Last week Content and Code invited me to do the opening slot at one of their SharePoint seminars, and I thought I'd do something a bit different. I told the story of when I first started working for a Microsoft Partner back in 1991. The premise was that that although the Technology has changed and things have got smaller and faster the same fundamental problems exist, namely :-
- The inability to easily share, collaborate and find information;
- Lots of manual, error prone business processes;
- Lack of consistency and control around the document creation process;
- Running a business on hindsight (Looking at what's happened) rather than foresight (what's currently happening and what may happen).
And that's where SharePoint can help.
Anyway, I just happened to mentioned some of the apps I used back then - eg Word and WordPerfect for DOS, Lotus 1-2-3, Clipper and .. .. .. DataEase.
There was me thinking that it'd gone to the great database graveyard in the sky along with dBase, Clipper and Approach - but no. Andy Rose from the Sapphire Group dropped me a line to tell me that DataEase is still going strong - http://www.dataease.com/
On a side note - Dan Bricklin has made Visical available for download - and it's a whopping great 29Kb.