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134 Customers Surveyed

1,070 Data Points Collected

32 Published TechFacts

20 Published Charts

4 Published Case Studies



Selected Research Highlights


IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS Case Study

CAA Solutions

Introduction

This case study of CAA Solutions is based on a December 2017 survey of IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Better usage of IT platform.”

Challenges

The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS:

  • Currently has COBOL V5/V6 installed and is currently migrating.
  • Had to perform additional testing before starting their COBOL V5/V6 migration.
  • Saw an increase in volume by 1-20% for COBOL workloads.
  • Would like to see the following categories added or expanded on in future releases:
    • Increased performance

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS that the surveyed company uses:

  • Compilers/middleware products they are using with their COBOL applications:
    • CICS®
    • DB2®/ Db2®
  • Currently uses the following application development tools with their COBOL applications:
    • IBM®
    • Compuware

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS:

  • Took 13 – 24 months to migrate to COBOL V5/V6.
  • Improved application performance by 11-20% for applications optimized by COBOL V5/V6.

IBM Enterprise PL/I for z/OS Customer Research

What stage are you currently in with regards to upgrading to the latest version of Enterprise PL/I for z/OS (PL/I V5.2)?

Planning to upgrade, but not yet started: 60%
Installed and currently evaluating: 30%
Upgrade is currently underway: 10%
I have already upgraded to PL/I 5.2: 0%
No immediate plans to upgrade: 0%

IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS Customer Satisfaction Rating

Daniel Hamiel, a Systems Programmer at Nedbank, would be likely to recommend IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS for this reason:

Product is stable and if running on the latest z Systems e.g. z14 performs exceptionally well.

IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS Case Study

Barclays PLC

Introduction

This case study of Barclays PLC is based on a December 2017 survey of IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Reduced CPU time in recompiled COBOL programs.”

Challenges

The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS:

  • Had to move load modules from PDS to PDSE before starting their COBOL V5/V6 migration.
  • Sees a increase in volume by 1-20% for COBOL workloads.
  • Would like to see the following categories added or expanded on in future releases:
    • 64-bit support
    • Language features

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS that the surveyed company uses:

  • Compilers/middleware products they are using with their COBOL applications:
    • CICS®
    • IMS™
    • DB2®/ Db2®
  • Currently uses the following application development tools with their COBOL applications:
    • IBM®
    • CA Technologies
    • Compuware

Results

The surveyed company achieved the following results with IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS:

  • Took 6 – 12 months to migrate to COBOL V5/V6.
  • Improved application performance by 11-20% for applications optimized by COBOL V5/V6.

IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS Customer Statistic

52% of surveyed IT organizations currently have COBOL V5/V6 as the default compiler or have a migration underway.

52%

IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS Customer Research

What stage are you currently in with regards to migrating to IBM® Enterprise COBOL for z/OS® V5/V6?

No immediate plans to migrate
6%
Planning to migrate, but not yet started
26%
Installed and currently evaluating
15%
Migration is currently underway
24%
COBOL V5/V6 is now the default compiler
28%


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