Today is going to be a fun day


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So, I’m all caught up on my regular work, far too many people are on holiday and Revelation Software have just uploaded a nice present to my FTP site.  As I write this email, the brand new OI10 beta software (an advanced copy) is being downloaded to my machine and I’ve cleared my workload to spend the next few hours playing with it before RevUS opens.

What a great way to start a Monday morning :D.

Thoughts on the OI10 release timeline from SRP


As I suspected, the big hitters are already putting pen to paper.  Sprezz blogged early this morning and SRP have followed equally as quickly during their morning.

SRP’s article is an initial posting that is the precursor to some more technical reviews to come and I plan to link to those from my blog with Don’s permission.

The initial article focuses on the perceived timeline and is based on the work done already and the work still to be done.  The only thing that I will add is that I have watched the progress and I know that a lot of the product development had to wait until some of the key underlying work was done.  I understand that this has now been done and that the OI10 team has widened and the development is now going at a pace – as Mike has told me several times, the product is changing hourly now.

This following statement is pure supposition but I liken the development timeline to the global population growth chart that we will all recognise and shown above.  I believe that we are now onto the vertical path and that development will produce more and more over the coming weeks leading up to the Q3 beta release.  It is that long horizontal line period that resulted in the slippage and the things that the team could not yet show at the conference.

SRP’s predicted timeline may well prove to be correct and VARs will no doubt want to wait for the first or second point release, but I hope that we will be surprised.  Whichever proves to be the case, I do wholeheartedly agree with SRP’s thought about keeping your own development going in the current versions of OpenInsight and not waiting for OI10.  It is always a mistake to put software development projects on hold whilst awaiting the next innovation.

I would also urge those of you running on OI 7.x and 8.x to seriously consider moving your systems to 9.4.  Whilst Mike indicated that we will be able to convert an OI 4.03 or later system, it makes sense to me to bring yourselves up to 9.4 and then take a smaller step into the OI 10 system with all of its changes.

In Development – OpenInsight 9.3.1


OpenInsight 9.3.1 is currently in beta testing and it is planned to be released in early March 2012.  The 9.3.1 release of OpenInsight will provide the following new components:

  1. OpenInsight for Web (O4W v1.3)
    O4W v1.3 includes additional integration with the new Banded Report Writer, support routines for RSS feeds, and a new “ad hoc” report builder, along with a number of additional mobile enhancements such as mobile-specific menu and report output.  Through O4W’s integration with jQuery Mobile (the companion library to O4W’s jQuery), web pages can be built using “finger friendly” user interface elements and design.  For a preview of this interface click here to view some screen images of Megamation Systems DirectLine Mobile application.
  2. OpenInsight for QM Connector
    The OI for QM connector provides the ability to connect with the OpenQM Database from Ladybridge Systems Limited.

Also included in OpenInsight 9.3.1 are a number of patches and enhancements for the Banded Report Writer, Table Builder, Database Manager, SQL Connector and Arev32.

OpenInsight 9.3.1 Beta is now available.


Overnight Revelation US released to OpenInsight 9.3.1 beta software to those developers registered for the beta program.  If you are registered, the files can be downloaded from the beta site on www.revelation.com and there is the usual link to obtain an installation key for the files.

This new release’s main feature is the release of the OI4QM connector for Ladybridge’s QM Multivalue database.  This new connector add to the existing TigerLogic D3 connector, Rocket Software U2 (Universe and Unidata) connector and of course the SQL connector which supports several flavours of SQL.

In addition, this release sees fixes and enhancements to the new Banded Report Writer, OI’s .NET functionality, O4W, support for ESENT database and a fix has been made to the DUMP and TEMP tables creation.

I would like to thank everyone that takes the time to review the OpenInsight beta’s and who feeds back their comments and suggestions.