Standing the test of time

We’ve come to the end of our series of blogs discussing how COBOL stands the test of time.

As IT spend declines, innovation is expected to soar and IT departments have to exploit leading edge technologies for application deployment to stay ahead of the game. With new technologies comes a need for new skills without losing those that already support existing critical systems.

The future of COBOL lies in Micro Focus Visual COBOL, an integrated development and deployment tool that helps you deliver more from your existing core systems investment.

We have identified the five core attributes the IT infrastructure has to exhibit to support current and new challenges as cost-efficiently as possible.

  1. Foresight
  2. Heritage
  3. Portability
  4. Fitness-for-purpose
  5. Readability

Foresight

Ensuring your enterprise applications meet tomorrow’s needs today

Whatever your chosen programming language, it has to keep up with the changing IT landscape. COBOL can underpin contemporary deployment architectures, leading edge technology and composite applications within Java, C++ & C#.

COBOL applications written more than a decade ago are now being deployed to cloud, .NET and JVM. Visual COBOL enables you to exploit new market opportunities and extend your existing investments by deploying current applications onto new platforms, including .NET, JVM and the cloud as well as Windows, UNIX and Linux platforms.

Read the foresight themed blog for more information

Heritage

Five decades of heritage, thousands of organizations, billions of lines of value,

New application development rarely starts from a blank sheet of paper. Innovations often arise from delivering business applications through new channels. Using the extensive business logic built into existing COBOL applications in new environments for decades to come will maximize both investment and market opportunity.

  • Its highly reusable nature is why COBOL permeates the enterprise. Why write new if the business function already exists?
  • Because it is easy to learn and highly readable, COBOL enables resource pools to flex and scale up easily
  • Alternative development languages can rapidly access COBOL value using native semantics and data types

Read the heritage blog for more information.

Portability

The original write once, run anywhere technology

End-users only want one thing: Functionality on the platform of their choice. It’s up to development teams to ensure that they deliver functionality that’s streamlined to work on the right environments.

Our COBOL technology is designed so that the same application will run unchanged across a variety of platforms and operating systems, without the programmer having to worry about the specifics of the environment. Because it’s platform independent, the Visual COBOL deployment technology means developers can focus on building application value rather than on the nuances of the operating system. Visual COBOL provides true portability for applications to ensure that their value endures long into the future.

Read the blog detailing COBOL’s portability.

Fitness-for-purpose

Engineered for building great business applications

Today’s front-end applications need development tools that sit in a browser or other thin-client interface, the back-end needs strong and reliable IT infrastructures that offer robustness and validity, strong data manipulation, accuracy, speed and accessibility. In short, something fit for your business needs.

Visual COBOL takes advantage of COBOL strengths as a business critical programming language – numerical arithmetic accuracy to 38 digits and strong data manipulation and SORT capability – and provides an intuitive, unified environment for building robust applications.

Read the fitness-for-purpose blog for a deep dive.

 

Readability

Ease of learning, reading and writing enables you to focus on business

Change is inevitable, so why make updating and maintaining applications harder than it needs to be? As a language COBOL is simple to understand and doesn’t necessarily require prior language-specific experience. This contrasts with many programming languages where, even with the skills to write it, the code is hard to understand.

As Visual COBOL integrates with industry standard IDEs such as Eclipse and .NET, it puts COBOL at the finger tips of all your programmers, putting COBOL in the environment your developers are familiar with and using tools they already work with.

Find out about COBOL’s ease of learning on the readability blog.

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