OpenSpan Aims to Bring Mainframe Qualities to Desktop Integration
June 2, 2009 Alex Woodie
For all the flack that green-screen applications get for being difficult to use, powerful macro tools and well-defined APIs make it relatively easy to access mainframe processes and data through 5250 and 3270 terminal emulators. But when the tables are turned and fat-client Windows apps are asked to open up and share, the DLLs and executables get cold feet. OpenSpan is trying to change that with an integration tool it claims can create on-demand APIs for any Windows app, and include them in cross-platform business process automation projects.
Francis Carden, who co-founded OpenSpan in 2005 with CTO Stephen Beckett and