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Innovative Software from Big Iron to Big Data

For nearly 50 years, Syncsort has delivered data integration solutions for enterprises with a focus on helping them process large volumes of data as efficiently as possible.

The recent additions of Trillium Software and Vision Solutions further empower its 6,000+ global customers to improve the integrity and availability of their data.

A Global Big Iron to Big Data Powerhouse

To see how Syncsort has helped its customers navigate the major shifts in technology to unleash the power of data throughout the years, follow the company timeline below!

2017

New Vision for the Future of Big Iron to Big Data

In August 2017, Centerbridge Partners, a leading private investment firm, acquired Syncsort & Vision Solutions in a $1.26 billion transaction, creating a leading Big Iron to Big Data platform investment led by Syncsort CEO Josh Rogers. The combination with Vision increased Syncsort's global presence, expanded the company's product offerings, adding expertise and proven leadership in IBM i and AIX Power Systems platforms and marked an exciting new chapter in Syncsort history! The news followed the announcement that Vision had acquired Enforcive Systems, an IT security and compliance management solution provider. Within weeks, Syncsort acquired Metron Technology, Ltd., provider of best-in-class capacity management software services, and education, to add enterprise-wide capacity management to its leading data infrastructure optimization portfolio.

2016

 

 

Investing in Database Expertise for Optimizing Mainframe Environments

Syncsort acquired the UK-based mainframe software company Cogito in August 2016 along with the products EZ-DB2 and EZ-IDMS. The acquisition built on Syncsort's strengths in delivering key mainframe data to cutting-edge Big Data platforms while simultaneously increasing efficiency and lowering costs on the mainframe.

 

Syncsort's DMX-h Chosen for Hortonworks' First Ever Commercial Software Reseller Agreement

In April 2016, Hortonworks announced its first ever commercial software reseller agreement, choosing Syncsort's DMX-h to be the data integration product of choice for its new optimized ETL onboarding offering. It provides joint customers with an integrated solution to quickly and efficiently migrate data to Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP™) to power next-generation data analytics.

Transformational Acquisition of Trillium Software

In December 2016, Syncsort reached a significant milestone in its growth strategy: acquiring market-leading data quality provider Trillium Software, a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools every year since Gartner started publishing the report. The acquisition of Trillium was the largest in Syncsort’s history, and brought together market-leading data quality and data integration technology to deliver value at scale in the most demanding enterprise environments.

*Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools, Mei Yang Selvage, Saul Judah, Ankush Jain, 24 October 2017

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2015

Accelerating Growth and Leading Industry Consolidation

In February 2015, William Data Systems joined the Syncsort family, along with its Zen Suite, making critical mainframe network monitoring and security data available to advanced Big Data platforms. The Zen Suite brings customers specialized components to provide network monitoring, tracing, reporting, security alerting and performance management.

Also in 2015, Syncsort launched BIGFrame in partnership with Cognizant and Cloudera, creating an end-to-end solution to address challenges with performance, flexibility and agility in getting business insights out of legacy data. Towards the end of the year, plans to accelerate growth and lead industry consolidation gained momentum with the announcement that Clearlake Capital Group had acquired Syncsort.

2014

Innovative Mainframe Solutions Enter the Market

2014 was an important year for Syncsort in that it launched two new, unique mainframe solutions.

Customers were looking for a way to unlock valuable mainframe machine data and make it available at the speed of business to next-generation analytics environments. Many were already using the Splunk platform to collect and analyze valuable operational and security data from many enterprises sources, but could not access the mainframe data. Syncsort introduced Ironstream®, a game-changing new product to continuously collect mainframe data in real-time and deliver it to the Splunk platform.

Organizations were also looking for ways to address key cost and performance challenges on the mainframe. Syncsort introduced its innovative ZPSaver Suite to meet these needs, which offloads resource intensive processing to zIIP processors, to improve performance, reduce MIPS usage and lower costs.

2013

Solutions for Modern Data Strategies

Syncsort took data integration to the next level with new innovative software and partnerships to help the growing amount of organizations interested in populating Hadoop Data Lakes with enterprise-wide data, including mainframe. Syncsort launched DMX-h, a new data integration solution designed to help customers achieve their modern data strategy objectives with a single interface for accessing and integrating all their enterprise data sources.

Syncsort followed-up this announcement by partnering with major Hadoop distribution vendors like Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR to ensure DMX-h works seamlessly with these Hadoop platforms and takes advantage of their key facilities. When a new Hadoop project, Apache Spark became an important part of the Hadoop ecosystem, Syncsort integrated DMX-h with it as well, and implemented technology to make it easy to leverage all work done in Hadoop, whether in MapReduce or Spark.

Syncsort acquired UK-based Circle Computer Group, including its flagship DL/2 product, in the fall of 2013, kicking off its acquisition-based and organic growth strategy. DL/2 provides the rapid, transparent migration of applications accessing large quantities of data from the IBM® Information Management System™ (IMS) to DB2® on z/OS®, without requiring any application changes.

2008

Breaking the ETL World Record

Recognizing the importance of Big Data initiatives, Syncsort launched DMX in 2004, enabling customers to address a broader range of data sources and targets, a wider array of reporting options, metadata management and a more usable job management console at the fastest possible speeds. In 2008, Syncsort’s DMX earned the ETL World Record, shattering the previous World Record held by Microsoft. Syncsort’s record-setting solution validated its ability to provide optimal performance and maximum return on investment.

1981

Becoming Syncsort

In 1981, the company formally changed its name from Whitlow Computer Systems to Syncsort Incorporated.

1971

Flagship Mainframe Solution Launches

During the company's early years, the team at Whitlow Computer Systems developed software that vastly outperformed all other mainframe sorting solutions and earned its first patents. These patented algorithms became known as the basis of the first version of their solution. The team called it "SyncSort."





 
1968

The Early Days of Mainframe Computing

In 1968, seven recent graduates of New York University and Columbia University forged a partnership to find a better, smarter way to process data. This was no easy feat in the early days of mainframe computing, when systems required huge monetary investments, specialized expertise to operate, and a large amount of time to perform even the simplest of functions. Determined to develop a software solution that increased mainframe performance while reducing operational costs, Whitlow Computer Systems, today known as Syncsort, was born.