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Organizations have the power to adopt new methodologies and approaches to COBOL. Leveraging the reliability and efficiency of COBOL in a new development and delivery framework is the epitome of mainframe modernization, and has proven to be the best and most economical way forward for enterprises on the mainframe.

COBOL has proven to be the most effective solution for powerful enterprise applications like those found on the mainframe.  In the posts below, learn why we firmly believe COBOL is the irreplaceable language of the mainframe.

The Bright, New Future of COBOL

By | January 5th, 2016|Agile Development, COBOL, DevOps, Featured|

Compuware today announced ground-breaking integrations with Splunk, Atlassian, SonarSource, AppDynamics, and Jenkins. We also acquired the assets of ISPW, a leading provider of agile source code management and release automation. But what really happened is that Compuware transformed the future of mainframe applications.

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A Revolutionary Map for Your Mainframe: Introducing Topaz Runtime Visualizer

By | October 1st, 2015|COBOL, DevOps, Featured|

If you’re in IT at a Big Important Company, much of your most important application logic probably resides on an IBM mainframe. And you’re not re-platforming it any time soon. You therefore face three serious challenges: Updating your mainframe application logic in response to your constantly changing business needs as aggressively [...]

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Topaz: How Millennials Will Save the World Economy

By | February 2nd, 2015|Agile Development, App Performance, COBOL, DevOps, Featured|

Photo credit: Xurble Millennials have to save the world. They are, after all, inheriting a world in crisis. Climate change, economic disparity, global political upheaval—these are all problems left to them by preceding generations to solve. One of the biggest crises facing Millennials, however, gets very little media [...]

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Mainframe Code as Intellectual Property

By | November 4th, 2014|COBOL|

Much like DNA is central to an individual's identity, mainframe application logic is intrinsic to a company's identity.Photo credit: Mehmet Pinarci Companies greatly value their intellectual property.  They devote considerable effort and money to protecting it.  They contractually obligate employees not to compromise it.  And if they discover [...]

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Tips for a Smooth COBOL 5.1 Migration

By | October 8th, 2014|COBOL|

Photo credit: Dan Davison Some mainframe sites have already initiated projects to migrate to IBM COBOL 5.1 in hopes of reaping the millions of dollars in CPU savings that come along with the compiler, the first to truly exploit the System z architecture. Other sites are deep into [...]

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What’s Keeping You from COBOL 5.1?

By | September 22nd, 2014|COBOL|

Credit: Peter Smithson With the release of COBOL 5.1, IBM has finally delivered a compiler that fully exploits the advantages of System z architecture.  As a result, IT organizations recompiling their code in COBOL 5.1 can run their existing mainframe applications with 10-20% less CPU utilization.  That can [...]

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How to Know When Code is Complex, Part 3: Using the McCabe Complexity Metric

By | April 29th, 2014|COBOL|

The McCabe Complexity Metric, as discussed in my last post, relates to the number of decision points (points where the logic path splits) in a section of code.  When used along with the Halstead Metric, the McCabe Metric can help you objectively assess and compare the complexity of new programs [...]

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Tools and Tricks for Jumping into a Pool of Unknown Code

By | March 14th, 2014|COBOL|

Many developers have found themselves in this potentially challenging and frustrating situation: taking over someone else’s code project. Where to begin? In a recent Q & A session on the Programmers Stack Exchange, this question was explored: “What tools and techniques do you use for exploring and learning an unknown [...]

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How to know when code is complex

By | February 13th, 2014|COBOL|

“Any darn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.” This quote has been attributed to different people, from Albert Einstein to Pete Seeger. Whatever the origin, I think it really applies to code. When given a task to accomplish developers should all be able [...]

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Growing Mainframe Talent Locally

By | August 15th, 2012|COBOL|

As we’ve blogged about many times before, the IT industry is facing a mainframe skills shortage in the not-too-distant future. And for some companies, the future is now. According to a recent survey by Computerworld, 22 percent of COBOL programmers are aged 55 and older. And, some 50 percent are [...]

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