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.

Micro Focus recognises top-achieving partners at APJ Partner Leadership Summit

Sydney, Australia – Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) is pleased to recognise its top-achieving partners at the APJ Leadership Summit, held in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Micro Focus has structured its awards differently this year with less focus on the technology, product sets and sales, and more focus on the work that partners have been doing with their customers.

Partners acknowledged were:

In the last two months, Micro Focus has merged its APJ partner programs to combine the heritage Micro Focus partner community and the heritage HPE Software partner community. This year’s awards are the first to recognise the combined partner sets from both programs.

“The focus over the next 12 months is to work with Micro Focus partners to ensure they are gaining value from the full solution and technology suite across the newly-formed Micro Focus,” said Todd Parsons, ANZ channel director at Micro Focus. “Partners will be able to expand and have a stronger and more differentiated story with customers as a result. The change in the awards is directly linked to that strategy. Citadel, Kinetic IT and Revolution IT have significant and long-term relationships with Micro Focus, and the awards reflect that investment and level of quality outcomes they deliver for our customers.”

According to global market intelligence firm, IDC, the partner landscape will continue to change and partner requirements are evolving along with it. IDC predicts that, by 2021, at least 30 per cent of the channel will not exist in today’s format. And, as of the end of 2018, at least 20 per cent of partners have restructured to a vertically-centric, customer-oriented sales and solution organisation.

Micro Focus supports its partners in their journey to deliver a broad range of Micro Focus solutions to the benefit of their customers. Micro Focus has:

  • significantly rationalised its distribution base in the last 12 months to let distributors more aggressively invest in helping Micro Focus enable, grow and acquire partners in the wider solution stack, and provide a faster ramp to expand their capabilities and revenue base around the wider solution portfolio
  • focused the recent APJ Partner Leadership Summit on giving partners greater awareness around the expanded product and solution suite, and providing deeper insights into the commercial and market capabilities and the impact on the channel
  • invested in a range of enablement activities and events to bring the channel’s skills and capabilities up to understand the wider solution and product portfolio
  • conducted a critical review of the newly-combined channel partners to rationalise the partners it works with and develops, based on a desire for mutual investment, with a narrow focus on partners that truly want to work with Micro Focus to extend market reach
  • developed a new partner program that rationalises resources and is designed to make it easy to do business across Micro Focus with one place to interact.

Supporting quotes

Jamie Duffield, CEO, Revolution IT, said, “We have a long history of working with Micro Focus and we are pleased to receive this award in recognition of our continued success in providing Micro Focus solutions to our customers, in the DevOps space in particular. DevOps is key to the delivery of the transformation work we do with clients looking to accelerate and optimise solution delivery. Our local partner manager helps us navigate the global processes across a range of activities such as funding enablement and joint business plans, which is critical to our success.”

Ryan Harris, general manager – capability and delivery, The Citadel Group said, “Our goal has been to provide cost-effective and innovative solutions to help customers leverage greater value in their investment in enterprise information management solutions. In 2016, we set about architecting Australia’s first and only cloud-hosted, ISO27001 certified Content Manager solution, Citadel-IX. This investment has resulted in a solution that is highly-secure, consumable by customers as a true as-a-service offering, and rapidly deployable. It also provides access to organisations’ critical information assets anywhere, anytime and on any device.

“Receiving this award is a proud moment for our team of highly skilled engineers and consultants who are the true innovators behind this world-class solution. Micro Focus’s commitment to partnering has been crucial to Citadel’s success. Micro Focus continually strives to support its partner community and offer excellent support at all levels of the business.”

Brett Roberts, chief product officer, Kinetic IT, said, “Kinetic IT is humbled to be the recipient of the Micro Focus 2018 Customer Innovation Award. It’s great to be recognised for our focus on long-term business benefits and our use of innovative technologies and solutions to drive better services to our customers and communities. Our partnership with Micro Focus spans nearly 25 years and remains an ongoing enabler to our success.”

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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.