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.
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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
Company url: http://www.pathpointsoftware.com
Partnerworld Global Solution Directory:
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
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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!
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.
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.
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Destination z member Company:
Offering the mainframe computing industry’s ONLY up-to-date, comprehensive, e-learning curriculum, Interskill’s low-cost, versatile, mainframe training has formed the backbone of mainframe education initiatives for over 1,000 corporations and government bodies worldwide.
Hi Darren! Interskill is known for its leadership in serving the mainframe community. Why do customers rely on Interskill solutions?
Thanks for asking Marc. You may be surprised to know that Interskill’s mainframe e-learning is THE ONLY up-to-date, broad spectrum, e-learning curriculum available to the mainframe industry. Over the last 15 years we have worked with more than 1,000 corporations and government bodies worldwide to provide low-cost, high quality, incredibly versatile mainframe training solutions to their personnel. It really has become a mainframe education standard.
We currently have over 150 web delivered courses for mainframe operators and programmers totaling over 800 hours of course content. These courses span
In this tough economy, mainframe managers are finding it almost impossible to provide their personnel with all the training they need. Despite dwindling budgets, Managers must not feel trapped into just cutting training! By prudently using the classroom method only when necessary and “bulking up” annual training programs with some of the versatile, new technology training methods now available, the cost savings can be astounding!
Bottom line: significantly more training for substantially less money!
1) The Enterprise e-Learning Solution which is an ultra low-cost, versatile, comprehensive mainframe training resource that forms the backbone of an organization’s mainframe education program. It’s annual, enterprise-wide, mainframe education at just dollars per course!
And 2) Mini e-Learning Bundles aimed at individual users. There is a z/OS Mainframe Programming e-Learning Bundle (EZ120) and a z/OS Computer Operations e-Learning Bundle (EZ110) offering 3 months access to 50 courses.
Interskill recently joined Destination z and has decided to be a zZone sponsor at Impact 2010 this May in Las Vegas. Why is this an important show for Interskill and what exciting things will Interskill be sharing with us at Impact?
Impact 2010 is really going to be an exciting show for us. Impact 2010 is the premier event for aligning technology and business strategy. It’s designed to demystify information technology for the line-of-business executive. And it brings together over 5,000 top IT and business professionals from around the world to share best practices and new tricks of the trade. We know business leaders and customers around the world are looking for smarter ways of delivering education across their organizations quickly and cost effectively. As a zZone sponsor, we’re looking forward to demonstrating how Interskill offerings can help deliver education and training in new and cost effective ways to empower their workforce.
Interskill really changes the way companies can deal with any challenges in meeting skills requirements and training needs at a time when education and travel costs are really tight. What are some of the messages you'll be sharing to help customers thrive in today's economy?
In an ideal world, Mainframe Managers would want their people to train often, and train on all facets of their complex mainframe job roles. The two limiting factors are time and money: budgets not allowing for all the training needed and busy mainframe personnel not having the time to train on all the areas they need.
We can cut money out of the equation. For the cost of one day of classroom on only one mainframe topic, Managers can give their mainframers 12 months access to over 150 mainframe topics! So, rather than 3 classroom days per year, give personnel 2 classroom days and 12 months open access to 150 e-learning courses. Imagine the versatility and breadth of knowledge that mainframe team could have!
We can also cut time out of the equation. Utilizing e-Learning offers mainframe personnel the ability to train anywhere, anytime: courses are broken up into one hour “bite size” pieces that can be done in breaks, during lulls at work, in the evenings, at home … anytime. Over the course of a year, students can complete hundreds of hours of training on a multitude of topics!
The mainframe industry’s staple training has always been classroom type training. We need to be a little smarter and use e-learning for the heart of the training program and use classroom where it is needed rather than as a default. We can deliver many, many more times the training at the same cost or less.
What’s the best way for customers to find out more about Interskill solutions – or even take a test drive with some of your offerings?
Customers can go to the
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Try and investigate ways that you can train smarter: maximizing your budget dollar, your team’s time and your training ROI.
Great talking with you, Darren. If your going to be at IMPACT 2010 this year, don't forget to check out Interskill at the Impact 2010 zZone
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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.
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.
If you'd like to hear a jingle, about your System z, then click upon this website, and let your song be free ;-)
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Hello Destination z followers,
Here is the link to learn more:
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,