The exciting Micro Focus Universe 2022 conference showcased Micro Focus’ Run and Transform narrative. Derek Britton reflects on what it all means.
A Universal Truth
The technology conference Micro Focus Universe 2022 recently took place as a virtual event. Covering three time zones, it welcomed thousands of customers, partners, analysts, and technology enthusiasts to a content-rich, global experience.
Micro Focus CEO Stephen Murdoch explained the foundation of today’s IT leadership challenge – solving the digital dilemma. As he put it, “IT leaders must find a successful transformation strategy that delivers today, but also enables investment for tomorrow–specifically, how to balance the continued need to invest in, and ideally accelerate, digital transformation, while dealing with increasing complexity in their core operations and an ever-expanding set of cyber security and resiliency threats.”
Dealing with the Dilemma
It is called a Digital Dilemma for good reason. The recent article in Network Computing, underscored the challenge, “…that is the digital dilemma, crystallized. Managing today and the future, simultaneously: balancing today’s pressing needs against tomorrow’s transformational requirements.”
With so much complexity woven into the fabric of an organization’s IT operations, reflecting significant technology investments over a long period of time, plotting a course from today to tomorrow is far from easy. Indeed, as this blog explains, “As little as 12.2 percent of the Fortune 500 companies from 1955 remained by 2014,” shining an alarming spotlight on the dangers of failing to adapt over time. As the Network Computing article puts it, digital transformations “must work from the get-go and not jeopardize operations already under significant strain.”
Not ifs and buts, it is who and when
IT leadership can feel like a battle against sinister forces, a heroic struggle if you will – this article refers to CIOs as “beleaguered heroes, far from journeying to a visionary future [they are] mired in the mechanics of the here and how.” As this ebook from Micro Focus asks, “who has the experience and expertise to help you address today’s IT challenges while also helping you grow the value of your existing IT investments to meet the opportunities of tomorrow?”
Most good hero stories include a clever partner. And we know just the character! As described here, Micro Focus boasts 45 years’ software industry experience and our “broad set of technology for security, IT operations, application delivery, governance, modernization, and analytics provide the innovative solutions thousands of organizations need to tackle their key digital challenges.”
Back to Stephen Murdoch at Micro Focus Universe, for his view – “whether it is tightening existing security measures, moving to DevOps and agile, embracing software as a service, or adopting AI and machine learning, [Micro Focus is] investing in today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities to support your transformation.”
What does Run and Transform mean to you?
Another memorable Micro Focus Universe segment was the “What does Run and Transform mean to me?” video, featuring clips of individuals giving their own point of view. With countless technology solutions covering a variety of core IT use-cases serving many major industry sectors, no two perspectives are quite the same. Micro Focus CMO, Eric Varness, summarised it very well, “[It means] how we make the future possible for our customers… it reflects the breadth and depth of the solutions we provide, as well as how we ensure our customers realise value from those solutions.”
CEO Stephen Murdoch stresses that dedication to customer success – “At Micro Focus, we’ve worked hard on helping customers run and transform their business. We are committed to providing the solutions you need to deliver successful digital transformation … and to being a partner for the long term.”