After six decades driving the IT world, covering hundreds of billions lines of code, COBOL continues to deliver for today’s big business – supporting mission-critical applications and business systems across some of the most successful organizations globally.
In celebration of this momentous milestone, COBOL’s biggest fans are coming together to pay tribute to the legendary programming language.
In an age of unprecedented pressure to innovate, where new trends seem to last only for the briefest of moments, COBOL continues to shine. This white paper looks at the topic through three dimensions:
COBOL has evolved and adapted to continue as the application backbone in the world’s most successful global companies. Today’s digital economy is changing rapidly and while core business processing remains critically at the heart of that change, COBOL is fully equipped to meet today’s and tomorrow’s business needs. Modernizing trusted COBOL systems is a proven path to success, which is why COBOL is and will remain to be the bedrock of digital transformation.
COBOL has had a remarkable impact over the past six decades, but I believe we are only now realizing its full potential and that it its future impact will be even greater. Thanks to Micro Focus, COBOL is now a modern language, portable and fully object-oriented with an ability to integrate with both Java and .NET frameworks. This revolutionary language, now reborn through Visual COBOL, enables a new era of innovation for developers supporting existing business applications, process and data. In my view, nothing else compares to this remarkable language designed for today’s business needs and built to last.
COBOL (the first programming language designed for business) is turning 60, and developers are excited! COBOL not only offers the most flexible, multi-platform, auditable language on the market but also now delivers new integration with modern technologies including Visual Studio, Eclipse, agile tools and DevOps practices; ensuring a promising career path for new programmers and a bright future for the mission-critical business applications it supports globally.
Most people don’t realize their daily routines depend on 60-year-old technology. Whether it’s using an ATM, booking travel or filing an insurance claim, we all interact with COBOL-based systems in some way each day, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. This is an undeniable testament to the longevity and continued relevance of COBOL, and I believe it will continue to run mission-critical applications in the cloud for another 60 years.
Over the last 25 years, SYNTAX has helped many organizations modernize their COBOL applications, providing new capabilities and extending them to cutting edge technologies. We’re amazed at the continuous value that this 60-year-old language has provided to many global organizations. This value is now easily expanded to new platforms, including the cloud, and supports through modern development tools, the next generation of COBOL developers.
After 60 years, COBOL is still the language of business. Designed for maximum efficiency and ease of use, this proven programming technology delivers unrivaled data processing speed and precision at enterprise scale. With millions of global transactions processed every second, COBOL delivers adaptability and performance, outpacing many of its modern rivals. While some would question the use of continued use COBOL, I see a language that’s quietly powered six decades of economic growth and a technology with a very bright future ahead.
With over 200 Billion lines of code in use by large enterprise organizations, COBOL plays an important role in the digitization of core business systems. For IT leaders, focused on key transformation initiatives, re-use of COBOL application logic, from mainframe to cloud, delivers new business flexibility and value. Now 60 years on, modern COBOL delivers even greater possibilities for the developer supporting the digital age.