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The Open Mainframe Project (OMP) has announced the launch of four new projects, a COBOL Working Group and Micro Focus as its new member.

The Open Mainframe Project had one open source project under its wing at the time of its launch in 2015. Today, CBT Tape, GenevaERS, Software Discovery Tool and Mainframe Open Education have joined existing projects such as ADE, Ambitus, ATOM, COBOL Training Program, Feilong, Mentorship, Polycephaly, TerseDecompress, Zowe and Zorow.

Connecticut Bank and Trust (CBT) Tape is an open library of free software distribution for the IBM mainframe Multiple Virtual Storage (MVS) and OS/390 operating system environment that continues to grow and get updated. With each iteration of these tapes, new and ingenious tools and examples became available.

Software Discovery Tool will help match developers with the best open source software that meets their needs. Developers can search through open source software for zArchitecture/s390x for any Z operating system from any source, any repo, anywhere, in one place.

The new Mainframe Open Education project offers a simple platform through which experts share up-to-date materials and foster collaboration with the broader community. The result is a clear learning path that rejuvenates the workforce and drives access to business-critical systems.

GenevaERS is the single pass optimization engine for extraction and reporting on z/OS. Originally developed by PricewaterhouseCoopers and acquired by IBM, GenevaERS offers businesses a high-level reporting solution uniquely tuned for big data scanning and improved financial transparency for better decision-making.

The Open Mainframe Project has also announced the launch of a COBOL Working Group that aims to address misunderstanding about the technology and promote its continued usage, learning and discourse.

Moreover, the project welcomes Micro Focus to its ecosystem. One of Micro Focus’s first priorities will be to continue to drive the effort of the COBOL Working Group.

Open Mainframe Project is celebrating its 5th anniversary at the inaugural Open Mainframe Summit virtual conference on September 16-17.

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