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Cobol to Java Conversion – Support & Maintenance simplified to reduce risk

Although the processes involved can sound risky and complex, modernization is no longer optional but a necessity that every organization must adhere to – especially if you want your business to succeed in a greatly competitive industry.

One of the highly complex and often risky management support system migration processes is COBOL to Java modernization. However, just like any type of modernization, the benefits of taking the steps into a technology-driven future will always outweigh the risks. That is, if you follow the right procedure before, during and after the conversion.

Most legacy systems used by companies have one thing in common: they have been with the organization for years, passing through many hands and most often without undergoing proper report and documentation that records the features and the program’s functionality over time. This negligence often causes higher risks especially if transitioning to a new platform and it takes technical knowledge and a deep understanding of the actual transformation process and the software architecture to finally get started.

Successful conversions follow a formula that ensures lesser risks. Here are the essential support and maintenance elements that you should always keep in mind before and after conversion.

Understanding the new code

Employees who are familiar with your old legacy application have the advantage of easily navigating and understanding the new translated application source. This is because the conversion preserves the general structure as well as the original comments from the legacy code to the new code.

Furthermore, the new code, which is object-oriented, is formatted through conventions typical for Java coding.

Re-structuring and re-architecting

What’s unique about the modernization approach of CTU is its focus on a more pragmatic layering of the full code conversion and the original application for two main purposes: the process is risk-free and ensures fast migration to a new platform.

The process of testing the new system against the old legacy application involves a thorough assessment to ensure what experts call as a functional equivalency. In other words, even if the new platform is supported by a newer technology, presenting with equal inputs (user keystrokes, control inputs, data) provides equivalent results.

Post-conversion, the application can now be maintained and become object-oriented. The resulting structure is separated into three levels: the Data layer, Business, and Presentation layers.

Monitoring and post-translation management

The CTU conversion approach provides a web application that assists in managing sites that run converted JCLs. This post-translation service is necessary to ensure that the conversion is running smoothly and is free of errors.

Some of the features of this web application include File Browser, Lock Monitor, Log Files, Log File Viewer, Log Cleaner, and Initiator Management.

Want to get started on your road to better technology? Integritas Solutions can guide you on the future of business processes with their extensive application modernization services, ensuring risk-free and successful conversion – without breaking the bank.

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