Announcing Enterprise COBOL Developer Trial for z/OS, V5.1
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Enterprise COBOL for z/OS V5.1 was announced on April 23, 2013 and became generally available on June 21, 2013. This new compiler was re-architected to include an advanced technology framework for optimizing COBOL applications and exploiting z/Architecture, including the latest zBC12 hardware, providing significant performance improvements over Enterprise COBOL V4. These performance improvements will reduce CPU utilization and lower operating costs for customers running business critical applications. Enterprise COBOL V5.1 has many new features that help improve programmability, developer productivity, and capabilities to modernize existing applications. Read more about it in the IBM Systems Magazine article “Enterprise COBOL 5.1 – Where Tradition Meets Innovation”
Today we are announcing Enterprise COBOL Developer Trial for z/OS V5.1, which will enable you to plan and assess the real value that could be gained by your business critical applications from upgrading to Enterprise COBOL V5.1. You can also try out new programming features and determine how make use of them in your applications. This “try before you buy” version comes with a 90 day, zero-charge evaluation license and does not initiate any single version charging (SVC).
Enterprise COBOL Developer Trial for z/OS V5.1 is identical to Enterprise COBOL for z/OS v5.1. It has the same hardware and software pre-requisites as the full product. There are no imposed restrictions in functionality and performance. The only differences are that Enterprise COBOL Developer Trial can only be used in non-production environments and that code compiled with Developer Trial cannot be used in production.
Enterprise COBOL Developer Trial for z/OS V5.1 will become generally available on Oct. 4, 2013. You can order it from IBM through ShopzSeries. You can also ask your IBM representative to handle the order using the traditional IBM ordering process.