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South Carolina Blue Cross to leverage their legacy with Micro Focus

  • 13 December, 2005 09:23

<p>Micro Focus® (LSE: MCRO) today announced that BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (BCBSSC) has selected Micro Focus to support enterprise-wide development and extension of the company’s mainframe applications.</p>
<p>Marking the next chapter of a 20-year relationship between BCBSSC and Micro Focus, BCBSSC will deploy Micro Focus Studio to support continued development of business-critical mainframe applications. Additionally, BCBSSC will adopt Studio’s legacy extension capability to support their Web services and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) development efforts.</p>
<p>BCBSSC’s mainframe applications are developed using Micro Focus APS development environment running on the mainframe. These applications are now being extended to SOA to support their strategy for delivering innovative customer service. Micro Focus has provided BCBSSC a clearly defined path to bring greater value to their application portfolio.</p>
<p>“We are committed to the APS technology, which has become the cornerstone of our enterprise application portfolio,” says Stephen K. Wiggins, Chief Information Officer at Blue Cross BlueShield of South Carolina. “Expanding our long-standing relationship with Micro Focus will enable us to continue to not only leverage the productivity of the APS in which we have invested, but allow us the flexibility to extend to new platforms as we explore options for evolving our technology strategy.”</p>
<p>BCBSSC has a long standing commitment to APS, with a large majority of its core applications written using this product which automatically generates COBOL for final deployment. More than 600 APS-trained mainframe programmers at BCBSSC will utilize Micro Focus Studio software to develop and deploy millions of lines of code at a lower cost.</p>
<p>“Companies like BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina exemplify our core belief that legacy applications are an extremely valuable resource that can be unlocked to provide enduring business value,” said Ian Archbell, vice president of product management for Micro Focus. “We remain committed to providing the most productive and contemporary environment for these companies to continue to provide world-class applications as they look to deliver innovative and agile IT services.”</p>
<p>Micro Focus - Unlocking the Value of Legacy™
Micro Focus is a leading provider of legacy development and deployment software for enterprise platforms. Micro Focus enables organizations to reduce costs and increase agility with minimal risk by reusing their legacy applications with contemporary architectures and Web services. Founded in 1976, Micro Focus is a global company with principal offices in the United Kingdom, United States and Japan. For more information, visit www.microfocus.com.</p>
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<p>Micro Focus is a registered trademark and Lift and Shift and Unlocking the Value of Legacy are trademarks of Micro Focus. All other products mentioned in this announcement are trademarks of their respective owners.</p>

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