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CCD Online Systems Inc. Announces MegaChange For Fast, Accurate Data Field Changes In Legacy Systems.


PC-Based Impact Analysis Tool Provides Major Savings In Human and

System Resources for Large-Scale Maintenance Projects

CCD Online Systems Inc., a worldwide provider of software tools and services for mainframe, enterprise maintenance projects, Tuesday announced MegaChange(TM) for fast, accurate impact assessment and data field changes in legacy systems.

The PC-based impact analysis tool helps organizations save time and resources by automatically implementing changes on large-scale maintenance projects.

"Requirements for modifications in data fields are sent to IT management with increasing frequency due to the fast-paced dynamics of today's information-driven economy," said Jim McGovern, president and COO of CCD.

"To remain competitive, in an era when information and increased productivity are keys to success, organizations must be able to update systems quickly, accurately and cost effectively. MegaChange makes it possible for IT departments to meet these demands."

Based on technology developed for CCD's family of successful Year 2000 compliance tools, Beyond 1999/Y2K(TM) and Beyond 1999/Validate(TM), MegaChange's powerful enterprise impact assessment engine quickly finds virtually all fields that would be impacted by a proposed change.

MegaChange is designed to manage data field changes where the legacy systems of two or more organizations need to be combined for interactivity, the integration of third-party software, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

Impact analysis quickly identifies legacy system components that need to be extended to the Web. Ideal applications for MegaChange include corporate mergers and acquisitions, the standardization of codes for use by insurance companies and the health-care industry, or the integration of two or more customer databases with differing data fields. MegaChange can automatically find, assess and convert fields in applications written in COBOL and PL/I.

Better Resource Management on Large-scale Maintenance Projects

Because it is easy to install, learn and use, MegaChange provides significant cost and time savings for organizations facing on-going, large-scale maintenance projects resulting from modifications in data field size, including financial data, phone numbers, addresses and account numbers.

MegaChange provides additional savings because it is Microsoft Windows PC-based, and does not compete for expensive mainframe resources during maintenance projects.

How MegaChange Works

For example, if a company needs to expand a name and address field within an IMS database from 25 positions to 40 positions, MegaChange finds every occurrence of those fields, all the redefinitions, any fields that are impacted and any aliases and names for those fields.

After documenting all statements marked for changes either online or via printed reports, the user has the option to perform updates manually or allow the tool to automatically modify programs and copybooks so that these name and address fields expand from 25 positions to 40 positions.

Since the modifications are done automatically, error rates associated with manual efforts are greatly reduced, resulting in substantial savings in money and resources. MegaChange will then generate COBOL programs to convert files or generate test data.

Key Features:
-- Enterprise Portfolio Assessment: MegaChange provides Enterprise
 Portfolio Assessment for large-scale maintenance projects to
 assist IT management in estimating the timeframe, budget and
 overall scope of the undertaking. Enterprise Portfolio Assessment
 also includes missing member reports on programs, subprograms,
 copybooks, DCLGENs, JCL/PROCs (MVS) and DBD/PSB (IMS).

-- Source Parser: Parses the source code written in COBOL and PL/I
 for programs, copybooks, DCLGENs, and IDD records and modules,
 into an enterprise component repository. It also parses JCL,
 PROCs, JCL control cards, DBD, PSB, IDCAMS, BMS Mapset, MFS
 format and CICS tables (PPT, PCT, FCT and RDO).

-- Impact Analyzer: MegaChange allows you to define maintenance
 requirement categories. The Impact Analyzer automatically
 generates seed fields and propagates each seed through the
 field-to-field relationships built by the Source Parser to find
 additional seed candidates. The Online System then makes it easy
 for you to confirm all seed candidates.

-- Enterprise Impact Assessment Module: Allows you to quickly query
 a field name across the entire repository and display all program
 statements impacted directly or indirectly by a change.

-- Online System: Contains more than 80 screens for performing
 real-time access, confirmation and updating of information within
 the repository. All application components and their
 relationships can be reviewed or updated. The enterprise usage of
 any data field can also be reviewed. By providing real-time
 access to this information, MegaChange dramatically improves the
 efficiency and accuracy of analysis and renovation projects.

-- Object Field Expander: Expands all object fields in the
 repository. The results can be reviewed either online or through
 printed reports before the physical generation of new code. The
 original source line is commented out and a new source line is
 inserted after the original.

-- Automatic Source Code Renovator: Automatically applies consistent
 and accurate field expansion to source programs, copybooks,
 DCLGEN and IDD members, PSB and DBD members, MVS JCL/PROCs and
 IDCAMS. MegaChange also lists all program statements that contain
 literals or are being compared with a literal, as well as BMS
 Mapset fields for manual correction by your programming staff.

-- Data Conversion Program: MegaChange automatically generates a
 COBOL program which is used to convert QSAM, VSAM and DB2
 datasets, with associated copybooks and DCLGENs, to include new
 field expansion. This component can be used to convert a
 production file or generate test data.


MegaChange is currently available on a fixed basis for COBOL, PL/I, and IDMS, as well as on a customized basis, which enables companies to configure components for their specific business needs.

About CCD Online Systems

CCD Online Systems was founded in 1981 by David Lee, a leading authority on mainframe systems and author of five best-selling books on enterprisewide business computing. CCD began helping customers prepare for the Year 2000 date change by providing comprehensive tools and services for legacy systems.

Today the company offers advanced technology for enhancing and validating the successful completion of large-scale maintenance projects. The company's Y2K toolset includes Beyond 1999/Validate(TM) and Beyond 1999/Y2K(TM). The company also offers factory services and on-site consulting services for customers who require additional technical resources.

CCD Online Systems has headquarters in Arcadia, Calif., near Los Angeles, and has U.S. offices in New York City; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; Denver; San Francisco; Philadelphia; and Salt Lake City.

The company has international offices in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Toronto, as well as a factory services facility in Montreal. More information on products and services is available at

Statements made herein are subject to the Year 2000 Information and Readiness Disclosure Act (Public Law 105-271, 112 Stat. 2386). In the case of a dispute, this Act may reduce your legal rights regarding the use of any such statements, unless otherwise specified by contract or tariff. CCD Online Systems Inc. reserves the right to change or modify any information contained herein without notice.

NOTE TO EDITORS: MegaChange, Beyond 1999/Validate and Beyond 1999/Y2K are trademarks or registered trademarks of CCD Online Systems Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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