On Our Radar in 2013: Part One

There will be many unexpected developments in 2013 so our job is to be prepared.  Of course, experience is the best preparation.  Our experience and work with Fortune 1000 companies in 2012 put several important trends on our radar.  The trends represent challenges and opportunities but we are prepared to help your company make decisions to drive value.

As we see important trends pop-up on our radar, we will share them with you here.  So far, trends we are noticing involve continued industry consolidation, the impact of 64-bit technology, and the difficulties companies are having responding to business change with legacy CASE tools like COOL:Gen.

Industry Consolidation

Industry consolidation will continue to generate consequences for enterprises that have related strategic applications.  Although the specific impact on operations is hard to predict, systems built on pre-SOA middleware need to be especially agile with the changes of ownership and/or philosophy in the JAVA and CORBA middleware markets that occurred in 2012.  Our focus on integration, consulting, and development tools, based on open standards like Eclipse and our NXTware Remote platform, will help users manage these challenges with the greatest adaptability.

64-bit Technology

64-bit technology has been around for years but library changes made by operating system and database vendors will force the recompilation of more legacy applications in 2013.  Because 64-bit libraries cannot be compiled with 32-bit libraries, the recompilations are more extensive and have wider ranges of dependencies.  Based on our experience, you can expect these projects to be more complex and demanding.  Thorough assessments are key to the success of these projects as they help ensure the most effective path is taken to 64-bit support.

Transition away from COOL:Gen and related Legacy CASE tools

The third trend we have noticed involves legacy COBOL applications built with Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) systems like COOL:Gen (aka Advantage:Gen and AllFusion Gen).  These applications are loosing the ability to respond to business change.  Firms using this technology will be forced to look at converting these applications into standard formats that can be more easily maintained.  For years, companies have tried to convert these systems to Java or another contemporary language.  However, the cost and complexity of this approach is proving to be too much.  In 2013, we believe that companies will choose a simpler solution and move to the standard easily maintainable COBOL.  This quarter, we will be introducing new solutions in this area.

We are positioned to help customers make these transitions and face whatever technological challenges 2013 may bring.  As more trends pop-up, we will discuss them here.