One firm's story: The mainframe goes, but Cobol stays behind

Owens & Minor moves Cobol-based ERP system to x86 server, Windows machines

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The company is now in the process of modernizing other screens with a Windows GUI.

The new environment also has a plug-in to Microsoft Visual Studio.

Al Gillen, an analyst at IDC, said that in general terms "it is probably not the best thing to do to extend the life of Cobol application in a Windows environment because the user interface is wrong and your don't really get a lot of the benefits you would get from moving to a more current system," he said.

But Gillen also said that Owens & Minor's "business logic was embedded in the Cobol" and "for better or worse that wasn't easily replaceable."

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