Migration from COBOL to SOA: Measuring the Impact on Web Services Interfaces Complexity

  • Cristian Mateos
  • Alejandro Zunino
  • Sanjay Misra
  • Diego Anabalon
  • Andres Flores
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 756)


SOA and Web Services allow to easily expose business functions to build larger distributed systems. However, legacy systems – mostly in COBOL – are left aside unless applying a migration approach. Main approaches are: direct and indirect migration. The former implies to wrap COBOL programs with a thin layer of a Web Service oriented language/platform. The latter needs reengineering COBOL functions to a modern language/platform. In a previous work, we presented an intermediate approach based on direct migration where developed Web Services are later refactored to improve their interfaces quality. Refactorings mainly capture good practices inherent to indirect migration. In this paper, we measure the complexity of Web Services’ interfaces generated by the three approaches. Both comprehension and interoperability can be affected according to the service interface complexity level. We apply a metric suite (by Baski & Misra) to measure complexity on services interfaces – i.e., WSDL documents. Migrations of two real COBOL systems upon the three approaches were compared on the complexity level of the generated WSDL documents.


Legacy system migration Service-oriented architecture Web services Direct migration Indirect migration WSDL complexity 



This work is supported by PIP 2013-2015 GI code 11220120100185CO (CONICET).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristian Mateos
    • 1
    • 4
  • Alejandro Zunino
    • 1
    • 4
  • Sanjay Misra
    • 2
  • Diego Anabalon
    • 3
    • 4
  • Andres Flores
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.ISISTAN-UNICEN-CONICET Research InstituteTandilArgentina
  2. 2.Covenant UniversityOtaNigeria
  3. 3.GIISCO Research GroupNational University of ComahueNeuquénArgentina
  4. 4.CONICET, National Scientific and Technical Research CouncilBuenos AiresArgentina

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