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Micro Focus and Microsoft Collaborate to Help Government Agencies


Micro Focus has announced an expanded strategic collaboration with Microsoft to help reduce government clients’ infrastructure costs by bridging existing and emerging technologies to transform and modernize. As state and local government agencies work to provide reliable services to their citizens in a cost-effective way, this partnership with Microsoft provides a reliable and scalable strategy for enabling mainframe applications to run on Microsoft Azure.

The delivery of new value from core systems ensures short-term resilience while supporting long-term business success. With 92% of IT leaders regarding their COBOL applications as “strategic” to their business, this collaboration helps to deliver digital transformation strategies that maximize business potential and ensure continued innovation. In the case of one government client, Micro Focus and Microsoft delivered close to 90% operational cost savings and completed the project 10 months ahead of schedule.

Commenting on this collaboration, Neil Fowler, Micro Focus General Manager of Application Modernization and Connectivity, said, “When undertaking a digital transformation initiative, it’s important that the right partners and technologies are chosen to support long-term success.” He further added: “With Micro Focus and Microsoft’s collaboration, government clients can reduce costs and extract maximum value from their existing core systems, as opposed to risky ‘rip and replace’ initiatives.”

“Modernization of core agency mainframe systems is critical to ensuring that the vitality and flexibility they need to efficiently serve their citizens is always available, now more than ever,” said Bob Ellsworth, Director Mainframe Transformation at Microsoft. “Micro Focus is a long-standing partner of Microsoft and our combined technology provides a proven, robust and cost-effective path to mainframe modernization for our state and local government customers.”

As digital transformation continues to drive strategic business change, this collaboration with Microsoft is one of the ways Micro Focus helps customers build on what already works and take a high tech, low drama approach to transformation.

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