COBOL Found to Have
Enduring Value Among Organizations
Focus detailed findings of its COBOL Survey, which reveals the latest
global trends and 2020 plans for enterprises utilizing COBOL and
mainframe technology. The survey follows data gathered in a previous
2017 survey and indicates that 70 percent of enterprises favor
modernization as an approach for implementing strategic change as
compared to the replacing/retiring of key COBOL applications as it
continues to offer a low-risk and effective means of transforming IT to
support digital business initiatives.
COBOL is at the Heart of a Modernization Strategy: Modernization was favored over the replacing and retiring of older systems with 63 percent of respondents choosing to improve upon their existing COBOL systems in 2020. Additionally, 92 percent of respondents felt as though their organization's COBOL applications are strategic in comparison to 84 percent of respondents in 2017.
IT and Business Synergy Remains Strong for COBOL: Senior tech-focused roles are most likely to be seen as leading or influencing application modernization initiatives with 36 percent for CTOs and 33 percent for CIOs. Senior non-tech roles also play a role in a significant number of organizations with 27 percent for CEOs and 9 percent for CFOs. Paired with IT's focus on supporting the business and driving competitive advantage (46 percent of responses), the relationship between COBOL development teams and the business has evolved and strengthened.
The IT Ecosystem Continues to Evolve: Continued change is shown by the strategic alignment of COBOL systems through modern-day technology with 42 percent seeing cloud as a core and viable platform to support the business agenda as compared to 30 percent in 2017. As the IT landscape evolves, COBOL remains vital in new ecosystems and its continued evolution is a foundational element of IT and business change.
COBOL-based Systems are Strategic and Growing: When asked about their company's plans for COBOL in 2020, 63 percent of the survey's respondents stated that they are planning to modernize their system/applications with a focus on functionality and process. This is further supported by the results with an increase in the size of the average application code base from 8.4 million in 2017 to 9.9 million this year, showing continued investment, re-use, and expansion in core business systems.
"Thanks to the original design's readability, adaptability, and portability, COBOL adds tremendous value for companies as a dependable solution that will continue to grow and thrive," said Chris Livesey, Senior Vice President, Application Modernization and Connectivity at Micro Focus.