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GT Software Assessment

GT Software Assessment

GT Software has spent the last three decades working with IBM mainframe customers to help them get the best out of their assets. As a mainframe-based company it offers a range of mainframe-specific products and packages, but the key one in terms of the scope of this paper is Ivory Service Architect, more commonly referred … Continued

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Mainframes Required to Make Blockchain Mainstream

Mainframes Required to Make Blockchain Mainstream

According to Gartner, Blockchain passed from peak Hype Cycle to the Trough of Disillusionment in August of 2018, but they are still bullish. Bitcoin peaked at $19,800 in December 2018 and is down 80% since then. Not surprisingly, interest in the blockchain search term also peaked in December 2018, and according to Google Trends, is … Continued

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Happy Birthday, CICS!

Happy Birthday, CICS!

In 1969, I remember getting my first pair of glasses as a third grader. I also vividly remember thinking that I could not imagine being an adult or how much the world would change in the next 50 years. I was young and I had my whole life ahead of me. Now 50 years later, … Continued

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How the Connected Mainframe for Digital Transformation Can Help Your Business

How the Connected Mainframe for Digital Transformation Can Help Your Business

After several years of relentless hardware and software innovation, the mainframe is at an inflection point from being a supporting platform of transaction revenue, to becoming a source of revenue growth and innovation. Organizations are evolving toward what IDC calls the “connected mainframe” in a study they published entitled, “The Business Value of the Connected … Continued

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Investing in the Mainframe Rather than Migrating

Investing in the Mainframe Rather than Migrating

Despite the tangible benefits for organizations of investing in and modernizing their mainframe platform, as can be expected, organizations do reassess the value of their mainframe platforms and consider using more distributed infrastructure. This is based on the findings of a study by IDC called “The Business Value of the Connected Mainframe for Digital Transformation.” … Continued

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Bad Tech Predictions: From Flying Cars to the Death of Mainframes

Bad Tech Predictions: From Flying Cars to the Death of Mainframes

In 1940, Henry Ford famously said, “Mark my word: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” In 1964, Isaak Asimov surmised that we’d all be zipping around in flying cars by 2014, using jets full of compressed air to lift vehicles off the ground. And yet, we still … Continued

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APIs versus Microservices

APIs versus Microservices

When talking about new application development, both APIs and Microservices are often mentioned. But what exactly are the differences between the two and which one should you be using when integrating mainframe applications? Don Spoerke, GT Software’s Director of Product Evangelism, leads an informative discussion around these topics in our recent “APIs, Microservices, and Mainframe … Continued

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SunTrust, BB&T and Innovation

SunTrust, BB&T and Innovation

The recently announced merger between BB&T and SunTrust is all about achieving scale in order to compete, something that is often driven by technological innovation. According to the The Wall Street Journal: “Regional lenders are struggling to compete with big national banks such as JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp, which are … Continued

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Are You Tooled Up For Hybrid Cloud?

Are You Tooled Up For Hybrid Cloud?

The one constant in information technology is change. With labor shortages and the volume of APIs growing exponentially, enterprises moving to the hybrid cloud and the system integrators that are helping them need to change again and avail themselves of the best API development and management technologies available. Let’s take a look at the history of how integration has changed and how we are moving into a second API Generation: API2.0.

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Mashed Potatoes or Mashups

Mashed Potatoes or Mashups

Thanksgiving is here, development teams are winding down and freezing their code, and thoughts are moving towards the holidays (turkey and mashed potatoes), not mashups. Interestingly enough, the two have more in common than you might think. The original Thanksgiving feast, and even the modern day feast, is a combination of whatever’s available, different ingredients, … Continued

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Maximize Your RPA Investment

Maximize Your RPA Investment

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) emerged from a need to perform repetitive business functions that many times required interaction with a mainframe. Rudimentary programs were paired with screen scraping technology to perform repetitive business functions that were not easily programmable. Over time, these technology platforms evolved to integrate with disparate systems, enabling these technologies to mimic … Continued

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Learning the Lessons from Past Mainframe Integration Projects

Learning the Lessons from Past Mainframe Integration Projects

The API model has definitely become a major consideration for a growing number of companies across the world. As discussed previously, the API approach has particular attractions for mainframe users. However, past attempts at mainframe integration have typically run into a range of problems, and today there is a much greater understanding of the mainframe-specific … Continued

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What to Consider Before API-Enabling the Mainframe

What to Consider Before API-Enabling the Mainframe

The idea of integrating the mainframe more widely is not new; it has gone through numerous iterations including messaging middleware, ESBs and SOA before arriving at APIs. The lessons learned can drastically shortcut the effort to API-enable the mainframe while increasing the likelihood of a successful project. There are four main categories of technology-related factors … Continued

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The Role of API Middleware

The Role of API Middleware

In essence, the API Middleware layer plays a similar role as middleware plays in other IT solutions. It sits between the client level and the systems of record, translating the desires of the client into execution within the core systems of record. Typical roles of the API Middleware layer are: Provide a connectivity bridge between … Continued

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The Importance of Implementing an API Architecture

The Importance of Implementing an API Architecture

API architecture is really a natural evolution of early service oriented architectures that came to prominence in the last ten or fifteen years. It retains the basic concept of some sort of ‘back-end’ business service that can be driven externally, but the API approach carries the independence of the service consumer further. Previous approaches depended … Continued

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Maximizing Your Payments Data Potential with Machine Learning

Maximizing Your Payments Data Potential with Machine Learning

Over the past two decades, commerce’s expansion to digital channels has created an entirely new ecosystem of payments information and with each passing moment, the amount of that information increases: In the U.S., there were 21.5 billion ACH transactions in 2017, an increase of 5.7 percent from the previous year and in that same time, … Continued

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Mainframes At The Crossroads: Mainstream or Irrelevant?

Mainframes At The Crossroads: Mainstream or Irrelevant?

The old and new worlds of information technology collided at the SHARE mainframe conference in Atlanta this week. Founded in 1955, SHARE bills itself as the oldest enterprise IT-centric user group on the planet – and from the buzz at the conference, many of the vendors as well as attendees have been in attendance for … Continued

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CICS for the Modern Age

CICS for the Modern Age

Just six months ago in December 2015, CICS made its latest stable release debut (CICS V5.3), 47 years after its initial release. Despite its mature age, CICS, or the Customer Information Control System, is better than ever, according to Glenn Schneck, senior solutions engineer at GT Software who has been involved in the SHARE CICS Project … Continued

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Leveraging All Data Assets for a Modern Data Architecture

Leveraging All Data Assets for a Modern Data Architecture

The modern business landscape is a fast-moving, ever-changing, highly competitive environment. For companies to outpace the competition and build upon innovation, they must embrace a modern data architecture. It is necessary that this new architecture support today’s new requirements such as mobile integration and advanced digital marketing. While the specific configuration of a modern data … Continued

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Why IMS Still Matters

Why IMS Still Matters

As we near 2016, it may come as a surprise that a 45-year-old system like IMS is still relevant for businesses today. In fact, it remains the system of record for industries spanning banking, insurance, manufacturing, finance, medical/healthcare, airlines, education and more. Consider this: 75 percent of Fortune 1000 companies and thousands of global companies … Continued

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