Micro Focus introduces new data analytics capability to drive full-stack AIOps

single Data Lake platform built on Vertica provides common collectionstorage and analysis of key operational data to isolate root cause faster and reduce MTTR 

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has announced the release of its ITOM “Collect Once Store Once” Data Lake (COSO), utilising an open access data platform built on Vertica to drive full-stack AIOps across the broad set of Micro Focus monitoring and automation solutions. COSO is now an integrated part of Micro Focus Operations BridgeNetwork Operations Management and Data Center AutomationThis industry-first approach to providing a full spectrum of reporting and insights across multi-domain monitoring, management and patch compliance is only available from Micro Focus. 

Tom Goguen, Micro Focus Chief Product Officer, said, The diversity of data available to IT operations today makes it challenging to solve complex issues across multi-cloud and on-premises IT services. COSO now offers a unique collection and storage capability built on Vertica’s powerful, high-speed data analytics platform. Combine COSO with our world-class discovery, monitoring, process automation and patch management tools, and you can have full-stack AIOps today to identify root cause and restore service faster than ever before. 

Key capabilities of the Micro Focus ITOM COSO Data Lake include: 

  • Automatic event correlation (AEC): A new capability in Operations Bridge, AEC uses machine learningbased automated event correlation captured in COSO to detect patterns in high-volume event data and isolate root cause without the creation of manual rules or needing additional configuration. 
  • Crossdomain reporting and analyticsReduces mean time to repair (MTTR) by providing a single source of reporting truth that helps teams identify root cause faster, while supporting capacity planning across networks, multi-cloud and on-premises infrastructure and apps. 
  • Open access data platformSupports reporting and analytics on the customer’s choice of business intelligence (BI) platforms, with direct access to Vertica’s data analytics functions. 

With the new ITOM COSO Data Lake, users that have multiple Micro Focus ITOM products including Operations Bridge, Network Operations Management, and Data Center Automation will be able to quickly access data for both dashboards and historical reporting from the same data store. Instead of relying on queries from multiple databases, this data will already be time-sequenced and normalised to facilitate effective cross-domain reporting and to deliver new insights across the IT estate. Whether using the provided reporting or their own BI tools, the open architecture of COSO will facilitate flexibility in reporting to meet the needs of the organisation. 

As digital transformation continues to drive strategic business change, the Micro Focus ITOM COSO Data Lake is one of the ways Micro Focus helps customers run and transform their business while lowering the total cost of ownership for IT.  

Additional information 

  • View the Micro Focus webinar to learn more about the new ITOM COSO Data Lake with Micro Focus Operations Bridge (OpsBridge), Network Operations Management (NOM) and Data Center Automation (DCA). 
  • Read the analyst report from Enterprise Management Associates that showcases Micro Focus’ capabilities and how they align to the key criteria for enterprise-level AIOps solutions. 

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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. 

About Vertica 

Vertica is the unified analytics data warehouse, based on a massively scalable architecture with the broadest set of analytical functions spanning event and time series, pattern matching, geospatial and end-to-end in-database machine learning. Vertica enables many customers – from Philips to The Trade Desk to Uber to many others — to easily apply these powerful functions to the largest and most demanding analytical workloads, arming businesses and its customers with predictive business insights faster than any analytics data warehouse in the market. Vertica provides a unified analytics platform across major public clouds and on-premises data centers and integrates data in cloud object storage. 

Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley’s 36 Squadron chooses Konica Minolta and MiR to explore logistics automation

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Amberley’s number 36 Squadron (36 SQN) has chosen Konica Minolta and MiR to explore the automation of the movement of aircraft parts.

SARAH, short for Supply Assistance Robot – Autonomous Hardware, in the form of an MiR200, was introduced at 36 SQN as phase one of an innovation program to automate the manual movement of aircraft parts from the logistics section to the technician, which is critical to the operations at 36 SQN.

RAAF Amberley Squadron Leader Evan Smith said, “36 SQN was interested in exploring whether there were ways to simplify or automate this task to free up the team’s time for higher value tasks and let a robot do the mindless manual handling tasks.”

Evan Smith reached out to Plan Jericho, a strategy designed to transform the RAAF by capitalising on future high technology systems. Plan Jericho supports people thinking outside the box to get their ideas implemented. The proposal laid out the vision for automated delivery of parts and equipment, phasing it from the simplest part of the problem to the end-state complete vision, resulting in two thirds of phase one being funded by Plan Jericho.

Martin Keetels, national manager of robotics and innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “The 36 SQN was looking for innovative ways to be safer and more efficient. MiR introduces efficiencies by automating a simple part of the supply chain to free up people to do what only people can do.”

When SARAH arrived at the 36 SQN, Konica Minolta spent time with the team configuring and customising the user interface to their requirements. Upon pressing a digital button on the customised dashboard of the robot, it autonomously transports goods across the facility. It can carry up to 150kgs at a time and staff can call the robot to return the materials using their own smart phones, laptops or tablets via the intuitive web-based platform.

SARAH now travels 850 metres a day on average, fulfilling 20 missions. She’s also reducing the risk of injury from lifting and pushing heavy parts.

The cost benefit analysis has shown savings of more than $27,000 per year. Plus, the team is learning new transferable skills through working with artificial intelligence (AI) creating a real buzz around innovation.

An unexpected benefit is that SARAH has assisted the team with social distancing. SARAH has been working phenomenally by limiting the number of interactions between logistics and technicians, which has helped 36 SQN during COVID-19.

David Cooke, managing director, Konica Minolta Australia, said, “Konica Minolta has enjoyed an exceptional relationship with Defence over many years. From this we know that RAAF has a strong culture of innovation and transformation. Konica Minolta is proud to offer this solution to the 36 SQN, which is delivering tangible, measurable benefits.”


About Konica Minolta Australia 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

New Fluke COMPASS® for Pressure 3.0 software helps automate pressure calibration processes


Universal platform for automating pressure calibration

Sydney, July 16, 2010  – Fluke Corporation, a global leader in electronic test and measurement technology, has introduced COMPASS® for Pressure 3.0 software that helps calibration professionals organise and accelerate the task of calibrating pressure devices.

COMPASS for Pressure is a universal platform for all pressure calibration software needs. It provides an off-the-shelf software tool to maximise the automation of calibration and testing processes. COMPASS for Pressure integrates calibration functions with pressure-specific factors that are missing from more generic software packages.

This industry-leading pressure calibration software enables calibration professionals to advance from individual automated hardware components to a fully automated calibration system quickly, without consuming internal engineering resources.

COMPASS software, and the expert assistance available from the product application specialists at the Fluke DH Instruments Division, removes the unknowns often associated with getting automated systems online.

COMPASS Software is structured around unit under test and test definitions. Unit under test definitions identify devices to be tested with all their characteristics. Test definitions define test sequences and all the details of test execution.

The pressure reference devices, data acquisition equipment and auxiliary measurement and control devices available to COMPASS software are set up and stored in a hardware database.

All DH Instruments devices and many commonly used data acquisition products are already set up as examples to simplify the implementation of actual test hardware.

Users can change hardware selections without programming or interfacing skills. COMPASS software also enables users to export test data directly to MET/BASE database used by the MET/CAL® Plus Calibration Management System. Users can now manage their inventory, calibration location, maintenance and customers through MET/TRACK® software. Users gain the benefits of COMPASS software’s specialisation in pressure calibration while maintaining the link to their organisation’s overall calibration management system.

COMPASS for Pressure 3.0 is available in two versions. The basic version performs basic calibration and testing on units under test, even those that may have complex outputs.

The enhanced version supports complex tests, including custom user macros within the test sequence and multiple outputs from a single unit under test. Each version is available for a single user or for a multi-user worksite.

For more on Fluke calibration and pressure products, or to find the location of your nearest distributor, contact Dennis Juniper at Fluke Australia, Locked Box 5004, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153, call (03) 9633-0444, fax (03) 9012-4107, or e-mail dennis.juniper@fluke.com. Visit Fluke’s web site at http://www.fluke.com.au.


About Fluke

Fluke Corporation is a leader in precision calibration instrumentation and software for electrical, temperature, pressure, flow, and RF measurements. Calibration products from Fluke and its Hart Scientific and DH Instruments Divisions are found in calibration facilities around the world, including National Metrology Institutes, that demand the highest levels of performance and reliability, backed by state of the art metrology and uncompromising support. They are relied on by quality engineers, calibration technicians, and metrologists to instill confidence in the measurements that are critical to their organisations for quality, safety, reliability, and cost. In the past five years, Fluke tools won more than 50 industry awards, including Test and Measurement World Best in Test, Control Engineering Engineer’s Choice, and Plant Engineering Product of the Year. Fluke is a registered trademark of Fluke Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.