|March 1, 2002 12:00 AM EST||
In light of the release of PowerBuilder 9.0, PowerBuilder Developer's Journal had the opportunity to pose a number of questions to Dr. Raj Nathan, SVP and GM of Sybase's Enterprise Solutions Division, about PowerBuilder and where it's headed.
Q: Sybase has put increasing effort behind PowerBuilder recently. What is the importance of PB to the company?
A: PowerBuilder is Sybase's flagship application development environment and is extremely important to the company. We are continuing to put more and more resources and energy behind PowerBuilder as we move forward with its development. The continuing evolution of J2EE, the emergence of .NET, and the growing demands of the mobile market mean that we must, and want to, devote a lot of effort toward developing and marketing PowerBuilder.
Q: In the fast-moving world of application development, where is PB positioned?
A: PowerBuilder is in an enviable position in the application product market segment. It's unmatched in the world of rapid application development, whether it's for client/server, Web, or n-tier architectures. It can address the needs of organizations in all three frameworks, and that's an important value proposition since companies have a mix of architectures composing their computing environments. Perhaps most important is that PowerBuilder is an open tool that, with the release of PowerBuilder 9.0, lays the groundwork for what we believe will be a new generation of application development tool, the 4GLplus+.
Q: How will PB deal with J2EE and the emergence of Microsoft .NET?
A: We are incorporating many capabilities to provide our customers with the functionality they require to integrate with or develop for the J2EE and .NET environments. The upcoming release of PowerBuilder 9.0 provides a feature set for developing applications for both frameworks. Our .NET strategy will be implemented in a number of phases, with Web services being the first, followed by DataWindow.NET and DataStore.NET.
Our J2EE strategy has been evolving strongly over the years and we will keep adding functionality that will enhance PowerBuilder as an open tool even more than it is today.
Q: Can you talk about some of the trends you see coming down the road and how PowerBuilder will address them?
A: Some of the important forces we see affecting the future of application development revolve around this idea of better integrating design and modeling with development and deployment. We call a RAD tool that can do this a 4GLplus+. The combination of increasing application development complexity and the urgency to develop applications quickly is driving the need to get it right the first time. There is little room for error in this brave new world. And the way to get it right from the get-go is through the implementation of a development regime that makes it easy for developers to plan ahead for what they are going to build. In addition, the 4GLplus+ will also incorporate other types of life-cycle management concepts to simplify the overall management and administration of applications.
Q: You think that design and modeling will be important to end users in the future?
A: As I said, we are now dealing with a world that includes different architectural frameworks, putting increasing pressure on development teams. For example, you may want to build or maintain an existing client/server application but also create new applications for mobile and n-tier deployment. You are now talking about very sophisticated applications that must operate in heterogeneous environments either independently or perhaps with one another. With this increasing complexity and riskiness, it's imperative that developers map out what they are doing before they start expending precious time and financial resources on their coding.
Q: PowerBuilder 9.0 is an important release for Sybase. Can you talk about some of the capabilities that will be in it?
A: This release of PowerBuilder lays the groundwork for our long-term strategy for the 4GLplus+ through our support of J2EE and .NET, as well as having tighter integration with PowerDesigner. Axiomatic to the 4GLplus+ is the ability for a tool to be open and flexible. By incorporating capabilities in PowerBuilder 9.0, such as Web services, third-party application server support, XML DataWindows, XML services, and JavaServer Pages, the foundation for the future is being created.
Q: What about Pocket PowerBuilder for handhelds? Will that be part of the 9.0 release?
A: This will be a separate product from PowerBuilder and it will be a 1.0 release. The reason we created a separate product for the handheld market is, well, just that: it's a separate market - it has its own requirements that will differ from those for which PowerBuilder is targeted.
There are many capabilities that PowerBuilder has that simply are not relevant or needed for the handheld market. We have also done a lot in terms of paring down key components in the rich feature set and functionality of PowerBuilder for use with handheld devices. Pocket PowerBuilder is scheduled to go into beta during the first half of 2003 and to be released in the second half of this year.
Q: What are the plans for future PowerBuilder releases?
A: We have a lot of ideas in the works. A 9.5 release is scheduled to ship in 2004 and will include further support for the .NET environment with DataWindow.NET and DataStore.NET. We may even be able to get support of PowerBuilder NVOs in J2EE-compliant servers into this release as well. PowerBuilder 10.0 will move the product further into the 4GLplus+ territory through tighter integration with modeling and design tools.
Q: Any last words for the PBDJ readership?
A: Sybase has been the leader in RAD for over a decade. We continue to make substantial investments in PowerBuilder, along with Pocket PowerBuilder, because it's an important part of the company's product portfolio. We are committed to maintaining PowerBuilder's leadership in this area and believe that the market is looking for a next-generation tool that can further meet its application development needs.
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound...
Jun. 1, 2016 03:15 AM EDT Reads: 3,342
The IoTs will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and share the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the development proc...
Jun. 1, 2016 01:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,054
SYS-CON Events announced today that EastBanc Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. EastBanc Technologies has been working at the frontier of technology since 1999. Today, the firm provides full-lifecycle software development delivering flexible technology solutions that seamlessly integrate with existing systems – whether on premise or cloud. EastBanc Technologies partners with p...
Jun. 1, 2016 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,535
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device. For more information, please visit https://www.mangoapps.com/.
Jun. 1, 2016 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,258
SYS-CON Events announced today that Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in Embedded and IoT solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and ...
May. 31, 2016 11:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,065
18th Cloud Expo, taking place June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some...
May. 31, 2016 11:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,363
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM Cloud Data Services has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. IBM Cloud Data Services offers a portfolio of integrated, best-of-breed cloud data services for developers focused on mobile computing and analytics use cases.
May. 31, 2016 10:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,875
SYS-CON Events announced today Object Management Group® has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
May. 31, 2016 10:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,778
Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical...
May. 31, 2016 09:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,159
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
May. 31, 2016 07:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,925
WebRTC is bringing significant change to the communications landscape that will bridge the worlds of web and telephony, making the Internet the new standard for communications. Cloud9 took the road less traveled and used WebRTC to create a downloadable enterprise-grade communications platform that is changing the communication dynamic in the financial sector. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Leo Papadopoulos, CTO of Cloud9, will discuss the importance of WebRTC and how it enables companies to fo...
May. 31, 2016 04:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,677
"What we see what happens when you have a completely networked society and the potential to now drive the value creation and the collaboration and the ecosystems that are possible when you start to be able to connect people and industries together in ways that have never been possible before," explained Esmeralda Swartz, VP of Marketing Enterprise & Cloud at Ericsson, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
May. 31, 2016 04:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,930
SYS-CON Events announced today that ContentMX, the marketing technology and services company with a singular mission to increase engagement and drive more conversations for enterprise, channel and SMB technology marketers, has been named “Sponsor & Exhibitor Lounge Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. “CloudExpo is a great opportunity to start a conversation with new prospects, but what happens after the...
May. 31, 2016 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,515
The IoT is changing the way enterprises conduct business. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, discuss how businesses can gain an edge over competitors by empowering consumers to take control through IoT. We'll cite examples such as a Washington, D.C.-based sports club that leveraged IoT and the cloud to develop a comprehensive booking system. He'll also highlight how IoT can revitalize and restore outdated business models, making them profitable...
May. 31, 2016 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,163
Customer experience has become a competitive differentiator for companies, and it’s imperative that brands seamlessly connect the customer journey across all platforms. With the continued explosion of IoT, join us for a look at how to build a winning digital foundation in the connected era – today and in the future. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Nguyen, Group Product Marketing Manager at Adobe, will discuss how to successfully leverage mobile, rapidly deploy content, capture real-time d...
May. 31, 2016 01:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,820
What a difference a year makes. Organizations aren’t just talking about IoT possibilities, it is now baked into their core business strategy. With IoT, billions of devices generating data from different companies on different networks around the globe need to interact. From efficiency to better customer insights to completely new business models, IoT will turn traditional business models upside down. In the new customer-centric age, the key to success is delivering critical services and apps wit...
May. 31, 2016 12:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,440
As cloud and storage projections continue to rise, the number of organizations moving to the cloud is escalating and it is clear cloud storage is here to stay. However, is it secure? Data is the lifeblood for government entities, countries, cloud service providers and enterprises alike and losing or exposing that data can have disastrous results. There are new concepts for data storage on the horizon that will deliver secure solutions for storing and moving sensitive data around the world. ...
May. 31, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,528
Join us at Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo 2016 – June 7-9 at the Javits Center in New York City and November 1-3 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – and deliver your unique message in a way that is striking and unforgettable by taking advantage of SYS-CON's unmatched high-impact, result-driven event / media packages.
May. 31, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,652
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, will provide an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life ...
May. 31, 2016 11:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,163
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex software systems for startups and enterprises. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobile software company with over 200 develope...
May. 31, 2016 10:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,962