Rocket Software introduces next version of its JCL management solution

Rocket Software, a global technology leader that develops enterprise software for some of the world’s largest companies, recently introduced the next version of its PRO/JCL, a job control language (JCL) management solution that includes a new interface through VS Code extension, Enhanced Directed Execution to include options for sending PROCs and PARMLIBs to remote LPARS, and improved visibility for NODE and LPAR in the primary panel. These updates help mainframe data centers achieve and operate a JCL environment that is error-free, standardized, and optimized. 

Enterprises with mainframes typically have a higher number of experienced developers retiring, and an influx of new professionals joining the workforce. A recent survey from Rocket Software found that companies continue to face skills gaps in their talent pool, and modernizing systems is the most popular way respondents are working to maintain talent pipelines with 45% of IT professionals citing it as the top method.  

This version of PRO/JCL provides customers with new interface options that are appealing to today’s mainframe professionals and the organizations hiring them. A new interface through a VS Code extension adds to Rocket Software’s list of current interfaces, including through ISPF, Eclipse, IBM Developer for z/OS (IDz), BMC Compuware Topaz Workbench, and a RESTful API.  

“Existing DevOps initiatives often omit JCL management from the DevOps toolchain, causing critical interruptions to business value streams, resulting in slower processes and potential revenue losses,” said Phil Buckellew, president of Infrastructure Modernization, Rocket Software. “Our customers often operate several mainframe solutions and require a JCL management solution that can integrate with all of their critical mainframe software. The newly released PRO/JCL will do just that.”  

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