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Arkansas Electric improves productivity over 50% using ARCAD-Transformer to convert to Free Form RPG 2018-03-13T11:23:58+00:00

Project Description

Arkansas Electric improves productivity over 50%
using ARCAD-Transformer to convert to Free Form RPG

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Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) run their business software on the IBM i platform, developed in RPG, CL, SQL, and PHP.  As part of a modernization initiative, AECC took the decision to move to Free Format RPG code, to reduce the learning curve for new developers, improve developer productivity and encourage code modularity.

Kody Robinson, a 2014 graduate and developer in the business financial systems (BFS) department, led the effort, and later that year AECC adopted ARCAD-Transformer RPG (aka ARCAD RPG Converter for IBM i) to automate the conversion to Free Form.  With a 20-year age difference between Kody and other developers, the team found the knowledge exchange highly beneficial, combining strong business experience and the latest technology standards.

ARCAD-Transformer RPG (aka ARCAD RPG Converter for IBM i) is used not only for conversion but as a learning tool.  Compared with the old fixed format coding, AECC found ARCAD-Transformer RPG has increased productivity by over 50%.

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Case Study Highlights

  • Company: Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp.
  • Industry: Electricity
  • Characteristics: IBM i team with young and senior developers
  • Challenge: Needed to modernize RPG source code to bring new graduates on board and improve productivity
  • Solutions: ARCAD-Transformer RPG (aka ARCAD RPG Converter for IBM i) for conversion to Free Form RPG

Customer Success

Before ARCAD-Transformer RPG, I would spent half my day trying to figure out how to do something in Free Format which was frustrating.  I have found that my productivity has increased by at least 50 percent.
Kody Robinson, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. Devloper