Another day of learning in Houston.


1P7A8706Well today was another full day of socialising, learning and inspiration.  Sorry for the brief overview of my day, but tomorrow will be a long day and I’m still putting to bed a photo presentation for the morning.  It’ll also be going online somewhere next week, so watch for more when I’m back home.

Today (we’ll yesterday now), began with breakfast before we broke into two sessions.  I’d listened to Carl yesterday, so it was a hour or so with Bob Carten on the changes to Indexing and Selects.  With help from others in the community Bob has done allot of work on performance profiling of OpenInsight and he is putting that knowledge to good use.  Some long standing assumptions have been dashed and set aside and we can look forward to a new set of OI profiling tools that will help to achieve performance increases within our systems.  Bob has seen increases of up to 30% in places with regards to Selects and Indexing.

Performance and system profiling is an extremely hot topic at the moment with many of my customers and you really needed to be in this session to fully understand the work that Bob and the team have been doing in this area.

Mike followed Bob in a session that looked at the new Forms Designer and some of the new controls that we can look forward to.  However, from my point of view, it was great to see first hand just how easy it will be to utilise much of the new GUI design elements without having to learn and write new code.

Lunch was a wonderful Italian themed affair with lots to choose from.  Refreshed and ready for more, we all joined Mike in the main hall for a session on what is involved with moving an OI 9.4 and prior application to version 10.  The process is not an upgrade, it’s a conversion and Revelation have built tools to, not only help developers through the conversion process, but if you decide to copy the tables over, the process will optimise them as well – a double bonus.

Mike included allot of useful information about preparing for the conversion process and he confirmed that there are numerous ways to achieve the conversion.  As usual there are two ways to do it well, two ways that’ll get your there and two that are not ideal but they’ll get you there all the same.  The attendees, now know at least one of the two best ways and this session provoked allot of questions, so this is clearly something that developers worry about and want to do right first time.

The afternoon got a little heavy for someone with my limited technical understanding but Bryan’s presentation about the Engine Server was not only entertaining (as usual) but highly educational.  We learned how to properly configure and control the engine server and much more.  I the other room, Bill and Dave educated their audience on the introduction of R/List into the Banded Report Writer.

I finished up the afternoon listening to Bill talk about the new OpenInsight Authentication Module that is coming in OI 10 and which ‘can’ be made available to developers using 9.4, on request.  This is another highly topical subject and questions flowed throughout and not least from people building web based solutions.

The weather had turned today and the evening rounded out with a lovely dinner in the Palm Court.  It was a little cold and damp for the planned pool side party.  However, everyone had a great time and many of us took the advantage to catch up with people before we all head off for home tomorrow lunchtime.

That’s it for now.  We have an early start and a long journey home tomorrow and I need some shut eye.  Please watch the blog for details of the photographs and video presentation being published on-line and also how to get Dan’s motivational download.

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Thinking about going to conference but not quite sure yet?


OpenInsight version 10 logoIf you are considering attending the new Revelation Software world conference in Texas in a few months time, but you have not yet made that final decision to use some next years training budget, SRPs latest blog posting is well worth a read.  You’ll get an unbiased viewpoint from one of the leading Revelation VARs who have attended and spoken at all of the Revelation conferences that I can recall.

Click Here to jump over to SRP’s blog.

Revelation Software Plans OpenInsight 9.3.1; Finalizes Dates for 2013 Conference


Revelation Software has announced new features as well as patches and enhancements that will be added in OpenInsight (OI) 9.3.1.

According to Robert Catalano, director of sales at Revelation, the new release includes release 1.3 of OpenInsight for Web (O4W) which offers integration with the new Banded Report Writer, support routines for RSS feeds, and has a new ad hoc Report Builder. In addition, he adds, “We have added some extensions to the jQuery mobile libary for use with the jQuery mobile library to make more robust mobile applications.”

The other major new part of the release which was not ready in time for the 9.3 release of OpenInsight in December is the OI connector for OpenQM from LadyBridge Systems. “We are delighted to be able to plug in our front-end tool kit into that database and we are quite pleased with the way that has progressed,” says Catalano.

Revelation has also finalized the dates and venue of its 2013 conference. The next Revelation Software Users Conference will be held at the Sheraton Music Center Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., April 16-19. “Nashville is a wonderful city and it offers a lot to conference attendees,” Catalano says.

The new release is planned for availability in time for the International Spectrum conference in early April.

For more information, go to Revelation’s website at www.revelation.com.

< Article originally published by Database Trends and Applications (DBTA)