The future of COBOL

October 21, 2015

Action time! When developing your future plans, it is a good idea to take a close look at your current COBOL applications and consider the following:

Today COBOL has an outdated image issue and is often no longer the strategic language on which the business builds new applications.

COBOL, as a procedural language, is not perceived to be as agile as object-oriented languages for modern programming needs such as mobile apps and the web. There are alternatives.
But, COBOL applications still represent the “foundation” of many businesses. So what should you do with these business critical applications?

Is there a role for COBOL off the mainframe?

COBOL and the mainframe run well together, and that’s where it will probably stay for very large applications. But what to do with the majority of your COBOL applications that can be moved off the Mainframe?

Upcoming retirement of COBOL programmers creates skills gap

Board members often do not see the immediate urgency. Only when their COBOL programmers are about to retire they’ll get nervous. At that moment it is too late to transfer the business knowledge, the deep understanding of the business rules, business logic embedded within the COBOL programs, creating a massive skills gap.

Despite the availability of state-of-the-art COBOL development environments and the effort of education institutes, the young generation is not interested in COBOL. It is just a fact that organizations should be aware of.

What to do NOW?

Before it is too late to transfer your business knowledge to the next generation, you should take action NOW and start looking for a solution that fits your organization.

What are the COBOL alternatives?

There are many alternatives, like: Re-writing, Re-hosting, Re-placing by a standard commercial packages or a standard migration. The issue is that all of these solutions never fit 100% of your business demands, are too expensive or take too much time to implement.

But on the other hand, doing nothing is not an alternative. It will only make your situation more complex will put your business at risk!

Why not have the best of both worlds?

A new unique migration solution has been developed that offers you the possibility to continue to develop in COBOL and simultaneously generate 100% C#/.Net. This way you will maximize the value of your COBOL developers and involve and transfer your unique business knowledge to the new generation developers at the same time.

Maximize your competitive advantage

Reconsider your future IT situation now, instead of tomorrow….