Micro Focus and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) software have officially launched the South African leg of the merger between the two software companies. The merger, which is happening on a global scale, was announced on the 1st of September 2017 and saw the “new” company become the 7th largest software vendor in the world.
In what can be described as their coming out party, Micro Focus unpacked the business for all in attendance by highlighting all the various platforms, products and services that will be available for their clients.
“Many people don’t know what we do, especially in South Africa,” said Gary de Menezes, South Africa country manager at Micro Focus. Gary proceeded to identify the various companies which have in fact been subsidiaries of Micro Focus over the years. He also identified Micro Focuses’ core value of not looking to rip and replace legacy systems, but rather upgrade and transform them into modernised, agile ones.
He also highlighted the five areas of disruption identified by Micro Focus as key areas of focus moving forward. The areas included:
- Agile and Dev Ops transformation
- Cloud, Hyperscalers and API’s
- Open Source at enterprise scale
- Secure data-centric enterprises
- Analytics and machine learning
Michel Van der Laan, Vice President Africa and Northen Europe at Micro Focus, took the opportunity to reveal that the company is investing heavily in South Africa through various SME projects and the formation of Cobol Academy in collaboration with the University of Witwatersrand. He also revealed that similar types of investments are happening across the Africa continent as well.
“We are currently working on investments and expansions across the African continent. Micro Focus is a global company and we see Africa as a part of this global market,” concluded Michel.