GFT and CloudFrame Partner to Help Industries Say Goodbye to COBOL

CloudFrame and GFT provide an automatic conversion approach to significantly reduce costs, making the shift from COBOL to Java fast, safe, and trouble-free.

Princeton, NJ, March 28, 2023  –  GFT, a digital transformation pioneer, and  CloudFrame,  a provider of pathways to digital transformation for large organizations who are running mission-critical applications on COBOL, announced today that they have formed a global partnership to help COBOL users make the transition to more efficient platforms that enable users to reduce their overall mainframe costs. CloudFrame’s proprietary technology converts COBOL code into more efficient and future-proof Java. On average, the cost of a mainframe process is reduced by 50% after this conversion. GFT brings its expertise in CloudFrame implementation and mainframe modernization to the partnership.

In 2023, COBOL, a programming language debuted in the 1950s, is still ubiquitous in financial institutions, airlines, retail companies – the list goes on. It is increasingly becoming a problem for users, due to high costs of mainframe use and a shortage of experts needed for development and maintenance.

Taking the risk out of a dreaded process

“Partnering with GFT will help our customers achieve application modernization of their COBOL systems,” said Venkat Pillay, founder, and CEO of CloudFrame. “The combination of CloudFrame’s Relocate and Renovate COBOL modernization products, along with GFT’s skilled and comprehensive services, will enable customers to transform COBOL into maintainable Java.”

“Even experts are often surprised by how widely COBOL is still being used,” said Marika Lulay, CEO of GFT. “Migrating legacy applications to a new platform can be a daunting challenge, but it is becoming prohibitively expensive and risky to keep supporting COBOL. With CloudFrame’s conversion solutions and our implementation and mainframe expertise, we take the risk out of a process many IT managers dread.”

Relocate and Renovate

CloudFrame can provide two approaches to the users: Relocate or Renovate. CloudFrame Relocate provides an easy way to shift COBOL workloads from GPs to a zIIP or other lower-cost environments using cross-compilation, while CloudFrame Renovate consumes the company’s COBOL applications, transforms the application into java assets, and provisions a new application into the company’s cloud environment (AWS, Azure, or GCP). To learn more about CloudFrame Relocate and CloudFrame Renovate, please visit


Download cloudFrame Relocate Product Fact Sheet

Related Articles

Next Event

Recent Events