The BASIS Advantage
First Quarter 2000 (Volume 4, Number 1)
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This issue coincides with the recent releases of 64-bit file capability in BASIS products. With Revision 3.xx of BASIS products, we’ve effectively removed the limit on files sizes and the amount of data our Customers’ businesses can manage. With that in mind, we’ve focused this issue of the Advantage on data: enterprise data management, storage, protection, accessing and mining. How Citicorp implemented our highly recoverable file format to ensure data integrity is presented as well as an explanation of how to recognize and prevent data corruption using the highly recoverable file format. A profile of Summit Electric details how this electric parts distribution company is using BASIS products to manage large amounts of data. The results of PRO/5 3.0 performance testing are published in this issue in addition to the announcement of Visual PRO/5 3.0 availability and its compatibility with Microsoft Windows 2000. Explanations of how to get your data up on a Web site and how BASIS products use SQL are included. In this issue, we also herald the availability of our Software Asset Management Plan, our new Developer Kits, BASIS Reseller Kits and the formation of the BASIS Customer Council. Information from COMDEX is distilled in the Road Scholar Journals for this issue. Improvements in our Technical Support processes are also described.

Demo CD Available!

Our demo CD has fully functioning, single-user versions of Visual PRO/5 and the BASIS ODBC Driver that will run off the CD or install to your hard disk drive. Check out the kind of Microsoft Windows look and feel you can give your customers with BASIS GUI tools. On the CD, you'll also find numerous sample programs, Powerpoint tutorials on how to use the tools and the complete online manual. The CD works through July 31, 2000. You can request a copy of the demo CD for a limited time only, so don't delay!

FEATURES

  • SCS PARTNERSHIP ACCELERATES GUI MIGRATION
    by Greg Grisham
    The partnership of BASIS and SCS Consulting is targeted to the very large, multimillion-dollar company that needs an outsourced team of GUI migration specialists. Discover where this partnership is positioned in the BASIS channel.

  • BASIS HELPS CITICORP PROTECT ITS DATA
    by Brian Hipple
    Together with BASIS, Citicorp successfully converted data files at two facilities to our highly recoverable file format, safeguarding critical transaction data from corruption. Examine the conversion strategy and follow BASIS Software Engineer Brian Hipple's travelogue.

  • LARGE FILE PERFORMANCE
    by Dale Fredrick
    We put our latest product revision, 3.0 with 64-bit file support, to the test. With Revision 3.0, BASIS unlocks the door to unlimited files sizes for those companies ready to enter the world of enterprise computing. The performance results speak for themselves.

  • SUMMIT ELECTRIC AND SMART DATA MANAGEMENT
    by Win Quigley
    Summit Electric Supply Company runs a $120-million, 10-location operation on BASIS products. The key is managing data to minimize inventory and transaction costs and maximize profits.

  • EVERYBODY'S WORST NIGHTMAREFILE CORRUPTION
    by Teresa Dominguez
    Dealing with file corruption can be frustrating, time consuming and costly. BASIS has made recovery much faster and prevention easier. Learn the details of data corruption detection, causes and prevention.

  • SQL AND BASIS PRODUCTS...IT'S ALL ABOUT DATA
    by John Schroeder
    The BASIS ODBC Driver® uses SQL to access BBx® files from external databases. Visual PRO/5® uses SQL to access external databases within a BBx application. Find out how the new BASIS ODBC Driver will make accessing data from anywhere to anywhere so much faster.

  • PUTTING YOUR DATA ON THE WEB
    by Greg Smith
    From Web browser to Web server to database and back again, learn the ins and outs of getting data on the Web.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NEWS

  • SOFTWARE ASSET MANAGEMENT-A PLAN FOR THE LONG TERM
    by Greg Grisham
    More and more companies are discovering the wisdom and savings of long-term software asset management. Read about the new plan BASIS offers.

  • LARGE FILES FOR WINDOWS ENVIRONMENT
    BASIS improves file performance and provides Microsoft Windows developers true enterprise-level programming tools with the release of Revision 3.0 products.

  • SUPPORTING BASIS RESELLERS
    One of the initiatives we've taken in providing more tools to resellers this year is the creation of the BASIS Reseller Kit.

  • MOST FLEXIBLE DEVELOPER KITS ON THE MARKET
    You asked and we delivered: a Developer Kit that gives you all the flexibility you need to experiment and test your applications using BASIS products. And we've delivered it at a fantastic price. Take a look at what you get.

  • CUSTOMERS INFORM BASIS
    by Elizabeth Barnett
    The creation of the BASIS Customer Council helps ensure that our product development and sales and marketing efforts are on target with Customer needs. Discover who's on the Council and what we hope to accomplish.

COLUMNS

  • ROAD SCHOLAR JOURNALS
    by Kevin King, Jane McKenzie, and John Schroeder
    In this column, we share intelligence affecting Business Basic developers that we've gathered from our visits to shows, conferences, Customers and industry leaders around the world. In this issue, BASIS Vice President of Engineer Kevin King briefs us on trends at COMDEX, BASIS Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jane McKenzie analyzes the Latin American market potential and BASIS Chief Technology Officer John Schroeder describes his recent on-site training at DISC.

  • WHAT'S BREWING WITH JAVA
    by Win Quigley
    In this column, we track and analyze developments in world of Java®, which is the foundation of our next product generation, BBj (Patent Pending). BASIS Product Marketing Manager Win Quigley reviews the Java 2 Enterprise Edition, launched at Sun's Java Business Conference in New York in December, and how it could be used by Business Basic developers.

  • TECH RESOURCE ZONE
    by Janet Sheldon
    In this column, we feature practical answers to the problems developers face on the frontline of getting their systems up and running. In this issue, BASIS Technical Support Supervisor Janet Sheldon discusses recent improvements in tech support that make it easier for you to contact us and get you faster answers to your questions.

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