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Micro Focus releases software to help organisations transition from legacy systems

Veronica C. Silva | Jan. 18, 2013
Enhanced terminal emulation is seen to lift productivity level.

Organisations moving their applications from legacy systems can get help from a screen emulation solution that can help developers do their jobs without getting frustrated with the traditional green screen interface.

Micro Focus, an enterprise application provider, said its recently launched Rumba 9.0 and Rumba+ help organisations address challenges associated with the shift from legacy applications to the more modern Windows, mobile and web environments.

One of these challenges is boosting employee productivity given that developers assigned to do the transition have shunned away from the rigid green screen interface of legacy systems. Instead, today's developers have already become accustomed to the graphical user interface of today's software applications.

To reduce the frustration of developers and eliminate the need to retool some of them to effect the transition, the Rumba terminal emulator suite transposes the green screen to a more modern interface.

On its website, Micro Focus said the Rumba has the "functionality of Windows, the user-friendliness of the iPad, the flexibility of the web browser - without the risks of new code or reprogramming."

Host connectivity 

Rumba 9.0 connects to a range of host systems and allows green screen emulation to work with supporting components.

Functioning with Rumba 9.0 as its core server, Rumba+ offers three different client products - Rumba+ Desktop, Rumba+ Mobile and Rumba+ Web --  to assist the customer in improving green-screen applications without requiring specialised knowledge of mainframe applications or Windows, iPad or web browser technologies. Convenient point-and-click controls can be made to enhance a single green-screen or update an application.

When an organisation's business processing learning cycles and cumbersome data input and retrieval processes are reduced considerably, Micro Focus said firms can increase employee productivity as well as flexibility to market demands.

With Rumba 9.0 and Rumba+, Micro Focus said investments and knowledge in existing mainframe applications will be maintained even as terminal emulations are enhanced.

"Rumba is designed to modernise green-screen applications with no risk to business continuity," said Kevin Brearley, senior director, Product Management, Micro Focus. 


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