GT Software’s Dusty Rivers Named IBM Champion for Second Straight Year

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Program recognizes innovative leaders and mentors in the IBM technical community

Dusty Rivers, IBM Champion and Principal Technical Architect for GT Software

Dusty Rivers, IBM Champion and Principal Technical Architect for GT Software

Dusty is a perfect example of the depth and breadth of IBM technical expertise found at GT Software.

For the second year in a row, IBM has named GT Software’s Dusty Rivers an IBM Champion for his innovative leadership within the data management community. An IBM Champion is an IT professional, developer or educator who leads and mentors those in the IBM technical community and helps them make the best use of IBM solutions and services.

“On behalf of IBM, it is with great pleasure that we recognize Dusty as a 2011 IBM Champion,” said Beth Flood, IBM Champion Program Manager. “Thank you for your leadership and contributions to the data management community. You continue to be among a very small group to be chosen for this recognition.”

Rivers, a Principal Technical Architect for GT Software, has an extensive 33-year background in global mainframe systems integration, primarily focusing on IMS. Rivers has played an integral role in the design and implementation of distributed mainframe projects for a distinguished list of FORTUNE companies throughout the finance, government, manufacturing and insurance industries. Well-regarded within the technology community, he is a frequent presenter at conferences in the United States, as well as in Europe, South Africa and Australia.

Demonstrating GT Software’s Depth and Breadth of Expertise
“Dusty is a perfect example of the depth and breadth of IBM technical expertise found at GT Software,” explained Wes Young, Senior Vice President of Sales for GT Software. “Our mission is to serve the IBM mainframe community. For nearly 30 years, GT Software has helped organizations derive the greatest business benefit from their mainframe investments by delivering cost-effective mainframe integration solutions, particularly our flagship product, Ivory Service Architect.

Market-leading Ivory Service Architect enables organizations to extend access to mainframe applications, data, and processes using web services — with no code written, generated or changed and no additional MIPS usage.

Working to Extend IMS Through Web Services
Nominated for his outstanding contributions to the data management community, Rivers has worked on the initial design of many products that integrate IMS systems to the distributed world — first at BellSouth in the IMS and DB2 groups, then with IONA with the Orbix Mainframe Integration (IMS), and then with the Artix mainframe product. At GT Software, Rivers works with global organizations to extend IMS through web services using Ivory Service Architect.

Rivers commented, “I am honored to receive this award for a second year, especially for doing something I enjoy so much. Working for GT Software, I am able to help organizations integrate the mission-critical data and applications in their mainframe with new technology, enabling them to fully leverage mainframe assets when carrying out modern development initiatives.”

About Ivory Service Architect
Market-leading Ivory Service Architect enables organizations to extend access to mainframe applications, data, and processes using web services — with no code written, generated or changed and no additional MIPS usage. Plus, Ivory Service Architect requires minimal training and offers quick deployment. Ivory Service Architect helps integrate all mainframe assets, regardless of underlying platforms, languages and data formats.

About GT Software
For nearly 30 years, GT Software has helped organizations derive the greatest business benefit from their mainframe investments by delivering cost-effective mainframe integration and data access solutions. GT Software offers a suite of industry-leading mainframe integration and data access tools that improve operational responsiveness by simplifying and accelerating access to mainframe applications, data, and processes while reducing total cost of ownership.

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