Two complimentary analyst reports

Download these two complimentary analyst reports for insight into the latest application development practices and getting optimum performance from your test team.

Download these two complimentary analyst reports for insight into the latest application development practices and getting optimum performance from your test team.

Key Issues for Application Development, 2011

As Application Development solutions evolve with the accelerating pace of business change, this report offers guidance in making sure your AD efforts keep up with the pace. Download the report here.

Q&A for Sizing the Test Team
 
IT organizations can struggle to determine how much testing is enough and how many testers are required. This report answers a number of key questions about how best to address a core issue of software quality, and stresses the importance of a holistic approach. Read the report here.

Try Visual COBOL R4 now!

Visual COBOL R4 launched on 15th June 2011. During the launch webinar Product Manager, Scot Nielsen, demonstrated how to use the new features in R4 to modernize the User Interfaces (UI) of your existing COBOL applications.

Visual COBOL R4 launched on 15th June 2011. During the launch webinar Product Manager, Scot Nielsen, demonstrated how to use the new features in R4 to modernize the User Interfaces (UI) of your existing COBOL applications.

Packed with features, key updates for Visual COBOL R4 include:

  • Visual COBOL for JVM is now GA. In R3, we released Visual COBOL for JVM as a technology preview, with R4 deploying your COBOL applications to the JVM is fully supported.
  • Visual COBOL for Azure is now GA. Another technology preview with the R3 release, is now fully supported with R4. Start deploying your COBOL applications to Microsoft’s Azure cloud.
  • Many improvements to the VS2010 plug-in, including support for managing large projects, automatic updates, WCF references and much more.
  • Eclipse plug-in ships with enhancements that include improved background parsing, support for Development Hub on HP-UX and Solaris, simplified Project properties and more.
  • extend and RM/COBOL users will be pleased to hear about the large number of compatibility features we have added.

To find out more about what is new in Visual COBOL R4, click here to download the What’s new in Visual COBOL R4 2011.

Now you can download a trial version from the Visual COBOL microsite and take Visual COBOL R4 for a test drive to check out the new features.

If you have any questions about Visual COBOL why not visit the Micro Focus Community, and get involved in our forums and watch the webcasts.

Community Update

Since its launch on 20th January 2011 the Micro Focus Community has seen a steady rise of participation and contributions, find out how we are continuing to develop the community improving the experiance and value to you.

Since its launch on 20th January 2011 the Micro Focus Community has seen a steady rise of participation and contributions. Thank you for taking the time to participate and, more importantly, provide feedback and suggestions for improvement.

We have gone through all your feedback and have now released a series of updates to the community site. We hope you will like the changes!

Here is a quick summary of the changes you may experience:

Search: We have improved our searching algorithms to make it even faster, and especially more accurate. Try it for yourself the next time you are looking for details.

Subscriptions: You can now subscribe to content types such as forums and articles and blogs, and also receive daily/weekly/monthly digests of information from your subscriptions. Follow your favourite forum threads without having to keep logging back in each time.

Event registrations: You can register for upcoming events, webinars, launches etc. through the community. Simply use your community ID to register for events and forget having to fill out forms every time you want to join us.

ViewStream: We are delighted to announce our new ViewStream platform for webinars and on-demand videos. All our webinars and on-demand videos will be moved to this HTML and flash enabled platform over time. You will no longer need to download livemeeting clients to join us or toggle between PC and phone bridge. All webinars will be delivered to you directly within our community site. You can also watch recordings of previous or missed webinars and leave comments/questions/feedback and follow up within the community.

Social Sharing: You will now find that you can share all your favourite content with 1-click to your various social networks such as Twitter/Facebook/Linked-in.

We are continuing to develop the community to improve your experience and the value to you. We appreciate your comments and feedback, so please keep them coming!

If you have not joined the community yet, sign up now at http://community.microfocus.com

Webcast: Foundations of Object Oriented Programming for COBOL developers

As a COBOL programmer you will be familiar with procedural programming, and may be considering approaching Object Oriented programming for various reasons. Find out how Object Oriented programming has a number of benefits.

As a COBOL programmer you will be familiar with procedural programming, and may be considering approaching Object Oriented programming for various reasons.

Using Object Oriented programming has a number of benefits, including the ability to harness the strengths of managed frameworks such as .NET and JVM. While it is possible to deploy procedural COBOL applications to these frameworks, OO extends to you the full advantages of these managed frameworks.

During the launch of Visual COBOL R4 we demonstrated how Visual COBOL provides the bridge.

Now there is a chance to learn about this in more detail. In a recent webinar, Software Systems Developer, Principal, Paul Kelly looked at why OO programming makes sense for a COBOL Programmer. He also demonstrated how you can:

  • gain incremental benefits from using OO COBOL in combination with existing COBOL code
  • experience the benefits of managed platforms such as .NET and JVM
  • use OO COBOL to harness the power of managed platforms from existing procedural COBOL applications, with very little effort

You can now watch the recorded webcast on our new Community ViewStream platform.

Do leave us your comments, and if you have any questions, why not post them to our forums?

Micro Focus Events

Micro Focus runs a full program of events in a number of locations, read more about our events and visit our events page for the latest listings.

Micro Focus runs a full program of events in a number of locations, visit our events page for the latest listings.

Australia: Micro Focus and KJ Ross & Associates Breakfast Seminar, Sydney and Melbourne

Micro Focus Australia hosted a joint breakfast seminar with KJ Ross as a partner. Attendees saw a presentation focusing on Micro Focus’ leadership position in the testing market, and how testing is increasingly moving centre stage in SDLC. Dr Mark Pederson, a high profile testing expert from independent thought leader KJ Ross also presented, drawing on real-life experience of implementing Micro Focus testing solutions.

Coming soon: 5-6th October, Micro Focus is sponsoring the Iqnite conference, the local testing event of the year, managed by KJ Ross, together with Microsoft.

India: Micro Focus Test World

‘Micro Focus Test World’ is a flagship event in India, hosted in Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Primarily targeted at Strategic and Functional IT managers from the Testing community, Micro Focus Test World was attended by over 400 Testing Professionals. At the Hyderabad and Bangalore events keynote addresses were delivered by key industry influencers: Vice President, Delivery, AppLabs and Global Head, Assurance Services, TCS. Both spoke about how Micro Focus helps them to be successful in delivering Testing as a service.

Coming up in North America: Perspectives on the Future of Software Development, Toronto and Rochester

Micro Focus is hosting two executive lunches on July 13th in Toronto and July 21st in Rochester, NY to discuss the future of software development.

As trends, such as Agile, gain popularity, there are questions around the business value they deliver. Analysts encourage organizations to drive quality from the start of the software development lifecycle to streamline and reduce cost. In this executive luncheon, we will share perspectives on the sources of these issues and examine some of the emerging trends which hold the promise of improving project success, productivity, and ultimately cost reduction.