Cal Selects NXTware Remote, an Eclipse-based IDE from eCube Systems, to Modernize Large OpenVMS Development Team

Leading Israeli Credit Card Company modernizes their development environment and engineering processes to deliver higher quality code and improved productivity with greater agility for the future.

Houston, Texas. March 18, 2014

eCube Systems, a leading provider of remote development tools and middleware solutions, announced that Cal (Israel Credit Cards Ltd.) chose eCube Systems and its NXTware Remote product to modernize their business critical COBOL development environment. Cal modernized its development environment and enriched the capabilities of their large development team by replacing their legacy development tools with NXTware Remote, a cross-platform remote development platform.

According to Kobi Yosef, Head of Core Systems Development at Cal, NXTware Remote enabled Cal to meet three key goals:

  1. Implement best practices for COBOL programing
  2. Improve code quality
  3. Implement a platform that could be expanded to meet future requirements

NXTware Remote gives organizations the ability to improve the quality, productivity and agility of their development processes. It leverages and extends the Eclipse platform to support a wide variety of languages, scripts and platforms. With the NXTware Remote Integrated Development Environment (IDE), time-consuming tasks are automated and simplified, allowing developers to focus on creating business value.

"This product improves the source code presentation and readability and gives us a better understanding of existing code," says Avi Freizen, a senior software developer at Cal. "Essentially it allows the developer to concentrate on real coding with less wasted time in searching through the code."

The fact that NXTware Remote is based on Eclipse is important to Cal. The company wanted a development platform that would improve their work processes and code quality now and allow them to broaden their capabilities in the future.

One of the most popular capabilities is NXTware Remote's ability to integrate with the source code management system CMS. It was one of the criteria that led Cal to choose NXTware Remote. Additionally, Cal simplified and standardized COBOL, C, SQL, SQLMOD, IFDL, DCL, TDF, GDF and CDO programing with NXTware Remote tools such as templates and code assist. Its remote compilation, debugging capabilities and editors with tools for file manipulation, search/retrieve, macros and code assist, modernizes the development paradigm.

The transition was easy, with many experienced developers admitting that the change was simpler and more productive than they imagined. Team leaders immediately appreciated the benefits of the move: "We are now reaping the benefits and seeing good results" says Oren Moshe, Cal Application Group Leader. "People here are very satisfied with the outcome."

Mr. Yosef, the senior manager responsible for the core systems development team summarized it this way: "I am very happy with the implementation of NXTware Remote in my department. I recommend it to other companies with similar requirements."

About NXTware Remote

NXTware Remote is an Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that makes it simple for developers to write code and then compile and debug it remotely. Enterprise IT organizations doing strategic development in COBOL, FORTRAN, C, BASIC, PASCAL, and JAVA on a variety of platforms use NXTware Remote to develop on OpenVMS, Linux and Unix servers from Windows, MAC or Linux workstations.

About Cal

Cal - Israel Credit Cards Ltd. is a leading credit card company in Israel, marketing Visa, MasterCard and Diners credit cards. Cal provides a wide range of issuing, clearing and payment solutions services to over two million card holders and more than ten thousands merchants locally and globally. Cal is headquartered in Givataim, Israel with more than 1500 employees, and is owned by Discount Bank (72%) and First International Bank of Israel (28%) .

About eCube Systems

eCube Systems offers a family of middleware evolution products and services that maximize return on technology investment by leveraging existing technical equity to meet evolving business needs. Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies turn to eCube Systems to reduce risk, extend ROI and increase productivity as they consolidate existing capabilities and evolve legacy systems to contemporary SOA platforms.

eCube Systems, LLC, is headquartered in Montgomery, Texas with marketing offices in Boston, MA and R&D in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit us at