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The much anticipated uniPaaS Jet has been released for general consumption and the response has been overwhelming with hundreds of downloads per day. In this post I wanted to run through what exactly uniPaaS Jet is, why I see it as the future of application development, and to ask you for your feedback and experiences using it so far.

So what is uniPaaS Jet? well the marketing blurb says its a “FREE Single-user edition of the world’s fastest and most powerful tool for building and deploying applications”, what this means is that it is a free single user development and deployment license of uniPaaS our application platform. For those of you unfamiliar with uniPaaS essentially it provides all aspects of the application development and deployment process within a single end-to-end platform. It features a ready-made business application engine that simplifies the code-writing process and enables you to deploy to market faster, using fewer resources.

But what does this mean for you the downloader? well lets say you have a dream. One day you want to be more than all this, you have an idea for an application that will change the world forever. You want to be the next Bill Gates, to write the next application, we don’t know how we lived without, that will take over the world. Whats stopping you doing this today? Well its a long list you only have weekends (during the week you work or study), you lack the initial investment of capital normally required to write and test an application. Essentially it all comes down to time and money. So you put it of until tomorrow and tomorrow and ……

Well tomorrow is today (if you know what I mean) as Jet allows you a Free access to an application platform whereby you can write, test and deploy your application for a single user. Given that uniPaaS is proven to be quicker and easier to use you can now do this in record time. So all those barriers should now have disappeared and there should be nothing stopping you on your road to success. And should your application take off Jet has been designed to be infinitely scalable so the code you wrote for your single user can still be used when you sell you 1000th or your 1,000,000th license. This is why I think it’s the future of application development!

For more technical information on Jet why not visit our website by clicking here, or simply register for your FREE license and get going today.

If you have already downloaded Jet I would love to hear you thoughts so why not post your comments below.

As you know we recently exhibited at the Business Cloud Summit in London on November 30th and despite the weather and the tube closures the event seemed to go very well. Numbers were slightly down on last year, well actually significantly down, but despite this the Magic Software stand was busy throughout the day.

Our booth at the Business Cloud Summit

One of the key questions that arose again and again throughout the day was, how do I begin to get my applications to the cloud?, this was a huge area of concern and misunderstanding especially when it came to legacy applications and ERP systems. We were of course glad to explain how iBOLT and uniPaaS can simplify this, I have already covered this in a previous blog so feel free to read the following if you missed it Integrating Cloud Applications with Legacy Systems.

Another thing that really went down well at our stand was the iBar which contained our interactive “How to become a Cloud Billionaire game” this was hugely successful with everyone wanting their chance to play.

The Magic iBar

It is hard to get a full appreciation of the game without having been there to play it but it was basically an interactive game with multiple questions and four possible answers to each question. Each correct answer brought you closer to your goal, each incorrect answer took you back to the beginning. Questions were based around cloud computing and included questions such as:

Which of the below is not a layer in the Cloud Stack?
As I said the game was a great hit and some even learned a thing or two along the way. Sadly the Business Cloud Summit was our last event for the year but dont worry we will be back in 2011 at shows across the country.

We will be exhibiting at the Business Cloud Summit next week and I wanted to extend the invitation to you all to come and join us. This year we will be in booth number B2 which is part of the iBar and will be offering free one on one consultations on the following topics;

How to develop your application to the Cloud
The Hybrid Cloud computing model with on and off premise
The Hybrid Cloud computing model in cloud and on mobile
ERP deployment to mobile
If you have already regsitered to attend why not register for your free consultation with us simply visit our website and complete the registration form we will then contact you with the remaining time slots which are available. If you have not booked your space at the event yet don’t worry I understand for the the organisers that there is still room, simply visit their website above to register.

We are really excited about this years event as last year was a great success and this year we are hoping shall be improved again. I am also quite pleased that we will be hosting at the iBar as its a new an innovative stand design with an amazing touch sensitive bar system that integrates interactive video projections on its surface. We have come up with a great and fun use for this so why not pop past and see us to take part.

It seems the folks at Research in Motion (RIM) have been busy over the last few months as they announced yesterday, at Blackberry Devcon 2010, both their Application Platform for Blackberry development called WebWorks and Playbook, their answer to iPad. The announcements were heralded as “one of the most exciting times in our history” by RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis but in real terms how will these announcements affect the smart phone market, and the future of development for mobile devices?

Blackberry is undoubtedly the market leader in the UK business sector, for smart phones and RIM are heralding their application platform as “easier to build essential enterprise functions in BlackBerry smart phone applications that are currently not available or easily built on any other mobile platform”. With a thinly veiled war cry, such as this, RIM are obviously psyching themselves up to go head to head with the other major smart phone vendors. The battle lines have been drawn!

As the big four (RIM, Apple, Android and Microsoft) duke it out for prime position it seems that those of us developing business applications for mobile devices must chose a side, and potentially live or die by that choice. Obviously the risks associated with that choice are potentially huge; what if we choose RIM and Apple win? What if we choose Apple and Android significantly up their game? What if Windows 7 Mobile changes everything? Worst of all what if some bright young thing develops and launches a new breed of smart phone that make the big four obsolete? The outcome could be very dire indeed for those who chose poorly.

I would argue there is another choice which frees you from taking sides and allows you to sit back and watch the impending war, safe in the satisfaction that whatever the outcome your application will survive and thrive. The safe choice is to develop on an application platform, like uniPaaS that allows developers to build and deploy applications across multiple channels, be that on iPhone, on Blackberry, on Android, on Windows Mobile 7, on a desktop, on a private cloud, on a public cloud or on premise, both as Rich Internet client (RIA client) or as HTML AJAX client.

There is no need to invest in a mobile application platform applicable to just one device, when a single development platform, enables developers to build and deploy applications exactly where your customers want them with the minimum of effort. With this option you have effectively hedged your bets whoever emerges triumphant in the “war of the smart phones” you will be secure in the knowledge that with uniPaaS you can simply “Do it Once, Do it Right” and uniPaaS will Magic away all of your worries.

This may sound like some sort or Utopian paradise but the fact is that Magic Software’s uniPaaS has been designed specifically to free development houses from having to make risky decisions on which device to programme for. It also frees your development team from having to have indepth knowledge of each smart phones individual nuances and quirks (for example Android uses more GUI widgets as its interface while Blackberry uses more text widgets). The application platform allows a developer to deploy same logic and data with multiple UI paradigms, one which would optimise to BlackBerry and one to Android. With uniPaaS you develop once and develop right and all the concerns are taken care of by the application platform.

If you think this is too good to be true why not see for yourself and register your interest to download uniPaaS JET today.

2009 was definitely the year of cloud-education, although many companies are still prudent to act on the cloud. This prudence is born from a number of issues, such as where to start, security risks, organization readiness and lack of standards and industry consensus. We also learned that some enterprises see the utilization of cloud environments verses their own internal environments as an “either or” concept. However, this does not necessarily need to be the case. For many companies the number one reason for moving to the cloud is for economic benefit. Other reasons such as, simplicity, connectivity with remote users, elasticity and flexibility definitely dominate the discussion.
We see companies trying to benefit from some of the above in the form of their own “private clouds”. What most have not considered is that a hybrid-cloud approach can also contribute and help them to achieve these benefits, regardless of whether we look at private or public clouds. We see more and more companies talking about private clouds, which in essence is nonsense; why is this? Because the whole point of a cloud is to consume services rather than own and maintain infrastructure, in much the same way we do when consuming utilities. This has taught us about companies’ attitudes and concerns with regard to cloud technologies. On the one hand they want to take advantage of as many cloud benefits as they can, but without putting their businesses at risk and therefore; owning part of the solution.create enterprise business applications that span across both on-premise infrastructure and cloud infrastructures (regardless of whether this is private or public) and without the need to worry about how to create such solutions. This enables companies that are not yet entirely comfortable keeping their “crown jewels” on a public cloud, to start immediately benefiting from all other areas of the cloud that they are willing to embrace. As time passes and confidence builds these companies will be able to transfer more and more of their business logic, with relative ease, to the cloud.
In 2009 we spoke with many CTOs, IT Managers and ISVs, and were invited to demonstrate and pilot this concept to them. Most of whom were keen on the idea of developing applications on platforms that can be deployed both on-premise and off-premise, or in combinations of both. One such example of this that we are currently investigating for one of our prospects is, taking their invoicing model for their Accounting package (create invoice, print invoice, amend invoice and so on) into the cloud. This allows their salesforce and administration teams to work remotely from home or on mobile devises, but also keeps their General Ledger model, forecasting and reconciliation within the safety of the enterprise.

We also found another interesting aspect of the hybrid model that many customers, such as banks, local governments, the NHS and so on, need because of their regulatory, compliance and governance requirements. Some organizations are required by law to own, manage and maintain the data repository of their solutions due to regulatory standards, such as data protection, Basel II and so on. By providing a solution that allows them to put their entire application logic on the cloud while keeping all the database on-premise, within the concept of a data vault, accessed by secure VPN links from the application platform proves to be the only solution that meets their needs and requirements.

Magic Software’s uniPaaS Application Platform allows organizations to develop enterprise business solutions that can span between on-premise, off-premise, desk-top and mobile devises without the need to worry about which bits go where and provides the flexibility and functions to each of the environments at any given time. For example, when designing and deploying the solution there is no need to pre-determine what runs where. uniPaaS enables organizations that have current software development needs, to start building applications without the need to worry about how to deploy and can therefore make the decision to move to the cloud when they are ready.

At the end of 2009, Magic Software attended the Business Cloud 9 Summit and as a result, I was recently asked by them to provide an industry view for an article debating the relevance of pure-cloud platforms in the ‘real business world’. The article looks at the issues currently facing ISV’s looking to deploy on multiple platforms and how best to achieve this.

Ultimately, the article debates the cost effectiveness for ISV’s of continuing to develop for on-premise (client/server) applications against the new breed of Cloud applications, and also highlights the benefits of using hybrid-SEAP platforms, such as Magic Software’s uniPaaS.

Click here to read the full article and let me know your thoughts.

A while ago I met with Bola Rotibi the Principal IT Analyst at MWD Advisors to talk about Magic Software, our products, who they’re geared to and what the vision is for Magic Software in the future.

Ms Rotibi asked some hard-hitting questions, which included areas for improvement and explored why Magic Software’s uniPaaS is seen as a new breed of application platform. Here’s a snippet of the article, which I recommend taking a look at – it makes for an interesting read.

Why is uniPaaS interesting?

“As an application platform, uniPaaS is part of the new wave of what MWD refers to as “Managed Development Environments”, that are leveraging strong history and credentials in RAD development environments (e.g. 4GL and CASE).”

“The single programming model, framework and code base allows developers to easily incorporate and implement RIA-based technology into their applications whilst at the same time employ a SaaS delivery model and the ability to deploy to a mobile device platform”.

To access the full piece click here – Registration is free.

Welcome to Magic UK’s last newsletter for 2009 – The Christmas edition of the Magic Software UK quarterly newsletter.
This year has been a particularly challenging one, with many economic adversities for us all to overcome. It’s also been one of the most exciting years I can remember. 2009 has seen many advances in the IT industry with the rise of Cloud-based computing and the innovation and change this is bringing to the way we work, socialise and communicate with those around us. Magic Software has been at the forefront of this innovation with the developments in uniPaaS Cloud and uniPaaS Mobile technologies. More innovation was introduced into iBOLT this year, mainly new components, such as Microsoft Dynamics, Lotus Notes and Sharepoint. These are exciting times and it is with anticipation that I look forward to 2010.

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I started working with computers over 20 years ago. I have been working with mainframe systems, digital (does anyone remember them today?), PCs on DOS, Windows, AS/400, Solaris, AIX, Linux and Internet technology – you name it I’ve probably at one point of time played with it: From coding assembly on 3270 machines to using uniPaaS on a virtual environment and simulating multi-tenancy issues with Magic Software latest SaaS offering.

One of the issues that I kept noticing and over my 20 years experience that kept popping-up , each time in a different way, shape or forum, was “the client conundrum”: On one hand enterprises require desktop technologies that have low maintenance, are centrally managed and controlled and centrally secured; but on the other hand, would have the highest functionality available, such as partitioning of logic, synchronisation of data, seamless coupling between client and server, and so on. Yes you probably know this blog entry is about the fat and the thick client conundrum…

It was when I was asked by Business Computer World (BCW) to comment on industry trends that I thought I’d use this as a chance to talk about these issues. Of course, the company I work for, Magic Software, are passionate about technological changes and strongly believe that people don’t need to compromise between thin and fat clients. Magic Software believes that enterprises can, in respect of desktop clients, have their cake and eat it. To have both, high functionality, logic and data portioning, de-coupling between the client and the server client technology but with low management and maintenance, self installation and tight security attributes. We call it the Fit Client, which in essence is a desktop like client (.net based), that runs over HTTP.

To find out more about the Magic Software Fit Client, take a look at the full article I wrote for BCW and, I would love to hear your comments….

Advertising on London transport has been around for years. I definitely remember the huge Wonder Bra advert on the back of London’s buses and have you all seen the new multimedia advertising screens on the tube? It’s all about eye catching advertising, but I bet you didn’t know that it’s a logistical nightmare to run and manage all these advertisements. It isn’t a simple case of sticking an advertisement on a bill board; the right advertising needs to reach the right audience. Companies pay huge sums of money to secure these highly sort after spaces. The last thing you want is to appear twice in one place, or worse still, next to a competitor! CBS Outdoor are the people behind all the advertisements you see, but did you know they use Magic Software’s application platform (uniPaaS) to provide a multi-channel usage strategy to their users.