Connecting Calling all COBOL Programmers to those needing these services

Hi everyone!

First off, thank you all for contributing to the overwhelming response of COBOL skills needed. The mainframe and COBOL community is strong, and the response certainly is a reflection of that.

I’m sure there is a fair amount of “what’s next?” questions rattling around, so I want to address that.

  • First off, there has been significant uptick in the press and media around this initiative which is drawing awareness across the tech industry and larger corporations as a whole.
  • Open Mainframe Project member companies are educating their sales and account manager who engage with clients needing COBOL skills regularly to make them aware of this initiative. Many will be reaching out to individuals in this forum category for open positions they have.
  • For those needing some skills training, the COBOL training materials are now available at Those materials are also open for contribution, feel free to create an issue or pull request as appropriate.

Thank you again for enthusiastic response - collectively you’ve changed the narrative of COBOL talent!

Thank you,

John Mertic
Director, Open Mainframe Project and Program Director, Linux Foundation

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  • Name: Arturo Villamor
  • COBOL Experience :
    Beginner to Intermediate ( need to refresh )
    Been programming other languages since
    COBOL including RPG/AS400,
    dBase(IBM PS/2),
    foxpro (Compaq Proliant 3000, Novell),
    VBA/ VB6 / VB.Net (MSSQL 2008),
    T-SQL /foxpro (MSSQL 2000/2008)
  • Location: (City, State, Country) :
    Gen.Trias City Cavite Philippines
  • Availability: Part-Time
  • Availability Type:
    Available to Hire and Volunteer
  • Link to LinkedIn profile:
    Studied COBOL at Systems Technology Institute in 1984 & completed 360hr OnTheJob Training at Systems Resources Inc. in 1985.
    Worked as Ext Debt Specialist since
    served in Central Bank Philippines
    for 6-1/2 years
    Worked as IT Manager (MIS software)
    since served in Gulf Union Insurance
    Bahrain for 22 years
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  • Name: Raymond YaoJohn Malone
  • COBOL Experience: Execellent
  • Location : Morristown, NJ USA
  • Availability: Part-time / Full-time
  • Availability Type: Available to Hire
  • Link to LinkedIn profile :
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  • COBOL Experience: Expert
  • Location : OTTAWA ONTARIO
  • Availability: FULL TIE
  • Availability Type: ANYTIME
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Name: Manoj Sohanlal Khindria
COBOL Experience: Expert
Other related exp: IDMS, ADSO, CICS, DB2, JCL, VSAM, ISPF, ENDEAVOR, REXX, CA-7.
Location: Mumbai, India
Availability: Full time
Availability type: Available for hire as well as Volunteer

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  • Name: Henry Ong
  • COBOL Experience: Expert
  • Location : Singapore
  • Availability: Part-time or Full-time
  • Availability Type: Available to Hire
  • Link to LinkedIn profile :
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It’s been 25 years since I last programmed in COBOL. We had an IBM mainframe computer with a VM operating system. I thought COBOL was irrelevant these days.

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  • Name: Ryan Rozwadowski
  • COBOL Experience: Expert
  • Location: Detroit, Michigan
  • Availability: Full-time
  • Availability Type: Available to Hire
  • Link to LinkedIn profile: Please contact me for more information - 25+ Years experience and unlimited resources for COBOL
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Name: Paul Raskin
COBOL Experience: Intermediate
Location: San Francisco area
Availability Part time
Type: Available to Hire

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Mark J Shaw

  • COBOL Experience: Expert
  • Location : Omaha, NE USA … Will relocate for right opportunity
  • Availability: Part-time / Full-time
  • Availability Type: Available to Hire

Professional Summary:
Experienced professional with an application system background who creatively solves the most vexing business problems. Highly adaptable quick starter who effectively utilizes available resources.

Technical Skills:
HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, GitHub, SQL Server, Unix, Batch scripting, CICS, COBOL, COBOL II, Microfocus Cobol, MQ Series, Easytrieve Plus, DYL-280, DB2, UDB, ADABASE, Query Analyzer, DataCom, Endevor, Abend-Aid, Intertest, Expediter, TMON, Omegamon, TSO, JCL, ISPF, JES2, CA 11, CA/1, MVS, DOS/VSE-ESA, IBM z/OS 1.5 & 2.4 IBM 3090 & OS390, VM, VSAM, Panvalet, Librarian, FileAid, Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes, DOS 3.0-6.1, OS/2, Windows 3-95,98,2000, XP, Vista, Win7, Win10.

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Name: Jim Grant
COBOL experience
Started in 1964, designed and programmed many accounting systems:
Payroll, Accts Receivable, Accts Payable, etc. etc.
Have designed and programmed many other systems in RPG:
Payroll, Inventory Control, Radio Station scheduling, etc., etc.
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Availability: Part time
Have worked in Steel mills, Telephone companies, Universities, Data centres.
Excellent diagnostic and correction skills (somewhat rusty)
Have been Programmer, Systems Analyst, DP Manager, Data Centre owner.

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Hello and thank you for your COBOL training materials. I was a COBOL/CICS programmer for over two decades, however, I am in need of materials to refresh my skills. I am certain your courses will help in this regards.

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  • Name: Dwayne Sharpe
  • COBOL Experience: Expert - Mainframe MVS, TSO, VSAM, IMS, DB2, DYL-280, Vision Results, JCL
  • PC: Windows, VB6, MicroFocus Cobol, DB2
  • Tech Writer: Excellent documentation skills, SDLC Management
  • Ability to convert DYL programs to Cobol
  • Location : Long Beach, CA
  • Availability: Part-time / Remote
  • Link to LinkedIn:
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I’m interested and do not need training. I’ve worked with COBOL for over 15 years. Worked on many platforms, mainframes and on Net Express Windows machines. I love the language and moved into other languages over time. I’m interested in doing some part-time work, however if something came along full-time I’m also open.

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Available COBOL (IBM Cobol, Microfocus Cobol) Developer for Hire!

I am a very experienced IBM Cobol developer (with 10 years of IBM Cobol (VSAM, DB2, JCL, Roscoe, TSO, CICS) and Microfocus Cobol (7+ years of Microfocus Cobol conversion projects with experience migrating Mainframe IBM/HP Cobol to Mini/Micro conversion).

Contact me, I am available for immediate hire!
Thank you,
Mark Michaud.

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  • Name: Chandrika Hariharan
  • COBOL Experience: Expert - Mainframe MVS, TSO, IDMS/ADS/O, JCL
    *Project Lead Onsite Coordinator Experience = Excellent documentation skills, SDLC Management, worked with conversion of OMNISCRIPT / OMNIPLUS
  • Location : Pittsburgh.PA
  • Availability: Part-time / Volunteer - Remote
  • Link to LinkedIn:
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