Second generation of Screensurfer significantly increases developers' productivity with flexible, integrated pass through of 3270 screen applications in concert with both new and existing ASP applications.
BURLINGTON, MASS. - November 24, 1998 -- iE, a leading provider of Web development tools and services, today introduced the latest version of its Screensurfer 3270-to-Web development tool, the first and only 3270 solution to be made available to developers as a free Web download from http://www.inventu.com. Screensurfer 1.3E provides Active Server Pages support, expanding Screensurfer's ability to pass through large amounts of 3270 screen data in addition to providing developers with the flexibility to incorporate Active Server Pages functionality into Screensurfer applications. The SABRE Group and The University of Santa Barbara are both currently using Screensurfer 1.3 with Active Server Pages to create Web-based applications that integrate with mainframe systems.
The University of California at Santa Barbara is currently using Screensurfer 1.3 to create new applications for its student information system called Gaucho. Students can access their grades, financial aid and billing status, and class schedules through the online system, which is linked directly to the university's mainframe. Through Active Server Pages, developers are integrating the system, originally created with Screensurfer 1.3C, to registration and calendar systems and will also provide students with a personalized interface and links.
According to Joe Sabado, UCSB systems analyst, "the session management capabilities through Active Server Pages utilizing Screensurfer is a key benefit as thousands of students access Gaucho. We are also streamlining authentication so that students only need to log in once to access different systems through what we call 'GOLD' - Gaucho Online Data. All of the applications and data pass through are powered by Screensurfer."
The SABRE Group, a leader in electronic distribution of travel and travel-related services, is currently using ScreenSufer 1.3 to create an Intranet help-desk application to manage help-desk inquiries. More than 450 Employees will have access to the new system, which the company expects to save time and cut costs by making the system more intuitive for help-desk support staff. The new Web-brower applications are scheduled to roll out in Q1 1999.
Screensurfer provides enhanced 3270-to-HTML protocol conversion with both SNA and TN3270/TN3270E support. The product's HTML templates are easy to learn with wizards and scripts for quick screen formatting and standardization. Screensurfer has standard HTTP Web server port access and can maintain connection and re-connection to a host system at any time from a bookmarkable URL. Browser-based administration and customization give systems administrators the ability to view any active session, interact with user screens if necessary, and create password/ID security protection.
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