New web interface for IBM i performance management solution makes it easier to keep a continuous eye on performance

SUPERMON® for iSeries provides an at-a-glance view of IBM i system health for remote and mobile users

PETERBOROUGH, NH – July 27, 2017 – The new web interface for SUPERMON for iSeries, the IBM i performance management solution from SoftLanding® Systems, a division of UNICOM® Global, provides an easy, convenient way for companies to keep a watchful eye over the performance of their entire network of IBM i systems.

The SUPERMON for iSeries web interface displays real-time metrics for multiple IBM i systems in an interactive performance dashboard, as Jim Fisher, SoftLanding Operations Manager, explains:

“The new web front end gives technicians an easy way to stay in touch with how the system is performing when they are working remotely, or are on the move. No matter where they are, users can view charts and graphs of performance right across the network and be alerted to potential problems before they escalate.

“This high-level graphical view is also ideal for companies who rely on non-IBM i technicians to monitor overall system health. Performance status is displayed using green, amber and red colors, so it’s easy to see if all is well or if there’s an issue that needs handing over to IBM i specialists for further investigation.”

The new web interface tracks a range of important metrics related to CPU, disk and memory usage and efficiency, as well as transaction response times and batch throughput. Alerts are displayed when important thresholds are close to being breached and users can personalize their own sessions, for example by choosing to view data as charts, bars or ‘traffic lights’, or by embellishing charts with additional information.

The development follows UNICOM Global’s announcement of its new Universal Gateway (UniGW®) management dashboard in May and is further evidence of the company’s commitment to making performance information more meaningful and accessible, according to Russ Guzzo, UNICOM’s VP of Sales:

“It’s important to put performance data into a business context and provide the right level of information for the right users, so they can make informed decisions. Our dashboard approach cuts out complexity and reduces the need for specialist knowledge while still allowing expert users to go deep into the detail when they need to.”

The web interface is available to all SUPERMON for iSeries customers with a current license.

SUPERMON for iSeries provides real-time performance monitoring and control of IBM i servers from a central point of control. The software enables performance issues to be pinpointed before they become critical; resources to be utilized more effectively; and costly capacity upgrades to be deferred for longer.

SoftLanding’s IBM i products and solutions are commercially available through UNICOM Global’s UNICOM Systems and Macro 4 divisions. For additional product information please visit the SoftLanding website.

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About SoftLanding® Systems www.softlanding.com
SoftLanding, a division of UNICOM® Global, specializes in software solutions for the IBM i and Power Systems platform.

SoftLanding’s application lifecycle management solution helps IT teams to deploy software changes faster, with less effort, and eliminates errors throughout the entire development process.

The company’s enterprise content management solution releases the power of digital communications through web, mobile and email channels, without changes to existing IT systems and applications.

SoftLanding’s automated operations and performance management solutions keep core business systems running at optimum levels and prevent unplanned application downtime. The company’s menu management solutions offer easy access to corporate business applications running on IBM i.

About UNICOM® Global www.unicomglobal.com
UNICOM Global consists of more than forty (40) corporate entities encompassing a wide range of businesses across all geographic regions. With its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California, to offices in Illinois, Kentucky, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Virginia, throughout EMEA in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland and the UAE, and across Asia/Pacific with locations in Japan, China, India, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and the Philippines. UNICOM Global offers deep in-house resources and flexible IT solutions to partners worldwide, and is continually focused on acquiring and integrating mature and growing mid-cap NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange AIM and German publically-traded companies in technology, financing, IT, real estate, and business services. Visit UNICOM’s websites for additional information about the services, products and solutions that the Company offers:

unicomglobal.com UNICOM Global – Parent organization for all UNICOM entities
unicomsi.com UNICOM Systems – Enterprise Automation and Performance Solutions
unicomgov.com UNICOM Government (formerly NASDAQ: GTSI) – Government IT solutions
unicomengineering.com UNICOM Engineering (formerly NASDAQ: NEI) – Purpose-built appliance platforms
unicom.org UNICOM Science and Technology Parks
unicom-capital.com UNICOM Capital – Business and Financial Services
solidDB.com solidDB – In-memory relational database management system
usrobotics.com USRobotics.com – Portal for IoT, Cloud Computing and Communications Divisions
memeo.com Memeo – Enterprise-grade Secure File Sharing for the Cloud
firetide.com Firetide – Safety and Security Solutions through wireless products
detec.com DETEC – Document composition products
softlanding.com SoftLanding Systems – IBM i and Power platform software products
macro4.com Macro 4 (formerly LONDON: MAO) – Document and Application Management
illustro.com illustro – Modernization enabling software solutions
iet-solutions.com iET Solutions – ITIL ITSM software solutions
eden.com Eden – Portal for Business and Financial Services, Real Estate and Financing
cics.com CICS.com – Portal for UNICOM’s Enterprise Software Divisions

All trademarks referenced herein are trademarks of their respective companies.

Media Contact:
Uday Radia
CloudNine PR
+44 (0)7940 584161
uradia@cloudninepr.com

New SQL Monitor release extends insights into VMware performance

Cambridge UK, Tuesday 25 July – To improve the experience of running SQL Server inside virtual machines, Redgate Software has added support for VMware to version 7.1 of its popular SQL Server monitoring tool, SQL Monitor. Users can now quickly – and easily – identify if performance concerns are being caused by an issue within SQL Server or VMware.

While monitoring the performance of SQL Server can be achieved using custom scripts, the growing complexity of SQL Server estates is increasing the requirement for tools like SQL Monitor. As well as reducing daily checks from hours to minutes, with a web-based overview that updates every 15 seconds, it addresses the changing nature of the way SQL Server is being used.

The need for the VMware feature, for example, has emerged as the practice of using virtual machines grows. Once a risk-prone exercise, the advantages it offers, such as more effective load distribution, flexible provisioning, and the availability of additional tiers of redundancy, has made it commonplace.

But while the VMware platform offers benefits for SQL Server users, it also presents challenges. With other virtual machines running on the same host, each SQL Server instance now contends for the CPU, memory, network and physical I/O subsystem.

The result? Performance issues can be caused by problems with VMware rather than SQL Server, and tracking down those issues adds to the burden of administering a SQL Server estate, particularly if there are multiple instances.

The new version of SQL Monitor automatically detects any SQL Server instances running on virtual machines and presents VMware- related performance data in the Server Overview page.

“Behind the scenes, we’ve spent a lot of time developing really valuable VMware metrics,” says Mark Champion, Redgate Product Marketing Manager. “But the real key to their usability is how users access the information. Rather than having to hunt for them, the overview is presented through a constantly updated graphical interface. It’s immediately apparent whether a problem is down to SQL Server or VMware, and the problem can be investigated further through an analysis page.”

The metrics for monitoring VMware include times when the CPU of a virtual machine is under-provisioned, where VMware is trying to reclaim memory, or when the physical host is under load. When issues like this arise, users can see in seconds the real cause of a drop in performance and, importantly, know what they need to do to resolve it.

The development team at Redgate is now working on other features that have been requested by users like the ability to configure and filter alerts so that, over time, SQL Monitor can be trained to know which alerts are the most important to individual users.

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For further information, please contact:
Mark Champion, Product Marketing Manager, Redgate Software
Mark.Champion@red-gate.com

Matt Hilbert, Technology Writer, Redgate Software
Matt.Hilbert@red-gate.com
+44 (0) 7564 778274

About Redgate Software
Redgate makes ingeniously simple software used by over 800,000 IT professionals and is the leading Microsoft SQL Server tools vendor. Redgate’s philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems developers and DBAs face every day, and help them to adopt database DevOps. As a result, more than 100,000 companies use products in the Redgate SQL Toolbelt, including 91% of those in the Fortune 100.

TEOCO to acquire CETECOM’s Mobile Communications Testing Services business in America

Transaction will extend existing test service portfolio, and become the only device testing lab serving all four major US carriers

FAIRFAX, VA., USA – 11 July 2017 – TEOCO, the leading provider of analytics, assurance and optimization solutions to over 300 CSPs and OEMs worldwide, today announces that it has agreed a deal to acquire CETECOM’s Mobile Communications Testing Services (CTS MC) subsidiary in the US. The transaction will herald the start of a deeper partnership between TEOCO and CETECOM that will deliver deep, broad, and unrivalled testing services to carriers and OEMs globally. The deal will have particular significance in the region, where TEOCO will stand alone as the only device testing laboratory supporting all four major US carriers.

By capturing the North American part of CETECOM’s Mobile Communications Testing Services subsidiary, handled within CTS MC Inc., TEOCO will extend its already extensive set of innovative and cutting-edge testing solutions and services. The deal allows TEOCO to expand its market-leading portfolio of test platforms, tools and test methods. It will combine both companies’ strengths and global presence to serve a broad range of customers with varying conformance and carrier acceptance requirements across mobile and IoT products.

“This transaction underlines our strategic commitment to delivering the most sought-after device and IoT testing capabilities anywhere in the world,” says Hemant Minocha, EVP and General Manager, TEOCO. “By combining our technology, expertise and approach, we’re convinced that our closer collaboration with CETECOM will preserve our status as a significant global player in the testing services market.”

Co-located with CETECOM in Milpitas, CA, the TEOCO subsidiary will retain CETECOM CTS MC’s staff, processes, quality management and supporting systems and bring under one umbrella one of the largest portfolio of services and solutions for this market.

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About TEOCO
TEOCO is a leading provider of analytics, assurance and optimization solutions to over 300 communication service providers (CSPs) and OEMs worldwide. Our solutions enable the digital transformation of CSPs while enhancing their network QoS, improving their customer experience and reducing their operational costs.

Through advanced analytics, TEOCO solutions provide actionable and measureable insights into network and customer behavior. This includes the optimization, effective monetization, and delivery of new and existing services, such as VoLTE and ViLTE. TEOCO’s leading mobile communication test service portfolio also delivers unrivalled device and IoT testing capabilities to carriers and OEMS globally.

Our commitment to network flexibility and agility makes TEOCO the obvious choice for CSPs looking to leverage NFV/SDN and the rise of 5G, and to maximize the revenue potential of new opportunities tied to the Internet of Things (IoT).

For more information, visit www.teoco.com

About CETECOM
For over twenty years, CETECOM has been renowned as an independent provider for test and certification services. With test labs in Europe, North America and Asia, CETECOM provides consulting, testing and certification for wireless technologies such as Cellular, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID, NFC, WPT and Radar. We furthermore perform a wide range of testing in the areas of EMC, Radio, OTA, SAR, field trials, electrical safety and acoustics.

For more information, visit www.cetecom.com

TEOCO media contact:
Niki Hutchinson/Sarah Walker
CCgroup
T: +44 (0) 203 818 7193 / +44 (0) 118 920 7650
E: teoco@ccgrouppr.com

Flexera CEO Jim Ryan to Discuss Software Asset Management & the Dysfunctional Software Supply Chain at Microsoft Inspire

Ryan to Discuss Flexera’s Vision of Restoring Trust and Transparency by Reimagining how Software is Bought, Sold, Managed and Secured

Maidenhead, U.K. – July 10, 2017 – Flexera CEO, Jim Ryan, will be a featured speaker at Microsoft Inspire, Microsoft’s annual partner event. Ryan will discuss the dysfunctional software supply chain, and how Flexera is restoring trust and transparency by reimagining how software is bought, sold, managed and secured.

“The software supply chain is fundamentally dysfunctional. Software buyers simply have no easy way to understand how much software they need, how much they’re using, whether they’re in compliance with their contracts, and how much they owe their vendors. This creates tremendous risk and waste that wouldn’t be acceptable in any other industry,” said Ryan. “But in the software industry, it’s commonplace. Dysfunction generates distrust and animosity between companies and their software vendors. It’s not healthy, and it doesn’t have to be that way.”

Ryan is co-presenting at a session called “SAM Done Right is a Strategic Advantage,” being held on Wednesday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 204BC/WEWCC, Level 200, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. He will discuss the software supply chain’s current dysfunctional state, and steps Flexera is taking to restore trust and transparency.

Ryan’s presentation will offer a more strategic vision of SAM, and how Flexera uniquely works with both the software suppliers and software buyers to bridge the gulf that often divides them. “By providing a universal ‘meter’ that makes it easy for both software vendors and their customers to see what’s been purchased, what’s been used and what is owed, we can help them move beyond divisive topics like software compliance, software audits and true-ups,” said Ryan. “Our vision is to provide trust and transparency needed in the supply chain so they can instead focus their relationship on value – like ‘How can we leverage our SAM efforts to protect our company from software vulnerability security risks.’”

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About Flexera Software
Flexera Software’s business sits at the nexus between the world’s software producers and buyers – repairing the broken software supply chain, which is the most dysfunctional supply chain in all of business today. That dysfunction manifests as risk and cost – to both the producers of software and the enterprises that buy software – as they solve the complex, time consuming, and expensive problems of ensuring licensing compliance and security from vulnerabilities. Our software licensing, compliance, cybersecurity and installation solutions are essential to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimized software investments, and to future-proof businesses against the risks and costs of constantly changing technology. A marketplace leader for more than 25 years, 80,000+ customers turn to Flexera Software as a trusted and neutral source of knowledge and expertise, and for the automation and intelligence designed into our products. For more information, please go to: https://www.flexerasoftware.com.

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Hampleton Partners Advises the UK Founders of NMi Metrology & Gaming Ltd in the Sale to GLI Group

London 06 July, 2017 – Hampleton Partners, an international mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisory firm for technology companies, has advised the UK founders of Bangor, Wales-based NMi Metrology and Gaming Ltd in the sale to New Jersey-based GLI Group (GLI).

NMi Metrology & Gaming is a market leading compliance testing and auditing laboratory in the fields of gaming and IT security whilst GLI delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and assessment services with laboratory locations on six continents.

Andrew Rosewarne, director, NMi Metrology & Gaming says: “At NMi, we had a clear idea of our strategic and personal priorities in a transaction. Hampleton Partners helped manage the process smoothly from start to finish, leading to a transaction with the perfect partner. It was a pleasure working with them.”

“We are delighted to have advised on this transaction,” said Miro Parizek, Principal Partner at Hampleton. “This is yet another great example of Hampleton’s dedicated expertise and how we apply proven experience to execute an optimal transaction in a complex, regulated technology-based industries.”

The engagement was led by Hampleton director, Jonathan Simnett, using a proven methodical, structured and open approach to M&A that creates multiple options leading to the most rewarding transactions.

About Hampleton Partners
Hampleton Partners is an international technology M&A advisory firm headquartered in London with an office in San Francisco, as well as local professionals in Germany, Scandinavia and Asia. Hampleton’s experienced team have managed over €1 billion worth of transactions. The firm is focused on and serves owners of companies in Digital Marketing, E-Commerce, Financial Technology, Internet of Things, Enterprise Software, IT Services, SaaS and Cloud and Automotive Technology. For more information, visit www.hampletonpartners.com

About NMi Metrology and Gaming
As the market- leading compliance testing and auditing laboratory in the fields of gaming and IT security, NMi Metrology and Gaming is committed to being first to market in emerging jurisdictions, whilst maintaining accreditations in all existing regulated jurisdictions. Its services include online game testing, land based game testing, business security and auditing services, and lottery certification with more than 250 active customers in the gaming sector. With over 40 years of experience in the gaming industry the company offers an established infrastructure worldwide with labs in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Canada, and key representatives globally. For more information, visit www.nmi-gaming.com

About GLI Group
GLI Group delivers the highest quality land-based, lottery and iGaming testing and assessment services. GLI’s laboratory locations are found on six continents, and the company holds U.S. and international accreditations for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, 17020, and 17065 standards for technical competence in the gaming, wagering and lottery industries. For more information, visit www.gaminglabs.com

Contact
Andrea Deutschmanek
andrea@hampletonpartners.com
Telephone: +44 203 728 6915
Mobile: +44 7917 464 366

ElasTest: a cloud-based testing service platform for testing complex distributed large software systems

The ElasTest project, with an € 5M of EU funding under the Research and Innovation action from the Horizon 2020 program kicked-off in January 2017. Partners from academia, research institutions and IT companies are working together with the overall aim to offer an elastic platform for testing complex distributed large software systems to help end-to-end testing.

The goal of the ElasTest project is to increase software quality by reducing the complexity of software testing on large distributed systems in the Cloud. The project aims to reduce the time-to-market of software projects, increasing the quality of the resulting software product, reducing the possibility of failures and improving the perception of the software both by the end user and the developers who can perform more complex tests in less time.

ElasTest project aims at offering a flexible open source testing platform for rapid and accurate end-to-end testing to significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the testing process and the overall quality of large software systems. The demand for larger and more interconnected software systems is constantly increasing, but the ability of developers to satisfy it is not evolving accordingly.

Discovering the design defects in any software, is equally difficult, for the same reason of complexity and in fact the most limiting factor is the software validation, which typically requires very costly and complex testing processes to ensure the software is free of errors.

Therefore, to overcome these limitations, the platform will operate in different environments and will be tested on both: development and in production systems. In doing so, ElasTest will offer a flexible open source testing platform aimed to simplify the end-to-end testing processes for different types of applications, including web, mobile, real-time video communications, and Internet-of-Things.

As it will provide advance testing capabilities aimed to increase the scalability, robustness, security and quality of experience of large distributed systems. All in one, ElasTest will make any software development team capable of delivering software faster and with fewer defects. For those companies that have enormous testing groups there’s a need to increase the quality provided without increasing costs and execution time, the ElasTest service will imply to simplify their current testing process of complex distributed large software systems.

The ElasTest cloud platform will be released as Free Open Source Software and will create a Community of users and contributors who can help us in our endeavor for transforming ElasTest into a worldwide reference in the area of large software systems testing and guaranteeing the long term platform sustainability.

To overcome these challenges mentioned before, ElasTest will develop two innovative and unique technologies: an instrumentalized browser service and a system for tests orchestration that allows increasing the reusability of tests.

The coordinator, Patxi Gortázar from the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain, says:
“The motivation behind ElasTest is the huge effort needed to build end-to-end tests for large distributed applications under real conditions. We want to reduce this effort and provide new tools to aid developers and testers by building a tool that is specifically focused on end-to-end testing. We are going to leverage the partner’s testing experience in areas like telecommunication networks, real-time video processing, Internet of Things, or Web and Mobile development to build something that will ease the testing process for complex applications.”

ElasTest Consortium – The project is led by the Spanish University Rey Juan Carlos and involves the Technische Universität Berlin, the research Centre Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Fraunhofer FOKUS. It counts with the participation of different institutions from industrial domain such as Atos Spain, IBM, IMDEA Software Institute, NAEVATEC and RELATIONAL SA.

The project belongs to Horizon 2020 program, within the ICT-10 “Software Technologies” topic.

For more information on ElasTest contact the coordinator Patxi Gortázar francisco.gortazar@urjc.es

Visit our project website http://elastest.eu/ & our community website http://elastest.io/

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