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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.

Five Reasons We Love Tradeshows

We're packing up our displays and stocking up on brochures because this fall, we're on the road again. Our tradeshow schedule is busier than ever, and our team is covering events all over the country.

In the era of virtual meetings, video calling and event streaming, you might wonder why we even bother to exhibit at live conferences.

Here are five reasons we love tradeshows.

1. We meet lots of new people.

It's fun to watch people stroll by our display and see the light bulb go on when they realize that we address issues that have been driving them crazy. It's even better to hear their incredulous reactions when we explain how much easier we can make their jobs. Sometimes they'll tell us about other solutions that have disappointed them, and that's a great opportunity to share how our software might be a better fit.

2. We talk at length with customers.Linoma Software at COMMON

We love when customers stop by our booth. Often we've only talked to them on the phone or through an online meeting, so it's good to meet them in person. Sometimes they have questions that we can solve on the spot, and sometimes they want to get the inside scoop about what's next in the development cycle. Occasionally we can even get them on video sharing their experiences with GoAnywhere or Crypto Complete.

Here's one of our senior developers, Ron Byrd, talking with longtime GoAnywhere customer Jit Sewchan of ScotiaBank.

3. We catch up with industry colleagues.

Tradeshows give us a chance to talk with other IT professionals, software developers, industry media and sales reps who are in the trenches with us. It's helpful to hear others' perspectives about industry trends, and to get caught up on the newest players and products in the space.

4. We have fun.

Yes, the days can be long, but tradeshows aren't all work and no play. When the exhibit hall closes, we always find something fun to do. The team will explore local restaurants, perhaps meet up with customers or colleagues, and we've even been known to track down a foosball table for some serious competition.

5. We sell software.

Obviously it wouldn't be worth the investment if tradeshows didn't benefit the bottom line, and they definitely do. We think our success with tradeshows is because they give us the opportunity to talk with people, to listen to their challenges, and to explain how we believe we can help. Even if we don't turn everyone into customers immediately, we've now given them something to think about when they are ready to find a solution.

Just in case you'll be hitting the tradeshow circuit this fall, here are some of the places you'll be able to find us:

Stop by our booth. We always have chocolate!

 

Linoma Posts Another Year of Record Growth

We've had lots of reasons to celebrate lately at Linoma Software, and here are just a few.

Sales Are Soaring

GoAnywhere, Crypto Complete, Surveyor 400, RPG ToolboxThanks in no small part to having well designed and executed products and a superior support team, our enthusiastic sales team spent 2012 shattering sales records, and have already topped themselves in the first quarter of 2013. We've been able to help customers from virtually every industry, including healthcare, finance and banking, insurance, manufacturing, education, retail, and government, and as we hear back from them about how GoAnywhere or Crypto Complete or Surveyor or RPG Toolbox has made their lives easier and their data more secure, we can share their stories with others seeking an affordable, enterprise-level solution.

Trade Show Season Is In Full Swing

We've already met lots of new people -- and reconnected with old friends -- at the RPG Summit, RSA Conference, COMMON, and InfoSec in Orlando, and this weekend we're exhibiting with HANDD Business Solutions, one of our partners in the UK, at InfoSec Europe. Then, we're first-time exhibitors at the FOSE government conference in Washington D.C. in May and then we're back in Europe for the COMMON-Europe conference in June.

We've Launched a New Website

If you haven't visited our new GoAnywhere.com website yet, you should check it out. Our team worked very hard to redesign not only the look and feel, but also the navigation to make it easier for visitors to find what they need. We hope you'll take a look and let us know what you think.

GoAnywhere OpenPGP Studio is Now Available

Last month we published a free desktop tool that can encrypt and decrypt files using OpenPGP encryption. It's a great solution for those who need to occasionally encrypt files, and OpenPGP Studio also helps organize and manage keys. You can download OpenPGP Studio for free here.

We've also added some new faces to our team and are working on some pretty cool software enhancements as well as our first mobile app, which should be available very soon.

As always, we welcome your ideas and your feedback, and if you've got a great story to share about how one of our products has helped you work more efficiently or kept your data better protected, let us know. We'd love to hear it!

 

 

Our Customer Reviews Are Making Headlines

Over the last few months, we've been building a video library of customer reviews for our GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer solution. GoAnywhere simplifies, automates and secures file transfers across most platforms, including IBM i, Windows, Linux, UNIX, AIX and more.

IT JungleIn today's issue of IT Jungle's Four Hundred Stuff, Alex Woodie takes a closer look at these customer success stories. Customers include AAA Cooper Transportation, American Fidelity and Liberty Insurance (AF&L), BlueGrass Mailing, Londen Insurance, Monterey Mushrooms, P.C. Richard and Son, and United Security, Life, and Health.

We've also been getting lots of feedback on our video showcasing the rave reviews our customer support team is getting. Given that our top priorities are creating superior products and delivering exceptional customer service, it's gratifying to get these kinds of comments from our customers.

If you'd like to share your experience with Linoma Software, we'd love to hear from you! You can leave a comment on LinkedIn or on Google+, or you can contact us about doing a case study or video. And, if you have questions or want more information about any of our products, please let us know.

 

Linoma Software Celebrates Growth in 2011

As we kick off 2012 with several major product enhancements we'll be publicizing soon, I'd also like to take a minute to reflect on the record year Linoma Software had in 2011, with over 40% growth in new business.

Bob Luebbe Chief Architect at Linoma Software
Bob recently presented at several East Coast Users Groups, including here at the Long Island System Users Group.

Many factors contributed to our banner performance. For one, meeting compliance requirements for data privacy and security is a huge issue for most organizations, so we have been working hard to help meet these challenges.

We have made significant R&D investments over the past 12 months in our products, including major enhancements to our GoAnywhere™ managed file transfer solutions, as well as new features for our Crypto Complete™ encryption product.

We also gained many new customers outside of the United States as we have partnered with several new international resellers for our products, and seen increased sales performance from our established distributors. Data security is a worldwide challenge that has no borders.

Another factor in our growth has to do with the openness of our GoAnywhere products, which allows them to run on a variety of platforms including IBM i, Windows, Linux, Solaris and AIX. This gives our customers a choice on the operating system environment that best meets their needs.

For a more detailed announcement about Linoma Software's sales growth in 2011, you can read our press release.

We've enjoyed talking with many of you over the last year. If you are coming to any of the trade shows that we'll be exhibiting at this year, please stop by and say hello. Otherwise, give us a call or email if you have any questions or comments about our solutions.

We sincerely appreciate the support of our loyal customers and look forward to working with you this year. If you're not yet a customer, we hope to talk with you soon about how we can help you solve any data automation or security challenges in 2012.

We're ramping up our activity on various social networks, so we also hope you'll connect with us there.

Linoma wishes you a successful 2012!

How Managed File Transfer Changed My Life

In addition to being one of Linoma Software's expert bloggers, Daniel Cheney is also in the IT trenches, and it was here that he first discovered the impact the switch to a managed file transfer solution had on his daily work life.
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As a technology administrator at a major healthcare administration company, sending and receiving sensitive files between various systems used to be a daily grind and a consistent source of stress. We were using PC-based freeware FTP tools and the built in FTP functions on the IBM iSeries. The best we could do with scripting was to use CL command scripts to call the FTP function and hard code the login information. RPG programs would then call the CL scripts and retrieve and send the needed files, but there were insufficient logs and alerts for such automated activities.

The biggest headache for me was that these scripts, and the resultant sending of files, had to be error-free and reliable! Add to that the pressure of knowing how critical exchanging files is to the operation of the business and the challenge of having a single person responsible for its success -- it all became an unrealistic expectation. On top of this, because most of these files are sent over the Internet, and because of the inadequate tools we had at hand, the security of our FTP processes was insufficient.

I knew it was time to find a better solution and after doing some evaluation of available managed file transfer products for IBM iSeries, I selected GoAnywhere™ Director from Linoma Software.

Our installation of GoAnywhere Director made a huge difference almost immediately.

First, Director provides me with all the possible security protocols available, including SFTP, FTPS, and standard FTP with PGP encryption. It also has powerful scripting functions to login to HTTP and HTTPS sessions in order to automate logins to partner sites for file transfers.

Director makes it possible to automate all of the company's file transfers with a schedule and log so we know the path and time of every transaction. Alerts are automatically sent to us if there are any problems, or if we wish, every time it succeeds. Responsibility can be distributed to various departments as needed to receive these alerts and/or to begin the execution of the transfers when ready.

The simple-to-navigate web interface makes it easy for any user to view, verify, change and execute these file transfers. The scripting is easy for the average user to setup. If there are any challenges that we come up against with our file transfer processes, Linoma support has always been extremely effective at showing me how to do a successful execution.

I know how frustrating it can be to initiate, monitor, and track the ever increasing number of file transfers my company requires, especially without an all-in-one tool like managed file transfer. It amazes me how many IT people still don't realize there's a better way to do things -- a way that gives them more control, and more time to devote to all the other projects demanding their attention. I know managed file transfer -- and specifically GoAnywhere Director -- changed my life at work. I hope more of my IT colleagues discover the advantages soon.

COMMON 2010 - 50th Anniversary

Linoma Software was happy to be part of COMMON's 50th Anniversary Conference. Linoma has been attending COMMON for 14 years and was happy to see many familiar faces. The weather in Orlando was beautiful and the conference was well-attended. For those of you unfamiliar with COMMON, it is the world's largest community of IBM midrange users providing information, education, and networking among users, IBM, and related third-party solution providers. Linoma continues to develop its well-known IBM i products as well as broaden its scope by enhancing products such as GoAnywhere and Crypto Complete.

During the show, Linoma provided demos as well as conducted a survey. According to our results, 44.1% of companies are storing personal identifiable info (e.g. SSNOs, birth dates) "in the clear," 25% are sending sensitive data unencrypted over the internet, and 48.8% of the companies interviewed are sending unencrypted backups off site. If your company is among the percentage who is not securing sensitive data be sure to contact us at info@linoma.com and we can evaluate which product would most suit your industry needs.

In case you missed it, Debby Gaffney of Fidelity International, was the winner of our prize give-away…an iPAD! Linoma will be attending COMMON, October 4-6, 2010 in San Antonio Texas. We hope to see you there!

Visit Linoma's facebook page to see photos of the conference.

Tested my new iPad with GoAnywhere - It works!

Picked up my new iPad last night from the local Apple store. It was busy in there, but they had plenty of employees to help the eager customers! They had just received a shipment of iPads a few hours earlier, so I was in and out of the store with the little iPad box in just a few minutes.

I had been reading all the hype on the internet and thought it would be fun to try out this slick new device.

Both my kids have iTouches and love them, but I always thought the screens were too small to be useful for internet browsing, watching videos, etc. From what I had read from critics, the iPad was nothing more than a supersized iTouch... which I found is mostly true... but that big touch screen on the iPad is awesome!

First thing I did when I unboxed my iPad was to fire up Safari (the built-in browser) and see how well it rendered web pages. It did a nice job for web surfing. The pages rendered very well. It was easy to click on hyperlinks (using my finger instead of a mouse was a little weird at first, but it works great with that big screen. I only "fat fingered" a couple links.). Only thing I found it doesn't support is Flash content, but hopefully Apple will get enough flack and will eventually support it.

Next I tried to connect to our GoAnywhere Director product through the iPad's Safari. It took me right to the login screen. I keyed in the GoAnywhere user/password (using the touch screen keypad) and hit submit. Login Failed! Found out that I mistyped the user id, which is easy to do until you get used to typing on this thing. Once I corrected it, I hit submit again and it took me right to the GoAnywhere dashboard.

GoAnywhere's screens were rendered perfectly! All of the graphics were lined up nicely. The font styles and colors looked very sharp. The drop down menus worked. I was able to create a couple projects in GoAnywhere and execute. No problem. The performance was very good. GoAnywhere's client interface does not use applets, ActiveX controls or Flash... just HTML and JavaScript. So I suspect that is why iPad's Safari did not have any problems with it. So when you are on the road with your iPad, you too will be able to work with your copy of GoAnywhere!

Besides using the browser, iPad is great for watching videos too. It has a NetFlix app that lets you watch movies real time, which is great. Eventually I hope most NetFlix movies are available to watch online so I don't have to goto my mailbox for DVDs any more.

At first I was thinking about giving away this iPad at the next trade show as a prize, but now I think I will keep this one for myself.. and buy another one for the giveaway :)

The iPad is addictive.

~ Bob