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TechValidate Research on IBM z Systems

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134 Customers Surveyed

1,070 Data Points Collected

33 Published TechFacts

20 Published Charts

4 Published Case Studies



Selected Research Highlights


IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS Customer Testimonial

What business value was experienced by your organization by upgrading to COBOL V5/V6?

Reduced CPU time in recompiled COBOL programs.

Heimir Hauksson, Analyst, Barclays PLC

IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS Customer Satisfaction

89% of surveyed IT organizations are likely to recommend IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS.*

89%

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 Research

On average, please estimate how much performance improvement you see in applications optimized by COBOL V5/V6?

21-30%
6%
11-20%
18%
6-10%
29%
0-5%
26%
I do not compile at high optimization
21%

IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS Case Study

Standard Bank Of South Africa Ltd

Introduction

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

“We expect performance improvement with the architecture platform. Improvement in batch processing.”

Challenges

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

  • COBOL V4 still in support.
  • Sees no change in volume for COBOL workloads
  • Would like to see the following categories added or expanded on in future releases:
    • 64-bit support
    • Modernization features
    • 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®
    • Java
  • Currently uses the following application development tools with their COBOL applications:
    • 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 6-10% for applications optimized by COBOL V5/V6.

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.


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