Attachmate identifies strongly with the notion that all parts of a business should connect. The company develops software used to manage access to enterprise applications and databases, including information stored on mainframes and other legacy systems. Its 40 different products include tools for terminal emulation (Reflection) and host connectivity (INFOConnect), fraud management (Luminet), and legacy systems upgrades (Verastream). Its software runs on 19 million desktops and mobile devices. Attachmate's subsidiaries specialize in applications for computer systems testing and analysis (NetIQ), as well as network management and enterprise-oriented Linux software (Novell). Micro Focus International bought Attachmate in 2014.
Change in Company Type
In late 2014, Attachmate was bought by UK-based Micro Focus International in a deal valued at $1.2 billion. As does Attachmate, Micro Focus serves companies with legacy computer systems, particularly those running the Cobol software language. The combined company, in which Attachmate operates as a subsidiary, should have a more comprehensive set of offerings for customers.
Attachmate software runs on 19 million desktops and mobile devices-across industries ranging from financial services, healthcare, and government to retail, travel, and manufacturing.
In addition to its legacy business of terminal emulation and mainframe management products, the company offers industry-specific applications for industries such as airlines and travel, where its products are used to link multiple sources for tasks including reservations and flight booking. It also offers software that integrates the current generation of customer relationship (CRM) management software with legacy systems used by corporate customer service call centers.
Attachmate has 40 offices doing business in 145 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the US.
Sales and Marketing
Through distributors and resellers, Attachmate serves tens of thousands clients worldwide, including many large, corporations. Established companies with sprawling global operations are prime customers for Attachmate, as they often use mainframes to store and manage data, and need a way not only to maintain those systems, but link and integrate them with a wide range of enterprise applications. The company counts 69% of the Fortune 500 as customers. Clients have included Bosch, Olympus, and BT Group.
Attachmate's strategy if extend, manage, and secure business information from both trusted platforms and new devices-iPads, Windows tablets, and Android tablets, as well as smartphones.
In 2013 the company launched Attachmate MobileNow, offering secure and manageable access to business information from any mobile device. Attachmate MobileNow optimizes the delivery of corporate data while providing tools for encrypting data, controlling access and monitoring for fraudulent use.
Attachmate acquired Novell in a transaction valued at around $2.2 billion in 2011. As part of the deal, Novell sold some of its intellectual property assets, including patents, to CPTN Holdings, a consortium of technology companies led by Microsoft. Novell's product line complemented Attachmate's software portfolio, significantly broadening the company's selection of applications, partnerships, and customer base. The Novell business is operated as two separate units: Novell (networking) and SUSE (Linux)