We have applications running on the mainframe (OS/390) and we need to integrate with these applications (from Enterprise Server 5.0.1).
We know all about webMethods Mainframe (for CICS & IMS).
We know all about using JDBC adapter to write to DB2 on the mainframe, however the mainframe application requires a flat file feed. The question is: what is the best way to get the file there ? Use an IO adapter to write the flat file and then FTP it to the mainframe ? What about packed (comp-3) fields ? The mainframe application requires some fields to be in packed (comp-3, comp) format. Should we make the mainframe programmers convert the regular fields in the flat file to packed format (after they receive the file on the mainframe), or should we use custom Java code in our IO adapter to create packed fields ? Obviously we are hoping to reinvent the wheel. Surely someone has run into the same issue(s) ???
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Seriously: Feedback would be really appreciated.