Created in the late 50s, COBOL remains one of the most widely deployed programming languages running business data applications on legacy systems, accounting for nearly 75% of all transactions. However, changing business models and demands are causing dilemmas as IT managers consider whether they should update their business processes. The main problem with updating is the high cost associated with maintaining a platform. Furthermore, re-writing can jeopardize organizations’ ability to replicate codes, especially since the number of programmers who are familiar with COLBOL keeps reducing each year. (NASCIO’s 2008 National Survey on Legacy Systems and Modernization in the States) Lastly, sometimes people avoid changing systems out of fear of losing ownership of older applications.
Fortunately, the limitations of COBOL have also brought new development philosophy and methodology. There are viable and safer alternatives within reach as you can now edit different code with plug-ins, even if you’re not convinced to jump on the COBOL to Java bandwagon. Also, you can remote browse, compile, debug, and deploy on any server.
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