Micro Focus Delivers Mainframe Modernization With Enterprise Developer for IBM zEnterprise

NEWBURY, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Apr 9, 2013) - While 70% of CIOs believe the mainframe has a central, strategic role(1), an independent global research study with 590 CIOs and IT Directors(2) has confirmed that many mainframe applications are falling behind business requirements. This group estimated average mainframe application IT debt -- the cost of clearing the backlog of maintenance to bring the corporate applications portfolio up to date -- at $8.5 million per organization. To help meet this challenge, Micro Focus ( LSE : MCRO.L ), the leading provider of enterprise application modernization, testing and management solutions, has released Micro Focus Enterprise Developer for IBM® zEnterprise®, enabling customers to optimize all aspects of IBM mainframe application delivery and drive down costs, increase productivity, and accelerate innovation.

Micro Focus Enterprise Developer for IBM zEnterprise is built for customers modernizing applications for deployment on the mainframe or any of the IBM zEnterprise environments. The product uses either the Microsoft Visual Studio or Eclipse-based Integrated Developer Environment (IDE) with mainframe integration, and also includes tools to support development and unit testing on IBM z/Linux, AIX and x86 environments.

Commenting on its implementation of Micro Focus Enterprise Developer for IBM zEnterprise, Philippe Bailly, Director of Shared Services Centre at Steria in Nantes said: "The solution has enabled us to standardize our mainframe development environment and maximize programmer productivity. Moving to this Eclipse environment also means it is easier to recruit new developers and transition our existing staff thanks to user-friendly tools and a unified mainframe and Java development environment."

Kevin Brearley, Senior Director of Product Management at Micro Focus, said: "By providing a contemporary, standard IDE for zEnterprise, Micro Focus Enterprise Developer brings modern capabilities to a core IT asset. This helps experienced mainframe programmers work up to 40 percent more productively and allows less experienced developers to easily apply the skills they bring from other languages to the mainframe. This unrivalled technology enables our customers to deliver updates, applications and new, innovative services to market earlier."

Greg Lotko, Vice President and Business Line Executive, IBM System z, said: "The IBM zEnterprise System is the result of more than $1billion in R&D investments over the past four years, resulting in major improvements in performance, security, availability and other key enterprise features. We are continually working with our technology partners to help our clients maximize the value in their IBM mainframes, and this latest innovation from Micro Focus is a great example of that commitment."

Key benefits of Micro Focus Enterprise Developer for IBM zEnterprise include:

  • Support for on- and off-mainframe development, providing a flexible approach and swifter delivery of new business functions without consuming mainframe resources
  • Full and flexible customization of the IDE to support unique development processes
  • Deep integration into mainframe configuration management and tooling, resulting in a more comprehensive development environment and faster developer adoption
  • Improved application quality with measurable improvement in delivery times

Micro Focus Enterprise Developer forms part of the Micro Focus Mainframe Solution, a comprehensive product set that supports the entire journey of delivering fit-for-purpose mainframe applications. It includes Enterprise Analyzer, Enterprise Developer, Enterprise Test Server and Enterprise Server. To find out more about the Micro Focus Enterprise product set, visit: http://www.microfocus.com/EDzEnterprise.

IBM and zEnterprise are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation.

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.

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(1) Standish Group surveyed 26 CIOs in Fortune 1000 companies, March 2010
(2) Independent research by Vanson Bourne in April 2012, commissioned by Micro Focus