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How to turn IBM COBOL 4.2 End of Support Projects into a Positive Return on Investment for Your Business.

As a Business Application Development Manager, upgrading your vendor software to address end of support deadlines is not a pleasant discussion to have with your business users. You are in the hot seat while explaining why their top business priorities are put on hold while your team spends time and money executing an upgrade project with no tangible value to the business.  With the upcoming regulatory and compliance impact of the April 2022 IBM COBOL 4.2 End of Support, CloudFrame can change the dynamic of that discussion to one with a favourable outcome for you and your business. CloudFrame changes the discussion with the introduction of innovative technology that transforms your application and delivers a positive Return on Investment (ROI) to your business. CloudFrame RelocateTM fully automates the cross-compile of your Batch and Backend CICS COBOL 4.2 programs to performance optimized Java. Java generated by CloudFrame is backward-compatible to existing data stores and integration points ensuring 100% functional and data precision as its COBOL predecessor.

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Java provides you the opportunity to save millions of dollars in mainframe costs. It shifts all the mainframe workloads to the lower cost mainframe zIIP processor. In addition to that cost saving, RelocateTM allows your developers to continue to maintain in COBOL to limit the impact of change. When ready, CloudFrame automation can transition your application completely away from COBOL to a modern Cloud-ready Java application.  With CloudFrame, you are making a strategic investment rather than no-value upgrade to COBOL 6. A strategic investment to begin your application modernization journey and save your business a lot of money along the way. 

Unlocking Value in Your Legacy Programs

CloudFrame offers a suite of products that unlock the value of decades-old legacy programs, bringing a fresh approach to mainframe modernization that significantly reduces the risk, time and costs of migrating mission-critical business applications. As a result, project success rates are much higher.
CloudFrame Migration Suite

provides the legacy code conversion tools, automation and DevOps integration to deliver modular Java that can integrate with modern technology available within your open architecture. As part of an open architecture, your new business requirements can be elevated to a whole new level by leveraging AI, Machine Learning, Cloud and Big Data technologies like NoSQL and Kafka. CloudFrame generated modular Java is designed to transition to these open technologies.

CloudFrame Data Connect

provides the runtime Java libraries that contain legacy data handlers for accessing legacy data formats to ensure your business data is processes exactly as its COBOL predecessor. These libraries ensure a like-for-like match between your legacy computations and data with its modern Java counterpart.

CloudFrame DevOps

provides the operational tools and seamless integration for your developers and change management/DevOps teams. It offers automated code promotion, tools to set up runtime environment configurations and an activity monitoring dashboard to monitor activity.

Key Features for Modern Capabilities

Converts to Modular Java

CloudFrame scans your monolithic Batch and CICS COBOL and some Assembler program code and generates modular Java code with the business logic separated from the legacy data interfaces and process triggers. It also supports COBOL with DB2 Stored Procedure calls. CloudFrame continues to add capabilities to its products meet customer’s modernization needs.

Access Legacy Data Formats from Java

One key differentiator of CloudFrame is its ability to allow the new Java code running on Cloud to access data in its legacy format while running on any platform. The data can continue to reside on the mainframe or move to Cloud. Modernizing your application becomes significantly quicker and a lot less risky.

Retains Numeric Precision:

CloudFrame carries forward the numeric precision programmed in COBOL into the new Java programs. This allows business calculations performed on the new Java code to match exactly with the legacy programs. This feature makes business data validation a snap by simplifying and shortening Java testing.

Plug & Play New Technologies

CloudFrame generates Java modules for each legacy data interface that is separate from the business logic. With modularization, developers can modernize individual interfaces to newer technologies simply by replacing the legacy module with a modern equivalent. For example, replacing MQ with Kafka or DB2 database to a NoSQL database.