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CA 2E is a model-based development tool which uses a sophisticated data-driven design environment based around action diagram and screen design tools to generate and compile 100% of the source code (RPG ILE, RPG, COBOL, COBOL ILE), database definitions, help text and all other objects required to build IBM i ®applications

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CA 2E enables developers to rapidly build high-quality easily-maintainable modular IBM i ® applications, meeting the ongoing requirements of increased productivity, enhanced quality and reduced time. Additionally it provides the ability to create web service components utilizing the IBM i Web Services Server for ILE.

CA 2E functions defined as ILE modules can be built into ILE service programs, complementing the web services generation capabilities in the base product and enabling applications for incorporation into a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) based framework.It ensures that applications can be designed and delivered with business requirements in mind rather than technological specifications. CA 2E provides a solid foundation for data-driven systems that can be modernized at a pace that makes business sense for an organization. CA 2E provides the ability for developers to take advantage of both traditional and newer IBM i-supported technologies addressing significant application development trends, such as the integration of data across systems and platforms and a component-based architecture.

The CA 2E environment can be easily understood by both business and technical people and provides advanced prototyping functionality to aid with design collaboration and demonstration purposes, automated application documentation production, impact analysis, source control and versioning and integration with a variety of market-leading third-party change management tools.

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  • + Functional details

    – Generation of ILE/OPM RPG or COBOL source code for IBM i® programs – Generation of DDS or SQL DDL source code for database files and views – Generation of DDS source code for display panels and print file reports – Help text generation – Data dictionary creation – Web Services creation – Design model documentation – Design of logical views to support functions – Retrieval of existing IBM i database definitions – Creation of action diagram and panel or report design – Procedural specification via reusable components and action diagrams – Design of panel and report layouts – Integrated impact analysis and source versioning – Compile preprocessing and override utilities

  • + Business problem

    Today’s business climate requires that organizations have business applications that help improve customer service, reduce costs, increase profits, get to market faster, and respond more rapidly to competitive challenges. CA 2E provides a single, integrated environment that accelerates development projects for mission critical applications.

  • + Business opportunity

    Core business applications that are a requirement in today’s fast-moving world come with multiple challenges, both technical and non-technical. These business systems should not only reflect the organization’s core business strategy, but also be flexible enough to adapt to inevitable changes. Attaining this can be difficult, especially when mergers, acquisitions and partnerships require that key data must integrate across multiple platforms and computing environments. For thousands of worldwide organizations and many vertical markets, the IBM i ® continues as the undisputed server and platform of choice. Its integrated environment, low maintenance cost, high degree of security, consistent high customer satisfaction ratings and ease of use contribute to this. For more than two decades, CA 2E has established itself as the premier Rapid Application Development tool for the IBM i, largely focused on three key elements: Models, Templates and Generators, a lot which contribute to key developer benefits.

    The integrated modeling environment of CA 2E contributes toward a development methodology that can be easily understood by both business and technical people. The long-term stability and accelerated development provided by a tool such as CA 2E mitigates many of the expensive ongoing requirement faced by organizations, such as training, changes to project timelines and the need to quickly find additional resources for project teams.

  • + Return on investment

    CA 2E helps automate application development projects providing reductions in labor cost, required application changes, the number of coding errors and significant productivity increases, Organizations the world over continue to ensure maximum ROI using CA 2E’s data driven approach, significantly impacting the time and costs involved with all phases of the application development lifecycle. Regular enhancements to CA 2E continue its standard of excellence for IBM i ®development. Additionally, as there are no application runtime charges with CA 2E, it has paid for itself many times over for those organizations continuing to make it their application development environment of choice.

  • + Competitive advantage

    Generation of 100% of the code required for applications, both client and server plus database objects. Developers are not required to know low-level details of the underlying programming languages or database access implementation. Impact analysis and application documentation is built in, ensuring modifications can be easily identified. Multiple developers can work on one project simultaneously, providing marked productivity increases. Modular application development enables new applications to use components created for existing applications, reducing required time for development and testing CA 2E applications serve as a base for legacy modernization based on business requirements, be it web enablement, transitioning to additional distributed platforms or creating business logic components for use in additional environments.

  • + Industries

    Cross Industry

  • + Solution areas

    Cross industry

  • + Customer size

    Very Small Business (Less than 50 employees)
    Small Business (50 to 99 employees)
    Midmarket Business (100 to 499 employees)
    Midmarket Business (500 to 1000 employees)
    Large Business (greater than 1000 employees)

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  • + Countries/regions available for distribution

    Afghanistan , Bahrain , Egypt , Iraq , Israel , Jordan , Kuwait , Lebanon , Oman , Pakistan , Palestinian Territory, Occupied , Qatar , Saudi Arabia , United Arab Emirates , Yemen

    Antarctica , French Southern Territories , Heard Island and McDonald Islands , Maldives , Nauru , Niue , Pitcairn , Saint Helena , Solomon Islands , Tokelau , Tonga , Tuvalu , United States Minor Outlying Islands , Vanuatu , Wallis and Futuna

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  • + Hardware/OS platforms

    IBM i 6.1
       IBM BladeCenter JSxx (POWER processor-based)
       IBM Systems: Power

Date last modified:    Dec 13, 2013


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CA, Inc.
One CA Plaza
Islandia, NY 11749
United States

+1 800 2255224

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