Code Understanding

The COBOL modernization challenge

COBOL modernization projects present many challenges. Whether you’re moving your applications off the mainframe or you’re rewriting old COBOL programs, the risk of breaking something in a critical process is very real. Often, those functionalities include critical connections between applications, making it incredibly important to keep linkages intact when transferring information over.

Legacy migrations may involve large applications which are difficult to understand and analyze, particularly if there is shortage of personnel who are familiar with these programs. Mission-critical applications resting on legacy platforms are especially challenging to port over to newer platforms or languages due to their indispensable nature.

How to make COBOL modernization less stressful

SMART TS XL is an application understanding software suite that helps teams perform faster and trouble-free modernization. It helps ensure smooth sailing through project scoping, execution and quality assurance phases.

  • The COBOL field tracker lets you pinpoint a field and see its usage in a program
  • The Control Flow Diagram Generator for COBOL allows you to view logic flow of programs graphically
  • COBOL eXpander inserts the referenced modules into the program flow and shows you how the program looks at run-time
  • Reduce errors with the ability to analyze the impact of changes.
  • Estimate project complexity and timelines with the help of reports that detail program difficulty, level of effort and hours required
  • Ensure quick and easy cross-platform analysis with a single solution that supports all coding languages

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COBOL Modernization was last modified: June 13th, 2017 by IN-COM