IBM unveils software to modernise mainframe apps

Antony Savvas

IBM has introduced new software to help customers modernise the applications on their mainframes.

has introduced new software to help customers modernise the applications on their mainframes.

As an extension of IBM's £50m Mainframe Simplification investment announced in 2006, the new software portfolio helps System z customers shorten deployment cycles, and helps developers with diverse technical backgrounds to create higher-value technology systems, said IBM.

One key component of the IBM offering is IBM Rational Developer for System z v7.1. Available now, the software simplifies web, service orientated architecture and cross-platform development of mainframe CICS, IMS, and WebSphere applications.

It hides the technical complexity of runtimes and middleware and ensures easy interoperability with existing processing and data, IBM said.

Additional IBM offerings for building a more modern computing environment include IBM Rational Business Developer Extension v7.0, to increase productivity without the need to learn Cobol, PL/I, Java or other lower-level mainframe programming languages.

And IBM Rational Transformation Workbench v3.1 - available from next month - helps bridge the knowledge gap that sometimes exists between business processes and the IBM System z applications that automate them, IBM said.

In addition, IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS v4.1 and IBM Enterprise PL /I for z/OS v3.7 are compilers that integrate System z applications with web-oriented business processes and simplify the componentisation of COBOL and PL/I applications.

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