COMPUTABLE talks mainframes and Anubex

Belgian business ICT news website Computable takes a closer look at the ongoing popularity of mainframes and potential future risks of this trend.

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Mainframe Migration: Fool’s Errand?

This is the quite provoking title of an article, or rather opinion, which appeared in Forbes. As the mainframe migration specialist, we beg to disagree.

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We are hiring - DevOps Engineer

To strengthen our team, we are currently looking for an experienced DevOps engineer for our office in Kontich.

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Testing for DevOps

In the testing phases of migration projects the automated testing tools TestMatch and DataMatch prove to be invaluable assets to successfully complete the project.

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Frictionless business

Accenture recently released their “Technology Vision 2018”, where they discuss 5 major trends, based on surveys conducted. One of those 5 major trends is Frictionless Business.

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Strengthening the team

To further support our growing migration and modernization business, we are pleased to announce that we have bolstered the Anubex team.

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Opportunity

A large Belgian company was recently making the news headlines for a couple days on the account of technical issues that prevented their customers of using the corporate website and app – for a couple of days. When this happened, I was wondering what could have caused these events. My mind was running through different potential...

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Starting up

We’ve just kick started a new migration project, together with one of our international partners. The project involves the execution of two medium sized migration Proof Of Concepts, and is scheduled to run up to this summer.

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GDPR

As undoubtedly everybody is aware by now, the General Data Protection Regulation (commonly known as GDPR) comes into effect on May, 25th 2018.

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Providing insight

One of the nice aspects of working in the legacy modernization space is that there are many different ways to help a customer. Of course, the ultimate satisfaction comes when a complete legacy migration project goes into production, and after the first hectic days you can see the team starts to realize what a great accomplishment it is.

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Around the globe

I have just finalized the conversion of a few million lines of COBOL code to C#, and have committed the changes to our subversion project repository.

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Anubex announces new website

Anubex is preparing to launch their brand-new user-friendly website.

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Meeting bright young IT talents!

This Thursday, my colleague Vincent and I are attending our first job fair of 2018. This particular event is organized by Thomas More, part of KU Leuven which is Belgium’s highest rated university.

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TestMatch Proxy puts testers in the driver’s seat

For a couple of years now, TestMatch has been available to Anubex’ worldwide customers to reduce their overall testing effort, while at the same time the quality of testing has increased. Initially TestMatch was offered exclusively to migration customers, but since a couple of years it is also available as a standalone product that can be...

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The time is now

After an enthusiastic start, with in-depth coverage by analysts during the “peak of inflated expectations” phase, the mainframe migration and re-hosting market has been moving along on a slow speed for a long time. 2016 seems to have been the year when the market started to pass the “trough of disillusionment” in Gartner speak though...

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Anubex’ CodeTurn expanded

Since a few years CodeTurn, Anubex’ code conversion product, covers 99.99% automated conversion for COBOL syntax dialect upgrades (for example from mainframe to open systems), and also from Natural to COBOL, Java and C#!

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TestMatch goes Mainstream

Anubex has seen many benefits from TestMatch in its migration and re-hosting projects the past years. During 2017 however, it has become clear that also others have started to understand the benefits of the regression testing product.

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Anubex takes big step expanding

Anubex, leader in automated application modernization and transformation has taken a major step expanding its presence to the United States.

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Société Générale Engages Anubex to Convert its Adabas-Natural Legacy

Anubex is pleased to announce that it has engaged in a long-term framework contract with the IT Department of Societe Generale French Retail Networks, to convert the bank’s legacy Adabas-Natural application towards a DB2 environment. Societe Generale has several million lines of Natural that are subject to the framework contract.

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GFT creates strategic alliance with Belgian firm Anubex for mainframe modernization projects

These projects enable banks to improve their operational efficiency and save until 80% on operating costs. The companies had worked together in Italy, but will now expand this cooperation into other markets, including Spain.

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From Fragile to Agile

Granted, when people think of mainframes, hardly ever the word “fragile” comes up. People have this notion of mainframes as being the ultimate in stability and dependability. Yet today I want to make a case for the fragility of mainframes. Not the platform in itself – because the robustness of the platform is undisputed – but the...

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Sitting is the new smoking…

You might not smoke, or at least, have given up on it years ago. Eating healthy food has become mainstream now and you finally became an (active) member of the local gym. A decade ago, you would probably be considered something close to a fanatic; while recent studies indicate it might just not be enough after all. Clever people have come...

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Legacy Modernization: choosing the right Target Language

In a mainframe modernization project, you will be replacing obsolete or proprietary technologies by mainstream, modern equivalents. What should you look out for when choosing the target programming language, more particularly between the three most popular target languages: COBOL, C# and Java.

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Email – A blessing or a curse?

Anubex handles large migration projects, spanning multiple years, multiple projects with multiple customers in multiple time zones, supported by multiple partners and subcontractors, with a small amount of people split over multiple departments.

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Anubex believes in “Native Technologies”

Anubex is a company filled with highly technical, skilled and passionate people. It might not surprise you then that most of us have strong opinions about what technologies (e.g. programming languages, database, frameworks, …) are ‘good’ and which are ‘bad’, regularly leading to lengthy, well-articulated, intelligent, heated… yet never...

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SQL: Standard or Structured Query Language?

Normally one would arrive at an answer at the end of this article. But I can already tell that SQL definitely stands for Structured Query Language and not Standard Query Language.

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OOP Types to Concepts

Your boss wants a function that calculates the maximum of two numbers. That's easy enough, but not much fun. As a developer, you feel a moral obligation to get the most out of this assignment. Why stop at calculating the maximum of numbers? What about strings, dates, and other ordered types?

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PowerShell pitfalls for mainframe developers

As a migration company we help many, who are used to developing in traditional scripting or batch JCL languages, as they make the leap to full OO scripting language on distributed systems. While all JCL developers succeed in the adjustment with time, the first step always feels like diving in at the deep end. In this blog post I’ll be...

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Web Components, the resurrection of component based development on the web?

On last year's Devoxx conference there were a lot of talks on component based web development and especially on Web Components. What is this new technology, and what implications does it have on UI modernization?

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RAIL in UI Modernization

This November Google held its Chrome Dev Summit for developers of mobile web applications. The summit took place in California and anyone unable to attend in person can follow the event’s sessions on their YouTube channel. The sold-out event lasted for only two days but entire second day of the event was dedicated to the topic of RAIL. In...

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No budget left for CHANGE as … RUN costs are too high?

This article focuses on the dilemma arising when the high costs involved in running legacy systems and applications eat up the bulk of IT budgets, leaving (too) little room for CHANGE projects. The article ends with our experience in this matter.

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Are larger companies or older companies slower to adopt HTML5?

When new things get launched in the world of ICT, one of the questions that typically gets asked is if large or small companies will be fast or slow to adopt the particular technology or technique. This month we will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of the "official" HTML5 specification on October 28th and now is as good a time as...

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Mainframe users left in the cold by the latest in UX

The death of Microsoft’s Web Forms and the spike of interest in the topic of “Enterprise UX” are two developments from 2015 that have reduced the number of options available for incremental web enablement and modernization of mainframe applications. These developments will ultimately cloud the long term vision for these applications and...

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Modernizing on –not off– the mainframe as a cost-effective alternative

Companies that rely on proprietary mainframe technologies for in-house developed applications are increasingly faced with challenges. Among the typical concerns heard from these organizations are out-of-control licensing costs, diminishing development skills, and the difficulty to integrate these applications with other more open...

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Modernization projects – Do we have a business case?

When organizations consider the case for large application modernization initiatives, presenting both pros and cons of the exercise in money can help attract the attention of decision makers. When anticipated monetized benefits can be shown to outstrip anticipated monetized costs, a picture is free to form in management’s heads while...

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The many sides of file formats

Migrating applications from a mainframe to distributed systems also means moving the data files from the source system across to the target. Data files must be transformed to ensure they will be usable in the same way on the target system and that the integrity of the data is preserved.

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What a difference a decade makes…

Ten years ago, in the Summer of 2005, I was part of a team that was developing the first generation of an Anubex automated testing tool for migrated applications called Record and Play. This development was crucial for a large BS2000 mainframe to UNIX migration project that we had started earlier in the year.

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Bewildering booleans

Booleans are boring. They can be true, they can be false, and that's all there is to say, right? Well... Yes and no.

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The death of WYSIWYG and what this means for legacy developers

If you’re a developer targeting mobile platforms, you’ve probably heard about Xamarin.Forms. Xamarin.Forms is a fairly new UI component toolkit that allows developers to write applications that adjust themselves to the native look and feel of Android, iOS, and WP without explicit coding. Xamarin is also known for shipping without a...

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How to deal with testing during a complex project?

How do you test core enterprise applications that are being migrated from a mainframe to a private cloud in the timeframe of a weekend? An Anubex migration shows a successful result.

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An HR perspective on popular programming languages

This articles focuses on the HR impact of popular migration choices with respect to programming languages Java, C# and COBOL.

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What will you generate?

When a new, green field software development project gets started a multitude of technology related choices can or need to be made. On what platform(s) will the application run? What will be the UI technology? What will be the (relational) database? What version control will we use for the project? And what issue tracking system? Can the...

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Legacy matters

After more than 50 years of developing mission critical systems, at some point during the last decade, the IT industry definitely has reached a tipping point with an interesting characteristic: almost every organization on the planet has systems, application code, and databases that can be labeled “legacy”.

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Since when is enterprise UI not perfect?

Since when is it acceptable that user interfaces of enterprise applications are not pixel-perfect when displayed at runtime? This is a non-facetious question that has a matter-of-fact answer.

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More is better

Today the laser mouse celebrates its tenth birthday. Ten years ago, on September 1 2004, Logitech announced a breakthrough improvement on the red light-emitting diode optical mouse. Logitech’s new product was the MX1000 Laser Cordless Mouse, interestingly still available on Amazon today, ten years still after its launch.

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