Moving to Visual COBOL: 5 top tips

Any change brings challenges. Moving software is no different. This blog highlights how Micro Focus is helping supporting users looking to move up to Visual COBOL.

A transition is never easy

Switching is not easy. Switching utility providers, switching mortgage or pension – all are time consuming and to be honest, a bit of a hassle. Even with the new regulations about switching banks, most of us don’t seem inclined to take the plunge. A prime and frequent example is switching to a new mobile device – it’s certainly not an easy transition; photos, accounts, apps, contact numbers are just a few things that need to be transferred to your new mobile device.

Upgrading your software will pose similar challenges, but the benefits of making the change will far outweigh any transition doubts. You can also make your transition virtually pain free by following our five top tips for upgrading to Visual COBOL:

1. Web-based training

Explore our comprehensive Visual COBOL  web-based training. Whether you’re looking to learn how best to use the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) or how to use and deploy COBOL assets in a .NET environment – we’ve got it all covered. See here
for further details and put your mind at ease.

2. Visual COBOL blogs

We understand that sometimes it gets tough, and all you need is a bit of extra guidance to give clarity. The answer: Micro Focus Visual COBOL blogs. The Micro Focus blog site is dedicated to you and covers a wide variety of topics and current industry challenges – from dealing with IT debt to why COBOL is still the language of choice.

You’ll certainly find something of interest, with blogs written by many of our staff… from expert product managers to commercial managers to product marketing gurus. To get started, take a look at our blog, Standing the Test of Time.

 3. The Micro Focus Community Site

The Micro Focus Visual COBOL community site is the perfect place to actively engage with other Visual COBOL developers and enthusiasts, with over 14,000 community members (and continually growing) and 4,000 monthly Visual COBOL visitors you’ll be sure to find the information and help you need. Our thriving community site has specialists swapping valuable hints and tips daily – to be part of the Visual COBOL community and reap the knowledge rewards join as a member today.

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4. Visual COBOL Case Studies    

We’ve helped many organizations transition to Visual COBOL before so there’s no need to worry about endless issues which are usually associated with the implementation of new software. We’re confident in our ability, although we understand that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re immediately confident in us – after all it’s a big investment

There’s no need to fret about your move up to Visual COBOL – many hundreds of customers before you have already taken the leap of faith with us. Find out how many of our customers have already made a smooth transition to Visual COBOL here.

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If detailed bed-time reading isn’t your thing, take a look at some of our customer, partner and analyst testimonials here.

5.  Visual COBOL’s product secrets… 

Visual COBOL is so rich with capability; it is unlikely you can learn all its secrets quickly. With our latest Visual COBOL release (2.2) just around the corner, our Visual COBOL Product Manager has produced two informative articles (one for Eclipse users, one for Visual Studio users), designed to give you some hands-on insight into the best kept secrets within Visual COBOL.

It’s as easy as that…

Transitioning to a world-class product may feel like a daunting prospect, but we believe your transition to Visual COBOL can be smooth – and we’re here to support you as much as possible. The journey you’re about to take, with the reassurance of partners, customers and existing community members all there to help you (not to mention us!) should accelerate your transition to a more innovative environment faster than you’d imagined.

Think you’re nearly ready? Why not take the first step on your era of innovation with a free product trial?

Got any other tips you think we’ve forgotten? Let us know in the comments section below.

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