CST Forms Alliance with Binary Tree

CST Inc. (Atlanta) and Binary Tree Inc. (New York) have announced an agreement that will help AS/400 and mainframe customers extend their legacy systems to e-commerce.

The agreement calls for the integration of CST’s Jacada ComponentServer and Binary Tree’s ezMerchant into a combined solution that will allow ERP software vendors and corporate end users to integrate their legacy AS/400 and mainframe applications with e-commerce solutions delivered with Binary Tree’s ezMerchant.

Using Jacada ComponentServer technology, the combined solution uses all the existing business logic in an enterprise application to back-end the ezMerchant application, without requiring any changes to the host application.

“For any company that wants to easily deploy an e-commerce solution that integrates existing RPG and COBOL application programs with a sophisticated Web storefront, now a turnkey solution is available from Binary Tree,” says David Holmes, senior VP of CST. “The solution offers real-time access to existing enterprise applications using ezMerchant.”

CST has also released a specialized version of Jacada ComponentServer called Jacada ComponentServer for Domino. The application server technology provides an open Java RMI-based API integrated with Domino so that any AS/400 or mainframe application can be used to deliver e-commerce Lotus Notes/Domino solutions.

Jacada ComponentServer for Domino leverages existing business logic and data without requiring modifications to, or any special knowledge of, existing application code or data structures. Developers only need knowledge of the application’s user interface. They can use the product to “capture” existing application function and deliver it through Lotus Notes/Domino.

“With Jacada ComponentServer, CST is satisfying a major integration requirement and helping to deliver on the promise of Domino – transformation without change,” says Kelly Schmotzer, worldwide groupware marketing manager at IBM.

Jacada ComponentServer runs on AS/400 and Windows NT servers, integrating with the Domino server running on any platform. Support for S/390 and Unix servers is planned for the middle of this year.