Advantages to upgrading to Enterprise Developer

Micro Focus recognizes the investment that our mainframe clients have made in Mainframe Express - and the great working partnerships we have established as these products have evolved. It is these close working relationships that have formed the development and release of the new generation of mainframe development applications.

In Enterprise Developer we have created a product that represents the natural evolution of Mainframe Express: it's a seamless transition into the next generation of mainframe IDEs. It protects your existing investment and future-proofs your operation going forwards. Lapsed Mainframe Express users will quickly become converts - this is a feature-rich product with appeal right across the board.

Whatever your level of engagement with Mainframe Express, as an existing Micro Focus customer we developed Enterprise Developer to maximize the investment you have made in our technology and protect it moving forward.

Using the Enterprise Developer enhancements and modern IDEs have numerous advantages such as, among others:

Improved productivity
This is achieved through:
  • Using the very latest IDE technology in a powerful integrated development environment
  • Replicating mainframe environment on Windows; through easier sharing of development resources.
  • Ready access to mainframe-based elements while removing unnecessary burden on the host.
  • Fast and easy customization with major source control systems, integration with existing development lifecycle, and built-in extended IDE user interface for higher developer acceptance and productivity gains.
  • Providing the tools to allow you to edit, compile, debug, execute and test COBOL applications on all supported Micro Focus UNIX and Linux environments including z/Linux, AIX, HP-UX etc. One development tool can now meet your development requirements today and in the future.
  • Enabling cross-language application development which results in better quality and increased competitiveness.
  • Achieving faster time to market
  • Using workstations to shorten the mainframe development and unit test cycles, and deliver new products and features faster.
Improved efficiency (COBOL only)
Improve efficiency when performing day to day mainframe development activities on or off mainframe, enabling access to standard IDEs of choice, smart editor, instantaneous compilations, advanced test and debugging capabilities.
Address mainframe skills shortage
Using COBOL from within standard IDEs helps reduce the gap between the mainframe COBOL and Java or C# developers by providing a unifying, collaborative and dynamic development environment. Non-COBOL developers, can quickly and easily adapt to the COBOL language, and get up to speed in no time.

For a full list of the advantages of using Enterprise Developer, see the Enterprise Developer data sheet and white papers on the Micro Focus Web site.