Fortran, Pascal and Cobol; the first three high level programming languages I learned. Perhaps I should tender...
The UK’s Ministry of Justice has handed incumbent supplier CGI a new £90m contract without open competition in a seemingly desperate bid to keep its Cobol, Fortran, and Pascal applications up and running. In what might be seen as a skin-of-the-teeth procurement, the MoJ was set to see the contract with CGI expire on 30 …
If my now separated wife were not gainfully employed otherwise she would also be able to do the work. She works in student recruitment and admissions but when her university redid their student management software she helped write some of the code required, just for the fun of coding again.
She graduated BA in Maths, BSc in CompSci in the early ‘90s.
Not sure our daughter who is bioinformatics has the necessary chops but she and her hubby are into legacy systems so it would not be impossible.
Myself as a scientist largely limited myself to things like SQLat need. I’m a dab hand at FileMaker, benchtop robots etc.
To manage any reasonably complex IT setup requires deep knowledge of the systems, their history and their past problems.
You simply cannot dump the current maintainers of the system and wheel a new lot in. Well you can but expect frequent crashes and outages if you do.
They would have saved the tax payer a ton of money, and had a more modern reliable system if they had kept the whole shebang in-house 20 years ago.