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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

By Nicole Trudeau posted Tue April 05, 2022 05:09 PM


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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