Awash in APIs at IBM InterConnect 2017

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Maybe it was just my perspective, but IBM InterConnect 2017 had as much to say about the API Economy as it did about Cloud or Mobile. It is certainly to be expected when you consider that APIs have become the modern day Lego blocks to expedite delivery of new digital technologies. What particularly caught my eye was the level of customer adoption for API-enabling the mainframe. While it has been more than a year since IBM introduced IBM® z/OS® Connect Enterprise Edition (EE) as a way to host RESTful APIs on z/OS, it has taken customers some time to refine their strategies around APIs and get familiar with this new mainframe tool. That has all changed in 2017.

Mobile PhoneMultiple customers in banking and insurance – including Citigroup, Nationwide, and others – presented this week at InterConnect on their success with using IBM z/OS Connect EE to rapidly extend core mainframe applications to mobile, cloud and other modern platforms.

In keeping with the API focus, Rocket hosted a luncheon to a packed house (the House of Blues, that is) of z Systems customers and architects to discuss mainframe API enablement and to announce our delivery of an API for mainframe data. The new capability is available within the latest version of Rocket Data Virtualization (DV), and gives mobile and cloud application developers the ability to integrate z/OS data into their applications without the need for any mainframe expertise or changes to mainframe code.

Rocket Data Virtualization and z/OS ConnectArchitecturally speaking we believe in the IBM z/OS Connect ecosystem and have designed our new mainframe data API to fit in seamlessly with the existing service providers for CICS, IMS, WAS and DB2. With Rocket Data Virtualization, developers can use the z/OS Connect API Editor to interact with a broad range of mainframe and non-mainframe data sources such as Adabas, IMS DB, IDMS, VSAM, and even SQL Server and Oracle. We have truly unleashed the creativity of mobile and cloud developers by enabling real-time access to data.

Think of the possibilities, and look for the features coming soon in your mobile banking app – all courtesy of Rocket and IBM.

Contact us to learn more about Rocket Data Virtualization.
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Calvin Fudge spends an inordinate amount of time focused on the challenges companies face with data integration. In the last decade he has worked extensively on data services and data virtualization, and is part of a team that helped launch Rocket's mainframe data virtualization solution. He currently serves as director of product marketing for Rocket's Data Lab, where he is helping customers increase business insight with real-time mainframe analytics.
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