shakeThe Attachmate Group a privately-held software holding company owned by an investment group led by Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital, Elliott Management and Thoma Bravo, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Micro Focus. The transaction is expected to close on November 3, 2014. It is subject to customary closing conditions, including Micro Focus shareholder approvals and regulatory approvals under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.

The Attachmate Group and Micro Focus are two well-established enterprise software companies with distinguished track records in helping organizations maximize the value of their IT infrastructure software. The resulting global entity will operate in all significant international markets, have $1.4B in annual revenue and deliver market-leading products in many technology segments and capabilities across the full end-to-end software stack of infrastructure software.

“This merger between the Attachmate Group and Micro Focus will result in a greater breadth of solutions, extensive global presence and significant financial strength,” said Jeff Hawn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Attachmate Group. “The combined company will be even better able to help customers address their business and IT challenges in light of increasing complexity, change and risk.”

The Attachmate Group brands – Attachmate, NetIQ, Novell and SUSE – offer a broad range of complementary solutions spanning IT operations management; Linux and open source solutions; file and networking services, collaboration and endpoint management; host connectivity and legacy modernization; identity and access management and security; workload management and cloud computing; and more.

“This is an exciting time for the Attachmate Group and Micro Focus organizations, our customer bases, shareholders and employees,” said Kevin Loosemore, Executive Chairman, Micro Focus. “We have tremendous respect for the Attachmate Group and its portfolio of software brands. The scale and depth of these businesses will further our mission of helping customers both preserve business logic and data while exploiting cloud, mobility and other IT trends on a global basis.”

About Micro Focus Micro Focus, a member of the FTSE 250, provides innovative software that allows companies to dramatically improve the business value of their enterprise applications. Micro Focus Enterprise Application Modernization, Testing and Management software enables customers’ business applications to respond rapidly to market changes and embrace modern architectures with reduced cost and risk. For additional information please visit

About The Attachmate Group Headquartered in Houston, Texas, The Attachmate Group is a privately-held software holding company, comprising distinct IT brands dedicated to the long-term success of our customers. We deliver enterprise solutions to extend, manage and secure increasingly complex IT environments. Principal holdings includeAttachmateNetIQNovell and SUSE.

Copyright© 2014 The Attachmate Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Attachmate and the Attachmate logo are registered trademarks of the Attachmate Corporation. NetIQ and the NetIQ logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NetIQ Corporation. Novell, the Novell logo, SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of Novell, Inc. All other trademarks, trade names, or company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective owners.

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Bargaining over Mobility

by Sam Morris on September 9, 2014

Are you willing to give to get?


If your organization wants to get real about a mobile workforce, it’s time for it to get to the bargaining table. A functional mobile workforce comes neither from users taking over nor from IT becoming big brother. It comes from compromise. So the question is; what are you willing to give?

If you’re like most organizations, what you want is increased productivity. When you see an iPhone, you think of all the ways your employees can use it to get work done. According to a study by iPass, you are likely to get what you want: mobile workers are on average putting in nearly five hours more a week than the workforce in general. Most mobile users do use their devices for work—but they’re not going to work extra just because they own a smartphone. You’re going to have to give up control first.

Users want flexibility and choice of device. They want to bring their devices to work. That’s what BYOD and consumerization are all about. You will lose the ability to control what device your workforce uses, and that means headaches for IT and all kinds of potential compatibility issues. You will also lose the ability to know where your workers are at all times. From 2005 to 2012, telework grew nearly 80 percent. Employees want to and will work where they choose. The days of being able to watch all your employees in person are over.

Like in any functional relationship, both sides have to give and get. That means that while productivity might be what you want most, giving up control can also get you something else. Believe it or not, a Cisco study revealed that 33 percent of college students and those under the age of 30 said that they would prioritize freedom to use social media and the device of their choice, and work mobility over salary in accepting a job offer.

To create a truly mobile workforce, you’re going to have to compromise. The good news is, so will your future employees.


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