AUTOMATED REFACTORING

COBOL Conversion

Our Legacy COBOL Conversion solution delivers Cloud-enabled applications and databases that are functionally equivalent to their legacy counterparts, eliminating the hassle and expense of COBOL and the mainframe. This reduces cost, allows for deeper integration, and enables customisation to meet business requirements.

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Why modernise?

CHALLENGES

Scarcity of domain expertise

Developers who understand COBOL and mainframe technology are reaching retirement age and no one is trained to replace them, resulting in a steadily diminishing talent pool. As this shortage grows, the costs and risk of relying on COBOL will continue to rise.

Limited flexibility

Companies are rapidly moving to modern environments and practices such as DevOps and the Cloud. COBOL and the underlying systems that support it were not designed for modern IT, resulting in difficult integrations and limited flexibility.

 

Exorbitant costs

Mainframes running COBOL cost as much as 4,500 per cent more to operate than equivalent Cloud counterparts. This figure is compounded by rising licensing and maintenance fees for ancillary mainframe applications and databases. 

Automated COBOL Conversion

OUR SOLUTION

Our Automated COBOL Conversion solution preserves the benefits of legacy systems while empowering organisations to leverage the advantages of newer platforms, especially the Cloud. This unlocks a whole new world of quality and scalability from automated testing to quality assurance, and the ability to leverage containerised deployments and orchestration with Docker and Kubernetes.

Many COBOL transformation solutions create structurally similar programs in the target language but require additional re-engineering efforts to yield desired results. Our Automated COBOL Refactoring solution, harnessing a powerful combination of proprietary software and an iterative transformation methodology, delivers a modern Java or C# application based on fully maintainable open systems.

Our Automated COBOL Conversion solution was designed with the following requirements in mind:

  • Refactored applications must remain functionally equivalent to their original counterparts
  • Refactored applications must be easily maintainable, attain SonarQube A ratings, and follow object-oriented concepts and paradigms
  • Refactored applications should perform as well as, or better than, the original applications
  • Refactored applications should be Cloud-ready and delivered using a standard DevOps toolchain and best practices

Our Automated Conversion software deconstructs the legacy codebase to isolate source code and classify down to the field level. It then refactors the assets using customised rules based on customer requirements and standards. Remarkably, this turnkey solution retains your valuable business logic without requiring code freezes or additional licensing.

The refactoring process includes flow normalisation, code restructuring, data layer extraction, data remodeling, and packaging for reconstruction. Cloned code is identified and common replacement objects created – simplifying maintenance and manageability, while complex data and control dependency analysis is used to locate and remove dead code. Upon reconstruction, new object-oriented code structures are generated and deployed into the target environment and enabled by our Java or Microsoft .NET framework.

Once the COBOL applications and associated databases are refactored, Java and C# developers can extend application functionality for Cloud optimisation using standard DevOps tools and CI/CD concepts that simply aren’t available for mainframe applications. Precious business logic from the legacy system is preserved, while levels of optimisation can be applied to deliver efficiencies and business benefits such as elasticity, granular service definition, and easy integration with Cloud-native services.

Automated Conversion is available for most COBOL dialects and platforms, including z/OS, OpenVMS, and VME.

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Over 35 years of COBOL and mainframe modernisation experience

More than 500 successful modernisation projects completed

Over 2.5 billion lines of code refactored through automation

Intelligent modernisation, unparalleled experience

OUR PROCESS

Additional insights to help you modernise

RESOURCES

  • COBOL and the Cloud: What you should know

    By joining this webinar you will learn about how COBOL modernisation delivers a modern application stack to enable you to maximise the value of your Cloud investment.

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  • Don’t kick the COBOL can down a crumbling road

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that 80% of the government’s IT budget is spent on maintaining aging technology.

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  • Five signs it’s time for you to consider COBOL modernisation

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  • Automated COBOL Refactoring

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  • 2020 Mainframe Modernisation Report

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  • Three Essentials for Reducing Risk When Migrating from COBOL to Java

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News & Opinions

PRESS // 30-06-2021

78% of organisations have started at least one modernisation programme …

by Gordon Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Advanced

78% of organisations have started at least one modernisation programme because of the pandemic, new report from Advanced reveals