Micro Focus announces the release of Visual COBOL 8.0 and Enterprise Suite 8.0

Micro Focus has announced the release of Visual COBOL 8.0 and Enterprise Suite 8.0, building on four decades of providing flexible solutions for applications, operations, and infrastructure for mission-critical business applications. These enhanced solutions enable IT teams to modernize COBOL applications and mainframes for deployment in the cloud, as companies look for new, cost-effective ways to advance their IT strategies through continuous updating and digital transformation initiatives.

Micro Focus Visual COBOL 8.0 and Enterprise Suite 8.0 help increase the value of your existing applications and differentiate you from the competition by leveraging the capabilities of the cloud, mainframe or distributed platforms. said Neil Fowler, managing director and vice president of application update and communications for Micro Focus. “These new versions of our solutions provide many options for companies to update their legacy IT systems to the cloud and ensure their continued value for many years to come.”

For organizations working with COBOL applications deployed on distributed platforms, Visual COBOL 8.0 is able to offer:

• COBOL and mainframe application development tools are integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio 2022, Visual Studio Code and Eclipse, including new support for Windows Subsystem for Linux-based (WSL) development.

• Update COBOL applications using .NET 6.0 and deploy in Windows and Linux environments.

• New data update tools enable COBOL applications and mainframes to quickly adopt modern access to relational databases and migrate to scalable clouds with little effort and risk.

• Cloud trials are available in the markets of the most popular cloud providers: Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud.

For organizations working with mainframe-based applications, Enterprise Suite 8.0 builds on the functionality provided with Visual COBOL 8.0 to offer:

• The Linux Enterprise Developer version of Eclipse enables development and distribution on all supported x86 Linux distributions.

• New PostgreSQL host compatibility options to enable faster deployment of Db2 data to PostgreSQL and AWS Aurora, providing a broader choice of database platforms.

• Embedded Host Access for the Cloud TN3270 Emulator is included with Enterprise Developer and Server products to provide a secure, zero-touch browser-based solution.

Either way, these two new releases offer unique capabilities to update COBOL and the mainframe, including improved customer support for deploying applications from containers to the cloud. said Rob Anderson, Vice President of Marketing and Product Update for Apps.

These latest releases provide Micro Focus customers with the ability to keep pace with new technology trends while protecting the valuable intellectual property of their systems. CGI is a Micro Focus client and an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) that reaps the benefits of the COBOL update. “By moving to Visual COBOL, we feel we have broadened the horizon of our enterprise applications for many years to come,” said Carl Gerhardsson, Director of Development at CGI.

Visual COBOL 8.0 and Enterprise Suite 8.0 build upon the recent announcement of general availability of the AWS Mainframe Modernization service, underscoring Micro Focus’ commitment to its customers and their modernization journey. The recent Micro Focus COBOL survey showed that the market footprint of COBOL applications continues to grow and that the cloud remains the number one digital driver for those working with COBOL-based systems. Additionally, to support this strategy, updating is the preferred path for 72% of respondents, and the majority of survey respondents said they intend to update their apps and support cloud computing by the end of the year.

As more organizations embrace the cloud as their future application platform, Micro Focus continues to improve its suite of modernization tools to support the customer journey. One of Micro Focus’s clients, Jury System Incorporated–a US company that provides jury management solutions for courts across the United States–is already having success in the cloud. Mark Schienbein, President and CEO of Jury System, said, “Choosing COBOL many years ago really paid off. In fact, without it we wouldn’t have web-hosted or cloud-hosted release business.”

Successful modernization of core business systems requires a flexible and adaptive strategy aimed at improving results and accelerating value creation. Using the Micro Focus Modernization Maturity Model, IT managers can quickly map their existing IT assets to their future business strategy, including the cloud, while striking the right balance between cost, risk, and speed.

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