Lozen™: Mainframe Data for Hybrid Clouds

Empower Your Modern Hybrid Cloud Applications With Lozen

  • Provide real-time, read-write access to your business-critical mainframe data, where and when it’s needed most.
  • Improve your agility and support smarter business decisions with complete, consistent, and up-to-date data.
  • Deliver better apps and drive better business outcomes, all without compromising security or efficiency.

Leave Day-Old Data Where It Belongs: In The Past

No more relying on stale data to make important decisions. Eliminate the frustration of inaccurate information, costly manual processes, and waiting a day or longer for data to refresh. Lozen is the real-time, no-code alternative for connecting mainframe data to modern apps. Deliver better apps, drive better outcomes.

The Lozen Story

Our revolutionary data access solution was inspired by an Apache warrior and battlefield strategist named Lozen. As the first woman-founded, woman-led IBM Z ISV in history — and with Native American and diverse heritage across our team — Lozen’s story threads deeply within VirtualZ.

There’s a Better Way

Staying competitive means delivering cutting-edge apps and using your data to drive smart business decisions.

Yet, gaps between the mainframe, cloud, and distributed platforms too often inhibit innovation. Many of today’s applications and BI systems run in the cloud, while critical data still lives on the mainframe.

Existing “best practices” for bridging that gap (like ETL, API-based, and data re-hosting approaches) are clunky, expensive, and have significant downsides.

  • Common methods of accessing mainframe data require you to copy your data, which introduces new risks and prevents a single source of truth.
  • These copies reflect a moment in time that grows more stale with each passing minute.
  • Other methods require custom code that’s burdensome to develop and maintain.
  • These approaches also requires time from mainframe teams, where a talent shortage means people are already spread thin.

With the arrival of Lozen and its ability to empower your modern hybrid cloud applications with real-time mainframe data, you can find new opportunities, improve your agility, and drive better business outcomes, all without compromising security or efficiency.

Enter Lozen

Leverage mainframe data in ways you’ve never been able to before.

Lozen streamlines access to the data you need, making mainframe data available to use across hybrid cloud environments. It provides real-time, read-write access without compromising security or efficiency, allowing you to leverage that data in ways you’ve never been able to before.

  • No more waiting a day or longer for data to refresh.
  • No more delivering out-of-date information to customers.
  • No more relying on stale data to make important decisions.
  • No more costly manual processes.

Unleash the power of your business-critical mainframe data to support your hybrid cloud strategy.  Put your data to work immediately: launch and access up-to-the-moment data with no custom code and fewer risks than other solutions. Deliver fresher results, fewer frustrations, and bigger impact.

Why Lozen, Why Now

Lozen streamlines and reduces the cost to access the data you need.

Find new opportunities by leveraging your mainframe data in new ways

  • Lozen provides direct access to valuable mainframe data, greatly expanding how you’re able to leverage it.
  • Access business-critical data securely, easily, efficiently, and immediately.
  • Make real-time data available to any application, in any environment.

Enable real-time read/write to the mainframe

  • Stop making copies: Improve efficiency while reducing security risks.
  • Reflect updates across all platforms as soon as they’re made.
  • Empower your teams with secure, accurate, consistent data. Eliminate the frustration of inaccurate information or waiting a day for it to refresh.

Transform your business

  • Make your business faster and more agile by supporting better business decisions with complete, up-to-date data.
  • Deliver better experiences and secure a competitive advantage.
  • Take advantage of cloud platforms to modernize your apps.

Simple, no-code approach lets you use with ease

  • Simple setup makes Lozen easier to install than other solutions.
  • Deploy and use Lozen with no custom code, and no duplication of your data or applications.
  • Free up scarce developer resources to prioritize the business.

What can Lozen do for me?

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Lozen is the real-time, no-code alternative for connecting mainframe data to modern apps. Here’s a look at some key ways Lozen can help you:

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Analytics and Reporting

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Reduce the Costs and Risks of ETL Processes

Data Stores

Business Applications

Use Case:

Analytics and Reporting

Apply your most valuable data to modern BI, analytics, and reporting tools.

  • The current generation of cloud-based BI, analytics, and reporting tools have been a boon to business users, allowing self-service reporting and real-time custom dashboards.
  • But mainframe data is often an exception, because it is difficult to plug into directly. Accessing it can require tedious manual processes that put demands on your thinly stretched teams and eat into your budgets — and in some cases, it’s simply not possible.

Lozen makes it easier to deliver real-time access to mainframe data, supporting up-to-date intelligence that helps business users identify their best opportunities.

Stop compromising and start delivering immediate wins with your most current data.

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I want my BI, analytics, and reporting tools to have real-time, read-write access to data residing on my mainframe.

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I want to easily access my IBM Z VSAM data from the cloud.

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I want a robust data transformation capability to map VSAM/QSAM and other mainframe data to more modern data formats.

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Simplify access to mainframe data for AI model training and analytics.

  • The AI landscape is shifting fast. Machine learning is growing more accessible. Predictive analytics tools are helping guide smarter decisions. And businesses are finding they can deliver great insights by supplementing pre-built large language models with their own current datasets.
  • Amid these fast-moving opportunities, there is one constant: an endless demand for quality data. How will you seize these advantages? If you rely on manual processes for pulling data from the mainframe, you may be facing a costly bottleneck.

With Lozen, you can simplify access to your mainframe data, making it easily available for model training and analytics. You’ll be able to connect your most current mainframe data to the latest AI innovations.

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I want to drive more AI innovation in my business.

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I want a simpler, lower cost way to share mainframe data with my AI solutions.

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I want reduce bottlenecks for better decision making.

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Reduce the Costs and Risks of ETL Processes

There’s a better way to access and update mainframe data.

  • ETL processes are costing you. While ETL and newer iterations such as ELT solve the problem of accessing mainframe data, they require you to manually duplicate and transform that data in order to use it. They’re also flawed in that they can only provide stale data, with no ability to update the original record on the mainframe.
  • That means the data your employees rely on to make critical business decisions is already stale when they get it. It also means stale data is creating unnecessary frustration during the customer experiences that define your brand.

With Lozen, you can enable real-time, read-write access to the mainframe. It allows you to support a hybrid cloud strategy, bringing your mainframe data to your applications regardless of where they run. No more copying data. No more stale, duplicate, or inconsistent records. No custom code required to implement.

No unnecessary MIPS consumption; instead, free up mainframe capacity to run business-critical workloads.

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I want to improve my ETL solution with higher performance and reduced MIPS consumption.

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I want improve our business decisions with up-to-date data.

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I want to simplify or eliminate the need for change data capture.

Use Case:

Data Stores

Include your mainframe data in data lakes or other consolidated pools of data.

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I want a simple, efficient way to populate my data lakes.

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I want a robust data transformation capability to map VSAM/QSAM and other mainframe data to more modern data formats.

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I want to reduce the costs of data access in my organization.

  • Your data lake or data warehouse brings together data from many sources — but as it ingests copies of the data that normally lives on your mainframe, you may encounter issues.
  • Copied data grows stale. Duplicate copies make it harder to discern a single source of truth. Copying data can introduce operational and security risks and compound your compliance and governance burdens. Then, even after you’ve extracted it, the data structures themselves can be archaic and complex to work with.

With Lozen, you can offer real-time access to mainframe data through your shared data sources and eliminate the need to replicate sensitive data. And you can return your mainframe data structured in understandable formats, making it truly useful.

Use Case:

Business Applications

Make real-time mainframe data available to any application with read-write access in any environment.

  • From custom apps to packaged apps to SaaS, apps of all kinds shouldn’t be forced to rely on stale business data or data that cannot be easily integrated or updated. Mainframe data access and updating processes, however, can be challenging to implement across platforms and in hybrid cloud environments.
  • ETL is one common solution for allowing applications to access your mainframe data, but it can introduce risks and redundancies, and it can result in serving stale data to your users. ETL can also introduce enormous complexities if many apps are relying on the same datasets. A change to the way you host your data can cause multiple disruptions.

Lozen, a real-time solution for mainframe data, makes it possible to eliminate the gap between your applications and mainframe data, without relying on manual processes. It makes read-write access to mainframe data as easy to access as any other data source, even for developers with no mainframe expertise. Your developers can even connect your mainframe to any major integration platform through a Mule ESB connector or using OpenAPI standards.

Whether they’re packaged applications, custom applications, or modernized applications, Lozen lets you run your app where you want while maintaining real-time, read-write access.

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I want to access mainframe data from any OpenAPI application.

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I’m going to leave some applications on the mainframe and move some applications to the cloud.  I want them both to share access to VSAM data on the mainframe.

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I’m a Micro Focus Enterprise Server customer, and I want to seamlessly access IBM Z data from my modernized app, without any modifications to my application code.

Try Lozen Now

Empower your modern hybrid cloud applications with Lozen. Build modern, real-time solutions with a direct connection to your mainframe data. Deliver better apps, drive better outcomes. And leave day-old data where it belongs: in the past.

See what Lozen can do for you. Get started with your Lozen trial today.

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