GT Software Announces Release of Fujitsu NetCOBOL for Linux v11 to Further Reduce Cost and Increase Data Agility

ATLANTA--()--GT Software, the distributor of Fujitsu NetCOBOL® outside of Japan, today announced the release of NetCOBOL for Linux v11 for its NetCOBOL user base.

NetCOBOL is a COBOL compiler that takes the risk out of modernizing legacy applications by preserving original COBOL code. By eliminating COBOL runtime fees permanently, NetCOBOL helps customers greatly reduce cost over other distributed environment COBOL compilers. In addition, NetCOBOL removes cumbersome licensing restrictions and does not force users to work in the traditional locked down environment with proprietary dialect, features and tools commonly associated with other COBOL compiler vendors.

One notable feature of the newly released NetCOBOL for Linux v11 is support for Hadoop. A newer NoSQL database technology commonly used in big data implementations, Hadoop can now be integrated into existing COBOL to expose data in analytical cubes or data warehouse operations.

Other new features and performance enhancements provided by this NetCOBOL for Linux v11 release include:

  • Encoding form support of UTF-32 and Shift-JIS for new localization
  • Support of named pipe of COBOL File Access Routine

These newest enhancements serve to heighten capability, bolster performance and improve productivity. Coupled with the absence of runtime fees, the latest NetCOBOL for Linux v11 also helps significantly reduce costs normally associated with COBOL compilers. In addition, this solution extends the reliability of NetCOBOL for Windows® to the Linux environment by enabling COBOL applications to interoperate with modern programming languages for the creation of a flexible, future-proof enterprise system.

“This latest version of NetCOBOL ultimately helps improve the user experience,” said Tim O’Brien, director of enterprise solutions for GT Software. “We’re excited to add this to our portfolio of NetCOBOL offerings to help our customers leverage COBOL in the most meaningful way for their organizations.”

Upcoming COBOL Webinar Series

To help COBOL users better understand the key considerations for selecting a COBOL compiler along with how to maximize the ROI, GT Software is hosting a ReFOCUS Your COBOL webinar series. Hosted by O’Brien, this special series focuses on how organizations currently running COBOL applications on .NET, Windows, or Linux can leverage Fujitsu NetCOBOL to realize tangible benefits.

The first webinar in the series, “Locked into an Expensive COBOL Compiler? Break Free of Runtime Fees Forever!” covered the hidden costs of distributed system COBOL compilers and explored the true total cost of ownership. A download of the webinar recording is available on GT Software’s website.

April Webinar: “Gain AGILITY in a COBOL Compiler without Jumping Through Hoops”

Break the constraints of inflexible licensing, forced upgrades and expense

Scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 at 2 p.m. EDT, this webinar will focus on how to reduce reliance on proprietary dialect features and tools, thereby freeing users from high costs and forced upgrades. It will also cover the licensing and standards compliance benefits COBOL users can realize.

May Webinar: “Getting a QUALITY Compiler for COBOL Shouldn’t Be Restrictive”

Break free of proprietary policy and regain power to prepare for the future

Scheduled for Tuesday, May 5 at 2 p.m. EDT, this webinar will address how to choose a quality vendor, considerations for a more flexible, scalable COBOL compiler and the benefits of a more powerful, intuitive developer environment.

Register for both webinars by visiting the webinar series event page.

For more information about Fujitsu NetCOBOL solutions, please visit

About GT Software

For more than 30 years GT Software has helped enterprise organizations align their IT infrastructure with business strategy. GT Software is the distributor of Fujitsu NetCOBOL outside of Japan. More than 2,500 organizations across the globe trust GT Software’s solutions to improve customer experiences, operational efficiency and innovation. For more information, visit

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Pamela Bartz, 404-303-2416

Release Summary

GT Software Announces Release of Fujitsu NetCOBOL for Linux v11 to Further Reduce Cost and Increase Data Agility


GT Software
Pamela Bartz, 404-303-2416