IMS and Enterprise Integration
Today’s IT architecture requires end-to-end integration across the enterprise and with key partners, suppliers, and customers. Such an architecture enables enterprises to respond with flexibility and speed to any customer demand, any market opportunity, and any external threat. This level of IT complexity must be addressed by an infrastructure that meets the following requirements:
- Based on open standards. IMS fully supports Java standards for application development and XML for transparent document interchange.
- Heterogeneous. IMS applications can be developed on workstations and run in the host environment. IMS applications and data can be accessed from any platform, including Linux®, almost anywhere on the Internet, through the IMS Connect function, the IMS TM Resource Adapter, and the IMS Universal drivers. IMS Enterprise Suite SOAP Gateway enables IMS applications to provide and request web services independent of platform, environment, application language, or programming model.
- Integrated. Integration has always been an IMS priority. IMS ships connectors and tooling with IBM WebSphere® solutions so that customers can connect to IMS applications and data by using the tools and connectors of their choice. IMS delivers Eclipse-based plug-ins for use with Rational® Developer for System z® that simplify common application development tasks.
- Scalable. IMS continues to address scalability needs by providing the highest possible availability, performance, and capacity.
- Enabled with self-managing capabilities. IMS addresses the need to assist technical support staff in being more productive, keeping systems continuously available in an operating environment that is growing increasingly complex.
- Reliable. One large IMS customer has operated for more than 10 years (and counting) without an outage in a 24×7 environment. Most IMS customers will say that they cannot recollect when their last unplanned outage occurred.
The ongoing focus that IMS has in support of an open, integrated, simplified, on-demand operating environment, and the success of those who capitalize on their IMS investment, suggests that IMS will remain a major factor in enterprise architectures worldwide and continue to be a great fit for the future of IT.