Alchemy Solutions, a provider of legacy modernization solutions, today announced the general availability of NeoServices, a Windows-based system for service-enabling mainframe business logic and integrating with modern application and web environments.
NeoServices is the newest member of the Alchemy Solutions family of ‘modernize-as-you-migrate' solutions giving enterprises the ability to service-enable existing mainframe, as well as NeoKicks-based business logic, with no code changes. These services enable a company to leverage its proven mainframe assets to in initiatives like new portals, CRM and ERP applications, or new application development.
Alchemy's NeoKicks is designed for migrating CICS applications to the .NET environment, providing a similar system architecture while enabling the applications to take advantage of the interfaces and technologies provided by the Microsoft .NET Framework.
The new solution, NeoServices, does not require new code during the creation of services that leverages existing logic. Instead, NeoServices' approach to development uses graphical flow modeling or "wiring" diagrams that allow the user to drag, drop and wire together various building blocks to compose a service. The approach is flexible so that the designer can either start with existing transactions and build "up" to form a service that combines elements of each transaction, or start with a specification of the desired service and design "down" to the transactions that provide the required information.
NeoServices makes it easier for Windows-based, or for non-mainframe, people to construct these services, Ron Langer, vice president of sales and general manager for Alchemy Solutions, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Because mainframe concepts may not be known to the people constructing them, NeoServices can be used by a "different skilled person." Additionally, he adds, there is the expectation that people who have written those transactions on a mainframe will want to construct these services using the new solution. They can do so with greater ease using this tool, as can other people that may not be as familiar with the mainframe-"so it addresses both of those issues," says Langer.
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