On Mon, 6 Apr 2020 14:00:45 +1200, I wrote:
The Governor of the US state of New Jersey is
appealing for help in
maintaining their elderly COBOL-based mainframe systems ...
Seems the need is wider than just one US state: IBM itself is now
running an effort to try to find COBOL programmers to maintain all
these old systems
The irony of IBM now being the “face of COBOL”, if you like, is that
the language was created by an industry consortium without the
cooperation of IBM <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CODASYL>. Instead,
the world’s biggest computer company (at the time) was trying to
promote its own all-singing, all-dancing PL/I programming language.
So COBOL really became dominant in business use in spite of IBM’s
efforts, not because of them.