Thanks for the information.  We converted our batch system to the 400 a few
years ago.  It was a very straight forward move.  We had been running RPGII.  It
was very easy to convert the RPGII to RPG400.  The biggest part was converting
all of the JCL to CLs and CLPs on the 400.  It is pretty easy and there are
equivalents to most of the JCL commands.   We use sorts in our CLs as we are
still on a flat file system and have not developed our data base yet.  There was
a tremendous increase in productivity once we had moved our batch to the 400.

Thanks!
Dusty Hansen
801-233-3248
dkhansen@fbfs.com





"Mark Villa" <markvilla@knology.net> on 01/01/2002 01:17:43 PM

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Subject:  RE: Converting from CICS (was no subject)



~~~I would like to tell you that we have implemented CICS/400
~~~for the VSE/CICS
~~~programs/applications.  IT SCREAMS ... when we started, we

Awesome task list! Would love to have been involved in this from a learning
perspective.

Curious, how many people does it take for six months? or how to judge the
man-hours if it ever comes up?

I understand the challenge of the CICS conversion, and believe that baby has
be near perfect, but the job streams for batch would seem to be the real
challenge.

It is also EASY to see mentally how CICS/400 would scream past a VSE box
with current hardware.

I had often thought what I would do if fell into this conversion. I had
thought of using the System/36 environment type coding on the AS/400 for
batch processes, if it was an emergency rush job type thing, as a stepping
stone to ILE. It also lets you break all the rules like VSE Cobol.
The S/36 Cobol and OCL is the closest thing to JCL using VSAM I've seen. I
would think it was strikingly similar if IBM was not the vendor for both.
It's almost a one to one relationship between OCL, sorts, Cobol not
initializing working storage, etc.

Very interesting notes. Thanks for sharing it!

Mark Villa in Charleston SC

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