Published: 08 March 2001
Analyst(s): Serena Ann Lambiase
Web-to-host software uses Internet browser technology to allow large numbers of users access to information contained within corporate mainframes and promises to strengthen a company's e-business strategy by shortening time-to-market. Until recently, most mainframe usage was accessed with fat-client terminal emulation connectivity and provided only the proverbial "green screen" interface. The lengthy learning and training curve, software maintenance and user management resulted in steep costs. Web-to-host software changes this scenario-- it offers the alluring promise of cutting costs and gaining a competitive edge. Expensive fat-client connectivity is replaced with a user-friendly GUI, centralized access management, faster responsiveness to business requirements and increased user productivity.
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