The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2009-12-03T02:03:51Z Mid-Comp gunning for Innovation Shoot-Out in USA 2009-12-03T02:03:51Z mid-comp-gunning-for-innovation-shoot-out-in-usa MELBOURNE, December 3. Mid-Comp International has outgunned some 10 rivals to win the Victorian Government nomination for the G’day USA 2010 Innovation Shoot-Out, which showcases Australia’s world class innovation and investment potential to the United States. Steve Bridges, Managing Director of Mid-Comp, will fly to San Francisco for the shoot-out, to be held on January 17-19. Steve’s silver bullets will acclaim the qualities of his company’s Odyssey ERP for Distribution application suite. He said: “Although it's still going to be a very tough nut to crack, we are delighted to have won the Victorian nomination against some very impressive competition. This prestigious international event is taken very seriously by all Australian State and Federal bodies. We are being given every assistance by the Victorian Government to make the most of our opportunity.” Finalists from each of Australia’s States and Territories will travel to San Francisco to prove that their cutting edge innovation can prosper in the USA. The objective is to create a platform on which Australian companies can pitch their businesses and showcase their stories to the greater venture capitalist and investor market in Silicon Valley. Each finalist will have the opportunity to present their innovation and investment potential to US business and industry executives in a live ‘Shoot-Out’ competition. The judges will rate contestants on their innovative technology and their potential for success in the US market. The winning company will receive a program of awards, professional development courses and strategic advice to help them bring their innovative product to commercialisation in the USA. Some 10 companies were invited to apply for the opportunity to represent Victoria in the Shootout. They were all technology applicants to the Victorian Government's Access America service, which operates out of the Victorian Government Business Office in San Francisco. The selection panel comprised both Melbourne and San Francisco-based representatives. Mid-Comp took the prize as it best addressed the selection criteria, which were based on the judging criteria for the 2010 Innovation shootout. Steve Bridges said: “This will be the Innovation Shootout’s fourth year. We know the Victorian Government is keen to see a Victorian company take first prize, which has eluded them so far, and we will be really gunning for it!” About Mid-Comp International Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd (www.midcomp.com.au) is an Australian developer and supplier of business software solutions that encompass intelligent supply chain, managed availability and IBM systems management. Recently Elders Ltd chose the firm’s Odyssey intelligent supply chain solution in preference to systems from 100-plus vendors including SAP AG and Lawson Software. Odyssey is believed to be the world’s largest pure Java system. Stockman, Mid-Comp’s scaled down version of Odyssey, is targeted at SME supply chain customers. Both solutions are based on Internet delivered technology. Mid-Comp enjoys a strategic relationship with IBM, and supplies products and services to a client list that includes dominant Australian commercial enterprises. The company also supplies product to organisations in 26 countries, including many Fortune 500 companies. # # # For more information Steve Bridges, CEO, Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd Phone: (03) 9915 5200 or 0407 498 400 Email: steveb@midcomp.com.au David Frost PR Deadlines Pty Ltd Phone: (02) 4341 5021 Email: davidf@prdeadlines.com.au A & G relies on Orion high availability for its own ‘insurance’ 2009-08-06T00:40:41Z a-amp-g-relies-on-orion-high-availability-for-its-own-insurance-1 The innovative financial services group A&G Insurance Services (A&G), whose signature brand is Budget Direct, relies on the ‘insurance’ of high availability technology to keep its critical computer systems running. Since A&G depends on two call centres for generating practically all sales and revenue, 24x7 operation of the group’s computer systems is critical. Any downtime impacts on income and new customers. What’s more, as a financial services organisation, A&G is obliged by regulatory requirements to protect itself against data loss. So the group has gone to great lengths to ensure high availability, and a key to its fail-safe strategy is Vision Solutions’ Orion HA solution, implemented and supported by Melbourne-based Mid-Comp International. “Essentially it’s our insurance policy,” says David Armstrong, General Manager, Technical Infrastructure for A&G. “Orion is certainly the most mature, feature-rich and widely installed solution, particularly in Australia. It is as solid as IBM’s System i on which it runs.” A&G operates an IBM System i platform, with a primary data centre at head office and a disaster recovery (DR) data centre at an IBM facility 10km distant. Data is replicated between these sites using Orion. The system supports administering thousands of insurance polices every week and over 650 staff across Australia. “We are hugely reliant on our data centres as they represent the hub of our technology,” says David Armstrong. “Our two call centres hang off the data centres with multiple network links, disparate paths and diverse carriers.” He said A&G has gone to great lengths to ensure there is no single point of failure. A Citrix environment enhances application delivery, while much of the group’s IT infrastructure is virtualised. There is a great deal of built-in flexibility, with different system access tiers and the use of both Windows and Linux operating systems. A&G’s core business application is DISC, an in-house developed solution originally developed by the group’s UK operation which is now a collaborative effort across the three countries in which the group operates. A&G has a 34-strong team of developers who use IBM’s RPG programming language. The production server is a System i5 570 with quad processors, about 32GB of RAM and 2TB of data storage capacity. The DR server is a System i5 520 with 16GB of RAM and about 1.6TB of storage. Although the group does not measure uptime, David Armstrong says no major incidents have impacted on the servers in the four years he has been with A&G. Once, the systems were down for 40 minutes. Problems are usually either network related or application related. While the IT team have not had to use Orion to role swap in an emergency situation, they run a role-swap each year to test the disaster recovery setup. For a full day, they run the group’s entire business on the DR server. David said: “It takes about 15 minutes to switch from one server to another, but in a disaster situation it would be much quicker because when we do a planned role swap we take more time to ensure that all the settings are optimised.” He says the annual role swap is a valuable way of evaluating the DR technology. The IT team also use Vision Solutions’ technology for load balancing between the two servers. For instance the Internet application runs on the DR server and is replicated back to the production system. “Replicating in both directions gives us the useful ability to use the DR system for more than just disaster recovery.” David Armstrong has been familiar with Vision Solutions’ technology and Mid-Comp’s capabilities for many years in his former positions with Coca-Cola Amatil and EDS. He said: “I have a long history of working with Greg Gilmour and the Mid-Comp team, who are highly skilled in this space. They are also creative and very keen to see their customers succeed - they are quite passionate about it. They can be relied on to be practical, use common sense, and don’t promise anything they cannot deliver. “Mid-Comp Director Denis Vaughan is a real champion who has been active in the iSeries community for many years. His focus is on DR, planned availability and performance. He’s a top guy to talk to and adds a lot of value.” For the future, David says A&G will continue to leverage HA systems. The group is planning a strategy of running two separate data centres, moving to full DS and with high speed links and an active-active mode rather than active-passive or active-standby. Vision Solutions’ functionality can take the group closer to this. He says: “There is some capability in the product to automate and as they continue to enhance the solution we will exploit it. Over the past months we have started to develop role swap utilities that allow us to automate more seamlessly within our application environment. It takes just two seconds to role swap. Then we are trying to integrate all the processes in our applications network environment, to make them as seamless as possible. “ About A&G Insurance Services A&G Insurance Services is an innovative, Queensland-based financial services group whose core product is personal insurance. The signature brand Budget Direct is a wholly-owned Australian insurance provider and is part of the international Budget Insurance group of companies headquartered in the British Isles. The Budget Insurance group of companies administers more than 3 million policies and $1.5 billion in premium. In Australia, Budget Direct administers over 6,000 insurance policies a week. About Orion ORION Solutions™ for IBM i - Delivers maximum protection and continuous availability for critical applications in large and sophisticated enterprise environments. With innovative, best-of-breed features, ORION Solutions offers proven reliability, performance, scalability and flexibility. Vision Solutions leads the IBM Power Systems market with innovations in availability, recovery, and systems and data management technologies. Their solutions combine with numerous best practices, and the latest IBM technologies. About Mid-Comp International Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd (www.midcomp.com.au) is Australia’s leading High Availability vendor (for IBM customers), as well as being an Australian developer and supplier of business software solutions that encompass intelligent supply chain, managed availability and IBM systems management. Recently Elders Ltd chose the firm’s Odyssey intelligent supply chain solution in preference to systems from 100-plus vendors including SAP AG and Lawson Software. Odyssey is believed to be the world’s largest pure Java system. Stockman, Mid-Comp’s scaled down version of Odyssey, is targeted at SME supply chain customers. Both solutions are based on Internet delivered technology. Mid-Comp enjoys a strategic relationship with IBM, and supplies products and services to a client list that includes dominant Australian commercial enterprises. The company also supplies product to organisations in 26 countries, including many Fortune 500 companies. For more information Denis Vaughan Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd Phone: (03) 9915 5200 Email: denisv@midcomp.com.au A & G relies on Orion high availability for its own ‘insurance’ 2009-07-13T00:06:45Z a-amp-g-relies-on-orion-high-availability-for-its-own-insurance The innovative financial services group A&G Insurance Services (A&G), whose signature brand is Budget Direct, relies on the ‘insurance’ of high availability technology to keep its critical computer systems running. Since A&G depends on two call centres for generating practically all sales and revenue, 24x7 operation of the group’s computer systems is critical. Any downtime impacts on income and new customers. What’s more, as a financial services organisation, A&G is obliged by regulatory requirements to protect itself against data loss. So the group has gone to great lengths to ensure high availability, and a key to its fail-safe strategy is Vision Solutions’ Orion HA solution, implemented and supported by Melbourne-based Mid-Comp International. “Essentially it’s our insurance policy,” says David Armstrong, General Manager, Technical Infrastructure for A&G. “Orion is certainly the most mature, feature-rich and widely installed solution, particularly in Australia. It is as solid as IBM’s System i on which it runs.” A&G operates an IBM System i platform, with a primary data centre at head office and a disaster recovery (DR) data centre at an IBM facility 10km distant. Data is replicated between these sites using Orion. The system supports administering thousands of insurance polices every week and over 650 staff across Australia. Built-in flexibility guards against failure “We are hugely reliant on our data centres as they represent the hub of our technology,” says David Armstrong. “Our two call centres hang off the data centres with multiple network links, disparate paths and diverse carriers.” He said A&G has gone to great lengths to ensure there is no single point of failure. A Citrix environment enhances application delivery, while much of the group’s IT infrastructure is virtualised. There is a great deal of built-in flexibility, with different system access tiers and the use of both Windows and Linux operating systems. A&G’s core business application is DISC, an in-house developed solution originally developed by the group’s UK operation which is now a collaborative effort across the three countries in which the group operates. A&G has a 34-strong team of developers who use IBM’s RPG programming language. The production server is a System i5 570 with quad processors, about 32GB of RAM and 2TB of data storage capacity. The DR server is a System i5 520 with 16GB of RAM and about 1.6TB of storage. Although the group does not measure uptime, David Armstrong says no major incidents have impacted on the servers in the four years he has been with A&G. Once, the systems were down for 40 minutes. Problems are usually either network related or application related. While the IT team have not had to use Orion to role swap in an emergency situation, they run a role-swap each year to test the disaster recovery setup. For a full day, they run the group’s entire business on the DR server. David said: “It takes about 15 minutes to switch from one server to another, but in a disaster situation it would be much quicker because when we do a planned role swap we take more time to ensure that all the settings are optimised.” Role swap a valuable exercise He says the annual role swap is a valuable way of evaluating the DR technology. The IT team also use Vision Solutions’ technology for load balancing between the two servers. For instance the Internet application runs on the DR server and is replicated back to the production system. “Replicating in both directions gives us the useful ability to use the DR system for more than just disaster recovery.” David Armstrong has been familiar with Vision Solutions’ technology and Mid-Comp’s capabilities for many years in his former positions with Coca-Cola Amatil and EDS. He said: “I have a long history of working with Greg Gilmour and the Mid-Comp team, who are highly skilled in this space. They are also creative and very keen to see their customers succeed - they are quite passionate about it. They can be relied on to be practical, use common sense, and don’t promise anything they cannot deliver. “Mid-Comp Director Denis Vaughan is a real champion who has been active in the iSeries community for many years. His focus is on DR, planned availability and performance. He’s a top guy to talk to and adds a lot of value.” For the future, David says A&G will continue to leverage HA systems. The group is planning a strategy of running two separate data centres, moving to full DS and with high speed links and an active-active mode rather than active-passive or active-standby. Vision Solutions’ functionality can take the group closer to this. He says: “There is some capability in the product to automate and as they continue to enhance the solution we will exploit it. Over the past months we have started to develop role swap utilities that allow us to automate more seamlessly within our application environment. It takes just two seconds to role swap. Then we are trying to integrate all the processes in our applications network environment, to make them as seamless as possible. “ About A&G Insurance Services A&G Insurance Services is an innovative, Queensland-based financial services group whose core product is personal insurance. The signature brand Budget Direct is a wholly-owned Australian insurance provider and is part of the international Budget Insurance group of companies headquartered in the British Isles. The Budget Insurance group of companies administers more than 3 million policies and $1.5 billion in premium. In Australia, Budget Direct administers over 6,000 insurance policies a week. About Orion ORION Solutions™ for IBM i - Delivers maximum protection and continuous availability for critical applications in large and sophisticated enterprise environments. With innovative, best-of-breed features, ORION Solutions offers proven reliability, performance, scalability and flexibility. Vision Solutions leads the IBM Power Systems market with innovations in availability, recovery, and systems and data management technologies. Their solutions combine with numerous best practices, and the latest IBM technologies. About Mid-Comp International Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd (www.midcomp.com.au) is Australia’s leading High Availability vendor (for IBM customers), as well as being an Australian developer and supplier of business software solutions that encompass intelligent supply chain, managed availability and IBM systems management. Recently Elders Ltd chose the firm’s Odyssey intelligent supply chain solution in preference to systems from 100-plus vendors including SAP AG and Lawson Software. Odyssey is believed to be the world’s largest pure Java system. Stockman, Mid-Comp’s scaled down version of Odyssey, is targeted at SME supply chain customers. Both solutions are based on Internet delivered technology. Mid-Comp enjoys a strategic relationship with IBM, and supplies products and services to a client list that includes dominant Australian commercial enterprises. The company also supplies product to organisations in 26 countries, including many Fortune 500 companies. For more information Denis Vaughan Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd Phone: (03) 9915 5200 Email: denisv@midcomp.com.au Nintendo dominates with Mid-Comp’s Odyssey 2009-05-07T05:20:33Z nintendo-dominates-with-mid-comp-s-odyssey Home entertainment giant Nintendo’s recent launch of the DSi in Australia is the latest in a long line of supply chain success stories. In the seven years that Nintendo Australia has run its business on the Odyssey intelligent supply chain solution from Australian software company Mid-Comp International, they have launched the Game Cube, DS, DS Lite, Wii and now the DSi. Nintendo has experienced considerable growth in the market in recent years with the launch of Nintendo DS and Wii. The combination of Odyssey and IBM hardware has been a key component is their ability to process the increase in business transactions. The company uses Odyssey for purchasing, warehousing, inventory control, supply chain distribution, sales (including via EDI and VMI), and the full financials suite for the accounting side of business. Odyssey is also used to manage the repair and servicing of all Nintendo branded products nationwide. Mid-Comp International Managing Director, Steve Bridges, said: “Nintendo has experienced great acceptance and success in the Australian market. Such enviable sustained growth places strain on the management group to ensure that product throughput can keep pace with customer demand. Yet the bottom line is that Odyssey has been able to meet this challenge, successfully assisting Nintendo Australia in distributing and servicing every Nintendo product since 2002.” Nintendo is operating version 4.2 of Odyssey, the current production release, and is working in close partnership with Mid-Comp to obtain and apply all the latest Odyssey enhancements in advance of the general release of v5.0, due in August. Nintendo runs Odyssey on an IBM iSeries platform, serving over 80 users. Mr Bridges said: “Nintendo was Mid-Comp’s beta site for Odyssey. As such they have participated in the development, issues and growth of the product over the seven years since its inception in 2002. Over this time there has not been a single major software related instance that has prevented Nintendo’s ability to trade.” At present Nintendo’s management are undertaking a complete review of internal operating procedures and process flows in order to take advantage of the new functionality and enhanced processes available in Odyssey v5.0. Nintendo has determined that taking full advantage of technology aides in their business processes is the most practical method of ensuring that they are prepared for the continuous increase in demand for Nintendo’s home entertainment products in Australia. About Mid-Comp International Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd (www.midcomp.com.au) is an Australian developer and supplier of business software solutions that encompass intelligent supply chain, managed availability and IBM systems management. Recently Elders Ltd chose the firm’s Odyssey intelligent supply chain solution in preference to systems from 100-plus vendors including SAP AG and Lawson Software. Odyssey is believed to be the world’s largest pure Java system. Stockman, Mid-Comp’s scaled down version of Odyssey, is targeted at SME supply chain customers. Both solutions are based on Internet delivered technology. Mid-Comp enjoys a strategic relationship with IBM, and supplies products and services to a client list that includes dominant Australian commercial enterprises. The company also supplies product to organisations in 26 countries, including many Fortune 500 companies. For more information Steve Bridges, CEO, Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd Phone: (03) 9915 5200 or 0407 498 400 Email: steveb@midcomp.com.au David Frost PR Deadlines Pty Ltd Phone: (02) 4341 5021 Email: davidf@prdeadlines.com.au Kinglake - an inspirational experience 2009-05-03T14:00:00Z kingslake-an-inspirational-experience Steve Bridges, CEO of Mid-Comp International, wrote the inspirational text below after visiting bushfire-ravaged Kinglake. Mid-Comp is an Australian developer and supplier of business software solutions that encompass intelligent supply chain, managed availability and IBM systems management. The true Aussie fighting spirit which has long been woven into folklore is alive and well. It is nearly two months since February 7th when the Black Saturday bush fires ravaged Victoria, burnt out almost 1 million acres, destroyed many hundreds of homes, wiped entire townships off the map, and cost so many people their lives. Away from infotech, my hobby is hot rods and custom cars. On Sunday May 3rd I took my 1940 Dodge hot rod to an event entitled 'Amongst the Ashes', held by the recently formed Kinglake Phoenix Rod & Custom Club on a property in the middle of one of the worst hit areas, Kinglake itself. Instead of the usual scenic tour through thick rain forest which is the natural feature of this mountainous terrain, the road leading to the event presented us with utter devastation which has to be seen first hand to truly comprehend its scale. A local farmer had cleared a paddock on the side of the mountain which had escaped the worst of it, in sharp contrast to the scorched earth of the surrounding area. Although most of them lost everything and are living in makeshift accommodation such as tents and caravans, the Kinglake club were determined to host a gathering of rods and customs which we call a Show & Shine. The burnt, melted, and twisted hulks of about six of their former pride and joy vehicles had been gathered there as a sort of personal monument. They talked openly about their experiences ... part of the therapy I suppose. It's still very raw for them, and in spite of the bravado it didn't take much to detect that the emotional healing will be work in progress for a while yet. However, they are determined to rebuild, and this event was their way of stating that even though they are down, they're by no means out. They are taking encouragement from nature itself. After all this time the smell of ash still lingers, which gives you some idea of the intensity of the fire storm. In spite of this, the charcoal coloured landscape is contrasted by millions of green speckles as the rain forest trees commence the regeneration process. On the otherwise barren wasteland of the forest floor, vibrant green fronds defiantly poke out of warped and blackened tree fern stumps. The cycle of life continues for the survivors. Compared to what these people have been through and are still dealing with on a day-to-day basis, any problems we may face are embarrassingly trivial. The word was spread amongst the hot rod fraternity, and over 300 of their fellow hot rod and custom car owners from Melbourne turned up to support them. It was an inspirational display of unity which touched us all, making the day an unqualified success. All proceeds are going to local community relief efforts. I was privileged to win a trophy which Kinglake Phoenix members made from their own mechanical tools recovered from the ashes. It will take pride of place in my home as a constant reminder to keep my problems in perspective, and as inspiration to face adversity with the determination to overcome it. Orion role-swap eases Bank South Pacific’s migration to new data centre 2009-04-28T14:00:00Z orion-role-swap-eases-bank-south-pacific-s-migration-to-new-data-centre When Bank South Pacific (BSP) expanded to the point where its information technology staff needed to add new protected servers and relocate the data centre, they were able to migrate systems software and business information seamlessly from the old hardware in only five hours. Key to this achievement was careful planning and testing by the bank’s IT team, helped by Mid-Comp International, plus the use of Vision Solutions’ Orion high availability (HA) solution for role-swapping between old and new servers. Then in February 2009, Orion’s role-swap capability enabled BSP to recover quickly after a server crash that affected banking in PNG and Fiji. Bank South Pacific is Papua New Guinea's largest and 100 per cent nationally owned commercial bank, operating 36 branches in PNG and overseas branches in Niue, Fiji and Solomon Islands. A Standard & Poor’s Report in December 2008 spoke of the bank’s ‘strong operating efficiency’. By 2008, earlier acquisitions of Habib Bank Ltd, Fiji, and National Bank of Solomon Islands, augmented by growing business in PNG, were pushing Bank South Pacific’s four existing IBM 825 (formerly AS400) servers to their limits. After acquiring new IBM i5 (model 570) servers, IT staff faced the complex task of transferring systems and data from the old servers with minimal disruption to banking business. A decision to move simultaneously to a new data centre, intensified the problem. The decision to use Orion was made in light of the operation’s complexity. Moving the systems software, third-party communications and transaction processing for all branch tellers, ATMs, Internet and phone banking, required careful planning and testing. Mid-Comp’s Systems Engineer Greg Gilmour spent two weeks on-site before the switchover, helping to co-ordinate planning and testing. Vision Solutions’ Orion high availability (HA) application for IBM i Systems provides continuous availability of mission-critical applications in the event of planned or unplanned downtime. Mid-Comp is the sole distributor in Australia for Vision Solutions’ products. Orion is a flexible and scalable solution designed for the transaction-heavy, multi-system and clustered IBM i environments, typically in large and global organisations. Its high-throughput architecture supports millions of transactions per minute. Data accuracy is protected with multi-layered integrity checking and correcting. Orion’s role-swapping capabilities allowed Bank of South Pacific to cut over the bank’s entire operations from old infrastructure to a pair of new, protected servers sitting in a new computer centre, with minimum disruption and no data loss. This migration technique was preferred to the traditional tape save/restore method, a seemingly simple task that – more often than not – is fraught with perils. With such a complex infrastructure to switch, it was absolutely essential that the bank get it right first time on migration day. Bank of South Pacific’s Information Technology Manager, Avis Vila, and her team spent some months duplicating and testing all elements of the move. Ultimately the cutover took just five hours on a Saturday afternoon, freeing the rest of the weekend for the inevitable post-move end-to-end testing and quality control tasks. “It went perfectly, without a hitch because of the way in which Greg and our people planned the whole project,” said Avis Vila. “Setting up software on the new box and ensuring data replication and protection to the disaster recovery (DR) box is working perfectly. We lost no business tasks, nor any data from our 640,000 accounts in PNG and Fiji.” She said that all operations on the old hardware was transferred successfully to the two new i5 platforms – a production server and a disaster recovery platform. During this process the existing DR server acted as a fallback platform, ensuring constant protection. Each new machine has five logical partitions. To date, Papua New Guinea and Fiji operations are running on the production machine, while Solomon Islands business is being converted at present. When conversion and testing of Solomons business data is complete, it will be moved across to the new hardware. So will new functionality such as EFTPOS for Fiji. “At this stage it’s just a matter of switching over,” said Avis Vila. “Some things need testing and fine-tuning and may not work first time, but Orion has fulfilled all our expectations. We are all happy with it. We trusted Mid-Comp’s ability to use a role-swapping methodology rather than the traditional migration path, and the results have more than justified that decision. It has saved us time and simplified what might have been a complex and difficult process.” As more international banking business is taken on board, Avis and her team are working with Mid-Comp towards configuring the production server so that if it should fail, all systems and business data can be switched to the disaster recovery server. “We will have five partitions on the i5 and five on the DR box, and if one goes down, we won’t lose those branches – all we have to do is switch,” says Avis. “With Mid-Comp’s help, we are confident that this can be achieved.” Mid-Comp Director Denis Vaughan replied that Avis’s professionalism and that of the bank’s Project Manager, Cliff Young, contributed significantly to the project’s success. Bank South Pacific’s role-swapping capabilities yielded added value in early February 2009 when the i5 production server failed while IT staff were inserting a new card. Although they lost management control, they able to switch the critical environment over to the DR platform in a controlled manner. Some bank processing time was lost after a hitch with licensing and access to control codes, but it was soon business as usual . “The incident presented us with an opportunity to make procedural changes and get our Fiji business right,” said Avis Vila. “It also proved the added-value of Orion and Mid-Comp.” About Mid-Comp International Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd (www.midcomp.com.au) is an Australian developer and supplier of business software solutions that encompass intelligent supply chain, managed availability and IBM systems management. Recently Elders Ltd chose the firm’s Odyssey intelligent supply chain solution in preference to systems from 100-plus vendors including SAP AG and Lawson Software. Odyssey is believed to be the world’s largest pure Java system. Stockman, Mid-Comp’s scaled down version of Odyssey, is targeted at SME supply chain customers. Both solutions are based on Internet delivered technology. Mid-Comp enjoys a strategic relationship with IBM, and supplies products and services to a client list that includes dominant Australian commercial enterprises. The company also supplies product to organisations in 26 countries, including many Fortune 500 companies. For more information Steve Bridges, CEO, Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd Phone: (03) 9915 5200 or 0407 498 400 Email: steveb@midcomp.com.au David Frost PR Deadlines Pty Ltd Phone: (02) 4341 5021 Email: davidf@prdeadlines.com.au Transport Training Centre takes Mid-Comp's Odyssey to help raise industry standards 2009-04-08T02:30:04Z transport-training-centre-takes-mid-comp-s-odyssey-to-help-raise-industry-standards The Institute of Applied Logistics – Transport Training Centre (TTC) of South Australia is joining leading educational organisations in using the Odyssey intelligent ERP software solution from Mid-Comp International for teaching logistics students. According to TTC ‘s Supply Chain Program Manager, Ron Horne, while many participants in the logistics industry operate very effectively, there are opportunities for improvement. He is confident that Odyssey will help to raise standards. He said: “Supply chain systems are a grossly under-utilised part of the industry at present because there is a big gap in understanding these solutions and their ability to increase efficiency. “At TTC we focus on people, processes and systems. We endeavour to show our students best practice and show them how they can advance in the transport industry. Odyssey will provide the tools to show them what industry-strength supply chain software can help to achieve, and help the students themselves to achieve.” The Transport Training Centre’s course called ‘A Primer of Logistics’ is a practical, industry-based introduction to the subject that enables students to see where they are at present, and where they want to go. “We tell them ‘we can do it better’ and Odyssey is one of the tools we will use to do that,” says Ron, who has been running similar programs for eight years for different organisations. The present 12-month program has two streams: a cadetship for 18 to 19-year-olds and a night class to take existing supply chain supervisors and managers to the next levels. Ron plans to introduce Odyssey in July/August when a new program begins. He said: “We will link the software into problem-solving and group activities. It’s an excellent application that will give students hands-on practical experience to supplement their theoretical instruction.” Ron expressed thanks to Mid-Comp International whose people he said had “bent over backwards” in negotiating the Odyssey deal through the company’s Education Initiatives Program. About Mid-Comp International Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd (www.midcomp.com.au) is an Australian developer and supplier of business software solutions that encompass intelligent supply chain, managed availability and IBM systems management. Recently Elders Ltd chose the firm’s Odyssey intelligent supply chain solution in preference to systems from 100-plus vendors including SAP AG and Lawson Software. Odyssey is believed to be the world’s largest pure Java system. Stockman, Mid-Comp’s scaled down version of Odyssey, is targeted at SME supply chain customers. Both solutions are based on Internet delivered technology. Mid-Comp enjoys a strategic relationship with IBM, and supplies products and services to a client list that includes dominant Australian commercial enterprises. The company also supplies product to organisations in 26 countries, including many Fortune 500 companies. # # # For more information Steve Bridges, CEO, Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd Phone: (03) 9915 5200 or 0407 498 400 Email: steveb@midcomp.com.au Ron Horne Transport Training Centre (TTC) of South Australia Phone: (08) 8243 4400 Email: horner@ttc.com.au David Frost PR Deadlines Pty Ltd Phone: (02) 4341 5021 Email: davidf@prdeadlines.com.au Odyssey gives Kangan Batman students an advantage in supply chain job market 2009-03-18T04:57:00Z odyssey-gives-kangan-batman-students-an-advantage-in-supply-chain-job-market When logistics and warehousing students graduate from Kangan Batman TAFE in Melbourne, their employment opportunities are enhanced by a working knowledge of sophisticated, industry-strength supply chain software. The college uses Mid-Comp’s Odyssey intelligent ERP software solution for hands-on teaching. Unlike competing solutions from multinational vendors, Australian-owned Mid-Comp allows the use of its systems away from TAFE computers. Kangan Batman TAFE was the first of an expanding group of educational institutions to take advantage of Mid-Comp’s Education Initiatives program. Odyssey underpins two courses: Certificate in Warehousing, Logistics and Supply Chain Principles; and Warehouse Technology. Some 60-80 students take these courses each year. “The essential skills we give them are readily transferable to jobs in the logistics and supply chain industry because Odyssey aligns our courses with real-world practices,” says Paul Sesta, Program Co-ordinator. “Experience in using the software enhances their employment prospects in an industry searching for high technology education and skilled personnel resources.” Until Kangan Batman adopted Odyssey, its campus at Broadmeadows offered manual, low tech training in supply chain related subjects. “As an advanced technology ERP suite with a distribution focus, Odyssey fitted our objectives in providing a cornerstone delivery mechanism,” said Mr Sesta. “It gives both entry level students and those with industry expertise the opportunity to learn a warehouse management system or ERP/WMS and associated technologies in a practical environment.” He said students like Odyssey because it is easy to use and browser-based. They can access it anywhere, including on-site training in industry or from their homes. Students work in a live working warehouse using bar code and radio frequency technologies which give them practical hands-on exposure. The breadth of the Odyssey software application suite enables graduates to go into any distribution company operating modern workflow processes and become productive immediately. Students perform a variety of warehouse transactions from receiving through to despatch, stocktaking and inventory control. This involves barcode scanning, printing, labelling and completing documentation commonly used in the industry. They find the software easy to use: fields on the screens are straightforward and easy to navigate and they can have multiple instances open at the same time, minimising navigation. They can clearly identify each copy of a transaction under each menu item.” Paul Sesta concludes: “Our students have a positive advantage because we deliver the whole warehouse stream, from entry level through to Diploma of Logistics. Essentially students range from those with no previous experience, through to team leaders and middle managers who can have access to this software and learn about its functionality and application in industry.” About Kangan Batman TAFE Kangan Batman TAFE is a flexible, innovative and friendly place of learning, with a dynamic multicultural atmosphere. Every year the institution helps to build the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours of more than 26,000 people who work in and around businesses across Victoria, in Australia and overseas. Kangan Batman offers high quality courses designed with industry, for industry, which means students gain relevant and sought-after skills in their area of choice. Kangan Batman TAFE is Victoria's major training provider for the automotive, aerospace, polymer and transport industries and is the state's largest provider of traineeship and apprenticeship training. The institution has seven campuses across Melbourne, including the new Automotive Centre of Excellence at Docklands, which is to become the largest automotive training facility in the Southern Hemisphere. Kangan Batman offers nationally accredited courses from basic certificates to diplomas and graduate diplomas. Our partnerships with universities mean you can progress from our courses into degree and post-graduate studies. About Mid-Comp International Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd (www.midcomp.com.au) is an Australian developer and supplier of business software solutions that encompass intelligent supply chain, managed availability and IBM systems management. Recently Elders Ltd chose the firm’s Odyssey intelligent supply chain solution in preference to systems from 100-plus vendors including SAP AG and Lawson Software. Odyssey is believed to be the world’s largest pure Java system. Stockman, Mid-Comp’s scaled down version of Odyssey, is targeted at SME supply chain customers. Both solutions are based on Internet delivered technology. Mid-Comp enjoys a strategic relationship with IBM, and supplies products and services to a client list that includes dominant Australian commercial enterprises. The company also supplies product to organisations in 26 countries, including many Fortune 500 companies. # # # For more information Steve Bridges, CEO, Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd Phone: (03) 9915 5200 or 0407 498 400 Email: steveb@midcomp.com.au Paul Sesta Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE Phone: (03) 9279 2419 Email: psesta@kangan.edu.au David Frost PR Deadlines Pty Ltd Phone: (02) 4341 5021 Email: davidf@prdeadlines.com.au Southern Cross Logistics chooses Mid-Comp’s Stockman 2008-07-17T14:00:00Z southern-cross-logistics-chooses-mid-comp-s-stockman-1 Fast-expanding third party logistics company Southern Cross Logistics (SCL) has chosen Stockman, from Australian company Mid-Comp International, as the business software platform on which to launch aggressive growth plans. After rapid expansion in recent years, SCL’s systems were straining to keep up with, let alone cater for, the company’s ambitious plans for the next 24 months. Stockman is the small to medium enterprise (SME) version of Mid-Comp’s Odyssey product, a 21st century ERP for Distribution software application suite. Stockman’s seamless migration path to the corporate level Odyssey enterprise solution suite, fully protects SCL’s investment. Mid-Comp CEO Steve Bridges says it is suitable for SME importers, exporters, wholesale distributors, 3PLs and retail store networks that have outgrown their current systems but cannot justify the cost and complexity leap to a corporate ERP. Designed to comply with retail trading standards including EANway Scan Pack and advanced EDI to meet the e-Trading and track & trace demands of major retail chains, Stockman streamline the entire distribution process. “Low cost of ownership was extremely attractive to us,” says Tony Riley, Managing Director, Southern Cross Logistics. “It appears that Stockman can handle all the weird and wonderful inventory requirements variations that come with providing third party logistics services to such a diverse range of clients. Couple that with the fact that Mid-Comp’s people aim to have us performing full blown EANway Scan Pack and EDI trading with K-Mart for one of our major clients within six weeks of signing on the dotted line ... an ambitious timeframe … we’re definitely moving in the right direction.” Stockman is a fully integrated advanced distribution and accounting system that focuses on real-time supply chain efficiency. Built specifically to run on the web, Stockman provides true integration between all elements of the supply chain. Using a standard web browser, users can perform any function from anywhere there is internet access. “Our clients have complete visibility of their inventory simply by logging in to our system via the web,” said Riley. “They can also validate all activities being performed on their behalf, right down to product movements at unit level. Our ability to offer this degree of participation promotes client confidence, and demonstrates what can be accomplished by using a system that encourages true trading partner relationships.” About Mid-Comp International (www.midcomp.com.au) Founded in 1995, Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd is a Melbourne-based developer and supplier of business solutions software that takes advantage of both current and emerging technologies. Business solutions encompassing Intelligent Supply Chain, Managed Availability and IBM systems management are the key focus. Mid-Comp enjoys a strategic relationship with IBM, and supplies products and services to a client list that includes the dominant Australian commercial enterprises. The company also supplies product to users in 26 countries, including many Fortune 500 companies. Mid-Comp’s current emphasis is on architectures and mechanisms that facilitate Internet-based business transactions, with a focus on those that can demonstrate a genuine application in the wider business community. # # # For more information Steve Bridges, CEO, Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd Phone: (03) 9011 8288 or 0407 498 400 Email: steveb@midcomp.com.au David Frost PR Deadlines Pty Ltd Phone: (02) 4341 5021 Email: davidf@prdeadlines.com.au Mid-Comp seeks partners for shrink-wrapped version of ERP giant-killer 2008-07-17T14:00:00Z mid-comp-seeks-partners-for-shrink-wrapped-version-of-erp-giant-killer MELBOURNE, October 3. Mid-Comp International has launched the Stockman intelligent enterprise supply chain software solution for small to medium businesses (SMBs), and is seeking channels partners. Stockman is a new shrink-wrapped version of Mid-Comp’s successful Odyssey enterprise solution, chosen recently by agribusiness giant Elders Limited in preference to 100-plus competing systems from vendors that included multinational giants SAP AG and Lawson Software. Mid-Comp Managing Director Steve Bridges says: “We have an entry level Advocacy program which comprises paying for leads which eventuate in a sale. If it proves mutually beneficial, over time it can morph into something more substantial such as a reseller or channel partnership. We will be happy to talk to anybody regarding reseller partnerships.” Mid-Comp has strengthened a long-standing relationship with IBM ahead of an aggressive push into the small to medium enterprise (SME) solutions market. Joint initiatives with IBM include the promotion of hardware/software bundled solutions featuring Stockman. Mid-Comp has relationships under IBM’s ISV Advantage program and VIP program. Bridges says: “Mid-Comp is a key element in IBM’s aggressive iSeries push into the Microsoft white space territory. Odyssey/Stockman is the only product from Asia Pacific that has qualified for the VIP program.” Mid-comp is also working closely with California-based OZ Global Software, Inc. to locate supply chain resellers in the USA and Latin America. Based on the same code as Odyssey, the competitively priced Stockman is packaged with an impressive selection of functions that are easily tailored to SMB supply chain requirements. Competing with products from suppliers like Microsoft, Stockman offers the capacity to grow from 20 to unlimited users with no change in code. Stockman is a fully integrated, real-time distribution and accounting system that focuses on supply chain efficiency. Built to run via standard web browsers, the solution provides true integration between all elements of the supply chain. Basic and advanced business functions can be performed by internal or external staff, customers and auditors (based upon pre-a Mid-Comp hosts high availability summit for Top 500 user base 2008-06-23T00:00:00Z mid-comp-hosts-high-availability-summit-for-top-500-user-base MELBOURNE, June 23. Mid-Comp International, high availability and disaster recovery solutions provider in IBM Power Systems markets in Australia and New Zealand, today announced it will host a User Group Summit for High Availability (HA) customers using Vision Solutions Inc. ORION, iTERA and EchoStream HA software solutions, on July 7-8. The conference marks the first time executives from Vision Solutions, IBM and Mid-Comp will gather to discuss strategies, trends and innovations in the Power Systems markets. Along with learning more about high availability, data protection and disaster recovery technologies, the event will provide an excellent opportunity to network with peers. “It is a highly relevant event for our customer base,” says Mr Denis Vaughan, Mid-Comp’s Director for Business Solutions. “Numerous market leaders will present including Vision Solutions’ President and CEO, Mr. Nicolaas Vlok, and Product Strategy Director, Mr Doug Piper.” IBM Australia will highlight innovations within its Power Systems platform, including several significant recent upgrades. Mid-Comp has invited a spectrum of businesses currently considering implementing one of Vision Solutions’ HA software solutions, giving them an opportunity to mix freely among the current customer base, IBM and Vision Solutions executives. “We’re looking forward to participating in Mid-Comp’s important Users Group Summit,” shares Vision Solutions’ President and CEO, Mr. Nicolaas Vlok. “We continue to see substantial growth in this region of the world and consider it an honour to meet our customers, partners and prospects providing them an update on our strategies and product roadmap. We continue to bring exciting technologies to market and expect significant customer adoption of our new AIX HA products in the marketplace.” Through Mid-Comp, Vision Solutions’ products are being adopted by record numbers of customers in industries ranging from manufacturing and healthcare to retail and financial services, across small and mid-market to large enterprise segments. The needs of these organisations vary, with some requiring relatively simple backup and recovery solutions while others need greater levels of high availability protection spanning multiple continents. Vision Solutions ensures business viability with 24/7 certified customer service and information availability solutions for IBM’s Power Systems technologies. During the conference, delegates from the Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Singapore will gain the in-depth knowledge required for planning IBM and Vision upgrades. The two-day event will be held at the Stamford Hotel, North Ryde, Sydney on Monday, July 7 and Tuesday, July 8. About Mid-Comp International (www.midcomp.com.au) Founded in 1995, Mid-Comp International Pty Ltd is a Melbourne-based developer and supplier of business solutions software that takes advantage of both current and emerging technologies. Business solutions encompassing Intelligent Supply Chain, Managed Availability and IBM systems management are the key focus. Mid-Comp enjoys a strategic relationship with IBM, and supplies products and services to a client list that includes the dominant Australian commercial enterprises. The company also supplies product to users in 26 countries, including many Fortune 500 companies. Mid-Comp’s current emphasis is on architectures and mechanisms that facilitate Internet-based business transactions, with a focus on those that can demonstrate a genuine application in the wider business community. About Vision Solutions (www.visionsolutions.com) Vision Solutions, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of high availability, disaster recovery and data management solutions for IBM Power Systems (System i and System p platforms). With a portfolio spanning the industry’s most innovative and trusted HA solutions from ORION™, MIMIX and iTERA™ brands, Vision keeps critical businesses information continuously protected and available. Affordable and easy to use, Vision products ensure business continuity, increase productivity, reduce operating costs and satisfy compliance requirements. Vision also offers advanced cluster management and systems management solutions, and support for System i (i5/OS and OS400), Windows, and AIX operating environments. As IBM’s largest high availability Premier Business Partner (NYSE: IBM), Vision Solutions oversees a global network of business partners and services and support professionals to help our customers achieve their business goals. Privately held by Thoma Cressey Bravo, Inc., Vision Solutions is headquartered in Irvine, California with offices worldwide. For more information visit www.visionsolutions.com For more information Denis Vaughan, Mid-Comp International Phone: +61 3 9915 5200 denisv@midcomp.com.au David Frost PR Deadlines Pty Ltd Phone: (02) 4341 5021 Email: davidf@prdeadlines.com.au