Scenario - bxp as a System Wrapper

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1 Overview

Legacy technology proves a challenge as greater integration, faster interaction and increased functionality is required. bxp offers all these growth capabilities without the need to replace legacy solutions. Having been successfully implement by a number of blue chip companies the solutions speak for themselves and open a new lease of life on existing solutions.

2 Examples of clients using / have used this solution

Telefonica O2 eir Bank of Ireland

3 Situation starting position

These solutions start with a legacy solution. One of the most common is a the very reliable and still highly used AS400 solution from IBM. These produce the iconic black and green screens of data which work quickly but wouldn't be easily web enabled.

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The challenge is that we have staff outside of head office who need to access the data but may have less than ideal security capability. e.g.

  • Home workers with non-static IP addresses
  • Mobile workers who are on mobile devices with limit power and technological capability
  • Temporary staff / Business Process Outsourcers who are being employed for a one off mass data cleaning project / program

So how do you securely facilitate these users?

4 Creating the link

bxp has a module called MetaData. This module allows the import, processing and output of many types of files, including "structured data files".

  1. You set the AS400 to generate a report / structured data file every 01:00
  2. The file is securely transferred from your secure environment through a secure medium such as sFTP into bxp's secure environment.
  3. bxp is scheduled to process the data file though MetaData at 01:20. MetaData_-_Overview

Approved users then access the data through bxp instead of the AS400

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5 Returning updates

It is also possible then to get bxp to create an update delta file to return to the AS400 in a structured format file.

  1. bxp creates the file at 00:30
  2. The file is securely collected by the AS400 / external system from bxp's SFTP hosting site.
  3. The delta file is imported into the AS400

Now there is two way communication.

6 Processing statistics

The bxp solution is hosted on 1Gbps/1Gbps connectivity. 20Mbit/s is immediately available without exception.

Based on previous data loads of 1.2 million customer records

  • Database: 1.2 million customer records
  • File Size: 400+ Mb
  • Data transfer time: 6 minutes
  • Data processing time: 4 minutes

  • Lookup a record Timing (with precision searching and custom index): 0.59 seconds average

  • Delta file creation: 3 minutes
  • Data transfer time: 10 seconds
  • Data processing time: < 1 minute

Search time was 0.6 seconds based on numeric account number and precision searching. Precision_Searching

7 Extending capability

As bxp has an API it is possible to connect devices and services to bxp's API and have the data validated and securely returned to the AS400.

8 Next Steps

If there is a project you would like to discuss wrapping, why not give us a shout to see how we can help. Please call Nick on +353 1 429 4000 or email us at sales@bxpsoftware.come