COBOL modernization migration


Data Management

c-treeRTG modernizes COBOL and other legacy systems for long-term use and enables easier migration to new systems

A fast, reliable data management infrastructure is critical to the success of an organization, especially if it is in business sectors such as finance or insurance. These sectors in particular run largely on COBOL or other “legacy” systems. There are a number of statistics that illustrate the prevalence of COBOL in the financial industry. For example: COBOL is in 92 of the top 100 banks’ data management infrastructure.

Even with its strong presence in the market, the future of COBOL is uncertain because it is often considered an old technology. Universities no longer put emphasis on it in their curriculums, and thus, there is a constantly shrinking pool of developers who know the language.

However, most companies who use COBOL have developed extensive, trustworthy systems that would be too expensive to replace or the risks of replacement outweigh the benefits of a switch to a new data management system.

No need to panic … c-treeRTG is the solution.

The RTG stands for “Ready-To-Go,” and it means exactly that because little to no change needs to be made to a legacy system as c-treeRTG enables an organization to:

  • Modernize a legacy system with current technology.
  • Migrate more easily from a legacy system to a new one.
  • APIs connect to other systems, providing quick and easy access to live data for analytics and business intelligence.

Regardless of the route chosen, c-treeRTG keeps the existing application logic intact while offering a better substitute for the current data storage technology. The reason c-treeRTG is so efficient is that it is powered by the same technology that fuels the c-treeACE database management software. Because of this, it provides both SQL and NoSQL support.

c-treeRTG user InfoTrax has a product, DataTrax, that provides sales management systems for its clients. One example of the many areas in which DataTrax experienced increased performance is its ability to write out at least 60 million records every two hours when providing the needed audit detail for just one client. But the most telling impact that c-treeRTG has had for InfoTrax is summed up by the company CEO: “When we started the c-treeRTG migration our largest client did about $200 Million a year in business. Today our largest client does about a billion dollars in business. That simply would not have been possible under the old file system.”

c-treeRTG Solutions

  • Modernize a legacy system with current technology.
  • Migrate more easily from a legacy system to a new one.
  • APIs connect to other systems, providing quick and easy access to
    live data for analytics and business intelligence.

COBOL Editions

  • ACUCOBOL
  • Micro Focus
  • isCOBOL
  • COBOL-IT
  • RM/COBOL
  • Fujitsu NetCOBOL

Development Platforms

  • Windows
  • Linux
  • Mac OS X
  • HP-UX
  • AIX
  • Solaris
  • FreeBSD
  • SCO
  • QNX

Modernization

c-treeRTG opens the door for existing applications to integrate with the latest technologies, enhance performance, improve data integrity, and provide access to other applications. For COBOL, the modernization occurs without changing a single line of code. The benefits to users are interfaces that enable access to modern languages and APIs and integration into existing systems. These include, but are not limited to Java, C/C++, PHP, .NET and Python. Covering the most popular languages, from a business continuity perspective, this also insures a business will always be able to hire new talent to develop and maintain its technology.

Users can keep their COBOL applications and its data files, and develop new applications using SQL queries, sharing the same data set. As a transactional multimodel database, c-treeRTG allows users to execute full transactions (read, write, delete or update) simultaneously from the existing COBOL applications while concurrently using SQL, all over the same live data set.

Migration

c-treeRTG is ideal for companies who have decided to replace their legacy system by providing an upgrade path that prevents the big-bang migration approach. By converting the data files to c-treeRTG, and keeping COBOL applications fully functional, users can develop new applications in any other different language supported by c-treeRTG interfaces, like Python, PHP, Java, .NET or C#. This allows users to shift the new development effort to a different language, without disrupting the existing environment, and slowly deprecate the COBOL applications over a lengthy, and safe migration strategy. Users also receive flexibility in regards to the “how to” and “where to” of the migration:

  • Migration to a full utilization of c-treeRTG as the new data management system,
  • Migration to a non-c-treeRTG data management system database,
  • Migration can take place in one big move (big-bang migration); or,
  • Migration can occur in small steps over time.

“When we started the c-treeRTG migration our largest client did about $200 Million a year in business. Today our largest client does about a billion dollars in business. That simply would not have been possible under the old file system.” —InfoTrax CEO

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