Securely connect to IBM i (AS400) from Mulesoft CloudHub

We live in an incredibly fast-paced environment. It’s hard to believe how much things have changed since the time of our first article on How to securely connect Mule to IBM i (AS400). The world is learning to live by the new hygiene and WFH rules, the CRISPR technology is turning a human genome into a new development platform, Mulesoft has completely rebuilt the core integration runtime engine and related tooling, and my daughter just got her first post-graduation job! One thing that has remained unchanged is the requirement to communicate with the back-end applications via secure encrypted channels. In this long boring picture-less article I will provide the steps to do implement it for Mule 4 workers deployed to CloudHub.

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Legacy Modernization for Manufacturing

Legacy modernization journey often requires continuous transformation of critical back-end systems with the goal to reduce IT ecosystem complexities and costs, increase data consistency, streamline collaboration across teams and platforms, improve process flexibility and efficiency. The Manufacturers increasingly turn to “Smart Factory” technologies that optimize the production processes and blur the lines between the “digital” and the world of shop floor reality. The success of implementations heavily depends on ability of the core applications to provide and consume the key data in near real time. Companies running on legacy application stacks and platforms such as IBM i (AS400) are often faced with a choice: integrate and modernize the existing back-end applications, or migrate to new systems. This is a critical decision that has a lasting impact on company’s ability to adapt to ever changing market conditions.

In many cases companies take a middle road, migrating non-differentiating generic components, while retaining and modernizing their critical line of business applications. There are several modernization headwinds that must be identified and addressed upfront for the successful outcome. Comprehensive Enterprise integration and API architecture greatly complements a successful modernization strategy, reduces the risks and provides a blueprint for connecting the enterprise systems while maximizing reuse and self-service.

Infoview can help

With our unique IBM i (AS400) and Mulesoft technology niche and AS400 Gateway product line, we help manufacturing companies bridge the gap between legacy and modern, develop Legacy Modernization strategy and sound Enterprise Integration Architecture that serves as a foundation for purposely evolving the Line of Business legacy applications. We work with our customer teams to rapidly connect their legacy systems to Smart Factory solutions and other platforms.

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The first step to increasing ROI is Legacy Modernization. Talk to Infoview Systems about how you can shift your investments to next-generation technology and create a more connected enterprise to become a game changer in the global market. 

Key To Successful M&A Integration Strategy

Judging by the number of memes, 2020 is shaping up to be one of the most turbulent and unpredictable years in modern history, mainly due to the unprecedented convergence of global health, political, and climate crises. Industry consolidation is a likely response to these challenges across many verticals and geographies. Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) are a great way for companies to rapidly expand their product and service portfolio, increase market share, and expand the sales, supply, and partner channels.

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AS400 Connector for Mulesoft v2.1.2 is released

We are happy to announce the new version of IBM i (AS400) connector for Mulesoft Anypoint Platform has been certified and available on Mulesoft Exchange. The AS400 connector simplifies integrating legacy applications running on IBM i (AS/400, iSeries, System i). 

Infoview developers are working hard to continuously innovate, deliver new features based on customer feedback, and ensure the connector is aligned with the latest Mulesoft features and certification requirements.  

This release includes the following features: 

  • Added socket timeout, number of retries, and max time to live to connection configuration. 
  • Enabled standard reconnection strategy and notifications in case of connection failed events. 
  • Added explicit Data Queue entry and key length to support writing into remote (DDM) keyed Data Queue. 

To take advantage of these new features, update the connector version in your Mule applications to 2.1.2. To learn about the new version, view our on-demand webinar

Support & License / Trial License: Please email: mule400@infoviewsystems.com , Call: +1 (734) 293-2160  or +91-40-42707110 

Infoview Systems Inc. announces opening of subsidiary company in India, Satya Sekhar Das Mandal, Infoview CTO appointed to manage the India office operations

Livonia, MI 07/08/2020 Infoview Systems Inc., a Global IT solutions provider based in Livonia, Michigan USA announces the opening of its subsidiary Infoview Systems India Pvt. Ltd in Hyderabad, India. 

Infoview Systems is a highly efficient cross-platform Professional Services team with strong focus on customer business outcomes and long-term care. Established in 1994, we are an innovative provider of integration, legacy modernization, and cloud solutions. The new subsidiary will expand our global delivery capabilities, and initially focus on Mulesoft and IBMi (iSeries, AS400) practices, as well as evolving our AS400 connector family of products. 

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IBM i (AS400) Connector for Mulesoft Release Announcement

Today, we are happy to announce the release of IBM i (AS400) Connector for Mulesoft Anypoint platform. In response to the feedback from our customers and prospects, we added support for calling Service Program Procedures and ability to define external format for data queue entries. These enhancements further reduce or eliminate the back-end development for integrating the IBM i (AS400) based applications into modern application landscape. The new features are released for both Mule 3 and Mule 4 versions of the Connector.

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Infoview Systems announces the IBM i (AS400) Connector for Mulesoft Titan release

Infoview Systems announces the general availability of Certified IBM i (AS400) Connector for the latest Titan release of Mulesoft Anypoint platform

The IBM i (AS400) connector further expands legacy modernization capabilities of the leading integration platform.

Livonia, MI – June 20 2018

Infoview Systems, a provider of innovative integration modernization and infrastructure services and products, announced the general availability of the IBM i (AS400) Connector for Mulesoft Titan release.

Enterprises running on legacy ERPs and Line of business applications realize it is critical for business success to rapidly unlock legacy data and business logic, while also connecting to an ever-increasing number of cloud and third party services.

The new Mulesoft Anypoint Platform enables enterprises to innovate at scale and rapidly build flexible and secure application networks. With the addition of the IBM i (AS400) connector, enterprises can now accelerate the delivery of the most challenging legacy modernization initiatives.

Infoview Systems, a Mulesoft Partner and global service provider, is a highly efficient cross-platform Professional Services and product company with a strong focus on customer business outcomes and long-term care.

How to debug IBM i Program called from Mule

In the previous post we wrapped an IBM i business logic program into an easy to consume API with Mulesoft Anypoint platform and IBM i Connector. Took just under 15 minutes to build and works like a charm at the first try. Right… in real life there are quite a few things that could go wrong with remote program call. Most commonly the issues are caused by the incorrect parameter definitions, where parameter mode, data type or length or sequence mismatch cause the program to bomb.  The connector logs the exception and the trace, however in some cases it’s really useful to take a look at what’s going on during program execution. In this article, contributed by Vivek Gupta, we show how to debug IBM i program called from Mule API. Vivek is one of very few people in the whole world (and most of them are on our team!) who develops both Mulesoft and IBM i components for the same project.

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How to Build an IBM i (AS400) API in 15 Minutes

One of the biggest IT challenges is the growing IT delivery gap and the ever increasing pace of business changes. This is especially true for established companies saddled with a mix of older applications. In order to efficiently connect these systems to other business components at scale, the application business logic and data must be be packaged as easy-to-consume reusable assets.

Due to the monolithic nature, most legacy applications span multiple business domains. As a result, the number of required integrations is typically high. When we consider the complexity of integrating with legacy systems, the shortage of specialized skills, and tight budgets, it’s easy to see why unlocking ERP data and logic is a constant concern for IT leaders.

Technically, this problem boils down to the question: how fast can you build an API that calls the backend business logic, and how much of that work depends on the legacy team? In this how-to guide, I’ll show you how to use the latest version of MuleSoft’s Anypoint Connector for IBM i (AS400) to accelerate wrapping business logic program into a REST API without any IBM i tools or development required. Once the IBM i (AS400) API is developed, it can be plugged into Anypoint Platform for added security, governance, and operational insight.

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How to Run Mule on IBM i

For companies running their ERPs and Line of business applications on IBM i or mainframe, ability to rapidly connect the applications to ever increasing number of cloud and third party services is critical for business success. IBM i (AS400, iSeries) is a modern, powerful and secure platform optimized for running complex and diverse workloads. The recent versions of the system have several integration options available out of the box, including Integrated Web Services, Apache HTTP server, XMLSERVICES, as well as a host of available Node.js, PHP, and Java based options. And we all know that having a choice always always beats the alternative, right? In this article I present one more option and show how to run Mule on IBM i.

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