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Linoma Software celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

Posted by on Monday, 17 November, 2014

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.

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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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How to keep your IBM i data and file transfers secure while maintaining compliance

Posted by on Wednesday, 30 April, 2014

IBM i It seems commonplace to hear about data or security breaches on the news these days. With the threat of steep fines and loss of trust in your brand, the impact a breach can have on a business of any size could be devastating. If your organization utilizes IBM i systems for transferring files and sensitive data, you need to understand the risks involved and know how to proactively reduce those risks.

At the COMMON 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Florida, Linoma Software’s Bob Luebbe and Ron Byrd will be presenting two sessions targeting IBM i data encryption issues and how you can protect yourself.

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Is Your Sensitive Data Secure? Are You Compliant?
If you are responsible for the security of your organization’s sensitive data (credit card numbers, social security numbers, etc.) and maintaining compliance with IBM i 7.1, you can’t afford to miss this afternoon session.  Bob Luebbe and Ron Byrd will explore Encryption with DB2 Field Procedures in V7R1. You will learn how the new DB2 Field Procedures in IBM i 7.1 can be used to provide transparent database column (field) encryption along with useful tips and techniques you can apply in the workplace.

Encryption with DB2 Field Procedures in V7R1
When: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 •  2:00pm – 3:15pm
Where: Pacifica Ballroom 5 – Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Scan the QR code above to add this event to your calendar.

 

Using FTP for transmitting data can get the job done but what are the security risks? If you understand the pros and cons of secure protocols, using keys and certificates and the ins and outs of dual factor authentication, you can reduce company risk and secure files transmitted with IBM i systems.

 

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If You Are, Your Sensitive Data Is At Risk.
Your sensitive data is at risk of being exposed if you use standard FTP or PC tools to transmit data to or from the IBM i. Don’t miss Beyond FTP: Securing File Transfers. In this information packed 75 minute session,  Bob Luebbe and Ron Byrd will show how to use certificates and keys to authenticate trade partners. Plus, learn about popular encryption methods including OpenPGP, SFTP, FTPS, HTTPS, and ZIP/AES to keep your data safe.

 

Beyond FTP: Securing File Transfers
When: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 •  5:00pm – 6:15pm
Where: Pacifica Ballroom 9 – Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Scan the QR code above to add this event to your calendar.

 

Even if you can’t make it to the sessions,  we hope you’ll stop by the Common 2014 Exposition on May 5th and 6th and visit with the Linoma Software team in booth 405. Our team is ready to answer your questions about keeping your file transfers secure on the IBM i with our software solutions. We have a limited number of Expo passes we’d be happy to share. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at 800-949-4696 and mention this article or send us a tweet on twitter @LinomaSoftware.

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

Posted by on Friday, 28 March, 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.

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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).

Justin Phipps

Justin is the Marketing Manager at Linoma Software, helping promote our secure file transfer and encryption solutions.

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DB2 Field Encryption Has Been Simplified

Posted by on Wednesday, 5 June, 2013

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!

Susan Baird

Susan is the Marketing Manager at Linoma Software, helping promote our secure file transfer and encryption solutions. Her specialty is content creation and social media marketing, and you can find out more about her by viewing her LinkedIn profile.

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