This month's column is contributed by Robert Morris from GT Software.

The mainframe death knell has tolled prematurely more than once. This workhorse refuses to die, largely because it continues to deliver maximum availability, scalability and performance to the enterprise. Now, service-oriented architecture (SOA) promises to extend this value beyond the glass house, integrating the mainframe with the rest of the IT world and capitalizing on years of mainframe investment to improve overall business performance. To collect on that promise in a timely manner, companies need tools specifically designed for mainframe SOA, leveraging mainframe applications, data and environments, as well mainframe developers. This article examines the criteria for evaluating and selecting the right tools to make rapid mainframe SOA development a reality.

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