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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 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).


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.



DB2 Field Encryption Has Been Simplified

Compliance regulations like HIPAA and PCI DSS have us all looking for more efficient and secure ways to keep sensitive data protected, especially the personal information fields we've all come to rely on: social security numbers, credit card numbers, birth dates, driver's license numbers, insurance policy ID numbers, etc.

Register for DB2 FieldProcs WebinarFortunately, IBM is working hard to meet the growing demands of companies who must store and share private information and compliance auditors who govern how it must be done. When it released IBM i 7.1, it included a feature for encrypting DB2 form fields to give IT staffs more control.

Surprisingly, not everyone is taking full advantage of these DB2 FieldProcs either because they're not aware of their benefit, or because they're waiting for an even more comprehensive approach.

If you fall into either of these groups, then we've got good news. The Linoma Software team is hosting a webinar next week to share tips for how to maximize the DB2 FieldProcs feature in IBM i 7.1. In addition, we'll provide some options that could give your processes even more functionality, making things more efficient.

We invite you to grab some lunch and join us for "IBM i Field Procedures Simplified with DB2 Field Procedures" on June 13 at noon central. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions, and we'll also record the webinar so you can share it with your colleagues.

Hope you'll be able to join us!

Upcoming Webinar: Focus on FTP Server Compliance

Get Your FTP Server in Compliance

Revised - Watch the Latest Webinar Recording

With the recently added rules for the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that now holds trading partners and business associates accountable if they also handle patient data, it's a good time to review whether your FTP server is updated and ready to meet compliance requirements. Learn how to keep your data as well as trading partner files protected within your network and still allow external access without opening inbound network ports. You can also see a demo of Linoma Software's GoAnywhere™, a managed file transfer solution that includes a secure FTP server and a reverse proxy DMZ gateway with clustering and load balancing capabilities to ensure high availability.


IBM i Encryption Made Easy with DB2 Field Procedures

Now Available On Demand

IBM i 7.1 DB2 Field Procedures, data encryptionDuring this recorded webinar, you can learn about how to make the DB2 Field Procedures Tool in IBM version 7.1 work even more efficiently as part of a more comprehensive solution, one that makes it easier to implement encryption, manage keys, and generate auditing reports so important for meeting compliance regulations like HIPAA and PCI DSS,. You can also see a demo of Linoma's popular encryption software Crypto Complete.

Learn more

All of our webinars are recorded, so if you register and are not able to attend live, you'll be able to review the webinar at a more convenient time.

We look forward to having you join us and will be happy to answer any questions you have.



Wrapping Up Another Great COMMON Conference

Like many in our industry, we do our fair share of trade shows, and as anyone who has ever exhibited will tell you, it's a lot of work.

In our company, Lu Ann handles all of the arrangements. She books the plane tickets, reserves the rooms, secures the exhibition space, orders the exhibitor badges, organizes and ships the collateral, and coordinates a thousand other details to ensure everything goes smoothly for the team when they arrive.

The sales team does all of the manual labor, including packing and repacking the booth displays and equipment, helping load and unload the heavy boxes onto the shipping company's truck, and of course setting up and tearing down the booth. Again, so many details to manage to make sure everything is perfect for the opening of the show.

Months in advance, our marketing team is planning giveaways and prizes, updating collateral, and trying to add new ways to catch visitors' attention.

Throughout the show, we're working hard to connect, meeting new trade show participants and vendors, and reconnecting with long-time customers and partners. We're striking up conversations with people who pass our booth, and we're walking the floor saying hi to old friends and introducing ourselves to new ones. It's an energizing, exhausting, rewarding process.

COMMON 2012 posterAnd of all of the trade shows that we attend and/or where we exhibit, COMMON holds a special place for us. The COMMON community is tightly knit and loyal, and every show is like a family reunion. New deals are forged, partnerships are discovered, and all the while relationships are built and nurtured. When we reconnect with customers or friends, it's as if we're just picking up the conversation right where we left off from last year's COMMON conference.

As I approach my one-year anniversary as marketing manager at Linoma Software, I'm fortunate to have been invited to attended my first COMMON conference. When our president Bob Luebbe toured me around from booth to booth introducing me to people, I quickly realized the level of connection Linoma has with the IBM i community.

It was wonderful to finally meet in person all of the folks I'd been working with all year: Jennifer and Megan from iPro Developer; Chris, Kara, David and Jeff from MC Press; Tami and Darryl from IBM Systems Magazine; Dan,Timothy, Kim and Jenny with IT Jungle; and Dan Cheney, our most prolific blogger on this and the GoAnywhere Managed File Transfer blog whom I finally got to hug. It was especially amazing to spend quality time with my friend and mentor Bill Rice, with Humanized Communication.

Today, as we're breaking down the booth, saying goodbye to friends, and anticipating the long flights home, it's clear that the IBM i community is thriving. We are proud to be a part of it all, and are already planning for next spring's COMMON conference.


Linoma Renews IBM Advanced Business Partner Level

IBM Advanced Business PartnerAchieving and maintaining the IBM Advanced Business Partner level is completely based on product quality and customer satisfaction. IBM assigns their partner levels for ISV's (independent software vendors), like Linoma Software, on customer feedback.

Linoma Software actively produces five products that run natively on the IBM i (iSeries).

What is the benefit of Advanced Partnership? Quite simply, Advanced Partners have direct access to resources within IBM. Linoma Software has a direct connection to IBM support, labs and knowledge-base. The Advanced Partnership also provides Linoma Software the ability to test against upcoming software, like the recent i7.1 operating system for IBM i and p systems, before it is released to the public.

Linoma Software is a long-time IBM Advanced Business Partner and is well known for its dedication to high quality software, user-friendly applications, and outstanding technical support. With over 3000 satisfied business customers ranging from small business to Fortune 100, government entities and not-for-profit organizations - Linoma Software provides the same level of expertise to all.

"We work with thirty-plus vendors for all our 'Power System' related software, and no one has better technical support staff than Linoma Software. When I call other vendors, I anticipate multiple levels of call routing, and if I'm lucky the person may be able to research a solution. With Linoma's support team, it's always been the first person, and they've handled the issue with the feel of a practiced hand who recognized my problem and had a solution ready immediately."

Shaun Skelton - Berry Plastics

Linoma Earns Multiple Certifications

Linoma Software strives to meet the quality assurance that satisfies customers and certification partners. To obtain certifications, we vigorously test our secure managed file transfer solution on various enterprise operating systems to certify that our products are compatible with each vendor or provider.

Most recently, we received approval for the VMware Ready certification. It took strategic planning to run enough projects to add a load on the virtual servers running both GoAnywhere Director and GoAnywhere Services, but we prevailed and submitted successful test results to VMware.

We are pleased with our VMware Ready certification and would like to bring attention to the other designations we have earned.

IBM - GoAnywhere Director is tested and certified by the IBM Labs to run on any IBM System with Linux and to run on any Power System (p and i) with AIX, Linux, or i/OS. We are an IBM Advanced Business Partner and actively participate in software beta testing, like the recent i7.1 release.

Red Hat - Fedoras on the ready, GoAnywhere Director and GoAnywhere Services look sharp and perform flawlessly on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 and the upcoming 6.0. As a Red Hat ISV, we've participated in upgrade testing, beta testing and running on the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.

Microsoft - As a Microsoft Certified Partner we not only have access to the latest technical knowledge for Microsoft products, we have gone through 3rd party testing for our software and have proven that the GoAnywhere Director managed file transfer solution runs flawlessly across the entire current Windows family. Linoma Software is ranked highly among its install base for providing exceptional support and continues to test and develop for upcoming Microsoft technologies.

Linoma Software also maintains Professional ISV Partnerships with proven user groups, hardware, and software companies. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions about our various certifications.

Linoma Starts Off the Year with Several Product Releases

When things get hectic and life gets crazy, let's face it, we could all use a release. All puns aside, Linoma Software has been busy the past 5 months issuing several releases which provide our current and future clients the business edge they need in this ever changing market. Linoma released updates for Surveyor/400, Crypto Complete, GoAnywhere Services and last but not least GoAnywhere Director.

In February, Linoma released Surveyor/400 3.7. Surveyor/400 allows users to easily query and download data from IBM i to their desktops and network servers. Version 3.7 provides support for Excel 2007 with custom formatting options to create professional-looking spreadsheets. Surveyor/400 additionally supports earlier versions of Excel, as well as CSV, fixed width text, HTML and XML documents. Surveyor/400 conveniently provides over 20 IBM i tools in one application.

In addition to Surveyor/400, Linoma also released Crypto Complete 2.20 in February. The new release of Crypto Complete 2.20 incorporated tokenization. Tokenization should be considered when sensitive data is stored on multiple systems. Tokenization is the process of replacing sensitive data with unique identification numbers (e.g. tokens) and storing the original data on a central server in encrypted form. By centralizing sensitive data, tokenization helps to thwart hackers and minimize the scope of compliance audits such as PCI. Additionally, Crypto Complete 2.20 offers faster encryption for backups while eliminating the need for intermediate save files.

Let's fast-forward to June; Linoma released GoAnywhere Services 1.3.0. Version 1.3.0 adds enhanced security features with IP Filtering, Syslog feeds and additional Trigger actions, along with other updates and usability options. GoAnywhere Services is a secure file server that provides internal and external trading partners with a secure connection to your system for exchanging files within a fully managed and audited solution.

Also in June, Linoma released a new version of GoAnywhere Director. GoAnywhere Director 3.2.0 provides a connector for sending data using the AS2 version 1.2 standards. This includes support for multiple file attachments within a single AS2 message, synchronous MDN receipts and message integrity verification. AS2 messages can be sent over an SSL tunnel, making it a secure option for the transfer of sensitive data. Version 3.2.0 also includes Syslog server integration, advanced scheduling options, enhanced server certificate handling and FTP checksum validation options. GoAnywhere Director is a managed file transfer solution for the enterprise.

If you need any additional information about any of our product releases or if you need a solution and aren't sure what is the best product for your circumstance, give us a call. If we don't have the product your business needs, we can point you in the right direction.

It has been a great start to 2010 and we would like to say thanks to all of our clients for their continued support.

GoAnywhere Director Receives the "Ready for Power Systems" Validation

GoAnywhere Director, the proven Managed File Transfer solution from Linoma Software, adds another certification to its list this week with the receipt of the "Ready for Power Systems" validation from IBM. GoAnywhere Director was validated through testing by IBM to meet the criteria for applications that run on its Power Systems. The Ready for Power Systems validation demonstrates GoAnywhere Director runs on the i7, AIX, and Linux operating systems for IBM i and p servers.

Before receiving Ready for Power Systems validation, applications are tested to meet IBM's standards - integration with IBM system management software, system and processor energy use, role-based access and application security, application availability for HA, and its ability to run in virtualized environments.

Prior to this testing, GoAnywhere Director also earned the following designations from IBM:

  • Ready for IBM Systems with Linux (i, p, and z)
  • IBM DB2 Universal Database - Verified by IBM
  • IBM i Hardware - Verified by IBM
GoAnywhere Director is an innovative solution for automating data retrieval, translation, encryption, compression and distribution for the enterprise. With GoAnywhere's intuitive interface and comprehensive functionality including XML, you can easily streamline and secure the transfer of data with your customers, trading partners and enterprise servers.

GoAnywhere Director and GoAnywhere Services (a secure file server), are platform independent. They provide the same role-based audit logging, automation, secure managed file transfer, and XML translation on Linux (Red Hat, SUSE), Windows®, Mac OS X, and UNIX (Solaris, HP-UX).

Linoma Software is an IBM Advanced Business Partner.