The Future of OpenVMS at Your Company

Last year, HP announced that it was licensing OpenVMS to VMS Software. The announcement, which eliminated some of the uncertainty in the OpenVMS industry, ensures that OpenVMS will continue to be supported and improved.

As part of our OpenVMS survey, we asked respondents if HP’s licensing of OpenVMS to VMS Software had any impact on the future of OpenVMS at their company. 47% said yes and 53% said no.

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Additionally, 85% said the announcement alleviated most of their concerns about the future of OpenVMS.

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What do you think? Did the announcement have any impact in your company? Did the announcement alleviate or raise any concerns about the future of OpenVMS?

We are writing a white paper about the survey results.  Sign up to receive a copy via email.

NXTware Remote 4.5.1 Is Now Available

The latest version of NXTware Remote adds support for multi-directory projects, the ability to import (or add) new subdirectories to existing projects and support for wildcard subdirectory specifications when searching for files. These new features increase development project management productivity and add flexibility when refactoring project file trees.

Additionally, NXTware Remote has expanded FORTRAN language support and enhanced support for HP FORTRAN Syntax. Syntax support now includes structure, record, map, union and % fill. With extensive FORTRAN language support, developers will be able to refactor, modernize and work in multiple FORTRAN languages with greater ease. NXTware Remote can now support language versions between FORTRAN 77 and FORTRAN 2008.

Visit our website for more information about NXTware Remote.

OpenVMS in the Cloud: Is It Possible?

Hardware maintenance costs are high. Moving applications off OpenVMS is complex and risky. Hosting these applications in the cloud makes financial sense.

Today, the cloud is an established option, yet there aren’t OpenVMS cloud solutions readily available. That is bound to change.

So we’re wondering, what do you think? Are the traditional benefits of lower operational and capital costs applicable to OpenVMS users? What benefits and risks do you see? What would keep you from moving to the cloud? What would it take to make the cloud a viable option for OpenVMS?

We look forward to hearing you answers.

DCL Editor for OpenVMS Available as a Free Download

eCube recently released a free Eclipse DCL editor for OpenVMS.  With eCube’s Eclipse DCL editor, developers will now be able to use a modern integrated development (IDE) tool to compose and edit DCL scripts. Additionally, the editor provides syntax highlighting (so errors can be detected early) support for Lexical Assist (a powerful tool for those that don’t write DCL everyday) and all of the powerful editor features available to Eclipse editors (split editors, drag and drop, etc).

The DCL editor can also be used with the NXTware Remote Server (not included with the free DCL editor), to provide automatic transfer to OpenVMS and code assist for correct DCL syntax.  The editor, which is now a standard NXTware Remote feature, is already available to current NXTware remote users.

Please note: In order to use the editor, you need to have Eclipse installed. 

Continuous Integration and OpenVMS

As part of our commitment to support modern OpenVMS development, eCube introduced NXTware Remote for Jenkins/CI, a powerful Continuous Integration (CI) plugin that enables Jenkins to remotely execute and manage operations on OpenVMS using the NXTware Remote server as its execution engine.

Jenkins, a continuous build tool, implements CI best practices and enables developers to focus on their work by automating the build, test and deployment processes.  With Jenkins, or independently, NXTware Remote can automate the build and test process while making it easier for developers to obtain and work with up-to-date software builds.

With NXTware Remote for Jenkins/CI, OpenVMS (or any platform that Jenkins does not run on natively) users can securely automate the build/test process and shorten the development to production lifecycle.  By acting as a Continuous Integration proxy, NXTware Remote for Jenkins/CI simplifies the use of testing and build processes on remote systems, integrating continuous integration systems into the development process.

Continuous Integration architecture with Jenkins:

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Continuous Integration architecture without Jenkins:

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OpenVMS Survey

Feedback Circled Word Definition DictionaryWith the licensing of OpenVMS to VMS Software, some of the uncertainty in the OpenVMS industry has been eliminated. Does VMS Software’s commitment to OpenVMS have any impact on your company’s decision to stay on OpenVMS? Are there other factors that are impacting your decision to stay or move off of OpenVMS?

eCube is conducting a brief survey in order to:

  1. Get a better understanding of the market.
  2. Better align NXTware Remote with the needs of the OpenVMS Community.
  3. Learn more about the features you want in future versions of OpenVMS.

Please complete the survey below or click on the link.

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eCube Systems adds Modern OpenVMS Development Implementation Expertise in Europe with Business Generating Software BV partnership

eCube has named Business Generating Software BV (BGS), a Dutch distributor of management software and provider of legacy modernization solutions, a principle implementation partner and marketing representative in Europe.  Companies based in the region can now leverage local expertise and solutions designed to jump-start the implementation of modern development tools and best practices such as continuous integration, automated testing and building operations on OpenVMS.

February NXTware Remote Workshops in Amstelveen (Netherlands) and Brussels (Belgium) Announced

eCube Systems, HP, HP user group Interexperience and BGSoftware are organizing two interactive hands-on NXTware Remote workshops:

Wednesday February 4th from 14:00-16:30, HP Office Startbaan 16, Amstelveen (NL)

Friday February 6th from 9:30-12, HP Office Hermeslaan 1a, Diegem (B)

At the workshops, you will learn how you can effectively develop programs for OpenVMS on your desktop using NXTware Remote. NXTware Remote is an Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment that makes it simple for developers to write code and then compile and debug it remotely. Enterprise IT organizations doing strategic development in COBOL, FORTRAN, C, BASIC, PASCAL and JAVA on a variety of platforms use NXTware Remote to develop on OpenVMS, Linux and Unix servers from Windows, MAC or Linux workstations.

The workshop will be hosted by Robert Doyle of eCube Systems and Gerrit Woertman of BGSoftware, eCube’s European Partner.

Please email Gerrit Woertman (gerrit at bgsoftware dot nl) at least 2 days before the event to register.

We Need Your OpenVMS Expertise

eCube recently launched OpenVMS Today, a new question and answer forum for the OpenVMS Community. OpenVMS Today is a place where you can share your knowledge and experience on OpenVMS, related topics and the tools that support its future growth. Additionally, it will feature interviews and a notes page that will provide technical updates and community news.

With your help, we’ll build a user-generated library of detailed answers to technical questions and proven best practices for OpenVMS.

Ask a question. Submit a tip. Join us.