COBOL Colleague

Gain control over your legacy applications with an industry-changing AI.

Countless organizations continue to rely on unfashionable programming languages to power the mission-critical applications running on their mainframe systems. When the skilled programmers who wrote all of those billions of lines of code age out of the workforce or opt for new career paths, organizations increasingly struggle to understand the systems they use and support every day. Without the departing specialized domain knowledge of the industry and institution, years of acquired knowledge are left opaque and encoded in the apps, and organizations struggle to effectively and efficiently maintain and support their complex critical systems.

Frequently, systems are not well documented, organized, or structured, and changes made over time have left those systems cumbersome, with functionality spread throughout the source code. Developers new to such systems spend entirely too much time trying to understand the previous developers’ intent and finding the exact source code in the code base that requires changing.

Our solution, COBOL Colleague™, employs a unique artificial intelligence approach to unlock and activate software’s encoded knowledge from millions of lines of code. By conceptualizing what the computation represents, COBOL Colleague quickly directs new developers to the relevant subset of code that needs to be altered — an immediate step toward closing the knowledge gap. Developers interact with a virtual agent the same way they collaborate with subject-matter experts, eliminating the need to manually search through millions of lines of code to identify the behavior that they seek to modify.

COBOL Colleague is not like your father’s static and dynamic analysis tools — it’s much more! COBOL Colleague utilizes machine reasoning on your applications to accelerate human understanding, with zero brain drain and 100% confidence of change. By allowing companies to focus developers on what brings the most value — making code changes — COBOL Colleague exponentially improves software development productivity and makes new developers seven times more effective. There truly is nothing in the industry like it.

Mitigate reputational risks

The average mainframe outage costs upward of $5 million per hour, and a single compliance violation can cost upward of $70 million.

To avoid modernizing applications, databases, and systems that run well in their current states, we've seen entire COBOL procedures duplicated in source code to facilitate small capability changes. The reason is the uncertainty about the code logic and the fear of making changes with unpredictable and risky impacts. The result of such changes is increased uncertainty, which magnifies risk over time.

Not only is making unpredictable and risky changes bad for the bottom line, system-breaking changes can also have a sizable impact on your company’s image.

Not properly mitigating the substantive reputational risks associated with many code changes can have catastrophic impact. Since COBOL Colleague knows more about your business applications than all of the developers who ever passed through your doors, the innovative tool empowers organizations to anticipate failures, plan for recovery, and avoid disaster.

Use Case: Fix defects in minutes
CIOs spend 80% of their budgets and resources keeping their legacy applications alive — this is risky business. When something goes wrong, COBOL Colleague ensures there is no need to worry. With our solution, new developers are instantaneously able to efficiently find potential bugs, effectively repair the defects and know they are delivering the right solution — every time.

Enhance application expertise

COBOL-proficient developers are aging or moving on. When these subject-matter experts depart, vital application knowledge leaves with them. Although COBOL can be simple and straightforward to learn, understanding large and complex applications with tens of millions of lines of code is not. In fact, it can take as long as two years to become proficient with such applications, while the adoption cycle for COBOL Colleague is roughly 10 minutes.

By enabling developers new to mainframe applications to be productive on their first day — with no required help from subject-matter experts — COBOL Colleague empowers programmers to analyze and understand only the relevant lines of code pre-gleaned from the millions of lines of code, effortlessly.

With COBOL Colleague, new developers interact and discover with the tool’s virtual, cognitive agent, collaborate in familiar ways, unwind spaghetti code, isolate defective code, and kill off dead code.

Use Case: Modernize with ease
Before establishing an application modernization strategy, you strive to understand every system function and dependency. COBOL Colleague unravels complex code and isolates business use cases to facilitate architecture decisions and transformation.

Accelerate development productivity

Large systems frequently include millions of lines of code with interdependencies that multiply the complexity, slowing human comprehension and making change more difficult than it needs to be. Before making material changes, developers must spend about 80% of their time searching through, reading, and trying to understand code.

COBOL Colleague understands antiquated programming languages like COBOL in the same manner that developers do, providing deep insights into the programs and unearthing knowledge encoded into the software over the last 50-plus years to accelerate developer productivity.

Regulatory violations in the middle of the night? Accounts not settling? With COBOL Colleague’s knowledge comes power.

Let your developers work with COBOL Colleague to isolate defects and focus on making the code changes that drive the most value for your organization.

Next time one of your mission-critical applications needs to be changed, COBOL Colleague empowers your team to estimate perfectly and execute ahead of schedule. The tool’s application insights can increase developer productivity by more than 7 times (700%). Even better, the tool is always available, it never forgets, and it never walks out the door.

Use Case: Change code with confidence
CIOs with legacy applications must deliver new features and applications at market speed to keep pace with nimble competitors. COBOL Colleague improves business agility by increasing productivity and freeing developers to build new functionality.

"Knowledge applied is productivity."

Peter Drucker

Propel the maintenance, evolution, and transformation of your programs with COBOL Colleague