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P&V Assurances reduces via VPN-free access
By Jim Utsler

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lthough Blackberry and Palm devices have been on the market for years, recent advances in smartphone and tablet technology have made mobility more commonplace for business users. Whether via Wi-Fi or a mobile phone connection, they can now easily surf the Web, check email and download productivity apps on the go. The problem for many companies is translating back-office legacy applications to suitable mobile formats. In fact, some haven’t even made the jump to laptop-driven access, especially when dealing with multiple operating systems, including Microsoft* Windows*, Mac OS X and Linux*. This essentially means company personnel are tied to mission- or OS-specific workstations or PCs. While this makes for a humdrum work life, it can also cause problems in the IT department. For example, VPNs may be needed for secure client access to back-end systems. Additionally, client software may have to be installed on PCs, especially if a green-screen application is being presented as a graphical interface. As most IT specialists know, this can result in maintenance nightmares. P&V Assurances addressed this issue with SysperTec’s VIRTEL Web Access software

to deliver graphical access to green-screen applications over the Internet—regardless of the user’s operating system and without the need for VPNs. This eliminated the need for business-only hardware in favor of user-preferred hardware and operating systems. As a result, the company has significantly reduced its licensing and maintenance costs, and its independent insurance agents can now do their work wherever they are, including at client locations. P&V is also looking to provide that same type of platform-agnostic access to back-end systems on smartphones and tablets, thereby creating a truly mobile workforce. The bonus, as Mark Scheers, IT vendor manager with P&V, notes, “is that we wouldn’t even have to change our core applications to achieve this. We’d simply be translating 3270 screens into a readable format for a variety of devices.”

Mark Scheers, IT vendor manager with P&V, says employees can easily access company applications with the System z10 Business Class machine.

A Value Add One of the largest insurance companies in Belgium, where its Brussels-based headquarters is located, P&V offers many products, including life, auto, fire and hazard insurance. Its homegrown applications, which handle everything from policies, claims and agent

activities, run on a System z10* Business Class machine. The company also has other standalone servers that host many smaller applications, including Microsoft Exchange. A large IT staff, including development and support personnel, manages all of its IT assets. Until the early 1990s, all of its agents were on the P&V payroll and working out of P&V-maintained branches. The company had to administer branch workstations and the network needed to remotely access the company’s internal applications. As the

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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011
Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Before Smartphone Applications
Data Display: Who Are You?
Insider: Minimize the Impact of Failures With Restartable Batch Applications
Focus on Storage: ProtecTIER Deduplication Saves More Data on Less Disk
Case Study: P&V Assurances Reduces Technology Costs Via VPN-Free Access
Build a Solid Foundation: The zEnterprise Delivers Value as the Cornerstone for Business Applications
Leveling the Playing Field: IBM Rational Software Advances Mainframe Development
Developer: EGL is the Ultimate for Multiplatform Programming
Solutions
Advertisers’ Index
Stop Run: Meet the 2010 Mainframe Contest Winners
Reference Point
Special Supplement: Innovate 2011
Special Supplement: Services Blueprint: IBM Systems Lab Services and Training
Special Supplement: Mainframe Special Report
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - CA1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - CA2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Editor's Desk: Before Smartphone Applications
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Data Display: Who Are You?
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Insider: Minimize the Impact of Failures With Restartable Batch Applications
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Focus on Storage: ProtecTIER Deduplication Saves More Data on Less Disk
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Case Study: P&V Assurances Reduces Technology Costs Via VPN-Free Access
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Build a Solid Foundation: The zEnterprise Delivers Value as the Cornerstone for Business Applications
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Leveling the Playing Field: IBM Rational Software Advances Mainframe Development
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 32
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Developer: EGL is the Ultimate for Multiplatform Programming
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Advertisers’ Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Stop Run: Meet the 2010 Mainframe Contest Winners
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Reference Point
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - RF2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Special Supplement: Innovate 2011
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - I8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Special Supplement: Services Blueprint: IBM Systems Lab Services and Training
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SBCover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB7
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB11
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB14
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SB16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - SBCover3
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - Special Supplement: Mainframe Special Report
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - May/June 2011 - MFSR2
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