IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS features

Fully exploit z/Architecture

Generates code to take advantage of z9®, z10™, z196, zEC12, zBC12, z13®, z13s®, and z14 processors without the need for source code changes. In addition, the COBOL compiler increases hardware ROI by incorporating leading edge optimization technology to exploit the latest IBM z® hardware and middleware products such as CICS®, IMS™, and Db2®.

Modernize applications

Modernizes your environment with proven features which have been extended to support web, cloud, and mobile infrastructures, while reducing cost, risk, and cycle time. Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V6 provides native support for RESTful Java™ Script Object Notation (JSON) services alongside traditional XML web services.

Improve productivity

New features of the latest COBOL compiler include: i) easier problem determination and support for modern development tools that are supplied by both IBM and other ISVs, and, ii) support of simplified programming techniques.

Easy migration

Introduces compiler enhancements such as new compiler options to detect or correct invalid data issues, which help ease your migration efforts from COBOL V4 or earlier to COBOL V5 or V6 compiler. In addition, the interactive and cloud based COBOL Migration Assistant augments the COBOL Migration Guide and helps you navigate through the migration process smoothly.

Continuous delivery of enhancements

Supports the Continuous Delivery (CD) model so that you can receive new features and enhanced capabilities as soon as the code is ready. You can now receive enhancements in a faster and more continuous way without waiting for the next release.

COBOL Report Writer

IBM COBOL Report Writer (5798-DYR, 5798-DZX) is an add-on program that runs alongside the IBM COBOL compiler. This add-on program defines and produces all the listings, reports and displayed summaries that would normally be required in a COBOL application. Now you can significantly reduce the time and effort required to code and test a COBOL program with printed output.

Customer case studies

Technical details

Software requirements

  • z/OS V2.1 or later with required program temporary fixes (PTFs)

Hardware requirements

IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS, V6.2 runs on the following IBM servers:

  • z14
  • z13 or z13s
  • zEnterprise EC12 or zEnterprise BC12
  • zEnterprise 196 or zEnterprise 114
  • z10 Enterprise Class or z10 Business Class
  • z9 Enterprise Class or z9 Business Class

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