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Enterprise COBOL 6.4 delivers simplified COBOL/Java interoperability, AMODE 31/AMODE 64 interoperability, and support for the new IBM z16 hardware


Today, IBM announced an innovative new platform, IBM z16, to help clients accelerate digital transformation and unlock new opportunities. In addition to delivering Decision Velocity with a new on-chip AI accelerator, and the industry's first quantum-safe system to improve cyber resilience, IBM z16 also delivers new and improved cloud capabilities to help clients modernize with Hybrid Cloud.

Today, IBM also announced a suite of compiler products, including IBM Enterprise COBOL for z/OS 6.4, that fully support the IBM z16 architecture to optimize application performance and provide new features to help clients modernize their business-critical applications to propel forward with their digital transformation plans. 

New capabilities in Enterprise COBOL for z/OS 6.4 include:
  • Support of the latest IBM z/Architecture® to maximize your IBM z16 investment, reduce CPU usage, and improve performance of critical COBOL applications
  • Improved Java™/COBOL interoperability to easily extend the capabilities of your COBOL programs with Java
  • Interoperability between AMODE 31 (31-bit) and AMODE 64 (64-bit) COBOL programs to handle your growing COBOL program data without converting the entire application to run in AMODE 64
  • Support for user-defined functions to enable you to write your own functions and invoke them like intrinsic functions, improving code modularity and maintainability
  • Improved integration with IBM Automatic Binary Optimizer for z/OS to invest in your future so that modules you compile today take advantage of future IBM zSystems hardware enhancements, without having to be recompiled

Video: What's new in Enterprise COBOL for z/OS 6.4 (3:23)

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