BluePhoenix Hosts ASNAPalooza in San Antonio This Week
October 8, 2007 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Software development tool maker ASNA may have recently merged with mainframe tool and integration software maker BluePhoenix Solutions, but as far as ASNA’s customers are concerned, the annual ASNApalooza conference for customers is going on this week in San Antonio, Texas, just like always.
In fact, BluePhoenix and ASNA expect a record turnout for the event, which runs from October 8 though 10 at the Hyatt Regency along the famous Riverwalk in San Antonio. The event is expected to draw hundreds of IT managers, chief information officers, and programmers from all over the world. Anne Ferguson, who is chief executive officer at ASNA and one of the company’s co-founders, will make opening remarks at the ASNApalooza event, and so will Arik Kilman, CEO at BluePhoenix. ASNA gurus Rick Farina, Tim Jannsen, Mike Marlowe, Ric Torres, and Roger Pence will be giving the bulk of the presentations at the event.
“We are very happy to attend our first ASNApalooza,” said Kilman in a statement ahead of the conference. “ASNA has succeeded in creating a large community of customers who use their market-leading RPG modernization tools for System i and .NET. We look forward to meeting the attendees and discussing their modernization needs, and the additional solutions and services available to them as a result of the BluePhoenix/ASNA merger.”
The merger between the two companies was completed on August 16, with ASNA distributing $1.7 million in dividends to its shareholders before the merger and another $7 million that came from BluePhoenix in the wake of the merger. ASNA’s original shareholders will get an unspecified amount of extra dough if Ferguson and her team can hit certain sales targets in the next three years.