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March 31, 2015 – OCS is hiring Software Engineers.

OCS is a small company with a long history. If you are looking for a job where you will work with a team of other bright people and make that difference, check us out.

The job will be in support of software performance engineering, which involves watching over a large Unix system under development and doing the proper engineering to make sure that the system performs well as it goes live. You will work as part of a team with other OCS engineers to achieve this goal and work with a wide range of modern technologies to make it happen. You will work in an environment where solid engineering is valued over politics and your peers are smart, well motivated people.

For more information visit http://www.ocsystems.com/jobs.html

RootCause 2.2.5b/Aprobe 4.4.5b Available for AIX and Linux

March 30, 2015 - RootCause version 2.2.5b (Aprobe 4.4.5b), an incremental update for OC Systems' RootCause/Aprobe product on both the AIX and Linux platforms, was released today. This update addresses a number of customer-reported issues, as well as adding support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and CentOS7 and GCC version 4.8 for Linux users, and Java tracing support for AIX 64-bit users. Contact support@ocsystems.com to request a download or learn more about this update.

PowerAda 5.8b Released

March 2, 2015 - PowerAda version 5.8b was released for both AIX and Linux platforms, providing customer-requested bug fixes. Contact support@ocsystems.com to request or learn more about this update.

RTI Version 3.4.6 Released

December 31, 2014 - RTI Version 3.4.6 was released today. See the RTI 3.4.6 Release Summary for what is new.

RTI Version 3.4.5 Released

September 14, 2014 - RTI Version 3.4.5 was released today. See the RTI 3.4.5 Release Summary for what is new.

PowerAda and RootCause/Aprobe Updates Released

August 18, 2014 - PowerAda version 5.8 was released today for both AIX and Linux platforms. By user request, this update includes improved Java and AIX xlC integration. RootCause 2.2.5 (Aprobe 4.4.5) for AIX was released in conjunction with PowerAda to fully integrate with its enhancements and to support IBM Java 7.1.

In addition, Linux Aprobe now supports GNAT! Aprobe 4.4.5 (RootCause 2.2.5) for Linux was also released today, and introduces support for the public version of GNAT, the gcc compiler for Ada. While this support is still in "beta", we encourage GNAT/Linux users to try Aprobe and let us know what you think!

Contact support@ocsystems.com to request or learn more about these new releases.

New Blog Posts on APMdigest

March 16, 2014 – Tom Fleck and Oliver Cole recently provided a couple of blog posts to APMdigest.com.

APM is More Than a Software Product - by Oliver Cole

Measure What You Need and No More - by Tom Fleck

OC Systems Joins APMdigest as Gold Sponsor

February 12, 2014 – The OC Systems APM solution, RootCause Transaction Instrumentation (RTI), is designed to support Red Hat JBoss Middleware customers. RTI provides metrics, alerts, profiling and deep dive diagnostics and can be run standalone with JBoss, as an integrated plugin to the JBoss Operations Network (JON) or as an APM cartridge in the cloud.

To learn more please visit the APMdigest site.

For more information on RTI please visit the RTI site.

OCS launches Open Source Virtualization Center of Competence

January 24, 2014 – Having recently completed a long term project to modernize its software development and test infrastructure, OC Systems is expanding its consultancy offerings to allow our customers to benefit from the technologies, techniques and skills developed in the course of this effort.

Here are some examples of the challenges OCS is now positioned to provide support for.

Virtualization Platform Migration

Vendor lock-in with proprietary virtualization platforms can present a high barrier to lower-TCO open source solutions. Open source platforms offer several options for simplifying migration and OCS can help steer your organization toward the right-fit solution for your needs, and support you by customizing automated migration techniques.

Provisioning and Capacity Planning

Virtualization holds out the promise of allowing you to "over-commit" your hardware resources for maximal utilization, but can cause severe performance degradation if mishandled. OC Systems' experience with performance tuning and resource utilization analysis can be applied in this domain to enable you to get the most out of your hardware without sacrificing performance.

Your Own Piece of the Cloud

"Cloud Computing" is a term lately over-used and poorly understood. Can your enterprise benefit from "True" Cloud features such as dynamic scaling in response to changes in load? OC Systems can help right-size your capabilities as well as your resources.

RTI Featured in the Red Hat OpenShift Blog

November 13, 2013 – OC Systems' RTI was featured in the Red Hat OpenShift blog. For more information on RTI please visit the RTI site.

OCS celebrates its 30th Anniversary! – October 13, 2013


RTI v3.4.2

September 30, 2013 – OC Systems announces the newest version of our RTI product: RTI v3.4.2. Improvements include support for new platforms and environments, enhanced data collection, and improved reporting capabilities.

RTI is a deep-dive Application Performance Monitoring and diagnostics tool for JBoss that lets operations, developers, and testers monitor and drill down into slow transactions to identify the root-cause of performance problems that affect the end-user experience.

For more information please visit the RTI site.

OCS August Open House Cancelled

August 13, 2013 – OCS is cancelling our Open House that was scheduled for Thursday, August 15 at Mark Center Clydes. It was intended to be a celebration of our 30th year in business (yes, 30 years!) and to get to know our customers and friends, but recently there has been a contractual protest and it is frowned upon to do any kind of outreach during that period even if it is not specifically related to the protest. Sigh. The actual 30th anniversary of OCS is October 13th. We will reschedule once things cool down. Stay tuned. It'll be fun.

OCS is hosting an Open House

August 7, 2013 – OC Systems is hosting an Open House at the Clyde’s in Alexandria, VA (Mark Center) on Thursday August 15th 4:00-7:00. Drinks and light appetizers will be served. This year OCS celebrates 30 years of software engineering success! If your situation lately seems lacking in that kind of staying power, consider giving us a call. OCS is specifically looking for qualified candidates to help support the CBP CSPO O&M program, but all are welcome. For more information or to see a list of the open positions please go to www.ocsystems.com/jobs C'mon and share a pint and meet the various OCSers!

RTI News

Get the latest news about our RTI Product on the RTI News Page.

Old News

OC Systems has been around a long time -- here are some past press releases.

OC Systems Releases RTI v3.3, Application Performance Management for JBoss Operations Network
January 17, 2012
OC Systems Announces RTI v3.2 Integration with JBoss Operations Network and RHQ
November 16, 2011
OC Systems Launches RTI v3 at Red Hat Summit and JBoss World
May 03, 2011
Performance Engineers Can Monitor End-User Experience, Analyze Transactions, Drill Down for Performance Diagnostics with RTI v3
January 19, 2011
OC Systems Releases RootCause Transaction Instrumentation (RTI) for Internet Explorer Version 2
October 19, 2009
OC Systems Releases Aprobe Version 5, Extends Aprobe Software Instrumentation to Embedded Devices
June 29, 2009
OC Systems' RTI Software Delivers Production Response Time Measurements
June 10, 2009
U.S. Government Agency Purchases 25,000 Licenses of RTI for ITCAM to Monitor End-User Login Experience
Oliver Cole quoted in CIO.com
Oliver Cole was quoted in several articles on CIO.com about the value of doing code reviews and how to do them effectively.
December 22, 2008
Oliver Cole quoted in Computerworld UK
ComputerWorld UK also picked up the story about Oliver Cole saying Eclipse should "slim down."
March 24, 2008
Oliver Cole about Eclipse in InfoWorld
Oliver Cole, of OC Systems, who leads the Eclipse Test & Performance Tools Platform project, predicts that the Eclipse IDE functionality will need to be trimmed down to deliver larger sets of value. Cole was speaking during a panel session at the EclipseCon 2008 conference in Santa Clara, Calif.
March 21, 2008
OC Systems Ships Response Time Instrumentation (RTI) for Internet Explorer
January 15, 2008
OC Systems' Response Time Instrumentation (RTI) for Internet Explorer Receives "Ready for IBM Tivoli Software" Validation
August 29, 2007
OC Systems Announces Response Time Instrumentation (RTI) for Internet Explorer
March 02, 2007
RTI measures actual end user response time at the browser; Integrates with IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager
OC Systems and Wind River Partner to Deliver Sensor Point Technology and Services for Deployed Devices in New Wind River Management Suite; Dynamic Sensor Points Provide an Essential Part of Wind River's Root-Cause Analysis System
May 17, 2006
OC Systems to provide Sensor Point development services:
Sensor Point SureStart, Sensor Point RapidResponse and Custom Sensor Point Development

OC Systems Announces Hitchhiker for Eclipse; Free Eclipse Plug-In Provides Testing, Debugging and Performance Analysis for C/C++ Applications
June 27, 2005
Hitchhiker brings the tracing, profiling, memory leak tracking and function coverage capabilities of the Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Platform (TPTP) to C/C++.

OC Systems named a Niche Player in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for J2EE Application Server Management
Gartner positions OC Systems in the Niche quadrant, stating that RootCause exposes key information down to the source-code level concerning J2EE transactions and objects.
April 4, 2005
Read about the Universal Agent in Unicenter Advisor
The Universal Agent provides an extremely effective and fast way to instrument applications not natively managed by Unicenter. Read a detailed explanation of how to use the Universal Agent to build an application agent for Unicenter NSM.
November 1, 2004

OC Systems Joins Eclipse Foundation
March 1, 2005
OC Systems has joined the Eclipse Foundation as an add-in member and will be developing RootCause for Eclipse, an add-in for the Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Platform (TPTP) Project.

OC Systems Wins Lockheed Martin STAR Supplier Award
May 7, 2004
OC Systems, Inc. has received the STAR Supplier - Best in Class Product Award from Lockheed Martin, designating the company as one of the top-performing suppliers to Lockheed Martin.

OC Systems' Universal Agent Certified ca smart with Computer Associates' Unicenter NSM
January 14, 2004
The Universal Agent provides additional options for monitoring packaged and custom software applications with CA's industry-leading management solution.

OC Systems Announces Universal Agent with Patented Aprobe Technology
January 14, 2004
The Universal Agent seamlessly integrates custom and packaged software applications with Unicenter NSM.

Oliver Cole radio interview at JavaOne
June 10, 2003
Oliver Cole discussed memory leaks with Ajit Sagar on Sys-Con Radio at JavaOne. Hear the interview (in MP3 format).

OC Systems Debuts RootCause 2.1 at JavaOne
June 9, 2003
New memory leak detection feature in RootCause 2.1 pinpoints object growth problems in the operational environment.

OC Systems featured in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for J2EE Application Server Management
May 6, 2003
Gartner, Inc. positions OC Systems in the Niche quadrant, acknowledging the value of RootCause in a comprehensive J2EE application server management program.

OC Systems Awarded Patent for Software Debugging Technology
January 27, 2003
OC Systems, Inc. announced that it was awarded patent #6,490,721, "Software Debugging Method and Apparatus," from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

OC Systems Releases PowerAda for Linux
January 24, 2003
OC Systems, Inc. today announced that version 5.0 of PowerAda, which adds support for Linux/Intel, is now shipping. PowerAda is the leading integrated environment for developing, testing, integrating and maintaining Ada applications.

Read about RootCause in SD Times
June 1, 2002
"Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Source Code" addresses the issues involved in performing root-cause defect analysis in the deployed production environment.

Read about RootCause in SD Times
April 1, 2002
"OC Systems Diagnostic Tool Goes J2EE" announces the introduction of RootCause J2EE Platform Edition.

Read about RootCause in Windows Developer Magazine
January 15, 2002
Windows Developer Magazine announces the Windows version of RootCause in the New Products section.

Read about Aprobe/RootCause in Application Development Trends
November 2, 2001
Richard Adhikari's cover story on software testing includes a quote from Oliver Cole and a discussion of Aprobe/RootCause in the sidebar entitled "Testing Production Systems."

Read about RootCause in MSDN Magazine
November 1, 2001
MSDN Magazine announces the Windows version of RootCause in "Get to the Root of App Failures".

Read about RootCause in SD Times
September 15, 2001
"There's nothing as frustrating as getting a bug report—especially on a bug that crashes an application—without being able to reproduce it." Read the whole article by Alan Zeichick, entitled "OC Systems Finds Root Cause of App Failures".

Oliver Cole radio interview at JavaOne
June 6, 2001
Oliver Cole was interviewed by Sys-Con Radio at JavaOne. Hear what he had to say (in MP3 format).

Aprobe featured in Automated Software Testing
July 2000
The second edition of Automated Software Testing, by Elfriede Dustin, Jeff Rashka and John Paul, mentions Aprobe in several places. In one section, it says, "Aprobe supports the development and running of white box tests by supporting the insertion and deletion of arbitrary code into an application without even changing the executable file. Aprobe is unique in this capability."

Aprobe featured in Dr. Dobb's
March 2000
Read Oliver Cole's article on "White Box Testing" in the March 2000 issue of Dr. Dobb's Journal.