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Veryant Preserves Legacy COBOL Applications with Modern Java Technology
Trusted ERP supplier maintains market prominence with new platform options

September 13, 2010 - Veryant, the COBOL and Java technology innovator, said that AG Informática y Servicios, SA has used Veryant's isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (APS) to preserve its valued COBOL application assets and cost-efficiently distribute them on new platforms.

AG Informática y Servicios, which offers ERP applications for business management, had delivered Micro Focus COBOL and Dialog System-based products for several years on various Windows operating systems. It saw the trend toward Web applications, with companies demanding modern, platform-independent applications that provided mobility, regardless of users' work locations.

The 22-year-old company sought to make its offerings attractive to a larger market, while preserving its valuable ERP applications and making them more flexible and appealing to today's Web 2.0 users.

AG Informática y Servicios, headquartered in Spain, previously considered different approaches to meet their goals. However, starting from scratch and rewriting all of their programs was a risky and costly endeavor. And, rewriting only a portion of their programs would not deliver a solution that was robust or flexible enough.

After reviewing Microsoft Visual Studio, Micro Focus, and Veryant's isCOBOL APS, the company selected Veryant because it offered the most portable and cost-effective solution that would take the least time to deploy. isCOBOL technology would provide a modern look and feel, as well as Web-enabled deployment, without rewriting application code.

"isCOBOL will enable us to deliver an exciting, agile path forward for our key applications," explained Gregorio Arroyo, president of AG Informática y Servicios.

isCOBOL APS blends the optimized, business-oriented nature of COBOL with the openness, portability, and power of the Java platform. This enhances productivity and eases integration between legacy and new application environments. The isCOBOL APS Runtime Environment is 100 percent Java, so COBOL applications can be deployed across multiple platforms using a single code base.

AG Informática y Servicios found special benefits in the isCOBOL ESQL Generator because it provides a seamless transition from ISAM files to an RDBMS without changing the COBOL source code or learning SQL. Also, the company found the Eclipse-based isCOBOL IDE ideal because it shortened development cycles and easily permits the use of graphical controls, internally generating all of the logic needed to manage them.

According to Arroyo, Veryant's support has been excellent. "We were pleased by the responsive and innovative team at Veryant."

Click here to view the AG Informática y Servicios success story.

Sue Myers
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isCOBOL will enable us to deliver an exciting, agile path forward for our key applications.
Gregorio Arroyo, president of AG Informática y Servicios

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