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|CIO Topics on COBOL|
Here are COBOL programming topics trending now for the CIO, CTO,
senior IT executive or information systems director.
> The Developing Role of the CIO, and Why It's Changing the Way We Do Business
IDG Connect, February 19, 2013 –
The fundamentals of the CIO role continue to be associated with the
strategic planning, implementation, and adaption of technology
as it pertains to the business' needs. However, the process,
tools, and scope of options with which these objectives are obtained
is rapidly altering the way we do business.
> WA Insurance Commission slashes IT costs with modernisation project
CIO Australia, November 8, 2012 –
Faced with the increasing
cost of maintaining an IBM Z9 mainframe and dwindling
numbers of COBOL specialists… "The licensing and maintenance
costs for our mainframe – irrespective of the number of users
and/or applications – were pretty much the same," said
Glenn Myers, CIO, Insurance Commission of WA.
> How to Prepare for the Mobile Explosion
CIOZone, September 27, 2012 – While many may not consider
COBOL for adapting business applications to support mobile
use… Developers are able to modernize
COBOL applications to support new mobile applications across a
wide number of technical platforms.
|COBOL User Contributions|
Here is a collection of articles, technical tips, white papers,
and application programs submitted to COBUG by users. They should
be of interest to the COBOL community:
A COBOL mySQL solution
Provides a solution for accessing MySql database using traditional
COBOL commands. A solution developed for MicroFocus applications.
How do I make a COBOL program that will run on a mobile device, like iPad?
Provides the technologies to interoperate mobile app with
Is COBOL still relevant?
This is an article that summarizes that COBOL in 2012 is far
less relevant than it was in 1992, but that doesn't mean it
has no relevance.
Specifying Program Design Logic Using Modified Structured Diagrams - MSD, Mainframe Detailed Design
This document descibes process specification tools, principles of
structured programming and structured programming control structures.
Mainframe Detailed Design - Part 2
This document, Mainframe Detailed Design - Part 2, provides an
introduction to program logic formulation and detailed design.
The COBOL Compiler - Hidden Benefits
In this article, it will attempt to show how a closer look at
the COBOL compiler warning error messages could save abends
and promote stability in production regions.
Introduction to COBOL Batch Processing
This document provides definitions of COBOL batch processing terms,
types of information systems requiring batch processing,
batch processing strategies, and standard batch application architecture.
Please, Not Another 50 Years
This paper discusses the objectives of the committee that
created Basic COBOL and how the industry did not follow those
objectives in coding COBOL programs.
COBOL IF ELSE END-IF - Technical Tip
This is a technical tip on how to code COBOL If Else, End-If in
The Future of the Mainframe
This paper discusses the pros and cons of the mainframe and
modernisation of COBOL applications.
COBOL Program Examples
Provides a number of COBOL examples submitted by users.
> Micro Focus Launches COBOL Code Contest Challenge
As part of its Academic Program, Micro Focus, a leading provider of
enterprise application modernisation, testing and management solutions,
is launching a global COBOL code contest. Student and community developers
around the world are being challenged to design and develop a video game
program using Micro Focus Visual COBOL Personal Edition, for the chance
to win a cash prize of $1,000, an iPad Mini plus other great prizes.
> IBM Says Mainframe Technology Still Relevant; Others Disagree
The common business-oriented language - is also on
the decline. The COBOL programming language is used to execute large-scale batch and
transaction processing operations on mainframe computers.
According to a survey of 357 IT professionals that was ...
> Dell Acquires Make Technologies
Make Technologies provides software and services that modernize
traditional COBOL applications used by cloud-based systems.
> Dell Buys Application Modernization Firm Clerity
Dell said Tuesday it has purchased application modernization vendor
Clerity Solutions, in its second enterprise software-related acquisition
news this week.
COBOL Product News
Micro Focus Changes The Face Of Terminal Emulation With Release Of Rumba
New Delhi: 17 January 2013
Rumba+ brings improved user efficiency across mobile, web and Windows
devices through risk-free green screen modernization.
Micro Focus Launches Enterprise Developer Personal Edition
New Delhi: 03 January 2013
Introducing new Free-of-Charge Integrated Development Environment for
IBM mainframe application modernization. The product comes with smart
editing, syntax checking and compilation to create a simple way to modernize,
develop and maintain COBOL mainframe applications.
Online Launch Event: Introducing Oracle Tuxedo 12c
The new Oracle Tuxedo 12c offers unique advantages for COBOL
applications. It's the highest performing, most scalable and robust
application server to help you develop or rehost mission-critical
applications on traditional Linux/UNIX servers, engineered
systems such as Oracle Exalogic, and enterprise clouds. With all the
innovations in this release and the new 12c release of Oracle Tuxedo
application runtimes for CICS, IMS, and batch, you can migrate your
mainframe applications faster and cheaper with lower risk.
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