Modernization Processes

Is the Java Modernization Destination Quality or Maintainability?

Your organization has taken the leap and chosen to modernize your existing COBOL monoliths into Java-based application services, ready for the cloud. Your team plots out a journey toward success. Rather than taking a risky big-bang approach, each incremental release on the road toward modernization is prioritized and scheduled to save costs and capture value that finances the next step. The automation factory starts to chew up old tables and churn out Java. The destination

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Best Practices for zIIP Using COBOL and Db2

Hopefully, you’ve been reading along in this series of articles on effective usage of the zIIP on the IBM System z mainframe. But even if you have not, this article focuses on a single topic that does not require in-depth knowledge of zIIP particulars. Herein we will discuss best practices for COBOL and Db2 users to bolster their usage of zIIPs. Why do this? As we have discussed in prior installations, the primary reason to

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A Better Approach – Self-directed, Self-Funded COBOL Modernization

In our previous writings, we’ve discussed the scale of COBOL investment over the last several decades and the challenges of continuing to depend on this legendary programming language. The drivers for modernization remain, and COBOL can’t help but be caught up in the plans of many mainframe organizations.  ANY modernization approach has risks associated with it. The volume of that risk is directly related to the number of components, programs, and applications that need to

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Modernizing your Mainframe COBOL? Beware the ‘JOBOL’ Pitfall

Even though mainframes remain the transactional backbone of the modern economy, powering industries from banking to airlines, many enterprises with mainframes find their modernization strategies require migrating workloads off this platform into the cloud. Over the years, this requirement has led to a plethora of COBOL conversion applications that typically convert this venerable language into modern Java. If you’re looking to convert a COBOL program to Java, buyer beware: different approaches to such conversions with

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Driving Balance: COBOL, Mainframes, and The Changing Needs and IT Environments of Modern Organizations

It’s clear that the volume and importance of COBOL-based applications remains high. Despite the variety and volume of “stones” thrown by the modern IT intelligentsia at this language and the mainframe platform, these technologies continue to provide valuable solutions that answer the technology demands of many organizations.  The reason to address an organization’s existing portfolio of legacy applications isn’t that some enterprise architects – many of whom were trained solely in modern tech stacks –

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Moving COBOL Workload from the Mainframe to become a “Cloud-Advantaged” Application

Migrating mainframe workload to the cloud entails more than simply a recompilation of code or transformation from one programming language to another. Mainframe applications are more than just an implementation of a business function in a particular programming language; the most common of which is COBOL. These applications have dependencies based on the platform’s unique data types and encoding architecture (EBCDIC) and the implementation techniques for batch and transactional workload that were established decades ago

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Simplest Way to Move a Mainframe Application to the Cloud

The never-ending and often contentious debate about the mainframe remains quite vocal in the marketplace. Whether it’s the technical mandarins of the mainframe shouting down anyone who challenges their core religious principles or the cloud intelligentsia looking down their noses at this 60-year-old platform, the arguments seem to show little sign of any reasonable compromise.  To clear the air: one can support the cloud without trashing the technology of the mainframe, and one can support

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Moving Mainframe Applications to the Cloud? Think of “Kelly’s Heroes”!

Have you ever had a conversation with someone about moving applications to the cloud, and all you hear in response is how it won’t work? It reminds me of a funny movie in the 70’s set against the backdrop of WW II. Clint Eastwood leads a band of renegade soldiers on a hunt for gold. The tank commander, played by Donald Sutherland, always complains to his driver, played by Gavin MacLeod, about his negative attitude.

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Three Reasons It Makes Sense to Convert Some of Your COBOL to Java

Three Reasons It Makes Sense to Convert Some of Your COBOL to Java

Mainframes continue to be viable for enterprise computing due to their inherent capabilities for supporting the most critical business functions. When it comes to supporting large volumes of data, high-speed transaction processing, and secure computing the mainframe continues to excel. The Fortune 1000 relies upon mainframes to run their business, and of course, much of […]

Live Transformation: Maintainable Java from COBOL in 60 Minutes

Live Transformation: Maintainable Java from COBOL in 60 Minutes

When you hear “COBOL transformation to maintainable Java in 60 minutes” the reaction is predictable; eye rolls, thinking – “yeah right,” and suspicion.  It’s understandable that you have a healthy skepticism when it comes to COBOL transformation pronouncements.  After all, COBOL has been on the “replace” list for decades, and stories of failed projects are […]

From A to zIIP: What you need to know to reduce COBOL Costs with the IBM Specialty Processor Now Available on YouTube

From A to zIIP: What you need to know to reduce COBOL Costs with the IBM Specialty Processor Now Available on YouTube

The zIIP, an IBM specialty processor, allows organizations to reduce the workload of their general processors (GPs).  This reduction can lower the MSU metrics used to calculate MLC software charges.  Lower MSU usage can lead to lower MLC charges. Knowing that zIIPs may reduce your cost and achieve the benefit isn’t as complicated as you […]