DRV Sets Sites on International Expansion
August 9, 2011 Alex Woodie
SpoolFlex developer DRV Technologies last month unveiled a partnership with GroovySoft, a French company that specializes in introducing IBM i and z/OS products to worldwide markets. The move will help drive the international expansion for the Atlanta, Georgia, developer of IBM i tools for automating the handling of spool files and system messages.
The partnership with the Montpellier, France-based GroovySoft will help DRV expand not only into the European market for IBM i software, but also the Asian markets, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan, according to DRV president Richard Voss.
“We are excited about our potential for growth into the global marketplace and look forward to developing a strong distribution network with GroovySoft for delivering FlexTools,” Voss states in a press release. “GroovySoft is an excellent fit for us!”
GroovySoft works with resellers that serve more than 30 countries, according to DRV. According to the GroovySoft website, it currently has partnerships with two American IBM i software vendors, including Townsend Security and Valid Technologies. It also works with Cilasoft, a French developer of IBM i security software, and it also lists a partnership with DB2 replication tool provider Starquest Ventures.
DRV was recommended to GroovySoft by one of its French partners, the company’s director Jacques Gabay says in a press release. “We wanted to add some powerful e-delivery System i solutions to our existing product portfolio, and the DRV Technologies line-up is a great fit into our market positioning as we can sell the products to our existing customers, and to open doors for new opportunity as well.”
DRV Technologies currently develops four products, including SpoolFlex, the suite of spool file and document management software for the IBM i server. Other products include an electronic forms package called FormFlex, a report re-formatting tool called ReportFlex, and the latest addition, MessageFlex, which debuted in November.
DRV’s website says a new backup and encryption offering is “coming soon.” The offering will be a “pure software” solution that can back up and encrypt individual objects or entire libraries, and works with tape and the IFS.