MicroFocus® Modernization

MicroFocus® Modernization “How did I end up with a Legacy COBOL application on a modern platform?” Several CloudFrame customers were able to achieve immediate business results and accelerated their long-term strategy by removing COBOL. Its lack of innovation was inhibiting their business. Some among these customers had previously exited the mainframe using MicroFocus® COBOL, NetCobol®, & COBOL-IT®.  The early benefits these solutions provided have faded along with the value of being off the mainframe. Customers have stated and industry analysts predicted ‘the enterprise value add of Replatforming is negligible’. A leading expert said it well, “it is modernization without the modern.” COBOL is an ecosystem starved for innovation. Contrast the lack […]

Reduce Mainframe Costs with CloudFrame

Consider Cross-Compiling COBOL to Java to Reduce Costs by Craig Mullins Most organizations that rely on the mainframe for their mission-critical workload have a considerable amount of COBOL programs. COBOL was one of the first business-oriented programming languages having been first introduced in 1959. Designed for business and available when the IBM 360 became popular, COBOL is ubiquitous in most mainframe shops. Organizations that rely on COBOL need to make sure that they continue to support and manage these applications or risk interruptions to their business, such as those experienced by the COBOL applications that run the state unemployment systems when the COVID-19 pandemic caused a spike in unemployment applications. Although […]

Stop the COBOL Brain Drain

Stop the COBOL Brain Drain Before they Reach the Exit Door I came across an article written in March of 2012 by Robert L. Mitchell, in ComputerWorld called, “Brain drain: Where Cobol systems go from here,” where there is a lengthy discussion dealing with the risk of an aging COBOL workforce and their march towards retirement and the difficulty companies are having dealing with the challenges and costs related to mitigating these risks. The issue is as relevant today as it was nearly eight years ago when the article was written. As we enter the Roaring ’20s, many companies are still grappling with these challenges and are reaching out to […]

Think Progressively about Mainframe Modernization

Think Progressively about Mainframe Modernization The road to mainframe modernization is paved with many failed and over-budget projects. It’s risky business for any organization. There are many tools on the market that promise modernization but don’t deliver modern code that is a good foundation for future development. These solutions fall short in many areas: Poor code quality (JOBOL: COBOL-like Java) Require changes to underlying data  Require changes to Batch schedulers Require changes to CICS triggers Creates vendor lock-in Just Lift and Shift to new platform Impact to application performance Although these solutions address different aspects of the modernization strategy, they are inherently complex to execute due to the large number […]