Seagram moves their mainframe applications in their entirety to a new platform, so that each business in their North American operation can maintain autonomy.
The trend toward greater local and remote interconnectedness is driving the development of more sophisticated security and management solutions. Doing some home-work can really pay off when finding a security solution that falls under one easy-to-use, flexible management umbrella.
The "Big Iron" isn’t going to the computer graveyard just yet. With all the information stored there, the challenge is to make it remotely available to employees, vendors and customers in a managed fashion - without jeopardizing security.
Aonix helps Motorola deliver a Web-enabled version of its information training system that provide the same processing power and functionality of its current system, but accommodates modifications that come about due to customer requirements.
Specialty retailer Pier 1 Imports’ Bridal Registry finds marital bliss as its host-based VSAM database is joined with the World Wide Web to produce a very attractive offspring: increased revenues.
VWR Scientific Products leverages its existing programs to create an enhanced Web presence for online ordering.