Volume 1, Number 52
December 31, 2003
Abstract: This research reports the results from a set of two surveys conducted at the end of 2002 from business, government, and non-profit employers who may be using COBOL applications in their information systems and from academic institutions with undergraduate CIS/IS programs that may offer COBOL instruction in their curriculum. The surveys asked questions of respondents very similar to surveys conducted by the same authors in 1999 and reported by the authors in early 2000. Time trends between the previous study and this study are examined. The current survey also obtained data pertinent to emerging technologies that were either too new or not existent in 1999. The perceived impact of these new technologies upon business and non-profit organizations as well as upon academic curriculum is reported through discussion of IS/IT executives’ and academics’ perceptions concerning the importance of the COBOL language in future IS/IT business application development over the next 10 years.
Keywords: COBOL, IDE, CIS curriculum, application development, legacy application
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Recommended Citation: Carr and Kizior (2003). Continued Relevance of COBOL in Business and Academia: Current Situation and Comparison to the Year 2000 Study. Information Systems Education Journal, 1 (52). http://isedj.org/1/52/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2003: §2413. ISSN: 1542-7382.)