Analyst Coverage: David Norfolk
Uniface B.V. has a long history, over several decades, since its initial inception in the Netherlands as a high productivity 4GL by Inside Automation. It became Uniface B.V., back in the 20th century. It was then acquired by Michigan-based Compuware Corp in 1994, but product development continued in Amsterdam and it was sold again, in 2014, to Marlin Equity Partners, becoming Uniface B.V. once again. It has always prided itself on supporting its existing customers using older versions of its products whilst modernising its product range as technology evolves and this company ethos has been maintained throughout its changes of ownership.
Uniface has now been acquired by Rocket Software. According to Rocket, “Rocket will apply its model of investment in strategic innovation to improve developer ease-of-use and end-user customer experience, unlocking the value of business-critical Uniface applications. Developers and users will benefit from Rocket’s increased R&D investment and vast developer resources, bringing Rocket’s extensive rapid application development experience to the Uniface low code application platform. Similarly, Uniface partners will benefit from Rocket’s thirty years of experience partnering with ISVs to deliver world-class applications through constant investments in innovation”.
Uniface was the first Compuware product set up as an independent Compuware business unit by Aad van Schetsen when he was Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Compuware. It became a growing and profitable business operation in its own right, even before the Marlin acquisition. Van Schetsen remains as President & General Manager of Uniface. He worked for Compuware in a variety of sales and management roles from 1992. Prior to Compuware, van Schetsen worked in multiple roles for the Canadian software company Cognos. He holds a software engineering degree from Technical University Delft and lives in the Netherlands.
Jim Byrnes was the first CEO of the new Uniface and maintained Uniface’s welcome customer focus; as he said: “More than anything, I care about our customers’ success and the relationships we’ve built with them. Only when our customers are successful are we successful”.
Uniface has a strong community. Its strong separation of business and presentation logic is supportive of this community as it facilitates modernisation of technology without altering business logic and vice versa. It has a LinkedIn page and is @uniface on Twitter.
Uniface is still being actively developed and modernised: it is currently evangelising the use of microservices, for example. Release 10.4 was announced at Uniface Universe 2021. We have always liked Uniface and look forward to following its development in its new home.