Stillwater, Oklahoma – (The Hosting News) – March 23, 2006 – A new technology patent has been issued by the U.S. Patent Office to HostBridge Technology, for its primary underlying software product – also known as HostBridge.
The granting of U.S. Patent Number 6,981,257
B2 validates the unique and
innovative nature of the HostBridge approach to integration, while protecting
its core technology. The patent also protects HostBridge customers by
ensuring that they will have unimpeded access to best-of-breed CICS
integration technology. CICS Transaction Server is IBM’s premier mainframe-based transaction
processing system which, according to industry sources, is used by
organizations to process billions of transactions per day with a commercial
value of trillions of dollars per week.
The HostBridge patent was
filed on January 18, 2002 and granted on December 27, 2005. The patent formally describes
“a system, method and apparatus to facilitate the invocation of existing CICS BMS transactions and deliver the executed transaction output to a requesting application as a standardized XML document.” BMS transactions are the largest category of terminal-oriented transactions used by CICS TS customers.
Building upon a CICS-based facility which intercepts the flow of control between a user transaction and traditional screen-handling facilities, HostBridge replaces the use of terminal-oriented data streams with XML documents. In doing so, HostBridge eliminates the need for ‘screen scraping’ – a brittle integration technique that limits many integration solutions because it scales poorly. HostBridge also does not require any changes to the existing CICS applications.
The HostBridge patent covers any integration solution that has the following characteristics:
— Supports access to CICS BMS applications.
— Relies upon a CICS-based mechanism to intercept the flow of terminal input and output to/from the application.
— Uses XML to express the application’s output.
Russ Teubner, CEO of HostBridge Technology and co-inventor of the HostBridge patent commented on the news, ”The CICS landscape is littered with integration tools based on screen-scraping techniques. Integrations based on these tools are largely disposable, because they are difficult to maintain, break easily and don’t scale well to support high-volume transaction environments. We were the first to recognize that there was a better approach to CICS integration, and the first to deliver it to the CICS community five years ago. Our confidence in the value of our approach to integration led us to file for a patent. The granting of this patent validates what our customers already know – that HostBridge offers an innovative approach to creating high-performance, resilient CICS integrations that are based in industry standards. There is nothing else on the market like HostBridge, and now that we have earned a patent for our approach, there never will be.”
HostBridge Product Background Version 1 of the HostBridge product, launched immediately after the Patent application was filed in 2002, XML-enabled CICS BMS applications. Since the initial release, HostBridge has enhanced its product to support all types of CICS applications and data sources (not just BMS) and make them available as XML documents or web services. HostBridge Extended (HBX), which was announced as part of HostBridge version 4, is a CICS-based business process automation engine.
Mr. Teubner added, ”In order to build a web service or a BPM operation out of existing CICS transactions, something must manage the ‘micro-flows’ between multiple transactions. Automating the micro-flows outside the mainframe is an implementation and performance nightmare. Our CICS-based process automation engine allows system architects, business process designers and application developers to build CICS-based web services using the industry standard ECMAScript language.”
To learn more about HostBridge Technology please visit: www.hostbridge.com.