From the Inside July/August 2014

Every year, at this time of year, I start planning for the next Spectrum conference. The 2015 International Spectrum Conference will be April 13th to April 16th in West Palm Beach, FL. That is correct, we are returning to the East Coast for 2015. There are more details in the ad in this issue.

While it seems like the conference is still pretty far away, it really isn't. I have to start to plan out the sessions early, so you have something to sell to your bosses. Part of that planning process is to talk to our regular speakers. We get great content from these industry experts every year, but I also need to know what you as a MultiValue user would like to see.

The demands on your IT department are getting more specific, which leads to specific examples or business solutions that you need to know. I remember those days quite well, back when I had to justify my attendance each year. So I watch the trends that are coming. The trick is finding a way to see which ones are important to the needs of our attendees. Not everything new qualifies.

No matter what I, or our experts decide, I still need to hear from you. The Spectrum Conference is designed for you, the User and Programmer, so I want to make sure you get the materials, education, and experiences that are needed to maximize your ability to create efficient enterprise applications.

There are a lot of different trends floating around right now. If you are unsure what you would like to see, here are a few that I've noticed:

Virtualization/Cloud Computing

Everyone is talking Cloud Computing, and Virtualization, and for pretty good reasons. We have talked about virtualization and cloud computing at the conference before. For this year we need to know, are you interested in how to integrate MultiValue databases into a cloud API, like Azure or Google App Engine? Or just how to run a MultiValue server in a Virtual Machine?

Tablets and Cell Phone Apps

What are your company demands: Native Apps, Web Apps, iOS, Android, BlackBerry?

Windows 8/8.1/Metro

If you have not worked with Windows 8, or 8.1, much yet, it can be a pain. Would you like to see general sessions on how to use Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008? These sessions would not likely be MultiValue specific, but sometimes we need to know about other software to make our job easier.

Google Apps

Considering using Google apps in your business? Or for that matter, Office 365? Documents, Calendars, Email, Spreadsheets, all free (Google) or fee (Microsoft) and all can be interconnected to your MultiValue data.

Integration - Email, Salesforce, CRM, EMR, LDAP, Active Directory

Do you have other applications within your environment that you need to integrate with your home grown and vendor applications? We have been an island all to ourselves for so long, we sometimes forget that our business has other systems can use or need MultiValue information for business functions. What integration options do you need?

External Programing Languages

MultiValue BASIC has served us well, but we need to interact with other systems, meaning other programming environments. What languages are you required to work with in your business? .NET, Java, PHP, Python, Javascript, HTML, JSONā€¦. These are just a few examples, but would like to hear from you to see what is most interesting or trends and topics that you would like to have available.

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Nathan Rector

Nathan Rector, President of International Spectrum, has been in the MultiValue marketplace as a consultant, author, and presenter since 1992. As a consultant, Nathan specialized in integrating MultiValue applications with other devices and non-MultiValue data, structures, and applications into existing MultiValue databases. During that time, Nathan worked with PDA, Mobile Device, Handheld scanners, POS, and other manufacturing and distribution interfaces.

In 2006, Nathan purchased International Spectrum Magazine and Conference and has been working with the MultiValue Community to expand its reach into current technologies and markets. During this time he has been providing mentorship training to people converting Console Applications (Green Screen/Text Driven) to GUI (Graphical User Interfaces), Mobile, and Web. He has also been working with new developers to the MultiValue Marketplace to train them in how MultiValue works and acts, as well as how it differs from the traditional Relational Database Model (SQL).

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