Company url: http://www.pathpointsoftware.com
Partnerworld Global Solution
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
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
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
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
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
Primeur, a multi-national company, is a leader in Governed Managed File Transfer and End-to-End Security solutions. Primeur also offers total integration with WMQ File Transfer Edition, further extending its specialisation in adding value to WebSphere with SOA enabled products and services solutions.
Allan Somerville Brown:
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.
Q1. Primeur has been providing the System z Community with solutions and services for nearly 20 years. Why do customers turn to Primeur year after year?
A1. Primeur’s first customers, over 20 years ago, were mainframe users. We and they have continued to believe in the mainframe and have invested accordingly, making sure that our software remains optimised for the mainframe, now z/OS and z/Linux. We work closely with our customers to ensure they continue to achieve an excellent Return on Investment both technologically and functionally – for instance our recent File Services Governance solution for providing platform independent audit, compliance and governance for corporate wide file transfers regardless of protocol.
Q2. We continue to see Primeur expanding globally, at a time when the economy is extremely challenging. What’s your secret?
A2. Yes, despite a difficult economic climate, our company continues to grow. We believe that there is a tremendous business opportunity in the market in which we operate not only for helping our customers reduce operational expenses, but also in bringing batch processes into a SOA environment. When we think of SOA, we generally tend to think of on-line transaction processing. However, most of the enterprise mainframe environments use batch systems so our customers are asking "when I transform to SOA, what about the batch applications and systems?" Primeur’s experience with mainframes, batch file processing and WebSphere puts us in an ideal position to help answer that question.
This makes it an opportune moment also for Primeur to invest in the future. Earlier this year, we announced the expansion of Primeur in the United Kingdom, and we opened a new subsidiary in the Asia Pacific region (Sydney, Australia) Since May, I’ve had the pleasure of serving as the Director of Primeur’s first North American office, located in Virginia.
Q3. Why is being part of Destination z a valuable community association for Primeur?
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
Q4. Why is System z important for Primeur’s customers?
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.
Very large numbers of files are processed and sent/received every day. The increasing focus on securing sensitive data means that systems z’s outstanding security capabilities make system z the ideal platform for processing files. Customers can take full advantage of system z to process and secure the key data used to run their business, safe in the knowledge that Primeur’s software will securely deliver the files to the desired destination reliably and in a timely manner. Primeur’s Governance solution determines when the batch file is ready to be sent and tracks it to its ultimate destination, thus ensuring audit and compliance. One can’t run a business without secure and reliable processing of data – the combination of system z and Primeur’s software ensures that customers can rely on the efficiency, accuracy, and timeliness of their core data processing.
Thank you to Allan for sharing his thoughts. Join me again when I continuing blogging on my journey to Destination z!
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:
- Adam Norwood, University of Arkansas, Management Information Systems master's program
- Sandeep Basnet, Illinois State University, Information Systems master's program, mainframe specialization
- Scott Wetter, Marist College, Computer Science undergraduate program
- Bob Molerio, Marist College, On-Demand with Enterprise Systems certificate program
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.
Hi everyone, Check out this YouTube video done by our IBM Destination z member, BetaSystems. Click here to see the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myscI0sWf_E
You know, I'm sitting here and it occurred to me that I didn't mention the career day at the Lone Star College - Tomball, in Tomball, Texas (near Houston).
IBM arranged to bring their IBM System z10 BC demo machine to the campus, hooked it up. Tomball arranged to bring in about 70 students to see the z10, and for faculty members and College Students, IBM conducted a Linux Workshop where using the z10 mainframe the students installed Linux on the machine using z/VM (z/Virtual Machine).
The event was conducted to kick-off Tomball's efforts to begin teaching mainframe topics as part of their CS workforce program and potentially as part of their CS degree program. Tomball is a recent member of the IBM Academic Initiative, System z program and I look forward to watching as they build their program.[Read More
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
Heading to Las Vegas soon to help with the zZone at the Exhibit hall. If your heading in that direction, please stop by, say hello, and visit our zZingo card sponsors to earn a well deserved massage just for saying hello to our zZone members.
See you there!
If your coming to the IBM System z Technical University in Miami, Oct. 3 -7, make sure you stop by the zZone to meet the numerous IBM Destination z partner members. Their mission is to help you maximize your mainframe platform so you can sleep at night! Visit the zZone, grab a zZingo card and meet the zZone sponsors who strive to make your life better. Then, relax with a complimentary chair massage during exhibit hall hours as our thank you for visiting the zone!
IBM Destination z zZone Sponsors include:
- 21st Century Software
- Mainline Information Systems
- Trident Services
- GT Software
- OpenTech Systems, Inc.
- IBM Systems Magazine
- Innovation Data Processing
If your at the conference, stop by, say hi!
Yours in z,
Our Destination z community has a new home on the web! www.destinationz.org
Come check it out, join the community, and enjoy the resources and connections to others who share your interest in the IBM System z (Mainframe) platform.
The new dzInsider digital magazine premiers soon, join the community (no cost) and prepare to be "WOWed" with all the great things the Destination z community offers.
Yours in z,
Wow, I just saw this article which comments on the role System z played in IBMs 2Q results
. A reinforcement of what our Destination z community has known all along... now... more people will know!http://www.bnet.com/blog/technology-business/death-of-the-mainframe-ibm-laughs-all-the-way-to-the-bank/11843
Enjoy the excitement that the z114 and the mainframe are creating!
Yours in z,
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/.
It has been too long since my last post and for that my apologies. I did want to take time out however to update you on the latest Destination z happenings!
First off, I want to welcome the following new Business Partner members to the community!
Please feel free to visit these new members on our Destination z website both on ibm.com here
and on our brand new destinationz.org website here
Finally, if you want to become part of our new System z community, please go to www.destinationz.org
and sign yourself up, we want to keep you informed on the latest Buzz around system z and joining the community will do it!
Watch for more info on the new website which launches TODAY! Come see our new look!
Yours in z,
Greetings from Boston where I am at the 2010 IBM System z Technical University. Yesterday was a great day with over 800 attendees at the conference. The exhibit hall was very busy last night with attendees flooding in to see IBM's new zEnterprise and all of the firms in the exhibit hall that support solutions on the platform. There are many IBM Destination z members in the exhibit hall this year, including six who have sponsored our zZingo card promotion. At this conference attendees who visit our six sponsors can earn an on-site chair massage and a chance to win a new iPad. zZingo card sponsors include: Hostbridge Technologies, 21st Century Software, Intellimagic, Mainline Information Systems, Trident Services and Vicom Infinity.
Other Destination z members at the show are PSR, Novell, Red Hat, IBM Systems Magazine, zJournal/Mainframe Executive, Cloud Compiling, Velocity Software, Interskill Learning, PKWARE, Innovation Data Processing are a few I have seen. Also I have seen members of H&W and Progress Software at this event.
If you are here in Boston, stop by the IBM Destination z booth (94) and say hello!
Until next time, yours in z,
I just ran across this, check it out!
#IBM announces social networking to boost Partner sales click here
Great news for all our System z and #CICS partners.[Read More
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,
Are you planning to attend IMPACT 2012? Several of our Destination z
Business Partner members will be doing presentations and exhibiting in
the Solution Center (exhibit hall). Come by to the zZone to meet your
fellow destination z members and learn how to earn yourself a relaxing
chair massage!!! For more info go to http://www-01.ibm.com/software/websphere/events/impact/solution-overview.html
Thank you to the following IBM Destination z Business Partner members for sponsoring this important program: IBM , 21st Century Software, Trident Services, Guide Share Europe,
New news, I just learned that the scholarship application deadline was moved to December 7.
Just a heads up to students who attend an IBM Destination z member school, the IBM Destination z Enterprise Computing Scholarship is now open for applications. Check out the the IBM Destination z website for details, and good luck!
The scholarship program this year is sponsored by: IBM, 21st Century Software, Trident Services, Innovation Data Processing, and Guide SHARE Europe!
Thank you sponsors for your generous contributions in support of building new mainframe skills for our community!
Hi everyone, DataDirect, one of our IBM Destination z members has just started their own blog called Data Connections. Check it out at DataDirect Technologies
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
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,
Hello z lovers!
Just a heads up regarding our IBM Destination z members aMod upcoming webinar titled:
Cloud Computing - Unlock Your
Enterprise Data and Get Ready
Interested? Learn more and sign up to attend at this link.
Have fun, THINK z!
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.
IBM Destination z wants your expertise! Submit a mainframe-related tip
or technique in our community forum for a chance to win the first Destination z Challenge
. First prize is a collectible LEGO model of a zEnterprise 114!
If you'd like to hear a jingle, about your System z, then click upon this website, and let your song be free ;-)Click here to hear!