Attachmate targets mainframe reuse

Legacy integration specialist Attachmate has rolled out a set of connectors that seek to expose mainframe data and logic in...

Legacy integration specialist Attachmate has rolled out a set of connectors that seek to expose mainframe data and logic in component form for use across the distributed enterprise.

MyExtra Smart Connectors are designed to let companies convert host-based information into XML, Web services, EJB, and COM+ components that can be integrated into new applications and business processes, according to Markus Nitschke, vice-president of marketing at Attachmate.

The Smart Connectors are aimed at letting users employ existing systems on an as-needed basis for faster return on investment and shorter project timetables.

"Getting business data out of legacy systems is very tough to do, so we want to make it more plug-and-play and easier for the developer," Nitschke said. "This is a small-step way of doing this. You identify the relevant tasks and start offering them as self-service applications."

The state of Kansas is using Attachmate's connectors to enable a new set of self-service Web- and voice-enabled applications that tap into pertinent data housed inside government mainframes.

End-user interactions with the Kansas Web site connect transparently back into mainframe systems via the Attachmate product to pull relevant data and business logic into new applications that are manipulated and managed by Microsoft's BizTalk Server broker.

Attachmate is in line with the current trend towards legacy logic componentisation and reuse; other players in the host-to-Web arena, such as WRQ, are also pursuing this avenue, as IT users demand ways to extract from and capitalise on older technologies.

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