1‘Old School’ Still Cool: COBOL Apps Play Strategic Enterprise Role
It may be six decades old, but COBOL still plays an essential role in app design for many companies, according to a recent survey from Micro Focus. The resulting report, titled “The Future of COBOL Applications,” reveals that COBOL developers favor Agile approaches and that most COBOL apps will soon undergo modernization efforts. However, an aging workforce—with the vast majority of COBOL professionals no younger than age 45—may thwart progress due to a potential talent gap. More than 1,200 global IT professionals at organizations using COBOL applications took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Interactive. The following slide show features key findings from the survey, with charts provided courtesy of Micro Focus.
2Enterprises Still Consider COBOL Apps Critical
3Longevity Emerges as Key Component
4IT Agenda Includes Modernization and Integration Efforts
5Developers Rely Upon Agile and Waterfall
6Test Automation Plays Key Role
7Developers Take Advantage of Release Automation
8High Projections for Linux Adoption
9Companies Focused on Knowledge Transfer, Hardware Skills
10Aging Demographic Raises Concerns
About one-quarter of COBOL professionals are age 56 or higher, and 38 percent are between age 45 to 55. One-third of respondents indicate that employee retirements will impact their business.