SOURCE: Fujitsu Computer Systems

March 28, 2007 08:00 ET

Fujitsu Legacy Modernization Leaps to New Level

Server Farm, Security, Print, Scalability and Usability Enhancements Included in .NET 2.0 Supporting Releases

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 28, 2007 -- Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today announced the general availability of NeoBatch™ V2 and NeoKicks™ V2, the latest releases of these legacy modernization products. The tools, which provide a straightforward and reliable means of bringing batch JCL and CICS COBOL applications to the .NET platform with a modernize-as-you-migrate approach, have been enhanced to support the most recent release of the .NET Framework ensuring the migrated applications have access to all the latest features of the .NET development and production environments. Numerous other enhancements have been built into this release providing users with greater scalability using server farms and ASP.NET 2.0 master pages, more security options and many user interface improvements.

An early user of these upgrades, Boban Dragojlovic, vice president, computer services, at Crystal Cruises, an award-winning, high-end cruise line, comments, "Besides making excellent cost savings, our long term goal in moving to the .NET environment is to be able to transition our applications to a traditional .NET Web page/VB/SQL model. We want to be able to do this incrementally, a function at a time, as and when opportunity permits. NeoKicks V2 and Visual Studio 2005 allow us to mix migrated COBOL code with new Visual Basic code, moving seamlessly between the two. From the start I could see that the concept of migrating applications from our on-board and home office mainframes made sense and I have been very pleased with how Fujitsu has helped me deal with areas of concern including releasing support for TD Queue triggers just when we needed it! The performance of the latest release of NeoKicks has also been excellent with one of our end-of-cruise transactions going from 50-60 minutes to 80 seconds -- and that's just on my desktop!"

Ron Langer, vice president of legacy modernization for Fujitsu Computer Systems, states, "As Microsoft continues to enhance the productivity of developers using the .NET Framework, we find that more and more mainframe users recognize the value in our strategy of .NET migration solutions. Enabling companies to escape the dead-end mainframe environment by placing applications and developers in the mainstream .NET environment makes sound strategic and financial sense."

Basim Kadhim, chief architect for NeoBatch and NeoKicks, adds, "Supporting systems in the 1,000+ MIPS range encouraged us to take the next logical step for NeoBatch in providing explicit support for server farms. Many batch systems are processing disjoint sets of data so can easily be split to run on multiple servers, ensuring that all jobs complete within existing or, more often, shortened, batch windows. In listening to the needs of our rapidly growing customer base, we also decided to add Visual Basic to the list of languages supported by NeoKicks when generating the Web user interface."

NeoKicks V2 integrates with Visual Studio 2005, uses ASP.NET 2.0 master pages to support user interface customizability, adds NeoKicks runtime support for CICS TD Queue Triggers, and supports the latest release of NetCOBOL for .NET.

The NeoBatch solution supports commonly used JCL statements and utilities, including the creation of Generation Data Groups (GDG). APIs are provided for submitting jobs from other programs, such as online NeoKicks™ applications. Standard Windows security mechanisms can be used to restrict access to NeoBatch datasets and job output, which is of critical concern to every organization. NeoBatch allows a company's development staff to take advantage of Windows-based tools, and provides a path for future development with the JCL-to-Microsoft JScript conversion feature.

NeoKicks provides the critical migration software for CICS migration to the .NET environment in a manner that positions applications to connect existing logic to Web services. The look and feel of application interfaces are preserved in the initial legacy migration when they are converted to ASP.NET Web Forms and can be enhanced using COBOL, C# or Visual Basic, utilizing all the rich graphical controls available.

Availability

NeoBatch V2 and NeoKicks V2 are now available. For more information, visit: http://www.netcobol.com.

About Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Fujitsu Computer Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) committed to the design, development and delivery of advanced computer systems, application infrastructure software products, and managed services for the business enterprise. Through its TRIOLE® strategy, the company offers a complete line of scalable and reliable servers, storage and middleware solutions, high-performance mobile and client computers, as well as professional services. Fujitsu Computer Systems has established itself as a strategic solutions provider to the world's leading organizations by offering technology innovation, customer choice, exceptional product quality and reliability, as well as outstanding customer service. See http://us.fujitsu.com/computers for further information.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of about 4.8 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. See http://www.fujitsu.com for further information. For more information about the NeoSuite collection of products, visit http://www.netcobol.com.

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