IBM mainframes are used to run critical business applications accesses via IBM 3270 or 5250 terminals. Contrary to other RPA products, that access mainframe applications using a 3270 or 5250 terminal emulator, SmartRPA has developed an exclusive and robust IBM Mainframe Connector. The SmartRPA Mainframe Connector communicates directly with the IBM mainframe using the native IBM TN3270 protocol for industry-best RPA performance, robustness and ease-of-use.

An additional challenge with automating 3270-based processes is that the advanced user-role configuration system delivered by IBM allows the same application to morph screen layouts almost at a per-user level. To address this, SmartRPA Kapow can define anchor points based on non-changing lead texts as shown in the picture for robust interaction with the mainframe application even when the interface changes. High level screen components such as fields, colors, etc, are also available for ultimate robustness.

When developing a software robot with SmartRPA Kapow, interaction with the IBM application is performed in real-time, so you see what you get as you develop and test the sotware robot.