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We support you with profound know-how, tailor-made solutions and intelligent software tools in the realisation of your projects.

We accompany you through all phases from consulting, analysis and engineering to implementation and subsequent maintenance in the areas of modernisation, integration, migration, transformation, porting and software architecture.

From RDW’s point of view, Delta is a highly dedicated company with an even higher level of expertise. We have done business with a lot of companies but this is the first time I can, without holding back, truly recommend one: Delta has proven that it is a reliable and trustworthy partner. 
Gerard Doll, Manager ICT, RDW, The Netherlands

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Delta NewsletterDear Reader,

Do you have proven applications that you have nurtured for decades and are planning to modernize? With AMELIO you can prepare your modernization project and implement it successfully and automatically.

Learn today how

  • AMELIO Logic Discovery helps you to understand your applications again and prepare them for refactoring.
  • you can reduce costs and risks of your modernization and migration project with the AMELIO Modernization Platform.
  • we used the AMELIO Modernization Platform at Provinzial to successfully migrate the application from IBM IMS/DB to IBM Db2.

In the text series “Iceberg ahead”, our colleague Hans Nickessen describes his experiences in handling legacy applications. Read in the current episode how a tailormade assessement will contribute to the success of your modernisation project.

We hope you enjoy reading,

Your Delta Software Technology Team

 

IMS Guide - GSE AK IMS System AdministrationIMS Guide - GSE AK IMS System Administration

"Provinzial realizes complete migration from IBM IMS/DB to IBM Db2 with Delta"

Migration from IMS/DB to Db2? Completely? Automated?
Provinzial has mastered this step together with Delta.
IMS Guide - GSE AK IMS System AdministrationHow? We presented this in our lecture at the IMS Guide on 20th September, which finally was a live meeting again.

Would you like to know how Provinzial made this step together with Delta, but you couldn't be there? Then get in touch with us. We would be happy to present the proposed approach to you in a personal meeting.

The slides presented and the accompanying SuccessStory can be found here:

 

AMELIO Logic Discovery - Procedures and Functions in COBOLAMELIO Logic Discovery - Procedures and Functions in COBOL

COBOL does not have procedures and functions.

Nevertheless, AMELIO Logic Discovery identifies logical procedures and functions in COBOL applications and thus helps to re-understand the application and to prepare a refactoring.

You can find more information here:

 

AMELIO Modernization Platform slashes Risks and Costs for Modernization and MigrationAMELIO Modernization Platform slashes Risks and Costs for Modernization and Migration

Changes across all existing applications belong to the permanent tasks of the IT departments in large enterprises. If thousands of modules of the productive application systems have to be changed, the answers to the following questions are essential:

  • How can you ensure the consistency and quality of the changes?
  • How do you avoid blocking other projects by the changes?
  • How do you integrate the changes from other projects into the mass changes?
  • How do you guarantee the security and stability of the productive systems?
  • How do you get the expenditure under control as well as the costs and the temporal organisation for testing?

For the modernization of your legacy applications you should know the possibilities of AMELIO:

 

Iceberg Ahead ...Iceberg Ahead ...

Your COBOL or PL/I applications contain enormous investments, a lot of company-specific know-how and decades of experience. If such an application must be cleaned-up, refactored, modernized or transformed, extensive knowledge of the application is absolutely mandatory. A tailor-made assessment helps you to reliably evaluate the measures, procedures and risks of your modernisation project.

In the text series "Iceberg ahead", our colleague Hans Nickessen describes his experiences in handling legacy applications.

Read in the current episode how a tailor-made assessment contributes to the success of your modernisation project.

 

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  • IMS Guide - GSE AK IMS System Administration
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  • AMELIO Modernization Platform slashes Risks and Costs for Modernization and Migration
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amelio-mp.pngChanges across all existing applications belong to the permanent tasks of the IT departments in large enterprises. They are initiated by new IT strategies, changed business processes, legal regulations which must be met by given deadlines, and the like. If thousands of modules of the productive application systems have to be changed, the answers to the following questions are essential:

  • How can you ensure the consistency and quality of the changes?
  • How do you avoid blocking other projects by the changes?
  • How do you integrate the changes from other projects into the mass changes?
  • How do you guarantee the security and stability of the productive systems?
  • How do you get the expenditure under control as well as the costs and the temporal organisation for testing?

AMELIO Modernization Platform drastically reduces the risks and costs of platform changes, application modernisations and database migrations because AMELIO completely automates the changes.

100% Automation with AMELIO Modernization Platform

amelio_factory.jpgAMELIO Modernization Platform is a perfectly tailored factory that completely automates extensive and complex changes of large applications – 100%.

  • AMELIO changes the code consistently, reproducibly and absolutely error-free.
  • AMELIO documents all decisions and changes audit proven.
  • AMELIO supplies easily maintainable code for the further development.
  • AMELIO enormously reduces the test expenditure.

The capabilities and the efficiency of AMELIO open up absolutely new possibilities for planning and conducting large projects.

  • Project strategies can be verified with the entire volume.
  • Other projects are not blocked.
  • Transformation schedules can be selected at will, freeze periods are extremely short.

These are only a few of the advantages that AMELIO offers.
You can learn more about the AMELIO Modernization Platform on our Web site.


Latest Projects with AMELIO

IMS Replacement: In Time – In Budget – In ScopeIMS Replacement at Gothaer: In Time – In Budget – In Scope

Gothaer Systems migrates its IBM IMS Databases to IBM Db2 together with Delta Software Technology.

Automatically migrating from IBM IMS/DB to IBM Db2 was Gothaer Systems' task. The goal of operating only one database system on the mainframe brought Gothaer Systems and Delta Software Technology together. Delta offered the solution of know-how, suitable tools and services for this task. By building a tailor-made factory with the AMELIO Modernization Platform, the necessary steps for the transformation could be implemented automated, well calculated and at low risk.

“By migrating from IBM IMS/DB to IBM Db2 together with Delta, we have successfully mastered the next big step in the ‘Smarter Mainframe’ project.”
Burkhard Oppenberg, CIO, Gothaer Systems

Read here the Success-Story:
https://delta-software.com/link.php?en=6314

 

Provinzial realizes complete migration from IBM IMS/DB to IBM Db2 with DeltaProvinzial realizes complete migration from IBM IMS/DB to IBM Db2 with Delta

With the tools and services from Delta Software Technology, Provinzial Rheinland finished the complete application and data migration from IBM IMS/DB to IBM Db2, automated and securely, of over 75 IBM IMS databases and over 36,000 artefacts.

Due to the volume of the Provinzial application systems, the amount and complexity of the required changes, the tight schedule as well as their experiences with the manual conversion of some programs and databases, Provinzial decided on a tailor-made and fully automated solution with the tools from Delta Software Technology.

Read here the Success-Story:
https://delta-software.com/link.php?en=6329

 

 

AMELIO Modernization PlatformRDW Removes Technical Debts using Delta’s Automated Solution

Existing applications have accumulated a lot of technical debt over the years. Removing it could speed up maintenance significantly. In reality the task of improve the software by removing the obsolete parts is seldom performed. The risk of introducing errors and the cost of testing is the biggest reason for not doing anything.

RDW has been able to take up the task of removing technical debt in a secure manner. Delta’s AMELIO Modernization Platform plays a key role in this endeavour.

You can find out more about the project here:
https://delta-software.com/link.php?en=6319

 

Large Financial Service Provider Succeeds in Secure Platform Change with AMELIO Modernization PlatformLarge Financial Service Provider Succeeds in Secure Platform Change with AMELIO

Away from the Mainframe at the Push of a Button: Delta’s AMELIO Modernization Platform Enables Large Building Society to Replace Platforms Securely

A leading building society consolidates its platforms and has therefore replaced their IBM mainframe with Red Hat Linux. The migration of the central, strongly interconnected applications, however, involved particular risks, e.g., due to parallel changes and further development. Also, the performance in the new environment was a major concern. With the AMELIO tools from Delta Software Technology, this company successfully migrated its highly critical core application.

The project management particularly praised the good cooperation with the manufacturer. Delta offered the project at a fixed price and was nevertheless very flexible in responding to special requests. Due to the good cooperation with Delta, the transformed application exactly meets the company's requirements.

You can find out more about the project here:
https://delta-software.com/link.php?en=6320

 

You Would Like to Know More?

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about how the AMELIO Modernization Platform can help you to conduct changes to your applications securely, reliably, error-free and 100% automated. If you have large legacy applications in your organisation you certainly show know about the possibilities with AMELIO.

Delta NewsletterDear Reader,

Are there dino's and crocofants hiding in your apllications? Let us team up to fight your technology zoo: replace outdated by modern technologies or consolidate different tecnologies in an automated way.

Experience how you can regain knowledge over your legacy applications, support a know-how transfer or prepare a modernization project, with AMELIO Logic Discovery's new release.

All these, and more ideas about how to treat legacy applications, are summarized in a text series 'Iceberg ahead' by our colleague Hans Nickessen.

We also have released ADS on Visual Studio 2022 for you.

We wish you happy reading,

Your Delta Software Technology Team

 

AMELIO Logic Discovery: Understanding COBOL and PL/IAMELIO Logic Discovery: Understanding COBOL and PL/I

Which developer doesn't want that:
A clear presentation for large and complex applications, so that one can understand the logic and implementation simply and directly?

Learn how AMELIO Logic Discovery helps you understand complex applications, document knowledge and support knowledge transfer.

On July 23rd, 2022 we released a new release and a new flyer of AMELIO Logic Discovery.

 

Hunting the Technology ZooHunting the Technology Zoo

Automated Technology Change with AMELIO Modernization Platform

Does your application also contain technology crocofants or dinosaurs?
So, does it contain different technologies for the same task or outdated technologies that make it difficult to maintain and further develop the application efficiently or even prevent modernization?

Then we will show you here how we can tidy up your technology zoo with AMELIO and consolidate and exchange technologies in an automated way - parallel to ongoing operations.

Read our article about this:

 

Delta ADS Plugin for Microsoft Visual Studio 2022 availableDelta ADS Plugin for Microsoft Visual Studio 2022 available

With ADS on Visual Studio you can now standardize your working environments for the application development. ADS on Visual Studio smoothly integrates all ADS tools into your development environment.

This plugin is now also available for Microsoft Visual Studio 2022.

In addition to Visual Studio, plug-ins for Eclipse-based development environments are also available such as Micro Focus Enterprise Developer for z. The ADS plugins are Delta's modern integrated development environment (IDE) for the efficient development and maintenance of COBOL and PL/I applications with Delta ADS.

Further information can be found here:

 

Iceberg ahead ...Iceberg ahead ...

 

  • Are your COBOL or PL/I specialists retiring?
  • "Old" programs are no longer understandable?
  • Do you want or need to leave the mainframe?
  • JAVA is the new strategy?

In his series, our colleague Hans Nickessen explains his view on possible strategies for efficient, secure and cost-effective knowledge transfer, a platform change or application modernization.
"Iceberg Ahead!" here is the start of the series:

 

 

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Delta NewsletterDear Reader,

When the existing doesn't really fit anymore and thwarts new development, the call for "We'll make everything new with ..." is quickly heard. But, it is worth taking a closer look: Why should everything be redone if the basic functionality of the applications has proven its worth and does not change? What exactly is bothering you? And can the desired goals perhaps be achieved much faster with a targeted modernisation?

Instead of making everything new, the insurance group Provinzial Rheinland decided to migrate their proven applications from IBM IMS/DB to Db2 in cooperation with Delta. They thus created future security and, above all, freedom for new development much faster than with a re-implementation of the existing functionality. Read more in our report.

And thinking even further: Can targeted modernisation become part of the normal development process? At the workshop "Software Reengineering & Evolution" of the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik - GI), we presented a sustainable solution and its practical utilisation by a customer. Read the detailed article about the "Washing Machine that Automatically Cleans up Technical Debts".

We have also provided a new version of our generative development system Delta ADS for you.

We wish you an insightful read and look forward to your enquiries and feedback.

Your Delta Software Technology Team

 

Provinzial realizes complete migration from IBM IMS/DB to IBM Db2 with DeltaProvinzial realizes complete migration from IBM IMS/DB to IBM Db2 with Delta

"The Delta solution has its advantages in two points that are particularly important to us: Due to the complete automation of the transformation, the ongoing development of the system, as requested by the business, was uninterrupted during the entire project. Due to the in-place migration and a parallel operation concept, we achieved absolute security and quality during the migration. The guaranteed operational “smoothness” in the project, despite the complex modernization, is certainly a unique feature of the solution."
Stephan Kaiser, Program ‘sponsor’ Provinzial.

Furthermore, how did Provinzial and Delta overcome the hurdles of the paradigm change without changing the application logic or compromising performance?

Read here the Success-Story:

 

24th GI Workshop 24th GI Workshop "Software-Reengineering & Evolution"

Dr. Daniela Schilling presented a concept and the solution as well as its utilisation by Delta's client RDW in order to make applications quickly and safely fit for the future at the 24th Software Reengineering & Evolution workshop of the German Informatics Society's (GI) special interest group on Software Reengineering (SRE):

"A Washing Machine for Software - Automated Clean-up of Technical Debts"

What does a sustainable strategy for eliminating technical debts look like?
RDW has been developing and maintaining its core backend applications for more than 30 years. The applications run reliably, but over time technical debts have accumulated, making maintenance and further development difficult. RDW and Delta have jointly developed a sustainable solution to this problem: A washing machine that automatically cleans the software from the technical debts.

Read here how to get your software cleaned up:

 

Support Information: New Product Version of Delta ADS availableSupport Information: New Product Version of Delta ADS available

We have released a new version of our generative development system Delta ADS for COBOL. With the release 6.5.1 a new optimisation option for the code generation has been implemented:
Using the option OPT-L, you can have the control code for iterations be optimised.

Do you already know the option OPT-O?
Using this option will optimise the generation of control statement and thus will minimises the generation of GOTOs.

You will find further information on new functions and corrections in the respective release notes in the support area of our website ...

 

 

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  • Provinzial realizes complete migration from IBM IMS/DB to IBM Db2 with Delta
  • 24th GI Workshop "Software-Reengineering & Evolution"
  • Support Information: New Product Version of Delta ADS available
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Delta NewsletterDear Reader,

In time – in budget - in scope! This is exactly how projects should be completed.

Find out how Gothaer Systems managed to do this in cooperation with us on a major modernisation project as part of their "Smarter Mainframe" strategy in our first article.

Yes, many things can be done online! But some things are better when you can sit down together face-to-face. And it's just nice to be able to meet you in person again. For example, we reported live at the SVA Mainframe Dayz about the very successful complete replacement of the data management system at Gothaer, one of the largest German insurance companies. The documents are available for you.

We also present the new release of ADS on Eclipse.

And speaking of knowledge transfer: reserve your place in our training courses now.

We wish you lots of ideas for preparing your applications for the future and we are looking forward to your enquiries.

Your Delta Software Technology Team

 

IMS Replacement: In Time – In Budget – In ScopeIMS Replacement: In Time – In Budget – In Scope

Gothaer Systems migrates its IBM IMS Databases to IBM Db2 together with Delta Software Technology.

IMS Replacement: In Time – In Budget – In ScopeAutomatically migrating from IBM IMS/DB to IBM Db2 was Gothaer Systems' task. The goal of operating only one database system on the mainframe brought Gothaer Systems and Delta Software Technology together. Delta offered the solution of know-how, suitable tools and services for this task. By building a tailor-made factory with the AMELIO Modernization Platform, the necessary steps for the transformation could be implemented automated, well calculated and at low risk.

“By migrating from IBM IMS/DB to IBM Db2 together with Delta, we have successfully mastered the next big step in the ‘Smarter Mainframe’ project.”
Burkhard Oppenberg, CIO, Gothaer Systems

Read here the Success-Story:

 

SVA Mainframe Dayz 2022SVA Mainframe Dayz 2022

From March 9th to 10th, 2022 we were at the SVA Mainframe Dayz 2022 in Wiesbaden, Germany!

Delta Software Technology were present with a booth and presentation. On March 9th, 2022 at 2:30 p.m., Dr. Daniela Schilling:

"Successful Automatic Database Migration at Gothaer: In Time - In Budget - In Scope"

You could not attended?
Here you can find the presentation slides:

 

New: ADS on Eclipse Release 8New: ADS on Eclipse Release 8

ADS on Eclipse is Delta's modern integrated development environment (IDE) for the efficient development and maintenance of COBOL and PL/I applications with Delta ADS.

The new ADS on Eclipse Release 8 is available now. It offers various innovations that, among other things, significantly simplify administrative tasks, as well as support for new system versions.

Learn more about the new ADS on Eclipse Release 8 here:

 

Support information: New Product Versions availableSupport information: New Product Versions available

Today we have released new versions of the following products:

  • ADS for COBOL & PL/I (6.5.0)
  • ADS on Eclipse (8.0.0)
  • Generator Engine (6.5.3)
  • License Management (3.0.0)

You can find more information about new features and fixes in the release notes at the support area of our website ...

 

New Delta Training Courses: Register NowNew Delta Training Courses: Register Now

Anyone using tools to automate software development needs in-depth knowledge of the methods, modes of operation, and capabilities of the tools. And not just "in principle", but in relation to the concrete environment and task.

Our training courses and workshops help you to use Delta tools efficiently and to optimise the development of your applications: Practice-oriented and taking into account your main areas of interest.

ADS Basics - ADS for Administrators - ADS Refresher - ADS on Eclipse - ADS What's new

Contact us to discuss your requirements for a customised training.

Learn more about our trainings and workshops ...

 

 

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  • IMS Replacement at Gothaer: In Time – In Budget – In Scope
  • SVA Mainframe Dayz 2022
  • New: ADS on Eclipse Release 8
  • Support information: New Product Versions available
  • New Delta Training Courses: Register Now
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ADS on EclipseADS on Eclipse is Delta’s modern, integrated development environment (IDE) for the efficient development and maintenance of COBOL and PL/I applications written with Delta ADS.

The new ADS on Eclipse Release 8 is available now. It offers improved functionality for the development and maintenance of applications written with Delta ADS.

ADS on Eclipse

ADS on Eclipse supports your development teams with specialised features that enables them to deliver new functionality to your business users faster and with better quality.

  • Different perspectives to display the corresponding areas and views in the IDE
  • Modern editor with intelligent editing and debugging functions such as automatic syntax check, chroma coding, code completion and templates, outline views, bookmarking, code folding, documentation and much more
  • Direct integration of the application generators, so that dependencies and build precedence are checked
  • Post-generation debugger for step-by-step tracking and testing of the generating process with direct switching between code editing and debugger.
  • And more …

ADS on EclipseWorking with ADS on Eclipse improves the understanding of Your applications as the generators provide additional information about the application components.

Furthermore, ADS on Eclipse enables the seamless integration of application development with Delta ADS into the entire development process.

New in Release 8 for ADS on Eclipse

Release 8 is now available for ADS on Eclipse. It contains numerous innovations.

  • Configuration and deployment: Improved handling of configuration and deployment of the installations.
    Companies increasingly use central deployment software to automate the provisioning of workstations. This gives them security and simplifies administration and support through uniformly designed work environments.
    ADS on Eclipse Release 8 now help to significantly reduce the administrative effort, especially in larger installations when using central deployment software.
  • Eclipse Release 2022-03: With Release 8, ADS on Eclipse now supports Eclipse Release 2022-03, making ADS on Eclipse available for Eclipse Releases 2019-12 up to and including 2022-03.
  • Java 17: With Release 8, ADS on Eclipse now also supports Java 17, making ADS on Eclipse available for Java Long-term Support (LTS) Releases 11 and 17.

ADS on EclipseFor more information, see the release notes for ADS on Eclipse Release 8.

What else …

The integrated development system Delta IDS is not only available in the variant ADS on Eclipse, but also for other systems such as Visual Studio, Micro Focus EDz, IBM IDz, LzLabs LzWorkbench.

We will soon provide ADS on Visual Studio for Visual Studio 2022.

ADS on Eclipse for you

You too can benefit from the power of ADS on Eclipse. Work with the new ADS on Eclipse to provide your business users with new functions faster and with better quality.

We would be pleased to help you, please get in touch with us.

 


The Best Environment for Your Application Development

Delta ADS for COBOL & PL/IInnovating, implementing better solutions, finding errors faster, getting more value out of what you have:
All this requires a working environment that supports you in your daily work and that you feel comfortable with.

Do you or your teams develop applications with Delta ADS? In COBOL? In PL/I?

We would like to know from you which development environment do you prefer?
Umfrage: Ihre bevorzugte Umgebung für Delta ADSWhich one do you use and which one would you like?

Thank you for participating in our quick survey.

 

 

 

 

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