Consolidate different host connectivity solutions while realizing cost savings and improving security.
Abraxas provides applications for tax collection, accounting, citizen registration, etc. It relies on its IBM mainframe environment and used Micro Focus Reflection for the Web to provide access to the mainframe-based applications for database administrators and developers. Abraxas is formed from a merger, and the other party used an IBM host connectivity solution. Michael Seger, Data Center and Mainframe Manager for Abraxas, picks up the story: “We had been really pleased with the support provided by Micro Focus. We have a custom-built identity and access management solution that gave us some issues when we first introduced Reflection for the Web. Micro Focus Support and R&D went beyond the call of duty to help us solve these. When we wanted to consolidate our host connectivity product strategies across the new company, Micro Focus was the obvious solution for us.”
He continues: “The consolidation project provided a great opportunity to address some challenges. Reflection for the Web relies on Java, and with Java moving out of the open source area, that was an additional cost for us. In addition we found it hard to maintain different Java versions with our many applications, and Reflection upgrades could be problematic as a result.”
Abraxas also wanted to move away from downloading client software, which was required with Reflection for the Web. It looked for a solution that would be transparent to users and deliver additional security within their identity and access management environment.