AMC Tech Tips: Enterprise Suite 6.0 – your questions answered

by in Application Modernization & Connectivity

We recently launched Enterprise Suite 6.0 and hundreds of participants joined the webinar. We’ve taken all the questions asked from that session and published our answers in one convenient place. Thanks again to our hundreds of participants!

Questions and Answers


Q1: Once code is “sliced” out to form a new program/function, how maintainable is it?

It would be at least as maintainable as the original code. We are not generating any new logic, just a new linkage section if needed. The rest of the code would be the original code with anything unnecessary removed from it. Code becomes easier to manage and maintain when it exists as a discrete function, which is part of the advantage of refactoring

Q2: Is there any training support available for new customers implementing Enterprise suite? Is there a trial period test/demo system of Enterprise Suite available if we want to review the products?

There are a number of resources available from Micro Focus to support you, including on-demand training, which is available here. This includes training classes for Enterprise Developer, Enterprise Analyzer and Enterprise Server.

Product trials are available on the Azure market place.

Q3: Using the Micro Focus refactoring capability, is it also possible to create a CICS Web Service Requester consuming REST Services?

Yes it is. To help you, here are our CICS Web Service tutorials and here is the CICS Web Service Requester consuming REST Services documentation.

Q4: Using Enterprise Suite, can COBOL functions been deployed as native Azure functions?

Functions are deployable as native Azure functions, or similarly into AWS using Lambda.

To help, watch this demo video:

Q5: What is your process in converting for example a large and very complex DB2 Dynamic COBOL system to a more API accessible set of functions, available on an agnostic platform ready for the Cloud?

Micro Focus always recommends the important first step to analyse and plan the conversion. This involves mapping data flow and call dependencies, then deciding on the target platform. Before starting the refactoring stage, we recommend you establish the necessary application intelligence and testing as an integral part of this step.

Once you have refactored the application to create the required services, you can deploy them across multiple platforms using the Micro Focus run time (Server product) environments. To be Cloud Vendor agnostic we would recommend using a Containerised approach.

Q6: Do you have any testimonies (positive and or challenging) from your customers of your Enterprise suite?

There are a large number of Micro Focus modernization case studies and references across a number of sectors. A selection of these are available at our Micro Focus Customer Success story site. If you contact your local Micro Focus representative, they can describe some local customer references that might not appear on the sample list

Q7: My company needs to use multiple Cloud Vendors for regulatory reasons can Micro Focus help us with this?

By adopting a Containerised deployment approach and managing this using Kubernetes, it is possible to create a vendor agnostic deployment infrastructure that deploys on any of the major Cloud Vendors services without change.

Q8: What product do I need to use the Code Slicing facilities you just announced?

The code slicing is available in Enterprise Developer, so you do not need other products to activate it. We recommend you have Enterprise Analyzer available to provide detailed knowledge and insight of where to slice, and to determine the impact of changes you are going to make.

Enterprise Analyzer as a standalone tool also has the code slicing capabilities.

Q9: Do you have the capability for IDMS /ADSO?

For IDMS/ADSO, there are third party plug-in tools that provide some capabilities. We also have clients with IDMS/ADSO investments who are converting programs and data to COBOL and an RDBMS as part of a modernization exercise. Several technology providers deliver these services. If you have a similar requirement, get in touch.

Q10: How we can get this Presentation and recording?

All AMC Webinars are available on catch up on our dedicated Brighttalk Channel

Q11: Have you provided consulting services to modernize mainframe systems using your tools to customers? 

Micro Focus has a dedicated consulting team that can support our customers and partners when modernizing mainframe systems. The level of engagement required from our team is determined in consultation with the customer and their preferred partner as part of the overall project process.

Q12: Have you partnered with other companies who provide turnkey solutions that may need your tools?

We have partnerships with all the major Systems Integrators and a number of modernization specialists, where our technology underpins their mainframe modernization solution.

Q13: What is the difference between Visual studio / Eclipse version?

As they are different IDEs the IDEs themselves do provide different levels of functionality and look and feel but by design, we aim to provide similar functionality for COBOL and PL/I developers regardless of whether they use the Visual Studio or Eclipse variants. The main difference is that the Eclipse IDE has much closer integration to the mainframe and mainframe SCCM systems. It also provides a remote development facility for developing directly in different UNIX and Linux distributions.

You get the choice of using either IDE as part of the same Enterprise Developer license and we have some companies deploying both. Here’s a recent Tech Tips blog on some of the new IDE features.

Q14: Can I find the available demo video logins and password using the OCR code?

Thanks and Yes, the login details are in the login page. To see more, why not join our upcoming webinar.

Q15: What is your support for analysing complex data models in DB2/zOS and provide graphical insight?

Our solution focuses on the usage and data flow in the application. We also analyse DDL files and other definitions to understand table structures, and how they interact with the code.

Q16: How does Visual COBOL 6 and Enterprise Developer 6 support re-architecting of a COBOL application?

Both portfolios provide a wide range of capabilities that support this. Starting from modern IDEs (Visual Studio and Eclipse), application knowledge and visualization and all the way to the new code slicing capabilities that we added.

Simply put, both portfolios support this specific use case.

Learn More

Need to learn more about 6.0? Pick up the brochure here or visit the web site.

I'd also like to draw your attention to a recent blogpost on the SHARE HQ site written by my colleague Derek Britton and remind you to follow us on Twitter. Drop comments below too if you need.





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