IBM Unveils New Software to Enable Mainframe Applications on Cloud, Mobile Devices

  IBM Unveils New Software to Enable Mainframe Applications on Cloud, Mobile

New compiler improves application performance and helps modernize COBOL
business applications running on System z

PR Newswire

ARMONK, N.Y., May 17, 2013

ARMONK, N.Y., May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new
software to help organizations extend crucial business applications running on
System z mainframes to web, cloud and mobile environments. The software's
performance improvements will enable companies to significantly reduce
operating costs while helping businesses seamlessly and efficiently extend
services for support of modern infrastructures.

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Today, nearly 15 percent of all new enterprise application functionality is
written in COBOL. The programming language also powers many everyday services
such as ATM transactions, check processing, travel booking and insurance
claims. With more than 200 billion lines of COBOL code being used across
industries such as banking, insurance, retail and human resources, it is
crucial for businesses to have the appropriate framework to improve
performance, modernize key applications and increase productivity.

IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, enables developers to deliver significant
performance improvements in their business critical applications. For
example, applications using the new compiler have shown performance increases
of 10 to 20 percent.

"COBOL powers many of the critical systems people rely on everyday," said
Kevin Stoodley, Rational chief technology officer and IBM Fellow. "With this
new software, IBM is helping companies reduce operating costs and processing
time associated with these applications while delivering new capabilities to
take advantage of cloud, Web and mobile devices."

The new software helps companies deliver innovative solutions to their
customers and reduce costs by:

  oProviding support for Java 7, new UTF-8 built-ins, debugging enhancements,
    and support for unbounded tables and groups.
  oSupporting a new level of z/OS System Management Facilities (SMF)
    tracking, which allows users who implement sub-capacity tracking to reduce
    their administrative overhead.
  oImproving control over XML documents with the z/OS XML parser, allowing
    parsing workload to be off loaded to specialty engines to reduce operating

IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS v5.1 compiler works with the latest versions of
IBM Customer Information Control System (CICS), Information Management System
(IMS) and DB2 software and is expected to be available later this quarter.

IBM was recently named the number one vendor in the Gartner market share for
Application Development software with 22.4% share (Gartner, Market Share: All
Software Markets, Worldwide, 2012, March 29, 2013).

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Media Contact
Bob Gohn
Text100 Global Communications for IBM
Phone: 212-871-4080


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