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Mainframe Apps on mobile phone

Accessing Mainframe Apps from Mobile phone

My company (www.softwaremining.com) translates COBOL applications to Java and C#.
Recently we were asked if it was possible to access the java translation of a mainframe application from mobile phones. The answer was yes off-course. Since the CICS BMS, or COBOL Display screens are translated to HTML, they it can be accessed from any cell-phone with a good browser - although the screens will be a bit on the small side. The new system however does new JSP or ASP screens to be simply plugged in without having to alter a single like of the business logic. This would allow a new screen to be designed specifically for cell phones.
Of course no one will expect the Data-Entry department to use the new cell-phone centric pages for their work. But if the cell phone centric site is merely another interface to the existing migrated application, well, it could be utilized as a public facing ecommerce site. For example, if the original application is related to Personal-Tax, a user may login using his cell-phone, name and id fields to be auto populated (and made invisible to save on screen real-estate), certain features disabled (e.g. search for other users, and etcetera.) and then the user allowed to enter his own data.
I know there will be area’s which will require careful consideration (e.g. security), but the ability to open-up the existing applications to a wider audience must be enticing!



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