United Life Modernizes Application Estate with Micro Focus Visual COBOL

  United Life Modernizes Application Estate with Micro Focus Visual COBOL

Leveraging New Architecture Delivers 20 Percent Productivity Boost for
Insurance Provider

Business Wire

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- June 10, 2014

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L), the leading provider of enterprise application
modernization, testing, and management solutions, today announced that United
Life Insurance Company has utilized Micro Focus Visual COBOL to modernize its
application landscape, to deliver more powerful features 20 percent faster.

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the modernization of key functions is
one of the biggest issues for today’s insurance industry. United Life, a
provider of life insurance and annuity products, was looking to modernize its
1,000 strong application estate, to leverage .NET and Object Orientation,
while protecting its core business processes. United Life needed to improve
flexibility within its application infrastructure, better align development
skills with the web team and enhance cross-team collaboration.

The modernization process proved simple and straight forward, with more than
one million lines of code transitioned in just three months. Efficiency gains
were immediate, productivity improving by up to 20 percent. Further, United
Life can remove transactional steps previously required between COBOL and web
applications, and introduce a data tracking report.

“Micro Focus Visual COBOL allowed us to utilize our existing COBOL business
rules, improve integration with other systems, and hone our vision for future
enhancements, all with a seamless integration phase,” said Jim Veglahn,
Programming Manager, United Life Insurance Company. “United Life prides itself
on being able to deliver superior service for our agents and clients, and the
infrastructure improvements made possible by Visual COBOL have enabled us to
continue to deliver at a level that meets our high standards.”

The United Life team considered other commercial and open source COBOL
solutions as part of their research. The open source option lacked .NET
capability, which would limit integration opportunities. The commercial
solutions required all files to be converted to a new format, which was seen
as costly and complicated. Micro Focus Visual COBOL enabled the seamless
integration of existing files and offered the .NET capability that the company

“Improving efficiency without breaking budgets is a top concern for executives
across industries. For 38 years, Micro Focus has been dedicated to addressing
that issue by helping companies achieve ongoing value from their existing IT
investments,” said David Taylor, President of North America at Micro Focus.
“United Life was able to extend the value of their business critical
application investments by utilizing Micro Focus’ powerful Visual COBOL
offerings. Our goal is to help our customers improve operational efficiency,
and we’re pleased to have assisted United Life to that end.”

To read the full United Life case study, please click here: http://ow.ly/w5sUi

About Micro Focus

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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
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