Santa Clara, Calif. – February 11, 2020 - Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) today announced the findings of its COBOL Survey, which reveals the latest global trends and 2020 plans for enterprises utilizing COBOL and mainframe technology. The survey follows data gathered in a previous 2017 survey and indicates that 70% of enterprises favor modernization as an approach for implementing strategic change as compared to the replacing/retiring of key COBOL applications as it continues to offer a low-risk, and effective means of transforming IT to support digital business initiatives.
“As we see the attitudes around COBOL modernization with changes to where and how it needs to be delivered and how its usage continues to grow, COBOL’s credentials as a strong digital technology appear to be set for another decade,” said Chris Livesey, Senior Vice President, Application Modernization and Connectivity at Micro Focus. “With 60 years of experience supporting mission-critical applications and business systems, COBOL continues to evolve as a flexible and resilient computer language that will remain relevant and important for businesses around the world.”
Conducted with Vanson Bourne, a global research and analysis company, the global survey asked COBOL-connected architects, software engineers, developers, development managers and IT executives from 40 different countries about the strategic importance of COBOL applications to their business, future application roadmaps and planning, as well as their development toolchains and resources.
“This survey allowed for Vanson Bourne to gather valuable data from the IT community on COBOL’s continued relevance, as well as the forward-looking insights needed for Micro Focus and others to continue shaping the language for years to come,” said Jimmy Mortimer, Senior Research Consultant at Vanson Bourne.
Key findings of the Micro Focus COBOL Survey include:
“Thanks to the original design’s readability, adapability and portability, COBOL adds tremendous value for companies as a dependable solution that will continue to grow and thrive,” said Chris Livesey, Senior Vice President, Application Modernization and Connectivity at Micro Focus.
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