My apologies for such an open-ended question.

We're a COBOL shop (split between ILE and OPM). From what I can tell, our COBOL developers don't do much more with DB2 than create physical files and logical files using DDS. We have several SQL queries. We also have several stored procedures. But mostly our developers write COBOL programs that use record level access.

I have the IBM Redbook on modernization, and I'm starting to read the chapter on data-centric development.

I'd appreciate any thoughts or info on the following:

1. I know DB2 for i has some new capabilities around storing JSON. What other capabilities does DB2 have that would be useful for web and mobile development? What should we be taking advantage of in DB2 for web and mobile enablement?

2. I have a very vague idea that moving business logic and development from COBOL into DB2 as much as possible is a good thing. But I don't really understand. I can't explain what this means, why we should do it, or offer a few good examples. Would someone mind briefly sharing some ideas or talking points for a good elevator speech?

Thanks in advance for any insights and info.


Kelly Cookson
IT Project Leader
Dot Foods, Inc.
1.217.773.4486 ext. 12676

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