Intersystems is attempting to reinvent itself by positioning a new version of its multidimensional database and development tools in the object space.
The firm traditionally sold its offerings, based on the Mumps programming language, to Digital Equipment's VAX customer base via Vars, which built specialist applications, mainly for the healthcare market.
But, while Intersystems has achieved some penetration into new markets such as financial services with the latest release of its product, Cache, it is now hoping to jump on the Web bandwaggon to gain access to greenfield sites and broaden its appeal to other markets such as manufacturing.
Paul Grabscheid, Intersystems' vice president of strategic planning, said: ?While the relational database players are adding object oriented capabilities to their database, we?re building on top of a multidimensional database, which we believe is better at understanding complex relationships between data. This year and next year, the world will be dominated by relational databases, but we believe over the next few years, there will be a greater recognition that relational technology is not the answer to all our problems.?
He added that users would have the choice of developing their applications in either Java, C++ or the company?s own proprietary language, Cache Objectscript, and Cache would be upwards compatible with the existing Mumps-based products - that is, no reprogramming or reformatting of the database will be necessary to run existing applications.
Cache, which is due to be launched on 29 September, will ship in four versions - a PC release for standalone developers, workgroup and division editions, and an enterprise version. Although the functionality will be the same, pricing and packaging will be different.
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