|By Alisa Morse||
|August 9, 2006 01:00 PM EDT||
IBM WebSphere Portal supplies an infrastructure to pull together access to information resources with a variety of formats. Access to all necessary data, applications and people can be supplied in a single Web browser interface. For a given process, access can be supplied to all the resources required to complete the process. Existing data and applications can be leveraged and even integrated at the user’s screen. Content can be personalized based on a particular user’s role, and information overload can be minimized.
Many information resources are still maintained by older suites of software that have been purchased or developed over many years. Often, these software suites include character-based, green-screen applications running on IBM eServer iSeries or zSeries platforms. When developing a portal solution to pull together access to different information resources, it is likely that one or more of the required resources will be a green-screen application. The ability for a company to modernize and selectively and securely expand access to these green-screen applications in a portal environment can be a major requirement in creating a comprehensive portal solution for employees, partners, and customers.
IBM WebSphere Host Access Transformation Services (HATS) provides tools to help quickly build portal-accessible Web applications from existing green-screen applications without having to change any code in the existing applications. With HATS, it is possible to create an easier-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) for green-screen applications. Web services can also be created that provide standard programming interfaces to business logic and transactions contained within your green-screen applications. By creating Web graphical user interfaces or Web services programming interfaces for green-screen applications, HATS can help provide a comprehensive WebSphere Portal solution that will improve employee productivity, collaboration with partners and customer satisfaction.
The Business Need
Basic needs common to running any business include providing efficient means of obtaining information by employees, partners, suppliers, distributors and customers. Employees must have easy access to all necessary information to be productive performing both job assignments and internal company processes such as human resource activities. Partners, suppliers and distributors must be able to easily collaborate with the company, access information necessary to maintain inventory levels and ship and receive parts or finished products. Customers must conveniently access information with appropriate security protection to be able to research, order, receive and pay for products and services. The more efficiently information can be shared with these groups, the more productive and satisfied each group will be while interacting with the company.
In addition, as the requirements of managing the business change, existing processes must be changed and possibly integrated with other, newer processes. To keep the cost of change low, processes must be made more flexible and re-usable as components within a business system.
Businesses have long used information technology (IT) systems to help improve employee productivity, collaboration with partners, suppliers and distributors, and responsiveness to customers. Systems have been built to maintain data and transactions necessary for doing business with external users and for managing internal processes. Over the years, these systems have been enhanced and improved to the point where today they provide a very stable core of mission-critical applications. However, as technology has changed over time, formats and methods of access to information have changed. So, access to varied types of information resources may be necessary to complete a particular process.
A key factor in improving efficiencies while interacting with employees and external users is to provide a single entry point and easy access to the information resources necessary to complete business processes based on the role of the end user. Employees can become more productive with access to all they need supplied to them in a single Web browser interface. External users can be given security-rich, role-based access to all the information they need to interact with the company and can do so at their own convenience without relying on trained customer service representatives.
In many cases, the data and transactions necessary to perform a process are maintained in applications running on iSeries or zSeries platforms. Often, the only access to these applications is through the traditional green-screen interface. Although these applications are very stable and perform well, the green-screen interface is foreign and difficult to use for many users. This interface is also not typically accessible by untrained employees or external users. To give new users access these applications would require Internet access, more security and a much easier interface than the green-screen interface provides. So, either the applications need to be rewritten or the access and interfaces to them need to be improved.
Mission-critical green-screen applications have been developed and tailored over many years. Time, effort and resources have been invested fine-tuning them to achieve a high level of performance and reliability. Rewriting or replacing these applications can be expensive and perhaps cost-prohibitive. Also, rewriting an existing application often increases risk in terms of stability.
The key to improving access for employees and external users, quickly and with less risk, is to improve the user interface to existing green-screen applications and make required information and transactions Web accessible without changing the applications themselves.
WebSphere Portal along with HATS has helped many businesses meet these needs.
WebSphere Portal can provide employees, partners and customers with a security-rich, single entry point and easy access to all the information resources they need. It is possible to customize what information you provide based on the role of the end user. Support for a credential vault makes it possible to simplify the process for end users of signing on to multiple applications. Different portal pages can be supplied to help organize the tasks and processes that are made available.
Portlets, the visible active components on a portal page, are used to provide access to different information resources. They help you control the flow and display of information for the end user. The click-to-action (C2A) feature allows you to share data between portlets to integrate data and processes between different information resources. By providing users with cohesive and efficient access to all the information they need in a Web browser interface, you can help improve employee productivity, build successful relationships with partners and develop customer loyalty.
And, if a portal solution must include access to mission-critical green-screen applications, HATS makes it possible to quickly and easily create portlets that will provide the necessary access. With HATS, a Web-like look and feel can be created for your mission-critical green-screen applications without changing the applications themselves. An easy-to-use portlet interface can also be created that makes only necessary functions available to employees or external users and hides the rest. This is especially important in a portal environment where the screen space is shared by many portlets.
SYS-CON Events announced today that AgilePoint, the leading provider of Microsoft-centric Business Process Management software, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 2nd International @ThingsExpo which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. AgilePoint is the leading provider of Microsoft-based Business Process Management (BPM) software products, has 1,300+ on-premise and cloud deployments in 25+ countries and provides the same advanced BPM feature set as J2EE vendors like IBM and Appian for the Microsoft .NET native environment. AgilePoint customer...
Oct. 31, 2014 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 993
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to evolve the way the world does business; however, understanding how to apply it to your company can be a mystery. Most people struggle with understanding the potential business uses or tend to get caught up in the technology, resulting in solutions that fail to meet even minimum business goals. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO / President / Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., will show what is needed to leverage the IoT to transform your business. He will discuss opportunities and challenges ahead for the IoT from a market and tec...
Oct. 31, 2014 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,566
SYS-CON Events announced today that Utimaco will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Utimaco is a leading manufacturer of hardware based security solutions that provide the root of trust to keep cryptographic keys safe, secure critical digital infrastructures and protect high value data assets. Only Utimaco delivers a general-purpose hardware security module (HSM) as a customizable platform to easily integrate into existing software solutions, embed business logic and build s...
Oct. 31, 2014 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,914
One of the biggest challenges when developing connected devices is identifying user value and delivering it through successful user experiences. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kuniavsky, Principal Scientist, Innovation Services at PARC, will describe an IoT-specific approach to user experience design that combines approaches from interaction design, industrial design and service design to create experiences that go beyond simple connected gadgets to create lasting, multi-device experiences grounded in people’s real needs and desires.
Oct. 31, 2014 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,789
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, will discuss how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money! Speaker Bio: Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, has spent 16 years as a marketing, product management, and busin...
Oct. 31, 2014 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,317
SYS-CON Events announced today that TeleStax, the main sponsor of Mobicents, will exhibit at Internet of @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TeleStax provides Open Source Communications software and services that facilitate the shift from legacy SS7 based IN networks to IP based LTE and IMS networks hosted on private (on-premise), hybrid or public clouds. TeleStax products include Restcomm, JSLEE, SMSC Gateway, USSD Gateway, SS7 Resource Adaptors, SIP Servlets, Rich Multimedia Services, Presence Services/RCS, Diame...
Oct. 31, 2014 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,672
Samsung VP Jacopo Lenzi, who headed the company's recent SmartThings acquisition under the auspices of Samsung's Open Innovaction Center (OIC), answered a few questions we had about the deal. This interview was in conjunction with our interview with SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson. IoT Journal: SmartThings was developed in an open, standards-agnostic platform, and will now be part of Samsung's Open Innovation Center. Can you elaborate on your commitment to keep the platform open? Jacopo Lenzi: Samsung recognizes that true, accelerated innovation cannot be driven from one source, but requires a...
Oct. 31, 2014 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,367
Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, will address the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. How important are public, private, and hybrid cloud to the enterprise? How does one define Big Data? And how is the IoT tying all this together?
Oct. 31, 2014 08:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,977
We certainly live in interesting technological times. And no more interesting than the current competing IoT standards for connectivity. Various standards bodies, approaches, and ecosystems are vying for mindshare and positioning for a competitive edge. It is clear that when the dust settles, we will have new protocols, evolved protocols, that will change the way we interact with devices and infrastructure. We will also have evolved web protocols, like HTTP/2, that will be changing the very core of our infrastructures. At the same time, we have old approaches made new again like micro-services...
Oct. 31, 2014 07:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,651
SYS-CON Events announces a new pavilion on the Cloud Expo floor where WebRTC converges with the Internet of Things. Pavilion will showcase WebRTC and the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices--computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors – connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace for the next several decades.
Oct. 30, 2014 05:30 PM EDT Reads: 2,207
The only place to be June 9-11 is Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo 2015 East at the Javits Center in New York City. Join us there as delegates from all over the world come to listen to and engage with speakers & sponsors from the leading Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data companies. Cloud Expo & @ThingsExpo are the leading events covering the booming market of Cloud Computing, IoT & Big Data for the enterprise. Speakers from all over the world will be hand-picked for their ability to explore the economic strategies that utility/cloud computing provides. Whether public, private, or in a hybrid form, clo...
Oct. 30, 2014 05:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,392
SYS-CON Events announced today that Gridstore™, the leader in software-defined storage (SDS) purpose-built for Windows Servers and Hyper-V, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridsto...
Oct. 30, 2014 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,587
SYS-CON Events announced today that Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, will exhibit at Internet of @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, a...
Oct. 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,079
As the Internet of Things unfolds, mobile and wearable devices are blurring the line between physical and digital, integrating ever more closely with our interests, our routines, our daily lives. Contextual computing and smart, sensor-equipped spaces bring the potential to walk through a world that recognizes us and responds accordingly. We become continuous transmitters and receivers of data. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Andrew Bolwell, Director of Innovation for HP’s Printing and Personal Systems Group, will discuss how key attributes of mobile technology – touch input, senso...
Oct. 30, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,743
The Internet of Things (IoT) is making everything it touches smarter – smart devices, smart cars and smart cities. And lucky us, we’re just beginning to reap the benefits as we work toward a networked society. However, this technology-driven innovation is impacting more than just individuals. The IoT has an environmental impact as well, which brings us to the theme of this month’s #IoTuesday Twitter chat. The ability to remove inefficiencies through connected objects is driving change throughout every sector, including waste management. BigBelly Solar, located just outside of Boston, is trans...
Oct. 30, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,187
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, will examine three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics...
Oct. 30, 2014 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,606
Internet of @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley announced on Thursday its first 12 all-star speakers and sessions for its upcoming event, which will take place November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. @ThingsExpo, the first and largest IoT event in the world, debuted at the Javits Center in New York City in June 10-12, 2014 with over 6,000 delegates attending the conference. Among the first 12 announced world class speakers, IBM will present two highly popular IoT sessions, which will take place November 4-6, 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif...
Oct. 30, 2014 07:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,294
From a software development perspective IoT is about programming "things," about connecting them with each other or integrating them with existing applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Yakov Fain, co-founder of Farata Systems and SuranceBay, will show you how small IoT-enabled devices from multiple manufacturers can be integrated into the workflow of an enterprise application. This is a practical demo of building a framework and components in HTML/Java/Mobile technologies to serve as a platform that can integrate new devices as they become available on the market.
Oct. 29, 2014 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,079
SYS-CON Events announced today that O'Reilly Media has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An...
Oct. 29, 2014 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,635
SYS-CON Events announced today that Aria Systems, the recurring revenue expert, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Aria Systems helps leading businesses connect their customers with the products and services they love. Industry leaders like Pitney Bowes, Experian, AAA NCNU, VMware, HootSuite and many others choose Aria to power their recurring revenue business and deliver exceptional experiences to their customers.
Oct. 29, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,130