Modernize the development environment for a business-critical solution, to attract new development talent while maintaining existing business logic.
In the 1980s, Cooper Farms purchased the source code of an accounting system which they then spent many years customizing to their own specific requirements. The solution is responsible for processing payroll, accounts receivable, general ledger, and all other business accounting within Cooper Farms. It now consists of 2,200 programs and 1.7 million LOC (lines of code). During the 1990s, the application code was converted to Micro Focus RM/COBOL, a stable, high performance COBOL deployment platform, designed to maintain and modernize applications.
Jose Faller, Director of Technology for Cooper Farms, explains what followed: “This is a business-critical application for us, with at least 50 daily users, and another 200 occasional users. When Micro Focus announced Visual COBOL, we wondered if this might be a logical next step for us. Although we always felt well-supported and we liked the RM/COBOL platform, we recognized the future potential of Visual COBOL, and wanted to stay ahead of the technology curve to give ourselves some development flexibility. Having a modern development environment would also make it easier for us to attract new development talent into the company.”
Although the application users are very accustomed to the existing screen interface and proficient with data entry, Faller and the team also wanted to pave the way for a future GUI front end development.