The Next Chapter of COBOL & Mainframe Innovation

by Micro Focus Employee in Application Modernization & Connectivity

Written by Misty Decker & Ed Airey | Micro Focus

Have you seen more people talking about COBOL and Mainframe Modernization?  We have too.  Fortunately, Micro Focus has many years of experience helping companies leverage their existing IT investment for growth and transformation.  We’ll soon unveil Visual COBOL and Enterprise Suite 7.0 in upcoming webinars on June 23 and June 30th (see below for details).  Ed Airey and Misty Decker share the highlights of what you can expect.  Read on and Register to attend…. 

Why do you think so many people are talking about COBOL and Mainframe Modernization?

Ed:  The world has changed—and so has the requirement for organizations competing in this new digital age. Lasting success requires that IT leaders strike the right balance between strategy, skill, and technology. Recent research shows that a continuous modernization methodology delivers proven results with lower risk as compared to a re-write or replacement project. However, identifying how to turn that new strategy into reality is oftentimes quite challenging.  Would you agree, Misty?

Misty:  Thanks Ed.  Yes, I would.  News articles throughout 2020 focused on the real-life impact when core applications are not flexible and extensible.  Those real word issues shone a light on a problem that we’ve been talking about for many years but they were wrong about the root cause.  COBOL as a programming language is only the tool; the real issue is the applications that haven’t been updated with modern techniques and technologies.  COBOL applications can run on many platforms including cloud, containers and micro services, which can be built using modern DevOps processes. 

What do you wish everyone understood about COBOL and Mainframe Modernization?

Misty:  Modernization is not impossible; the existing mainframe and COBOL applications do not need to be replaced.  Replacing reliable applications with something that is functionally equivalent is high risk but low reward.  After a significant investment in money, time and lost opportunities, the end users and customers will see nothing new (if you’re lucky).  

Is there something in the upcoming webinars that you are especially excited about?

Misty:  We have several exciting announcements around increased flexibility and new options.  For teams with a wide variety of working preferences, we have expanded IDE options.  For the applications themselves, there will be expanded communications with other technologies.  Together, these technologies enable diverse teams work with diverse technologies for maximum flexibility and agility. 

Why should people attend?

Ed:  These webinars will show how organizations and their software delivery teams can transform core business applications across application, process and infrastructure domains using the latest innovative technologies. Whether you have built your COBOL applications on the Mainframe, Windows, UNIX, Linux, .NET, JVM, Containers, or the Cloud, here is a unique opportunity to see the future of COBOL and Mainframe development and modernization.  Explore the latest in modern dev tooling, deployment platforms, and delivery practices supporting application modernization. 

Visual COBOL 7.0 Product Launch – The Next Chapter

For those working with COBOL running on distributed platforms (Net Express, Server Express, RM/COBOL, etc).

Wednesday June 23 at 11:00am US Eastern / 5pm CET 

Register here 

Enterprise Suite 7.0 Product Launch – Innovation in Modernization

For those working with COBOL running on the Mainframe (IBM Z)

Wednesday, June 30 at 11:00am US Eastern / 5pm CET

Register here


Visual COBOL