Outsourcing – Extracting maximum value from the Mainframe

Outsourcing – Extracting maximum value from the Mainframe

Posted on 12. Jan, 2015 by .

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Many organizations are choosing the option to explore outsourcing – contracting out all or parts of their business processes to an outsourcer, also known as a systems integrator (SI). This enables the organization to focus on its core competencies, while mitigating any weaknesses by using the expertise of an outsourcer.
This blog explores details of the trend towards outsourcing and its pitfalls, offering guidance on strengthening the partnership between organizations and the outsourcer by addressing some ongoing concerns.

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New horizons or same old scene?

New horizons or same old scene?

Posted on 08. Jan, 2015 by .

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We’ve now had a few days to settle into the new year, but as we take down the festive decorations and look at our business imperatives for 2015, is anything different in enterprise IT? This blog glances at the current picture of global technology, where so much seems like it is changing, but a lot appears to remain the same.

So is that the case? Well, yes and no. While the world appears to rotate ever faster each year and the pace of change in technology is at unprecedented levels, organizations the world over continue to rely on tried and trusted technology to run their most cherished business systems. Yet, the notion that ’tried and trusted‘ equates to ’staid and unchanging‘ is far from reality.

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When is a glitch not a glitch?

When is a glitch not a glitch?

Posted on 07. Jan, 2015 by .

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Micro Focus CGM Andy King looks at some high-profile problems with the Obamacare website and at the Co-operative Bank. Most readers will recall recent issues with the NATS computer that grounded dozens of flights and hundreds of passengers

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Mainframe Insights – new surveys show continued reliance on IBM System z

Mainframe Insights – new surveys show continued reliance on IBM System z

Posted on 10. Dec, 2014 by .

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How’s the mainframe market faring? This blog takes a look at BMC’s recent mainframe study and explores the characteristics of the current state of the market. It also compares these findings with some of Micro Focus’ own research.

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Beat The Clock – why COBOL is Grace Hopper’s enduring legacy

Beat The Clock – why COBOL is Grace Hopper’s enduring legacy

Posted on 09. Dec, 2014 by .

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As a seven-year-old, the ever-curious Grace Hopper dismantled seven alarm clocks to find out how they worked. Quite why the family needed seven alarm clocks was never explained, but the anecdote illustrates the curiosity that ultimately inspired a remarkable woman to create something incredible. December 9 is Admiral Grace Hopper’s birthday. She would have been 108.

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Delivery Velocity – cutting through the fog

Delivery Velocity – cutting through the fog

Posted on 27. Nov, 2014 by .

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As global IT faces the new digital era, how is this affecting their workload? Recent studies make interesting reading, as Derek Britton discovers

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A Call Centre Christmas Carol

A Call Centre Christmas Carol

Posted on 26. Nov, 2014 by .

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Helen Withington from Micro Focus emulates (pun intended) a classic seasonal tale. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or Terminal, is purely coincidental. Call Center Managers and Operatives read on.

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Untangling the web: modernizing complex legacy application systems

Untangling the web: modernizing complex legacy application systems

Posted on 20. Nov, 2014 by .

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Kadi Grigg from Micro Focus introduces the Enterpise Analyzer product and dicusses the critical role ‘application intelligence’ tooling can play in complicated Federal legacy application modernization projects.

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Low-risk Modernization – an Insurers best policy?

Low-risk Modernization – an Insurers best policy?

Posted on 03. Nov, 2014 by .

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Big business faces big challenges and embracing future needs and customer demand is no easy thing, especially with so much complexity within IT. A recent article in the insurance industry press introduced the possibility that organizations should consider abandoning current core IT systems and starting again. Derek Britton on the risks and alternatives.

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COBOL programmers: Skill up and save time…

COBOL programmers: Skill up and save time…

Posted on 21. Oct, 2014 by .

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Melissa Burns from Micro Focus introduces the new Object-Orientated Programming using Visual COBOL webinar series – tune in and skill up!

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