Micro Focus technology and expertise supports successful mainframe modernization project for AG


Belgium largest insurer is transforming critical business services to support its three million customers and channel partners

BRUSSELS, September 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Global Leader in Digital Transformation Micro focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) today announced the successful modernization of HERcritical business systems. By using Micro Focus solutions and services, Belgium the largest and oldest insurer has established a contemporary collaborative application development environment that meets today’s business needs, while enabling continuous evolution and future change.

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During the important modernization project, critical applications comprising more than 80 million lines of code have been moved from the existing central system to a new infrastructure that supports 14 million transactions per day. The project began in mid-2018 with a four-year completion target. The efficiency of the project allowed its completion in three years. Crucially, during the transition and since, there has been no disruption to AG’s day-to-day business operations or the services offered to its three million customers.

“The entire transaction has resulted in an innovative and open environment that enables a new data-driven strategy, as well as our company benefiting from a lower total cost of ownership now and in the future,” said Philippe Van Belle, chief information and technology officer of AG. The modernization project opened the door to cloud usage and more closely aligned operational systems with data analytics systems. The end result is a modern IT infrastructure that enables AG to effectively meet the expectations and needs of its customers and distribution partners. We could not have realized this huge project without the partnership and the excellent collaboration with Micro Focus.”

In addition to bolstering its already excellent customer services, AG is now accelerating its own digital transformation with its modernized IT architecture. As part of this shift, AG will now offer more services and conduct business operations in the cloud, while leveraging new technologies in its continued digital evolution. Another benefit of the modernization project is that AG has a state-of-the-art environment for recruiting a new generation of developers, as well as retaining existing talent with improved development skills and program knowledge.

“The completion of this project with AG is the latest in a long line of successful core enterprise system modernization projects for Micro Focus,” said Neil Fowler, CEO of Micro Focus AMC. “Our role was to enable and support AG’s modernization journey as they delivered their business results through a combination of application, process and infrastructure modernization. This resulted in an agile platform that enables AG to leverage its core applications and continue to deliver growing value to With over 40 years of Micro Focus experience modernizing mission-critical applications running on mainframe or distributed environments, we are proud , as a company, of the results that we were able to provide to AG.

“AG has been a Micro Focus customer for over ten years, and we look forward to seeing the positive impacts this modernization project will have on the insurance services AG provides to its customers and the reduction in the TCO of the company for its infrastructure.

The modernization project involved moving z/OS workloads from AG to a Windows environment. To do this, AG used Micro Focus Enterprise Developer and Enterprise Server products, as well as the expertise of the company’s professional services group. The AG modernization project also included the collaboration of HP Enterprise as system integrator and Capgemini as testing partner.

As a business, Micro Focus supports its customers’ choice for the modernization of their applications, processes and infrastructure. Digital transformation requires a flexible and adaptive strategy aimed at improving results and accelerating return on investment. Through the Micro Focus Modernization Maturity ModelIT managers can quickly adapt their current IT environment to their future business strategy, while striking the right balance between cost, risk and speed.

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“The mainframe has served AG well over the years. However, greater connectivity was needed, as well as core systems integration with major trading partners and data and service integration. We transformed our IT infrastructure to ensure that AG continues to be a leader in the insurance industry. We will soon begin the second phase of AG’s digital transformation with extensive cloud integration that will allow us to easily adapt to new technologies as we ‘they emerge. Philippe Van Belle, director of information and technology at AG.

“One of the biggest threats during a mainframe modernization project is business disruption. Thanks to the detailed and thorough planning of the Micro Focus and AG teams, there has been no disruption to AG operations or of its customers. The changeover to the new IT infrastructure took place over the Easter holiday weekend, with business normally taking place at the start of the following working week. We are pleased to have contributed to achieving results as exceptional for our client and its three million customers. Stephen MurdochCEO of Micro Focus.

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Case study: Micro Focus Enterprise solutions support large-scale modernization of the mainframe for an innovative and open environment processing 14 million transactions per day

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About Micro Focus

Micro Focus is one of the world’s largest enterprise software providers, focused on solving the IT dilemma: balancing today’s needs with tomorrow’s opportunities. We provide essential technology that helps tens of thousands of customers around the world manage the basic IT elements of their business. Strengthened by our mission-critical services and support organizations, as well as an extensive network of partners, our broad portfolio of technologies for security, IT operations, application delivery, governance, modernization and analytics provides the innovative solutions that organizations need to operate and transform, at the same time.

About AG

With a share (end 2021) of 29.5% in the Life insurance market and 16.7% in Non-Life, AG is the undisputed leader of the Belgian insurance market. In order to better adapt its offer to meet different customer needs, AG has a multi-channel distribution strategy that includes independent brokers and Fintro agents, bank branches (BNP Paribas Fortis, bpost bank) and collaboration with large corporate customers. and sectoral for their group insurance. AG employs more than 4,000 specialist staff. More information on www.ag.be

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