We all know the power and significance of the mainframe in the corporate and public sectors. Mainframes—secure, scalable, reliable and efficient—host more than 70 percent of the world’s critical business data and help solve many of today’s enterprise computing challenges.

This brings us to integration. Mainframes need to coexist with the other platforms, including Windows, Linux, UNIX, etc., but how do companies tie their mainframes in to all their distributed platforms? How does data get exchanged between the various systems and applications?

Demand for Enterprise Integration

Several factors drive the demand for mainframe integration:

• The requirement to link different business operations together by integrating various applications with systems such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Supply Chain Management (SCM)

• The need to conduct business over the Web and support the transactions with legacy applications

• Regulatory compliance and corporate governance mandates

• Mergers and acquisitions that increase the need to bring together diverse operations.

Most companies have recognized the importance of integration, but the ability of companies to adopt more advanced technologies and address their myriad file transfer challenges has been severely hampered by legacy issues. Several pervasive technologies have led to hesitation or inaction when it comes to implementing newer, more modern integration technologies.

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