An increasing number of people are using mobile devices to obtain information and request services over the Internet, and they expect to be able to gain access to up-to-date and accurate information, not time-delayed data.
In order to meet the expectations of today’s consumers, businesses have to make sure that their mobile applications can access and interact with their systems of record.
However, many businesses have already invested heavily in information technology systems, and they cannot afford to recreate those investments just so that they can reach consumers through a new channel.
As such, some of them are considering reinventing their mainframes to accommodate mobile technology.
Here is a look at how combining mainframe and mobile can impact your business….
Can the Mainframe be Relevant in the Mobile Era?
Over the years, the mainframe has been keeping up with changes in application systems and computing paradigms, including the web, Cloud computing and mobile technology. It is constantly being reinvented so that it can run the latest application server packages.
In January this year, IBM launched the first mainframe that is specially designed to accommodate mobile technology.
The z13 can address mobile workloads better simply by providing more processing power.
According to an article entitled “Mainframe, Meet Mobile. Mobile, Meet Mainframe“, this sleek-looking mainframe comes with a microprocessor that is twice as fast as an ordinary server processor, and it can process 2.5 billion transactions a day.
Businesses that have z12 mainframes can meet mobile demands by using z/OS Connect.
This connector technology facilitates the delivery of data from IMS, CICS and DB2 RESTfully with simple API calls. Introduced in 2014, it is regarded as a linchpin of mobile and Cloud enablement for mainframes.
Business Impact of Mainframe-Mobile Integration
Deliver More Services
By using the millions of lines of code found in mainframe applications and working processes, businesses can develop applications that are more strategic and competitive.
As they move from first-generation applications to the web, Cloud, and mobile channels, they will be able to deliver more services to their customers.
The emergence of Web and REST services has made mainframe transaction managers such as IMS, CICS and WebSphere Application Server great places for hosting processes and services that are invoked by mobile front-ends, enabling them to provide more information and business value.
Usually, such processes are already in existence, but now, they have to be linked to the new infrastructures available to the mobile platform.
Streamline Business Processes
Another benefit of combining mainframe and mobile is that it can help streamline your business processes.
For example, you can improve productivity by implementing a cross-platform mobile app for your employees that integrates into your mainframe back-end.
Also, you can create a mobile customer portal that leverages data from your mainframe to provide an easy and convenient way for your customers to gain information and assistance.
The mainframe is still very much relevant in today’s world.
It offers a reliable system of record that is always available and highly scalable, and it can be an even more valuable asset to your business if it is mobile-enabled.
About the Author: John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of subjects, from social media marketing to Cloud computing.