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  • itexec212 itexec212 Mar 27, 2003 1:13 PM Flag

    Circle Game

    I used to work at SS&C quite a few years ago.. I just recently came across this list. I must say it makes for interesting reading.. Even though I don't recognize any names but Bill's, it's nice to know that that nothing has changed.. Please though, tell me that they have at least moved off the data/powerflex platform !!!!

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    • If SS&C would have moved away from Powerflex since 1993 - they would have had to rewrite the system at least 3 times - remember DDE, OLE, COM, DCOM, Windows DNA ... and 6 versions of Visual Basic - Java, J++ and now the soap, xml and de web technology du jour ?

      If they move away from Powerflex - consulting fees would dry up since anyone could access and modify the data - and that has happened since ODBC became practical - just notice the declining revenues form consulting.

      If they move away from Powerflex - a lot of ex-SS&C people would not have a career improving and enhancing CAMRA.

      It is a lot cheaper to direct the PowerFlex language toward SS&C's goals than to get Microsoft to do what Uncle Bill wants (and a lot more $$$$$$ involved with the chance of Microsoft saying NO WAY).

      Why move? Because most people didn't learn how to program multiuser because SQL insulated them from actually thinking? There is no real reason to move now that Powerflex is releasing a DOT NET version of the language. Very very soon the choice of language becomes immaterial since you can program in the language of your choice. All of them will run under the O/S provided runtime.

      The only reason to move away from Powerflex is to create a new product from scratch - which uncle Bill is not willing to spend any of his money to do.

      BTW- the Powerflex data files- you don't really need them since you can use Pervasive SQl, SQL Server, Sybase and Oracle as the data base back end if you are willing to pay the price - jut check http://www.pfxcorp.com or http://www.dataaccess.com to see that FLEX is not dead.

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      • People are foucsed on business value and functionality. The days of "my technology is better than your technology" went away with the jobs of the myopic fools who were zealots for a particular proper noun or trademark.

        Does it support rapid development & prototyping? Is it performant ("fast" for the illiterate)? Does it integrate well? Does it distribute? Is it stable? Is there support for it?
        These are the attributes that count. As it stands relative to Powerflex, the answer is "yes".

 
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