Sofrepost, a subsidiary of La Poste (the French mail), develops and sells
SPS, a management system for post offices. Our clients are national postal
systems from a dozen countries on several continents.
SPS is composed of five packaged applications developed with PowerBuilder
that represent around 150 Mo of code, 400 windows and 1200 DW.
The initial development of our application took place in 1996 and required
approximately 10 man years. The application has since been regularly modified
to extend its functionalities.
More recently, the requests of our clients have led us to study solutions to
modernize this system, with three main objectives:
Web migration: The clients wish to lower the deployment costs to their many
post offices. They also need to offer access at a distance via a simple web
browser, in particular for the use of financial services. Makeover:
With a varied range of subjects from Taking PowerBuilder to the Cloud, to
Adding Single Sign-On to PowerBuilder Applications, we have been working to
keep the community up-to-date on PowerBuilder tips and tools. As our two year
anniversary approaches, we'd like to share with you a little insight into how
things are going so far.
We've had great contributions from the PowerBuilder community including some
prominent community members such as Dave Fish and John Strano, among many
others, and so it's no surprise that PBTV has had more than 5 000
registrations in 2011.
Over the past... (more)
PBDJ Feature Story
In a 2002 NTA Monitor survey, it was found that the typical intensive
computer user had, on average, 21 passwords. This includes everything from a
PIN number on a bank card to a Windows password to their personal e-mail.
Password fatigue is the phenomenon of feeling overwhelmed by the need to
remember all of them.
To combat this, many users have found coping strategies. For example, they
often create a list of passwords in a file, or even put them on post-its
stuck to their terminals. All of this undermines the security policies that
the passwords were create... (more)
Tuesday night, SAP confirmed that they will be presenting the official PB
Roadmap during the PB World Tour in Europe. After months of speculation,
confirmation arrived that SAP will officially support PowerBuilder, and that
a new version will be released containing additional features.
This announcement will be made directly by SAP to the community during the PB
World Tour in Germany on December 3, organized by Ludwin Feiten, Head of
PBUGG. Michael Redford (SAP BIT) and Robyn Chan (Senior Vice President, Head
of Mobile Platform, SAP AG) will join the conference in Walldorf to pres... (more)
As you may have noticed, a number of media sources are writing about the
overall progression of iOS device sales and of the iPad in particular. The
latter's sales have developed to the point where their presence in businesses
is becoming indispensable (see Looking into Enterprise iOS by Ian Thain)
This article is intended for PowerBuilder users who are considering
developing iPad applications. We will try to determine to what point this
device has become a must-have, by looking at recent sales and market
penetration figures in the professional world. Then, we will discuss