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Linoma Software partners with Wayne Madden’s TekSlant in North America

Linoma Software is excited to announce that it has signed Wayne Madden and TekSlant LLC of Chicago, Illinois as a Linoma-Certified Platinum Partner for North America. TekSlant has successfully passed Linoma’s Technical and Sales / Support Certification. TekSlant brings with them a wealth of industry expertise, which is just what Linoma was looking for in growing their network–an experienced partner with industry knowledge on the IBM i, Windows, and Linux platforms. Their Professional Services team also provides Training and Consulting Services for all of Linoma’s products.

Wayne Madden

Wayne Madden

I have been eager to get back into the space I’ve loved for over 25 years, and the opportunity to sell and consult for a well-respected company like Linoma is a perfect fit for us! We chose Linoma Software as a strategic partner because their technology meets significant security needs we were looking for, and Bob’s team has done an amazing job in creating easy to use and cost-effective solutions.” said Wayne Madden, TekSlant’s Managing Partner.Wayne Madden and TekSlant definitely fit the mold of our ideal partner, and we are excited to be working with them. I have known Wayne for a long time and look forward to seeing his organization grow as a valued member of our network.” said Bob Luebbe, Linoma’s President and Chief Architect.

Wayne Madden is the former Publisher, Editor in Chief, and Senior Technical Editor for System iNews, the System iNetwork, and a former President of COMMON the User Group. Wayne, an industry evangelist, spent over 25 years working and reporting on the IBM i marketplace, as well as the multi-platform Windows and Linux space and is glad to be back! He brings significant experience to the marketplace on numerous topics including security, having written hundreds of articles, white papers, three technical books and has led numerous industry sessions at domestic and international IT events which will complement Linoma’s vast expertise in the field.

His two most recent white papers; “Managed File Transfer: You Will Evaluate It Because of Security – You Will Want It for Everything Else” and “Developing Your Data Encryption Strategy – the Time is Now” are both now available for download. TekSlant educational webinars also are listed on their site.Wayne writes a regular series of industry articles and white papers, and is hosting industry webinars on topics such as data security strategy and implementation, data security options, data encryption, data security compliance, and file transfer security.

Please visit www.Tekslant.com/register to register and receive Wayne’s News, Tips, and Announcements on new educational materials, Webinars, and to download his White Papers.

Media Contact:

Wayne Madden, Managing Partner
TekSlant LLC
150 S Wacker Drive
Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60606

Linoma Software Recognized Among 20 Most Promising Enterprise Security Companies for 2016

Linoma Software, a leader in providing enterprise-class security solutions and superior customer service, has achieved recognition in CIOReview’s Top 20 Enterprise Security Companies list of 2016.

CIOReview - 20 Most Promising Enterprise Security CompaniesAfter an evaluation of many quantitative and qualitative elements, Linoma Software was selected from hundreds of entries for inclusion in the Top 20 list by a distinguished panel of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, analysts and the CIOReview editorial board. The annual list showcases the top 20 Most Promising Enterprise Security Companies 2016, with businesses considered to be at the forefront of providing cutting-edge security solutions and impacting the marketplace.

“Protecting confidential information through strong encryption, key management and auditing is critical for our customers to stay compliant with PCI DSS, HIPAA, GLBA and other privacy regulations,” said Bob Luebbe, President and Chief Architect of Linoma Software. “This is a highly competitive industry and we are thrilled and honored to be recognized in the Top 20 Most Promising Enterprise Security Companies list.”

The positioning in the report is based on the panel’s evaluation of Linoma Software’s specialties in cross-platform managed file transfer (MFT), data encryption and secure DMZ reverse proxy solutions. The panel noted Linoma’s diverse install base of more than 3,000 customers worldwide, as well as its customer-centric focus on research and development. The dedication to superior service and support was also noted as contributing factors to Linoma’s growing influence in the software industry.

“I congratulate Linoma Software on being recognized with the much coveted title and being a recipient of 20 Most Promising Enterprise Security Companies 2016”, said Jeevan George, Managing Editor, CIOReview. “We are glad to showcase Linoma Software this year due to its continuing excellence in delivering top-notch technology driven solutions.“

Inc. 5000 List Ranks Linoma Software Among Top Companies

Inc. magazine has ranked Linoma Software NO. 3279 on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. This is the third consecutive year that Linoma Software has been ranked. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs.

inc. 5000 - medallionFor over 20 years, Linoma Software has specialized in data security for files at rest and in transit. "High profile data breaches in recent years have raised awareness and expanded regulations on protecting confidential company and customer data," states Bob Luebbe, Chief Architect at Linoma Software. "Our enterprise-level managed file transfer solution, GoAnywhere MFT, continues to gain market share as organizations of all sizes work to secure both system-to-system file transfers and person-to-person collaboration."

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 18 to September 22) is the most competitive crop in the list's history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490%. The Inc. 5000's aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

"The story of this year's Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top," says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000

Methodology The 2015 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2011. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2014. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2011 is $100,000; the minimum for 2014 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/5000.

About Inc. Media: Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 13,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://www.inc.com/.

For more information contact: Inc. Media Drew Kerr 212-849-8250 drew@four-corners.com

Webinar: Encryption on the IBM i Platform

Do you need to encrypt sensitive data on the IBM i, but are unsure how to get started or which techniques are best?

Encryption is essential for protecting sensitive data like credit card numbers, social security numbers, birth dates and other PII information. It is also critical for meeting compliance requirements like PCI DSS, HIPAA and State Privacy Laws.

Encryption on the IBM i Platform

This webinar is your chance to learn the basic methods of encrypting data on the IBM i, whether if it is stored within your database files or transmitted to your trading partners. During the webinar, you will learn about these key topics:

  • Exploring the basics of Encryption
  • Hashing vs Encryption
  • Introduction to Key Management
  • Database Field Encryption
  • Open PGP Encryption
  • SFTP and FTPS protocols

You are invited to join us for this free webinar. Linoma Software's senior IBM i engineers will be on hand during to answer your encryption questions.

To reserve your place, and to learn more about the webinar, visit the registration page. Don't delay, register today.

If you're unable to attend, we are recording the webinar and will make it available on our website.

Linoma Software celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

Linoma Software-20 Year-FINALLinoma Software is celebrating 20 years in helping organizations around the world to automate their IT processes and protect sensitive data. The company will commemorate this milestone anniversary with the much anticipated unveiling of their new corporate headquarters, groundbreaking new software releases and promotional events throughout the next twelve months.

"From the beginning, our goal has been to provide great products at affordable prices that are backed with unparalleled customer support and service," said Linoma Software founder, Bob Luebbe. "We attribute our success over the last 20 years to this simple company philosophy. It encompasses all that we do."

Looking Back: A Modest Beginning

Husband and wife team, Bob and Christy Luebbe, started Linoma out of their home in 1994 to provide IT consulting and contract programming services to area businesses. The concept was simple, in that they offered experienced IT talent for affordable rates.

By late 1995, the Luebbes had hired several consultants to service their expanding customer base which included Fortune 500 companies such as Union Pacific, First Data Resources and Hewlett-Packard. They also officially opened their first office in Omaha, Nebraska to offer offsite programming services to out-of-state customers.

Around 1996, Bob had an idea for a product that addressed the challenge of converting legacy IBM RPG code to the new RPG IV (ILE RPG) language. During his off hours, Luebbe built the Convert to ILE RPG software, named it CVTILERPG and released it on a programming list server as a downloadable file. This proved to be a move that was ahead of its time as most software for IBM systems was distributed by mail and installed using cumbersome tapes.

BobLuebbeLinomaSoftwareCVTILERPG became an overnight success as a convenient-to-install and affordable utility, which paved the way for Linoma to evolve into a software company. Many of the original users of CVTILERPG (now called RPG Toolbox) are still loyal customers today.

Finding ways to make tasks easier and more efficient has always been the core of Linoma Software's approach to software development. From creating graphical interfaces for the AS/400 in 1997 with Surveyor/400, to the debut of Transfer Anywhere in 2002, to encrypting databases with Crypto Complete in 2007, Luebbe and his growing R&D team continued to innovate and streamline processes for the IBM i. As new products were developed and released, Linoma put an emphasis on affordability and five-star support, which the company is known for.

The release of GoAnywhere Director in early 2008 was a turning point for the company. Quickly becoming the flagship product for Managed File Transfer and secure data exchange, the multi-platform software delivered full automation, encryption and detailed audit trails for file transfers. Following shortly after in 2009, the introduction of GoAnywhere Services expanded the product offering to support secure file services using FTP, FTPS, SFTP and HTTP protocols. GoAnywhere Gateway joined the product suite in 2010 with enhanced forward and reverse proxy to protect files in the DMZ.

LinomaSoftware2014 Looking Forward: Success through Innovation

As the GoAnywhere software suite continues to grow and evolve, the company has grown as well. Linoma Software has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of top growing companies in Nebraska for the past two years. Their customer base consists of over 3,000 installations worldwide including government entities, large corporations and mid-sized companies. Boasting over a 98% customer retention rate, Linoma Software continues to win customers over through innovation, affordable product offerings and responsive product enhancements.

According to Luebbe, "Several of our customers have been with us since the beginning. They love the products and rave about our support. We're thrilled to be celebrating 20 years and it's because our customers truly appreciate what we do. Without their trust and support, we wouldn't be here. It's that simple, and we are truly grateful."

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Linoma Software products are not affected by Heartbleed bug

Heartbleed bug graphic from heartbleed.comIf you are a Linoma Software customer using any of our products such as the GoAnywhere suite (Director, Services, Gateway, Open PGP Studio), Crypto Complete, Surveyor/400 or the RPG Toolbox, we are pleased to report that our products are NOT vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.

The CVE-2014-0160 exploit, or Heartbleed bug, has made big headlines over the last 48 hours. The Heartbleed bug exploits vulnerabilities in the popular OpenSSL server software potentially allowing the memory of SSL/TLS encrypted systems to be compromised. The bug essentially allows access to the memory of the SSL/TLS protected systems and attackers can potentially steal and read formerly encrypted information such as usernames and passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive data. To learn more about the Heartbleed bug please visit Heartbleed.com. Additional resources allow you to check and see if your website or server is affected by the Heartbleed bug: Heartbleed Test and LastPass Heartbleed Checker.

GoAnywhere Suite (Director, Services, Gateway, Open PGP Studio) GoAnywhere does not use native libraries for SSL/TLS and relies on the JSSE libraries of the JVM that GoAnywhere is running on. This exploit does not exist in the JSSE implementation of SSL/TLS. While Tomcat does, however, have the ability to utilize native SSL/TLS capabilities for its HTTP/S connections with the APR Connectors, GoAnywhere does not employ this functionality. GoAnywhere Secure File Transfer mobile apps: For Apple devices: The GoAnywhere Apple app uses the Secure Transport implementation of SSL/TLS and is not affected by Heartbleed. For Android devices: The GoAnywhere Android app uses the JSSE implementation of SSL/TLS and is not affected by Heartbleed.

Surveyor/400: Surveyor/400 does not use native libraries for SSL/TLS and relies on the JSSE libraries of the JVM that Surveyor/400 is running on. This exploit does not exist in the JSSE implementation of SSL/TLS.

Crypto Complete: Crypto Complete does not use SSL/TLS for Field or Backup encryption and is not affected by Heartbleed.

RPG Toolbox: Our RPG toolbox does not use any encryption and is not affected by Heartbleed.

Linoma Software and HealthIT Security Partner on HIPAA Best Practices Guide

SystemiDeveloper_logoAt Linoma Software we understand the importance and challenges of HIPAA compliance. Whether your organization has been compliant with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule for months or it's still shoring up some compliance gaps, there are likely tips you've picked up along the way.

Our partnership with HealthIT Security allows us to bring timely and actionable information to healthcare IT professionals and executives. This HIPAA Best Practices Guide uses expert analysis and industry expertise to focus on exactly what will be expected technically, administratively and policy-wise among HIPAA covered entities and business associates (BAs) during potential audit scenarios.

With the estimated cost of compliance falling around $14.5 million annually, regulated healthcare businesses can't afford HIPAA non-compliance with PHI.

If you have a regulated healthcare business, learn how the HIPAA Onmibus Rule could affect you and how to protect your company by ensuring your forms, files, policies and procedures are 100% HIPAA compliant.

Click here to download the HIPAA Best Practices Guide today.

Linoma Software Salutes Its Big Winners At RPG & DB2 Summit 2014

Linoma Software's Ron Byrd made his annual trek to Dallas for the RPG & DB2 Summit 2014. The event is a tremendous opportunity to meet with IBM i professionals.

Part of the IBM i community since 1994, we enjoy talking with customers and attendees about our full line of data management tools. At this year's Summit, Ron rewarded visitors to our booth with a chance to win valuable prizes and Susan Gantner with System i Developer helped with the drawing.

The three lucky attendees were:
  • James Huang, Core-Mark
  • Ted Poskey, Hochheim Prairie Ins.
  • Lynn Laber, Nodak Mutual Ins.

We'd like to thank everyone who stopped by to talk with Ron, and a special salute to the winners of our drawing. Also a big shout out to everyone at System i Developer, and the sponsors, for putting on a fantastic event.


From RPG Toolbox, Crypto Complete and Surveyor/400 for iSeries to the family of GoAnywhere secure file transfer products there's a solution for everyone at Linoma Software. Contact us today to learn more.

Stop by our booth at the COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition, May 4-6 in Orlando. See you there.  

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Susan Gantner of System i Developer, prize winner James Huang with Core-Mark and Ron Byrd from Linoma Software.

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Ted Poskey, Hochheim Prairie Insurance (right).

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Lynn Laber, Nodak Mutual Insurance (right).


In Celebration of Computer Programmers

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, we tip our hat to our programmers whose expertise and creativity keep our products evolving and responsive to our customers' needs. We also salute all programmers that constantly strive to keep their organizations running smoothly by developing new applications or finding innovative ways to adapt current software to meet their needs.

The importance of programming skills is in the spotlight this week with the Hour of Code initiative where educators, celebrities, tech gurus and business owners alike join forces to promote computer science education. The campaign's promotional video has received almost 1.7 million views.

education for computer programmers is lackingCode.org reports that computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average and that there will be more 1,000,000 more jobs than students in 2020. In a rocky job market, computer science offers a great opportunity for students who have the passion to pursue it as a career.

Our programmers work hard and they love the challenge of finding new ways to improve our products. Through initiatives such as the Hour of Code promotion and Computer Science Education Week, we hope that more students are encouraged to explore the world of computer programming.

You can learn more about Hour of Code and how you can help. You can also find tutorials and resources that take students of all ages beyond basic programming to explore different computer languages and app development. We hope you'll sit down with the kids in your life and explore Code.org.


RPG Toolbox 5.0 Gets Its Own Technology Refresh

In anticipation of IBM's V7R1 technology refresh 7, we've been working on an update to our popular RPG Toolbox™ product. It was the very first product for Linoma Software and is still one of our most popular tools. Thousands of IBM i shops have already used this tool to successfully modernize their RPG programs and convert their fixed format C specifications to free form.

The new RPG Toolbox version 5.0 will now also convert the traditional H, F, D and P specifications into free form syntax. It will include many customization options to allow you to choose how operations are converted and how the syntax will be styled.

The 5.0 release is planned for December and will allow the free form conversion to be performed from RDi, PDM and the command line. For more information about the new release of RPG Toolbox 5.0, check out the official announcement.

Current RPG Toolbox customers who are active on maintenance will be able to update to the new version at no additional charge. You can download a free trial of our current version and we'll let you know as soon as the updates are ready.