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STILLWATER, Okla., Sept. 8 -- HostBridge Technology, leading provider of integration/SOA software for IBM System z mainframes, has released HostBridge version 6.5. "The new release builds on the enhancements recently introduced in v6," said Russ Teubner, HostBridge CEO. "Customers will now be able to lower their costs by shifting integration/SOA workloads to the IBM zIIP specialty engine, develop Web services with greater speed and flexibility, and add Web 2.0 functionality to integration/SOA initiatives."

HostBridge v6.5 will be introduced in a live webcast on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 11:00 a.m. Central (U.S.). Those wishing to attend can register at HostBridge.com/index.php/hbv6-5.

HostBridge for zIIP (HBzIIP) takes advantage of IBM's System z Integrated Information Process (zIIP) specialty engine, which allows organizations to increase mainframe processing capacity for specific workloads without higher license fees - an attractive economy in today's climate.

HostBridge users will be able to shift significant portions of their mainframe integration/SOA workloads to the zIIP. Using HBzIIP, organizations can lower the costs of mainframe integration and Web services processes. Depending on the scope of integration workloads, savings can be significant. Organizations can achieve these savings without reduction in performance.

Version 6 enhancements, introduced in late 2009, provide the foundation for v6.5:

HostBridge Process Automation Engine. For v6, HostBridge rebuilt its Process Automation Engine to fully support and comply with the ECMAScript Edition 3/JavaScript 1.8 standard. The new HB Process Automation Engine is a JavaScript-based development/runtime facility that lets users integrate any CICS® application or CICS-accessible data source (DB2, VSAM, DL/I, Datacom) with any distributed systems. Uniquely, HB Process Automation also allows users to orchestrate and automate complex CICS transaction processes as a single service. The rebuilt engine adds the greater power and flexibility inherent in the new ECMAScript/JavaScript standard, performs at higher levels, executes both inside and outside of CICS, and executes as an Enclave SRB.

Web 2.0/Lightweight Services. Newly supported services technologies include REST, E4X, XPath, JSON, and Atom. These give users flexible new choices for services-based CICS and mainframe data integration. They offer simpler, very effective alternatives to formal SOAP/WSDL-based services for faster, more agile integration of CICS data and business logic into new composite applications and mashups.

CICS and System z Support. HostBridge continues to support and exploit a wide range of CICS and System z tools and technologies, now including CICS Explorer, channels, containers, Event Processing, and mainframe/Internet security enhancements.

HostBridge v6.5 offers the highest-performance, highest-fidelity integration/SOA for organizations that bet their business on CICS and System z.

"Whether you're a financial services provider repurposing a legacy CICS account application with a Web 2.0 interface or a health insurer making policy data available through a national eHealth cloud, integration remains one of the most effective ways to get maximum bang for your mainframe buck," said Teubner. "We design and develop HostBridge with cost management and ROI always in mind. Our customers typically achieve payback in less than a year and realize significant returns on HostBridge and their mainframe investments for many years thereafter."

HostBridge Technology is an IBM Advanced Business Partner, a member of the IBM Ready for Rational and Ready for SOA programs, and a licensed IBM zIIP ISV. HostBridge also partners with CA, Oracle, and other industry leaders.

More information: www.HostBridge.com/index.php/hbv6-5.

About HostBridge Technology:
HostBridge® Technology provides integration software for enterprises that rely on the IBM System z mainframe. Our patented products deliver mainframe data and business logic as XML/Web services, enabling organizations to extend mainframe access to many new users, modernize legacy applications with feature-rich Web interfaces, and integrate anything mainframe with anything distributed. Founded in 2000, HostBridge Technology has built a reputation for solving the hardest integration problems. Among its loyal customers, HostBridge counts many of the largest companies in the world. For more information, visit www.HostBridge.com.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Xbridge Systems redefines data discovery by releasing an industry first data discovery tool supporting mainframe systems. With the release of DataSniff, Xbridge provides QSA’s and internal auditors with a powerful, yet simple, tool to access mainframe data and scan the data for sensitive information. DataSniff www.xbridgesystems.com/products/productsDataSniff.html has the power to uncover data in mainframe data storage environments that were previously considered “untouchable” or wrongly categorized as “exempt” from audit…

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Los Angeles, Calif. – September 1, 2010 – SOA Software, a leading SOA and Cloud Services Governance vendor, today announced SOLA for IMS, a legacy modernization solution that transforms IMS applications into high-quality, high-performance enterprise services, allowing the mainframe to be a full participant in an Service Oriented Architecture enabled environment.

SOLA is a comprehensive mainframe Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) solution that cost effectively turns the mainframe into a seamless part of an SOA enabled environment.  SOLA provides customers with a fast and easy way to expose mainframe applications as secure, high-performance enterprise services and allows mainframe applications to consume Web Services.  Using SOLA, customers can leverage millions of dollars of existing mainframe investments as part of their enterprise SOA environment.  The SOLA runtime environment resides entirely on the mainframe, eliminating the need for expensive, unreliable and unnecessary middleware. Coupled with SOLA’s Development Studio, this vastly increases developer productivity, providing faster time to market and lower application development cost.

 “Many Fortune 1000 companies use IMS,” said Jim Crew, Vice President of SOA Software. “This product extends existing investments and provides growth opportunities for IMS applications that can be reused in new business initiatives.”

SOLA for IMS runs independently of any transaction management software, making it ideal for IMS-only environments.  SOLA for IMS handles IMS transactions written in COBOL, PL/I or Natural, with multiple input and output segments.  SOLA for IMS also allows any mainframe program to easily consume services.  SOLA’s orchestration capabilities allow multiple IMS transactions to be executed on a single trip to the mainframe, vastly reducing latency.  SOLA for IMS can also service-enable DB2 stored procedures and SQL statements.

SOLA is highly optimized, making it the most efficient option for service-enabling mainframe transactions.  Much of SOLA is written in assembler language, so the SOLA runtime offers lower MSU consumption and higher throughput than alternatives that use Java and rely on zAAP specialty engines.

Unlike alternative solutions that only offer one or two components of mainframe SOA, SOLA offers a comprehensive SOA solution, further reducing TCO. SOLA eliminates the need to integrate multiple mainframe and distributed products/platforms to create enterprise-class services.  SOLA is a Governed Service Platform, making it fully governable by SOA Software products like Policy Manager and Service Manager.

Innovative SOLA features such as One-Click service creation and an easy to use drag-and-drop interface deliver the only secure, standards-based and governable SOA product in the mainframe industry.  SOLA provides end-to-end SOA governance for the mainframe with WS-Security, WS-Policy, optimized registry, integrated monitoring, logging, auditing and near limitless scalability, all implemented on the mainframe.  This makes SOLA the only solution for companies seeking secure, high-volume, mission-critical mainframe SOA. SOLA is the only product proven in enterprise implementations to handle high volume (10 million+) transactions per day in mission-critical mainframe SOA environments.


About SOA Software
SOA Software is a leading provider of unified SOA and Cloud Services Governance products that enable organizations to plan, build, and run Cloud and enterprise services.  Our SOA Software Atmosphere Products are built using our Portfolio Manager™, Repository Manager™, Policy Manager™, and Service Manager™. They form a unified SOA Governance Automation solution, with SOLA™ providing a governable Mainframe SOA platform. The world’s largest companies including Bank of America, Pfizer, and Verizon use SOA Software solutions to transform their business.  For more information, please visit http://www.soa.com.

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ZUG, Switzerland, August 31, 2010 – Wasserwerke Zug (WWZ), a major utility provider in central Switzerland, dramatically improved customer support by leveraging BMC Software’s (NASDAQ: BMC) BMC Remedy Service Desk solution in its telecommunications division.
 
The Swiss telecom market is fiercely competitive, making strong customer service critical to success. WWZ’s legacy IT infrastructure had reached its performance limit and was impacting customer service. Its aging ticketing system could not meet growing requirements.
 
The implementation of BMC Remedy Service Desk, led by BMC partner IT Concepts, improved support for WWZ’s customers and its employees running the company’s central customer service center. The WWZ telecom division identified BMC as the direct cause of its improved service quality, which has enhanced the company’s competitive advantage.
 
“Our support organization continued to expand as a result of ever-growing demand,” said René Bühler, head of IT services at WWZ. “We came to a point where we had to have suitable processes to ensure that relevant information reached our customers consistently and quickly. Knowledge is only current for a very short time, so we also needed a technical tool to provide us with effective support in our daily operations.”
 
In addition to the BMC Remedy support function, WWZ began to evaluate its customer relationship management (CRM) application and drew up clearly defined requirements for a new solution. BMC’s Business Service Management (BSM) approach and support from BMC’s partner, IT Concepts, met these specifications, which incorporated ITIL® best practices. The CRM solution can now forward all telecom queries to the BMC Remedy Service Desk platform, automating queries and offering quick and efficient solutions to customers.
 
“The cooperation with IT Concepts has worked really well, and BMC Remedy Service Desk has met our production expectations so far,” said Bühler. “It has helped us achieve our main goal, which is to be able to provide even better service to our customers.”   
 
To read the full case study, click here.

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NAPLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ASG Software Solutions, a worldwide leader in business solutions for global enterprises, today announced general availability of ASG-Zena™ 3.0, the latest version of ASG’s flagship distributed workload automation solution. ASG-Zena 3.0 offers robust scheduling and complete workload automation capabilities across both physical and virtual server environments…

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Los Angeles, CA -- 26 Aug 2010: Phoenix Software International today announced the release of Version 4, Release 8.0, of (E)JES, its z/OS JES2 and JES3 interactive spool browse and system management product. The new release will be generally available on September 24, 2010.

Among its many significant enhancements, this release introduces the (E)JES Java Application Programming Interface (API), which complements the existing APIs for REXX and for procedural languages such as Assembler and C. The (E)JES Java API and supporting classes provide unauthorized-program access from the Java language to the programming resources available through the (E)JES API. Execution will be eligible for zAAP or zAAP-on-zIIP redirection when the Java code is running and zIIP redirection when the core (E)JES functions are running.

“Java has become a popular programming language on the mainframe,” said Phoenix Software Chief Technology Officer Ed Jaffe. “We’re pleased that we can now offer Java programmers the same powerful programming capabilities that are already available through our other APIs. With all of the enhancements in this release, we are again helping our customers be more productive, cut costs, and leverage the latest z/OS technologies.”

Phoenix Software International, Inc. (www.phoenixsoftware.com) is a major systems software development company providing software solutions to enterprises around the world. Phoenix offers a wide range of products for IBM and compatible mainframes as well as Windows- and Web-based workstation platforms.

CONTACT: Amy Gilbert, Phoenix Software International, (310) 338-0400, amygilbert@phoenixsoftware.com. (NOTE: do not publish contact info)


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Court Moves Up Neon v IBM Antitrust Case — The Texas district court that will hear Neon Enterprise Software’s antitrust suit against IBM for monopolizing the mainframe market – an issue that has both the European Commission and the Justice Department investigating Big Blue – was looking over its calendar the other day and – lo and behold – sua sponte found an opening and moved the trial up nine months to next June 6. Neon, whose lights must be twinkling about now, had wanted to get into court early next year. The court’s move pretty much gives it what it wanted. The tighter schedule should make the pricey process cheaper for the little Texas ISV and give IBM less scope for displaying its entire repertoire of lawyer tricks…

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