swandives writes: COBOL has been around for more than 50 years, but companies are struggling to fill demand for skills. Some are even recruiting developers out of retirement to fulfil demand. According to CIO in Australia, they should instead consider an application modernization program which could also pave the way for migration off the mainframe to an open system. COBOL skills remain in demand among banks and govnerment departments, but the traditional mainframe platform is under pressure from modern Unix, Windows and Linux systems.
"More software projects have gone awry for lack of calendar time than for all
other causes combined."
-- Fred Brooks, Jr., _The Mythical Man Month_