· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · September
· · · · 22 (2 entries)

5,000,000,000 per Year · I had a talk today with <a href='http://www.maketechnologies.com/'>Make Technologies</a>, 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.
Bad Day at Work? · Well, things could be worse; check out David Morse’s <a href='http://dsmorse.blogspot.com/2004/09/when-does-24-hours-3-months.html'>epic struggle</a> with the system. And those who fret about Microsoft’s chewing us all up with their ruthless efficiency may find their worries eased.
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