From the Inside: July/August 2013

It is the time of year that I start planning for the next Spectrum Conference. If you haven't seen the ad for the 2014 Conference, it will be Apr 7th-10th in Phoenix, AZ. We are having it at the same venue as the 2013 conference — The Wigwam Resort.

While it seems like the conference is pretty far away, it really isn't. I have to start planning my sessions so you have something to sell to your bosses. I get great content from the industry experts that provide sessions for me every year, but I would like to know what you as a MultiValue user and developer 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, and I watch the trends that are coming to see which ones our industry are likely to need to be educated on.

The Spectrum Conference is designed for you,the User. 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 reason. What kind of information are you looking for? Server virtualization, planning, cloud API options?

Tablets and Cell Phone Apps

This topic is a pretty sure thing for 2014, but I would like to hear your input. What are your company demands: Native Apps, Web Apps, iPad, Android, BlackBerry?

Windows 7/Windows 8/Metro

If you haven't worked with Windows 8 much yet, it can be a pain. Would you like to see general sessions on how to use Windows 8? Want to see what Windows 8 brings to the enterprise? These general sessions would not likely be MultiValue specific, but sometimes we need to know about other software in order to make our job easier.

Integration — 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 all to ourselves for so long, we forget that our business has information other systems can use or need 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, so that means other programing environments. What languages does your business require you to work with? .NET, Java, Python, Javascript, HTML, JSON… there are many others.

These are just a few examples, but Iwould like to hear from you to see what is most interesting or trends and topics that you would like to have available.

Email me:

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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Jul/Aug 2013