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A number of options are evaluated for modernizing Cobol code as the Cobol workforce declines in numbers due to a lack of new programmers willing to program in legacy languages.


  • This report looks at a number of options, particularly rewriting in Java versus other retaining the legacy code, but in a manageable way.

Features and Benefits

  • The report looks at latest technologies that have emerged to support legacy Cobol.
  • Looks at the cost benefits of the different approaches to legacy Cobol.

Key questions answered

  • Which Cobol modernization option is the most easily maintainable?
  • Which Cobol modernization option carries the lowest risk?

Table of contents

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  • The choice for many Cobol mainframe users is stark
  • Modernization options for legacy Cobol
  • Change manage the application modernization


  • Further reading
  • Author

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