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4 reasons you need mainframe-connected APIs now

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API Connect ZThere’s a wealth of strategic business assets that reside on mainframes—and many companies are finding ways to extract value from them. Companies can expose assets through many channels including easy-to-consume APIs. Want to learn how your business can extract these assets? Read on.

RESTful APIs (representational state transfer web services) can support existing and new cloud, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) workloads. They fuel the lucrative API economy, driving new ways to use data as well as potential revenue from third parties, external developers, vendors and partners who can license and incorporate them into new solutions. Exposing and consuming services as useful and intuitive APIs should be simple and intuitive. If they can use APIs more easily, development teams can focus on creating new solutions that could drive new revenue.

A recent white paper from IDC, “The Business Value of the Connected Mainframe for Digital Transformation” highlight the benefits businesses can expect by investing in the mainframe as opposed to migrating from it. Companies can successfully drive digital transformation (DX) by optimizing their mainframe and achieve a compelling ROI.

IBM can help companies leverage their mainframes to maximize DX value from APIs and services. Companies looking to expose existing applications and data as RESTful APIs for development teams and third parties can use z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition and API Connect. In most cases, customers don’t even need to change existing code to provide RESTful API entry points to assets.

Companies will want to see success when they embrace DX and API strategies. That’s why IBM offers a holistic approach. The new IBM z14 and its supporting offerings provide unprecedented combinations of speed, reliability and security to succeed in the API economy. Benefits include:

  • Identifies key services to expose as RESTful APIs and develop with confidence by understanding existing assets with IBM Application Discovery and Delivery Intelligence
  • Provides consumable, industry-standard RESTful APIs to these assets with IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition
  • Publishes and manages these exposed APIs by leveraging OpenAPI specification support within your enterprise API management solution with IBM API Connect
  • Helps you create exceptional customer experiences through complete monitoring on any new deployed solution, with IBM OMEGAMON for Application Performance Management

Together, z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition and API Connect can drive digital transformation efforts and unlock business value. I hope you’ll join us on our webcast on September 18 at 1:00 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time). We’ll share more about the connected mainframe and the benefits to your business.

Until then, you can learn more and experiment with IBM API Connect and IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition.

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