The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-07-12T00:00:03Z Micro Focus to host Upcoming Cyber Security Seminars for IT Professionals 2016-07-12T00:00:03Z micro-focus-to-host-upcoming-cyber-security-seminars-for-it-professionals MELBOURNE, July 12, 2016 — Micro Focus, the 2015 UK tech company of the year, announced today it will host a national series of upcoming breakfast seminars, focused on managing and governing identities in highly dynamic environments for cyber security professionals. As reported by the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report released in April 2016, a staggering 63 percent of confirmed breaches were derived from weak, default or stolen credentials. At a time when insider breaches are becoming more prevalent and costly, identity governance investments need to move beyond simply satisfying auditors to play a much larger role in reducing risk by shrinking the attack surface of excessive access. Unfortunately, no IT organisation is immune, and in response, many IT teams focus identity governance on satisfying auditors, while half-hearted business participation results in little risk reduction. Identity governance must become more adaptive to support the needs of today’s dynamic organisations. Travis Greene, Identity Solutions Strategist at Micro Focus, will present and answer some of the difficult challenges IT organisations face when it comes to identity governance. Travis possesses a blend of IT operations and security experience, process design, organizational leadership and technical skills. After a 10-year career as a US Naval Officer, he started in IT as a Data Center Manager for a hosting company. In early 2002, Travis joined a Managed Service Provider as the leader of the service level and continuous improvement team. Today, Travis conducts research with Micro Focus customers, industry analysts, and partners to understand current Identity and Access Management challenges, with a focus on provisioning, governance and user activity monitoring solutions. Travis is Expert Certified in ITIL and holds a BS in Computer Science from the US Naval Academy. Australian dates and venues and more information regarding these seminars can be found here: www.microfocus.com/anz About Micro Focus Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L) is a global enterprise software company helping customers innovate faster with lower risk. Our software helps customers build, operate and secure IT systems that bring together existing business logic and applications with emerging technologies to meet increasingly complex business demands. For more information, visit: www.microfocus.com.   ### Borland Updates Silk Portfolio – Focusing on Performance and Collaboration Across all Testing Assets 2015-03-11T23:00:00Z borland-updates-silk-portfolio-focusing-on-performance-and-collaboration-across-all-testing-assets Borland, a Micro Focus company (LSE: MCRO.L), today announced updates to the Borland Silk Portfolio – extending its comprehensive set of quality and performance testing tools for desktop, web, cloud and mobile to include network and collaborative testing. The latest version will help enable customers to gain a truer understanding of what global end users are experiencing. As a result, customers can be empowered to deliver high-quality applications that run at optimum performance levels quickly and efficiently while improving team collaboration. To meet the expectations of today’s commercial software consumers, enterprise organisations must understand and test true user experience on a large and global scale in order to deliver quality business applications that work flawlessly. While software development teams battle an ever-expanding number of platforms, browsers, mobile devices and operating systems, traditional application testing is not enough. To further add to application quality complexities, a lack of collaboration between development, business and quality assurance teams means that changes to a development project are not effectively communicated to all stakeholders, fuelling schedule delays and additional costs.Silk Performer has introduced new features to simulate a variety of wired, wireless and mobile network technologies. In addition to mobile bandwidth limitations like 3G, HSPA+ and LTE, the solution also simulates packet drop rate and latency. It enables enterprise organisations to measure the impact of different network conditions like poor antenna signal, high latency on long distance connections and reduced transfer rates, meaning issues can be anticipated and tested out before they occur.  This enables them to ensure quality user experience no matter how and from where their users access their applications. Furthermore, through SilkPerformer Remedy, organisations can now load test Remedy AR System Web solutions, the four-tier system architecture, to simulate IT system users experience reliably on a large scale. To address the challenge of successful collaboration between technical and business focused users, Silk Test and Silk Central have introduced a collaborative approach to linking business objectives to testing teams called keyword-driven testing (KDT). Developers and testers can now develop the test keywords and let the business analysts and domain experts define the complex business workflows using the keywords, enabling more effective test collaboration. This helps increase productivity and improves testing return on investment (ROI) by reducing the cost and time needed for test design, automation and execution.  Enhancing cloud-based load testing of internal applications behind the firewall, Silk Performer CloudBurst has been extended to include support for testing non-web enterprise applications like SAPGUI, Oracle Applications and Citrix from the cloud using a built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN).  This means that enterprises can be confident about safely testing the performance of their in house applications while keeping costs down.   “End user expectations are higher than ever, which puts enormous pressure on software development teams to deliver sub-second response times, right-first-time applications and new products every few months,” said Archie Roboostoff, Borland Solutions Portfolio Director at Micro Focus. “Our goal is to anticipate and address every challenge for our customers across the testing segment of the software development supply chain, helping them keep pace with end user and business demands for high quality applications first time.   “The latest updates to our Silk Portfolio deliver on this mission, particularly with the introduction of industry-leading functionalities that broaden the test scope to include network infrastructure virtualisation and an increasing range of internal enterprise applications behind the firewall,” added Roboostoff. Additional Silk Portfolio updates include: Silk Performer – Network emulation has been introduced to simulate mobile bandwidth limitations, packet drop rates and latency, enabling software development teams to measure the impact of different network conditions including poor antenna signal, high latency on long distance connections and reduced transfer rates. Silk Test – Keyword-driven testing has been added. Silk Test keeps test design separate from the actual test script to enhance productivity and collaboration between users, and to let key stakeholders, such as line of business owners, easily participate in application testing.  Cross-browser support has also been enhanced, enabling users to immediately validate their web application on the latest browser versions when they are released without the need to update Silk Test. Silk Central – Keyword-driven testing has been added to aid collaboration across business and technical teams, and improve productivity. The keyword-driven testing integration between Silk Central and Silk Test delivers a seamless transition from manual to automated testing for all users. Silk Performer CloudBurst – Support for testing of non-web enterprise applications like SAPGUI, Oracle Applications and Citrix from the Cloud using built-in VPN has been included.  This enables enterprises to leverage the elasticity of the Cloud to test the performance of their most critical enterprise applications. The Silk Portfolio end-to-end quality solution helps development organisations manage the uncertainties and risk brought about by new technology platforms, multiple devices and network speeds, and the increasing pace of product deliveries, all while ensuring the new notion of quality throughout the software development lifecycle. To find out more about the Borland Silk product set visit: http://www.borland.com/ProductsAbout Borland Originating in 1983, Borland Software Corporation is a world-class provider of requirements, test and change management solutions. As part of Micro Focus Ltd, a member of the FTSE 250, Borland offers tools that are open, agile and work across the entire Application Development Lifecycle to enable customers to build better software, faster. For additional information please visit www.borland.com  Follow Micro Focus and Borland on twitter | linkedin| community Micro Focus International Completes Merger with the Attachmate Group 2014-11-21T00:30:00Z micro-focus-international-completes-merger-with-the-attachmate-group Micro Focus International (LON: MCRO) today announced the completion of its merger with the Attachmate Group under the terms of the definitive agreement disclosed on 15 September, 2014.   Micro Focus International is a global leader in infrastructure software that understands the technology needs and challenges of the world¹s most demanding businesses. The enlarged company has significantly increased scale, with combined revenues of $1.4B, more than 4,500 employees, more than 5,000 partners operating across more than 30 countries and a customer base well in excess of 20,000. For customers, an expanded presence in all significant international markets and a broader product portfolio helps organisations to bridge the old and the new.   This means customers can leverage existing IT investments but also innovate to embrace opportunities presented by emerging IT trends, whilst protecting corporate information at all times.  Principal brands of the Micro Focus Group are: Attachmate, Borland, Micro Focus, NetIQ, Novell and SUSE.   "Today, Micro Focus and the Attachmate Group completed our agreement to merge the two organisations," said Kevin Loosemore, Executive Chairman of Micro Focus International.   "This is a transformational event that enables Micro Focus International to meet further the needs and demands of our customers and global partner network with greater scale, a broader portfolio and the global reach their businesses require."  About Micro Focus International  Micro Focus International (LSE: MCRO.L) is a global enterprise infrastructure software company that understands the technology needs and challenges of the world¹s most demanding businesses.  With more than 35 years of experience and expertise, the company helps organisations to bridge the old and the new.  Our products and services help organisations leverage existing IT investments but also innovate to embrace opportunities presented by emerging IT trends, whilst protecting corporate information at all times.  Principal brands of Micro Focus International are: Attachmate, Borland, Micro Focus, NetIQ, Novell and SUSE. For more information, visit: www.microfocusinternational.com  About the Attachmate Group   Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the Attachmate Group is a software holding company, comprising distinct IT brands dedicated to the long-term success of our customers. We deliver enterprise solutions to extend, manage and secure increasingly complex IT environments. Principal holdings include Attachmate, NetIQ, Novell and SUSE.  EnquiriesPowerscourt Giles Sanderson Nick Dibden Sophie MoateTel: +44 (0)20 7250 1446   Borland Positioned as a “Leader” for the Third Year Running* in the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites report 2014-10-01T22:30:00Z borland-positioned-as-a-leader-for-the-third-year-running-in-the-gartner-2014-magic-quadrant-for-integrated-software-quality-suites-report For the third year running, Borland, a Micro Focus company (LSE: MCRO.L), has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the “Leaders” quadrant of the 2014 Magic Quadrant Integrated Software Quality Suites report. The quadrant is based on an assessment of a company's ability to execute and completeness of vision. Borland has continued to innovate its Silk Portfolio - a comprehensive set of quality and performance tools for desktop, web, cloud and mobile. Recent updates include load testing virtual private networks (VPNs), web page optimisation, cross browser testing across web and mobile web applications, and support for Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure in addition to Amazon Web Services.   According to the report, “Testing is one of the key processes in the software development life cycle. The market has been steadily maturing to deliver improved user success, but technology changes like agile practices, mobile computing and cloud platforms can complicate vendor evaluation for testers and test managers.”   Archie Roboostoff, Borland Solutions Portfolio Director at Micro Focus, added: “Our commitment to a continuous stream of innovation in the software quality space, including mobile and agile, aims to deliver on the ever changing needs of our customers where quality is about much more than functionality.     Continuing, Roboostoff said: “Our rich feature-set and wide integration capability means we enable our customers to validate quality across any device and any application running on any infrastructure.  The end result is applications that work, perform and have a strong user experience.”   Borland’s range of software in the distributed testing tool market has full support for the development life cycle, including tools for assessing code quality and integration between requirements and change management. The company has also put a focus on how to deal with highly distributed teams who collaborate to develop, test and deliver software applications – particularly the needs of customers who use outsource partners in a “supply chain” of software development.   Gartner, Inc., Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites, Mark Driver, Thomas E. Murphy, Nathan Wilson, Ray Valdes, David Norton, Maritess Sobejana, August 28, 2014. *Borland is represented by Micro Focus in the Magic Quadrant after acquisition. Gartner, Inc., Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites, Thomas E. Murphy, January 31, 2011.     Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.   #   #   #  Notes to Editors   Gartner defines Leaders as having broad portfolios covering test management, functional and performance test automation. Each also has support for additional quality measures such as code quality, database testing, and either deep platform or broad technology support. At its core, the testing market is quite mature with a strong stratification of vendors by annual revenue. These companies are well suited as the backbone of a testing organisation's tool suite, and this is proven via a global presence and significant market shares. These vendors have significant partnerships and show consistency in execution of programs including acquisitions. However, note that, because of the breadth of customer bases and pace of change in the market, these vendors may at times lag in technology adoption which opens up space for competitors. About Borland   Originating in 1983, Borland Software Corporation is a world-class provider of requirements, test and change management solutions. As part of Micro Focus Ltd, a member of the FTSE 250, Borland offers tools that are open, agile and work across the entire Application Development Lifecycle to enable customers to build better software, faster. For additional information please visit www.borland.com  Follow Micro Focus and Borland on twitter | linkedin | community Proposed Merger between Micro Focus and the Attachmate Group to create a leading global infrastructure company 2014-09-16T23:30:53Z proposed-merger-between-micro-focus-and-the-attachmate-group-to-create-a-leading-global-infrastructure-company Micro Focus International plc (“Micro Focus” or “the Group”, LSE: MCRO.L), the international software product group, announced today that it has reached agreement on the terms of a merger with the Attachmate Group.    The Enlarged Group will be a leading global infrastructure software company with combined revenues of $1.4 billion*, Underlying Adjusted EBITDA of $0.5 billion* and operations in all major geographies, combining the talents of more than 4,500 employees.  The Merger represents a significant increase in the scale and breadth of Micro Focus, combining Micro Focus’ strong product franchises with the Attachmate Group product portfolios serving adjacent and complementary market segments.  The Enlarged Group would benefit from a top three global market position in a number of key segments, including off-mainframe COBOL, mainframe modernisation, host connectivity and Linux operating systems   Commenting on the proposed Merger, Kevin Loosemore, Executive Chairman, Micro Focus, said: “There is compelling rationale behind this Merger. Both companies are well established enterprise software vendors operating at a global scale with a presence in all significant international markets.  Both hold a portfolio of software solutions which address specific aspects of the infrastructure software requirements of a substantial installed base of large enterprise customers, with no material customer concentration or direct overlap; and both Attachmate and Micro Focus’ respective product groups are predominantly mature solution sets which are embedded within the IT infrastructures of large corporate customers.”    “The Board believes that the Merger will deliver a more attractive and expanded product offer to customers.  The Enlarged Group will provide choices as organisations address increasingly complex IT challenges and strive to preserve business logic and data as they bridge from the old and the new to exploit new technology trends, such as the cloud or mobility”, continued Loosemore.  “The Board believes that the proposed Merger presents a rare opportunity to achieve a significant increase in the scale and breadth of Micro Focus, with the potential to deliver shareholder returns that are superior to those likely to be achieved on an organic basis.”   Attachmate solutions help organisations worldwide put their existing IT assets to work. Built to integrate existing systems and emerging technologies, Attachmate helps organisations extend, manage, and secure essential business information. The Attachmate Group maintains its principal office in Houston, Texas and operates its business from four main distributed offices in Provo, Utah; Houston, Texas; Seattle, Washington and Nuremburg, Germany. It comprises four principal software product portfolios: Attachmate, which delivers advanced software for terminal emulation, legacy modernisation and managed file transfer; NetIQ provides integrated identity, access, security and data center solutions to help organisations securely deliver, measure and manage computing services across physical, virtual and cloud computing environments. Novell delivers solutions that make people more productive and work environments more secure and manageable. SUSE offers Linux and open source solutions, such as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, that provide reliable, interoperable Linux and cloud infrastructure solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility.  "The merger of the Attachmate Group with Micro Focus will result in a greater breadth of solutions, extensive global presence, and significant financial strength,” said Jeff Hawn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Attachmate Group. “The combined company will be even better able to help customers address their business and IT challenges in light of increasing complexity, change and risk."   Like Micro Focus, the Attachmate Group has been in business for over 30 years. It has more than 3,300 employees across 80 offices worldwide from which it serves more than 23,000 customers.  Micro Focus’ market leading software is used by more than 11,000 customers, with 2 million licenced users, and the Group operates from 37 offices worldwide, employing more than 1,200 employees.  Merger Terms  In the terms of the proposed Merger, Micro Focus will acquire the entire issued share capital of the Attachmate Group, in exchange for the issue of approximately 86.60 million ordinary shares to Attachmate’s parent company, Wizard Parent, LLC (“Wizard”). This is equal to approximately 40.0 per cent of the enlarged share capital following the Merger, assuming Micro Focus’ previously announced return of value is implemented. Based on Micro Focus’ closing share price as at 12 September 2014 of 842.5p, the value of the shares to be allotted to Wizard is approximately £729.6 million ($1,184.0 million) which together with net debt of Attachmate as at 31 July 2014 of $1,165.8 million gives an enterprise value to the transaction of $2,349.8 million before costs.  In the year ended 31 March 2014 Attachmate generated revenues of $956.8 million and Underlying Adjusted EBITDA of $312.8 million.   The Merger constitutes a reverse takeover for the purposes of the London Stock Exchange’s Listing Rules, and is subject to the satisfaction of a number of conditions, including, amongst other things, publication of a prospectus relating to the Enlarged Group, applicable regulatory and anti-trust approvals having been obtained, consummation of the refinancing of Micro Focus and Attachmate bank debt and Micro Focus Shareholder approval. Subject to these conditions, the Company currently expects completion of the Merger to occur in November 2014.   * - Based on revenue at Underlying Adjusted EBITDA for the Micro Focus Group for the financial year ended 30 April 2014 and for the Attachmate Group for the financial year ended 31 March 2014.  Note – Restricted Territory is any one of the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, the Republic of South Africa and New Zealand.  EnquiriesMicro Focus Tel: +44 (0)1635 32646 Kevin Loosemore, Executive Chairman Mike Phillips, Chief Financial Officer Tim Brill, IR DirectorPowerscourt Tel: +44 (0)20 7250 1446 Giles Sanderson Nick Dibden Sophie Moate  About Micro Focus Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, is an Enterprise Application Modernisation and Testing software company that provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernisation, Management and Testing software enables customers' business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.comFollow Micro Focus on twitter | linkedin | community Borland Updates Silk Portfolio ­Focusing on Choice, Visibility and Performance Across all Testing Assets 2014-08-12T23:59:35Z -146 To meet the demands of today's mobile workforce, enterprise organisations continue to make their applications remotely available for employee access through a virtual private network (VPN). Typically, these internal applications that often underpin and run a business are difficult to load test because they sit behind the company firewall. To address this challenge, Borland, a Micro Focus company (LSE: MCRO.L), today announced updates to the Borland Silk Portfolio - a comprehensive set of quality and performance tools for desktop, web, cloud and mobile ­ which includes cloud-based load testing for internal applications. Building on a proven technology foundation set, the Silk Portfolio updates also include automatic detection and suggested resolutions to optimise slow web pages via Google PageSpeed integration with Silk Performer. To solve the complex challenge of keeping pace with an ever growing variety of browsers and devices, Silk Central Connect has introduced new features to deliver true cross browser testing across web and mobile web applications. This release extends support to include Safari on iOS, meaning Silk Central Connect now provides cover for over 95% of all market browsers. Borland customers can also embrace HTML5, web and mobile development and quickly test across a variety of platforms without costly hardware or configuration setups. With pre-configured Amazon images that support Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, Silk Central Connect initialises the configurations and executes the tests for fast and easy cross browser configuration testing. To address the challenge of cloud-to-cloud based application performance testing, Silk Performer CloudBurst has extended its support to include Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure in addition to Amazon Web Services. Now customers have a choice of providers and can ensure performance and a smooth customer experience across both platforms.  "Borland's mission is to help customers validate quality across any device and any application running on any infrastructure. In today's era of consumer choice, quality is much more than just functionality. It involves validating that applications work, perform, have a strong user experience, and ultimately fulfil the strategic needs of the end customer," said Archie Roboostoff, Borland Solutions Portfolio Director at Micro Focus. "The latest updates to our portfolio continue to address the new notion of quality while eliminating the pains our customers feel as they struggle to keep pace with continuous market challenges and end user demands." Specific Silk Portfolio updates include: · Silk Performer CloudBurst ­ VPN tunnelling functionality has been added, enabling powerful cloud-based load testing of internal applications behind the firewall without the burden of costly setup and hardware.Support for Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure, as well as Amazon Web Services (AWS) has also been added, providing more choice and scalability for customers. It allows customers to load test cloud-based applications from a separate cloud platform. Customers can also simulate users from 14 different global locations to truly understand a global customer experience without requiring the infrastructure or setup complexity.  · Silk Performer ­ Performance testing for web and mobile applications now integrates Google PageSpeed, enabling automatic detection of slow web pages and providing a resolution in plain English to help customers optimise their web applications.  · Silk Central Connect ­ Cloud-based cross browser testing infrastructure for web and mobile web applications has been extended to include Safari on iOS, providing cover for over 95% of all market browsers. All testing is done on genuine versions of mobile and web browsers, nothing is simulated.   · Silk Central ­ New support added for Git source code management, the popular distributed version control system.  Customers are now able to validate code to test runs and ensure visibility across all quality stakeholders in Git.  The Silk Portfolio end-to-end quality solution helps development organisations manage the uncertainties and risk brought about by new technology platforms, multiple devices and network speeds, and the increasing pace of product deliveries, all while ensuring the new notion of quality throughout the software development lifecycle. To find out more about the Borland Silk product set visit: http://www.borland.com/resources/software-delivery/testing.aspx  About Borland   Originating in 1983, Borland Software Corporation is a world-class provider of requirements, test and change management solutions. As part of Micro Focus Ltd, a member of the FTSE 250, Borland offers tools that are open, agile and work across the entire Application Development Lifecycle to enable customers to build better software, faster. For additional information please visit www.borland.com Follow Micro Focus and Borland on twitter | linkedin| community CIOs Outsource Mainframe Application Development and Testing to Overcome Compliance Challenges 2014-06-29T23:16:55Z cios-outsource-mainframe-application-development-and-testing-to-overcome-compliance-challenges When new legislation or industry regulation requires compliance changes to be made to an organisation’s mainframe applications, an average of one-third of CIOs across Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) today choose to outsource application development and testing. In comparison to other markets, the US leads the charge, outsourcing an average of 62% of testing and development projects, while the UK sits at 40%. This is according to an independent global research study undertaken by Vanson Bourne and commissioned by Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L), which polled 590 CIOs and IT directors across the globe, with 50 surveyed across the ANZ region.   The Documentation Problem  Explaining the compliance challenge, half of IT leaders across ANZ say that it is highly likely or certain that the original knowledge of their mainframe applications and supporting data structure is no longer in the organisation.  Similarly, nearly three quarters (74%) confirm that their organisation’s documentation is incomplete.  This lack of clear or up-to-date records poses a problem in identifying and making compliance changes to the right applications. In fact, almost a quarter (23%) of CIOs confirm they lack the capability to do application compliance change work in-house.   Whether they outsource or not, almost all of respondents (96%) believe that the ability to demonstrate the resilience of their current mainframe environment is important, with 88% believing this ability will only increase in the future.   The Legal Benefit of Outsourcing  When outsourcing mainframe application development and testing to comply with new legislation, 49% of ANZ CIOs contractually pass the legal responsibility for data protection and privacy requirements to their outsourcing partner. A further 18% expressed a desire to do so.    Commenting on the research results, Derek Britton, Director of Product Marketing at Micro Focus said: “On-going legislative changes have resulted in an array of new compliance measures such as ISO27002, Basel III, FACTA and SEPA.  In order to support compliance requirements, organisations need to change and update their core business applications. The complexities of missing code documentation, constrained resource pools and data privacy risks mean companies are frequently turning to the outsource market for this work.   “Contemporary technology can establish repeatable, effective steps for updating core applications, driving efficiencies in the compliance projects at every key stage,” continued Britton.  “In doing so, organisations are able to more effectively balance lights-on and innovation efforts – either directly or via their outsourcing partner - enabling development staff to execute changes more efficiently, while managing the impact of the changes they make.”   ###  Notes to Editors The independent research survey was undertaken by Vanson Bourne in November 2013.  It covered 590 IT decision makers in nine countries including UK (100), France (100), Germany (100), USA (100), Brazil (100), Australia (35), New Zealand (15), Hong Kong (15) and Singapore (25). The respondents were from mainframe organisations with 501+ employees, covering multiple industry sectors.  About Micro Focus  Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernisation, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.com  Follow Micro Focus on twitter | linkedin | community Deakin University Deploys Borland Silk Performer to Enhance Testing Environment and Reduce Costs by 50% 2014-06-04T04:06:54Z deakin-university-deploys-borland-silk-performer-to-enhance-testing-environment-and-reduce-costs-by-50 Micro Focus (LSE:MCRO.L), the leading provider of enterprise application modernisation, testing and management solutions, today announced that one of Australia’s largest higher education institutions, Deakin University, has successfully deployed its Silk suite of testing tools.   Deakin University is one of Australia’s top ten universities, with 44,000 students, including 8,000 international students, and over 3,600 staff. Deakin is renowned for excellent teaching, innovative course delivery and a student-focused culture, earning it a first place in student satisfaction in the state of Victoria and third in Australia. The University’s CIO, William Confalonieri, won CIO of the year 2014 for his work on student services at Deakin with the fully integrated online portal DeakinSync. Testing of DeakinSync was done with the Silk suite of tools.   Technology to support its teaching and learning is paramount to Deakin. Capitalising on new technologies, Deakin aims to deliver responsive programs wherever students are geographically or within their career trajectory and life stage. With thousands of students relying on its Learning Management System as their main point of contact with the university, performance and load testing is essential.   Deakin identified Silk Performer as the right solution for the organisation, meeting all of its requirements, including robust, responsive local support capability. The initial installation of Silk Performer took less than two hours and was fully embedded in Deakin’s testing environment. Following the implementation, the university immediately began to see benefits. With the previous testing environment, the university was unable to leverage existing assets and was duplicating efforts leading to cost increases.  With Silk Performer in place, Deakin reuses technologies and skills in a way that has already reduced costs by 50%. Deakin also noted productivity improvements for developers, who can now quickly script load tests as part of their own development lifecycle; and also for testers, with the nightly pre-scheduled test runs being faster and more reliable   Deakin is planning to create a full-service testing environment with the implementation of Silk Mobile, Silk Test and Silk Central. Silk Mobile will perform application testing needed across all mobile devices for supporting the university’s student communities. Silk Test will be utilised in the regression suites to shorten regression runs and Silk Central will form a central repository to provide visibility across teams. On the support from Micro Focus, Deakin’s Performance Management Unit Leader, Vicki Connor, comments: “The service desk is incredibly efficient. Every request has been dealt with quickly and with great professionalism. With Micro Focus and Silk Performer, we are now ready to take our performance testing environment to the next level.”   “With tens of thousands of students relying on Deakin’s Learning Management System as their main point of contact with the university, end user expectations are very high," comments Eric Feinberg, Senior Sales Manager, ANZ at Micro Focus "It is therefore imperative that a comprehensive performance testing program be put in place, along with the required tools to ensure high system performance no matter what the peak load is."  About Silk Performer Silk Performer is the complete performance testing solution. Use it to create powerful, realistic load tests for thousands of users running business scenarios across a broad range of enterprise application environments including the latest Web 2.0 and mobile technologies. Its integrated diagnostics capabilities enable swift identification and resolution of performance and scalability bottlenecks. Cloud integration quickly simulates massive loads without investment in performance testing hardware and setup. For additional information please visit http://www.borland.com/sdlc/performance-testing/About Borland Originating in 1983, Borland Software Corporation is a world-class provider of requirements, test and change management solutions. As part of Micro Focus Ltd, a member of the FTSE 250, Borland offers tools that are open, agile and work across the entire Application Development Lifecycle to enable customers to build better software, faster. For additional information please visit www.borland.com.Follow Micro Focus and Borland on twitter | linkedin| community CIOs Estimate 48% Rise in Mainframe Application IT Debt over Last 18 Months 2014-03-21T03:27:00Z cios-estimate-48-rise-in-mainframe-application-it-debt-over-last-18-months CIOs and IT directors polled across Australia and New Zealand estimate it would take an average of $9.78 million to bring their outdated mainframe applications up to date – an increase of almost half (48%) from May 2012 when the figure stood at $6.6 million1. That’s according to an independent global research study undertaken by Vanson Bourne and commissioned by Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L).  Respondents also confirmed the IT debt2 problem will only get worse, anticipating an increase of 8% over the next five years.    The modernisation conundrum On average, respondents across Australia and New Zealand expect their organisations to continue relying on mainframe applications for another ten years, with almost half (48%) believing it to be longer than this. However, despite the perceived longevity of mainframe applications and mounting IT debt, the majority (80%) find it difficult justifying the expense of maintaining core applications. As a result, 68% of CIOs admit their business is exposed to compliance and risk issues. Commenting on the research results, Derek Britton, Director of Product Marketing at Micro Focus said: “Core mainframe applications are often the lifeblood of the organisation, yet the burden of IT debt is on the increase. A major factor in this is that many non-IT people think IT innovation only means brand new technology, rather than improving existing, critical applications3. The IT leadership challenge is to find smart ways to blend innovation projects with protecting and evolving their critical systems.” IT skills gap intensifies the problem Almost three quarters (76%) of IT decision makers confirm it is difficult to find staff or new recruits with mainframe application skills and predict that an average of 14% of staff members currently responsible for maintaining mainframe applications will retire in the next five years. Half of CIOs highlight the impact of the problem, confirming that when new legislation or industry regulation requires compliance changes to be made to their mainframe applications, it is highly likely or certain that the original knowledge of the application and supporting data structure is no longer in the organisation. To make matters worse, three out of four (74%) say that their organisation’s application documentation is incomplete. CIOs challenge academia to do more While almost a quarter of respondents (24%) do not feel the government is doing enough to assist in addressing the general IT skills gap, the majority of CIOs (88%) assign overall responsibility for addressing the issue to academia saying they do not believe academic institutions are doing enough. A massive 78% of IT leaders believe it is valuable for students to learn mainframe programming languages such as COBOL and PL/I and more than nine in ten say these languages should be taught as part of the curriculum, whether core (44%) or elective (48%).  The reality is that only 27% of universities around the globe have COBOL as part of their core (18%) or elective (9%) curriculum.4 Additional findings ·       On average, 34% of organisations’ mainframe applications are accessible on mobile devices and in two years’ time this number is expected to rise by 41% ·       58% of organisations have users who need access to mainframe applications through a mobile web browser, 46% need access through an Android application, and 36% need access through iPad/iPhone apps ·       72% of respondents say they find it difficult to develop mainframe applications for mobile devices and 82% say that the mainframe is creating challenges that make it even more difficult to develop mobile apps ·       On average, 31% of current mainframe applications are accessible via the cloud.  This figure is expected to rise to 41% in two years’ time.  80% say that it is difficult to develop mainframe applications for the cloud. “Mainframe applications have provided unrivalled value to organisations for decades,” continues Britton. “Providing continuity and enhancement for those systems is an important part of IT strategy. Micro Focus has worked with hundreds of clients to help them modernise their core IT systems, by enabling them to tackle IT debt while providing the flexibility to meet new market demands.”     ### References 1From an independent research survey undertaken by Vanson Bourne in May 2012. 2IT debt is defined as the cost of clearing the backlog of maintenance to bring the corporate applications portfolio up to date.   372% of CIOs say that non-IT people within their organisation do not base their opinion of IT innovation on updating legacy applications - independent research undertaken by Vanson Bourne in December 2013. 4Micro Focus research, March 2013. Notes to Editors The independent research survey was undertaken by Vanson Bourne in November 2013.  It covered 590 IT decision makers in nine countries including UK (100), France (100), Germany (100), USA (100), Brazil (100), Australia (35), New Zealand (15), Hong Kong (15) and Singapore (25). The respondents were from mainframe organisations with 501+ employees, covering multiple industry sectors. To download an overview of the research, please visit:  http://www.microfocus.com/mainframe-challenges-research.  About Micro Focus Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernisation, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.com. Follow Micro Focus on twitter | linkedin| community. CIOs Believe Green Screen Systems Hamper Retention and Recruitment, Global Study Reveals 2014-03-05T05:38:00Z cios-believe-green-screen-systems-hamper-retention-and-recruitment-global-study-reveals-1 While the majority of organisations today still use green screen applications1, 34% of CIOs across Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) say working with green screen applications is having a negative impact on end user retention and recruitment. That’s according to an independent global research study undertaken by Vanson Bourne and commissioned by Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L).Of the 590 CIOs and IT directors polled from nine countries around the globe, a staggering 86% across ANZ have had complaints from end users about aspects of their green screen applications, while 54% claim end users feel bored, frustrated, ambivalent or restricted when using these applications. IT leaders themselves appear to agree, with 55% believing green screen applications do not do a good job. Barriers to modernisation Research respondents cited a number of barriers that prevent them from tackling the green screen challenge to modernise their applications. ·       Skills deficit: Despite the negative impact on end user retention, 30% of respondents said they do not have the requisite skills in-house to change these applications. 30% reported difficulty hiring new employees who either have prior knowledge of green screen applications or are able to learn them quickly. ·       The role of IT: 76% of respondents said that non-IT people within their organisation do not base their opinion of IT innovation on updating legacy applications. They believe 26% of non-IT people judge innovation on unusual or gimmicky applications and widgets, opting for novelty over legacy. Despite 52% of CIOs believing their IT organisation’s innovation role is integral to the business, 50% said their non-IT people do not see the IT department in an innovative light. Instead, respondents claim more than a third (34%) see it as a support for the organisation and 16% view it as merely a maintenance function. ·       Technical difficulties: More than half (36%) of CIOs believe it would be technically difficult to update the user interface and experience of green screen applications. ·       Cost and risk: 30% of IT leaders think it is too expensive to upgrade, and 30% say it is too risky to contemplate. The productivity opportunity All survey respondents (100%) believe there would be a positive impact on productivity by adding new capabilities to green screen applications. Integration with other in house applications running on a distributed platform was indicated as the most impactful (56%), while mobile access to green screen applications is believed to increase productivity by 40% of CIOs. According to 46%.of CIOs, access to internal or external websites, including an intranet, Google Maps or YellowPages, is believed to improve productivity. Additional findings ·       Around half of respondents (44%) feel that too much time and budget is spent on end user training for green screen applications ·       If they were to upgrade their green screen applications, respondents confirmed the most important functionality factors would be:          o    Integration with common software packages like Microsoft Excel, Skype and other VoIP systems, Google Maps, SAP and Salesforce (60%) o    Productivity enhancements such as pop-up calendars, dropdown menus, tool tips, hyperlinks, in line help and graphs (58%) o    Mobile access to green screen applications (54%) o    Modern, fresh and user friendly interface through browser technology (44%) Commenting on the research results, Derek Britton, Director of Product Marketing at Micro Focus said: “Today’s end-user expects mobility, efficiency and simplicity from their business applications, and the same experience on any device, whenever, wherever. The accepted wisdom is that you cannot provide this from green screen systems – but that isn’t true. “It is possible to both quickly and cheaply modernise green screen systems, delivering new features that take advantage of Windows, the internet and mobile devices, without any application code change or disruption to the end user community. Our Rumba solution delivers exactly that.  This means the intellectual property inherent in green screen applications remains intact to deliver even greater competitive advantage,” concluded Britton. References 1Green screen is the name the IT industry gives to the old single colour interface used to access mainframe systems for a vast number of major businesses worldwide. ### Notes to Editors The independent research survey was undertaken by Vanson Bourne in December 2013.  It covered 590 IT decision makers in nine countries including UK (100), France (100), Germany (100), USA (100), Brazil (100), Australia (35), New Zealand (15), Hong Kong (15) and Singapore (25). The respondents were from mainframe organisations with 501+ employees, covering multiple industry sectors. To download an overview of the research, please click here. For futher information on Rumba, please visit: www.microfocus.com/plus About Micro Focus Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernisation, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.com. Follow Micro Focus on twitter | linkedin| community. CIOs Believe Green Screen Systems Hamper Retention and Recruitment, Global Study Reveals 2014-03-04T23:21:00Z cios-believe-green-screen-systems-hamper-retention-and-recruitment-global-study-reveals While the majority of organisations today still use green screen applications1, 34% of CIOs say working with green screen applications is having a negative impact on end user retention and recruitment. That’s according to an independent global research study undertaken by Vanson Bourne and commissioned by Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L). Of the 590 CIOs and IT directors polled from nine countries around the globe, a staggering 86% have had complaints from end users about aspects of their green screen applications, while 54% claim end users feel bored, frustrated, ambivalent or restricted when using these applications. IT leaders themselves appear to agree, with 55% believing green screen applications do not do a good job. Barriers to modernisation Research respondents cited a number of barriers that prevent them from tackling the green screen challenge to modernise their applications. ·       Skills deficit: Despite the negative impact on end user retention, 30% of respondents said they do not have the requisite skills in-house to change these applications. 30% reported difficulty hiring new employees who either have prior knowledge of green screen applications or are able to learn them quickly. ·       The role of IT: 76% of respondents said that non-IT people within their organisation do not base their opinion of IT innovation on updating legacy applications. They believe 26% of non-IT people judge innovation on unusual or gimmicky applications and widgets, opting for novelty over legacy. Despite 52% of CIOs believing their IT organisation’s innovation role is integral to the business, 50% said their non-IT people do not see the IT department in an innovative light. Instead, respondents claim more than a third (34%) see it as a support for the organisation and 16% view it as merely a maintenance function. ·       Technical difficulties: More than half (36%) of CIOs believe it would be technically difficult to update the user interface and experience of green screen applications. ·       Cost and risk: 30% of IT leaders think it is too expensive to upgrade, and 30% say it is too risky to contemplate. The productivity opportunity All survey respondents (100%) believe there would be a positive impact on productivity by adding new capabilities to green screen applications. Integration with other in house applications running on a distributed platform was indicated as the most impactful (56%), while mobile access to green screen applications is believed to increase productivity by 40% of CIOs. According to 46%.of CIOs, access to internal or external websites, including an intranet, Google Maps or YellowPages, is believed to improve productivity. Additional findings ·       Around half of respondents (44%) feel that too much time and budget is spent on end user training for green screen applications ·       If they were to upgrade their green screen applications, respondents confirmed the most important functionality factors would be: o    Integration with common software packages like Microsoft Excel, Skype and other VoIP systems, Google Maps, SAP and Salesforce (60%) o    Productivity enhancements such as pop-up calendars, dropdown menus, tool tips, hyperlinks, in line help and graphs (58%) o    Mobile access to green screen applications (54%) o    Modern, fresh and user friendly interface through browser technology (44%) Commenting on the research results, Derek Britton, Director of Product Marketing at Micro Focus said: “Today’s end-user expects mobility, efficiency and simplicity from their business applications, and the same experience on any device, whenever, wherever. The accepted wisdom is that you cannot provide this from green screen systems – but that isn’t true. “It is possible to both quickly and cheaply modernise green screen systems, delivering new features that take advantage of Windows, the internet and mobile devices, without any application code change or disruption to the end user community. Our Rumba solution delivers exactly that.  This means the intellectual property inherent in green screen applications remains intact to deliver even greater competitive advantage,” concluded Britton. References 1Green screen is the name the IT industry gives to the old single colour interface used to access mainframe systems for a vast number of major businesses worldwide. ### Notes to Editors The independent research survey was undertaken by Vanson Bourne in December 2013.  It covered 590 IT decision makers in nine countries including UK (100), France (100), Germany (100), USA (100), Brazil (100), Australia (35), New Zealand (15), Hong Kong (15) and Singapore (25). The respondents were from mainframe organisations with 501+ employees, covering multiple industry sectors. To download an overview of the research, please click here. For futher information on Rumba, please visit: www.microfocus.com/plus About Micro Focus Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernisation, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.com. Follow Micro Focus on twitter | linkedin| community. Borland Updates Silk Portfolio – Delivering Test Automation that Embraces Latest HTML5, Web, Mobile and Cloud Developments 2014-02-24T05:41:00Z borland-updates-silk-portfolio-delivering-test-automation-that-embraces-latest-html5-web-mobile-and-cloud-developments Innovations across browsers, tablets and mobile devices have left organisations with the daunting challenge of testing across innumerable device and browser combinations to find both functional and performance issues in their production Web applications. With so many different configurations and platform releases to test, it is no surprise that this effort takes added time and cost to overcome. To help companies get back in-sync with the business needs and speed product delivery, Borland, a Micro Focuscompany (LSE: MCRO.L), today announced significant updates to the Borland Silk Portfolio - a comprehensive set of test automation tools for cloud, web and mobile platforms so organisations can now test any application across any end user configuration faster and easier than ever. The new release also introduces Silk Central Connect, a cross browser testing tool that helps customers solve the challenge of supporting an almost endless variety of browsers and mobile browsers. It provides a virtual execution and configuration environment that can reduce testing time and effort by up to 80%.    “Customers need easy to use tools that do everything from reducing cross browser testing time, to automating manual test processes and ensuring peak performance across all application types,” said Archie Roboostoff, Borland Solutions Portfolio Director at Micro Focus. “The Silk Portfolio of testing solutions brings all of that together, streamlining testing across desktop, web and mobile.” Working with existing development and testing frameworks, the Silk product family delivers more capabilities to make it easier for customers to transition from traditional application environments into more fast paced and agile web and mobile web environments. It reduces time and cost through an innovative virtualised and cloud based infrastructure that brings professional test environments within reach of smaller development teams, and removes the requirement to provision additional costly hardware to complete testing cycles. The end result is a dramatically lowered effort and cost of adopting automation in both agile and traditional development teams. The Silk family of products are seamlessly integrated to deliver additional benefits to users. The new release brings Silk Performer and Silk Test even closer together, enabling customers to leverage their existing script investment to jump start their performance testing initiatives. Customers that already have working Silk Test scripts will find it much easier to get up and running with Silk Performer. Silk Central Connect is embedded in the new update of Silk Central to allow for a seamless upgrade without the need for extra software. Silk Test has also been integrated with Silk Central Connect to harness the power of the cloud to do fast and easy cross browser testing.  Specific Silk Portfolio updates include: • Silk Central Connect – New cloud based cross browser testing tool for web applications on a variety of browsers, without the need to buy expensive hardware. Borland provides Amazon images with various versions of Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer, which can be integrated into Silk Central Connect to quickly test across all browser types with the click of a button. To give a quick and easy view across the multitude of test results, Silk Central Connect delivers a side-by-side result comparison that ensures applications look and feel as they should across popular browser combinations. It allows customers to embrace HTML5, web and mobile developments and quickly test across a variety of platforms. • Silk Central – Test management for agile and traditional development projects that eliminates the need to work from out of date spread sheets and documents. Silk Central gives a unified control and view of all testing activities across the organisation, regardless of tool or technology used. Updates include improved usability, an ability to import requirements from Excel to improve requirements validation and improved decision support via reporting that can be shared across groups and users.  • Silk Test – Powerful test automation that delivers cross browser and cross platform testing designed to be used by a wide variety of users without any coding. For those that prefer to write code and work in the IDE, Silk Test integrates with different IDEs including Microsoft Visual Studio and Eclipse. Updates include improved precision and speed and mobile browser support, which enables customers to use existing desktop browser scripts and run them on Android mobile devices without the need to create additional scripts. Record and replay has been made easy against any application, including mobile browser recording and configuration testing in the cloud, which eases the burden of setting up different configurations.  • Silk Performer & Silk Performer Cloudburst – Easy and cost effective performance and load testing for web 2.0, enterprise and mobile applications. Execute peak load tests in the cloud with Silk Performer CloudBurst without investing in hardware and infrastructure costs.  Updates include an ability to use Silk Performer CloudBurst on internal web applications and enhanced reporting that enables customers to capture all raw measure data of a load test for full results analysis flexibility. This release also extends support for asynchronous web communication to ensure even the most advanced Web applications perform under heavy load. • Silk Mobile – Functional testing of mobile devices across all platforms. Plug in and go, no jail breaking, just install on your PC and plug in any mobile device for automated testing. All the benefits of test automation are now delivered to native mobile applications with Silk Mobile. • Silk WebMeter – Advanced website performance tool that tests websites globally. Free to use, lightweight and easy to use, it sends alerts when web applications are slow and non-responsive and leverages Borland’s global network of servers and agents to ensure applications run 24x7.  “Our aim is to deliver a portfolio of quality products that truly offer a ‘better together’ end user experience,” added Roboostoff.  “Our integrated software quality suite ensures everyone is on the same page during the software delivery and quality process.  The end result is improved collaboration, better products, faster release cycles, lowered development costs and dramatically increased end user satisfaction.” The Silk Portfolio end-to-end solution helps development organisations manage the uncertainties and risk brought about by new technology platforms and multiple devices, networks and operating systems, ensuring quality throughout the software development lifecycle. To find out more about the Borland Silk product set visit: http://www.borland.com/connect. About Borland Originating in 1983, Borland Software Corporation is a world-class provider of requirements, test and change management solutions. As part of Micro Focus Ltd, a member of the FTSE 250, Borland offers tools that are open, agile and work across the entire Application Development Lifecycle to enable customers to build better software, faster. For additional information please visit www.borland.com. Follow Micro Focus and Borland on twitter | linkedin| community Micro Focus Brings the Mainframe to iPads with Rumba+ Mobile 2013-10-17T23:57:00Z micro-focus-brings-the-mainframe-to-ipads-with-rumba-mobile Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L), a leading provider of enterprise application modernisation, testing and management solutions, today announced the availability of Rumba+ Mobile on iPad, the first terminal emulator and user interface (UI) modernisation application for tablet devices. The new solution enables organisations to quickly modernise green-screen applications on mobile devices. The newly presented interfaces quickly improve the end user experience, boost productivity and bring a modern look and feel to legacy business applications, all without the need to change application code or use specialist development skills. The Rumba+ Mobile terminal emulator offers a native iPad client application, taking full advantage of iOS functionalities. It turns green-screen applications into touch-screen apps, with integrated and customisable gestures capabilities or skins, in addition to the use of controls such multi green-screen tables, tabs, images calendars, drop down menus and much more. iPad gestures are also fully integrated and can be customised to interact with the host or to control the terminal emulation session.According to Gartner, Inc. in a recent report “2013 is the year many organisations woke up to the imperative to do something about mobile”1. But according to Kevin Brearley, Director of Product Management at Micro Focus: “The need for mobile apps is challenging the agility of many critical legacy applications today. Traditional 3270 and 5250 or “green-screen” applications are a good example of this. They can be considered out-dated, difficult to learn and navigate for today’s modern user. This not only frustrates employees, but often affects a business’ customer service. In trying to bring these applications forward, organisations often rewrite the entire green screen application, or adopt a middleware solution that connects business logic on the mainframe to the user interface. It’s time consuming and costly and can have an unacceptable time to market. “Our innovative Rumba+ Mobile solution enables businesses to extend existing application investments through the modernisation of mainframe and iSeries green-screen applications. Adopting new trends and technologies allowing mobility like this can enhance a business’ agility and ultimately their competitive advantage. We are helping organisations to improve end user productivity, shorten business process learning cycles and cut through laborious data input/retrieval processes to respond faster to market dynamics. As a result, customers will realise the benefits of increased efficiency, whilst any investments and knowledge present in the existing mainframe applications will be preserved.” Rumba+ is part of a family of enterprise application modernisation technologies from Micro Focus, which help organisations transform the value of their core business systems. In addition to Rumba+ Mobile, companies can also take advantage of Rumba+ Web to enable remote access to centralised applications through web browsers, and Rumba+ Desktop for simple but efficient improvement to their traditional Windows client view of these legacy applications. Rumba+ Mobile apps is now available in the iTunes store. - Ends –Reference:[1] The Mobile Imperative: Mobile Application Strategies and Architecture, David Mitchell Smith, 24 April 2013About Micro FocusMicro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernization, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.com Micro Focus Launches COBOL Code Contest Challenge 2013-10-07T23:59:00Z micro-focus-launches-cobol-code-contest-challenge As part of its Academic Program, Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L), a leading provider of enterprise application modernisation, testing and management solutions, is launching a global COBOL code contest. Student and community developers around the world are being challenged to design and develop a video game program using Micro Focus Visual COBOL Personal Edition, for the chance to win a cash prize of $1,000, an iPad Mini plus other great prizes. The winning game will also make a highlighted appearance in a future release of Visual COBOL.Anyone who dabbles in coding, or who wants to break into code development, can take part in this competition. Contestants can create their entry based on any existing video game, like the COBOL Blitz version of Space Invaders, or invent a new game of their own. The core contest requirement is that the game must contain at least 50% Visual COBOL. By downloading a copy of Visual COBOL Personal Edition – the free version of this innovative programming language – developers can build their video game using the very latest modern IDE of their choice - Visual Studio or Eclipse. Contestants are also encouraged to be creative, combining other programing languages or technologies with Visual COBOL to deliver a real game-changing experience.The contest judging will take place between close on 17 December 2013 and 20 January 2014, with winners announced in late January, 2014. Competition entries will be judged by Micro Focus on a number of criteria including creativity, function, capability, experience and core technology requirements. Participants can also show off their work on the COBOL Community Forum to garner support and feedback on their entries. Full terms and conditions for the contest can be found here.Commenting on the value of the COBOL code contest, Michael Coughlan, Lecturer at University of Limerick said: “COBOL supports 90% of Fortune 500 business systems and many organisations will continue to use it for decades to come. Students who wish to work in enterprise environments need a mixed skill-set, combining experience in modern programing languages with knowledge of enterprise applications written in older languages such as COBOL. Competitions like this help to encourage an interest in COBOL and allow enthusiastic students to gain experience with the language that may prove a useful differentiator when seeking employment in an increasingly competitive job market.” “Since expanding our Academic Program earlier this year in support of the academic institutes, business organisations and student community, we continue our commitment to bridging the IT skills gap and building the next generation of COBOL developers. Since the rebirth of this program, we have seen a real upsurge in academic participants,” said Kevin Brearley, Senior Director of Product Management at Micro Focus. “An additional 44 universities around the globe have signed up to participate in our program – a membership increase of 26% - proving that COBOL has its place in the classroom and remains an importance component of the academic curriculum.” In support of the Academic Program, Micro Focus representatives will be guest lecturing this semester at the University of Limerick, Ireland; Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil and Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo, Brazil. More details and entry to the code contest can be found here: www.microfocus.com/codecontest. - Ends -Notes to Editors · A poll of academic leaders from 119 universities across the world in February 2013 saw more than half (58%) say they believed COBOL programming should be on their curriculum, with 54% estimating the demand for COBOL programming skills would increase or stay the same over the next 10 years. That’s a far cry from today’s reality. Of the 27% confirming COBOL programming was part of their curriculum; only 18% had it as a core part of the course, while the remaining 9% made it an elective component. · Bridging the COBOL skills gap infographic · COBOL in demand:o COBOL supports 90% of Fortune 500 business systems every dayo 70% of all critical business logic and data is written in COBOLo COBOL connects 500 million mobile phone users every dayo COBOL applications manage the care of 60 million patients every dayo COBOL powers 85% of all daily business transactions processedo COBOL applications move 72,000 shipping containers every day and process 85% of port transactionso 95% of all ATM transactions use COBOLo COBOL enables 96,000 vacations to be booked every yearo COBOL powers 80% of all point-of-sale transactionso There are 200 more COBOL transactions per day than Google + You Tube searches worldwideo $2 trillion worth of mainframe applications in corporations are written in COBOLo 1.5 million new lines of COBOL code are written every dayo 5 billion lines of new COBOL code are developed every yearo The total investment in COBOL technologies, staff and hardware is estimated at $5 trilliono An estimated 2 million people are currently working in COBOL Sources: Aberdeen Group; Giga Information Group; Database & Network Journal; The COBOL Report; SearchEngineWatch.com; Tactical Strategy Group; The Future of COBOL Report. About Micro FocusMicro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernisation, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.com About the Micro Focus Academic ProgramThe Academic Program supports new and existing university IT programs to meet the demands of today’s business organisations, facilitates greater collaboration between businesses and academic communities and provides an interface through which existing students can connect with prospective employers seeking COBOL based development skills. ikeGPS Deploys Borland Silk Mobile to Reduce Mobile Apps Testing Time by 25 Percent 2013-08-21T14:00:00Z ikegps-deploys-borland-silk-mobile-to-reduce-mobile-apps-testing-time-by-25-percent Micro Focus (LSE:MCRO.L), the leading provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, today announced that New Zealand-based Geographic Information System (GIS) company, ikeGPS, has successfully deployed its Silk Mobile testing tool. ikeGPS’ Windows Mobile-based GIS solution integrates hardware and software to enable users to generate instant CAD models and exact-scale, geo-located 3D models at the touch of a button. ikeGPS has been recognised in theInnovative High Tech Hardware Product category at this year’s NZ High Tech awards . Silk Mobile enables organisations to create and run tests to replicate the genuine user experience across a variety of mobile platforms including Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Symbian and HTML5. ikeGPS hardware and software is used worldwide by utility companies, defence forces, intelligence groups, energy companies, city councils, police and other organisations that need to map, measure or otherwise record physical objects or geographical features. The company has an intensive testing regime in place to respond to the ever-changing needs of its diverse customer base. “Quality and reliability are crucial to our customers,” commented Jeremy Gold, software architect at ikeGPS. “We test the devices and software in real world conditions using ‘Scrum’, an iterative and incremental, agile software development process. Increasingly complex test requirements made it difficult to meet demands using our existing manual testing processes. We needed to introduce more automation. “We identified Silk Mobile as the right solution for us due to its easy-to-use interface that enabled a fast uptake with our developers, in addition to the tool’s deployment flexibility and the ability to be used across multiple hardware platforms.” ikeGPS also identified the potential to reduce testing errors through the introduction of automation. Following the implementation, the company immediately began to see benefits, particularly in relation to testing times, which dropped by 25 percent. “Following the Silk Mobile implementation, the testing effort was soon reduced by a quarter, added Gold. “Four-person testing days were reduced to three, which is extremely significant for us since every day saved on testing can be spent on developing innovative new product features. In a two week development sprint with four team members, this represents a significant increase in available resources and will translate to cost savings too. In fact, we expect to achieve full ROI on Silk Mobile within just six months.” ikeGPS plans to further reduce human testing input and increase the level of automation in the future. “It is imperative for any organisation deploying solutions via mobile platforms to have a robust testing program in place,” commented Kylie Kelly General Manager ANZ at Micro Focus. “With mobile now firmly entrenched as a deployment platform from both a consumer and business perspective, end user expectations are very high. ikeGPS is well known for the innovation they bring into technology. As an organisation that believes in being a technology-enabler for our customers and partners, we at Borland are very pleased that we have been able to make a significant positive impact for ikeGPS.”The detailed reference document can be found here. About ikeGPSikeGPS is dedicated to helping people work smarter and faster by providing elegant solutions to measure things remotely and capture geospatial data efficiently and safely. ikeGPS hardware and software technology is used by utility companies, defense forces, intelligence groups, energy companies, city councils, police and heap of other companies and industries that need to measure and locate targets. For additional information please visit http://www.ikegps.com/ About BorlandOriginating in 1983, Borland Software Corporation is a world-class provider of requirements, test and change management solutions. As part of Micro Focus Ltd, a member of the FTSE 250, Borland offers tools that are open, agile and work across the entire Application Development Lifecycle to enable customers to build better software, faster. For additional information please visit www.borland.com.Follow Micro Focus and Borland on twitter | linkedin| community