Continuously secure and manage your open source components

WhiteSource Software, the leader in continuous open source security and compliance management, presented and demonstrated a deep integration with Dimensions CM allowing teams to secure and manage use of open source components at the recent Micro Focus DevOps Interchange in Chicago. Ashley Owen explains more…..

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During the Micro Focus DevOps Interchange 2016 conference this week, WhiteSource, the leader in continuous open source security and compliance management, presented and demonstrated a deep integration with Dimensions CM allowing teams to secure and manage use of open source components.  This partnership makes the WhiteSource open source security and license compliance solution available to users of Serena Dimensions CM 14.3.2 in November.

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WhiteSource integrates directly into the Dimensions CM Continuous Inspection toolchain, enabling rapid feedback on open source security and license compliance risks for business critical custom applications within the Application development and delivery lifecycle. The invocation of the WhiteSource service is performed seamlessly and the results are available within Dimensions CM Pulse UI.

WhiteSource’s integration gives users the ability to find and fix open source components with security vulnerabilities, severe software bugs or compliance issues related to licensing. These features are seamlessly integrated for Serena users, allowing a safer, better use of open source components in their software while simultaneously increasing productivity. No longer will teams collaborating on projects have to manually track open source usage, or speculate whether they are using vulnerable components.

 

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The Markies. 1st the worst – 2nd the best…..

For someone whose personal motto is often along Yoda’s lines of ‘Do. Or Do Not. There is no try’ making it through the heats to the Markie finals again is an emotional experience. ‘What happens if I don’t win this time?’ ‘How can I make sure I win it now?’  mixes with commonly dished out paternal advice like ‘ it’s the taking part and having fun that really matters’ (thanks Dad – it’s still ingrained!)

Making it as a Markie finalist twice in successive years for ‘Best Social Campaign’  brings mixed feelings along with an overwhelming sense of pride. Social Media is a relatively new frontier for business, participating in it professionally is a sign that a company – however old – has recognised seismic shifts in the industrial landscape and grappled with the concept of going to market in a different way. Who wouldn’t want to win recognition?

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Modern marketing is digital

Sales, Marketing, Technical Support and IT departments are now brothers in arms – learning new digital skills daily as the increasingly Internet-savvy consumer educates themselves about our products and services. Modern marketers need to work hand in glove with other departments to create content that aligns to buyer journeys. Our inbound engines need to be firing on all eight cylinders to ensure people find that content. Outbound engines must be ‘oiled’ by fresh digital data which offers improved insight into what prospects and customers are interested in, which types of content work best – and when. Attaining that data is an increasingly complicated exchange with suppliers providing assets of increasingly significant value in order to get good email addresses. ‘Content is still king’ is bandied about with annoying frequency – but if that is the case then a digitally savvy consumer is an emperor.

Content and consumers of the content

Talking to customers and prospects in ways and places that they want to be spoken to is business critical, so it follows that digital performance over a variety of channels is fundamental for success. It doesn’t matter how old the product is as long as you can align that value with prospects and customers in an effective way. It’s a fairly sure bet that they are out there on Twitter or LinkedIn or YouTube or Slideshare (this list could almost stretch on forever these days). Investing in engaging with content consumers in the right place is the right thing to do.

The Micro Focus modern marketing journey and Markie hall of fame

Making the short-list twice is a sure sign in my mind that we are now addressing Social Media in a consistently excellent way. Great news for us on our journey to becoming truly modern marketers – a journey we started relatively recently.

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In 2014 it was our Mainframe 50 Campaign which cut the mustard and made the hall of fame, helping IBM celebrate 50 years of the Mainframe  and making some seriously positive waves along the way. This year it’s our COBOL Campaign that’s made the grade. The IT literate among you will realise that there’s nothing new about this technology apart from the ongoing product releases adding value for increasingly demanding modern technicians. It’s the way we are communicating the value that has changed. Now #COBOLRocks with a hashtag, and ‘millennials’ who are engaging with this fundamentally critical technology for the 1st time are no doubt mixing it up with the less youthful on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Is this community first phenomena on Social Media increasingly the key to solving what the industry has known as the Skills Crisis? I have a personal feeling that YouTube ‘how to’ videos are playing a bigger part in this resolution than any formal education or training courses. The proof will be in the pudding – timeless words of wisdom.

I’ve said it before – digital performance matters

What is abundantly clear without the need for formal proof or benchmarks or metrics is that your digital performance seriously matters. Not just the content either – content is vitally important but if your infrastructure is flaky, unreliable or your ‘legacy’ apps don’t go mobile  you may have a difficult ride ahead. To make it through the heats and start to compete against the winners you need to create better software faster and breathe new life into older technology.

In concluding it strikes me that my dad was right all those years ago, winning really isn’t everything,  taking part in ‘the game’ is fun and it does really matter. We won’t stop wanting to win a Markie anytime soon – but at least we know we are holding our own against the best in the industry as a team. A prize in itself. Sometimes words of advice and wisdom, just like technology can continue to add serious value for decades. The vehicles that carry the words will be evolving digitally for years, and modern businesses need to keep up.  If you’d like to learn more about modern marketing, register yourselves for the MME15 event and don’t forget to cheer Micro Focus on during the awards……

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New horizons or same old scene?

We’ve now had a few days to settle into the new year, but as we take down the festive decorations and look at our business imperatives for 2015, is anything different in enterprise IT? This blog glances at the current picture of global technology, where so much seems like it is changing, but a lot appears to remain the same.

So is that the case? Well, yes and no. While the world appears to rotate ever faster each year and the pace of change in technology is at unprecedented levels, organizations the world over continue to rely on tried and trusted technology to run their most cherished business systems. Yet, the notion that ’tried and trusted‘ equates to ’staid and unchanging‘ is far from reality.

We’ve now had a few days to settle into the new year, but as we take down the festive decorations and look at our business imperatives for 2015, is anything different in enterprise IT? This blog glances at the current picture of global technology, where so much seems like it is changing, but a lot appears to remain the same.

So is that the case? Well, yes and no. While the world appears to rotate ever faster each year and the pace of change in technology is at unprecedented levels, organizations the world over continue to rely on tried and trusted technology to run their most cherished business systems. Yet, the notion that ’tried and trusted‘ equates to ’staid and unchanging‘ is far from reality.

The Mainframe is New?

IBM will shortly be unveiling a new product range, illustrating once again the continued investment and commitment to mainframe technology and their enterprise customers. Forrester’s Richard Fichera suggests to readers that their “current large mainframe workloads will be with [them] for the long-term”, reflecting the findings of the ninth annual mainframe survey from BMC, “2014 Annual Mainframe Research Results: Bringing IT to Life Through Digital Transformation”. The findings were clear: the mainframe remains part of the long-term business strategy and continues to shape the future of IT, according to 91% of respondents.

COBOL: Practically Popular

Underpinning all this is the enterprise application technology of choice, COBOL.  Yes, COBOL. One of the key barometers of usage and interest, the TIOBE index shows COBOL at a lofty 13th position in their global language rankings for January 2015 – an all-time high, by our estimates. It certainly represents a rise as a key “indicator of the popularity” of the COBOL language, now in its 56th year. We at Micro Focus are delighted, but not surprised: our own experience tells us that COBOL remains the language of choice for critical enterprise applications the world over. It is as suited for core business systems today as when it was first conceived.

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Looking Ahead

Back to thoughts of the year ahead. Industry analysts typically can’t resist the temptation to predict how the IT world will look in the year ahead. 2015 is no different. Many commentators agree on the continued rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its potential to impact on our daily lives; the continued expansion and proliferation of mobile technologies and the rising belief that, in a maturing digital market, this is now the ‘age of the application”.

One industry observer, IDC, predicts the following trends in disruptive technology for 2015:

  • Nearly one third of total spending will be focused on new technologies such as mobile, cloud and big data
  • Wireless data will be the largest ($536bn) and fastest growing (13%) segment of telecom spending
  • Spending on the greater cloud ecosystem (public, private, enabling IT and services) will reach $118bn (almost $200bn in 2018), $70bn ($126bn in 2018) of which will be spent on public clouds
  • Worldwide spending on big data-related software, hardware, and services will reach $125bn.

While none of these are new phenomena, the scale of their predicted rise certainly is. Indeed, these volumes of expenditure only serve to cement the belief in the enormous market potential of what is still relatively new technology. The revolution is upon us.

We’re all socialites now

As of 2014, around 1.8bn internet users have accessed social networks; 170 million from the United States. Social media seems to reach beyond the trivialities of consumer use. Perhaps more interestingly, big business seems to be embracing it as a genuine business tool, too. Organizations including the Bank of England are using Twitter and Facebook to help test the market. Similarly, a Facebook application, ‘Link, Like, Love’, enables American Express cardholders to link their cards to a dashboard of deals from the likes of Whole Foods, Dunkin’ Donuts and Virgin America. Five million ‘Likes’ suggest that other companies may follow this route.

The CIO is dead, long live the CIO

The jury is still out on who IT leadership will collaborate with, and behave, in supporting the business. As Ian Cox explains on CIO.com this month, “CEOs are under pressure to move their business into the digital world” and that “more of them will look to their CIO for help in leading the transformation. And that will need to be a different type of CIO if they are to make a success of digital”.

In his particularly lucid piece, What can the CIO expect?, he goes on to mention the continued challenge of CIO and CMO teamwork, but offers a positive conclusion “There is no war between the CIO and CMO”.

Hear, hear. Instead, the right technology can deliver for all parties. It doesn’t even have to be brand new…

Find out for yourself how Micro Focus supports innovation through smart technology by dropping us a line, and discover for yourself why COBOL remains the enterprise application language of choice at a forthcoming Developer Day event, soon.

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ps. The definition of the TIOBE index can be found here.

Making waves – the new Fed VP introduces himself

I’m penning this blog to introduce myself as the new Senior Vice President for Micro Focus’ Federal Business UnitWhat’s my pedigree? Work with NetIQ, which is now part of the Attachmate Corporation, BMC Software and NASA. My background? I’m a retired member of the US Navy Reserve with more than 20 years of combined active duty and reserve service. And now I have the fresh challenge of leading a new team.

How does this help you? My life and work experiences have given me a perspective on problem-solving that few others have. I understand how the right technology, used correctly can resolve most problems. I also know good solutions when I see them and this role puts me in touch with plenty.

Solutions to issues

For nearly 40 years, COBOL has supported modern architectures and operating systems. Now, Micro Focus Visual COBOL customers are building Cloud services, mobile applications, or deploying into .NET or JVM. Our customers can choose where they deploy their core applications, both now and for many years to come.

Want your legacy applications to embrace modern architectures? Better performance at reduced cost and risk? Start by analyzing your application portfolio and use that insight to develop, test, and modernize mission-critical applications.

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Need to deliver better software, or web applications that work on everything, everywhere? Then we should talk about Borland’s Silk Portfolio.

As the ‘head of Fed’, I hear a lot about modernization and cost-cutting. Micro Focus modernization tools have already saved one Federal agency $11m a year and the US Postal Service are $6m a year better off. I’d be happy to walk you through some great case studies and testimonials.

It’s this communication that will help to ensure our solutions align with your mission and vision. It is only by understanding your business pain can we help to resolve it.

I look forward to meeting you and learning more about how your team leverages Micro Focus technology. In the meantime, I encourage you to follow us @MicroFocus and join us in our online community forum.

Thanks for reading. It’s great to be here.

David Vano
SVP, Federal

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Micro Focus Teams with CSC to Deliver Comprehensive Software to Banking Industry

Micro Focus Server Enterprise Edition enables CSC Celeriti software to meet the needs of banks of all sizes.

Micro Focus (LSE:MCRO.L), the leading provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, today announced that CSC (NYSE: CSC), a global leader in providing client business and technology-enabled solutions and services, is using Micro Focus technologies to offer end-to-end enterprise software for banking, cards, payments and lending across a broader range of platforms and operating systems.

CSC’s Celeriti suite makes use of Micro Focus Server Enterprise Edition, which allows customers to select fit for purpose operating platforms based on their particular total cost of ownership, security, high availability and transaction volume requirements.  Using Server Enterprise Edition, Celeriti is able to provide Linux, UNIX and Windows platforms for midsize and small banks, third-party processors, and global banks wanting multiple, in-country deployments using a single codebase.  This flexibility provides CSC customers with a competitive edge by decreasing time-to-market and reducing overall risk.

“Micro Focus solutions help us deliver configurable, top-tier software functionality to banks of all sizes on a cost- effective platform,” said Paul Leadbetter, CTO, CSC’s Banking and Credit Services Division.  “Our collaboration enables CSC to extend its offering to a broader range of platforms and meet varying banks’ cost, security and infrastructure requirements.”

“When banks decide to implement a new IT solution, it is critical that they exploit rich functionalities on a stable, cost-effective platform,” said Susan Drennan, Vice President of ISV Sales, North America, for Micro Focus.  “We have worked closely with CSC to develop solutions that enable small and mid-size banks to run their core business software on the platforms of their choice to support ongoing innovation and long-term growth.”

Celeriti features a number of technology innovations including a Web portal that extends Web 2.0 technologies to the front and back office and provides a richer end-user experience through dynamic content delivery and personalization.  Reusable SOA business processes and Web services enable easier integration and maintenance of systems, which allow banks to standardize their business processes across delivery channels to improve customer service.  Celeriti’s business intelligence component and data warehouse centralize data across the enterprise, allowing banks to drive business strategies based on actionable information.  Celeriti also includes business rules and parameters to rapidly launch new products and services, modify business processes and respond to regulatory and compliance mandates.

Micro Focus Server Enterprise Edition provides the deployment environment for applications that have traditionally functioned only in a mainframe environment to operate on a broader range of platforms.  This solution ensures that existing mainframe applications can be made available with little or no change to underlying code.

About CSC in Financial Services

More than 1,200 major banking, insurance, investment and wealth management, and securities firms rely on CSC’s global financial services team to turn their ambitions into realities. With a track record for delivering software, consulting, and IT and business process outsourcing and services at scale, CSC brings a deep understanding of the financial services business and a collaborative culture to one of the industry’s most engaged client communities. For more information, visit www.csc.com/financialservices.

About CSC

CSC is a global leader in providing technology-enabled business solutions and services. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 97,000 employees and reported revenue of $16.2 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2011. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.csc.com.

About Micro Focus

Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernization, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.com.

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Kim Karelis Laura Stiff
LEWIS PR Micro Focus
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New Borland StarTeam Release from Micro Focus Unifies ALM Environments

Expanded capabilities deliver increased productivity and cross-tool visibility to all software delivery stakeholders

Micro Focus (LSE:MCRO.L), the leading provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, today announced the launch of Borland StarTeam 12.0. The new suite of change management tools increases and extends interoperability of application lifecycle management (ALM) tools and asset types across software development teams. This helps to overcome traditional development barriers such as lack of cross-tool visibility and inefficient collaboration.

Borland StarTeam has always provided management support for a wide range of ALM asset types, including version controlled files, customizable change requests, tasks, requirements and threaded discussions. The new suite extends the types of ALM assets which an organization can place under management, giving it access to a larger and potentially much more valuable repository. The inclusion of the new Borland Connector adds complete ALM tool interoperability to the product, making it possible for a more diverse group of ALM practitioners to directly participate and contribute to the developer’s work scope. Borland StarTeam 12.0 automatically connects developers and their code to any other change management artifact, enabling teams to fully participate in the flow of software delivery to end users. By making it easier to extend the types of software assets that can be managed, StarTeam enables organizations to better shape their ALM environment according to their unique development tool landscape and methodology needs.

“With this new release of StarTeam, customers now have constant management visibility across their ALM infrastructure,” said Archie Roboostoff, Borland Portfolio Director. “Whether it’s open source co-existence or a need to support a more agile environment, StarTeam is the single source of truth that links everything together and delivers true distributed team collaboration.”

Key benefits and features of StarTeam 12.0:

  • Extendable ALM assets: StarTeam 12.0 help teams take control of their SCCM infrastructure by allowing users to extend the definition of which ALM assets can be managed. Newly defined asset types make use of familiar usage paradigms, leading to a reduced learning curve and improved adoption.
  • Borland Tasktop connector certification and integration: Make developers full members of the software delivery process through task-focused access to StarTeam change management assets or other 3rd party tools from within the Eclipse or Visual Studio IDE’s.
  • Consolidated Visibility: With Tasktop Sync, organizations can now view all artifacts, custom or otherwise, from third-party tools, bringing them into the same unified presentation as native StarTeam artifacts.
  • Development Efficiency: With Tasktop Dev, developers are able to stay in their IDE where they are most productive, but still participate in the processes and workflows that management needs.
  • Increased Visibility for Management: More accurate and frequent developer status and time reporting provides management with increased visibility for project planning.
  • Enhanced Traceability: Organizations now have the flexibility to automatically create traceability between source code and change management artifacts from third-party systems. This allows for streamlined multi-tool processes and encourage informed decision making.
  • ALM Synchronization: StarTeam is now supported by the industry-standard Eclipse Mylyn ALM interoperability framework which provides real-time synchronization, configurable automatic conflict resolution, and support for more than two dozen ALM tools’ tracking and reporting facilities.

The key new features in StarTeam 12.0 unify ALM environments and provide management with valuable insight and predictability. StarTeam 12.0 creates a single source of the truth with real-time updates happening across any combination of ALM systems and tools.

Notes to Editors

Borland StarTeam product page: http://www.microfocus.com/products/StarTeam/index.aspx

Associated Press Release: “Tasktop provides Borland StarTeam customers with Mylyn-enabled ALM synchronization and improved developer productivity”: http://www.microfocus.com/aboutmicrofocus/pressroom/releases/pr20111129413422.asp

About Micro Focus

Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernization, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.com.

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Laura Stiff Kim Karelis
Micro Focus LEWIS PR
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Micro Focus Delivers Next Generation Performance Testing of Mobile Web Applications

According to Forrester, mobile development has been a top five initiative in 2011 for nearly all enterprises.  A recent survey by the analyst firm showed that more than 50% of enterprises are most interested in using mobile applications or mobile optimized websites to reach out to their customers, and providing mobile support to employees isn’t far behind with 39% mobilizing employee intranets and 29% introducing mobile collaboration solutions. i Companies are challenged with delivering access to business applications 24/7, ensuring those applications continue to perform under peak loads to meet the ever-increasing expectation of users.  Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L), the leading provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, today announced that SilkPerformer, its world class software application performance testing solution, now fully supports performance testing of mobile web applications.

“As the number of users accessing business applications via mobile devices increases, the challenge faced by the enterprise becomes ever more complex,” said Archie Roboostoff, Borland Solutions Portfolio Director at Micro Focus.  “Internet access is changing rapidly and device diversity is putting mixed loads on web sites.  Today’s users expect the same response times but websites behave differently when accessed by mobile devices depending on the operating system, browser and network service they have. This makes simulating peak demands and client complexity, as well as diagnosing system performance, harder than ever.  When you add testing peak demand loads from multiple global locations into the mix, the challenge is clear to see.”

Continuing, Roboostoff said: “Micro Focus SilkPerformer offers simulation capabilities for a variety of mobile phones, such as Android, iOS and Blackberry devices.  This is important because different screen sizes and input methods such as touch screens mean many web applications look different when loaded on a mobile device compared to a full site.  These mobile versions of a web page need to be treated as separate applications when performance testing as they have different performance implications on the back end.  Micro Focus SilkPerformer also simulates the bandwidth limitations of mobile network connections and supports all existing and upcoming mobile phone standards like GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSPA+ and LTE, while its Mobile Browser Simulation emulates mobile device traffic from different parts of the world.”

Whether load testing in the cloud, on premise or both, Micro Focus SilkPerformer mimics realistic user behaviour loads from just one browser, containing server resource and cost and delivering the best possible insight into system performance problems.  The solution delivers one integrated, visual representation of server performance diagnostics to aid rapid issue resolution and ultimately ensures optimized performance of business applications for the enterprise.

Micro Focus Testing Solutions Help iPass Deliver Quality and Always-on Connectivity to Enterprise Mobile Workers

iPass, a leading provider of enterprise mobility services, has deployed Micro Focus SilkPerformer and SilkTest to openly facilitate access from any device on any network while giving the enterprise essential visibility and control.

“As mobile device platforms proliferate within the enterprise, mobility solution providers must find ways to deliver highly complex solutions to customers at a faster pace,” explained Roboostoff. “The exemplary use of Silk by iPass is just one example of how we are helping enterprises outpace the building momentum of today’s mobility trend. In fact, the business advantages that Silk provides are felt right across iPass operations.”

To read more about how iPass is using Silk, see iPass case history.  For more information on SilkPerformer, visit: http://www.microfocus.com/silkperformer

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About Micro Focus

Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernization, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit www.microfocus.com

iThe State Of Application Development In Enterprise And SMBs, Forrester Research, Inc., April 11, 2011

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