Business rules management and systems optimization software vendor Ilog has announced a partnership with French systems integrator Sodifrance to deliver a joint legacy modernization offering.
France-based Ilog said it will combine services expertise from Sodifrance with its Ilog Rules for Cobol add-on module to extract business rules from Cobol code. Rules for Cobol can then be used by IBM mainframe customers to author and manage business rules in the format of Cobol sub-programs.
The company said a large part of critical applications in major corporations are written in Cobol that has gone through many changes and additions which make it complicated and costly to maintain business rules. Ilog said organizations will now be able to extract, map, and re-use business rules written in Cobol.
Desmond Delandro, vice president of strategic alliances at Ilog, said: Customers want to leverage their existing and substantial technology investment in their legacy Cobol applications. With Sodifrance, we are happy to offer them a solution that enhances the business value of their legacy assets and minimizes impact on their existing systems.
Ilog was purchased by IBM in July 2008 in a deal worth $340m (£170m). The deal was an attempt by IBM to improve its offering in the application lifecycle management market, as well as developing its BPM and SOA offerings. The offer equated to €10 per share — a 37% premium on Ilog’s closing share price before the deal was announced, and a 56% premium on the company’s average closing share price over the previous month.