For those about to code – we salute you!

The #COBOLrocks TechCasts are good to go. But what are they, why should you care – and do they rock? Our #COBOLrock journalist, #Rockin’ Mel Burns, has the skinny….

I think the word ‘rocking’ is used too often and in the wrong places. Rocking could mean anything and don’t bother asking Google. But the #COBOLrocks TechCasts rock. And this blog explains why.

So what makes something rock? Adding hashtags to random words doesn’t make them rock. #FlatTire. #Toothache. #MichaelBolton. Does application development rock? Maybe not. So – can COBOL really rock? Hmm. ‘Alright! A 40-year-old COBOL banking application! Lemme hear you say yeah!’ Hmm again.

But suppose you used that same code to create something really ‘out there’ that performed way beyond what the original programmers imagined? How would you feel if you could show the world what innovation really looks like – and all you needed to know was how to do it?

It’s not about the app

The #COBOLrocks TechCasts are six, weekly, technical webinars that last for 30 minutes each. That’s not especially rocking. But it’s not what they are. It’s what they help you do.  You could…

  • Open the door to application modernization. (That kind of rocks.)
  • Take a decades-old application to mobile.
  • Reuse COBOL code to create a fresh new UI. (Closer to rocking.)
  • Boost efficiency with an integrated development toolset. (Ooh. Rocky.)
  • Enhance the COBOL developer experience with a modern IDE.
  • Free you to do the innovative stuff you actually like doing. (Boom! We have rock.)

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What rocks?

So, for COBOL application developers it’s not the TechCasts themselves that kick you-know-what.  It’s the doors they open and the opportunities they offer.

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The bottom line is that for devs, rocking is all about bringing new functionality to the old but gold. It’s about showing what you can do and achieving way more than the original coders could have imagined.

Because for all their great riffs, Deep Purple were no help in modernizing COBOL applications and Keef can’t make your life easier by enabling you to do things better and faster.

So sign up for the #COBOLrocks TechCasts, post your questions on Twitter using @MicroFocus and the #COBOLasks hashtag, or ask the Micro Focus community and let’s get your COBOL applications rocking like Saturday night, every day of the week.

R.I.P. COBOL

Global Head of Marketing Campaigns Melissa Burns originally wrote this April Fool post on LinkedIN in 2015. A year and 17,460 views later we thought it was worth sharing again…..enjoy.

You’ve probably heard the news? COBOL is dead. It cripples the mind, and it’s finished.

Of course, a world without COBOL means an end to 70% of all business transactions.

You’re probably finding it pretty hard to get cash from your local ATM, and that’s because 95% of ATM transactions use COBOL. You’d better find a new currency.

And shopping? Well, you’ll have noticed that’s pretty hard too. Because before it’s death, COBOL used to power 80% of all point-of-sale transactions.

That mobile outage you’re experiencing is not just because of the calls everyone is trying to make in this seemingly apocalyptic situation – it’s because, before COBOL died, it connected 500 million mobile users every day.

Healthcare is struggling too – COBOL applications managed the care of 60 million patients daily.

And without COBOL enabling 96,000 vacations to be booked every day, you can forget about that holiday.

No more COBOL transactions, 250 billion lines of code down the drain. 65% of all application code kaputt. Finished. Dead.

Luckily this was just an incredibly popular April Fool from 2015. But can you imagine?!

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Taking COBOL mobile

Organizations without mobile capabilities – or a strategy to achieve them – are standing still. But with the right technology, even older COBOL applications have the potential to go mobile. COBOL has a long, rich history of innovation and is adding to it every day…

Hands up if you have a drawer full of old mobile phones that you will probably never use again? That’s a lot of hands. Sure, we all need a spare, but if you are likely to swap your touch-screen smartphone for your Nokia 6310 then keep your hands up … thought so.

My point is that the increasing consumer adoption of all things mobile, namely phones, devices, apps and services – even our exploration of the Internet of Things – represents an irreversible trend.

The mobile arena is the battleground for today’s digital business. Gartner predicts that by 2017, mobile consumers will download or access mobile apps and services more than 268 billion times. That’s – potentially – a cool $77bn in mobile revenues. The key word is potentially. Any modern business wishing to ride that wave must offer their customers the opportunity to experience their business services digitally or surrender that business to the competitors that can.

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Balancing act

That is fine in principle. But any businesses must exercise cost control and maintain a ‘balance’ of new innovations and the BAU, ‘lights-on’ work. Essentially, anything leveraging modern tech must deliver a fast return to the business to pay its way – and that means giving the customer what they want sooner than other players in this marketplace.

Typically, organizations with large customer bases that need to deliver applications and data via consumer friendly services – think banks, insurance companies, airlines – are likely to have substantial investments in COBOL. Clearly, these systems were not built with mobile or the cloud in mind and the original developers will not have built in the requisite flex to create digital experiences through mobile applications. Yet the imperative to deliver them remains, so success depends on access to customer data and the ability to leverage core IP and business logic within these COBOL systems.

As has been noted – replacing time-proven COBOL code for an unknown commodity makes little business sense, particularly as COBOL has the inherent capabilities to deliver what the business – and crucially, the customer – needs.

 Portability: the foundation of COBOL’s legacy

For more than 50 years COBOL has embraced continuous innovation. Remember when ATMs were a novelty? Think about how technology has driven the advancement of logistics, banking, equity trading systems – all thanks to COBOL. Ask the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus about how they have streamlined efficiency and achieved real savings with the language of the future.

Right now, COBOL is connecting more than 500,000,000 mobile customers. So the potential is there. The challenge for the developer is in bridging the gap between the existing technology and the modern capabilities required to take COBOL companies into the future.

The solution to that challenge could be easier than you think. As our ‘fast path to COBOL’ journey explains, re-use is the new ‘start from scratch’. Take your data and applications – your core business logic and competitive advantage – and create something new and exciting from it. Modern tools, such as the Visual Studio and Eclipse are the launchpad for delivering new mobile services faster and the workspace for folding modern languages such as Java, Objective C and C# into current COBOL systems.COBOLallaround

Micro Focus – taking COBOL mobile

COBOL has been our core business for nearly 40 years and bridging the gap between older and new technologies remains our primary mission. If you’re ready to derive more business value from your business applications, take a look at our COBOL to Mobile solutions.

Developers: Take advantage of these free resources.  Get started today with our handy demo code, video and ‘how to guide.

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Back to our original point; those old Nokia mobile phones in your drawer might be old, but they still work. The technology has simply evolved and with our help, so can yours.

But don’t bother swapping your laptop for a ZX Spectrum. With only 16KB of RAM to play with, your chances of reading this blog are pretty slim.

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Come on Developers – make something super!

Visual COBOL just won big at the Tech Hero Awards – and no dodgy FIFA-style brown envelopes were required. Because this is a product that speaks for itself (and our customers help out, too…)

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or a modern development environment for re-energizing enterprise COBOL applications on distributed platforms? Actually, make that an award-winning development environment. Because as of Tuesday 19 May, the waiting was over.

Click on our Visual COBOL page. You’re looking at the winner of ‘Best Developer Tool’ at the inaugural Tech Hero Awards, hosted by UK tech publication The Inquirer. We saw off stiff competition, with the likes of Raspberry Pi, Canonical Juju, Imagination Technologies and Progress Software all adopting a fixed grin as we galloped up the steps to pick up our gong.

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But as we said in our gushing acceptance speech, it’s also thanks to our customers and partners who use Visual COBOL every day, the social soldiers who spread the word among the dev community and Inquirer readers who all voted for Visual COBOL. Mwah! Mwah!

So why the award?

Simply because while other companies use the word ‘innovative’ as a marketing buzzword, we build it in to Visual COBOL as a feature. The integration with Eclipse and Visual Studio gives development teams the means to re-invigorate decades-old COBOL applications with modern features and functionality. It’s innovation in action.

Every day, hundreds of organizations across the verticals use Visual COBOL to realise their new business requirements. Integrating long-established COBOL systems with funky new Java and .NET technology, our customers take their applications to new heights, using cloud and mobile computing to unlock new value. Visual COBOL is the phone box that turns a mild-mannered newspaper reporter into the man of steel.

ZAP! Acciona Trasmediterranea felt the superhero effect, slashing costs and boosting uptime by taking their ticketing system into Azure. POW! Zucchetti reused a two decade investment in COBOL systems to deliver the application codebase onto both .NET and the JVM platforms.

INQUIRER Editor Madeline Bennett said: “Micro Focus was up against tough competition in the Best Developer Tool category at The INQUIRER Tech Hero awards, going up against organisations such as Canonical and Raspberry Pi. The fact that Visual COBOL got the award is testament to the firm’s calibre in the developer environment space. And as the awards are voted for by The INQUIRER readership, with 5,000 casting their votes overall, it shows that Micro Focus customers, developers and IT professionals highly rate the firm’s products.”

 

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But COBOL?

That’s right – COBOL. The decades-old language just picked up the 2015 award for best development tool. But COBOL is everywhere – busy running more than 85% of the world’s business transactions, $2 trillion worth of mainframe enterprise applications and supporting almost all the Fortune 100 companies’ core systems. Pretty damned super, I’d say.

And it is COBOL’s ability to not just keep the wheels of industry turning, but also to adapt and evolve over the decades that has caught the eye of the voters in Tech Hero awards. Businesses like the reliability of COBOL and developers love what they can do with Visual COBOL.

It is this new-found flexibility that is helping to reinvigorate COBOL in the eyes of the dev community; COBOL has reached the dizzy heights of 16 in the TIOBE index – yet another indicator of COBOL’s stickability and versatility. Thanks to Visual COBOL, companies with older applications can see a pathway to the future.

We’re certainly pretty heroic as far as Michael Purser, the President of Canadian application development specialists Bedford Systems, is concerned. “With our new Visual COBOL environment we can see how easy it will be to move our application onto future platforms such as mobile – a great advantage for our clients.”

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Another one for the mantelpiece

Micro Focus understands what our clients need and deliver products that meet those needs. Our customers and partners already know this – that’s why we have more than 20,000 customers across the globe. But every so often the industry recognises it too. Perhaps that is why a Micro Focus product was the first software to win the Queen’s Award for Industry. That was a COBOL product and our faith in is reflected in our continued R&D investment – currently $55m – mostly in COBOL. So anyone realising the potential of Visual COBOL today will be still seeing benefits long into the future.

We’ll be previewing the latest enhancements and success stories at our upcoming #DevDay events. Over 700 people around the globe have already attended one – so book your place if you’re interested in shaping the future of COBOL.  Not making the trip? Join the community or download a free copy of Visual COBOL integrated with Eclipse or Visual Studio here.

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Visual COBOL: Innovative, future-proof – and award winning?

Melissa Burns at the Micro Focus HQ explains why we’ve got the champagne on ice. The Inquirer has shortlisted Visual COBOL for ‘Best Developer Tool’ in their Tech Hero Awards 2015 and SUSE Linux has scooped a prestigious Network Computing Awards award.

Visual COBOL shortlisted for Best Developer Tool 2015

Here at Micro Focus HQ, we’ve got the Champagne on ice because UK technology website The Inquirer has shortlisted Visual COBOL for ‘Best Developer Tool’ in their Tech Hero Awards 2015.

It’s been a good year so far: our #COBOLrocks social media campaign is up  for a Markie and our SUSE colleagues won Enterprise Storage Product of the Year at the Network Computing Awards.

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Happy birthday!

This month, Visual COBOL is five years young and more than 100 customers are already modernizing their COBOL applications with the ‘Best Developer Tool’.  So why do we think it is a worthy winner?

  • Development efficiency gains of up to 30%
  • Cost savings of up to 80%
  • Improved application performance of 75% by uniting development teams
  • Integration with industry-leading IDEs such as Microsoft Visual Studio and Eclipse
  • Short learning curve ensures availability of COBOL skills now and in the future
  • Integration with contemporary business languages such as C# and Java
  • Support for modern tech and disruptive innovations such as Cloud and Mobile
  • Multi-platform support​
  • Nearly $55m investments in continued R&D

Have you met Developer Dave?  He thinks Visual COBOL is the best developer tool too.

Vote for Visual COBOL!

Those already working with Visual COBOL are already enjoying these benefits. If you already know that Visual COBOL really is the best developer tool, then please take the time to vote. You’ll be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad mini. Voting closes on 17 April and winners will be announced on 19 May. We’ll be sure to pass on the details of the winners.

Check it out

If you have yet to experience the best developer tool in town, then why not take a free trial and see for yourself?

Thanks for your support!

Lissa

COBOL programmers: Skill up and save time…

Melissa Burns from Micro Focus introduces the new Object-Orientated Programming using Visual COBOL webinar series – tune in and skill up!

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Join us for this educational webinar series ­- and an opportunity to try your hand at Object-Oriented Programming for COBOL.

Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) isn’t an empty buzzword or contemporary tech reserved for the newest programming languages. It’s a respected, time-proven development methodology that works just as well for COBOL development as it can for Java or .NET apps.

According to some estimates, there are over 240 billion lines of COBOL code out there and most of it is procedural. So why should COBOL developers look at OO COBOL?

The here and now

As a COBOL programmer, you’ll almost certainly be writing procedural programs based on COBOL-85 or perhaps the COBOL 2002 standards. This is the accepted norm and procedural programming still goes very much hand-in-hand with COBOL development. It remains a tried and trusted method of developing COBOL applications.

But succeeding in an ever-changing industry means keeping up with current trends, and tech-savvy consumers are forcing the adoption of new technologies such as cloud, mobile and new IT architectures.

Developing COBOL applications with OOP represents an opportunity to quickly meet those consumer demands, especially for those thinking about the Java Virtual Machine or .NET.

OOP is the standard for these platforms. This doesn’t mean losing any hard work expended in developing procedural programs. Quite the opposite – those procedural programs can work quite happily on these new platforms – but to fully harness .NET and JVM, a good grounding in OOP will make all the difference. With these new skills you can bridge your existing COBOL apps with other languages, build modern user interfaces, develop web services and more.

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These webinars have been created specifically for COBOL programmers who want to learn more about OOP and incorporate it with procedural programming techniques to get the best of both worlds. It is your chance to learn from Micro Focus product experts, including Scot Nielsen, who will give you a guided tour of object-oriented principles with hands-on demos to illustrate key concepts and syntax of object-oriented COBOL.

And right from the start, you can put your new found skills to good use without needing to fully immerse yourself in everything OO. By reusing classes available within the .NET framework or the Java SDK, you’ll see how you can save bags of time writing new functionality. The session on collection classes is a must see. Arrays, lists, hash maps and dictionaries — all ready to use within your own program saving you hours of effort developing your own versions.

And why not package up some useful COBOL functionality that can be consumed by other developers writing in COBOL or Java or C#? We’ll show you how to write your own classes and even extend functionality provided by others using inheritance.

Each webinar focuses on a key aspect of OOP, building up your knowledge and we wrap us each session with exercises you can try-it-at-home in preparation for the next topic in the series.

Topics include:

  • An Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • Your first COBOL Class
  • Data and Properties
  • Collection Classes
  • Inheritance
  • Accessing Procedural COBOL from Java and C#

Find out more and sign up  today.

12 months of COBOL

As search giant Google releases its annual Zeitgeist report revealing the news stories and questions that got the world thinking in 2013, I thought I’d compile a Micro Focus view of the year for COBOL (which by the way, still gets 200 times more transactions per day than combined Google and YouTube searches[1]).

Here’s my 2013 retrospective …

January

Micro Focus’ Product Marketing Director, Derek Britton, started 2013 off by reminding us of the enduring value of trusted technology such as COBOL, in his legendary tale – ‘The Legacy Myth: Legendary IT’.

February

There were lots of COBOL news candidates to choose from in February, but my winner was Micro Focus Product Manager Scot Nielsen’s ‘Top 10 reasons to learn COBOL’.

March

March saw a collection of COBOL skills related discussions appearing in a number of publications, as Micro Focus re-launched its Academic Program.  As ever, the IT skills debate causes quite a stir in the press:

April

Spring is traditionally conference season for Micro Focus, and this year the Developer Conference went on tour to two US locations. The agenda saw a multitude of guest presenters including analysts, customers and partners.  Sam Malek, from Transvive kicked the conference off with his guest blog, ‘Lean start-up meets COBOL’.

If you missed this year’s Developer Conference, there’s a chance to catch up here: www.microfocus.com/devcon2013

May

In May, ITProPortal published an article by Micro Focus Product Marketing Director Ed Airey, ‘How COBOL is helping to move business applications to mobile’. Read it here.

June

In June, again there was a lot of choice, but I’ve managed to narrow down the selection to two of the best.

  1. eWeek reports on ‘10 reasons the old language is still kicking’ – my personal highlight is the slide deck which accompanies the article.
  2. I simply couldn’t ignore this ‘trekky’ reference from ITWorld – ‘COBOL, like Star Trek, needs a New Generation

July

In July, I wrote a blog that explains the challenges faced by many Development Managers. You’ll have heard it before, do more with less. Sound familiar?

The Development Manager’s Conundrum: Do even more, with less. Faster.

August

August can be a quiet month, but not at Micro Focus. We gathered some of the top IT Journalists in the UK together to host a COBOL Space Invaders event. Lots of fun, lots of great prizes, with a dash of serious COBOL messaging to sprinkle on top! Follow the event activity as it happened on Twitter: #COBOLSpaceinvaders

Play the game yourself here with Visual COBOL and the COBOL Blitz demo.

September

We celebrated International Programmer Day on September 13th with cupcakes and COBOL. How did you celebrate it? Read the blog for a round-up from us.

October

A big month for our Academic Program as we launched the COBOL Code Contest. Build a game (minimum 50% COBOL) and you could win $1000. Adrian Bridgewater  announced the competition on Computer Weekly ‘Keeping COBOL sexy with a game coding challenge’.

November

With the release of Visual COBOL 2.2, we had some fun in the marketing department and produced this video of ‘High Diving’ Giraffes – ‘Is COBOL still the same old animal?’, plus our 5 top tips for a smooth transition.

December

As the year draws to a close, the COBOL news doesn’t, and December proved to be one of the year’s most fascinating months for COBOL. Firstly, we launched the ‘12 days of COBOL’ – a series of must have hints and tips for COBOL developers.

Finally, as was the inspiration for this ‘COBOL Zeitgeist’, Google got the world talking about COBOL and ‘Our Amazing Grace’ with their fantastic doodle to celebrate the 107th birthday of the COBOL pioneer herself, Rear Admiral Grace Hopper.

 

What will 2014 have in store?

More COBOL that’s for sure!  Tell us what you’d like to see in 2014, and what would you like to read about in terms of COBOL and the IT industry. Add your comments below and we’ll make sure your suggestions are considered.

Happy New Year!

Is COBOL still the same old animal?

It’s a question we hear a lot. And for those of you familiar with COBOL, you’ll know that the answer is ‘far from it’. In fact, just like any other business critical programming language, COBOL is continually updated, modified and enhanced to keep up with the fast-pace of demands which the industry puts on it. You can read more about that in our blog, ‘Can IT face the future, living with the past?’.

Is COBOL still the same old animal?

Watch our latest video to find out. If you like it, please share it with your family, friends and social networks.

The next generation

Visual COBOL 2.2 is the latest update to our existing COBOL product and will be released on Friday, November 15. If you’d like to hear more about the latest release, join our webinar and hear from the Product Team.

Register here: http://online.microfocus.com/VisualCOBOL2.2

How did you celebrate Programmer Day?

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It was International Programmer Day last Friday, a day to celebrate programmers and all that they do. I expect many immediately thought of the many programmers at Google and Facebook who are creating sophisticated, cutting edge software with their skills. But, it’s also worth remembering COBOL programmers yesterday, today & tomorrow.

COBOL is one of the most mature programming languages and still underpins many of the systems that we use everyday – from ATM machines to back end systems that power hospital IT.

Some programming skills like COBOL and PL/I are perceived as being dead but are in fact still critical to everything we do. Therefore, COBOL programmers are key to maintaining and modernising core business systems so that businesses can innovate.  People regard languages like COBOL as legacy and that’s a mindset that we in the IT industry, academics and governments need to change.

This infographic highlights some of the gaps we need to address to bridge the COBOL skills gap.

How did you celebrate #ProgrammerDay? And what does the COBOL skills shortage mean to you? Tell us in the comments below or join the talk on Twitter…

 

The Development Manager’s conundrum: Do even more, with less. Faster

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Sound familiar? We’ve heard this from so many of our customers. They are trying to tackle the seemingly impossible – increase innovation to supply customer demand, while maintaining what already exists. To push the boundaries while keeping the lights on. This blog highlights the challenge and suggests an answer. Because we believe that Development Managers responsible for delivering COBOL applications really can do more, with less – and faster.

(For the purpose of this blog, I’m focussing on COBOL applications built on distributed environments such as Windows, Unix and Linux – but if your COBOL applications are on the mainframe, then take a look at this blog[m1] ).

 The Development Manager’s Enigma

COBOL is modern and agile. Discuss. Well, it will be if it can resolve the two fundamental application development challenges that our customers are talking about. They are:

1.      Keeping the lights on

We’re told that the majority of resource is needed just to keep the wheels turning. Maintenance of existing applications is a must, and there is a major backlog to make application improvements.  According to Gartner, the overall cost of ‘IT debt’ is projected to reach $1 trillion by 2015. Forrester cites that 70% of IT budgets are spent on maintenance tasks. Big bucks, big problem.

2.      Delivering innovation

Staying in business is all about keeping up with industry trends. It’s a must. Doing nothing is going backwards. Tech-savvy consumers are forcing the adoption of new technologies such as cloud, mobile and new IT architecture.  If businesses refuse to embrace these technologies, their customers will look elsewhere.  And they won’t be back.

Doing one without the other is not enough. So, the two challenges are essentially one: Keep the lights on and deliver innovation.

It’s your choice

Typically, there are four approaches to addressing these challenges:

1. Do nothing

Carrying on as normal has some merit. No action, no risk. But if you aren’t able to keep up now, then it won’t provide you with the step-change in business agility that you need. Inertia and performance don’t mix.

2. Rewrite

Many customers tell us they consider rewriting their applications in another language. However, this is timely, costly and high risk – with as many as 75%[1] of all rewrite projects failing. Keep looking.

3. Replace

Another favourite is replacement with an off-the-shelf package. It might sound appealing for a quick fix, but what happens to the decades of business intelligence and IP built up in your existing applications? You might lose competitive advantage. Additionally, our experience tells us that approximately 40%[2] of replace projects are cancelled.

4. Revamp

Naturally, this is the option that we advocate in most situations. Revamping means reusing your existing investments – your people, your processes and your existing applications – to create a new, improved environment. Because COBOL is modern and agile, it enables a fresh approach to how you build and deliver. This is the key to addressing the Development Manager’s enigma.

Maintain and innovate

COBOL is modern and agile. Still don’t believe me? Here are a few examples from our customers who have tackled these challenges, and with great results.

Addressing the COBOL skills shortage is one of the first hurdles – development teams often work in siloed development environments, broken down by programming language or the tools they use, which can inhibit application development. Using Visual COBOL, c# programmers at Nationwide Insurance were productive within 1 hour, simply because they were developing COBOL applications in Visual Studio, a modern IDE with which they were familiar. (Visual COBOL can also be developed in Eclipse).

Because traditional COBOL can be developed and maintained in modern environments, development efficiencies are also a key benefit. Using Visual COBOL, OM logistics saw a 30% improvement in efficiency.

These skills and efficiency enhancements mean your team can spend less time fighting the backlog, and more time innovating to supply consumer demand. But how can COBOL help you innovate and embrace disruptive technologies?

Well, because COBOL is modern and agile, you can deploy COBOL applications onto the latest platforms and newest technologies. Here are some great examples where our customers have done just that:

  • The Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus saved €250k per year taking their existing COBOL application to HTML5 to deliver a mobile web application.
  • Acciona Trasmediterranea saved 70% of IT costs and reduced time to market by 25% taking their existing logistics application to the cloud.
  • Zucchetti, a Human Resource application provider embraced modern IT architectures to speed up the adoption of .NET and JVM for COBOL application deployment.

Clearly most innovations are possible – it’s just a matter of finding the skill and resource to be able to deliver them.

Now do you believe me?

So – are you converted? I hope you can see that COBOL is both modern and agile. That it can deliver development efficiencies of up to 30% and reduce time to market by 25%.

What do your COBOL applications do and how could you modernize yours? If you want to learn more, take a look at how many of our customers are already delivering innovative solutions with modern and agile COBOL: www.microfocus.com/cobolcustomers

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Visual COBOL is an agent of change. Both flexible and robust, it bridges the gap between ongoing application maintenance and the innovation needed for future efficiencies.

Visual COBOL is an agent of change. Both flexible and robust, it bridges the gap between ongoing application maintenance and the innovation needed for future efficiencies.

More clients than ever, from independent software vendors through to major logistics companies are reaping the benefits.  Visual COBOL takes business-critical enterprise applications to new platforms, such as cloud and mobile, without rewrites, with minimal risk and with significant cost savings and development efficiencies.

Catch up

Hosted by the Micro Focus Visual COBOL product team (Scot Nielsen , Product Manager and Ed Airey, Product Marketing) – the Visual COBOL webinar series is a collection of helpful, 45-minute tutorials beneficial for anyone working on COBOL application development.

The sessions cover everything from the basic ‘understanding Visual COBOL’ and ‘getting started with Visual COBOL’ through to more technical sessions including ‘reusing COBOL business logic with Java’ and ‘.NET’.

Over 1000 attendees came away from the live webinars with the valuable insight and practical knowledge they need to make more of what they have by moving to more contemporary platforms without risking the intellectual property and data built up over time.

The live events are now available as a series of recorded sessions you can watch at your own pace.

Have your say

We’re keen to bring you more educational sessions and we’d like your help. If you have feedback that will help us ‘fine tune’ the existing format or you’d like to nominate a particular topic of interest – then we’d appreciate your opinion.

Complete the short survey here. Thanks!

And the winner is…

Lucky attendee Mike Slicker – who tuned in to every live webinar – also came away with a Kindle Fire as a reward for his 100% record. But it’s not too late for everyone to feel the benefit of this accessible and informative series.