COBOL and Micro Focus – investment that pays dividends

COBOL and Micro Focus – investment that pays dividends

Posted on 18. Sep, 2014 by .

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Every year, Micro Focus commits huge sums to R&D work. Derek Britton takes a look at what happens to these ‘invisible investments’ – and how they benefit our customers…

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Regulation Acceleration

Regulation Acceleration

Posted on 05. Sep, 2014 by .

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Regulation and Compliance shouldn’t be big news – after all, the IT world has had to conform to rules and regulations for years. Yet it seems every day there’s bad publicity and a hefty fine for yet another major corporation facing a non-compliance ruling. This blog looks again at the challenge that just won’t go away – and asks what we can learn.

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Schools (almost) out for Summer! My work experience with Micro Focus

Schools (almost) out for Summer! My work experience with Micro Focus

Posted on 18. Jul, 2014 by .

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Food for thought Being a teenager, working in an office is portrayed as a job with minimal excitement or thrill. My experience is quite the contrary. I have been lucky enough to spend a week working in one and seeing the do’s and don’ts of the job. What I’ve noticed is there is always something to do, nobody is [...]

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Are you trapped by your legacy system?

Are you trapped by your legacy system?

Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by .

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Let’s start with the basics… How many of you reading this, feel trapped by a system that was created in the 1980s or earlier? How many of you feel that it is a necessary evil that you have to deal with day in and day out? Here’s my next question: why? Why do you feel [...]

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Beating the Backlog – Great idea #2 Reduce time spent on development

Beating the Backlog – Great idea #2 Reduce time spent on development

Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by .

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Often applied generically instead of case-specifically, the phrase ’IT Debt‘ is as widely-used as it is misunderstood. We prefer the term ‘IT Backlog’ but by any definition this represents a major operational challenge and, according to a recent study, an $11m hole in the IT budget of many organizations. As we discussed in our previous [...]

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The flammable Fed dollar: Money to burn?

The flammable Fed dollar: Money to burn?

Posted on 07. Jul, 2014 by .

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Fire alert: Federal IT resources are going up in smoke … US Federal government agencies are reportedly spending 75% of their IT budgets on maintaining legacy systems.  That’s a $62 billion burn-down on outdated IT rather than watering the shoots of new growth, developing new capabilities and services, or tackling IT Backlog.  They need to [...]

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Beating the Backlog – Great idea #1

Beating the Backlog – Great idea #1

Posted on 01. Jul, 2014 by .

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Run the Tests that fail first… In a previous blog we explored the operational challenges that IT organizations face – in this blog we’re going to dive into the one of those operational challenges, IT Backlog. Micro Focus has introduced IT backlog before (looking at the ‘lights on’ burden, and the true cost of it). [...]

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Language school: getting COBOL back in the classroom

Language school: getting COBOL back in the classroom

Posted on 24. Jun, 2014 by .

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This blog deconstructs the misconceptions around COBOL and addresses the ‘University Challenge’ of getting COBOL on the curriculum. The Micro Focus Academic Program is on a mission to create enough COBOL-savvy developers and programmers to serve the big businesses that still use COBOL to drive 70% of all business data processing.

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Core Values – Why We Need to Act Fast

Core Values – Why We Need to Act Fast

Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 by .

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Amid concerns over its ability to provide what the business needs, IT must tackle significant operational challenges to deliver more, and deliver it faster. This blog explores the current IT leadership predicament, and discusses how to streamline complex IT processes by discovering smarter ways of extracting value.

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When Applications Mean Business – Visual COBOL 2.2.1

When Applications Mean Business – Visual COBOL 2.2.1

Posted on 04. Jun, 2014 by .

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  Changing a complex IT estate for the better can be anything but easy – but the value of those applications, and smarter ways of extracting that value, can make this a sound business bet, as Ed Airey explores. For many organizations, the IT function has provided incalculable value over the years, through innovation in [...]

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