Veryant Selected by State Capital to Preserve, Revitalize Tax Application

April 6, 2009 - Veryant, the COBOL and Java technology innovator, today announced that a major Midwestern state capital is using the isCOBOL Application Platform Suite (APS) to maintain a vital legacy tax application on a new server with expanded capacity.
The city previously used Micro Focus COBOL as the compiler and runtime environment for the program. However, when the city upgraded to a new server, Micro Focus would only sell a minimum number of licenses that was 10 times the city’s need.
“Essentially, we were told that anyone who sees the data needs a license, even if they don’t run COBOL programs themselves,” explained the project manager. “It would have been a costly solution for us.”
The application contains vital records on the city’s two percent income tax, employer payments, and IRS information. A COBOL-based program sorts, organizes, and keeps track of these records, and data is formatted, files preprocessed, then loaded into an Oracle 10g database. The COBOL programs run on a back-end server in batch mode; after data is processed, it is distributed to other departments that access information by applications like Crystal Reports and custom applications written in Delphi.
The previous server reached capacity and was replaced with an HP Itanium server running HP-UX, to expand capacity and improve security.
The IT staff found Veryant’s isCOBOL APS, which offers comprehensive, cost-effective development, deployment, maintenance, and modernization of COBOL applications. Because of the capabilities of isCOBOL APS, and because it was a more cost-effective solution, the city chose Veryant. In addition to offering lower costs, Veryant also offered improved functionality. With Veryant’s isCOBOL APS, the city was able to eliminate the need for the Oracle precompiler, which also lowered costs and simplified their overall solution.
Because of isCOBOL APS, the city is able to maintain its existing tax application in cost-effective, streamlined environment.
More details on the city’s project are available at
Sue Myers