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!
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!
Destination z member company:
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.
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/.
Marc: Primeur has been a key
sponsor at IBM's Impact event since we first began this event.
Impact 2010 will be held in May in Las Vegas and once again, we're looking
forward to seeing Primeur featured, this time as part of the zZone. Why is this
an important event for Primeur?
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
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
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
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.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to an exciting new member of our IBM Destination z community, Pirean Limited. Pirean is based in the United Kingdom and has recently expanded their business in System z with focus on Security and Service Management. Pirean's offerings include Consultancy Services, IBM Software, and Pirean Software.
For more information on Pirean and what they offer please visit their website
or contact their Senior Consultant and System z Lead, Alan Harrison (Alan.Harrison@pirean.com.
Of course, you can always get to their website from the IBM Destination z members
website where we proudly list them.
Again, welcome Alan and the Pirean team to Destination z
Check out this website where Joe Clabby explains his views regarding the mainframe and the myths surrounding it. Visit GOMAINFRAME.com
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,
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!
Bob Thomas, the publisher of z/Journal and Mainframe Executive magazines has just started the Mainframe Zone, a new blog about the mainframe, and it looks like something you should bookmark and check out regularly. Not only can you get great news about the mainframe there, but you also just might win a really cool t-shirt if you participate in Bob's contents.
Rather than stealing his thunder, I'll repeat what Bob just wrote to me:
"I have decided to do a mainframe-oriented blog titled the MainframeZone – please take a look at www.mainframezone.com. It's not that I was craving more work. Rather I am starting the MainframeZone to try to draw more attention to the IBM mainframe and as a rallying point for the mainframe community.
"In the MainframeZone I will primarily be an aggregator of important or cool mainframe-centric information that I think mainframe folks will find informative and interesting. For example, I will highlight other mainframe-centric blogs as well as new announcements, applications, users, etc. In addition, I am including two regular features; a Mainframe Trivia Contest and the Mainframe Hall of Fame. Winners and contributors will receive a "Mainframes Rule" T-shirt (you can see it on the blog now.) I will also be including stuff I find clever or amusing such as Wit & Wisdom quotes and my favorite New Yorker cartoons."
There's already some pretty cool stuff there, and looks like Bob is posting new material at least a couple times a week, so go have a look. I'm sure you'll like it.
IBM and SHARE will be conducting a Mainframe Career Exploration Day at
the Boston SHARE event on Wednesday August 4th. The event is open to
High School and College students, and faculty members. If you know any
students or educators in the Boston area, please share this URL with
them to download the invitation (which will be active for 1 week).
Questions can be addressed to me!
Thanks for helping to spread the word and help generate interest in
Flyer Download at:
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,
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
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,
The winners to the Master the Mainframe contest winners are in Poughkeepsie, NY.. home of System z development and manufacturing this week. Watch my blog for more info and pictures of our winners.
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.
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
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.
Just a heads up that IBM in conjunction with WAVV will be conducting a Mainframe Career Exploration Day at the upcoming WAVV (the World Alliance of VSE, VM, and Linux User Group) conference in Orlando Florida on May 18th. If you are a student or faculty member in the Orlando area and you would like to participate, just let me know.
This is a great opportunity to learn about the mainframe and visit with several of our IBM Destination z members who will be attending and/or exhibiting at this event.
Hope to see you there.....[Read More
Hello Destination z followers,
It has been some time since my last entry and allot has happened since. Let me start off in welcoming two new Business Partner members to our community, specifically a warm welcome to NewEra Software, Inc
. and Semantic Designs
. We have many more IBM Business Partner firms in the enrollment process and look forward to welcoming them in future blogs. You can see all of our partner members at our website listing our membership
. Remember to visit our home site
For those of you new to IBM Destination z, I wrote an article with you in mind and invite you to have a look at it at the MAINFRAMEZONE.COM link here
And finally, Destination z is moving! Yes, you heard me (or ready it right!), we are moving our website to www.destinationz.org
. What does that mean to me? Well, it means that now we are enrolling individual members in the z community. Destination z is no longer just for IBM Business Partners. We are expanding to include people who work with or around mainframes, this means YOU!
I encourage you to go to our new website
and sign up as a member today! Our new site rolls out end of April or May, so stay tuned to see how we celebrate everything z!
Have a great z day all,
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!
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!