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Veryant’s isCOBOL Offers Java with COBOL for Sintecop
Lowers Costs of Administrative Application

November 16, 2009 - Veryant, the COBOL and Java technology innovator, has helped Italian software provider Sintecop S.p.A. add Java capability to its valued legacy applications, preserve COBOL assets, and remove uncertainty over support and pricing from a previous COBOL supplier.

Sintecop provides administrative software applications to local governments and small and medium-sized businesses in Italy. The company wanted to introduce the benefits of Java to its customers with a Java version of its existing application for end users, to simplify development, administration, and implementation tasks, and ease application modernization efforts.

In addition, Sintecop wanted to reduce COBOL licensing costs, which were rising quickly and unpredictably. Sintecop previously used ACUCOBOL-GT, but it was not a viable long-term solution. Another company had acquired Acucorp, Inc, and the acquiring company’s past practices with acquisitions included cancelling the product, reducing support, and rapidly increasing license fees. Sintecop didn’t want to be caught in a changing environment that could affect its core business.

The company decided to move its application with 14,000 online and batch COBOL programs to isCOBOL APS. For Sintecop, Veryant offered the most portable and cost-effective solution with the best technology and ease-of-use.

"We considered Veryant the best solution for maintaining our existing applications and expanding to new technology," explained Ugo Pagnini, Vice President, Technical Director, Sintecop.

With isCOBOL, Sintecop can retain its core business logic that has proven so valuable to its customers for nearly 30 years. At the same time, it can offer a user-friendly, portable environment that extends to many platforms. While Sintecop primarily deploys in a UNIX environment, isCOBOL can offer even more platform independence and flexibility for future development. Because the isCOBOL Runtime Environment is written 100 percent in Java, COBOL application developers can develop and deploy across many platforms, including AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, Linux, Windows, Mac OS, and mainframe systems, using a single code base.

The migration project was quick and efficient, especially with the feature-rich management utilities of isCOBOL and the assistance of Veryant experts, who have years of experience in helping customers move their applications with little effort.

"Opening up our application to Java has proven easy, fast, and efficient with isCOBOL," explained Pagnini.

The company finds that it has created new business agility by moving to isCOBOL; Sintecop is more competitive because of its extended offering and it has reduced costs by switching to Veryant.
Sue Myers
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A smooth transition path, in addition to competitive pricing, was paramount in our decision to move to isCOBOL APS. Given the high degree of compatibility between isCOBOL APS and ACUCOBOL-GT our programming practices and codebase was kept intact as well.
Rolf Ahlrichs, programmer, HAY Computing

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