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August 10, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

IBM mainframe software conversion specialists Synapse Computer Services Plc, based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, is offering a Cobol II conversion service based on a new product called C2 CII. The service will initially be offered to Synapse’s 380 mainframe customers, each of which pays UKP2,600 a year for third party maintenance, emergency services and consultancy. The new product is specifically aimed at customers who have upgraded their hardware to run MVS and who now want to upgrade the existing programming language to IBM’s VS/Cobol II. The most common language used on MVS mainframes is OS/Cobol which has a restricted address of 16Mb within the processor compared with 2Gb for programs written in Cobol II. Synapse claims that benchmark studies of a C2 CII conversion show that five million lines of code can be migrated in four hours. The average cost per program conversion is between UKP30 and UKP50 and a conversion of 1,500 programs is estimated to take between 12 and 14 weeks. IBM currently offers a UKP5,400 conversion aid to customers to enable them upgrade Cobol programs. However Synapse believes by offering a service that includes evaluation, conversion planning and training it will have an edge on its more illustrious rival. The company has already signed a $250,000 service contract with a Fortune 500 company in the US via its office in New Jersey and plans to offer the service through its strategic partners in Italy, Benelux and Germany along with its Exodus VSE to VMS conversion service. The company is quoted on the London Unlisted Securities Market.

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