Cybermation Inc.

Cybermation Inc.

July 19, 2005 09:05 ET

Cybermation and Micro Focus Seal Agreement with Lombard Canada; Customer Win; Partnership Supports Enterprises Migrating from the Mainframe to Distributed Based Platforms

MARKHAM, Ontario--(CCNMatthews - Jul 19, 2005) -

Cybermation, a leading developer of enterprise job scheduling and software change management solutions, and Micro Focus®, a provider of legacy application development and deployment software for enterprise platforms, have signed a joint technology and co-marketing agreement. This will enable both companies to co-ordinate their activities and work in partnership to offer increased return on investment for enterprises migrating from legacy mainframe environments to distributed platforms.

This alliance initiative has already helped to secure its first customer win with Lombard Canada Ltd, based in Toronto. The insurance company experienced a decline in the return on investment of its mainframe systems and decided to seek a more cost-effective replacement. Following an extensive analysis and evaluation process, Lombard chose to move all of its core applications off the mainframe and on to Windows Server™ 2003 operating system and SQL Server™ in a project expected to save the company up to $1 million a year.

Cybermation will replace Lombard's existing job scheduling solution with the ESP Espresso distributed job scheduler as part of this project. ESP is used in data centers worldwide to automate batch job scheduling workload and to manage system resources.

Lombard selected ESP because of the conversion and migration experience of Cybermation and the joint integration with Micro Focus development and deployment software, easing the conversion from the existing scheduler to the new environment. Lombard will be able to seamlessly migrate its existing job scheduling process flows and JCL into the Windows environment without having to rescript or build the job scheduling process. This joint technology effort from Cybermation and Micro Focus is an industry first and eliminates a large amount of the previous cost, time and effort issues related to the conversion and migration of mainframe job scheduling systems.

"We chose to migrate to gain better ROI and the competitive advantage in our market, and we chose Cybermation because of its experience and unique integration approach which enabled us to quickly get to a production environment. As well as bringing substantial cost-savings this migration will help us attract and retain the most talented IT people looking to work with the latest technology," said Peter Howling, vice president of IT, Lombard Canada Ltd.

The ESP job scheduler will work in collaboration with the Micro Focus Lift and Shift™ solution, designed to facilitate a rapid and low-risk re-hosting of mainframe applications. Migration specialist Cratos is performing systems integration on the project and will continue to oversee the migration of mainframe applications, data, processes and people.

"As we continue to help businesses maximize the value they have in their legacy systems, we look for partners like Cybermation who bring critical technology solutions that allows our joint customers to lower their costs and increase their business agility with minimum risk," said Mike Gilbert, vice president of worldwide marketing, Micro Focus. "The ability to schedule and manage workload on contemporary platforms is a vital component to any organization looking to migrate its mainframe applications. Cybermation ESP provides enterprise-class job scheduling to enhance our Lift and Shift solution."

"The partnership with Micro Focus will provide both companies with greater leverage in addressing the mainframe migration market and means we can offer customers a lower cost migration in line with their technology and business needs," said Ray Nissan, CEO, Cybermation. "Today 50 percent of businesses operate on mainframe platforms; however the skill set needed to operate these legacy systems is becoming more difficult to find as mainframe engineers retire. There is a class of mainframe customer who would be able to make a transition to other platforms, which helps to avoid the skills shortage. By providing the toolset needed to achieve an easy conversion from legacy job scheduling software to ESP, we can protect the enterprise from disruption when they decide to make that transition," he said.

About Cybermation

We make the complex, simple. Cybermation develops enterprise job scheduling and software change management solutions to help solve the pressing business and technology issues confronting enterprises today. Cybermation has a dedicated team of experienced industry professionals to effortlessly install our solutions, train staff and support customers. We have industry-leading customer enthusiasm levels and an enviable list of Global 2000 customers, including Allstate Insurance, CN Rail, Delta Air Lines, Gap Inc., Honda, McDonald's, Nike, Hudson's Bay Company, UPS, and Verizon in North America and T-Systems UK, Sony, GE Capital and Janssen Pharmaceutica in Europe.

Cybermation has global presence, with offices throughout North America and Europe. Our enterprise solutions include ESP Workload Manager and ESP Espresso for job scheduling environments and ESP Alchemist for software change management environments. For more information, visit www.cybermation.com.

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.

Cybermation® and ESP Workload Manager® are registered trademarks of Cybermation Inc. ESP Espresso™, ESP Business Agent™ and ESP Alchemist™ are trademarks of Cybermation International Inc. Micro Focus is a registered trademark and Lift and Shift and Unlocking the Value of Legacy are trademarks of Micro Focus. All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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