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