O4W Helps College Create Self-Service Student Portal

Revelation’s Web 2.0 Toolkit (O4W) Relieves Administrative Burden at River Parishes Community College.
By Joyce Wells, DBTA.

River Parishes Community College (RPCC) is an open-admission, 2-year, public institution.  It is located in the small Ascension Parish town of Sorrento in what is known as the River Parishes region of the state because of the parishes’ proximity to the Mississippi River.  The college provides courses up to and including certificates and associate’s degrees and also provides programs for personal, professional, and academic growth to the communities it services.

Now more than a decade old, RPCC was created in 1999 after the Louisiana Community and Technical College System was created to address the fact that, though Louisiana was one of the most populous states in the country, it was without a community college system to serve its citizens.  RPCC joined six other community colleges in the state under the new system, and now serves students in Ascension, Assumption, St. James, St. John, St. Charles, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parishes, as well as portions of Iberville and Livingston Parishes.

Click here to read the DBTA full story.

In Development (OI 9.3)

The next release of OpenInsight for Web (O4W) is scheduled to include additional support for mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones.  These additional features will be implemented as a series of additional API’s that can be used in building O4W stored procedures.  Using JQUERY MOBILE, the companion library to O4W’s jQuery, web pages can be built that follow the design styling that is now becoming the standard on smaller devices.


Revelation Software have recently released a new mobile website for you to run on your smartphone– m.revelation.com.

Written using O4W, the application provides you with a switchboard with links to the library of Revelation US newsletters and for those of you in the USA it provides access to the eStore (both link to pages on revelation.com).  There are also links to Revelation on Facebook and YouTube.

However, there is also a really nice self contained section for the forthcoming RevUS conference in Las Vegas later this year.  This mobile application provides you with details about the Exhibitors and Speakers as well as a full schedule of events.  So if you want to pick your favorite talks now, you can with ease.  If you have not yet decided whether to come along or not, then this is a great little application for you to checked out what you will be missing if you don’t join us in Vegas.

Now is a good time to get the cost of the conference into your 2011 training budget.  Check out m.revelation.com or http://www.revelationconference.com/ (the main conference website) for further details.

O4W gains more interest!

RevUS saw an enormous amount of interest in O4W whilst at International Spectrum a few weeks ago and following discussion with Martin from Ladybridge Systems, Revelation are now planning to expand the MultiValue Data Connectors to support Martin’s QM database.

Following completion of the O4W Quick Start Guide video series, I am now deep into my first real world example of an O4W application.  This is a proof of concept for a client in Ireland and it will involve a menu system, a couple of simple data entry windows (using to O4W wizards), and more complex window via an OIPI report and (hopefully) an even more complex window built in Basic+.  This project is proving to me just how good O4W is for both developers wishing to create quick web interfaces to their MultiValue systems and also power users like me.

Please watch or subscribe to this blog to hear more about these two exciting projects as details become available.

New BRW for OpenInsight 9.3

Screen shot of the OpenInsight 9.3 Banded Report Writer
OI9.3 Banded Report Writer

I am sorry for being more than a little quiet on the blog recently.  Whilst it could be perceived that things are quiet at Revelation, that is far from the truth.  I have spoken with many of you, but for those readers that I have not yet caught up with, the reason for this quiet period is due to the passing of two close family members and I am heavily engaged in arrangements and the legalities that come with such events.

Anyway, I wanted to let you know about a new feature that is well underway for the forthcoming OpenInsight 9.3 release.  Whilst we are still some way from the beta phase, Mike took a few minutes out of his schedule to run through the new Banded Report Writer (BRW) that will ship with the new version.

With an Office 2007 look and feel, drag and drop, support for images, intuitive report design pad and property panel, the new BRW is super easy to use and it really looks the part.  Along with the properties panel tab, the tool also features two additional tabs to display field information and also thumb nails of report pages.

Putting together a nice looking banded report with headers and footers took Mike just a couple of minutes.  Furthermore, whilst it is currently known as the BRW, there are several layout options that also enables it to handle normal column based reports with ease – in my opinion, this tool is set to double as both a Banded Report Writer and a Column Based Report Writer.  There are also several output formats to provide developers and users with plenty of flexibility.

I have not yet got my hands on the new BRW, but when I do you can be sure that a video demo will be following pretty quickly.

I have moved to WordPress!!!

Following some issues with Blogger being down, I have finally decided to run with the crowd and move to WordPress.  It seems that more and more business related blogs are finding there way there, so maybe I’m just making an inevitable move.  Anyway, I will attempt to move my old postings to revsoftuk.wordpress.com as soon as Blogger is back up and running.  For the time being, I will leave my current Blogger blogs in place.