Micro Focus introduces OPTIC, transforming IT at lower risk and cost

New IT platform unifies the business user experience and improves operational efficiency by building on existing systems and tools 

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has announced the release of Operations Platform for Transformation, Intelligence and Cloud (OPTIC), empowering IT operations with built-in, unlimited-use intelligence at the core and the ability to optimise the cloud as a full partner. As companies navigate the shifting demands of the digital economy and seek to improve productivity for a dispersed workforce, Micro Focus OPTIC simplifies the complexity of transforming IT to meet changing expectations.  

Travis Greene, senior director of ITOM product marketing, Micro Focus, said, “An ideal IT platform should not compound complexity by creating technical debt for future maintenance, incurring extra cost for artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) or limiting your ability to manage across cloud and traditional environments. With Micro Focus OPTIC, companies can transform without any drama by harnessing the platform’s embedded intelligence and extending operational best practices while retaining cloud agility.” 

Key capabilities of Micro Focus OPTIC include: 

  • Unified process automation with embedded ‘best-practice’ content that improves productivity without requiring brittle custom code. 
  • Discovery and topology mapping for both cloud and on-premises environments that enable efficient management based on current configurations. 
  • A single interface for user self-service backed by smart virtual agents, that reduces user frustration while improving response times and staff efficiency. 
  • Flexible deployment options in the cloud, in containers, as a service, or on-premises, and the ability to switch as needed. 
  • Modular building blocks and flexible licensing for on-demand functionality without unexpected costs. 

The embedded intelligence at the core of Micro Focus OPTIC provides broad analysis as it normalises, stores, and makes sense of all data produced by the variety of solutions found across IT environments – including most third-party monitoring tools. OPTIC also lets teams discover, monitor, manage, and govern cloud services in tandem with an on-premises approach, maximising the customer experience and business return. With the cloud as a full partner, companies can unify performance and availability management while staying open to new possibilities with multi-cloud deployment options. 

As digital transformation continues to drive strategic business change, Micro Focus OPTIC is one of the ways Micro Focus helps customers build on what already works and take a high tech, low drama approach to transformation. OPTIC components are licenced and install with Micro Focus ITOM products, providing incremental value to customers as they expand their use. 

Additional information 

Learn more about Micro Focus OPTIC with this blog post.  

About Micro Focus 
Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower 40,000 customers worldwide to run, transform, and adapt. With a comprehensive portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, Micro Focus delivers pragmatic, customer-centric solutions to bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies and enable organisations to achieve Smart Digital Transformation. That’s High Tech, Low Drama.  

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Micro Focus recognises Kmart Australia for APJ Digital Transformation Innovation Award

Kmart launched a multi-year effort to modernise business-critical applications and virtualise the six million lines of code operating on its mainframes 

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has announced that Kmart Australia, the Australian retail giant, has received its Digital Transformation Innovation Award in recognition of its exceptional creativity in leveraging technology to win in today’s digital economy. The award will be announced this week at Micro Focus Universe 2021, the company’s flagship customer event. 

Kmart earned the coveted Digital Transformation Innovation Award by leveraging technology with the customer in mind. Kmart’s main objective was to improve the customer experience and reduce their shoppers’ costs while also gaining a competitive advantage. As part of this, Kmart underwent a significant modernisation strategy that resulted in an increase on the overall speed of decision-making. Additionally, by leveraging and investing in cloud skills, Kmart has been able to help improve the management of online transactions and the in-store experience. 

Stephen McNulty, APAC president, Micro Focus, said, “Kmart is at the leading edge of applying technology to help deliver even greater value to their customers and we are excited to play a part in that. Micro Focus has delivered more than 1,000 mainframe application, process and infrastructure modernisation projects across the globe. Kmart Group is the first Australian retailer to modernise its core production operations using the cloud with AWS. This is a groundbreaking project for the retail sector. Micro Focus, with Infosys and AWS has proven its capability in delivering predictable, certain outcomes in the re-platforming of business-critical IT systems, letting Kmart Group leverage cost reductions and technology innovation so critical in the competitive retail sector.” 

Tasked with the challenge of undergoing a significant IT transformation to support its new business strategy, Kmart needed to free up budget by identifying new ways to save on operating costs that they could then use to invest in their digital future. They found this opportunity to reduce costs by moving their merchandise environment and systems into a new cloud-based technology environment – entirely remotely. The projected savings from this move, reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) by 54 per cent, would then fuel the next round of transformations. 

Nominations for the Digital Transformation Innovation Award started earlier this year with a competitive selection process. Companies considered for the award showcased remarkable digital transformation projects that resulted in critical outcomes, including accelerating application delivery, simplifying IT transformation, strengthening their cyber resilience, and analysing in time to act. The nominations were reviewed by Micro Focus’ executive committee who evaluated prospective winners on a number of key metrics, including scope, scale, and overall impact to the business.  

Winners of last year’s award included General Motors and the Carrefour Group

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About Micro Focus Universe 

Micro Focus Universe is the company’s flagship customer event. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about what it takes to win in a digital economy from Micro Focus experts. Attendees will also see, and experience use cases, and hear best practices from Micro Focus customers and partners around the world. 

With more than 1,000 product releases in the last 24 months and one of the world’s largest patent portfolios, Micro Focus is already in a strong position to deliver on its vision of providing high tech with low drama – bringing together the product breadth, customer-centric technology and expertise necessary to help customers run and transform at the same time without surprises. Those interested can register for the regional agenda of your choice (EMEA, AMERICAS, or APJ). 

Other key presentations include speaker James Barclay, Team Director at Jaguar Racing, as well as presentations from product experts, thought leaders, and partners such PWC and DXC.  

More information 

For more information or to register for Micro Focus Universe 2021 visit here

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About Micro Focus 

Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower 40,000 customers worldwide to run, transform, and adapt. With a comprehensive portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, Micro Focus delivers pragmatic, customer-centric solutions to bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies and enable organisations to achieve Smart Digital Transformation. That’s High Tech, Low Drama.  

About Kmart Group 

Owned by Wesfarmers Limited, the Kmart Group family comprises of Kmart Australia and New Zealand, Target Australia, Catch Australia and KAS Group Asia. The Group operates 520 stores across Australia and New Zealand, has offices in Australia and around the world, and employs more than 45,000 team members all focused on delivering products that our customers love. Together, the Kmart Group is creating an even more satisfying shopping experience for all of our customers, no matter where they are in the world.   

Micro Focus announces Voltage SecureData integration with Snowflake to provide secure analytics with data privacy and protection

Integration enables 100 per cent cloud-native solution for high-scale secure cloud analytics 

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has announced that it has partnered with Snowflake, the data cloud company, to deliver data-centric protection to organisations worldwide. The integration of Micro Focus Voltage SecureData with Snowflake enables Voltage customers to seamlessly and securely shift workloads to Snowflake’s platform without the risk of compromising business-sensitive data, while adhering to privacy regulations. The integration also helps customers of Snowflake acquire secure data analytics capabilities offered by Voltage SecureData.  

Snowflake’s data cloud lets customers unify, integrate, analyse, and share previously siloed data with a near-zero management platform that delivers virtually unlimited scale, concurrency, and performance. The Voltage SecureData integration, paired with Snowflake’s platform, enables a complete cloud-native solution for high scale secure cloud analytics. This powerful solution adds to Voltage SecureData’s deep capabilities in secure analytics across databases, data lakes, and other siloed data. 

Vikas Jain, head of security product management, Snowflake, said, “We are excited to partner with Micro Focus to bring Voltage format-preserving encryption to the Snowflake customer community. Snowflake’s mission is to help organisations mobilise their data, and Micro Focus can help our customers on the journey to secure cloud analytics on Snowflake’s platform.”  

Micro Focus Voltage SecureData mitigates the risk of data breach and enables regulatory compliance. 

Customers can now protect sensitive data in Snowflake using NIST-standard format-preserving encryption, as well as format-preserving hash, stateless tokenisation, and stateless key management, all of which enable data privacy compliance. Micro Focus Voltage SecureData provides all of these capabilities without impacting investments in analytics, data science, or business intelligence infrastructure. 

John Delk, general manager and senior vice president, security, Micro Focus, said, “Our global customers deserve best-in-class data security across all major platforms on-premises and in the cloud. The partnership between Micro Focus and Snowflake extends our leadership in secure analytics and provides our customers with additional options in their journey to cyber resilience. We look forward to expanding our addressable markets and delighting customers with this new integration with the Snowflake Data Cloud.”  

Voltage SecureData helps organisations strengthen their cyber resilience by providing an end-to-end data-centric approach to enterprise data protection. The protection technologies in Voltage SecureData provide flexible implementation and data-centric protection for a virtually unlimited number of structured data types in any language, and any region, with proven performance, reliability, and scalability.  

More information  
Voltage SecureData for Snowflake will be available to customers worldwide in the first half of 2021 for trial or purchase.  

Join Micro Focus on LinkedIn and follow @MicroFocusSec Twitter.  

About Micro Focus 

Micro Focus is one of the world’s largest enterprise software providers, delivering mission-critical technology to 40,000 customers around the globe. With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a deep inventory of advanced analytics, the company helps customers run and transform their business so they can adapt to evolving market conditions and compete in the digital economy over the long term. Micro Focus does this by delivering solutions that bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies to protect IT investments. That is High Tech, Low Drama. 

Micro Focus makes significant channel investment in application, process and infrastructure modernisation

Micro Focus has announced that it is making a significant investment in the channel for its Application Modernisation and Connectivity (AMC) portfolio. The investment supports the preferred modernisation route of each customer, whether that is mainframe-centric, cloud-first, DevOps-driven, or service-oriented, as Micro Focus maps their journey against a balance of cost, risk, and speed. 

Brent Butchard, sales director – AMC, Australia and New Zealand, Micro Focus, said, “With the continuing year-on-year growth of Micro Focus’ AMC portfolio coupled with the rapid increase in demand, Micro Focus has made the decision to invest heavily in the channel, funding resources at multiple partners in Australia and New Zealand. This investment will help partners scale rapidly and serve the latent demand in the market.” 

Davinder Sachdeva – head of alliances, APJ, Micro Focus, said, “The service integrator (SI) community has long been supporting clients with mainframe applications. With the rapid growth in demand, it made sense to help partners build in-country capacity as quickly as possible by funding resources to deliver the focus they require and demonstrate we are on this journey together. The program has received co-investment from partners and is already seeing success.” 

With this investment in partners combined with the many years of technical investment locally to modernise existing mainframe applications while leveraging the agility of the cloud, Micro Focus expects a dramatic improvement in the region. 

Davinder Sachdeva said, “”This includes the breadth of skills available to the market and speed of cloud delivery, honouring its commitment to assist organisations with their modernisation journeys.” 

Micro Focus provides modernisation by updating core systems based on need, so its clients gain speed and flexibility as well as a greater return on value. Micro Focus, alongside its partners, helps businesses get the most out of their existing technology, modernising continuously and incrementally, and striking a balance between business operations and innovations. 

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About Micro Focus  

Micro Focus is one of the world’s largest enterprise software providers, delivering mission-critical technology to our 40,000 customers around the globe. With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a deep inventory of advanced analytics, the company helps customers run and transform, so they can adapt to evolving market conditions and effectively compete in the digital economy over the long term. We do this by delivering solutions that bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies and future-proof IT investments. We call this High Tech, Low Drama. 

Protégé and Micro Focus partner for second cohort of highly successful mentoring program in Australia

Second year of the program matches mentors and mentees to advance women in leadership

Protégé has partnered with Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) for a second consecutive year to run its mentoring program in Australia to support the advancement of women in leadership and help empower women to be leaders.

The Protégé development program matches talented and motivated women with senior executives of any gender. To date across the world, it has seen more than 1,200 young women leaders receive one-to-one mentoring, skills building, and networking opportunities with 600 senior executive mentors. In 2021, the program will match 40 high-potential female mentees with 40 experienced mentors sourced from among Australia’s most successful corporate leaders, academics, entrepreneurs, and industry trailblazers.

The partnership with Protégé cements Micro Focus as a business that is passionate about advancing women leaders. Companies nominate potential mentors of any gender and women mentees. Protégé then matches mentees with mentors, then manages the framework of the mentoring program. Mentors volunteer their time to further advance women leaders.

Sara Evans, marketing director, Asia Pacific & Japan, Micro Focus said, “Micro Focus helped bring this program to Australia in 2020 and the feedback was phenomenal. This program is unique, matching mentors and mentees from across various industries and organisations. Last year, the disruption of COVID-19 made it difficult for people working remotely to have the same opportunities to network and meet new people. This program is an innovative way to help people create and maintain connections in new ways, while supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives.”

Mentoring is crucial for personal and career development. Creating a framework and formalising the mentoring program benefits both mentors and mentees. Providing support for participants with interactive development workshops and networking events encourages innovation and offers opportunities for personal and career advancement. Importantly, this program supports organisations that don’t necessarily have the in-house resources available to provide comprehensive mentoring systems.

Mentees benefit from the program in that they learn leadership and business skills, enhancing their self-confidence and resilience. Throughout the program, they will have opportunities to build their own support network of peers and senior executives who will be able to advise them on how to manage their personal and business challenges. Meanwhile, mentors will become practised at mentoring and will be able to open doors for their mentees, giving back to the community.

Applications to the Protégé Sydney Women Leaders 2021 Mentoring Program are open until 28 February and the program runs until November 2021. Further information about the program is available here.

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About Micro Focus
Micro Focus is one of the world’s largest enterprise software providers, delivering mission-critical technology to 40,000 customers around the globe. With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a deep inventory of advanced analytics, the company helps customers run and transform their business so they can adapt to evolving market conditions and compete in the digital economy over the long term. Micro Focus does this by delivering solutions that bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies to protect IT investments. That is High Tech, Low Drama.

About Protégé
Protégé is a leading mentoring program focused on the professional development of women in Singapore, Australia, and Dubai. Working across all industry sectors, Protégé offers professional women the opportunity to be mentored by some of the country’s top executives. Through shared knowledge, experience and invaluable connections we provide women critical support in the early stages of her career.

Jaguar Racing welcomes Micro Focus as official technical partner to accelerate performance on and off track

  • Jaguar Racing welcomes Micro Focus as its official Digital Transformation, Business Resiliency and Analytics partner 
  • Micro Focus will provide Vertica advanced analytics and machine learning to deliver insights at Jaguar speed and security assessments to ensure cyber resiliency – delivering on a “High Tech, Low Drama” promise  
  • Jaguar Racing returns to electric racing on the 26 and 27 February 2021 on the streets of Diriyah for season seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship 

Jaguar Racing has announced that it has partnered with one of the world’s largest enterprise software providers, Micro Focus, ahead of the lights going green on season seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

Joining as the team’s official digital transformation, business resiliency and analytics partner, Micro Focus will provide support to Jaguar Racing’s push for more points, podiums and wins on the racetrack. 

The UK-based software company helps more than 40,000 customers around the world achieve critical outcomes – accelerating delivery, simplifying transformation, strengthening resilience and analysing in time to act – which are key elements of winning both in the boardroom and on the track.  

Initially, Micro Focus will provide technology from its product group, Vertica, which will deliver high-performance advanced analytics and machine learning to ensure the Jaguar team performs at top speed for winning results. 

Micro Focus will also conduct a cyber resilience assessment workshop to help the team identify any potential risks and gaps in their cyber security posture, and it plans to deliver tools and support to help accelerate the team’s software development.  

Micro Focus is the latest partner announced by Jaguar Racing with a leading line-up that includes GKN Automotive, Dow, Viessmann, Castrol and Official Suppliers Alpinestars and DR1VA.  

James Barclay, Jaguar Racing Team Director: We are extremely pleased to be able to reveal Micro Focus – a world leading software provider – are joining Jaguar Racing for season seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. With their specialist software knowledge we are excited to work together and achieve great results on track. We are only days out from the lights going green on the first race of the championship and we are eager to achieve success together. 

Eric Varness, Chief Marketing Officer, Micro Focus: “Micro Focus joining forces with Jaguar Racing is a natural alignment of like-minded organisations that share a track record characterised by pragmatism, consistency, and innovation.  Our ‘High Tech, Low Drama’ approach to delivering results will provide a number of synergies, including speed, agility, and insights that will translate to even-better performance all around.  Our 40,000 customers around the globe are excited to learn more about our partnership when we welcome Jaguar Racing’s Team Director, James Barclay to our flagship customer event in March, Micro Focus Universe, as a keynote presenter.”   

Jaguar Racing will return to the streets of Diriyah on 26 and 27 February for the first two rounds of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

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ABOUT JAGUAR RACING 

Jaguar returned to racing in October 2016, becoming the first premium manufacturer to join the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship street racing series. In 2019 the team won the Rome E-Prix – Jaguar’s first international motorsport victory since 1991. 

Formula E is a real-world test bed for Jaguar with its Race To Innovate mission in the future of electrification. 

As an official manufacturer team in Formula E, Jaguar Racing designs its own powertrain, which includes the motor, transmission, inverter and rear suspension.  

To control costs the carbon fibre chassis and battery are common components and the same for all twelve teams. This allows the focus to be on developing electric vehicle powertrains which are efficient and lightweight which will improve the performance and range of future Jaguar Land Rover electric vehicles. 

The 2020/21 Formula E season is the first as the all-electric series has been granted full world championship status by the FIA – the sport’s governing body. It will be the third year for the teams to be racing with the futuristic Gen2 race cars. 

Teams have two race cars, one per driver, which will be used for the full race distance. 

Beyond its all-electric concept, Formula E is unique in the world of motorsport for its choice of venues. The championship takes place on temporary street circuits in the centre of the world’s major cities including Santiago, Diriyah, Sanya, Rome, Paris, Monaco, New York and ending in a double-header race weekend in London.   

Mitch Evans finished season six seventh in the Drivers’ Championship and Jaguar Racing finished seventh in the Teams’ Standings with a win in Mexico City, a podium in Santiago and one pole position. He is joined for season seven by British driver Sam Bird, who has won a race in every season of Formula E.  

In season seven the championship is official recognised as a world championship by the governing body the FIA. It will be known as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

ABOUT MICRO FOCUS 

Micro Focus is one of the world’s largest enterprise software providers, delivering mission-critical technology to more than 40,000 customers around the globe. With a broad portfolio underpinned by a deep inventory of advanced analytics, the company helps customers run and transform their business. This enables them to adapt to evolving market conditions and effectively compete in the digital economy over the long term. Micro Focus does this by delivering solutions that bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies to protect IT investments. That is High Tech, Low Drama. 

ABOUT VERTICA 

Vertica is the Unified Analytics Platform, 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 MassMutual 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 data warehouse in the market. Vertica provides its Unified Analytics Platform across all major public clouds and on-premises data centers and integrates data in cloud object storage. 

Race to Innovate 

Formula E remains a key priority for Jaguar Land Rover and the company’s Destination Zero journey. As the only all-electric world championship, Formula E allows us to test and develop new electric vehicle technologies in a high-performance environment. It continues to be the test-bed for our Race to Innovate mission that will see Race to Road and Road to Race learnings that will help shape our electric future – a future that Jaguar is passionate about, and dedicated to for the benefit of our society, the changing landscape of mobility, sustainability and our customers. 

Micro Focus Offers Service Management Automation X (SMAX) as a Service in Australia

New model expands deployment options of the solution’s cloud-native architecture and codeless configuration to Australian customers 

Micro Focus has announced the availability of Service Management Automation X (SMAX) as a service (SaaS) with data to be hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Sydney, giving customers the broadest choice of deployment options. 

As Micro Focus’ machine learning (ML)-based Enterprise Service management (ESM) solution, SMAX is designed to meet organisations’ IT and non-IT service management needs and includes a smart virtual agent with Natural Language Understanding (NLU). The available SaaS model for SMAX provides organisations and government bodies with the ability to leverage enterprise-grade service management capabilities at an affordable price.  

Matthew Bertram, business consultant, Enterprise DevOps and Hybrid IT Management, Micro Focus Australia, said, “To successfully execute digital transformation, organisations need solutions that improve engagement and deliver IT and services without complexity. SMAX is the only multi-cloud ESM solution on the market today with entirely codeless configuration, letting customers take advantage of advanced analytics while dramatically reducing time spent on implementation and maintenance. The new SaaS offering brings this already compelling TCO to customers seeking as a service solutions.” 

Micro Focus has identified key benefits of SMAX as a service: 

  1. Subscription-based with minimal initial capital cost: Low upfront investment solution for enterprises looking to drive down the total cost of ownership (TCO) with a flexible subscription model that lets you adapt your SaaS usage to your evolving business needs. 
  1. Faster time-to-value from faster implementations: Out-of-the-box automated processes so that organisations can configure workflows, codeless, from day one. 
  1. Entirely codeless means you’re always on the latest release: No more expensive updates or delays accessing modern functionality. SMAX is updated each quarter enabling SaaS customers to stay current without disruption.  
  1. No vendor lock-in: SMAX customers can easily switch from on-premise to SaaS or public cloud, or vice versa. This deployment flexibility gives you the business resilience you need. 

With data hosted locally, SMAX as a service opens up new possibilities for Australian customers that are looking to shift to service management in the cloud. SMAX delivers connected, automated, informed experiences—powered by machine learning. It’s just one of the ways Micro Focus helps customers bridge existing and emerging technologies in the race for digital transformation. 

More Information 

For further information on SMAX and to access a 15-day free trial, visit the Micro Focus website

About Micro Focus  

Micro Focus is one of the world’s largest enterprise software providers, delivering mission-critical technology to 40,000 customers around the globe. With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a deep inventory of advanced analytics, the company helps customers run and transform their business so they can adapt to evolving market conditions and compete in the digital economy over the long term. Micro Focus does this by delivering solutions that bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies to protect IT investments. That is High Tech, Low Drama. 

Micro Focus appoints Jonty Collins as ANZ channel director

Micro Focus has announced the appointment of a new channel director for Australia and New Zealand (ANZ), Jonty Collins.  

Jonty brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, having previously worked as a training manager, systems engineer, in presales positions and as director of sales, before moving into the channel. He has held positions as channel director at AvePoint and, in his most recent role, was partner business manager at Commvault. Jonty’s experience, along with his interest in end-user productivity and collaboration, and his open and transparent communication strategy, gives him empathy for all parties involved in the channel as well as an understanding of the workings for all parts of businesses.  

In his role as ANZ channel director, Jonty will look to provide a balance of resources across the ANZ region, ensuring a consistency of engagement to make sure there is regular interaction with the channel. He will take a back-to-basics approach to good partnerships, which will ensure good investments, improve partner profits, deliver a better understanding of Micro Focus partner programs, and provide more education for partners.  

Peter Fuller, managing director – Australia and New Zealand, Micro Focus, said, “Micro Focus is excited to welcome Jonty onboard. He brings with him a wealth of experience that is an asset to strengthening relationships and profits for the Micro Focus channel community.”  

Jonty Collins said, “Micro Focus provides me with the opportunity to move into a larger enterprise space with a dynamic customer base and more a complex product portfolio. I enjoy the challenge of helping partners and customers use technology to build solutions and improve processes. 

“Taking a back-to-basics approach is about building relationships with Micro Focus partners, which facilitates more engagement and return on investment in the channel. Micro Focus will provide more investment in the partner space, including providing resources for presales, sales and education about Micro Focus technology, to facilitate strong growth for partners in the region.” 

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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 deepens channel commitment in Asia Pacific and Japan: more focus on partner capabilities and growth opportunities

Strategic investments to help Micro Focus partners build robust capabilities and relations with their install base to address urgent business needs during the pandemic  

Micro Focus(LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has announced increased focus on its dedicated channel program, reinforcing and extending Micro Focus‘s commitment to its distributor and reseller base in Asia Pacific and Japan against the pandemic backdrop. Members of Micro Focus Partner Program can expect focused, enriched layer of support and enablement across key pillars including portfolio enhancementstraining and certifications, and upselling and cross-selling opportunities.  

Driving growth for the channel community even during the crisis period, Micro Focus made swift and strategic investments at the start of this year to smoothen the transition for partners and equip them with essential resources to support their customers’ business continuity plans. Micro Focus rolled out series of packaged digital offerings that leverage the breadth and depth of its technology portfolio, letting partners confidently add value across key technology pillars  hybrid IT, security, DevOps and predictive analytics.  

The focus on building partners’ digital capabilities and resilience underscores key Micro Focus initiatives to introduce flexibility and process adjustments to the channel program. This year, the company saw a tenfold year-on-year increase in the virtual instructor-led training attendees and 15 per cent increase of certifications acquired. Partner and resellers now also benefit from funding support and guidance on go-to-market strategies, which serve as key drivers of new growth opportunities in 2020 and beyond.  

Stephen McNulty, president, Asia Pacific and Japan, Micro Focus, said, Micro Focus’ commitment to our partners and customers was put to the test this year due to major disruptions to the global economy and unforeseen changes to the way businesses are conducted. The situation required practical and decisive actions from us, and we are very heartened to see our approach making a positive impact on the way our partner community has adapted to and thrived in today’s business climate. Through the strengthened relationship we have with our network of resellers and distributors in Asia Pacific and Japan, we want to instil in them a renewed sense of confidence to approach their customers with strong capabilities and a deep understanding of modern IT needs that meet urgent business requirements.” 

Micro Focus’ continued investment in delivering more value and growth opportunities to its dedicated partner base has been met with positive partner response in Asia Pacific and JapanThe company has seen over 50 per cent of year-on-year growth in the number of partners submitting deal registrationswhich reflects an increase in net new businesses, as well as enhanced partner capabilities to better serve their customers across the region 

Micro Focus has announced nine winners at this year’s Micro Focus Partner Awards, held virtually on 24 November 2020. Among the winners, the following representatives from Asia Pacific and Japan have been honoured for their dedication to powering innovative solutions for the region’s digital future 

  • Insync Solutions Pty Ltd – APJ Partner of the Year 2020, Emerging Market  
  • Adamant Information Technology – APJ Partner of the Year 2020, Predictive Analytics 
  • Larsen And Toubro Limited Smart World & Communication – APJ Partner of the Year 2020, Smart City Innovation  

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Three in four IT leaders say COVID-19 is accelerating initiatives to secure software development process

New survey sponsored by Micro Focus underpins the importance of continuous security and automated testing throughout the software development cycle 

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) has released DevSecOps: A framework for digital innovation, an IDC InfoBrief featuring findings from the IDC Asia Pacific 2020 DevSecOps Survey. The survey reveals that the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has driven the demand for secure software development initiatives, according to 74 per cent of the respondents in Asia Pacific (APAC). The rise of DevSecOps comes at a time when IT leaders are faced with an increasingly active cyberthreat landscape, coupled with higher consumer expectations of digital offerings and application usage due to a sharp increase in online activities. However, a majority of APAC organisations are not equipped to tackle the issue at hand, with 55 per cent of the respondents ranking modest to low in terms of their DevSecOps maturity levels.     

Surveying close to 1,200 enterprise leaders across 14 APAC regions, the study looked at the state of organisational DevSecOps maturity, as well as DevSecOps activities, plans, challenges and processes. DevSecOps refers to a set of practices that add security to the software development supply chain from the planning stage to deployment, delivery and beyond. IDC’s survey found that while there is awareness of the benefits of engaging in DevSecOps practices amongst IT leaders, many obstacles remain on the path to the full adoption.  

Today’s businesses recognise that efficient software development, security threats, and business agility as the top drivers of DevSecOps initiatives in APAC. But on a regional scale, only four in ten APAC leaders say they have united their DevOps and security teams to improve software development. 

Stephen McNulty, president of Micro Focus Asia Pacific and Japan, said, “Moving new digital initiatives forward quickly, especially to optimise the online experience for consumers and employees who are increasingly interacting with organisations virtually today, calls for secure and efficient software development processes. This is a defining period for relationship and digital trust building, which means organisations will need to quickly speed up DevSecOps adoption through continuous and automated security testing to effectively respond to their stakeholders’ digital needs.” 

Today, an organisation’s DevSecOps maturity level is intricately linked to its people, processes and tools—looking at stakeholder buy-in, approach to secure DevOps, and the technology used in testing and automating processes. Findings from the study reveal that the top obstacles to DevSecOps adoption are spread across the following three pillars: budget issues (15 per cent), dearth of talent or skills (13 per cent) and difficulty automating across hybrid infrastructures (13 per cent). 

Overcoming these obstacles is a priority for APAC organisations as the need for software-powered innovation rises, which translates to a greater scrutiny on application digital risks. The notion of late-stage security testing in software development is proving to be outdated in the context of today’s digital economy, where secure applications, services and platforms are the cornerstone of digital innovation. 

Amongst APAC organisation, DevOps teams are still primarily responsible for application security testing, followed by security teams. The most common security tools currently in use are software composition analysis (24 per cent), followed by interactive application security testing (19 per cent) and static application security testing (18 per cent). 

Stephen McNulty said, “The most holistic approach to DevSecOps that will play a key role in increasing organisations’ maturity level involves making security an integral part of every software development project, striving for 100 per cent automated testing, and continuously analysing application performance for potential gaps.”  

Micro Focus Fortify helps organisations jumpstart and accelerate DevSecOps adoption by integrating and automating with existing tools, frameworks and technologies within the CI/CD processes. Fortify continues its drive towards more support of modern applications with container scanning, additional language support, API scanning, and deeper CI/CD integration, allowing DevSecOps teams to further automate and scale to build secure software fast.  

Gina Smith, IDC Asia/Pacific’s DevOps Research lead, said, “The pressure to fully embed security into the continuous delivery pipeline signals a major shift towards a stronger DevSecOps culture, characterised by the abandonment of siloed functional teams in favour of shared responsibilities between developers and security experts. This is a strong step in the right direction for organisations looking to adopt an end-to-end security approach and build better digital capabilities.”        

More information 

The full IDC InfoBrief, DevSecOps: A framework for digital innovation, is available today.  

Methodology 

IDC surveyed 1,178 enterprise leaders in 14 Asia/Pacific regions—India, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Japan and Korea—about their DevSecOps activities, plans, challenges, and processes. 

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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 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.