Business Process Management (BPM) and CICS
Business Activity Monitoring (BAM)
Business Activity Monitoring tools are used to check the health of business processes, detecting peak usages for capacity management or alerting users to bottlenecks and outages for managing SLAs. BAM software solutions operate at the level of the web services, but they can penetrate to the deeper systems or application level if there is some kind of resident monitor. Without those monitors, BAM tools can still track the performance and availability of web services, but when problems occur the ability to drill down for root cause analysis is lost. HostBridge allows organizations to take web services written for BPM software and reuse them with BAM software. Most BAM tools have interfaces to receive events and collect performance data. For each CICS transaction, HostBridge collects and returns abend codes, CICS response codes, and error messages. This data can be returned in any format required by BAM tools. By calling the same web services, the BAM tools monitor the processes from the same perspective as the business processes, and the status messages returned by HostBridge ensure that the CICS subsystem is operating as it should.
HostBridge Connectors for BPM
HostBridge offers a number of specialty connectors enabling integration with specific BPM and other technologies. For information, go to HB Specialty Connectors.