Linoma Software Makes a Historic Move

Thursday, April 16, 2015 Posted by

Linoma Software new office

The support of our customers over the last 20 years has allowed Linoma Software to see unprecedented growth and led to several major milestones in 2015. In addition to the release of our GoDrive EFSS solution, Linoma Software moved into our newly renovated corporate headquarters.

This nearly 100-year-old building serves as a historic cornerstone in the community. Over the last two years, great care was taken in the documentation and preservation of the original structure through the process of creating a space with modern amenities while maintaining the historic character.  The large open space takes advantage of ample natural lighting to accentuate the pressed tin ceiling and refinished wood flooring.

You can read more on the history of the Hoffman Building by reading our previous post, “A History That’s Worth Repeating“.

We are delighted to have our local employees under one roof in this high tech office.  The building also gave us the space to add a 24-seat training room.  This wonderful mix of old and new creates a uniquely energetic and collaborative space.

The new address for Linoma Software is as follows, so please update your records.  Our phone numbers have not changed.

Linoma Software
103 S 14th St
Ashland, NE 68003

Southeast Community College Students Tour Linoma Software’s New Offices

Monday, March 16, 2015 Posted by

Linoma Software was delighted to host a group of Computer Programming students from Southeast Community College (SCC).  On March 13th, a total of 16 students and 4 instructors met with the Linoma Software team and took a tour of our new corporate headquarters.

Southeast Community College - student group

The morning started with introductions and a company overview by Steve Luebbe, software development manager.  “I enjoy supporting SCC,” says Steve.  “They have helped us find amazing talent for our development team.”

Southeast Community College - Steve Luebbe

Steve is a graduate of SCC and has served as an advisor over the past ten years to help the program stay current with technology trends.  In 2014, Steve participated in a recruiting commercial as part of his participation in the school’s student mentoring program.

Southeast Community College - training roomSoutheast Community College - Chris SpargenFollowing opening remarks, students toured the office and spoke with representatives from the different departments.  “This is a great opportunity to let the students experience all aspects of a software company,” said Steve.

The visit finished with a presentation on the development lifecycle at Linoma Software and ended in a Q&A session.

“We’ve hired three SCC graduates in recent years and they’ve proven to be a tremendous boost to our development team,” remarked Steve.  “I want to showcase the exciting work being done at Linoma Software so we can continue to attract top notch talent from this program.”

Linoma Software celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

Monday, November 17, 2014 Posted by

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.

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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Monday, September 29, 2014 Posted by
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.]

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