Treehouse Software Eases the Challenges for Mainframe-to-Modern Platform Transformation Programs for Systems Integrators

Unlock Your Customers’ Business Value Faster with Frequent Production Deliveries, Using Agile Methods

Treehouse Software’s product, tcVISION has proven to be vital for the ease and success of many mainframe modernization initiatives.

A big problem for a Systems Integrator (SI), or any mainframe modernization vendor, is the myriad of dependencies between mainframe and open systems data and components. As part of a mainframe modernization project, these vendors need to determine the ordering of phases or waves of applications to be migrated. There are often shared databases that can make it very difficult to move one set of applications without moving others. This can result in the conclusion that they must go with a “big bang” approach, which can lead to a bid for a program with one large delivery at the end with all of the integrated components in place. This is very unappealing to customers as they are paying out big dollars without the corresponding business value of a production deployment. This approach also significantly increases the project risk.

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With Treehouse Software’s bi-directional replication product, tcVISION, a subset of applications can be migrated, and tcVISION’s data synchronization capabilities can be used to bridge specific shared legacy mainframe databases to the modern database versions on open systems. This allows them to deliver in phases, thus getting modernized modules in production faster. In addition, it decreases risk as issues can be found much faster with the more frequent production deployments. When the last modules are deployed to production, they would no longer need the synchronization.

As an example, a large Treehouse customer is currently involved in gradually modernizing and replacing a set of applications, and is using a similar approach. The customer will be using their mainframe Adabas database synced with Oracle on Linux, while in the process of modernizing the applications. Treehouse Software’s experts and tcVISION product are making sure the customer’s transition goes smoothly and seamlessly.


Enterprise ETL and Real-Time Data Replication Between Virtually Any Source and Target

tcVISION supports a vast array of integration scenarios throughout the enterprise, providing easy and fast data migration for mainframe application modernization projects and enabling bi-directional data replication between mainframe, Linux, Unix and Windows platforms. This innovative technology offers comprehensive abilities to identify and capture changes occurring in mainframe and relational databases, then publish the required information to an impressive variety of targets, both on-premise and Cloud-based.

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tcVISION acquires data in bulk or via change data capture methods, including in real time, from virtually any IBM mainframe data source (Software AG Adabas, IBM DB2, IBM VSAM, IBM IMS/DB, CA IDMS, CA Datacom, sequential files), and transform and deliver to virtually any target. In addition, the same product can extract and replicate data from a variety of non-mainframe sources, including Adabas LUW, Hadoop/HDFS, MongoDB, Oracle Database, Microsoft SQL Server, IBM DB2 LUW and DB2 BLU, IBM Informix, PostgreSQL, etc.


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Visit the Treehouse Software website for more information on tcVISION, or contact us to discuss your needs.

Treehouse Software Partners with Stone Bond Technologies to offer comprehensive enterprise Data Virtualization

Press Contacts: Joe Brady (+1.724.759.7070 x110; jbrady@treehouse.com); Irma Barrientos (+1 713.300.8882; ibarrientos@stonebond.com)

Pittsburgh, PA; Houston, TX, November 17, 2016. ­ Treehouse Software, Inc., of Sewickley, PA and Stone Bond Technologies, L.P. of Houston, TX today announced a partnership to bring agile integration and data virtualization capabilities to every enterprise. Now mainframe data sources can be combined into virtual schemata with relational databases, ERP data, Cloud sources and social media by combining Stone Bond’s Enterprise Enabler® with Treehouse’s tcACCESS.

Since the mid-1990s, Treehouse has been a global leader in mainframe data migration, replication and integration, offering robust and flexible solutions for ETL, CDC and real-time, multidirectional replication between databases on various platforms. With Enterprise Enabler, Treehouse customers benefit from a single platform for enterprise and Cloud integration to deliver integration projects with up to 90% time savings over other solutions.

Treehouse will provide worldwide product sales, marketing and support for Enterprise Enabler, bringing leading-edge integration capabilities to its hundreds of existing customers and to new customers pursuing initiatives such as Agile BI, Master Data Management, Logical Data Warehouses and Web Services.

One of the fastest-growing data virtualization platforms on the market, Enterprise Enabler has been leading the innovation of data management, data federation and data virtualization for nearly 15 years. To serve its expanding base of customers, Stone Bond has grown its set of AppComm™ connectors to accommodate the widest range of enterprise and line-of-business data sources. Treehouse’s tcACCESS effectively becomes the “Mainframe AppComm”, providing full read/write access to a wide range of mainframe data sources on both z/OS and z/VSE platforms.

Wayne Lashley, Treehouse Chief Business Development Officer, said, “Our reputation for capably solving mainframe data integration challenges now extends to other modern enterprise data sources including SAP, Salesforce.com and Microsoft SharePoint. With the push of a button, our customers can securely expose these disparate virtualized sources to popular BI tools like Tableau and to other applications in standard formats like REST and JSON. Current, past and new customers can look to Treehouse to address any imaginable integration scenario.”

Commented Tom Sieger, Stone Bond SVP, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, “Embracing mainframe data sources bolsters the “enterprise” in Enterprise Enabler. We are excited to work with Treehouse to grow Enterprise Enabler sales into new markets and geographies.”


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About Treehouse Software, Inc.
Privately-held Treehouse Software was founded in 1982, and has hundreds of customers worldwide that benefit from the company’s industry-leading products and outstanding technical support. The traditional strengths of the company in performance management, security and software configuration management have been complemented by visionary leadership in mainframe data replication and integration and application modernization.

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About Stone Bond Technologies, L.P.
Headquartered in the heart of Houston, Texas, Stone Bond Technologies was founded in 2002 with a commitment to innovation that continues today. More than just adding features to existing offerings, the company’s approach to information business systems is to make an enterprise’s data agile: to move data efficiently and easily, without barriers. Stone Bond’s client base continues to expand from its roots in the Energy industry to Financial Services, Life Sciences, Information Technology, Hospitality, Manufacturing and more.

Cloud-y … with a 100 Percent Chance of Data

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by Wayne Lashley, Chief Business Development Officer for Treehouse Software

Along with three of my colleagues, I recently participated in the Treehouse exhibit at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration (AADI) event in Las Vegas. This is a conference where we have exhibited in the past, and I personally have attended several other times. In fact, I just learned that the DI in AADI no longer stands for “Data Integration”; this change was only made in the past couple of years, as in the past it was the data integration aspect that made the show particularly relevant to Treehouse.

Though data integration vendors such as Informatica, Pervasive and Adeptia—and Treehouse—were in attendance, their numbers seemed diminished over prior years. And while “Legacy Modernization” had an entire subject “track” a couple of years ago, a number of “name” LM vendors were notably absent this year, and the topic was only rarely represented in sessions.

But there was a predominant theme at the event, and its name is Cloud.

People have been talking about “Cloud” for years already, and it is a well-established concept with many dimensions and extensive implementations. And it’s probably familiar enough to The Branches readers that I won’t waste words describing it, other than to say that it is simply a way to offer computing services via the Internet without the subscriber—most Cloud offerings are subscription-based—knowing or caring what or where the physical implementation is.

Many people consider that Salesforce.com is the granddaddy of all Cloud services, and to my mind it popularized the term “Software as a Service” (SaaS). Evolutionary Technologies, Inc. (ETI), a long-standing player in the data integration field and a company that I have had a lot of contact with over the years, reinvented itself around 2005 as a SaaS company, in doing so placing the company on the leading edge of “aaS” providers and essentially defining an entirely new market space.

These days there are a number of other “aaS” genres competing for mindshare and dollars, the most dominant being “Platform as a Service” (PaaS). Once again, Salesforce.com seemed to define the space initially, but others such as Amazon and Google have since come to dominate it. Just this week I was invited to an event for Oracle partners where Oracle executives will present their concept for an Oracle Cloud PaaS. I recall a Microsoft Worldwide Partners Conference (WWPC) a couple of years ago where Microsoft kicked off its Azure Cloud platform. You don’t have to install Microsoft Office on your PC anymore; Office 365 runs in the Cloud.

Even legacy applications are getting the Cloud treatment: a company called Heirloom Computing has commenced offering a platform for running legacy COBOL applications in the Cloud.

Cloud has also entered popular culture and commodity services. There’s a TV commercial that I keep seeing advertising a Cloud-based service that automatically troubleshoots, tunes up and cleans up your PC.
In short, you’re nobody if you’re not in the Cloud.

D-for-“Data” may have morphed into D-for-“Development” in the AADI Summit name, but data replication, integration and migration remain very relevant in the Cloud age. Indeed, you can’t spell Cloud without a D.

To support provisioning of Cloud-based applications, there has to be a means for getting data from where it is now—often in mainframe-based legacy databases or relational databases on open systems, within a company’s internal IT infrastructure—to the Cloud facilities, be they public or private. This doesn’t happen by magic. We have recently been working in a customer implementation where Oracle and DB2 data are being replicated bidirectionally in a Cloud implementation using our tcVISION solution. Such a scenario posed a bit of a challenge for us in terms of licensing: the machines on which tcVISION is installed are not specifically known at a given point in time. So we had to adapt our licensing model to accommodate the new reality.

We expect to see continued growth and demand for our replication and integration solutions as Cloud offerings evolve and expand. Furthermore, we are working on a new Cloud-oriented solution in collaboration with Cloud platform providers. I have briefed several Gartner analysts on it, and their feedback has been encouraging. Check back to this space regularly for news on this exciting new Treehouse offering.