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This is the presentation that I made for Microsoft WE ALM partner summit about COBOLizer, the new product by Plain Concepts that enables ALM and working with Visual Studio for native COBOL

This is the presentation that I made for Microsoft WE ALM partner summit about COBOLizer, the new product by Plain Concepts that enables ALM and working with Visual Studio for native COBOL

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    COBOLizer - Plain Concepts - Microsoft WE ALM partner summit 2011 COBOLizer - Plain Concepts - Microsoft WE ALM partner summit 2011 Presentation Transcript

    • COBOLizer:
      Bringing COBOL to the 21st century with Visual Studio ALM
      Jose Luis Soria
      jlsoria@plainconcepts.com
      Rodrigo Corral
      rcorral@plainconcepts.com
    • Architecture, ALM, UX, Debugging & Optimization, Web & Sharepoint, Development, Game Studio
      Offices at Madrid and Bilbao (Spain), and Seattle (USA)
      2009 & 2010 Microsoft WE Inner Circle ALM Partner award
      European company with highest number of Microsoft MVPs (8)
      ABOUT PLAIN CONCEPTS
    • WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT COBOL?
      220+ billion LOC all over the world
      80% of actively used code is written in COBOL
      Each day, there are 200 times as many COBOL transactions as Google searches
      62% of companies still use COBOL, even for new applications
      Sources:
      COBOL, stilldoingthebusiness (bankingtech.com)
      COBOL coders: going, going, gone? (computerworld.com)
    • The environment is pretty old, and tools are not an exception…
      HOW IS THE TYPICAL COBOL PROJECT?
    • Hundreds of thousands of COBOL developers are using tools and editors designed forty years ago
      A lot of effort is wasted in COBOL development because cutting edge tools are not available
      Many COBOL projects are not even using source control
    • …there is a lot of room for ALM tools in the COBOL world!
    • VS ALM & TFS already support .NET and Java projects, but not COBOL natively in the Host – even though it’s the third big player in software factories and in house development
      Supporting COBOL through Visual Studio Extensibility, enables other useful scenarios:
      DSL Tools, wizards and guidance
      Code analysis
      WHY CONSIDER VS ALM & TFS FOR COBOL?
    • COBOLizer is a set of extensions for Visual Studio, including:
      A set of new tool windows inside VS
      A set of Host clients integrated in VS (FTP, TNxxxx, SSH…)
      A VS project type, which groups the files related to a project
      A language service, providing modern code editing features for COBOL inside Visual Studio
      WHAT IS COBOLizer?
    • It’s not a COBOL compiler or interpreter
      It’s not a COBOL implementation for the .NET platform
      WHAT COBOLizer IS NOT?
      The code is still compiled and run natively on the Host!
    • ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF A COBOLizer DEVELOPER
    • WORKING WITH COBOLizer
      The work is supported by a local COBOL project, containing files from the host, or created from VS templates
      COBOL code is edited within the Visual Studio IDE, with syntax highlighting & checking, Intellisense…
      The code is deployed to the Host to be built and run
      Full TFS support for ALM: version control, work item association, etc.
    • Conflict detection and resolution between host and local files
      Host console window integrated in VS
      Syntax highlighting
      Syntax checking (with squiggles)
      Support for commenting code
      Code outlining
      Intellisense for word completion
      Intellisense for quick info
      Source code analysis (beta)
      Complete integration with TFS and Work Items
      Project creation wizard
      Add new object to project
      Add existing object to project from host
      Add existing object to project from file system
      Project deployment
      Multiple deployment configurations for a project
      Solution explorer integration
      Add project to source control
      Update source from host
      OVERVIEW OF COBOLizer FEATURES
    • DEMO: OVERVIEW OF COBOLizer FEATURES
    • IBM Rational Developer for z/Series
      Full featured: local debugging, debugging, code editing…
      Needs software to be installed in the host
      Really expensive
      COBOL-IT
      It’s a compiler and an IDE
      It lacks support for ALM
      SIMILAR PRODUCTS
    • Nothing needs to be installed on the Host - developers can work on the customer's environment, without altering it
      Great for software factories and organizations doing in-house development
      Real business case in Spain: one of the ten biggest System Integrator/Software Factory is using COBOLizer for in-house development, at one of the greatest spanish energy companies
      WHERE IS COBOLizer REALLY USEFUL?
    • COBOLizer pricing
      COBOLizer license fee is $495 per seat
      An annual maintenance fee of 15% is mandatory and not included in COBOLizer’s license fee
      Partnering opportunity - licenses
      Reselling partners get a 20% discount per each license
      We’re open to other collaboration models – just ask
      PARTNERING OPPORTUNITY!
    • Partnering opportunity – services
      By introducing ALM in COBOL projects with COBOLizer, customer gets up to 28% of improvement in developers’ productivity (*)
      Selling COBOLizer, partners can reach COBOL customers that were inaccesible until now, and offer them the complete, Visual Studio ALM based, suit of services
      (*) More details and data available upon request
      PARTNERING OPPORTUNITY!
    • Questions?
      If interested:
      rcorral@plainconcepts.com
      www.cobolizer.com
      @cobolizer
      … or simply reach us anytime during the event!
      (dedicated table at lunch time both days)
      THANK YOU!
      Imagescredit: http://bit.ly/qYqzB9http://bit.ly/nTb534http://bit.ly/or8M3i