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Size matters for Micro Focus

Micro Focus takes over the software business of HP, creating an instant industry behemoth with ambitious plans for the region

Size matters for Micro Focus
Out of Dubai, Micro Focus will manage its emerging markets with Zuwaid (left) and Usandizaga running regional operations.

A recent merger has created one of the largest software companies in the world and brought new dynamism to the regional software market.

Micro Focus recently announced the completion of its merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) software business to create a behemoth in the enterprise software market.

Gonzalo Usandizaga, vice president and general manager for emerging markets at Micro Focus says the process is underway to bring the two sets of technologies together. “The good news is that both portfolios complement each other. They bring together a diverse portfolio of products covering hybrid IT, cyber security, information management and governance and Big Data,” he adds.

The merger is just the latest in a long line of mergers and acquisition that has seen Micro Focus grow into the seventh largest pure-play software company in the world.

In 2013, Micro Focus acquired the Orbix, Orbacus and Artix software product lines from Progress Software. In 2014, The Company announced that it would acquire The Attachmate Group for US$1.2 billion in shares, giving it ownership of the Attachmate, NetIQ, Novell, and SUSE product lines. In 2015, Micro Focus acquired Authasas, while a year later the company bagged Serena Software.

Out of Dubai, Micro Focus will manage what it refers to as its emerging markets of Middle East & Africa and Central Eastern Europe, and Russia. Anas Zuwaid, managing director for Middle East and Africa says Micro Focus has previously been operating remotely, growing its customer base through partners. “After the merger, we can leverage on the legacy HPE regional presence to expand,” says Zuwaid.

Through its diverse product portfolio, Micro Focus can cater to a varied customer base, says Zuwaid.  “We offer solutions across all major segments including telecommunications, the financial industry, the public sector, manufacturing, distribution, oil & gas.” Zuwaid says the company is not only focused on the enterprise space, but caters to the SME market as well.  

An emergent focus business area in the region is cyber security, Usandizaga notes. For a long time, IT managers were focused on protecting the perimeter. Now the attitude is shifting with the assumption that the bad guys will ultimately breach the network. This calls for a shift in the corporate culture, says Usandizaga. “The next evolution in cyber security is about secure data and encryption. That is where I think the market is headed in the next 18 months,” he adds.  

HPE is a significant player in the regional cyber security space with solutions such as Fortiy and ArcSight, which Micro Focus can now leverage.

Zuwaid also sees continued growth and investment around the cloud. “Customers in this region have begun to accept the idea of having their services on the public cloud. There’s also a lot of investment on private clouds.”

This plays well into one of Micro Focus key business pillars around hybrid IT, says Zuwaid. “Our cloud market outlook projects reliance on both on-premise infrastructure and public cloud.”

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