Rocket Software Closes $2.275B Acquisition of OpenText’s Application Modernization - Middle East News 247
July 16, 2024
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Rocket Software Closes $2.275B Acquisition of OpenText’s Application Modernization

Rocket Software, Inc. (“Rocket Software”), a global technology leader in modernization software, has expanded upon its position as a partner of choice empowering the world’s leading businesses on their modernization journeys. Closing the acquisition of the Application Modernization and Connectivity (AMC) business of OpenText, formerly part of Micro Focus, Rocket Software now offers customers modernization software solutions spanning the mainframe to the cloud. With a total purchase price of $2.275 billion, before taxes, fees and other adjustments, the deal increases the company’s revenue by over 60% and expands its customer base to more than 12,500 companies and network to more than 750 partners worldwide. In addition, the company welcomes more than 770 new software engineers, go-to-market professionals and other supporting team members and is hiring hundreds of additional Rocketeers to complement its existing team.

“Rocket Software’s customers are global market leaders that are constantly setting new benchmarks for excellence and innovation in their industries that we are proud to power and advance,” said Milan Shetti, president and CEO of Rocket Software. “The acquisition of the OpenText AMC business is a significant milestone that sets a similar new standard for modernization innovation and excellence at Rocket Software and greatly accelerates our strategic growth and market penetration. We now have the solutions, resources and expertise to tackle modernization challenges at scale, and the continued flexibility, winning culture, proven partnerships and growth mindset necessary to help our customers win today and well into the future.”

“The combination of OpenText’s AMC business and Rocket Software’s highly complementary businesses will create one of the world’s largest mainframe modernization and connectivity software companies,” said Peter Rutten, Research Vice-President, Performance Intensive Computing, IDC. “While many in the industry would champion moving everything to the cloud, or never moving anything off the mainframe, this investment shows Rocket Software’s commitment to meeting clients wherever they are in their modernization journey. Now Rocket Software will have a comprehensive portfolio that allows clients to modernize their workloads in place, move applications to the cloud or a combination of both through a hybrid strategy, which we see most enterprises prefer.”

With the added talent and innovation acquired from AMC, the company has set a new bar for modernization innovation in a single partner that:

  • Offers Leading Technology for Mainframe Modernization by building on its deep expertise and long-standing commitment to optimizing mainframe environments to facilitate seamless, secure and compliant solutions that meet the demands of the digital era
  • Meets Customers Wherever They Are on Their Journeys with an unyielding grasp of the entire landscape and comprehensive range of software solutions for any stage of modernization
  • Values and Builds on Past and Current Investments by recognizing there is a better approach to the ‘rip and replace’ playbook for modernization and instead helps customers leverage their existing foundation for a seamless technological evolution
  • Delivers Solutions as a True Partner, Not Just a Vendor with a 93.7% customer satisfaction rate for enterprises that demand nothing short of excellence, and need a trusted partner

Rocket Software will integrate and continue to develop AMC products to enhance its portfolio, helping customers stay competitive and leverage their data, applications and infrastructure regardless of their modernization strategy. In addition to several complementary Host Connectivity, Application Development and CORBA solutions, Rocket Software will also offer COBOL and Enterprise Suite, market leading technologies that allow companies the ability to run COBOL and PL/I applications on distributed or cloud servers. These added capabilities expand the mainframe modernization approaches that Rocket Software can deliver, enabling choice and allowing customers to run workloads wherever it makes sense for their business. This breadth, and the ability to integrate the various approaches, allows customers to seamlessly connect any combination of solutions across the modernization continuum.

“Application modernization is key to digital transformation in financial services,” said Martin Wildberger, EVP, Innovation & Technology, RBC. “As a Rocket Software customer, we’ve experienced firsthand the company’s commitment to innovation.”

“Within our organization, the need for modernization is a dynamic process, continually evolving as we grow and scale our business.,” said José Fortemps, CTO, AG Insurance. “The OpenText AMC solutions have served us well and, now as part of Rocket Software, we look forward to exploring new opportunities for our data, application and infrastructure that propels us into the future.”

To learn more about Rocket Software and its enhanced capabilities and solutions, click here.

About Rocket Software

Rocket Software is the global technology leader in modernization and partner of choice that empowers the world’s leading businesses on their modernization journeys, spanning core systems to the cloud. Trusted by over 12,500 customers and 750 partners, and with more than 3,000 global employees, Rocket Software enables customers to maximize their data, applications, and infrastructure to deliver critical services that power our modern world. Rocket Software is a privately held U.S. corporation headquartered in the Boston area with centers of excellence strategically located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Rocket Software is a portfolio company of Bain Capital Private Equity. Follow Rocket Software on LinkedIn and Twitter or visit www.RocketSoftware.com.

Cautionary Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including, but not limited to, statements about our future performance, results and operations following the acquisition of the AMC business. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would” and, in each case, their negative or other various or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements reflect our views with respect to future events as of the date of this press release and are based on our current expectations, estimates, forecasts, projections, assumptions, beliefs and information. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. All such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of our control, and could cause future events or results to be materially different from those stated or implied in this press release. Such factors and risks include, but are not limited to, risks related to our ability to successfully integrate the AMC business and realize the expected synergies and certain other risks. It is not possible to predict or identify all such risks. We expressly disclaim any obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

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