From banking to infrastructure to government services, mainframes power the vital services that billions of people rely on every day. That means there's a steady demand for new developers who can not only maintain existing applications, but also develop new ones to meet changing customer needs. However, today’s Computer Science curricula typically don’t provide any exposure to the mainframe, and Millennial and Gen Z developers entering the workforce today are only familiar with the modern programming languages and tools they’ve been trained on, such as Python, Git, and Perl. This lack of understanding and familiarity with mainframe programming languages and tools creates a skills gap.
Organizations around the world need to replace retiring mainframe developers, but are finding that new developers need extensive training before they can be productive. This not only puts critical systems at risk, it makes it harder for organizations that run on mainframes to stay competitive and respond to market opportunities.
Any developer can code for mainframes
Students graduating with computer science degrees aren't learning COBOL; they're learning to code in modern langauges. To help address the growing mainframe skills gap, we offer more than 30 open source languages and tools—including Git, R and Python—that allow any developer familiar with these popular tools and languages to harness the power of the mainframe. Rocket Open Source Languages and Tools for z/OS let your developers start coding quickly, without having to spend months learning new skills.
Make 3270 screen logic available as APIs
Rocket® API helps you unlock the data and logic in your 3270 screens for use virtually anywhere, including cloud, mobile, self-service applications, and more. By wrapping application and data and logic in APIs, even your most junior developer can create new web and mobile experiences based on your 3270 screens—without requiring risky modifications to the underlying source code. Rocket API fits into any current application infrastructure using a no-code/low-code model—eliminating the need to write new application code. That means you can respond to market opportunities quickly and deliver new applications and experiences in days, not months.
Rocket API makes it easy to integrate core business functionality into web or mobile experiences. Built-in intelligence ensures that codebase changes don't break the connection between your APIs and the applications that call them, letting you modernize without the time, expense, or risk normally associated with rip-and-replace efforts.
Update your green-screen interfaces—no coding required
Rocket® LegaSuite® Web lets you web-enable your green-screen interfaces so your users can access them from web browsers and mobile devices. LegaSuite Web makes digital transformation projects fast and easy, with drag-and-drop tools and runtime components that extend and repurpose any mainframe application as a user-friendly, HTML5 web application.
Unlike other solutions, LegaSuite lets you leverage existing development without having to install or modify code. It also automatically extracts and synchronizes all screens of a legacy application with any modernized user interface, ensuring consistent and coordinated change management at all ends of the organization. That means making a change to your application or source code on the back end won't break your interface on the front end—something that's not possible with a screen-scraping solution.
Application Modernization Solution Matrix
Every application modernization project is different, presenting different requirements that can call for different approaches to solving them. However you choose to deliver your modernization project, we have you covered with solutions that enable you to bring your trusted core business applications into the twenty-first century.
Rocket® LegaSuite Web helps you turn green-screen application interfaces into responsive web UIs and workflows using simple drag-and-drop tools, while Rocket® API enables you to make core application functions available via RESTful APIs for access via virtually any other programming language and application.