Bridging the old and the new in Chicago @ The Mag Mile

Thank you, Chicago

The Micro Focus crew recently went back to Chicago for its 6th year on the #DevDay tour. Despite the stormy weather predictions and unreliable downtown traffic, plenty of COBOL and mainframe devs joined us for the day. Time and time again, Chicago continues to be a signature stop on this roadshow.  Over the years, this tour has reached 200+ Chicagoans and featured local guest speakers such as Cooper Farms, Sammons Financial, and United Life. The tour attracts repeat attendees and some newbies too—no worries, all are welcome.

For fun, let’s take a quick look at how the #DevDay branding has evolved with this tour.


This time we opened up shop at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile hotel. The Magnificent Mile (otherwise known as the Mag Mile) is an upscale section of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, and is one of the great avenues of the world. Here’s a bit of history: in 1913 the idea of the Michigan Avenue Bridge was born, with the hopes of connecting the “old” south with the “new” north, thus creating a gateway to the city’s new commercial district.

Sound familiar?

It does when you apply that same vision to modernizing your core business applications. The fastest way to get results from new technology is to build on what you have—in essence, bridging the old and the new.  Micro Focus is an expert on this topic and has been talking about it with our clients and partners for quite some time now.  Don’t just take our word for it.  Read about it from the ‘big 3’ analysts yourself.  Forrester, Gartner, and IDC all agree on the path to modernization.

FORRESTER STUDY:  Exploring the Complexities of Cloud Migration and App Modernization
GARTNER REPORT:  Use Continuous Modernization to Build Digital Platforms from Legacy Applications
IDC WHITE PAPER:  Modernization: A Flexible Approach to Digital Transformation

Your COBOL and mainframe applications are at the heart of your business and fueling your innovation. But what does innovation look like for your business and for your applications? How and where do you start?  You can start by reading the above analysts’ reports.  And you can also be more like a Chicagoan and join us at a #DevDay event near you.

The What, How, and Where of Modernization in Chicago

For over five years, and across nearly 50 locations worldwide, Micro Focus #DevDay has become the must-attend event for the developer community. The #DevDay tech team always provides insights into the latest product roadmaps and demonstrations for COBOL and mainframe applications. The 2019 agenda is focused on a comprehensive solution across three key pillars of modernization: Application, Process, and Infrastructure. Chicago devs learned about modernizing distributed and mainframe applications to empower digital transformation, how to deliver better applications faster through DevOps practices, and deploying COBOL workloads to any platform: mainframe, distributed, virtual, Docker, or cloud.

What Chicago Devs are saying about DevDay – why did they attend?

– To see improvements and learn about new features in the products
– To get a deeper understanding of application modernization, infrastructure savings, and landscape
– To understand COBOL future intentions and discover all Micro Focus abilities and functionalities
– To learn from and talk to experts
– To better understand the future of COBOL and mainframe products

“We try to come every year and always find the event valuable.”

New to #DevDay? View the #DevDay Infographic to get the facts on this event for developers.

#DevDay beyond Chicago

Success within the digital era requires adaptive IT systems–ready for constant change. Responding to these pressures, businesses must innovate quickly to stay ahead of the competition. The latest releases of Micro Focus Enterprise and Visual COBOL support that mission—deliver faster innovation with lower risk. See how this latest technology supports that digital transformation journey across application, process and infrastructure modernization.

Join the Micro Focus product teams at the next round of events as they showcase the latest release Visual COBOL and Enterprise 5.0.

Toronto, Canada  Tuesday, September 17
New York City, NY Thursday, September 19

Laurie Wallmark, author of Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code,” will be back for the networking reception, offering a special book signing opportunity.

If you simply can’t wait for the #DevDay events in September to get a closer look at the next generation of Visual COBOL and Enterprise 5.0 – don’t worry, attend the following product announcement webinars.

June 25 – Enterprise Suite 5.0: The New Economics of Enterprise Computing
June 26 – DevOps and API Development in the Cloud: Visual COBOL 5.0 Product Launch

Join the COBOL SIG Community

Ever wonder how other application developers are working with COBOL systems? Would you like to meet other like-minded COBOL developers? Or perhaps expand your personal network and build new skills?  If so, the COBOL SIG is the place for you.

Ready to modernize? Begin your digital transformation journey or learn more about Micro Focus solutions for COBOL and IBM mainframe modernization right here.

Want the inside track on what’s happening at Micro Focus? Get the latest news and updates here.


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