The day started strongly with a note that Revelation started back in 1982 and is 30 years old this year. Although Revelation is not the Microsoft or SAP but year on year makes has and continues to make a profit. Revelation is currently selling about 1,100 seats per month. They continue to try to innovate and react to technology changes and still welcome input from users. The hot questions of the day were:
QUESTION: Should Revelation spend more resources on Desktop based or Browser based developments ?
The delegates were divided on this.
QUESTION: What enhancements would you like to see ?
This included the desire for a "mobile development tool".
QUESTION: Definition of "the cloud"
Answers here ranged from fluffy things in the sky, a marketing buzz word not backed up and not working on most traditional platforms to more technical definitions. Mike Ruane later defined the cloud as being "multiple servers, backups around the planet etc." Mike pointed out that the main issue facing cloud computing is data synchronizing if the systems are split over multiple servers. However, to most, cloud computing is accessing your data from anywhere at any time.
Revelation are now offering a cloud / hosted applications. Rev basically have stacks of servers, battery backups and are now hosting applications for OpenInsight sites coming in via Citrix or O4W sites. This service from Rev is already being well received and is allowing many smaller developers to deploy their applications to their users on a "pay as you go" solution thus keeping the initial software investment minimal. The cost for this is about $30 per user per month and includes the cost for OI software and backups.
A similar service is available in the UK - contact Martyn Phillips for more information on this. Should a user in time, wish to change from using the Rev hosted, then this is easy to facilitate. Mike does feel that computing is changing towards a culture of *"bring your own device"* to get data access.
Mike Ruane, Carl Pates and Andrew McAuley then went through went through the products and their enhancements (that’s another blog post !) and working demos. For further information about Revelation and it's products, please contact Martyn Philips on firstname.lastname@example.org .