Cobol: from COVID liability to opportunity

November 3, 2020

For many organizations, Cobol, developed in 1959, still fulfills a fundamental role in running transaction-based legacy business applications, despite the various issues that Cobol code presents to organizations and developers.

The lack of Cobol knowledge is the concerning talking point for decades but, since the outbreak of Covid-19, the major pain point.

Modernizing Cobol is important to support adhoc changes efficiently but requires specialized skills and expertise. IBM even started a free COBOL training program and a technical forum allowing Cobol programmers to provide free advice and expertise during the outbreak.

Every day, quite some Cobol programmers are retiring. And since most of the universities don’t teach the Cobol language anymore there is a shortage of new, younger talent.

However, “new” talent, who don’t understand the system, will only solve the Cobol skills problem. You also need to have experienced Cobol developers who really understand what the application does.

Modernising Cobol could be a lengthy, complex and costly process if you don’t work with experts such as Asysco. Not doing anything is probably more costly due to the high mainframe cost and the effort required to make changes.

Wouldn’t it be better to transform your Cobol legacy into the new world? By taking the valuable knowledge and business logic that resides in legacy systems and transforming that to a modern .NET based environment?

A fully automated like for like migration will do just that. You will even have the choice of whether to continue programming in Cobol or switch to Java or C#. This way you continue to capitalize on your current Cobol knowledge while opening the door for new technology at the same time. Click here for more information.

Transfer your business knowledge now to the next generation and reap the benefits of a modernized system. Contact us for an assessment of how we can help.