• June 24, 2022

5 Ways You Can Get More from Your Terminal Emulator

For businesses that rely on mainframes, secure access to the data stored there is simply a business requirement. Terminal emulation and host access to these critical resources is key to enabling a range of business processes from serving customers more efficiently to ensuring regulatory compliance.

While organizations with a mainframe or IBM® i need a terminal emulator for access, users shouldn’t be limited by a specific endpoint strategy. Terminal emulators that lack flexibility can disrupt user workflows and slow processes. Removing unnecessary friction from the terminal emulation process, such as by providing mobile access, provides users with the up-to-date information they need to do their jobs.

Further, many vendors rigorously pursue license compliance, auditing their users over each additional seat. Rocket provides a different kind of solution. With Rocket Terminal Emulator, users can customize their environment for simplicity and efficiency. Here are the top 5 ways for enterprises to get more from their terminal emulator while saving money and time.

  1. Improve experiences

According to research by Aberdeen, the industries with the strongest need for terminal emulation are business services (accounting, HR and consulting, for example), manufacturing, retail, education, healthcare, finance and insurance. These industries represent a wide range of employee roles and business processes where accessible information is key to accomplishing knowledge work. Across all of these industries, terminal emulation has the power to improve the employee experience by making this access simple, fast and user-friendly.

When employee experiences are improved, customer experiences benefit as a result. For instance, in the retail industry, mobile-enabled terminal emulation means sales representatives can get the answers they need on the floor without leaving the customers’ side. Rather than having to use a stationary terminal, employees can address customer needs from anywhere, any time. Since Rocket’s solution supports BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), end-users can have platform diversity in a secure, web-based experience.

  1. Unify and simplify IT environments

One of the primary motivators for enterprises evaluating their existing terminal emulators is the operational benefits from the perspective of IT teams. Often, terminal emulation solutions may have accumulated after multiple M&As or the natural progression of an IT environment over time. Unifying terminal emulation reduces the number of supported solutions, which saves IT staff time and resources with ongoing support.

Upgrades and maintenance get costly over time as environments get more complex. License administration also gets burdensome and can be out-of-date with an enterprise’s actual needs. In evaluating an enterprise’s current configuration, businesses may find they are paying for many more licenses than are actually in use. Enterprises can discover significant cost savings while making IT staff’s roles easier by simplifying their emulation solution.

  1. Save time and boost operational productivity

Time employees spend searching for information to complete a task hinders productivity and creates frustration for employees and customers alike. With simplified terminal emulation, employees do not need to make repeated trips to central terminals, they have the real-time information they need at the tips of their fingers.

In a manufacturing or retail setting, for example, this can improve warehouse productivity with access to pick lists, inventory levels, bin restocking requests and more, from anywhere employees need. With increased visibility into work that needs to be done, common tasks can easily be streamlined for greater efficiency.

  1. Reduce costs without compromising security

With Rocket Terminal Emulator, enterprises can reduce their hardware costs without compromising security. Other vendors may let their terminal emulator solution remain stagnant; Rocket is continually developing and improving our solution to keep up with current security protocols. In highly regulated industries such as financial services, secure and compliant terminal emulation is essential to avoid costly fines and penalties.

In addition, flexible, all-inclusive licensing options significantly lower terminal emulation costs. Rocket offers both concurrent and per-seat licenses, and perpetual and subscription options that include upgrades. This allows enterprises to ensure users have the functionality they need without the high cost. Since the entire Rocket team is committed to our customers’ success with our products, we work with customers to meet their licensing needs rather than pursuing them with aggressive compliance audits and retaliatory lawsuits.

  1. Increase mobility and access

Given the powerful trends for ever-greater mobility, access and virtualization, modernized terminal emulation is essential to stay ahead of the competition for employees and customers. Employees expect modern experiences on devices they are comfortable with. Increasing mobility and access in terminal emulation helps employees do their jobs more effectively.

End-users have different preferences; Rocket’s BYOD policy provides experiences that empower users with UX they are comfortable with, including easy migration of scripts and macros. Whether they are using a tablet on a warehouse floor or a laptop from their home office, employees have easy access to the information they need.

Greater agility, without the hassle

Terminal emulation is essential to providing the data enterprises need to meet customer needs while also providing improved experiences for employees. With Rocket, proven migration and customization tools help to minimize business disruptions during the migration process. Switching from existing solutions is straightforward with Rocket’s team of experts supporting the move every step of the way. Give Rocket Terminal Emulator a trial run and see for yourself how the product can help your business.

Rebecca Dilthey 14 Posts

Rebecca Dilthey is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Rocket Software.

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