GT Software users making Business Mapping Services (BMS) maps for CICS can say goodbye to the green screens. GT recently announced the release of its Ivory BMS Studio IDE, which allows users to build BMS maps in a Windows GUI
"There has been interest in being able to leverage graphical interfaces," said Rob Morris, chief strategy officer at GT. "What we've achieved here is a tool that requires very little training and delivers very sophisticated results."
Ivory provides a graphical interface for the design, creation and maintenance of artifacts located in the BMS/TS MAPSET repository, expanding beyond dated 3270 interfaces.
The idea was to create a drag-and-drop approach to CICS BMS mapping that allows the user to pay no mind to what is going on inside the mainframe, said Morris. He continued to say that Ivory is a Windows-like development environment capable of bringing ease of use similar to that which Microsoft FrontPage's WYSIWYG interface provided early Web site developers.
The BMS studio can be used as a stand-alone or as part of Ivory Service Architect, a SOA mainframe toolset for assembling Web services from mainframe assets and applications from externally defined Web services.
Earlier this year, the company released Ivory Service Architect version 4.1, which now supports all three IBM System z mainframe specialty engines: IFL, zIIP and zAAP.