Going to SHARE in Boston? IBM Destination z will have a booth in the exhibit hall. Please plan to stop by and say hi!
Yours in z,
I was at the WAVV conference this past Sunday and Monday. I walked around the exhibit hall and saw 10 of our IBM Destination z member companies on the show floor. Included (besides IBM), were aMOD, GT Software, Velocity Software, Mainline Information Systems, Levi, Ray & Shoup (LRS), Fischer International Systems Corp., Red Hat, and Illustro. Also exhibiting were our supporting member zJournal and Mainframe Executive Magazine.
If your going to the IMPACT 2010 conference, visit the zZone where more of our membership will be set up to greet you.
Yours in z,
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Destination z member company:
Primeur USA LLC
Primeur is a multi-national company with over 20 years of experience specializing in Managed File Transfer, End-to-End Security, File Transfer Governance, and WebSphere Integration.
Allan Somerville Brown
Marc: Hi Allan. Primeur is known for its leadership in helping customers, in every industry, to deliver real business benefits as they journey towards successful implementation of SOA technology. Tell me more.
Allan: Primeur helps companies across a wide spectrum of industries. We have customers, subsidiaries and/or partners, across North & South America, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As we continue to expand our operations, we have found a growing need for the management of file transfer across all industry sectors. Primeur specializes in Managed File Transfer, End-to-End Security, File Transfer Governance solutions, and extending those capabilities to the WebSphere Integration portfolio. Our solutions offer the ability to extend the SOA environment to include internal and external file transfers. Primeur solutions are a key component in an SOA environment, they offer our clients the ability to provide data as well as transport level security, improve business efficiency, and become a more agile company.
Marc: Primeur was positioned as a visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed File Transfer, released September 18, 2009. What does this mean to Primeur?
Allan: Primeur believes placement in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant confirms our recent growth in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions. This successful growth is due primarily to our breadth of vision, especially in regard to innovation, understanding the market, and the strategic direction of our products. We are very pleased that Gartner recognizes us in the Magic Quadrant. We feel this recognition is for both our expertise in what is required by today’s customers, and in our vision of Managed File Transfer being much more than simply managing a protocol. The Magic Quadrant can be found on http://www.primeur.com/news_events/.
Allan: It is an important event for Primeur since it represents a single event with visitors from many industries. The visitors to this event represent a group that will be interested in solutions specific to zSystems. This provides Primeur the perfect platform to show our latest offerings. Although we have offerings which operate across platform, we will be participating in the zZone this year. Primeur’s first customers, over 20 years ago, were financial industry mainframe users. We and they have continued to believe in the mainframe and have invested accordingly; making sure that our software remains optimized for z/OS and z/Linux. We work closely with our customers to ensure they continue to achieve an excellent return on investment from both a technology and functionality perspective.
Marc: What else will we be seeing from Primeur at Impact?
Allan: We have a booth in the zZone where visitors can hear about our solutions and see a demonstration of our latest software. We will also be leading a Birds of a Feather session entitled, “How Important is it to Define, Regulate, Audit, and Manage Your File Transfer System?” Our aim here is to encourage visitors to bring their thoughts on the matter and be prepared to share them. This session is designed to be very interactive and should be a great learning experience for all.
Marc: What is new that our readers should know about?
Allan: We will also be showing our new Spazio Ad Hoc solution, at our booth. Primeur recently announced this important new solution. Spazio Ad Hoc can securely manage the occasional exchange of files of any size using either an email client, web application, or direct from a backend application. It includes all of the features of a traditional Secured Managed File Transfer system, with no change required to the configuration of email servers and the users email experience remains the same since it is a server side solution. The solution provides visibility, security and control for files transferred and, importantly, is easy to configure. If you are interested in more details prior to the event you can find them on our web site http://www.primeur.com/news_events/.
Marc: What’s the best way for potential clients to find out more about Primeur solutions – or even take a test drive with some of your offerings?
Allan: At Impact the best way would be to come to our booth in the zZone. We will be happy to discuss the benefits of our solution and how they can be integrated into a customer’s environment. We will also have a short slide presentation and demo of some of the capabilities available. Outside of Impact, we do offer a free assessment service to help clients understand what their current file transfer environment looks like. We find that many clients do not understand the true extent of the files being transferred across their company. Knowing how many files, how big they are, where they came from, where they are going, and any failures is very important. Once clients understand where they are today, they are better able to form a modernization plan that will carry them into the future.
Marc: Great talking to you, Allan. Readers and IMPACT 2010 attendees, don't forget to check out Primeur at the Impact 2010 zZone.
OK, time for me to wake up and start bloggin' It has been months since my last blog which happens to be on the announcement of the scholarship for 2009. Well, I'm back, the winners have been named, and you can find out who the talented winners are by visiting the new Scholarship Program link. Please note our generous sponsors who made the scholarships possible.
Congratulations to our winners!
I'm going to try to bring more interesting and frequent materials to you here, so keep tuned.
Students taking mainframe courses at an IBM Destination z member school can now apply for the IBM Destination z Scholarship. To see the sponsoring organizations and to access the application, visit our website at IBM Destination z Scholarship Information.
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Allan leads the Primeur business in the North America. Before joining Primeur, Allan worked for several years at IBM. Throughout his career within the company, he covered various management roles and worked on major customer accounts during his time as the world-wide sales leader for the IBM WebSphere MQ software family of messaging and connectivity products. Allan was responsible for driving the MQ business to meet its revenue targets.
A3. Being part of destination z is a very valuable community as it affords Primeur access to the wide experience through collaboration with customers and IBM. Perhaps the best way to understand fully the value of System z and value of destination z is to watch the video, recorded at Impact 2009 by Peter Sedgwick our director of the new UK company. This can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pHV04EsiaM
A4. Batch/Legacy applications are best run on system z as it is optimized for handling these applications and the way that these applications communicate is through files.
Thank you to Allan for sharing his thoughts. Join me again when I continuing blogging on my journey to Destination z!
Company url: http://www.pathpointsoftware.com
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At our July Destination z teleconference, I had the opportunity to talk with Bob Buchanan, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at PathPoint Software. Bob is a veteran of the computer software and hardware industry with over thirty years of domestic and international experience.
Marc: Hi Bob, PathPoint recently joined our Destination z community. Can you tell me a little bit about your company and the solutions you provide?
Bob: PathPoint Software is dedicated to supporting the application support needs of mainframe customers worldwide. We offer a dynamic mainframe application discovery tool that provides a breakthrough, execution-based, approach for understanding how mainframe applications “really work”. Our produce, PathPoint, traces and captures the sequential application-processing path followed by specified, user entered, business transactions as they execute. Captured information provides unparalleled insight into execution-based application facts.
PathPoint’s dynamic approach eliminates the need to analyze static source code and “play computer” as you try to find the right code. No more guess work. PathPoint helps you find the right code.
PathPoint is also included in the IBM Global Services AMS Toolkit.
Marc: What are you finding are the greatest challenges your customers are facing and how does PathPoint Software help them?
Bob: Our customers are often facing a variety of challenges. They need to drive efficiencies into their mainframe application maintenance efforts, including analysis, testing and performance. PathPoint provides a means for customers to reduce analysis time by 50% or more and testing time by 50% or more and identify the cause of application performance problems. Our value proposition revolves around improving personal productivity, which drives down the time and significantly reduces the cost associated with many mainframe application maintenance projects.
PathPoint Software also helps customers struggling to understand how legacy online or batch mainframe applications "really" work – of major importance to customers who are need to make changes to existing applications or to identify the source of application problems. Users of PathPoint simply enter a business transaction of interest, or job a step number, and the product traces and captures the actual application-processing path followed by that executing business transaction – all without any change to source code. Information captured in the actual sequence of execution includes: input screen, programs called, call statements issued, tables/files accessed, how tables/files are accessed (CRUD) and output screen. Optionally, Cobol source code can be parsed during post processing to capture the conditional logic related to executing business transaction.
Marc: PathPoint sounds like it really helps customers quickly identify the “right code” in a mainframe application and relate this code to change requests and other problems. Please tell me a little bit more about PathPoint’s role in addressing application-level performance problems.
Bob: PathPoint captures application level performance timings for specified user-entered business transactions – very unique and valuable information. For example, we capture the elapsed time per call statement, the interim time between call statements, and the frequency of call statements. Using this information, customers can quickly identify the cause of bottlenecks in their applications and how to improve application performance.
Marc: What economic benefit would a user of PathPoint derive?
Bob: First of all, the mainframe application budget is a substantial portion of the overall IT budget in today’s corporations, as you know. And, application maintenance consumes a large percentage of the application budget itself. We are confident that PathPoint users can reduce their mainframe application maintenance budget by up to 20%. Why? Because PathPoint enables users to reduce analysis time by 50% or more, reduce system and regression testing time by 50% or more, and reduce overall project time.
Marc: How can folks find out first-hand about your product?
Bob: We encourage all mainframe sites to try PathPoint. The product can be installed in as little as 2 hours and does not require any change to source code. Visit our website for more details.
Marc: One last question, why is being part of Destination z a valuable community association for PathPoint?
Bob: PathPoint is delighted to be a part of the Destination z community. As an Advanced IBM Business Partner, a very active participant in the IBM Academic Initiative program, we are eager to engage in discussions with other IBM Business Partners serving the System z community. We feel that the Destination z community enables mainframe customers to understand that innovation continues in the world of mainframe computing – PathPoint is just one example of such innovation.
Marc: Thanks Bob. And I welcome readers to listen to the replay of our July 29th Destination z call featuring PathPoint Software. Visit the Destination z website
We had a great turnout in the zZone at the IMPACT Conference. The zZone sponsors including DataDirect Technologies, Trident Services, Serena Software, Information Builders, Inc. (iWAY), Hostbridge Technologies and IBM System z greeted attendees to the "zone" , showed our products, and offered up a complimentary massage to visitors of each of the sponsors booths, plus a few more... :-)
Watch for upcoming zZone's at future conferences including the upcoming SHARE in Denver.
Hey everyone, we have two new members of IBM Destination z for you to check out. These new members are Gillani, Inc from Richardson, Texas and Tricept Informationsysteme AG, headquartered in Germany.
You can learn about these z partners by visiting the IBM Destination z site .
Welcome to our newest members... and .. watch this space, we have more to come!!!
More on the zZone at the IMPACT Conference. Check out this link to see who the zZone Premium sponsors are. And if you are coming to the conference in Las Vegas, grab a zZingo card at the zZone and earn yourself a chair massage while you visit these sponsors and up to 20 other vendors in the zZone zZingo promotion who will tell you about their products and services.
Watch for me in the "zZone" if your there!
Click here to see the zZone Sponsors at the IMPACT 2009 Site
Are you heading out to IBM's Premier conference around SOA, WebSphere and the mainframe? If you are not, still time to consider it. If you are, please make sure you visit the zZone. What is the zZone you ask?
Well, it is a collection of our IBM Destination z members who can be found in a special area of the Solution Center (Exhibit Hall) at the conference. Our key Destination z Sponsors will be under the "Get into the zZone" banner. In addition, numerous vendors who provide applications, tools, and services to mainframe customers will also be identified by a zZone placard and will be included on a promotion that will allow visitors to earn a complimentary chair massage at the conference.
If your are attending IMPACT 2009, make sure you visit the zZone!
Finally, I will be there too. If you spot me, please stop and say hello!
For information on the conference, visit http://www.ibm.com/software/websphere/events/impact2009/.
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Congratulations to those awarded the first ever IBM Destination z Scholarships. They were just announced by zJournal and the sponsors of the program.
The Destination z scholars are the following talented individuals:
Each of them has been awarded $1,000 to continue their academic pursuits. Again, congratulations to each of them.
Visit zJournal for more information on the scholarship.
We are working to build another scholarship program for the Fall 2009 semester, and we will announce it formally at the zJournal and Destination z web sites.[Read More]
Hey z team--
Just came across a really useful site for those of you working with information management software for System z. It's the new Information Management Software for System z e-media site, and I think you'll find its collection of materials both interesting and useful. Check out the webcasts, teleconferences, brochures, whitepapers, and demos you'll find there. The URL is
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And speaking of SHARE: Jeff Gould, director of research for Interop Systems, attended the event and came away realizing a couple of important things:
According to Jeff, the California Controller is keeping money in the state budget to pay for Cobol development, claiming that the language is dead, there is no way to modernize mainframe applications, and that the only thing to do is to keep throwing money at the problem.
Dead wrong, says Jeff. Here's part of what he wrote: "In the past few years a whole new class of mainframe applications has emerged which bring non-mainframe environments such as Java and Linux to Big Iron. WebSphere on z, Linux on z – these are much more than mere checkbox options in some ... marketing scheme. A substantial chunk of the 10,000 or so System z mainframes in the world are actually running these environments. And they are doing it for big-time production apps too, not just development."
Have a look at the rest of Jeff's story. Just more evidence proving what we already know. The mainframe is back, and it really never went away.[Read More]