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Tandemworld Newsletter for December 2007


Season’s Greetings from the PROGNOSIS team!

Ross Systems International FINFO Version 1.4 Expiry Notice

Ross Systems International FINFO Distribution Version 2.0

Ban Bottlenecks® Achieves Milestone

Modernize your systems with XML – quickly and easily! XML and its benefits


Availability Digest Explores Active/Active Payment Authorization Service

December 2007 - Financial Strategy for Trade-In and Migration to Non-Stop Integrity

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PROGNOSIS announces significant new releases across its performance monitoring software suite

The PROGNOSIS team wishes you and your family all the best for the holiday season and a safe and prosperous 2008

Sydney, Australia, December 10, 2007 – Integrated Research (ASX: IRI), developers of PROGNOSIS performance monitoring software, today announced the release of PROGNOSIS 9.1 for IT Infrastructure, PROGNOSIS 9.1 for ATM/POS and PROGNOSIS 9.5 for IP Telephony, which delivers significant new functionality across its suite of software products.

“This is one of the most extensive simultaneous releases of new functionality and products in our company’s history.” said Mark Brayan, Chief Executive Officer for Integrated Research. “This release is the culmination of 60 person-year’s work and adds significant new capabilities and enhancements in the areas of business-critical server and application management.”

These releases expand the breadth of scope, depth of functionality and usability of the company’s systems and application management products. The new functionality continues to build on Integrated Research’s innovation model, which allows the company to extend its common software architecture to address an ever-expanding range of market requirements.

Key features in these new releases include:

PROGNOSIS 9.1 for IT Infrastructure

Performance management for virtualized server environments: Introduces the new PROGNOSIS Virtualization Manager, which is designed to address the increased trend of large organizations moving toward virtualized server environments and the specific challenges of managing this technology.

New technology support: Includes support for updated middleware and operating systems across supported Windows, UNIX, Linux and HP NonStop computing platforms.

HP NonStop server management enhancements: Includes customer-driven enhancements and usability improvements across the existing HP NonStop product line.


Broadened platform support for ATM and POS networks: Offers expanded coverage to support EFD Connex transaction environments. Introduces a new framework to facilitate rapid future integration with other transaction processing systems from multiple vendors or in-house developed applications. Also includes substantial user enhancements across the existing product range.

PROGNOSIS 9.5 for IP Telephony:

Support for latest Cisco and Avaya offerings: Offers expanded coverage to support the latest appliance-based Cisco Unified Communications Manager platforms. Also provides extended functionality and usability enhancements across all supported Cisco and Avaya IP telephony environments.

Extended management reporting capabilities: Includes significant improvements and new platform support for Cisco and Avaya IP telephony environments.

These releases also include many core architectural improvements across all products, including an expanded ability to integrate with other management tools and an improved toolkit for specialized data collection.

Brayan concludes, “We recognize that world-class software evolves from a combination of customer feedback, enhanced technology and emerging trends in the market place. These new releases of PROGNOSIS incorporate all of these elements and users can expect to see immediate benefits.”

PROGNOSIS software is used by many of the world’s largest organizations to monitor and optimize the performance of their most critical computing systems, including automated teller machine (ATM) and point of sale (POS) networks, critical server and application infrastructure spanning Windows, UNIX, Linux and HP NonStop computing platforms, and large scale Cisco and Avaya IP telephony environments.

PROGNOSIS is chosen for its ease of installation and ready integration into an organization’s existing management framework; its ability to be tailored for unique organizational requirements; its scalability in large sites and ultimately for its unique depth of real-time and historical system metrics.

To learn more or organize a demonstration of this exciting new technology….

Contact Craig Porter at PROGNOSIS Europe by Email  or by phone on +44 1344 894 209


Belinda York Vice President Global Marketing

 +61 (2) 9921 1565 or Email

Ross Systems International FINFO Version 1.4 Expiry Notice

Ross Systems International, would like to remind all users of the trial version of FINFO, Version 1.4, that the license expires on 31 December 2007.

If you would like to continue to use FINFO, Guardian file information display utility you will need to buy a license for each machine you want to use it on.

Prices and terms and conditions for the distribution version of FINFO (Version 2.0), can be found on as well as other technical information.

Alternatively you can contact Rupert Stanley of Ross Systems International at or call +44-1206-392923 for additional information or to order .

Finally, please note, it will take several days to complete the ordering process, so if you relying on FINFO you may find that there is a period when it is not available if you leave ordering until the last minute.


Ross Systems International FINFO Distribution Version 2.0

Ross Systems International, would like to remind FINFO users that:

As from 1st January 2008 the trial version (1.4) will cease to operate

The fully licensed Version is FINFO 2.0

Users will need to buy for each machine on which FINFO is to be used.

FINFO is a utility to be used on HP NonStop ™ Systems to display Guardian file information. The file information can be selected by a number of criteria, it is then sorted on a specified key and displayed in one of a number of formats. User Totals showing file usage are also displayed at the end of each subvolume, volume and system displays.

FINFO V2.0 enhances the functionality of V1.4 by adding the capability of exporting file information to a spreadsheet using a semi-colon separator (;) between the columns, and adding column headings. The file can then be transferred to a PC and imported into a spreadsheet package for later analysis. All possible fields which can be generated by FINFO are included for display in the spreadsheet. User and other totals are suppressed. It is invoked by using the –X parameter.

Prices and terms and conditions for the distribution version of FINFO (Version 2.0), can be found on as well as other technical information.

Alternatively you can contact Rupert Stanley of Ross Systems International at or call +44-1206-392923 for additional information or to order .

Finally, please note, it will take several days to complete the ordering process, so if you relying on FINFO you may find that there is a period when it is not available if you leave ordering too late.


Ban Bottlenecks® Achieves Milestone

With the addition of a Middle East financial switch and a US telephony network to its list of clients, Transaction Design’s Ban Bottlenecks performance/capacity audit service now counts over 175 computer systems under contract. 

Ban Bottlenecks, a low-overhead, connection-less service, provides companies large and small with comprehensive, forward-looking analysis of the capacity and performance of their systems.  Ban Bottlenecks integration of application (business) statistics into its reports and analysis completes the ITIL-style process of capture, analysis, and discussion required for non-reactive capacity and system management.

“Large and small organizations come to us for our people-based analysis of their systems.  Both types of organizations can bury themselves in data, and without making the time to understand and analyze that data, they end up with little usable information.  Ban Bottlenecks draws on 17 years of experience on providing our clients with accessible, understandable, and actionable information.”  Jon Schmidt, founder and president.

Ban Bottlenecks

Transaction Design, Inc.


Modernize your systems with XML – quickly and easily!XML and its benefits

Data exchange between different platforms, e.g. HP Nonstop and other mainframes, is complex requiring significant knowledge and investment.

As vendors have tried to further protect their intellectual property with proprietary data formats the challenge of exchanging data in a heterogeneous computing environment involving a variety of platforms has been growing over the years.

This issue has been substantially heightened with the B2B use of Internet technologies, where a large number of different platforms need to share data. This is especially true when considering the increased requirement for national language support.

As XML’s main purpose is to enable data, any data in any national language, to be shared across different computing platforms it has increasingly been a natural solution of choice.

XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language and was defined by the world wide web consortium in mid-1996, based on the SGML meta language.

Similar to Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) standards, XML is fully text-based, and its most important unit is the character.

One major difference is that XML is a self-describing data representation language, including both data and

meta-data, which results in platform independent, ubiquitous self-documented data that can be used on any computing platform

The benefits of having one self-describing data format administered by a central organization, and that can be used by any information system, has caused many organizations to change their own policies towards proprietary data formats. Even large standards organizations, such as SWIFT and ANSI ASC X12 have moved their respective standards toward XML.

An example of XML’s strength and its effect on business can be seen in the public sector in Denmark. Mandated by law effective February 2006, all public sector organizations can only send/receive invoices in XML format (through the UBL Invoice standard). The estimated savings from the use of one standardized document type is approximately 100 million euros per year.

Automated XML-enabling

using XML Thunder

While XML is a mature and well-established standard, the reading and writing of XML messages using standard procedural languages like COBOL and C, is a complex task that traditionally requires intricate understanding of both the programming language and XML itself.

To help developers overcome the complexities of XML and its complex programming requirements, Canam Software has developed a solution that bridges the two worlds of XML and procedural languages. This also empowers software professionals to take advantage of the benefits of XML without going through the usual steep learning curve.

This solution, XML Thunder, creates a level of abstraction between the COBOL/C program code and the rules of an XML document, allowing a highly productive, agile, low-maintenance, and repeatable programming model.

XML Thunder is a visual development tool that generates COBOL and/or C program code that creates (XML Writer) or parses (XML Reader) XML documents based on their specific and unique design.

The Business Case

While XML-integration on various platforms has been a costly and time consuming task with alternatives that have included changing development languages, production platforms or both, XML Thunder is a quick and ‘painless’ solution that allows organizations to retain their existing production environment and development language.

XML Thunder shields COBOL and C developers from all the rules and restrictions of the XML technology. It enables them to create XML-processing programs quickly and efficiently in their familiar computing environment without having to learn a complex new technology.

The objective is to enable organizations to fully use XML within their existing applications and platforms while minimizing the risk and cost associated with application enhancements, re-writes, or platform moves.

Existing production systems are the workhorses of organizations. They are mission critical and represent a significant investment in development and maintenance resources.

Using XML Thunder, mature and mission critical production systems can be modernized with minimal risk and cost utilizing existing resources.

This results in the best of both worlds: the opportunities presented by XML and the proven reliability of your existing systems. From a business perspective, the life span of the existing system can be extended thus increasing its overall ROI to the business area using the application.

XML, which is in essence a self-documenting, flexible data format, should give organizations an edge by providing reusable and repeatable standards which can be utilized throughout their business processes.

XML Thunder visually enables all data mapping, conversion and error handling required for reliable XML-processing, freeing up developers to focus on business issues. This is a major time-saving advantage when compared to compiler-dependant solutions.

XML has many benefits but it is a complex technology featuring hundreds of rules. XML program development is an ideal target for automation as the rules are numerous, but very well defined. An XML handling program must implement all relevant aspects of the W3C rules with stable, efficient code. This code has to provide appropriate handling of simple and complex types, XML structures, features and error processing. More importantly, it has to be robust and reliable in order to handle mission critical data that organizations rely on for their business.

How does it work?

XML Thunder generates COBOL and/or C sub-programs that can be invoked from a main business program. These sub-programs are referred to as XML Handlers. XML Handlers do the actual XML processing on data received from the main program. The mainline interfaces with the XML processing sub-programs through a special data area called the Interface Data Structure or IDS.

There are two types of XML Handlers, XML Readers and XML Writers.

An XML Reader is used when the content of an XML document needs to be made available to and processed using traditional COBOL or C data structures. When using an XML Reader the mainline may obtain the XML document in any manner which is suitable, e.g. MQ, RDBMS or a sequential file. Once the XML document is held in memory, the mainline will pass it to the XML Reader subprogram that was generated using XML Thunder. The XML Reader will parse the content of the XML document according to the design time rules and will pass the content back to the mainline in regular data structures for further processing.

When and application needs to create an XML document, an XML Writer is called from the main business program. The main program will pass data using regular data structures to the XML writer, which will construct the XML document from the data based on design time rules specified.

The generated code is entirely ANSI COBOL/C source code, without any hidden runtimes or executables.

We could think of XML Thunder’s flow as consisting of three major steps:

1 – Select

Files are selected containing the XML schema/DTD and/or COBOL/C structures

2 – Bind

COBOL/C variables are mapped to the desired XML nodes

3 – Generate

COBOL or C program code is generated implementing the XML Reader/Writer design

Step 1 - Select

XML Thunder allows developers to import existing files to assist with the creation of the XML Handler definition.

These files can be either from the COBOL/C or from the XML “world”.


COBOL copybook

COBOL program

C header file.

Derive from XML

The COBOL/C (known as IDS) data structure will be created based on the XML information.


XML Schema

XML Document

Document Type Definition (DTD)

Derive from IDS

o The XML data will de created based on the COBOL/C (IDS) information.

Or still:

Combination of the files above.

No files at all (the XML Handler will be created from scratch by the user)

Step 2 - Bind (Map)

Once the XML Handler definition is created, based on the files imported we need to MAP the COBOL/C variables with the XML nodes.

This is easily done using the graphical interface, through drag-and-drop.

XML Thunder will try to create the mapping for you depending on the combination of files used in step 1.

If the imported file is an XML Schema (XSD) or DTD, then the corresponding COBOL/C data structures (IDS) will be automatically derived. XML Thunder will create all necessary IDS fields based on the XSD/DTD and then will automatically map each XML node to its corresponding COBOL/C field.

XML Thunder can also derive the XML Schema (XSD) from an existing COBOL/C data structure. To simplify things further, a wizard is provided to assemble an IDS from an existing COBOL program’s working storage by simply pointing and clicking. When deriving an XSD from existing data structures, XML Thunder will also perform automatic mapping of the XML nodes and COBOL/C fields. Of course, these mappings can be deleted or easily changed if desired.

When both the COBOL/C data structures and the XSD/DTD are provided, then developers can perform manual mapping.

These features of XML Thunder maximize automation yet preserve flexibility, resulting in developers’ complete control over the XML Handler design.

Once the XML Handler is designed, the next step is source code generation.

Step 3 - Generate

During code generation the actual COBOL or C sub-program, implementing the design time mapping rules, is generated. The generated XML Reader or XML Writer subprograms can then be integrated with the main business program to parse or create the appropriate XML documents. An Integration Wizard makes the task of integrating these handlers quick and easy.

With a few exceptions, the same XML Handler definition can be used to generate COBOL or C language code and as either an XML Reader or an XML Writer.

Once the appropriate XML Handler is generated and the mainline program changed to call it, they can be uploaded to the appropriate target platform, compiled, linked and tested.

Key features of XML Thunder

Extends the use of current COBOL/C assets and their ROI

Protects investment in existing COBOL/C production systems

Shelters developer from in-depth knowledge of XML processing

Enables and supports automatic and repeatable development and maintenance processes

No language or platform change required

Requires only traditional COBOL/C skills

Allows developers to focus on business solution rather than low level utility algorithms

Highly cost effective

Greatly improved productivity

All XML processing code is in fully available COBOL/C

Reduces risk associated with system rewrites

Full automatic source code generation resulting in higher quality, faster time-to-market and reduced cost

More information

For more information about XML Thunder and to download a free trial, please visit our web-site:

Online Flash demonstrations can be viewed at:

An online walkthrough can be found at:

About Canam Software Labs

Canam Software Labs, Inc. is a global Information Technology solutions company based in Canada providing innovative application development products and services to organizations around the world.

The company was established in 1994 to create automated software development solutions for enterprise application development. With its focus is on application modernization using XML, the company has designed and developed innovative products that are currently used in more than 40 countries by over 250 clients including many of the Fortune 1000. We continue to strive to provide innovative, high ROI product solutions for the professional developer community. Canam Software also offers professional consulting services and outsourced development and maintenance of new or existing systems.



By way of background; since 1982… SPECTRA is an international dealer that trades “globally” in commercial use, Enterprise level, mainframe/midrange servers, disk/tape storage and network equipment.

In our over 25 years in business, we have many customer relationships with companies utilizing Tandem NonStop Systems; many of which have migrated to… or are migrating to… the new NonStop Itanium series. However; much of our NonStop customer base has not yet opted for the new Itanium and in fact, require system upgrades and peripherals from the now legacy, NonStop S88000s, S86000s, S7800’s, S7600’s and the like.

That said, should you have any of this equipment available for sale, now or in the future, we ask that you contact us at your convenience, such that we may organize a generous purchase offer.

Further, we also trade in premium, "best of breed" major brands as…

IBM Mainframe, midrange servers, storage, tape libraries and peripherals

EMC Symmetrix and Clariion high availability disk arrays

SUN/StorageTek Tape drives and Tape Libraries

SUN Microsystems Servers, Storage, Tape Libraries and peripherals

NetApp High availability disk arrays

Hewlett-Packard Servers, Storage, Tape Libraries and peripherals

HP/Compaq/Tandem Fault tolerant Servers, Storage and peripherals

Hitachi High availability disk arrays

Stratus Fault tolerant Servers, Storage and peripherals

Xerox High Performance/high production, Color and Black/White Printers

Network: Cisco, Juniper, Foundry and extreme

In closing, should you have any questions, please feel free to call or email. Otherwise; we thank you for your time, your consideration, your interest in SPECTRA, and look forward to future opportunities to do business with you.

All the Best!

Johnny Tourino, VP


4420 East Miraloma Ave, Suite M

Anaheim, CA 92807

(800) 745-1233, x-309

(714) 970-7000, x-309

(714) 970-7095, Fax

Availability Digest Explores Active/Active Payment Authorization Service

The Availability Digest’s December issue describes a payment authorization service’s journey via data replication from disaster recovery to active/active and application integration. Our Never Again section examines how an errant truck driver and a lack of disaster recovery planning contributed to a multiple day shut-down for a worldwide web hosting company.

Also discussed is the Network Time Protocol (NTP), its accuracy, and what it does to reduce time-offset errors. Our Geek Corner revisits failure state diagrams. How they are used to evaluate active/active availability when hardware repair is not enough to totally recover a failed node is highlighted this month.

The Digest is free online and focuses on continuous processing architectures, with particular attention given to active/active technology. Issues of the Digest feature articles on the following topics: Case Studies, Never Again, Best Practices, Active/Active Topics, Recommended Reading, Product Reviews, and The Geek Corner.

December 2007 - Financial Strategy for Trade-In and Migration to Non-Stop Integrity

In this issue we will address some strategic decisions one may need to make when considering selling or trading in S Series systems. Currently we see a large number of S Series customers upgrading to, or considering a future migration to, the new Integrity platform. This has caused a quick decline in value for a lot of the older S Series hardware, but demand remains for much of the newer CPU’s and higher capacity Disk Drives.

HP’s trade-in and discount policies are, of course, deal specific and can vary widely. In general terms, we have seen HP offer trade in monies for S Series hardware, or a discount on the newly acquired hardware, but usually not both. Also, trade-in values are normally on a one-for-one CPU basis, and only on disk drives and not any other peripherals. Please request a purchase price from Marshall Resources when you are looking at the financial model for this type of upgrade. It may be advantageous to sell the hardware in the second user market and take the hardware and software discount from HP. Also, if your system does not have a very large aftermarket value, you may still have surplus hardware to sell after a trade-in of hardware on the one-for-one basis.

There are too many factors to consider in this forum. We are more than happy to discuss this issue with you in detail in order to help you negotiate the best possible deal for your upgrade.

At Marshall Resources, we strive to provide the highest quality service with the highest quality equipment. Our repeat customers are our greatest compliment. Please visit our website at for our company information, and find a sales representative in your area to assist you. We can always be reached at 800-443-0128, or by e-mail. We are looking forward to working with you.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!


BrightStrand International Limited
The BrightStrand Team would like to wish Seasons Greetings to all our clients (past , present and future) and their families and wish you all a safe and prosperous 2008.



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