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MultiValue Database Technology

MultiValue (MV) or “Pick” database technology is sometimes referred to as the fifth NoSQL technology. Developed in the mid-1960s, MultiValue database systems continue to be leading technologies in the retail, banking, travel industry, oil & gas, healthcare, government, and education sectors.



MultiValue Database Technology Articles

Pick Cloud, Inc. has signed a reseller agreement with AccuSoft Enterprises to sell its line of AccuTerm terminal emulation products. According to Pick Cloud, the reseller agreement enables Pick Cloud to offer and leverage AccuSoft's GUI development tools as well as their connectivity and terminal emulation products.

Posted April 24, 2013

Rocket U2 is now providing a single ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) driver for UniData and UniVerse that supports both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. The driver provides a standard interface for user applications, third-party reporting and BI tools to connect with data sources. In addition, the U2 Metadata Manager (U2 MDM) is now also available for UniVerse 11.1.11 and above.

Posted April 24, 2013

Revelation Software recently held its user conference in Nashville, Tenn. "At the conference, we really emphasize training," Robert Catalano, director of sales at Revelation, tells DBTA. At this year's event, particular emphasis was placed on O4W training, he notes. In addition, plans are already underway for the next conference which will take place after the 10.0 release of the company's flagship product, OpenInsight.

Posted April 24, 2013

Oklahoma City Housing Authority (OCHA) has selected Informer Dashboards from Entrinsik to help it quickly and easily create and share data visualizations. Informer Dashboards answers a pressing need for OCHA. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has various reporting guidelines for housing authorities that require a significant amount of data to ensure compliance. HUD is beginning to require dashboards as a way of presenting this data and OCHA had no easy way of quickly and easily developing the necessary visualizations.

Posted April 24, 2013

Revelation Software plans to include support for OpenID authentication as part of OpenInsight for Web (O4W), a web development toolkit that makes it possible for OpenInsight developers with limited or no HTML, XML or JavaScript experience to develop feature-rich web pages. OpenID allows people to use an existing account to sign in to multiple websites without the need to create new passwords. The new capability will be included in O4W as part of the OpenInsight 10.0 release, which is currently under development, Robert Catalano, director of sales at Revelation, tells DBTA.

Posted April 10, 2013

Pick Cloud's CEO Mark Pick will present a webcast on the benefits as well as challenges of cloud computing that face the MultiValue market. The webcast will take place on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM PT / 1:30 PM ET. According to Pick, cloud computing is an ideal fit for MultiValue and, particularly if existing hardware is at the end-of-life, the cloud in an enterprise-grade environment that is fully managed, can provide a beneficial solution.

Posted March 27, 2013

Designing solutions that address MultiValue database customers' evolving needs in an affordable way while also maintaining the core attributes on which they have built their IT infrastructure has never been more important. Mobility, software-as-a service, enhanced analytics on burgeoning data volumes, and easy integration with other computing platforms are areas on which MV companies are focusing their efforts. In this special report, DBTA asks leading MV vendors: What are the new capabilities you are implementing to help fulfill customers' changing requirements? Hear from Revelation Software's Mike Ruane and Rocket U2's Susie Siegesmund; Kore Technologies' Ken Dickinson and Entrinsik's Doug Leupen; as well as BlueFinity's David Cooper, jBASE's David Peters, and Pick Cloud's Mark Pick.

Posted March 14, 2013

Rocket Software has announced the general availability of the Rocket U2 Toolkit for .NET v1.2 (U2NETDK), which delivers Microsoft .NET interfaces for the UniVerse and UniData data servers. The new release allows .NET programmers to leverage the Microsoft .NET Framework and CLR (Common Language Runtime) with the U2 databases.

Posted March 14, 2013

Revelation Software is inviting members of its Works Subscription program to take part in the beta test of OpenInsight 9.4. The new release includes Improvements to the MVBFS (MultiValue Based Filing System) connector, as well as additional minor updates that have been requested by users, Robert Catalano, director of sales at Revelation, tells DBTA.

Posted March 14, 2013

Michigan State University (Michigan State), University of Michigan (Michigan) and University of Texas-Austin (Texas) plan to implement the Paciolan Ticketing Intelligence data warehouse in order to more efficiently aggregate and utilize data about interaction between university athletics and sports fans.

Posted March 14, 2013

Revelation Software has announced Revelation Universal Driver Heavy (UDH) v.4.7. The UDH is client/server software designed to allow real-time mirroring of Revelation linear hash data. The UDH enables a business to switch immediately if needed from a primary server to a secondary, which is essential for companies with 24 x 7 operations, Robert Catalano, director of sales at Revelation, tells DBTA.

Posted February 13, 2013

Entrinsik has launched a traveling road show to provide Informer training. The idea for the Informer Power Users Road Show grew out of the success of the ICON Informer user conference and the feedback Entrinsik was receiving about the Informer customer service team's on-site work with individual clients, Sharon Shelton, vice president of marketing at Entrinsik, tells DBTA. "The road shows are really an answer to the question: How do we provide this service for more of our client base - especially those who can't make it to ICON, or don't have the resources to afford implementation and training services on-site. We are trying to get the best information out to customers in a way that is cost-efficient for them and for us," Shelton says.

Posted February 13, 2013

MultiValue technology veteran Mark Pick recently launched a new company, Pick Cloud, Inc. Here, Pick - whose father Dick Pick is widely credited as having been a founding father of MultiValue software - discusses the reasons he embarked on the new venture and his goals for the company. "A lot of people worry about latency issues in moving to the cloud, but of all the applications that exist out there, a traditional Pick application is very thin, very low bandwidth so that wasn't going to be an issue," Pick tells DBTA. "And, when we go down the list of things that we can provide for our customers, number-one, it is fast and easy to deploy."

Posted February 13, 2013

BlueFinity is planning a webinar showcasing mv.NET Solution Objects, which enables developers to create new application interfaces using industry-standard RIA technology - HTML5, Silverlight, ASP.NET, WPF and any other .NET enabled Microsoft environments, servers and applications. Native applications can be produced for iPhone/iPad/iPod or Android using a common C# based development environment. Browser-based applications can be created using ASP.NET and HTML5 that adapt themselves to the appearance of native platforms. In addition, according to the company, mv.NET enables developers to address both of these requirements without learning multiple mobile platform skill sets, and it is not necessary for .NET developers to have MultiValue knowledge to produce applications.

Posted January 23, 2013

To improve quality and time to market for new features in the U2 product line, going forward, Rocket U2 will have two separate development labs: U2 Database Servers and U2 Tools, according to Susie Siegesmund, vice president and general manager, Rocket Software. Each lab will comprise development, QA, product management, information development and support, and from a customer perspective, there will be little, if any, change. However, the reorganization will change the management team, and some of the individuals with whom customers interact.

Posted January 03, 2013

Revelation Software has announced that David Hendershot has joined the company as member of its software development team. David has been a MultiValue programmer working primarily on the Universe platform for 10 years. He has supported the CUBS software package for a tax /medical collection agency in Pennsylvania, and started his MultiValue career at Market America helping develop the back end of their web site which also ran on the Universe database platform.

Posted January 03, 2013

To help satisfy its customers' need for reports providing information and insights, F.W. Davison & Company has embedded Entrinsik Informer's agile BI capabilities into its platform and also developed more than 1,200 core report templates, writes Sharon Shelton, Entrinsik's vice president of marketing, in a recent blog post. F.W. Davison is a provider of high-performance software solutions for professional employer organizations, and sells its software to human resources outsourcing vendors, some of which have hundreds of thousands of small business clients.

Posted January 03, 2013

jBASE International, a member of the Mpower1 group of MultiValue companies, has announced full support for Windows 8 in the latest release of its 64-bit, multi-dimensional database - jBASE 5.2. "Windows 8 represents a fundamental shift in the way Windows works," says Pete Loveless, CEO of jBASE International. "It not only provides the traditional Windows desktop environment, but also a new user interface which is there primarily to support Windows applications running on mobile tablet devices. This dual environment bridges the gap between personal computers and fast-growing mobile devices and is already starting to have a major impact on the adoption of tablets within business."

Posted December 06, 2012

Kore Technologies has announced KommerceServer Mobile Edition, providing the capabilities of KommerceServer webStoreFront and webPortal in a compact mobile package. The new mobile edition is intended to be a complement to Kore customers' corporate websites. The mobile edition enables end users to browse a company web catalog, make online purchases, and access their account histories using a streamlined interface designed for the requirements and workflow of the mobile user.

Posted December 06, 2012

TVSN is a 24x7x365 television shopping network that sells clothing, health and beauty aids, electronics, home furnishings, collectibles, and jewelry in Australia. Customers can place orders at any hour of the day or night any way they desire, by phone or online. Since TVSN is always open and always on, downtime is just not possible. Originally only available on cable TV, at 8:30 am on Monday October 24, 2012, TVSN in combination with Network Ten Australian flipped the switch to make television shopping available to anyone in Australia who has a television. As a result, TVSN now reaches 6.5 million households. TVSN has relied on Revelation Software since the late 1980s when it was called Demtel, a telemarketing company that was one of the first to run infomercial-style ads Down Under, using a Revelation G application in the call center and warehouse.

Posted November 27, 2012

Rocket Software has launched CorVu NG v2.2.3, merging U2 DataVu into its CorVu product for strategic performance management and business intelligence, and adding new features. U2 customers will be able to purchase the entire suite of CorVu Performance Management modules. The new release is targeted at addressing the needs of business users without necessitating high level IT support as well as enabling users to analyze a greater variety of data - including unstructured data. In addition, Rocket has announced SB/XA v6.2 and launched a new website.

Posted November 27, 2012

Development has started on Revelation Software's next release of OpenInsight (OI) which will include a 32-bit and 64-bit implementation of the product. OI 10.0 will include a range of new components, including an embedded web server in the OEngineServer for use with the O4W_CHILD_FORM and O4W_STANDALONE_FORM; a WYSIWYG O4W Form Designer; as well as provide increased performance on 64-bit operating systems.

Posted November 13, 2012

UK-based Ladybridge Systems is making the OpenQM MultiValue database software available on the Raspberry Pi computer. The Raspberry Pi computer launched in February 2012 by the Raspberry Pi Foundation is a credit card-sized computer with a price tag of under $35, featuring 512MB RAM, SD card data storage, two USB ports, high definition video and Ethernet connectivity. Primarily intended as an educational tool, enthusiasts have purchased these devices as fast as they can be manufactured, says Ladybridge. "Making OpenQM available on the Raspberry Pi is one element of a project to increase awareness of the MultiValue data model," says Martin Phillips, technical director of Ladybridge Systems.

Posted November 13, 2012

Entrinsik, Inc., has announced that its Informer self-service reporting and business intelligence software is now listed on SugarCRM'sSugarExchange and can integrate directly with SugarCRM implementations. Through the integration between Entrinsik and SugarCRM, users can log into Sugar and access real-time reporting, data analysis and interactive dashboards. "It allows users to integrate multiple sources of data without even leaving the Sugar instance and without having to set up a separate data store or data cube which they would typically have to do in order to access data from multiple data sources," Sharon Shelton, vice president of marketing at Entrinsik, tells DBTA.

Posted November 13, 2012

BlueFinity will present a webinar to demonstrating the key points in using Microsoft and BlueFinity technology to extend MultiValue data and business logic with SQL Server. BlueFinty's mv.SSIS allows developers on major MultiValue platforms to take advantage of Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), a graphical based tool which runs inside Visual Studio and allows developers to define how external data is to be imported into a SQL Server database.

Posted October 24, 2012

Since April 2012, Rocket Software's U2 team has published monthly updates for the Eclipse-based U2 DBTools to an online update site. Now, enhancements and fixes for all of the U2 DBTools products, such as U2 BASIC Developer Toolkit, U2 Extensible Administration Tool, and U2 Metadata Manager, can be installed directly through the Eclipse "Install New Software" facility. Rocket is also planning a webinar to provide more information about the upcoming release of SystemBuilder Extensible Architecture (SB/XA) 6.2 - including the premiere of the SB/XA Designer, additional default styles, BI Integration, and improved navigation.

Posted October 24, 2012

Rocket U2 has announced that U2 Web Development Environment (U2 Web DE) V5.0.3 has been released, and is available for the minimum database levels of UD 7.2 and UV 10.3. U2 Web DE was re-architected at V5.0 to take advantage of native UO connectivity and Connection Pooling, bringing new functionality to U2 developers who want to create web applications or extend existing U2 Web DE applications to new markets. Separately, Rocket U2 also announced that it is making a new webcast available on demand. Presented by Joan Dunn, U2 senior education consultant, the webcast provides guidance on the best approach to dictionary clean-up and the benefits it provides.

Posted October 10, 2012

Revelation Software has announced the availability of the latest release of OpenInsight Development Suite 9.3.2, which provides OpenInsight for Web (O4W) 1.4. Revelation's flagship product, OpenInsight, is a database development suite that provides Windows, Web 2.0 and .Net tools to develop and deploy mission-critical applications. There are currently more than 1.5 million licensed users of Revelation products across 60,000 deployed sites worldwide.

Posted October 10, 2012

BlueFinity is planning a webcast for October 2 showing how RESTful services can be created on all the major MultiValue databases. RESTful services generation will be demonstrated on a variety of sample MultiValue applications running on different mobile platforms including Windows 8.

Posted September 26, 2012

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