Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mainframe Mobile Has Arrived

by Brenda J. Christie



In one of my earlier posts, Mainframe Goes Mobile, I wrote about the technical aspects of combining Mainframe and mobile technologies.  Fast forward a few months, and a September 15, 2015 IBM Systems Magazine article, "Thanks to Mobile Apps, Users Can Access IBM zSystems Services and Data" ,  announces the winners of IBM's second Mainframe Mobile App Throwdown held in May of this year.

First place went to a team at the healthcare company, Aetna,  for developing an app which can lower the likelihood of incompatible drug interactions, and consequently, reduce the deaths from such errors.  The FDA puts the number of drug-interaction deaths at 7,000 per year, so this app has the potential to save lives.  The app, Nurses in Motion (NIM), is used by nurses participating in the Visiting Nurse Association. The app uses the IBM Process Portal,  and accesses CICS, DB2 and MQ on the mainframe.  A video below explains how the IBM Process Portal works.