Today, as large companies start to think to leave the mainframe, something occurs quite repeatedly: the illusion of a Vanilla Legacy modernization, or to put it in other terms: the piece-of-cake modernization. “Let’s just find a COBOL compiler and let’s roll on a modern platform”. As you already guessed, that’s not going to happen.
Between the 70s and the 90s, almost every mainframe application written in COBOL relied on a database, DB2, and on CICS, for the transactional screens and messaging. That was the usual package, sold by IBM. Therefore, their COBOL code comes, more often than not, with a lot of extensions.
If you’re considering a COBOL migration, you should then see it as a comprehensive set to migrate. COBOL won’t be your only problem. Your database and your transactional server must be in the picture.
Good news, the Raincode Stack offers a thorough solution to this issue. And if a mere COBOL compiler won’t be able to ease your migration, Raincode’s will. It includes a PL/I and a free COBOL compiler, a sorting tool and a CICS emulator. Moreover, transforms DB2 SQL statements into equivalent SQL Server statements, at compile time.
With that toolset, you can now speak of Vanilla Legacy Modernization, at last.
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