CM First Introduced CM evolveIT and Highlighted the Value of Automated Code Analysis

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CM First Got the Attention of DevOps Personnel with a Targeted Talk and an Exhibit Hall Booth at SHARE 2016 in Atlanta, GA

The new product offering, evolveIT

“Many modernization tools are a single piece of a puzzle,” said Roger Hammer, CM evolveIT product owner. “While the piece may appear to be complete, step back and look at modernization from a larger perspective."

CM First understands how to get customers to attend sessions and visit the CM First booth; it takes a compelling solution to a difficult problem. Charged with modernizing legacy code, developers and DevOps personnel often struggle with finding a solution that gives the desired result. A given product may produce part of what is needed, but modernization is a huge, often poorly-defined challenge.

“Many modernization tools are a single piece of a puzzle,” said Roger Hammer, CM evolveIT product owner. “While the piece may appear to be complete, step back and look at modernization from a larger perspective. Just like a jigsaw puzzle, customers actually need solutions that connect together the various components that represent a complete modernization strategy.”

The latest piece to the CM First modernization strategy was added recently – CM evolveIT, an automated static code analysis tool. This solution deals with the challenge of understanding, documenting and managing business rules in the millions of lines of legacy code facing most companies. As with most aspects of the CM First vision, automation is the secret to success. CM evolveIT offers a particular capability of interest to many SHARE attendees: the ability to automatically extract business rules from COBOL. In addition, given the challenges IBM spoke about in migrating to COBOL 6 from VS/OS COBOL, CM evolveIT helps with many of the issues that kind of upgrade presents.

“In the session, attendees understood that it was impossible to manually trace business rules as a transaction moved from one system to another or even within one complex program,” Hammer said. “Automated analysis makes the process quick and accurate, making CM evolveIT an affordable, viable solution.”

A lively conversation ensued after Rhodes presented the material in “Mining for Gold: Integrating Automated Code Analysis in DevOps.” In most sessions, it can be difficult to get attendees to ask questions. In this one, the topic was so hot that developers wanted to share experiences and challenges with each other. The conversation continued at the booth, where attendees had the opportunity to learn more about CM evolveIT as well as the complete modernization initiative offered by CM First Group.

One partner that joined CM First was GlassHouse Systems, an IBM Enterprise-focused Systems Integrator. “It can be challenging to face modernization problems,” said Joe Zozzaro, Vice President of GlassHouse. “Our customer base faces problems as diverse as upgrading VS/OS COBOL to COBOL 6, improving IMS performance, or moving to more modern databases. CM evolveIT will let us accomplish these projects for our customers at a fraction of the cost it took before.”

CM First personnel were also joined in the booth by partner Randy Matthias of Semantic Designs, which facilitated discussions on code transformation from COBOL to other languages like Java.

But it seemed the interest was all about CM evolveIT, as one after another confessed to being stymied by the code analysis problem.

CM First offered a great cowboy hat as part of the SHARE raffle. This Austin original was won by Chris Noddin from US Bank. Interested attendees also had a chance to vie for a virtual reality box offered in the booth. The simple device connects to a smartphone and fosters gaming, a great break from code modernization.

SHARE has been in existence for over five decades providing high-quality education and resources in the realm of enterprise computing. Many of the Fortune 500 are represented at the conference, as well as government and university IT experts. Conferences like SHARE offer CM First the opportunity to meet with customers and share ideas and solutions. CM First plans to attend and present at the next SHARE conference next March in San Jose, CA.

Learn more about real world, modernization case studies at: and about CM First at info(at)cmfirstgroup(dot)com. And please visit the new website to see a solution that will meet the needs defined in this presentation.

About CM First

CM First is a global software and services company established in 1999 with a focus on modernizing applications, managing technical debt and the agile development of enterprise apps. Delivery areas include; migrations of software code, databases and IBM hardware, custom app, architecture and API development, mobility solutions and knowledge transfer. CM First works with hundreds of IBM and CA Technologies business-critical systems worldwide, with numerous reference customers covering industries as diverse as logistics, travel, insurance, food processing and oil and gas construction. For more information, visit

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