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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 PL/I for z/OS Customer Testimonial

Value of Enterprise PL/I V5

primary, performance enhancements

Alberto Pinto, Systems Programmer, Danske Bank

IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS Case Study

NTT Data

Introduction

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

Business value driving the upgrade to COBOL V5/V6:
“Machine usage reduction and some ease of use enhancements.”

Challenges

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

  • COBOL V4 is still in support
  • 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
    • 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®
  • Currently would consider using IBM® Automatic Binary Optimizer (ABO) for z/OS® to reduce migration effort.

Results

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

  • Improved application performance by 6-10% for applications optimized by COBOL V5/V6.

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%

IBM Enterprise PL/I for z/OS Customer Research

If you have no plans to use 64-bit support, why have you made that decision?

I have no big data requirements
25%
I need full 32-bit interoperability
63%
I need 64-bit middleware support (CICS, DB2, or IMS)
38%
Other
13%

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 COBOL for z/OS Customer Satisfaction Rating

Richard Bohonsky, a Systems Programmer at Ntt Data, would be very likely to recommend IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS for this reason:

New ARCH options and ease of use features.



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