|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.
As enterprises work to take advantage of Big Data technologies, they frequently become distracted by product-level decisions. In most new Big Data builds this approach is completely counter-productive: it presupposes tools that may not be a fit for development teams, forces IT to take on the burden of evaluating and maintaining unfamiliar technology, and represents a major up-front expense. In his session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Andrew Warfield, CTO and Co-Founder of Coho Data, will dis...
Feb. 6, 2016 07:15 PM EST
SYS-CON Events announced today that Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, 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. Fusion, a leading provider of integrated cloud solutions to small, medium and large businesses, is the industry's single source for the cloud. Fusion's advanced, proprietary cloud service platform enables the integration of leading edge solutions in the cloud, including clou...
Feb. 6, 2016 03:30 PM EST Reads: 703
With the Apple Watch making its way onto wrists all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple in the workplace. In fact, Forrester reported that 68 percent of technology and business decision-makers characterize wearables as a top priority for 2015. Recognizing their business value early on, FinancialForce.com was the first to bring ERP to wearables, helping streamline communication across front and back office functions. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kevin Roberts...
Feb. 6, 2016 03:15 PM EST Reads: 322
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze 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. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management...
Feb. 6, 2016 02:30 PM EST Reads: 350
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, 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. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
Feb. 6, 2016 01:30 PM EST Reads: 338
SYS-CON Events announced today that VAI, a leading ERP software provider, 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. VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) is a leading independent mid-market ERP software developer renowned for its flexible solutions and ability to automate critical business functions for the distribution, manufacturing, specialty retail and service sectors. An IBM Premier Business Part...
Feb. 6, 2016 01:00 PM EST Reads: 536
The cloud promises new levels of agility and cost-savings for Big Data, data warehousing and analytics. But it’s challenging to understand all the options – from IaaS and PaaS to newer services like HaaS (Hadoop as a Service) and BDaaS (Big Data as a Service). In her session at @BigDataExpo at @ThingsExpo, Hannah Smalltree, a director at Cazena, will provide an educational overview of emerging “as-a-service” options for Big Data in the cloud. This is critical background for IT and data profes...
Feb. 6, 2016 11:00 AM EST Reads: 112
With an estimated 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020, several industries will begin to expand their capabilities for retaining end point data at the edge to better utilize the range of data types and sheer volume of M2M data generated by the Internet of Things. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and President of Infobright, will discuss the infrastructures businesses will need to implement to handle this explosion of data by providing specific use cases for filte...
Feb. 6, 2016 11:00 AM EST
Fortunately, meaningful and tangible business cases for IoT are plentiful in a broad array of industries and vertical markets. These range from simple warranty cost reduction for capital intensive assets, to minimizing downtime for vital business tools, to creating feedback loops improving product design, to improving and enhancing enterprise customer experiences. All of these business cases, which will be briefly explored in this session, hinge on cost effectively extracting relevant data from ...
Feb. 6, 2016 09:00 AM EST
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 ad...
Feb. 6, 2016 05:00 AM EST Reads: 327
Most people haven’t heard the word, “gamification,” even though they probably, and perhaps unwittingly, participate in it every day. Gamification is “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.” Further, gamification is about bringing game mechanics – rules, constructs, processes, and methods – into the real world in an effort to engage people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Endo, owner and engagement manager of Intrepid D...
Feb. 5, 2016 09:00 PM EST Reads: 769
Eighty percent of a data scientist’s time is spent gathering and cleaning up data, and 80% of all data is unstructured and almost never analyzed. Cognitive computing, in combination with Big Data, is changing the equation by creating data reservoirs and using natural language processing to enable analysis of unstructured data sources. This is impacting every aspect of the analytics profession from how data is mined (and by whom) to how it is delivered. This is not some futuristic vision: it's ha...
Feb. 2, 2016 02:00 PM EST Reads: 401
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Feb. 2, 2016 04:30 AM EST Reads: 838
Learn how IoT, cloud, social networks and last but not least, humans, can be integrated into a seamless integration of cooperative organisms both cybernetic and biological. This has been enabled by recent advances in IoT device capabilities, messaging frameworks, presence and collaboration services, where devices can share information and make independent and human assisted decisions based upon social status from other entities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Heydt, founder of Seamless...
Feb. 1, 2016 05:00 AM EST Reads: 919
The IoT's basic concept of collecting data from as many sources possible to drive better decision making, create process innovation and realize additional revenue has been in use at large enterprises with deep pockets for decades. So what has changed? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Prasanna Sivaramakrishnan, Solutions Architect at Red Hat, discussed the impact commodity hardware, ubiquitous connectivity, and innovations in open source software are having on the connected universe of people, thi...
Jan. 31, 2016 09:00 PM EST Reads: 715
WebRTC: together these advances have created a perfect storm of technologies that are disrupting and transforming classic communications models and ecosystems. In his session at WebRTC Summit, Cary Bran, VP of Innovation and New Ventures at Plantronics and PLT Labs, provided an overview of this technological shift, including associated business and consumer communications impacts, and opportunities it may enable, complement or entirely transform.
Jan. 31, 2016 07:15 PM EST Reads: 1,135
For manufacturers, the Internet of Things (IoT) represents a jumping-off point for innovation, jobs, and revenue creation. But to adequately seize the opportunity, manufacturers must design devices that are interconnected, can continually sense their environment and process huge amounts of data. As a first step, manufacturers must embrace a new product development ecosystem in order to support these products.
Jan. 31, 2016 10:00 AM EST Reads: 796
There are so many tools and techniques for data analytics that even for a data scientist the choices, possible systems, and even the types of data can be daunting. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Harrold, Global CTO for Big Data Solutions for EMC Corporation, showed how to perform a simple, but meaningful analysis of social sentiment data using freely available tools that take only minutes to download and install. Participants received the download information, scripts, and complete end-t...
Jan. 31, 2016 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,194
Manufacturing connected IoT versions of traditional products requires more than multiple deep technology skills. It also requires a shift in mindset, to realize that connected, sensor-enabled “things” act more like services than what we usually think of as products. In his session at @ThingsExpo, David Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks, discussed how when sensors start generating detailed real-world data about products and how they’re being used, smart manufacturers can use the dat...
Jan. 30, 2016 07:45 PM EST Reads: 769
When it comes to IoT in the enterprise, namely the commercial building and hospitality markets, a benefit not getting the attention it deserves is energy efficiency, and IoT’s direct impact on a cleaner, greener environment when installed in smart buildings. Until now clean technology was offered piecemeal and led with point solutions that require significant systems integration to orchestrate and deploy. There didn't exist a 'top down' approach that can manage and monitor the way a Smart Buildi...
Jan. 30, 2016 03:45 PM EST Reads: 1,258