BluePhoenix LogicMiner Helps Organizations Reduce COBOL Maintenance Cost and Prepare for Modernization

CARY, N.C. & HERZLIA, Israel -- August 24, 2005 -- BluePhoenix Solutions, a leader in enterprise IT modernization, today announced an addition to its Legacy Understanding Solution Suite. BluePhoenixTM LogicMiner for COBOL helps companies reduce maintenance costs and prepare for ongoing modernization of their COBOL applications by providing detailed analysis of their COBOL code and mapping the interaction between various code components, teleprocessing monitors, files systems, databases, and JCL. The information mined can also be used to prepare applications for further modernization to new technologies such as J2EE and .NET.

“Since LogicMiner quickly provides organizations a deep understanding of their COBOL environment, the return on investment is very short,” said Spencer Clarkson, product manager at BluePhoenix. “Reducing ongoing maintenance costs is one of the best ways to decrease costs -- and LogicMiner helps achieve this.”

The Eclipse-based workbench supports detailed analysis of COBOL programs, COBOL copybooks, CICS and IMS/DC interactions, CICS and IMS maps, VSAM and DL/1 file system interactions, as well as database interactions such as SQL for DB2. Using this information, both developers and other IT personnel can understand their current legacy environment in sufficient detail to eliminate unused source, determine any missing source, identify duplicate code, and determine candidate code for ongoing clean-up. This detailed understanding also provides core information about applications necessary to ensure that current application systems are in compliance with internal business procedures.

LogicMiner can also be used to assist in re-structuring applications in preparation for further modernization by aiding in eliminating application constructs (such as “GOTOs”) and legacy code patterns that make modernization efforts difficult.

LogicMiner joins BluePhoenix™ IT Discovery as part of the BluePhoenix Understanding Suite. IT Discovery is intended for the high level, “macro” analysis of legacy artifacts providing a single, technology independent view across numerous technologies. BluePhoenix LogicMiner for COBOL provides detailed “micro” analysis capabilities for the largest legacy environment in the world – the 200 billions lines of COBOL on mainframes.

LogicMiner also provides a business rule extraction capability that supports the separation of business logic from supporting code by allowing “code slicing.” Using data-flow analysis, LogicMiner can extract code relevant to a business rule while eliminating the non-business code that is more specific to a technical environment.

“LogicMiner is an important addition to the BluePhoenix Modernization suite,” Clarkson said. “BluePhoenix already provides powerful automated migration capabilities for 4GLs such as NATURAL, ADSO, and COOL:Gen, but migrating CICS/COBOL is different due to the complex architectural changes between historic mainframe environments and J2EE or .NET. LogicMiner not only lowers current legacy maintenance costs but also provides the understanding necessary to decide on the best technique for application modernization -- whether that technique involves Web service interfaces to legacy, automated migration to new environments, or redevelopment.”

BluePhoenix LogicMiner 2.1 is available immediately through BluePhoenix sales at sales@bphx.com and is supported on a 24 x 7 basis by the BluePhoenix worldwide support organization. For additional information please visit http://www.bphx.com.

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