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extend® delivers a full suite of software solutions enabling developers to maintain and modernize their COBOL applications across more than 600 deployment platforms. The core components of extend include the ACUCOBOL-GT development system – a powerful development toolset and its run-time environment –the COBOL Virtual Machine™.

extend enables the ACUCOBOL-GT developer to respond to new business requirements, faster, and with greater agility and control. Re-use what already works – your application logic and leverage the latest industry technology to modernize your core business systems.

For the ISV or business organization with ACUCOBOL-GT applications, the latest version of extend offers expanded platform support, faster app performance and a wide array of powerful development capabilities designed to inspire new innovation. Whether you're preparing for Windows 10, fine-tuning application performance or planning your user experience (UX) strategy, extend has the right mix of solutions for you.

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The following provides further details to the ACUCOBOL-GT development, deployment and modernization capabilities available within extend.

extend has delivered numerous functional improvements for us — especially in the area of application debugging, compilation, bug tracking and update options. We are delighted with new ACUCOBOL-GT development capabilities within Micro Focus extend."

Oliver Westfehling, Chief Executive, Rainer Obermeit Planning and Data Technology

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ACUCOBOL-GT® is an open systems COBOL compiler and deployment environment. For the ACUCOBOL developer, it enables efficient application maintenance and delivers powerful modernization capability.

AcuBench®, is the integrated development environment (IDE) for the ACUCOBOL-GT developer. AcuBench delivers a graphical interface to the specialized code generation tools within the ACUCOBOL-GT development system.

ACUCOBOL-GT® is a multi-platform COBOL runtime environment offering application deployment to Windows, UNIX and Linux platforms.

AcuConnect® is a COBOL client/server solution deployed either in a distributed processing or a thin client architecture.

The thin client technology delivers rich user interfaces with small client footprint for client/server applications. The Web Thin Client exposes these user interfaces within web browsers for maximum deployment flexibility.

Distributed processing enables ACUCOBOL developers to split application processing between multiple UNIX, Linux, and Windows environments for optimal run-time performance. Most of the processing capability can occur on the client or on the server – whichever best suits the user processing profile.

AcuServer® is a distributed file server providing secure and rapid access to the ACUCOBOL Vision file system, sequential, relative and object files on remote server machines. AcuServer delivers a multi-point solution for flexible data file access.

Acu4GL® provides ACUCOBOL data access to Relational Database Management Systems, giving organizations the power and flexibility of an RDBMS by providing seamless access between ACUCOBOL systems and Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, ODBC, and IBM DB2 databases.

AcuXDBC® provides ODBC/JDBC access to ACUCOBOL data, providing a simple solution to the challenges of extracting valuable data held within ACUCOBOL systems. AcuXDBC unlocks data to industry standard ODBC and JDBC interfaces as well as standard business intelligence applications such as Microsoft Excel, SAP Business Objects, enabling powerful access to business data.

AcuSQL® enables the ACUCOBOL developer to use embedded SQL statements within their ACUCOBOL programs in order to access SQL data sources. AcuSQL delivers a simple, elegant approach to SQL data source access.

Xcentrisity® Business Information Server (BIS) is a web server environment that enables access to ACUCOBOL applications via a web or Services Oriented Architecture (SOA).

With Xcentrisity BIS, ACUCOBOL customers can distribute their business applications across multiple platforms, operating systems and the web with minimal programming and maintenance. BIS enables ACUCOBOL developers to quickly build web and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) applications.

Building on the power of XML and working with industry-standard web servers such as Microsoft IIS and Apache Tomcat, BIS delivers browser-based web applications, using traditional ACUCOBOL programs, data files and databases.

RMNet offers additional capability for the development of web applications providing the ability to send and receive messages using the HTTP protocol and via web services invocations. RMNet delivers the ACUCOBOL developer powerful tools for rapid web development.

German based ERP solutions provider, Rainer Obermeit, after experiencing severe business continuity issues with an alternative COBOL solution, returned to Micro Focus extend and the ACUCOBOL-GT solution delivering a ten-fold application performance improvement and superior reliability. extend enabled Obermeit to deliver dependable application services to its customers and pursue new customer market opportunities.

Leading food distributor, CA Curtze (via their specialist SalesPro Technologies division), delivers mobile and web solutions through core business innovation - achieving ROI in three months.

Chyun Huei Health Tech used ACUCOBOL-GT to consolidate Taiwan Department of Health’s IT across 28 hospitals, saving $17.2m in application development costs and $1.7m in maintenance fees.

Using Xcentrisity BIS, Siedlungswerk – an estate agency based in Stuttgart – was able to move its character-oriented application to a web application and take advantage of new technologies, including XML, Web Services and HTML.

Xcentrisity enabled tax credit research and retrieval experts, M.A.R.S STOUT to quickly develop a true web application built on COBOL ensuring a high level of release-to-release integrity.

Casino and gaming software provider, Table Trac needed to modernize its application portfolio and prepare to move into future technologies while preserving intellectual property and business logic. Xcentrisity BIS proved to be the key to unlocking these capabilities.