About German Pension Fund Baden-Württemberg
Part of the national German Pension Fund, this regional organization manages the statutory pension insurance scheme for 6.6 million citizens in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Employing over 3,600 people, German Pension Fund Baden-Württemberg pays out billions of Euros in pension plans every year.
As part of the initiative to modernize its wider IT landscape, the German Pension Fund Baden-Württemberg migrated its COBOL programs from the z/OS mainframe operating system to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for z Systems using Micro Focus Enterprise Server. FalkOliver Bischoff noted: “We want to make the best use of our resources, so we were one of the first organizations in our field to take this step. Moving from a traditional mainframe environment to a modern Linux configuration with Micro Focus Enterprise Server for our mission critical COBOL business logic gives us more flexibility. Going forward, we can change the hardware platform seamlessly and run our applications on the most suitable infrastructure.”
To adapt to changing demands more rapidly, the German Pension Fund Baden-Württemberg decided to replace its development environment with the modern, easy-to-use Micro Focus Visual COBOL for Eclipse.
Falk-Oliver Bischoff recalled: “We have been using Micro Focus COBOL solutions for years, and knew that Micro Focus provides excellent tools and top-notch support. We evaluated alternatives, which only confirmed that Micro Focus was the best fit for us with the best performance.”
Part of the organization’s motivation was to make COBOL development more efficient and attractive to new talent. Falk-Oliver Bischoff remarked: “State-of-the-art tools make it easier for new staff to get started. Together with Micro Focus, we ran in-depth training sessions to ensure that our valued employees got the skills they needed to come with us on this modernization journey. Now, they’ve come to appreciate the ease and productivity offered by a modern development environment.”
Thanks to Micro Focus Visual COBOL for Eclipse, the German Pension Fund Baden-Württemberg can expand applications more easily to meet changing business requirements – now and in the future.
“Using Micro Focus Visual COBOL for Eclipse has helped to boost the agility of software development significantly,” said Falk-Oliver Bischoff. “Our 30 developers in Baden-Württemberg can take decades’ worth of mature COBOL code, and add new features quicker and more easily than ever with excellent tool support. The tool is used in all development locations where staff are working to enhance our system.”
Falk-Oliver Bischoff added: “By using a modern integrated development environment, we’ve opened up application development to a new generation. We hired new developers who quickly started contributing to the team, helping us to add exciting features to our applications.
Thanks to our Micro Focus solution, new team members become productive faster and enjoy the advanced development experience they have become accustomed to from using other programming languages.”
German Pension Fund Baden-Württemberg also gained flexibility and cut costs. Falk-Oliver Bischoff noted: