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5,000,000,000 per Year · I had a talk to­day with Make Tech­nolo­gies, I’ve known them a long time and I have some shares. They’re do­ing a lot of work on lega­cy con­ver­sion, both method­ol­o­gy and tech­nol­o­gy; help­ing peo­ple who have mission-critical ap­pli­ca­tions that they want to move to mod­ern in­fras­truc­ture, specif­i­cal­ly J2EE. I knew that this was an in­ter­est­ing space (even post-Y2K) but I was flab­ber­gast­ed when Mike Hager­man (Make’s CEO) told me two num­ber­s: There are five bil­lion new lines of COBOL get­ting cre­at­ed ev­ery year, and there are (wait for it) 220 bil­lion lines of COBOL in pro­duc­tion. (Holy cow, now that I think about it, I bet I wrote ten or twen­ty thou­sand of them). Mike got the num­bers from Gart­ner. That’s... scary.
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