About Anubex CA-IDMS/DB Migrations

Many of today’s mainframe applications that were developed with CA-IDMS are still mission critical and continue to deliver significant benefits to the organizations that use and rely upon them.  Nevertheless, the Total Cost of Ownership and technological risk associated with these applications have now escalated to unacceptably high levels. Anubex’ automated CA-IDMS modernisation and migration solution provides an opportunity to liberate these valuable and reliable business systems from their dependency upon non-strategic, legacy technologies and enable them to be integrated with state of the art components.

Product highlights

The Anubex CA-IDMS/DB migration solution takes any application developed with CA-IDMS technology and automatically converts it to a functionally identical one, now ready to run within an alternative technical environment on the same platform, or on a different platform altogether.

The migrated application is completely free of dependencies on CA-IDMS technology and relies on industry standard technologies instead.

Three Strong Promises

All Anubex CA-IDMS migrations ensure three types of equivalence:

Functional equivalence: the migrated application will behave identical to the original one;

Performance equivalence: the migrated application will perform as good or better than the original one (given adequate infrastructure of course); and

Maintenance equivalence: maintenance of the migrated application will be - after proper training provided by Anubex - at least as easy as it was on the original application.

Native Technologies / No Emulation

Anubex helps its customers to liberate their valuable and reliable business applications from their dependency upon non-strategic, legacy technologies.

Therefore, we ensure that migrated applications actually use technologies that are widely recognized and accepted as native on the chosen target platform instead of choosing to emulate the source platform technologies on another platform.

Whenever the functional equivalence promise forces the introduction of components into the migrated application that could be perceived as non-native on the target platform, we offer a clear modernization path whereby our customers can eliminate these components for good.

Target Technologies

Anubex are always looking to implement new alternatives, both on request by our customers or because we feel they make sense from an understanding of the general software industry.

Anubex also offers z/OS, z/VSE and BS2000/OSD platform migration solutions that take care of the platform specifics like printing, security, scheduling and job control, data files…

Anubex CA-IDMS/DB migration solution offers multiple choices when it comes to mapping the source system technologies to their alternatives after migration:


Before Migration

After Migration




SQL Server

COBOL, Assembler, CA-ADS/O, CA-ADS/A

MicroFocus COBOL

Fujitsu NetCOBOL (Windows, Linux or .NET)


OLM Maps

3270 & 9750

HTML Browser


CICS on z/OS


No TP at all: standalone processes

Operating System





Please see the Anubex z/OS & z/VSE and BS2000/OSD Product Sheets for details on the Operating System migration.

User Interface Modernization

Anubex’ Waxwing technology enables converting many legacy character-based user interfaces, including CA-IDMS OLM maps, into modern, open Java or .NET based front-ends that can be maintained using standard development tools like Eclipse and Visual Studio.

When choosing this option, developers can -after migration- enhance converted OLM Maps with graphical components such as drop-down fields, checkboxes and data lists.

When the choice is made to keep using 3270 or 9750 terminal emulator clients, Waxwing provides a modern, WYSISYG development environment based on either Eclipse or Visual Studio. In this more limited scenario, COBOL modules are generated to translate map data into proper 3270 or 9750 streams at runtime around the globe on both IBM mainframe and LUW target platforms.


Automated Testing

No migration project can succeed without the confidence that the migrated system is ready for production and this confidence can only be built by testing the migrated system extensively and repeatedly.

TestMatch is the product that Anubex has built to reduce the time and effort needed to complete this crucial testing phase:

  • TestMatch avoids the requirement to manually create test scenarios for the complete application;
  • TestMatch limits the application end-user involvement in the project to acceptance testing.

More details about TestMatch can be found in the TestMatch Fact Sheet.

Want to know more?

Anubex has the right solution for you! Don’t hesitate to contact us with your inquiries.



Anubex has a 100% success rate, having completed numerous IDMS migration and modernization projects around the globe on both IBM mainframe and LUW target platforms. 

Each of these projects has been delivered on time, within budget and to the complete satisfaction of the customer.