From the Inside July/August 2018

It is that time of year again. I'm starting my planning for the 2019 Spectrum Conference. If you haven't yet seen the information for the 2019 Spectrum, it will be April 8th-11th at The Wigwam in Arizona.

The Wigwam is always a great venue to have the conference at. Its uniqueness and tranquility is quite nice to escape to after months of hard work.

As always, I'm asking for session requests from the MultiValue Users and Programmers out there. I strive to make sure the Spectrum Conference provides all the knowledge you need to keep your businesses running.

I remember having to justify my attendance, so I've been watching the trends in the IT industry and will be working to create sessions that will help you understand and use them. While my speakers provide me with lots of good ideas, I would like to hear from you. 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 presented topics on Virtualization and Cloud Computing at the conference before, but what are you interested in hearing next? Do you need to know how to integrate MultiValue databases into a cloud API, like Azure or Google App Engine? Are you looking run a MultiValue server in a Virtual Machine?

Tablets and Mobile Apps

Mobile Line-of-Business applications are a must. Many companies are not taking full advantage of what mobile apps can bring or how they should be used in enterprise systems. How can we help you help them?

Windows 10 and Universal Apps

Working with Windows 10 development can be a pain. The new Universal Apps and Windows 10 features are nice, but very different from what most developers are used to. Would you like to see general sessions on how to use Windows 10? How Universal Apps are created? These would probably not be MultiValue specific, but we need to know about other software to make our jobs possible, so I'd be happy to include them.

Office 365 Integrations

Looking to integrate Office 365 more closely with your Line-of-Business application? Documents, Calendars, Email, Spreadsheets… there are versions that are free and versions for a fee. All can be integrated with your MultiValue data.

Integration - Amazon, SalesTax, Email, CRM, EMR, LDAP, Active Directory

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

External Programming Languages

What languages is your business requiring you to work with? .NET, Java, Python, Javascript, HTML, JSON… there are many others. We can provide topics on all of these, both stand-alone and in connection with your databases.

These are just a few examples. What do you find most interesting? What trends and topics that you would like to have covered in sessions at Spectrum? I would like to hear from you.

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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