COBOL in the Big Data Era: A Guide

COBOL in the Big Data Era: A Guide

 

Available On Demand
Duration 60min
Speakers
Evaldo Oliveira
Business Development Director
FairCom Corporation
Evaldo Oliveira
Evaldo Horn de Oliveira--Evaldo is the Director of Business Development for FairCom Corporation, where he focuses heavily on the company's competitive market strategies. He has more than 18 years of experience in leading strategic sales in the IT industry, with a focus on Software. Evaldo joined FairCom from Fujitsu, where during his tenure had advanced from Project Manager to Fujitsu's Business Development and Alliances Manager. One of his particular strengths and interest is in the area of niches and vertical markets, which is where he first became interested in the COBOL landscape. He has extensive experience in international business relations, particularly in the UK, Brazilian and Japanese markets. Although his career has evolved him more towards the business world, Evaldo came up from the technology side of things, which is where his heart remains. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and a Master's in Electrical Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. When he's not playing around with a new line of code or working on a new strategic opportunity, Evaldo is most likely with his family or his motorcycle.
Frank Gauthier
Manager of Transaction Systems
PDMI, Inc.
Frank Gauthier
As a programmer since the 1960's Frank Gauthier has worked in COBOL for more than 40 years. He is the Manager of Transaction System for PDMI, Inc. in Poland, OH. In his early programming career, he produced the first and only translation program to convert binary programs back to source code. At Digital Equipment he designed a language called FlexTalk, for which the interpreter was written in COBOL. DECtalk is the hardware that used the FlexTalk program to produce speech. He completed large scale migrations for customer including Fleet Bank, Saskatchewan Retirement System, Tandy Leasing and others. He continues to program in COBOL and writes conversion tools for Legacy COBOL applications. He is also the Publisher of a new magazine COBOL Magazine (CobolMagazine.com) due to launch in January 2014 as a monthly print and online magazine
Although it is common to hear that COBOL is only part of the so-called "legacy environments," there are two reasons why COBOL should not be ignored by developers focusing on today's Big Data challenges.  First, COBOL data is a critical source of information that can be mined by analytics.  Second, COBOL has retained its dominance for so many years, in part, because of its excellent I/O performance.

Register for this webinar to learn how to:

  • Integrate COBOL data files with other environments
  • Differentiate between COBOL data structures and standard SQL tables
  • Understand the performance challenges of data integration with COBOL
Attend to explore how COBOL has evolved to become a multiplatform language, and learn a way to make it more accessible for Big Data sourcing and integration with other environments.  

 
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