We’ve had some interesting conversations with our customers about their challenges finding application developers. Almost all of our customers are using NonStop COBOL as their primary development language. But colleges and trade schools have stopped teaching COBOL. Here are some of their comments:
- It’s really hard to find COBOL programmers.
- COBOL programmers demand too high a salary.
- Our current COBOL programmers are retiring, and in some cases, being laid off because of their higher salaries.
- We have so many “old” COBOL programs that haven’t been recompiled in years (even decades).
- We’d like to migrate to another language that we can find staff for but don’t want to switch to OSS. (Java requires OSS and HP says that is the language we should use.)
- We’d like to upgrade to Native Mode Cobol but don’t know what that entails. The migration manual makes this sound scary. Is there anyone who can help?
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Phil Ly is the president and founder of TIC Software, a New York-based company specializing in software and services that integrate NonStop with the latest technologies, including Web Services, .NET and Java. Prior to founding TIC in 1983, Phil worked for Tandem Computer in technical support and software development.