Micro Focus addresses security operation talent shortages with new unified user experience

ArcSight delivers unified layered analytics, comprehensive threat hunting and log management in a single UI to elevate security operation centre efficiency and effectiveness

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has announced the general availability of ArcSight 2020, featuring a new unified layered analytics platform and user interface that simplifies holistic threat detection. With these new capabilities, the latest version of ArcSight now provides security operation centres (SOCs) with an end-to-end intelligent enterprise security operations platform while reducing resource drain.

Effective security operations (SecOps) in the modern cybersecurity environment requires a simple, open, and intelligent solution that reduces false positives and increases efficiency. However, users are often faced with a wide range of disparate security solutions that are packaged in a complex architecture. ArcSight 2020 offers SOCs an alternative that focuses on improving productivity by simplifying critical processes with artificial intelligence (AI)-powered analytics and enhancing the overall user experience.

Mike Mychalczuk, director of product management, Micro Focus, said, “With 20 years of serving the SecOps community, we know the talent war is real, and what it takes to win it. As a proactive end-to-end security operations solution, ArcSight enables SOCs to intelligently adapt their organisations to address the overwhelming talent shortage challenge in a world of rapidly increasing threats by providing real-time detection, behavioural analytics, and advanced threat hunting and log management capabilities.”

Designed to increase security operations’ productivity and flexibility, ArcSight 2020 includes:

  • ArcSight and Interset – delivering unified layered analytics in a unified infrastructure: The new unified layered analytics platform, running on common connectivity and storage, simplifies holistic threat detection by seamlessly combining the powers of its leading correlation engine for known threat detection with Interset’s powerful behavioural analytics, powered by AI (unsupervised machine learning), for unknown threat detection.
  • ArcSight Recon – big data analytics powered by AI: The new ArcSight Recon is a purpose-built big data solution to enable AI assisted threat hunting with its proven analytics, and addresses compliance needs with simplified log management. Its extensive scalability allows organisations to tailor deployment to easily meet current and future needs.

This new ArcSight update follows Micro Focus’ recently announced acquisition of ATAR Labs to provide full security operations and automation response (SOAR) to all ArcSight customers. Going forward, as part of the ATAR Labs’ integration into ArcSight, ATAR Labs’ capabilities will also be incorporated into ArcSight’s layered analytics platform to further simplify the end-to-end user experience.

Across industries SOCs are tasked with finding increasingly sophisticated threats in greater volumes and in less time. As a complete solution designed to address the challenge of limited resource allocation, ArcSight 2020 accelerates effective and comprehensive threat detection so SOCs can do more, with less false positives while also eliminating low value tasks. With its comprehensive approach to SecOps, ArcSight enables organisations to intelligently adapt to today’s threats, and is just one of the ways Micro Focus helps customers bridge existing and emerging technologies in the race for digital transformation.

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ArcSight 2020.2 is available today to customers worldwide.

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About Micro Focus

Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower our 40,000 customers worldwide to digitally transform. With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, the company enables customers to address the four core pillars of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Predictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance.  By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies so customers can run and transform at the same time.

Micro Focus helps Insync Solutions deliver an identity management solution for the South Australian Department for Education’s EdPass project

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has announced its identity management solution has been selected by Insync Solutions as part of the South Australian Department for Education’s EdPass project.

As part of the project, Insync Solutions will use Micro Focus’s identity management solution to provide automated account creation and a unified access point via usernames and passwords, ensuring users have seamless access to the internet with zero disruption to learning.

Users will also have the flexibility to adapt in real time to changing requirements such as moving schools, working between schools, or working remotely.

The Department for Education chose Micro Focus Premium Solution partner, Insync Solutions, to deliver EdPass.

EdPass, which uses Micro Focus technology to manage identity, access, and security, will be used by more than 900 schools and preschools across the state, including 250,000 students and 30,000 staff members.

Scott Bayliss, CIO, Department for Education South Australia, said, “Micro Focus’s solution was chosen because it met all of the program requirements at a high standard and supports our vision to simplify the login experience for staff and students.

“By automating identity management, Micro Focus’s solution will reduce the number of times that staff and students need to login to access the intranet and applications. It will save time, reduce frustration and let schools and preschools focus on teaching and learning.”

The EdPass project is due to be completed by mid 2021.

The EdPass project forms part of an overarching program of ICT foundations work that includes SWiFT fibre to schools and preschools and SWiFT Network Technologies. These projects will leverage EdPass functionality and will deliver on the Department for Education’s commitment to connect every government school in South Australia to fast reliable internet, regardless of location.

Amish Prajapati, regional sales director – Australia and New Zealand, Micro Focus, said, “Micro Focus has worked with Insync Solutions for many years and the two companies have extensive experience together delivering successful projects in the education sector. Micro Focus is providing a centralised framework for identity management for the Department for Education.”

Paul Williamson, director, Insync Solutions, said, “As a local South Australian business, Insync Solutions is excited to support South Australian schools, businesses, and local jobs. We are also thrilled to be establishing a Trainee Hiring program with the Department for Education as part of the collaborative project. Insync Solutions delivered additional value by using previous experience working with South Australian independent schools, universities and TAFEs to bring practical insights to the EdPass project. We understand that the Department for Education’s primary focus is learning, which means we put forward the best technology to ensure the least amount of disruption for the school giving it an equitable and secure platform into the future.”

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About Insync Solutions

Insync Solutions’ vision is to provide meaningful Identity and Access Management and Security solutions that enable people and organisations to shape their futures through technology, resolve real business problems and provide tangible business benefits.

We work with you to implement the solutions you require, and then provide ongoing support services. This enables Insync Solutions to not only build IT Solutions to better serve your business, but to help you implement, integrate and maintain these solutions so you can concentrate on what you do best– running your business.

About Micro Focus

Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower our 40,000 customers worldwide to digitally transform. With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, the company enables customers to address the four core pillars of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Predictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance.  By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies so customers can run and transform at the same time.

Doctors on Demand chooses Micro Focus and KJR to improve security posture

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has announced that Doctors on Demand has chosen its Fortify on Demand solution, an application security-as-a-service offering with security testing, vulnerability management, expertise, and support, to improve its security posture following substantial growth in the commercial sector and the increased demand for telehealth services due to COVID-19.

Doctors on Demand is a leader in the telehealth industry in Australia with partnerships across the globe. With a large, flexible workforce of Australian registered practitioners, patients can see an online doctor, psychologist, or dietitian from the comfort and convenience of their home or work, using any device. Patients choose their practitioner and appointment time to discuss health concerns securely and conveniently, request a repeat prescription, a referral or medical certificate. With a network of more than 2,500 pharmacies, patients can conveniently collect their medications from their nominated pharmacy directly after their online consultation.

Kirsty Garrett, CEO, Doctors on Demand, said, “The success in the commercial sector, coupled with the change in government policy regarding telehealth brought on by COVID-19, has meant that the need for Doctors on Demand has increased significantly. Even before COVID-19, Doctors on Demand was growing at 30 per cent month-on-month. Since the start of the pandemic, GP consultations increased 235 per cent and web traffic increased by 144 per cent. This trend is likely to continue into the future with the industry demanding that the changes to Medicare with regards to telehealth be permanent, opening up our Medicare-subsidised services to the entire Australian population.”

Doctors on Demand has clients ranging from individual users to large global enterprises that offer the service as part of their employee health and wellness benefits. To ensure it was meeting the highest global standards of security for both individuals and large enterprise clients, including compliance such as Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Doctors on Demand embarked on a program of upgrading its security policies, procedures and application security.

To do this, Doctors on Demand engaged Micro Focus gold partner, KJR, to undertake a full security capability assessment to formalise its processes and policies and ensure things like penetration testing and source code vulnerabilities could be managed and remediated in a timely manner.

Kirsty Garrett said, “The Doctors on Demand platform can be integrated into corporate systems; and given businesses are endorsing and promoting a third-party software application to their employees for medical services means that Doctors on Demand needed to provide a level of surety and comfort to all of our users.”

KJR recommended Micro Focus Fortify on Demand based on its previous experience with and trust in the solution.

Graham Cummins, general manager – Queensland, KJR, said, “KJR used Micro Focus Fortify on Demand to scan the source code of the public web application, www.doctorsondemand.com.au and its iOS and Android applications to ensure any potential links between the mobile apps and the web application were taken into account. The scans uncovered some minor vulnerabilities, with typical results expected for these types of applications. These were easily remediated, ensuring Doctors on Demand reached its security goals.”

George Atrash, head of enterprise security – Australia and New Zealand, Micro Focus, said, “Doctors on Demand liked the fact that Fortify on Demand is a global leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, plus the broad capabilities it offered including the ability to detect more than 1,019 unique categories of vulnerabilities across 26 programming languages that span over 1,000,000 application programming interfaces (APIs). This provides the most up-to-date security solution in a simple-to-use and competitively priced Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering.”

Kirsty Garrett said, “With the new solution provided by KJR and Micro Focus, Doctors on Demand is confident that, once the process is completed, we will be well beyond any other pure-play telehealth provider in Australia in terms of cybersecurity credentials.”

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About Doctors on Demand

Doctors on Demand is a leader in the telehealth industry in Australia. Since 2015, Doctors on Demand has been forging a path to make healthcare more accessible, focusing on what matters most to the patient, which is convenient, quality healthcare. Technology is enabling greater continuity of care and the Doctors on Demand online platform is bridging the gap between general practice and community pharmacy by providing 24/7 on-demand access to qualified Australian doctors and prescription medications when and where it is needed most.

About KJR

KJR is a strategic advisory firm offering digital assurance, cybersecurity and DevOps services. Its mission is to think further for its clients; guiding and delivering intelligent, technology-based solutions that work, every time. Founded in 1997 as the uncertainty of Y2K loomed over organisations worldwide, KJR remains in the trenches more than 20 years later with almost 100 specialists working across Australia, supported by offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. Its services are used by ASX-listed and Fortune 500 companies as well as Australian federal and state government departments to drive their digital advancement and give their customers, citizens and stakeholders the quality customer experience they expect.

About Micro Focus

Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower our 40,000 customers worldwide to digitally transform. With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, the company enables customers to address the four core pillars of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOpsHybrid IT ManagementPredictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance.  By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies so customers can run and transform at the same time.

Micro Focus announces expanded AI-powered capabilities for the UFT family

Functional testing portfolio receives enhanced artificial intelligence support to accelerate test automation, improve resiliency, and reduce test maintenance for application teams

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) announced AI-powered enhancements to the intelligent testing capabilities of the UFT Family, a unified set of solutions designed to reduce the overall complexity of automating the functional testing processes. As businesses place increased emphasis on developing innovative applications that better support users, scaling testing efforts becomes an elusive goal. These new AI-based capabilities ensure application teams can meet growing demands in an effective, efficient and agile way by increasing test coverage and test asset resiliency, and reducing test creation time and maintenance efforts.

The increase in pace and frequency of software releases, the proliferation of operating environments, and the exponential growth in the number of test cases has demanded the use of AI to revolutionise software test automation and positively impact both the efficiency and effectiveness of functional testing.

“Over the past two years, we’ve steadily infused our existing products with artificial intelligence features. Last June, we debuted new AI-based capabilities to help organisations overcome the challenges of mobile testing, and this announcement extends the same support to web-based testing,” said Raffi Margaliot, senior vice president, application delivery management, Micro Focus. “More importantly, this customer-centric innovation is available to our extensive customer base, with intelligent tools to accelerate adoption of AI within their existing testing assets.”

Micro Focus AI-powered test automation in the UFT Family lets users:

  • Streamline automation – Instead of creating multiple scripts for every possible combination and transaction, users only need to compose a single script that will automatically run on multiple platforms and browsers. This reduces the overall time spent on creating and maintaining test assets while increasing test coverage, and allows teams to keep up with the evolving technology landscape and user demands.
  • Consistently improve with little effort – The UFT Family’s AI framework evolves and adapts based on a crowdsourced feedback mechanism. Customers are invited to expand and refine the AI model’s training data by securely and privately contributing information about their unique user interface paradigms, to constantly improve accuracy of object recognition.
  • Shift testing everywhereA combination of an AI software development kit (SDK) and natural language processing (NLP) allows technical and non-technical testers to easily write tests and reduces the time and effort of technical testers in the creation/maintenance of automation code.

“To adequately test a new mobile application, we knew that generating and maintaining all the test scripts required for our quality standards was going to be difficult within the required timeframes. With the new UFT One AI-based testing capabilities, we were able to leverage a single set of multi-platform scripts across iOS and Android and reduced mobile test maintenance by an estimated 35 per cent,” said Chris Trimper, enterprise QA automation architect, quality assurance engineering, Independent Health Insurers. “It also enabled us to provide rapid feedback to project teams from CI builds and to focus more on overall quality of the new mobile application.”

On June 18, 2020, independent analyst firm Forrester Research named Micro Focus a “Strong Performer” in The Forrester Wave™: Continuous Functional Test Automation Suites, Q2 2020. Micro Focus also received the highest scores possible in the “product vision” and “innovation roadmap” criteria. According to the report, “Micro Focus has introduced innovation based on AI, ML, and RPA. The new vision of Micro Focus is ‘shift everywhere’, leveraging a broad suite of tools composed of UFT One, UFT Developer, and UFT Mobile infused with AI and NLP capabilities.”

The Micro Focus UFT Family of functional test automation solutions includes UFT One, UFT Developer, and UFT Mobile. These solutions help teams deliver quality applications using intelligent multi-platform functional test automation with AI-based capabilities. They represent just one of the ways Micro Focus helps customers run and transform their business and accelerate application delivery in the race for digital transformation.

About Micro Focus
Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower our 40,000 customers worldwide to digitally transform.  With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, the company enables customers to address the four core pillars of digital transformation: enterprise DevOps, hybrid IT management, predictive analytics and security, risk and governance. By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies so customers can run and transform at the same time.

Micro Focus introduces new family of software, delivering unified performance engineering at massive scale 

New capabilities of LoadRunner family deliver a proactive, end-to-end continuous testing approach to help bolster customer satisfaction and business results 

 Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has unveiled the new LoadRunner family, a unified set of enterprise-grade performance engineering solutions spanning developers to performance engineers, incorporating intelligent analytics and supporting extensive integrations with DevOps and application performance monitoring (APM) tools. With the LoadRunner family of solutionsorganisations are equipped to design better performing software from the start as they quickly root out issues and deploy high-performing applications. 

To meet the demands of rapid application delivery, modern software teams need an evolved approach that goes beyond traditional performance testing. Micro Focus supports a proactive, continuous performance engineering discipline that includes four key attributes: expansion of performance testing to new roles, integration into the CI/CD process, endtoend performance monitoring, and continuous improvement. According to the December 2019 (originally published in June 2018) Gartner Report: Adopt a Performance Engineering Approach for DevOps: By 2021, organisations that have embraced a performance engineering approach for application development will outperform the competition that has not, in both customer satisfaction and business results.”  

Raffi Margaliotsenior vice president application delivery managementMicro Focus, said, Building on our legacy in performance testing, the LoadRunner family lets our customers engineer performance early in the lifecycle all the way through the end-user experience. An integral part of the strategy was also streamlining the architecture and improving the user experience to enable greater collaboration and flexibility across our LoadRunner solutions.” 

Amish Prajapati, regional sales director, DevSecOps solutions, Australia and New Zealand, said, “The Micro Focus family of performance engineering solutions is uniquely positioned to support a hybrid performance strategy for all customers. Continuous performance engineering is critical to application success, with the LoadRunner family positioned to provide users an end-to-end experience. Organisations of any size can take advantage of the benefits of the LoadRunner family.” 

Micro Focus LoadRunner family capabilities enable users to: 

  • implement a proactive performance strategy:  Mitigating performance risks requires testing at all stages. LoadRunner solutions match different skill sets and foster greater adoption from developers, dev testers, performance engineers and QA. 
  • seamlessly collaborate, share and reuse:  LoadRunner’s new shared and open architecture breaks down siloes between usersteams and tools. Scripts, scenarios and load generators are easily shared across solutions to maximise reuse, minimise duplication and improve collaboration. 
  • optimise performance with community analysis: centralised approach to test data collection allows teams to connect the dots between developer, CI and end-to-end performance tests. Through data visualisation, teams can view real-time results and manipulate data to make smarter decisions. 
  • scale with broad support: LoadRunner supports more than 50 application protocols and technologies and over 52 scripting technologies, integrating with open source CI/CD tools, and enhancing data visualisation with Grafana and InfluxDB. 
  • adjust licensing based on need: The LoadRunner family is now more affordable and enables teams to share licenses between the products, and rapidly scale up or down based on seasonal or ad hoc demands. 

Vivek Koulengineering manager, performance and reliability, McGraw-Hill, said, “LoadRunner solutions enable our performance engineering pipeline to support our evergrowing product development pipeline.  We have been able to move testing into our CI/CD pipeline so that each code commit can be certified for optimal performanceWe currently ‘shift-left’ by providing self-service performance tests to developers for quick and easy execution without worrying about test infrastructure.” 

LoadRunner extends existing support of APM tools with a new AppDynamics partnership. The correlation of data across these tools generates more granular results, increases cooperation, and centrally archives historical data for trending, automated comparisons and SLA validations across multiple data sets.  

Matt Chotinseniodirector, product and technology strategy, AppDynamics, said, As companies undertake digital transformation projects, our partnership gives them the tools to accelerate their journey with vital real-time and historic insights into application, user, and business performance. Our customers will be able to better test the performance of any application type. 

The Micro Focus LoadRunner family of performance engineering solutions includes LoadRunner ProfessionalLoadRunner EnterpriseLoadRunner Cloud and LoadRunner Developer. LoadRunner Developer is available free of charge and includes up to 50 virtual users. These solutions help teams deliver high-performing apps that surpass customer expectations using end-to-end performance engineering.  

Powering digital transformation  

Micro Focus helps customers address the four core pillars of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Security, Risk & Governance, and Predictive Analytics. The LoadRunner family of products are a core component of the Enterprise DevOps pillar, which helps organisations design better software faster – bridging existing and the emerging technologies in the race for digital transformation. 

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For more information on the Micro Focus LoadRunner family, visit us on the web 

Please also visit the Micro Focus page for the Gartner, Adopt a Performance Engineering Approach for DevOps, December 2019 Report 

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About Micro Focus 

Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower our 40,000 customers worldwide to digitally transform. With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, the company enables customers to address the four core pillars of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Predictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance.  By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies so customers can run and transform at the same time.  

Micro Focus launches Content Manager Select

Subscription-based content management solution includes all the functionality of Content Manager

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has announced the release of Content Manager Select, the subscription-based version of Micro Focus Content Manager, an industryleading, global Enterprise Content Management solution with thousands of customers and more than two million licenced users.  

In this new subscription model, Content Manager Select gives governments and organisations the opportunity to deploy the products’ functionalitiesacross the entire user base at a low operational cost, along with free unlimited Inquiry User (read only) access. Offered in either a one or three-year term licence, Content Manager Select provides a complete, very rich user experience for desktop, extended, and mobile workers with all of the features and functionality of the full Content Manager suite coming as standard with the subscription model.  

Content Manager is a proven Enterprise Content Management system that offers the flexibility, usability, and scalability needed to manage information from creation to disposal, helping governments and organisations meet data privacy guidelines and achieve their information governance objectives. 

The full power of Content Manager is unleashed in Content Manager Select, including the full capability to manage data connected to missioncritical business processes. With this new subscription based solution, customers can access previously separately priced modules; such as Advanced Disposition and Auto-Classification, so that they can manage data deletion processes associated with privacy management as well as integration to enhance the compliancy and validation of SharePoint and Office365. 

Brandon Voight, regional director of sales – information management, Micro Focus, said, “Governments and enterprises across Australia and New Zealand, and the world, are heavily investing in cloud services and subscription software. In response to this market demand, Micro Focus has introduced Content Manager Select.  

When it comes to making the choice to move from perpetual to subscription licensing, governments and organisations with traditional, complex IT infrastructure now have the opportunity to overhaul their perpetual licences. They can find a subscription contract that actually meets their needs, and realign the software with how it is being used and who is using it.” 

Key benefits of Content Manager Select include: 

  • Unlimited Inquiry (read-only) users. Included in the new core licence, and at no charge, inquiry or read-only users will be unlimited. Inquiry users can login and perform unlimited searches for content. 
  • Free access to modules. Now included in every paid user licence are five of the Content Manager modules, including Auto-Classification, Advanced Disposition Processing, Rendering, Warehousing & optical character recognition (OCR), which are critical in supporting data privacy initiatives. 
  • Simplified licence metrics. Content Manager Select features three user types versus the perpetual five user types, which means far greater latitude in setting permissions for the majority of users. 
  • Cloud-ready. The subscription model provides an easy pathway for customers to later transition to a hosted or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution from Micro Focus partners. 
  • Realignment. The subscription offers customers the opportunity to realign their historic licensing with how (and who) is using Content Manager now. 
  • Choice. Customers have the opportunity to choose between CAPEX and OPEX in how they buy Content Manager licences. 
  • Access to new SaaS solutions. Integration with Micro Focus File Analysis Suite for cloud-based file analysis and data discovery. 

Brandon Voight said, “Content management solutions must enable the management of all types of enterprise contensimply, efficiently, and in compliance with policies for big data, mobility, cloud and different regulators. Managing content according to intricate regulations and guidelines is a complex undertaking. Content Manager Select lets governments and organisations meet data privacy requirements today while catering to their future information governance needs. 

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About Micro Focus 

Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower our 40,000 customers worldwide to digitally transform. With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, the company enables customers to address the four core pillars of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Predictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance. By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies so customers can run and transform at the same time.  

Micro Focus introduces File Analysis Suite to reduce risk associated with global data privacy regulations

New SaaS cloud service lowers cost of compliance and provides competitive advantage with content analysis, contextual analytics and personal data discovery across mission critical repositories

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has announced the release of Micro Focus File Analysis Suiteoffering IT administrators comprehensive data lifecycle management solution for identifying, managing and securing sensitive information across the enterpriseAs organisations implement protocols to meet national and international data regulations, the Micro Focus File Analysis Suite lowers the total cost of compliance, reduces risk and provides analytical insight and value across high-value and sensitive data assets. 

Rick Carlson, vice president, information management and governance solutions at Micro Focus, said, With Micro Focus File Analysis Suite customers no longer need to choose between traditional platforms that are limited to only offering storage optimisation or data access and governance. said Featuring tools that combine detailed information analysis and insight with extensive risk assessment tools our unified solution lowers the total cost of compliance, reduces risk and provides analytical insight and value that creates competitive advantage.”  

Organisations employing Micro Focus File Analysis can automatically take action on sensitive data content, current and legacy text files, and can be assured of complete content analysis, indexing, and reporting of file information and metadata in context.  

By providing identity and access governance, complete data visibility mappingand actionable analytics to optimise server efficiency and data qualityMicro Focus File Analysis Suite ensures data lifecycle management and data access governance for a unified approach to  mitigating the risk associated with managing sensitive data. 

New data discovery features and capabilities within the File Analysis Suite include 

  • governance and compliance: Deep data discovery, data classification, audit trails, and analysis to evaluate, detect and govern sensitive/high-value information and optimisation associated IT systems and infrastructure. 
  • sensitive data analytics: Automated tagging, and metadata enrichment with pre-built sensitive data analytics and pattern matching in support of GDPR, CCPA, PIPEDA, POPI, KVKK, as well as, PCI, and PHI. 
  • risk mitigation: Develop custom policies and controls to monitor, remediate and proactively manage identities and data access across critical data repositories. 
  • Research WorkspacesCreate and collaborate around sensitive data within Workspaces to conduct deeper analysis, identify additional data setsand review of sensitive data. 
  • Data Subject AnalysisLeverage pre-built templates designed to assist in reporting and responding to consumer and Data Subject Access Requests. 
  • data management: Remediation actions to be applied to selected files without the need for moving or copying the data from its source (e.g., collect, hold, delete).  
  • Search and eDiscoveryAnalyse, tag and manage high-value assets (e.g. contracts, intellectual property, patents etc.) and sensitive personal data (e.g. PI/ PII, PCI, PHI etc.) across unstructured data including files, email, business records, structured data, images, and rich media. 

Organisations that are able to gain a deeper understanding of where sensitive and high value data reside are better equipped to protect and secure that data to remain in compliance. Siloed tools cannot address the data governance and security challenges many organisations must overcome. As a complete end-to-end data lifecycle management solution, File Analysis Suite is just one of the ways Micro Focus helps customers bridge existing and emerging technologies in the race for digital transformation. 

 More Information
Micro Focus File Analysis Suite is available to customers worldwide for trial or purchase.  

Join Micro Focus on LinkedIn and follow @MicroFocus Twitter.  

 About Micro Focus 

Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower our 40,000 customers worldwide to digitally transform. With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, the company enables customers to address the four core pillars of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Predictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance.  By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies so customers can run and transform at the same time.  

Micro Focus offers solutions to COVID-19-related organisational challenges for customers and partners

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has identified solutions to the organisational challenges brought on by the recent global disruptions caused by COVID-19.  

As more employees work remotely, all digital applications are facing unexpected high traffic that affects their availability and user experience. Micro Focus can help ensure scalability of internal and external apps to cope with this increased load. 

Todd Parsonschannel director, Micro Focus, said, “In these unprecedented times, it’s important to find new ways to lead, collaborate, and stay in touch. As organisations work through these challenges step by step, it’s important to be aware that there are solutions to make remote working both highly productive and secure. The local Micro Focus team is focused on working with its customers and partners to update them and help them navigate this challenge. 

Micro Focus has identified the following solutions to key challenges organisations are facing due to the surge in remote working: 

  1. Performance testing for applications. The rapid move to remote working has led to an increase in online traffic as many employees connect to corporate servers via remote access for the first time. To ensure organisations can adapt to this influx of online traffic, they should use performance testing to quickly pinpoint and resolve issues. 
  2. Increase adoption rates of business applications with better trainingWith business needs instantly shifting to cope with the remote workforce, organisations are unable to train employees on new solutions in a facetoface environment. To counter this, organisations can use auto-generated, simulation-based learning content, job aids, and videos to create engaging digital learning content and structured on-boarding materials. 
  3. Address data security and access vulnerabilitiesThe new way of working may mean that more employees need access to data management tools. This creates issues of compliance, productivity, information privacy and security. Organisations need to make sure remote workers can access the data and systems they need with multifactor authentication and that email encryption is used to ensure data is not vulnerable. 
  4. Protecting virtual employee collaboration. Many organisations are turning to virtual communication methods such as video conferencing to collaborate. However, with the security of some virtual methods not guaranteedorganisations need to protect their business and employees by archiving and monitoring social media content. They should also consider an easy, enterprise-ready sync-and-share solution with real-time collaborative file editing capabilities to support collaboration. 
  5. Remote access to the cloudFor employees to remain productive when working from home, they need remote access to business-critical host and mainframe systems. Organisations need to provide secure, browser-based access to host systems to assist with this. 

Todd Parsons said, “Micro Focus is looking across its entire solution portfolio to identify ways it can help customers and partners adapt to the current market. Customers should reach out to their Micro Focus partners to see how they can help. In turn, Micro Focus is ready to assist partners with their own businesses and to address their customers’ challenges. For example, Micro Focus has produced  new learning paths for partners across the solution portfolios and the local team has highlighted key content from the recent virtual Micro Focus Universe events and other areas that would be highly relevant for partners to work through as a starting point. 

Read Micro Focus’s letter to customers and partners: https://www.microfocus.com/en-us/covid-19-response. 

-ENDS- 

About Micro Focus
Micro Focus helps organisations run and transform their business through four core areas of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOpsHybrid IT ManagementPredictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance. Driven by customer-centric innovation, our software provides the critical tools they need to build, operate, secure, and analyse the enterprise. By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies—enabling faster innovation, with less risk, in the race to digital transformation. 

Micro Focus announces Vertica 10, delivering unified predictive analytics at massive scale

Leading analytical data warehouse empowers organisations to derive greater insight at extreme scale by unifying data siloes across cloud and hybrid environments; features include advanced integration with TensorFlow and Python to operationalise machine learning at scale 

Micro Focus (NYSE: MFGP) has announce the Vertica 10 Analytics Platform, which includes major updates for operationalising machine learning at scale and expanding deployment options for Vertica in Eon Mode, enabling  the most intensive variable workloads across major cloud and on-premises data centres. With Vertica 10, organisations are better equipped to unify their data siloes and take advantage of the deployment models that make sense now and in the future in order to monetise exponential data growth and capture real-time business opportunities. 

Colin Mahonysenior vice president and general manager, Vertica, Micro Focus, said, “Over the years, many organisations have successfully captured massive amounts of data, but are now challenged with getting the business insights they need to become data-driven. In addition, the market demand to leverage cloud architectures separating compute from storage needs to be balanced with the higher costs and increased risk of cloud-only data warehouses, while machine learning projects with tremendous potential have struggled to make their way into production.  

“Vertica 10 expands the options for a unified analytics strategy to address growing data siloes, a mix of cloud, on-premises, and hybrid environments, and the pressing need to operationalise machine learning at scale.”  

Vertica 10 offers deeper integration with Python and TensorFlow for unsupervised learning and PMML standard model format for cross-platform compatibility. By offering integration with these popular languages and tools, data scientists can continue using Python and TensorFlow, while leveraging larger volumes of data and parallelised performance advantages to improve accuracy and replicability 

Vertica 10 expands deployment and communal storage options for Vertica in Eon Mode. With Vertica in Eon Mode’s expanded public cloud support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Apache Hadoop HDFS as communal storage, organisations now have more options to optimise infrastructure costs and simplify operationsFollowing support for Vertica in Eon Mode for Pure Storage FlashBladeupdates to Vertica in Eon Mode for HDFS and MinIO now include more choices for organisations to manage their dynamic workloads with S3 object stores in on-premises and cloud environments. The expansion of Vertica in Eon Mode, already available on AWS and now on GCP, expands the public cloud options for managing analytically intensive, dynamic workloads.   

Highlights and enhancements to Vertica 10 also include: 

  • Seamless migration – New migration functionality enables seamless migration for customers moving from Vertica in Enterprise Mode to Vertica in Eon Mode to adopt the next-generation data architecture separating compute from storage for on-premises, hybrid, and cloud deployments. 
  • Next-generation Vertica Database Designer – The updated Vertica Database Designer offers significant improvements to operations and ease of use and reduces resource usage by orders of magnitude and improves projection designs for consistently faster queries. 
  • Range of security improvements – Vertica 10 includes security enhancements that span simplifying the process of administering TLS certificates, better user authentication and permissions management with LDAP Link, Kerberos for Vertica-Python and new permissions system tables, and improved support for format preserving encryption with new Voltage integration capabilities. 
  • Operationalising machine learning at scale with PMML and TensorFlow integration – Vertica 10 now imports models built in other platforms and languages like Spark, Python, and SPSS using the PMML format. With PMML model export, models built in Vertica can also be exported for scoring in other systems such as edge nodes for IoT use cases. Organisations can also now put Neural Networks and custom machine learning models into production by importing pre-trained TensorFlow models into Vertica for predictions on hot data and archiving for replicability.  
  • Analyse data in place and in any format – With Vertica 10, organisations can now analyse complex data types from MAPS and ARRAYS to STRUCTS in Parquet on S3 or HDFS to open SQL-based analytics to new use cases. 

 More Information
Vertica 10 will be available in the coming weeks to customers worldwide for trial or purchase.  

 Vertica 10 is available to deploy on Google Cloud Platform as a bring-your-own license (BYOL) option. In the future, it will be offered by-the-hour on the Google Marketplace. Both new and existing customers can realise tremendous value when leveraging this new solution with other Micro Focus solutions. 

 To learn more about Vertica on Twitter, please follow @VerticaBigData and join Vertica on LinkedIn. 

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 -ENDS 

 About Micro Focus 

Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower our 40,000 customers worldwide to digitally transform.  With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, the company enables customers to address the four core pillars of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Predictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance.  By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies so customers can run and transform at the same time.  

Micro Focus celebrates COBOL’s 60th anniversary and its enduring value with COBOL60

The computer language designed for business in 1959 continues to thrive and support critical enterprise systems six decades later

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has commenced its COBOL60 activities, celebrating the continued relevance of information technology’s most enduring business language. Known for its innovation, portability, readability and business-centricity, COBOL has continually expanded and adapted to support new technologies and business demands.

Created in 1959 as a U.S Department of Defense project to assist data processing, the revolutionary language was built to last through the expert design work of Grace Hopper, Jean Sammet, and others. Since starting with the development of a COBOL compiler in 1976, Micro Focus has spearheaded the evolution and innovation of the language and the contemporary technology that supports it.

“Our current digital economy is changing rapidly and while core business processing remains critically at the heart of that change, COBOL is fully equipped to meet today’s and tomorrow’s business needs,” said Chris Livesey, Senior Vice President, Application Modernisation and Connectivity at Micro Focus. “Modernising trusted COBOL systems is a proven path to success, which is why COBOL is and will remain to be the bedrock of digital transformation.”

Micro Focus offers products for those learning, maintaining and building upon core COBOL applications. Micro Focus continues to invest millions each year in mainframe and distributed COBOL application analyser products, as well as modern IDE-based mainframe and distributed COBOL application development products (Visual COBOL and Enterprise Developer) and server deployment products.

“Evolving to support a wide range of contemporary digital technologies, COBOL applications are continuing to be enhanced and extended, yet the language remains readable enough for anyone to learn and maintain it,” said Derek Britton, Global Director of Product Marketing, Application Modernisation and Connectivity at Micro Focus. “COBOL continues to modernise – it is a language that was designed to stand the test of time, with six decades of heritage, billions of lines of value and scores of practitioners using it to this very day.”

“The foundation technology for government, banking and insurance core systems is COBOL,” said Brent Butchard, Regional Sales Director, Application Modernisation and Connectivity, South Pacific at Micro Focus. “Companies around Australia are modernising and increasing their investment in these COBOL systems to capitalise on decades of intellectual property that defines their competitive advantage in the market.”

As part of Micro Focus’ COBOL60 activities, the following resources are available:

Additional Information
For companies wanting to learn more about COBOL and the solutions provided by Micro Focus, visit http://www.microfocus.com/cobol60.

About Micro Focus
Micro Focus helps organisations run and transform their business through four core areas of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Predictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance. Driven by customer-centric innovation, our software provides the critical tools they need to build, operate, secure, and analyse the enterprise. By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies—enabling faster innovation, with less risk, in the race to digital transformation.

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