Micro Focus, Veryant Bring SOA Modernization to COBOL

Micro Focus and Veryant are bringing new tools to the troublesome and time-consuming task of how to safely and easily bring COBOL-based business and applications assets into SOA.

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Micro Focus and Veryant are bringing new tools to the troublesome and time-consuming task of how to safely and easily bring COBOL-based business and applications assets into SOA.

  • Micro Focus, a provider of enterprise application management and modernization tools has launched Net Express with .NET, the newest addition to its application development tools portfolio.

  • Veryant, a COBOL and Java technology vendor, has introduced isCOBOL Application Suite 2008, the latest upgrade to its software that enables comprehensive, cost-effective development, deployment, maintenance, and modernization of COBOL applications.


  • Aside from the ability to leverage COBOL-based legacy assets, Micro Focus officials assert another key advantage to COBOL modernization for SOA: Using COBOL business processes as web services as part of a SOA allows the language's processes to be used without the need for COBOL skills.

    Inside Micro Focus, Veryant Offerings
    Micro Focus Net Express with .NET allows developers to use Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to develop COBOL applications by drawing on the Microsoft .NET Framework, the company said. Using a combination of COBOL compatibility and innovative language enhancements, enterprises can reuse existing COBOL assets across the enterprise, as well as extend them into the .NET Framework, according to the company.

    Using Net Express with .NET, developers can more efficiently build programs so IT departments can more quickly meet the needs of the business, the company said.

    "These latest additions underline our commitment to developing and enhancing our products in the application development market," said Stuart McGill, CTO Micro Focus, in a statement. "Major upgrades to our COBOL tools mean that COBOL not only remains a contemporary language, but will continue to be seen as essential for enterprise solutions developers the world over. The software released today runs on 57 different enterprise class platforms."

    Veryant isCOBOL Application Suite 2008 protects and extends applications by blending the business-oriented nature of COBOL with the openness, portability, and power of the Java platform, without the need to retrain staff or rewrite code, the company said. The isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (isCOBOL APS) provides a complete environment to develop, deploy, and modernize COBOL applications, the company said.

    The isCOBOL environment allows developers to merge the power and innovation of the Web with COBOL programs, the company added.

    "This latest release includes several significant advances in the areas of thin client and GUI technology," said Alfredo Iglesias, vice president of business development for Veryant, in a statement. "Enhancements have been made to isCOBOL Web Direct as well, bringing flexible design capabilities for Web 2.0 applications to be developed entirely in COBOL."



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