Press Release | 19 Mar 2020

Micro Focus Joins #StoptheSpread Movement, Turns Annual Customer Event into Virtual Conference to Accommodate Loyal Customer Base


Micro Focus Universe Concludes This Week with More Than 3,500 Registrations and 30 Customer Speakers Addressing the Four Core Pillars of Digital Transformation

Santa Clara, Calif - 19 March 2020 – Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) today wrapped up the company’s flagship customer event, Micro Focus Universe, which annually provides a platform for customers and partners to connect with Micro Focus executives and discuss best practices for digital transformation.  This event was scheduled to be held live in The Hague, Netherlands until two weeks ago, when the unprecedented spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) dictated an adjustment to online. 

“Shifting a major company event from live to virtual in a matter of weeks is no small task, but Micro Focus elected to join the #StoptheSpread movement and quickly pivot Micro Focus Universe to virtual in light of what’s taking place in the world right now,” said Genefa Murphy, Chief Marketing Officer of Micro Focus.  “We are thankful to have such a loyal customer base, strong partner community and engaged employees, which resulted in registrations more than tripling after announcing the shift in venue at the end of February.”

The virtual Micro Focus Universe included presentations from customers such as Lloyds Banking Group, MegaLabs, Carrefour and Verizon Connect, as well as partners such as PWC, Deloitte, DXC.  The event kicked off with a keynote that featured Tim Crawford, one of the most influential – and most retweeted – Chief Information Technology Officers in the world who discussed his unique perspective on digital transformation. 

“While the circumstances behind the move from in-person to virtual events right now is indisputably unfortunate, it is heartening to see that organizations like Micro Focus are combining technology and creativity to ensure they stay engaged with their customers and partners in difficult times,” said Mr. Crawford.  “The adjustment to a virtual Micro Focus Universe was seamless, scalable, and in line with the current climate – and perhaps a model for future events.”

A total of 3,500 customer and partners registered for the virtual sessions, and the event’s hashtag #VirtualUniverse has already achieved 18 million unique views since it was kicked off two weeks ago, further reinforcing the power of a virtual event on a global scale.  The 30-plus customer speakers, and dozens of Micro Focus executive speakers, have reported strong online engagement with attendees.  

“We have seen customers extremely interested in virtual conferences, and in many cases include more staff than were planning to travel in person attend virtually,” said Stephen Elliot, Program VP, I&O and Cloud Operations at IDC.  “This offers vendors an opportunity to expand their awareness into accounts, and broaden their market opportunities with clients and prospects.”

“There was a buzz around this event that I didn’t expect, and which reinforced that the market is ready to engage and adapt at short notice to a virtual program of this magnitude,” said Allan Woodcock of Lloyds Banking Group.  “I was impressed by the range of speakers and topics, and equally impressed that Micro Focus could adjust an event of this scale so quickly and effortlessly.”

About Micro Focus Universe

Micro Focus Universe is the company’s flagship customer event, which is typically held on location in both Europe and the Americas.  Attendees at this year’s event had the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about Micro Focus’ broad software portfolio, which address the four core pillars of digital transformation (Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Security, Risk & Governance and Predictive Analytics)
  • See presentations and demos of the latest product releases
  • Learn from industry peers
  • Build skills in expert-level workshops

More Information

For more information on Micro Focus Virtual Universe 2020 visit here.

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About Micro Focus

Micro Focus helps organizations run and transform their business through four core areas of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Predictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance. Driven by customer-centric innovation, our software provides the critical tools they need to build, operate, secure, and analyze the enterprise. By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies—enabling faster innovation, with less risk, in the race to digital transformation.

About #StoptheSpread

#StoptheSpread is a grassroots movement backed by thousands of CEOs, executives, and leaders around the world who have committed to #StoptheSpread of COVID-19. The organization seeks to fund healthcare needs, support frontline workers in the healthcare, pharmacy, manufacturing and retail segments and raise awareness of how to better manage the spread of the virus in our communities.


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