BluePhoenix Expands Support for Mainframe Legacy Systems, Releases New SOA Enabler

BluePhoenix's unique turnkey solution transforms mainframe legacy applications into Web services

CARY, N.C. and HERZLIA, Israel -- November 1, 2005 -- BluePhoenix Solutions, a leader in enterprise IT modernization, today announced further expansion of its software migration services and solutions to include services-oriented architecture (SOA) enablement for legacy mainframe applications. The new BluePhoenix SOA-enablement capabilities extend the useful life of valuable legacy applications that run on historic mainframe platforms by allowing them to be easily reused in a modern Web-centric environment.

SOA is an increasingly popular architecture that supports loosely-coupled integration across new and existing applications. Many older assets, particularly custom mainframe applications and databases created as early as the 1970s and 1980s, cannot natively operate in the new Web-services environment, making it difficult and expensive for companies to effectively use the valuable data and business intelligence they represent.

According to Gartner, "SOA maximizes the reuse of applications, which leverages investments in the current IT infrastructure. Although SOA requires investments in the IT infrastructure, pioneering SOA results indicate that those investments are paid back in the short to medium term by hard savings in maintenance costs." (Benefits and Challenges of SOA in Business Terms, M. Barnes, D. Sholler, P. Malinverno, 6 Sept. 2005).

Well-known industry analyst Dale Vecchio of Gartner notes that, "Leading IT organizations that are committed to delivering reliable transactional business, continue to evaluate this service-oriented architecture as a modernization strategy for their mainframe systems."

Said Arik Kilman, CEO of BluePhoenix Solutions, “Our goal has been to build a complete range of automated transformation tools that can help our clients make the transition from historic legacy applications all the way to SOA and Web compatibility. BluePhoenix now offers the broadest portfolio of automated migration and extension tools for transforming legacy systems to the Web environment.”

The transformation is accomplished by automatically generating either Java or C# WSDL-based service interfaces (Web Services Description Language) using UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration protocol) for existing mainframe application components. The identified mainframe components and their interfaces are used as input and access to the components can be either via direct call mechanisms such as LU 6.2 or via legacy screen mechanisms such as CICS BMS maps. In this manner, BluePhoenix not only supports the migration of applications to new databases and languages, but also supports the use of both existing and migrated components as automatically created Web services.

The migrated applications can now be extended more easily and effectively through the use of XML and Web services, opening the pathway to a service-oriented architecture (SOA) that meets the most current business requirements.

As with all BluePhoenix migration solutions, the SOA enablement process leaves no black-box code. All of the code and WSDL definitions generated are supplied as industry-standard open source that can be easily maintained with standard editing tools. The new environment enables the client company to continue to use their core systems while leveraging Web tools to develop additional information services and sales using the Internet.

The new SOA-enablement solution is available now, along with the entire portfolio of BluePhoenix services and automated software tools, by contacting any BluePhoenix sales office.

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