Many of today’s applications that were developed in COBOL are still mission-critical and continue to deliver significant benefits to the organizations that use and rely upon them. Nevertheless, many organizations are faced with issues of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), skill shortage, or simply end of support of the technology that served them well for many decades. Astadia provides an opportunity to liberate these valuable and reliable business systems from their dependency on compiler technology that is no longer wanted, and transform them to Object-Oriented languages such as C# or Java, or to another COBOL compiler technology, which often makes good business sense.
COBOL has been declared dead more than once the past decades, yet the number of COBOL lines of code in use is still growing year-by-year. While it might make a lot of sense for organizations to move from COBOL to Object-Oriented Languages such as C# or Java, for many organizations there are good reasons to stick to COBOL, at least for now.
Yet, these organizations might benefit from switching to another COBOL flavor or compiler because:
Astadia will take any application developed in COBOL and automatically migrate it to a functionally identical one, ready to run within an alternative COBOL environment on the same platform, or on a different platform altogether.
Since both the transformation and the testing is fully automated, the outcome of the project is fully predictable, in terms of risks, costs, and duration.
The migrated application is completely free of dependencies on Astadia software and relies on industry standard technologies instead.
All Astadia solutions ensure three types of equivalence:
Astadia uses its proprietary tools to automate the transformation of COBOL sources to the chosen target, guaranteeing code quality, avoiding risks, and offering full predictability.
> Syntactic differences, like the need for paragraphs, dots
> Semantic differences, like arithmetic precision, error checks, ODO
> Feature differences, like recursion, ENTRY points, bit-fields
The migrated application is tested using our TestMatch tool suite, which reduces the time and effort needed to complete the project:
While the tool is fully extensible and customizable, there are a number of source and target COBOL flavors for which conversion projects have already been executed to date:
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