Is SAP finally getting real with developers on PowerBuilder?

    By: Mr. Adrian Bridgwater on Dec 08, 2013

    Reports on community website powerbuilder-central.com/ suggest that SAP may have officially backed support for a new version of PowerBuilder.

    Previously the software development flagship of the Sybase brand, PowerBuilder is an application development tool for creating high-performance data-driven business applications.

    Although seemingly left out in the cold by SAP, PowerBuilder enjoys a reasonable (if not enviable) installed base across North America, Europe and the rest of the world.

    SAP has been all but silent (since 2011 at least) as to the fate of PowerBuilder since the acquisition of Sybase for $5.8 billion in 2010.

    The last vocal explanations of PowerBuilder were given here http://www.sap.com/asset/detail.powerbuilder-strategy-and-roadmap-webcast-mp4.html as part of the PowerBuilder Strategy and Roadmap: Webcast Q3 2011.

    The http://www.powerbuilder-world-tour.com/javascript:mctmp(0);says that SAP has confirmed it will be presenting the official “PB Roadmap” during the PB World Tour in Europe.

    According to the report, “This announcement will be made directly by SAP to the community during the PB World Tour in Germany on December 3, organised 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 present the Roadmap.”

    a Yakv .pngSAP Mentor and managing partner of what is arguably the best-known PowerBuilder training organisation eLearnIT is Yakov Werde.

    According to Werde, “After an extended hiatus PowerBuilder developers and the enterprises they support are anxiously awaiting pubic confirmation of SAP's renewed PowerBuilder commitment.”

    He continues, “I am confident that organisations and developers will breath a sign of relief as they vigorously renew their commitment to the computing platform that has served them so well for so many years.”

    NOTE: Last summer, PowerBuilder was moved to the Business Information Technology  (BIT) division in SAP.

    SAP is reported to have held a number of discussions with the PowerBuilder community to understand the needs of developers and to discuss future evolutions of the product. 

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    Released: December 8, 2013, 10:47 am | Updated: March 22, 2014, 1:26 pm
    Keywords: PowerBuilder News | PowerBuilder


     

     

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