Elastic COBOL™ Freely Available for the Raspberry Pi

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Heirloom Computing seeks to bridge the skills gap in the COBOL market by enabling the next generation of programmers to explore enterprise computing

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We have an opportunity to introduce people to a language that still dominates large parts of the enterprise landscape.

Heirloom Computing, the Silicon Valley software company with a mission to enable existing applications to seamlessly participate in cloud computing infrastructures, today announced the availability of its innovative Elastic COBOL product on the remarkable Raspberry Pi.

Eben Upton, Executive Director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, said, “We want to see the Raspberry Pi being used by kids all over the world to learn programming, so we are very keen to increase the range of languages available. With the availability of Elastic COBOL we have an opportunity to introduce people to a language that still dominates large parts of the enterprise landscape."

“It may seem a stretch to believe that today’s generation of aspiring young programmers can help bridge the skills gap that is looming over the COBOL market. However, the quiet reality is that with 75% of the world’s business data being processed by COBOL systems today, enterprises will still have substantial, and perhaps even larger, workloads being processed by COBOL in 10-15 years from now,” said Gary Crook, Heirloom’s President and CEO. “The industry has long struggled with effective ways to address this increasingly difficult problem, and although the goals here are ambitious, we strongly believe that it is going to take vehicles like the Raspberry Pi to make a significant & sustainable impact.”

Mark Haynie, Heirloom’s CTO, added, “With the tremendous potential that the Raspberry Pi has now delivered, we are excited to have the opportunity to once again deliver on our ‘COBOL for Everyone’ objective. We’ve worked hard to ensure that Elastic COBOL on the Raspberry Pi is a complete offering with support for over 15 different COBOL dialects including IBM and Micro Focus. As well as support for creating traditional batch applications, developers can also create rich GUI and Web applications in COBOL on their Raspberry Pi.”

Anyone (regardless of age or experience) can start using Elastic COBOL on their Raspberry Pi today by visiting http://www.elasticcobol.com/rpi and downloading the product for free.

About Heirloom Computing
Heirloom Computing provides innovative software solutions that enable companies to develop, deploy, and modernize business-critical enterprise applications so they can embrace the compelling value propositions of modern computing platforms. For additional information, please visit: http://www.heirloomcomputing.com

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