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COBOL Conversion

Converted COBOL programs developed in mainframe to COBOL85 and PRO*COBOL programs.

Client Description: Our client is a leading software developing company in Japan, with an annual revenue of several billion Yen. COBOL Conversion is only one of the cooperated projects with this client.

Field: Electronic Information Industry

Project Background: The conversion of COBOL to COBOL85 in NX7000 (HP-UX) and Oracle applications was required for the technique and mainframe update in many Japanese companies.

Project Area: code conversion, compiling and linking.

Size: 20 people*month

Project Characteristic:
·Objective: Convert COBOL programs from the host to NX7000 (HP-UX).
·Contents (Brief Summary): Our client first converted COBOL code to COBOL85 code through conversion tools; our job was to modify the COBOL85 codes according to practical needs and correct COBOL syntax manually. In order to ensure tidiness and accuracy in our codes, we were in constant contact with our client until all bugs were eliminated. After submitting the final prototype, we sent group members from China along with BSE in Tokyo to solve any on-site problems that came up.
·Environment: (HP-UX) NX7000 server
·Language: COBOL85, Pro*COBOL
·Tools/DBMS: Oracle9i
·Requirements for the developers:
Technique: All developers were familiar with COBOL syntax and Oracle and are able to analyze and modify WARNING/FATAL.
Language: Team members were required to be able to read and write in Japanese (level 3); Team leads or up had to be able to speak Japanese fluently.
Code review members and BSE members were required to master COBOL, SQL and ORACLE.
·Management and Communication: With guidance from our CTO from Jinan, we were able to overcome all issues whether they be technical, managerial, or communicational in nature. In order to ensure that the project was running on schedule, we held TV conferences with our client weekly, discussing any problems that arose and providing progress reports. Our BSE also regularly communicated face to face with our client in Tokyo in order to solve problems.

Project Difficulties: Short period; high productivity; frequent communication.

Solution: By being available through international phone calls at all times and sending BSE members to our client to provide on-site services, we overcame these difficulties.

Result: The project was completed successfully. The system is fully operational right now.

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