Micro Focus achieves position in the Leader’s quadrant in Gartner, Inc.’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites.

Micro Focus has been recognized as a Leader based on our completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Achieving a position in the Leader quadrant comes eighteen months after our acquisition of Borland and Compuware’s ASQ business. In that time Micro Focus has built on the strengths of key requirements definition and management, test automation and change management products: Caliber, Silk and StarTeam, re-invigorating them and providing a clear direction for customers.

Micro Focus CEO, Nigel Clifford, says, “In our opinion, being positioned as a leader in the software quality space by Gartner is a testament to the successful integration of the Borland and Compuware products over the past eighteen months. We are delighted to be so highly‐regarded in this dynamic and fast growing market.”

You can view Gartner, Inc’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Software Quality Suites here

You can also get your hands on free trials of the latest Micro Focus Automated Software Quality product releases: SilkTest, SilkPerformer, SilkCentral Test Manager, CaliberRDM and StarTeam Enterprise Edition.

Micro Focus Community goes live

400 people sign up within the first four days.

The new Micro Focus Community beta version went live on January 20th – a day chosen to coincide with the Visual COBOL R3 release to drive discussion and debate.

Over 400 people signed up within the first four days, and there are already a number of articles, discussions and blog posts across all areas of the Micro Focus offering – including Visual COBOL, Silk, Caliber, Modernization Workbench and Education Services among others.

We’re also inviting people to submit product reviews. And for a limited time, every published review of the trial download of Visual COBOL R3 will earn its writer a Visual COBOL R3 t-shirt and the writer of the best review will win a LiveScribe Echo pen.

The Community gives you a platform to engage with fellow users, Micro Focus product experts and the wider Micro Focus community.  It’s currently a beta version and users are encouraged to provide feedback on what they would like to see improved. Why not visit the site, engage with the discussions and share your knowledge and opinions?

http://community.microfocus.com 

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Announcing DevPartner 10.5 with 64-bit support

Find out how you can upgrade to DevPartner 10.5 for the latest in code quality tools.

With the release of DevPartner Studio 10.5, Micro Focus is committed to bringing you the highest quality products you need to meet the challenging world of software development. As part of your maintenance contract you are eligible to upgrade to this release of DevPartner at no additional charge. *

Highlights of this release

64-Bit Application Support – DevPartner 10.5 now offers the ability to analyze and profile both native and managed 32-bit and 64-bit executables, web applications and assemblies on both AMD x64 and Intel EM64T architectures. DevPartner has been updated to handle the increased memory limits and data values used by 64-bit applications. The updated runtime DevPartner components consist of:

  • Error Detection (BoundsChecker)
  • Performance Analysis
  • Coverage Analysis
  • Memory Analysis
  • Performance Expert

Remote Profiling on Windows 7 – DevPartner now supports the profiling of remote applications when the local and remote computers are properly licensed and use supported Windows Vista SP1 and later operating systems, including Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

  • Eases the burden of multi platform verification
  • Frees the users system while analysis runs on remote systems

Integration with Silk Central Test Manager – DevPartner .NET code analysis is now supported in Silk Central Test Manager (SCTM) 2010 R2. This illuminates the black box of testing by extending code analysis capabilities into the .Net world.

  • Illustrates whether tests have sufficiently covered application code
  • Helps testers choose tests that are impacted by code changes
  • Shows coverage trends across builds

How to get DevPartner 10.5

Existing customers on maintenance: login to Micro Focus Support Line, go to the Product Update section and click on ‘Request Latest Version’ at the top of page. Alternatively you can call us to upgrade, selecting option #1 from the automated menu.*

Off maintenance or new customers: please call our sales team on +1 800 468 6342 (US) or +44 (0)800 328 4967 (outside US)

*Please note, free upgrade only applies to existing customers with a current maintenance contract.

Application Overhaul – Top Ten Best Practices for Cutting Your IT Debt

Part three. Identify your unique intellectual property: The truth is in there.

Continuing our series of the Top Ten best practices for cutting IT debt, Richard Pegden, Head of Product Marketing explores the importance of effective portfolio management within companies whose greatest source of innovation lies within their existing assets.

There are two main considerations to explore in this debate: what are the applications that matter most to your business, and what business components or services offer most business value. While sounding similar, they are important considerations in their own right.

Examining the first, what are the applications that matter to your business? gives you insight into your real business differentiators. These applications have been developed, usually over time, to perform functions and operations that are unique to you. In this way they give a good indication of your unique way of working.

A military engine support management tool developed by Avio Group, a world leader in the aerospace sector, is a good example of this in action. Following a migration process, this was the last functioning program left on the mainframe – business critical software designed for military engine maintenance, an area in which Avio Group is highly proficient and had fine-tuned over many years. The company was faced with a dilemma: the application was perfect for its specific job and they didn’t want to change it. However, it would not be possible to replace it with a commercial package and IT management could not justify the maintenance of a mainframe for just one program. The company realized the value to the entire business of this single application and took the decision to re-host it.

It’s a bit like deciding what possessions you’d rescue from your burning house — understanding the applications that you would take with you when you expand or move business reminds you how important they are. The ones you wouldn’t think of leaving behind are the ones that set you apart from your competition.

The first article in this series (Top-down application portfolio evaluation: There are quick wins to be had) highlighted the opportunities for rapidly reducing IT debt by removing the applications that duplicate functionality or that aren’t used anymore or offer little return on investment. Looking at what cannot be spared gives you better insight into what adds real value to your business, and therefore needs preserving and investing in. This means that you protect and improve important business processes and ensure they continue to add unique value to the business.

The second component involves drilling down further into understanding what business components or services offer business value.  This aspect of identifying your IP is much the same as the first, but operating at another level down.  Stepping inside your applications will reveal a whole heap of code doing things that were once thought really important – but time moves on and not necessarily all of them return anything like the value they used to. Just as at the higher, portfolio level there is value in some of it, and elsewhere there are opportunities to remove other parts. Some code simply no longer gets called…at anytime, by anything.  It makes sense to get rid of it. Some code may get called, but is doing nothing special – again, question its value and remove it if it isn’t earning its keep. However, at the other end of the business value spectrum, some code not only gets called, but is at the heart of what makes your business successful. It’s important not just to identify this code, but to cherish it and protect it from slash ‘n’ burn rewrite or package replacement initiatives, or from the ravages of misinformed spaghetti coding.

When you are able to identify the unique intellectual property that lies beneath your business applications, you can develop and extend the value it contains. The truth really is in there.