SD Times: Open Mainframe Project aims to fill COBOL skills gap

By April 20, 2020News

Published by SD Times on April 13, 2020

Open Mainframe Project aims to fill COBOL skills gap

The Open Mainframe Project is looking to fill a technology skills gap by providing COBOL resources to the public sector.

According to the project, more than 10 million people in the United States have filed for unemployment due to the COVID-19 crisis, and there is an emergent need for COBOL programmers.

“This pandemic underscores the critical nature for public sector mainframe applications to be agile and easily modified to meet fast-changing requirements,” Open Mainframe Project wrote in a blog post. “The challenge many cities and states are facing now is changing their COBOL code fast enough to respond to the increased unemployment payment eligibility in a very short timeframe.”

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