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BCD Introduces IBM i PHP Bundles and Support for Zend Server's Z-Ray in WebSmart PHP

BCD’s integration with Zend solutions will support organizations through the full PHP-on-IBM i development lifecycle.

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Chicago, IL – April 27, 2015 – BCD Software LLC, a Quadrant Software company and an IBM i industry leader for almost 40 years, has introduced new IBM i PHP bundles and support for Zend’s Z-Ray in WebSmart PHP, BCD’s template-based desktop and mobile web application development solution. This news comes on the heels of BCD’s recently-announced expanded partnership with Zend.

"BCD and Zend are dedicated to supporting organizations with industry leading PHP-on-IBM i solutions, services and support," says Marcel Sarrasin, Quadrant’s VP of Corporate Marketing. "Our bundles add value for organizations that are looking to rapidly develop PHP applications with WebSmart and are also looking for Zend Server’s enterprise-level deployment that optimizes performance, troubleshooting, reliability and security.

"Another significant aspect of our partnership with Zend is integrating our tools. WebSmart’s new support for Z-Ray within the WebSmart IDE is the first step and will save developers significant time when debugging their PHP applications."

IBM i PHP Bundles

BCD's IBM i PHP bundles are designed to help IBM i organizations get started with PHP as successfully and as efficiently as possible. Special pricing is available for the launch of these bundles.

The DevSmart™ bundle is ideal for organizations that want to get started with PHP but don’t have business-critical applications yet. DevSmart includes WebSmart PHP in conjunction with Zend Server Basic and jumpstart services such as WebSmart configuration and training videos.

The ProSmart™ bundle is a perfect fit for organizations that need a fully-supported runtime environment. ProSmart includes WebSmart PHP, jumpstart services and Zend Server Professional. Developers can debug and monitor applications more efficiently with Zend Server Professional's Z-Ray, code tracing, application monitoring and business-hour phone support. It also includes all security hotfixes.

BCD's WebSmart PHP customers can take advantage of special Zend Server Professional pricing.

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Z-Ray Integration

Z-Ray is Zend's go-to debugging solution for error-free application development. It displays all of the under-the-hood details of a page request and gives developers real-time insight into how their application is running and consuming resources - from PHP variables to DB2 for i queries to RPG program calls.

With WebSmart PHP's new integration with Z-Ray, developers can see all of this information directly in the WebSmart IDE. It provides them a snapshot of their application as they develop it in WebSmart PHP so they spend less time debugging and more time adding value-add features to their applications.

WebSmart PHP's integration with Z-Ray will be available at the end of the second quarter.

About WebSmart

WebSmart PHP is a proven rapid IBM i and multi-platform desktop and mobile web application development solution that is used by hundreds of organizations. WebSmart's templates generate the initial UI (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) and server-side PHP code so you begin with a fully-functioning desktop or mobile web application. You can then customize your web application for your business needs in the WebSmart IDE, which includes HTML tools, syntax checking, code completion and more.

You can download a free trial of WebSmart PHP from

About BCD and Quadrant Software

BCD is a Quadrant Software company and one of the most successful software organizations in the IBM i marketplace. BCD and Quadrant have a combined 60 years in the IBM i marketplace and have successfully helped thousands of organizations worldwide modernize.

Together, BCD and Quadrant help customers maximize their investment in IBM i with their web development, mobilization, spool file beautification and document distribution tools.