As part of our acquisition of MessageWay Solutions I had the chance to sit down and talk with Architect Bob Cheal. One of the things I didn’t expect to hear over dinner was our common roots in technology from Burroughs, a key mainframe middleware player in the late 1980s and 1990s, and technology through which much early EDI traffic flowed.
Standard Networks, the company I was acquired into Ipswitch with, got its start developing front-end processors (FEPs) to handle heavy transaction loads to Unisys mainframes and its (often) banking applications. MessageWay Solutions, our newest acquisition, also had FEP roots in the HP (aka Tandem) NonStop systems. Both companies’ technical experience in those markets drew directly from Burroughs and its focus on high uptime, accuracy and throughput.
From there Standard Networks’ MOVEit brand specialized in data transmission security, working its way into Fortune 50 enterprise deployments by providing solid answers to security and regulatory challenges. MessageWay Solutions specialized in high volume/high performance B2B communications and data translation supporting a wide array of data formats in the banking, healthcare and supply chain markets, working its way into Fortune 50 enterprise deployments by providing solid answers to governance challenges around file lifecycle and performance challenges on open platforms.
With acquisitions of both companies now complete, Ipswitch now has a potent combination of technologies and high-volume, mission-critical experience whose institutional memory stretches back to the 1980′s and beyond. As our product portfolio evolves, we will be combining these capabilities to provide new and innovative solutions to our existing customers and to the MFT market place, as well as accelerating the development of certain core components that will extend our existing product capabilities to meet the ever changing needs of our customers.
Stay tuned and in touch with your account representatives for more information on this front, or to find out how our recent acquisition of MessageWay can help address your EDI, transformation or multi-platform challenges today.
Jonathan Lampe is VP, Product Management, of Ipswitch File Transfer. He developed the first editions of the MOVEit managed file transfer software and continues to guide the File Transfer division as it continues to pursue its mission of moving your most valuable data. He holds a computer science degree and an operations degree from Northern Illinois University, an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and two security certifications: ISC2's CISSP and SANS' System and Network Auditor.