Syncsort: Out of Mainframe Shadow to Tackle Modern Data Problems

Loraine Lawson

Syncsort isn't a name you frequently encounter when you follow integration.


That's probably because for most of its 40-plus years, the company has been privately owned and relatively content to quietly serve its core customer base. Last year, Gartner ranked it in the niche quadrant of its Data Integration Magic Quadrant.


But that niche worked quite well for the mainframe-based company-Syncsort serves 90 of the Fortune 100 companies and is used in more than 12,000 customer sites worldwide.


The company was sold a few years ago to Insight Venture Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and Goldman Sachs, and it's ready to expand its customer base, according to Joe Lichtenberg, technology strategist with Syncsort.


The company holds intellectual property that addresses high-speed data sorting and integration-a powerful combination, especially for what Lichtenberg calls "extreme integration" like processing the exploding volumes of data for enterprises and large organizations.


The company's main integration tool, DMExpress, can shorten data transformations from months to less than six hours, Lichtenberg told me during a recent interview. He also explained a bit about how the tool works.


As you might suspect, this solution isn't for just any size organization. It's primarily for those with "big data" problems. He explained:

... any global 2000 company that is either stuck because they can't deliver on a service-level agreement because of a new service level or because the batch windows have shrunk because what used to be nightly is now intraday or because the data volumes have grown.

Last month, the company rolled out DMExpress 6, which included a number of updates designed to improve data compression and work flows, as well as support for exposing metadata layers with XML. It's also partnering with TeraData.


This past week, Syncsort announced a new-though unnamed-solution for accelerating and modernizing data from mainframe applications. Once again, DMExpress is at the heart of this solution, according to the press release.


It's an interesting integration story, watching Syncsort update its business model - and its technology - from its mainframe roots and reaching out to address the very modern problems of too much information.

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