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Educational Testing Service streamlines application
calls and improves PCI compliance
By Jim Utsler k Photography by JJ Sulin

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hammer, a wrench and a
screwdriver are about all
some people have in their
toolbox. That same concept
unfortunately appiles to many
data centers. Application
developers are a hardworking
bunch, but they may not have the
proper tools available to meet the
needs of an ever-changing service
delivery environment.
This is especially true now
that data requests-to multiple
databases-can come from
everywhere, such as a customer
service representative's desk,
over the internet or via a mobile
device. And people expect fast
responses in both directions.
Credit card processing, for
example, shouldn't wait until
a nightly batch job before it's
completed. This opens the door to
too many security exposures.
These are some of the reasons
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
got a bigger toolbox-one that
includes Ivory Service Architect
from GT Software, which allows
ETS to take advantage of simple

web service calls to process data
requests in a more timely fashion.
Credit card information, for
example, is no longer left in batchjob limbo. Instead, those requests
are quickly sent to processors
as web services for immediate
approvals, with a transaction ID as
the only trail left behind.
"I have a background in the
financial industry, so when we got
together with our internal security
team and began going over all of
our systems, we said, 'Wow. We're
really not in compliance with
PCI,' " recalls Harry MacCord, IT
director, ETS brands application
management. "We were storing
all of this information, waiting
for batch processing. This was a
huge vulnerability we needed to
address. Ivory Service Architect
essentially did that for us."

A Disconnect
Based in Princeton, New Jersey,
nonprofit ETS specializes in the
development, administration and
scoring of a variety of educational

tests, including the Test of English as a Foreign
Language, the Test of English for International
Communication, the Graduate Record Examination
and the Praxis Series assessments, which measure
teacher candidates' knowledge and skills and are used
for the licensing and certification processes. Testing
takes place at over 9,000 locations in more than 180
countries, with over 50 million tests processed every
year. The organization also produces a comprehensive
list of associated study materials.

UP CLOSE
CUSTOMER: Educational Testing Service
HEADQUARTERS: Princeton, New Jersey
BUSINESS: Development and management of
academic testing offerings
CHALLENGE: Sharing data between
applications and application operating
environments, and ensuring PCI compliance
SOLUTION: Using GT Software's Ivory
Service Architect to develop a web services
infrastructure that eases data exchanges and
eliminates credit card batch processing
HARDWARE: IBM zEnterprise 114
SOFTWARE: GT Software's Ivory Service
Architect, IBM DB2 for z/OS and IBM MQSeries

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Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Mitigating money matters
IBM Perspective: Linux on z Systems provides financial industry a foundation for blockchain
Partner PoV: Virtualization helps improve time to market and data center operations
IT Today: Blockchain's potential extends beyond the financial industry
Case Study: The Right Tools: Educational Testing Service streamlines application calls and improves PCI compliance
Cover Story: Process Transformation: Blockchain brings speed, security and transparency to business
Feature: A Modern System: IBM midtier solutions exploit API and microservices to drive innovation
Special Report: Mainframe Security Survey: Unauthorized users and external hackers are top concerns cited in survey
Tech Corner: Create a DevOps pipeline for Java applications in CICS
Solutions: zVT Control Center, dbDefender DAM Agent for DB2
Stop Run: IBM software engineer balances his day job with acting
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Editor's Desk: Mitigating money matters
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - IBM Perspective: Linux on z Systems provides financial industry a foundation for blockchain
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Partner PoV: Virtualization helps improve time to market and data center operations
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - IT Today: Blockchain's potential extends beyond the financial industry
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Case Study: The Right Tools: Educational Testing Service streamlines application calls and improves PCI compliance
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Cover Story: Process Transformation: Blockchain brings speed, security and transparency to business
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Feature: A Modern System: IBM midtier solutions exploit API and microservices to drive innovation
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Special Report: Mainframe Security Survey: Unauthorized users and external hackers are top concerns cited in survey
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Tech Corner: Create a DevOps pipeline for Java applications in CICS
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Solutions: zVT Control Center, dbDefender DAM Agent for DB2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Stop Run: IBM software engineer balances his day job with acting
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2016 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
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