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A HISTORY THAT IS WORTH REPEATING

Posted by on Monday, 29 September, 2014
Hoffman Building Ashland, NE 1957

Hoffman Building in Ashland, NE around 1957

Built in 1917, the Hoffman Building has contributed to the rich history of historic Ashland, Nebraska for nearly 100 years. Located between Omaha and Lincoln, the building stands sentry in the heart of downtown Ashland at the corner of 14th and Silver Street. The two story landmark is undergoing transformations to become the future home of Linoma Software‘s corporate headquarters.

A Little History:

West Entrance Hoffman Building Ashland NE

Original West Entrance to the Hoffman Building – Date Unknown (Source: Ashland Historical Society)

The present day Hoffman Building is a two story brick structure that was constructed to house a grocery and department store. The business, George Hoffman’s Co., was founded in 1884 by Oscar Hoffman at the age of 16 and was named for his father who had to sign his business documents until he was of age. In 1888, Oscar joined forces with his brother John and the business became Hoffman Brothers until 1908 when he went solo again and renamed the business, Oscar Hoffman, General Merchandise.

The business later relocated to it’s final home in the newly built Hoffman Building in 1917, during a time when the city of Ashland was experiencing a major building boom. Not only could one buy groceries at Hoffman’s, there was also a wide variety of dry goods including everything from shoes, bedding and curtains to golf gloves, yarn and toys.  A forward thinker, Oscar Hoffman often added to the store’s offerings and even provided delivery service. He ensured his new building would serve him well in the years to come by making sure it was outfitted with modern steam heat, electricity and a telephone, but he didn’t stop there.

Hoffman Auditorium Original Sign

Hoffman Auditorium Original Sign (Source: Ashland Historical Society)

In addition to Oscar Hoffman’s Store, the building’s second floor was home to the Hoffman Auditorium. A hub in the community, the auditorium was used for a myriad of community events including playing host to live plays, movies, dances, events and local celebrations. In times of crisis, the auditorium served the community well. When fire destroyed the original school building in 1919, high school classes were held there until the new building was completed. During World War II, sewing machines were brought in and the auditorium became a sterile environment for local women to stitch war-time bandages. Like the store, the auditorium space was considered to be state-of-the-art for its time with large dressing rooms, storage space, electric lights and a freight elevator to transport props and gear to the second floor. At the Hoffman Auditorium, Ashland residents were able to experience a variety of fine entertainment acts from performances by big names such as Tommy Dorsey to a traveling minstrel troupe and a tight-wire act.

Hoffman Building Ashland NE Circa 1919

Looking west on Silver Street – Circa 1919. The Hoffman Building is on the left with the “x” (Source: Ashland HIstorical Society)

The Hoffman Building has played a prominent role in the history and development of Ashland. Over the years, the Hoffman Store evolved to become primarily a grocery store until sometime in the 1980s when it finally closed its doors after decades of serving the Ashland community. Donco Tools occupied the building for a few years, along with a variety of other retail businesses including a flower shop, photography studio, café and The Brickhouse, a gym which currently occupies space on the lower level .

In December 2012, the building was purchased by new owners Bob and Christy Luebbe who announced plans to renovate the space for use as the corporate headquarters of their company, Linoma Software. “We love the downtown area and really wanted to stay here,” said Bob Luebbe, “The building was the right size for our rapidly growing company and I loved the history, the high ceilings and wide expanses. It just spoke to being a great collaborative space for a technology company like Linoma Software”.

Then and Now:

Hoffman Building 2012 (Source: Ashland Historical Society)

Hoffman Building 2012 (Source: Ashland Historical Society)

The Hoffman Building has shown considerable wear and tear over the years, withstanding a pigeon infestation in the 1990s, surviving roof damage, broken windows and multiple water leaks. Despite its age and variety of owners and occupants, many of the original features have remained surprisingly intact. Because of the beauty and character of the building’s original features, the Luebbes pledged to be diligent about preserving as much as possible during the renovation process. With the building pursuant to the National Register of Historic Places, the restoration plan is following their guidelines for historic preservation. Restoring and retaining the original pressed tin ceilings, surviving light fixtures, period trim and original stage backdrops from the 1920s — along with refinishing the solid maple floors — requires a lot of work and patience but, according to Luebbe, it will be well worth the effort.

“The state historical committee has been flexible in allowing for us to make it into a useable space while preserving as much history as possible. There are items like central heat and air that we need in a business space but, in order to remain compliant with electrical, fire and safety codes, some of these modernizations and updates required adjustments in certain areas of the building. The historical committee understands this and has been great to work with in identifying workable solutions.”

Hoffman Building - Original Stage Painted Backdrop (currently undergoing restoration)

Hoffman Building Stage Backdrop

Restoration efforts are currently in progress and have included aforementioned overhauls of the electrical and HVAC systems along with a new elevator and brand new staircases. The first floor will house a large conference and training facility. The second floor will consist of a lobby and reception area, offices and collaborative space along with a kitchen and recreational area for employees. The building is slated for completion in early 2015.

Hoffman Auditorium Stairwell

Original stairwell that provided street access to the ticket booth, cloak room and auditorium.

Celebrating 20 years in business, Linoma Software provides secure managed file transfer solutions for thousands of customers worldwide with their GoAnywhere suite of products and IBM i software. “It’s an exciting time for us,” says Luebbe “We have experienced rapid growth in recent years which facilitated the need for a larger space. The Hoffman Building couldn’t be more perfect for us.” Named one of the Fastest Growing Companies in Nebraska by Inc 5000 for the past two years, it’s easy to see how the company might require more space for their staff. Luebbe says that everyone is excited about the move and looking forward to working in the historically significant building.

While new construction might be faster and easier, Bob Luebbe was determined to see the Hoffman building restored, “It’s a beautiful building with a rich history that we found to be fascinating. Our goal has been to preserve the history of the building for future generations but also make it into a functional space for Linoma Software. While the process of renovating a historical building takes a lot of time and patience, we are hoping that the end result can be appreciated for another hundred years or more.”

[To learn more about the history of the building, please visit the Ashland Historical Society's page on the Hoffman Building.]

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.

 

BeyondFTPsessionQRAre You Using Standard FTP or PC Tools to Transmit?
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.

Webinar:
Time to modernize your RPG code

Posted by on Wednesday, 15 January, 2014

If you’re an RPG programmer, you probably already know that the IBM i V7R1 Technology Refresh now supports free form syntax for H, F, D and P specs, as well as C specs.

Now that you’re no longer restricted to those traditional columns, you may be considering updating your code.

RPG Toolbox 5.0 WebinarFortunately, Linoma Software has just released version 5.0 of RPG Toolbox™ to help you do just that — modernize your RPG source code automatically using the new RDi plugin.

RPG Toolbox has been a popular tool for developers ever since the first release of free form RPG in V5R1.  Millions of lines of legacy RPG source code have been successfully converted by Linoma Software customers using this software.

Now that we’ve added the RDi plugin, programmers can convert entire members or just selected blocks of source code.  They can also indent their nested free form logic to make the code easier to read and maintain.

If you’d like to see RPG Toolbox in action, watch this webinar on demand where we’ll be demonstrating how easily RPG Toolbox converts traditional source code into totally free form syntax.  Users can modernize their RPG code using the RDi plugin or use commands to convert from PDM or SEU.

To learn more about the RPG Toolbox release, you can read the official announcement or visit the product page.

Free 30-day trials are available at the Linoma Software website, or you can purchase the software online.

 

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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In Celebration of Computer Programmers

Posted by on Thursday, 12 December, 2013

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.

 

Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips is a technology blogger and social media expert. With a focus on the data security and the IBM i market, she has over 10 years of experience writing for publications on technology solutions.

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