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C UR R ENTS
do more work by being more
efficient and effective
3. Outsource the COBOL development and enhancement
However, each of these strategies have shortcomings and
won't be enough to fully solve the
problem. Because the continued
use of COBOL and mainframes
is a given, the most appropriate
solution is to train a new generation of COBOL programmers and
help them understand these three
fundamental skills:

Closing the COBOL Programming
Skills Gap
By Phil Teplitzky

T

he backbone of today's electronic commerce is COBOL
on an IBM Z* computing
platform. There are 240 billion lines
of COBOL in operation, and another 5 billion new lines are added
each year. $3 trillion of commercial
transactions are processed by
COBOL applications each day.
COBOL is what business runs on.
But the community of COBOL
programmers is shrinking faster than the open positions they
create can be filled. Fewer schools
teach programming and even
fewer teach COBOL, although
there are boot camps teaching
Java*, Python and other languages.
However, the Enterprise Computing Community has been active in
reviving and supporting efforts to
educate people in IBM Z technologies and languages.

1. IBM Z operations: how to write,
test and operate applications
and data structures in an IBM Z
environment
2. Programming: the understanding and ability to design
programs and understand the
fundamental skills needed to
be a programmer
3. COBOL: the structures and nuances of the COBOL language

on advancement. We allow stable,
mature technologies to linger off
the radar while newer technoloCOBOL Training
gies fill the gap.
If you're in need of COBOL trainWriting COBOL programs is
ing, a few options exist. For examoften not considered as glamorple, Back In Time Solutions (bit.
ous as creating the next big
ly/2tEJ4aR) developed a
website or application.
COBOL training curricProgramming is now
ulum that's unique in
often the domain of
scope, breadth and
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community colleges
pedagogical approach.
about closing the COBOL
and fee-based boot
The curriculum is
programming skills gap in
camps.
designed to train new
the full story at bit.
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people in the maintenance, enhancement and,
Mitigating the Problem
when necessary, migration of
The industry has tried several
existing COBOL programs. 
strategies to mitigate the COBOL
There will also be an opskills shortage:
tional two-week program in
customer-specific tools, methods
1. Rewrite the existing COBOL
and techniques. Students will
mainframe applications in
emerge from the program with
more modern languages like
training in COBOL, soft skills and
Java or Python and move it to
software engineering.
the cloud
By supporting programs like
2. Change the way we maintain
How Did We Get Here?
this proposed COBOL curricuexisting COBOL IBM Z applicaOne cause of our current state is
lum, we can find a way to close
tions so that fewer people can
that as an industry, IT is focused
the growing COBOL programming
skills gap.
Phil Teplitzky is a managing director at Back In Time Solutions.
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Currents: Learn how to provide customers with data privacy and security at Think 2020
Currents: On the web
Currents: Closing the COBOL programming skills gap
Currents: Hyundai and Uber announce aerial ride-hailing partnership
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Techbits: z/OS data migration: Helping clients avoid risk and downtime
Techbits: Ask the expert: What is Fibre Channel over IP?
Beyond the Box: Homer Ahr reflects on working mission control for the NASA Apollo space program
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - March/April 2020 - Currents: Learn how to provide customers with data privacy and security at Think 2020
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - March/April 2020 - Currents: Closing the COBOL programming skills gap
IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - March/April 2020 - Currents: Hyundai and Uber announce aerial ride-hailing partnership
IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - March/April 2020 - Partner POV: 3 requirements for enterprise-level digital transformation
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IBM Systems magazine, IBM Z - March/April 2020 - Techbits: Ask the expert: What is Fibre Channel over IP?
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