Guest of the Week (10/6/17)
Josh Rogers, Chief Executive Officer, Syncsort Inc.
Congratulations Josh! You are theCUBE’s Guest of the Week.
What are the oldest technology companies still operating today? Before Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Oracle and Microsoft there was IBM, AT&T and Hewlett-Packard. General Electric goes all the way back to Thomas Edison in 1892. These are all household names to be sure, but there is one company on the “half a century and more” list that might catch some people by surprise: Syncsort Inc.
Founded in 1968 (the same year as Intel), Syncsort was created to provide a sorting utility for mainframe computers. One of its first tasks was to design an airline reservations system for Control Data, and the business took off rapidly from there, gaining a foothold in the European market where the company became one of the first to sell independent software in that part of the world.
What has carried Syncsort into the next half century is the mainframe, “Big Iron” technology that many experts believed would go the way of the dinosaur and video rental stores. Many of the world’s largest companies and governments still rely on mainframes for transactional processing (IBM’s z13 can process 2.5 billion transactions per day), and the company found its niche with data integration technology.
“We believe to get full value out of the investments in next-generation technologies, it would be helpful if you had your full data assets available. We can help you do that in a number of ways that you won’t be able to find anywhere else,” said Josh Rogers, chief executive officer of Syncsort.
Rogers stopped by theCUBE, SiliconANGLE’s mobile livestreaming studio, for two separate interviews. He spoke with theCUBE’s John Furrier (@furrier) during the BigData NYC event in New York City, as well as with Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and John Walls (@JohnWalls21) at Splunk.conf 2017 in Washington, D.C. They discussed Syncsort’s relationship with Splunk, meeting operational challenges for mainframes, the opportunity for growth in the public sector, acquisitions and Syncsort’s business expansion over the past two years.