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BCD Becomes Zend Premier Partner in Upgraded Partnership

Expanded partnership better positions the PHP-on-IBM i leaders to help organizations maximize their investment in IBM i.

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Mansfield, MA – October 8, 2015 – BCD Software LLC, part of the Quadrant Group and an IBM i industry leader for almost 40 years, and Zend, the PHP company and provider of the #1 application server for mission-critical PHP applications, have announced a significant upgrade to their partnership: BCD is now a Zend Premier Partner, the highest level of Zend partnership available.

The two industry leaders first expanded their partnership in March, solidifying BCD and Zend's position as the go-to resource for PHP on IBM i. "The partnership has been so successful since the expansion that it makes sense to take it to the next level," says Stephen Woodard, CEO of the Quadrant Group.

In addition to being Zend's preferred partner for IBM i modernization and PHP development services, BCD's Premier Partnership includes direct access to Zend executives, dedicated sales and technical personnel to work on sales opportunities, sales incentives and additional joint marketing activities.

BCD has been given the Premier Partner designation because of their commitment to PHP and Zend solutions. They have met Zend Server sales numbers for three consecutive quarters and exceeded Zend's partner knowledge guidelines for sales, development and support.

BCD has also collaborated with Zend to promote PHP through several marketing activities since March. This includes joint webinars, a highly-attended PHP reception at COMMON's Spring Conference and another reception at Zend’s upcoming ZendCon Conference.

From the development perspective, BCD introduced Z-Ray integration in WebSmart PHP, their rapid web application development solution. One of BCD's Certified Zend Professionals also advises on the PHP Toolkit for IBM i.

"We're proud to be acknowledged as a Zend Premier Partner and will continue to invest in our partnership," says Stephen Woodard, CEO of the Quadrant Group. "BCD is committed to helping organizations succeed with PHP on IBM i and we’re looking forward to adding even more value to our collective offerings. With BCD and Zend, organizations have a proven PHP-on-IBM i resource, from development and professional services to deployment."

"BCD's dedication to PHP and our partnership is evident in how they have delivered on every aspect of our agreement. BCD has exceeded our expectations and we’re excited to welcome them as a Zend Premier Partner," says Stu Schmidt, President of Zend Technologies.

About BCD

BCD is a Quadrant Software company and one of the most successful software organizations in the IBM i marketplace. BCD has almost 40 years in the industry and has successfully helped thousands of organizations worldwide modernize.

BCD is part of the Quadrant Group, which also includes:

  • Quadrant Software, a leading provider of document distribution, spool file beautification and business intelligence solutions
  • ExcelSystems, which develops and supports BCD solutions
  • NetLert, which develops an Avaya call center performance analysis solution
  • SoftBase, which provides application testing and tuning solutions for IBM's DB2 database utilizing the OS/390 and z/OS operating systems

About Zend Technologies

Zend partners with businesses to rapidly deliver modern apps across mobile and cloud. Founded in 1999, Zend helped establish the PHP language, which today runs more than one-third of the world's web sites. Today, Zend is the leading provider of software and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical applications in PHP. Zend's award-winning PHP solutions including Zend Server and Zend Studio are deployed at more than 40,000 companies, including NYSE Euronext, BNP Paribas, Bell Helicopter, France Telecom and other leading brands worldwide. Learn more at www.zend.com.