Rev EMEA RUG Update

Well my feet are finally hovering somewhere near the ground following a very busy time after last week’s RUG and road trip.

During the RUG we learned that, despite the global downturn and turmoil in some of our markets, Revelation has sold over 13,000 new seats in the last 12 months and the company remains very profitable.  Mike also touched on some of the enhancements in OpenInsight version 9.3.2 (MV connectors, BRW and O4W enhancements) and he highlighted the growing importance of mobile applications going forward.  It was nice to know that Revelation are ready for those new challenges – not just within the OI technology but with hosted solutions as well.

The majority of Mike’s initial presentation was given over to running through the company’s plans for OpenInsight version 10, due sometime towards the end of 2013.  Version 10 is going to be another milestone release in the life of OpenInsight and Mike clearly demonstrated that the team have a very clear path into the 64-bit world.

Using nearly a dozen slides, Mike touched on the campany’s plans to support both 32-bit and 64-bit versions at version 10, with fewer .dll files and access to more memory.  The team will also be looking to overhaul indexing and Selects, to include a brand new management console module, a WYSIWYG O4W Form Designer and an embedded web server.  The new version will also include a number of engine updates, including faster performance and support for multi-threaded operation.  Other plans for version 10 followed and the audience contributed to more ideas for the management console and other parts of OpenInsight.

Just before lunch I tackled the new 9.x Banded Report Writer.  This is a tool that I am now using for all of my OpenInsight reports and my presentation showed how a simple column based report can be created and then enhanced to band the data in the report.  The presentation also showed how associated MultiValue data can be displayed in an exploded report format and how calculated columns can be used to dynamically sum data within the report.  When I finally get a couple of hours to myself, I might look at cutting this presentation into a video to accompany my desktop OI Tutorials.  I’d welcome your thoughts on whether you’d find this video useful.

Following a lunch that very nearly didn’t happen, Andrew took us through how CSS can be used to really jazz up a standard O4W wizard built interface.  Using a real world O4W project that Sprezzatura are currently working on, he showed how a very nice navigation panel can be used to drive an O4W based system and how more control can be gained over the positioning and layout of the form’s controls.

To finish off the afternoon, Mike dropped into 9.3.2 and took a look at some of the new features in the banded Report Writer that I was unable to show in my presentation and some of the other 9.3.2 enhancements.

All in all, feedback from the event has been great, with heightened interest in the 9.x series following what was shown during the day.  We are now looking forward to a couple of days in December in which you can find out more about the 9.x new features and enhancements in a formal training session and then the main Revelation Conference in Nashville, USA during April 2013 – see you there.


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